There’s been a huge shift in the beauty industry over the past few years. Although makeup is still as popular as ever, skincare has become a huge thing.
It only makes sense when you think about it though. What’s the point of investing in good makeup if your skin isn’t in great condition? Also, when Kylie Jenner starts focusing on something, you know it’s going to be big!
Skincare routines can set you back an absolute fortune if you wish, but there are so many great products out there that don’t cost the earth.
We tracked down the best affordable skincare products for under €20.
CeraVe AM Cream Facial Moisturiser SPF25, €13.99
No matter your skin type, you should be moisturising your skin twice a day. This is a great moisturiser that’s super affordable AND it has an SPF built in (because wearing SPF is really important every.single.day!)
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, €9.99
Cetaphil definitely doesn’t have the most Instagrammable packaging, but if you pay attention to beauty peeps online you’ll see that this is mentioned A LOT! This is honestly the bomb.com if you have dry or sensitive skin. Your skin is going to feel so soft after using it.
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, €7.20
We mention The Ordinary a lot on missy.ie, but let’s give some hype to the The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution.
It’s important to make sure that your skin is exfoliated. Repeat after us, “I will not use a scrub to exfoliate my skin”. Chemical exfoliators are the safest and most effective way to rid your skin of dead cells and help promote the production of new ones. Scrubs will only tear your skin.
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution is particularly good if you have skin discolouration or scaring from acne. Make sure that you patch test first and avoid if you have sensitive skin. Also be prepared to look like Kim K when she had the vampire facial!
Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser, €9.95
We’ve already given a shout-out to the normal Cenaphil, but if you have oily skin you should definitely check out this version. It helps to remove excess sebum (oil) without drying your skin (because we all need a certain amount of oils in our skin).
The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser, €12.17
Another really great cleanser for oil and spot-probe skin is The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser. This hard-working multi-use product not only does the job of removing make up, it controls excess oil to reduce sebum, reduces the appearance of enlarged pores, blackheads and breakouts as well as promoting a more even skin tone.
Use this two evenings a week and make sure that you use an SPF the morning after as it can leave your skin more prone to sun damage.
Freederm Fast Track, €6.99
Freederm Fast Track is THE best product ever for getting an angry red spot to go away quickly.
If you have an event coming up (like the debs) and you’re trying to get rid of a particularly angry spot just keep layering this on over the spot a few times a day. It’s not ideal, but it really does make the swelling and the redness go down.
Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask, €7.99
The Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask isn’t always available in Aldi (it’s one of their special buys) but if you do come across it on your travels stock up because it’s an exact dupe for the Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment Mask, which costs €50.
The Lacura Exfoliating Mud Mask is so good as clearing out pores and just makes your skin look “fresh” and “clean”.
Cerave CeraVe Moisturising Lotion, €10
Other really great moisturiser from Cerve is the Moisturising Lotion. It’s fast-absorbing, non-greasy and fragrance-free. It helps moisturise and restore skin’s protective barrier as it contains hydrating hyaluronic acid which is great for keeping your skin hydrated. This is a great evening moisturiser!
Bioderma Sensibio H2O, €11.95
Yes, you can buy much cheaper ones, but we are huge fans of the original micellar water, Bioderma.
It’s just such a super handy product to have as a pre-cleanse, morning cleanse in a hurry or when you just can’t face a full skincare routine after a night out – it happens!
Are there any affordable skincare products under €20 that you love? Let us know!