I love this time of year. We all get to go mad and produce a totally unreasonable imagination wishlist of all the things we'd love to find in the Christmas stocking. It's fun to produce a totally impractical, couldn't-afford-it-in-a-million-years list, but I also rather like to think about products that are actually reasonably priced.
So if you're self-gifting this year, or giving hints to loved ones about what you might like, leave us your wishlist of three (or more!) affordable skincare products in the comments!
- Clearasil Refreshing Superfruit Pads (€6.29)
These are very affordable and not terribly luxurious, but I still want them. Products containing the fat soluble ingredient salicylic acid tend to be more expensive than these pads from Clearasil. Now, they do sting a touch, and will probably be drying on the skin in the long term if you use them daily, but the salicylic acid will help to dislodge nasty blockages and these will help a bad blemish in the short term.
Rub a pad onto the blemish and follow with a dab of oil to seal the blemish and prevent the skin on top from becoming flaky and hard to cover with makeup!
- Good Things Manuka Honey Daily Moisturiser (€10.99)
This lovely everyday moisturiser from Good Things is nourishing and rich enough to protect skin during the crispy winter months. It contains royal jelly and bee venom which feels fancy and luxurious, making this a rather nice product for gifting. A moisturiser is always the least potent product in your skincare regime anyway, so if it feels nice and contains good quality ingredients, then there's no need to spend too much.
- Boots Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil (€14.99)
A good facial oil will set you on the road to good skin. They can vary in price and quality, but this one from the Boots Botanics range is really worth checking out, and I'd be delighted to find it in my stocking on Christmas morning. this contains both almond and rosehip oils, and has a very pleasing texture.
We've already raved about the wonders of the Boots Botanics cleansing balm and the fact that it would make a good substitute for Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm. The range seems (from the products I've had a chance to look at) generally high quality and very nice. For budget products with a luxurious feel, look no further.
What are your affordable skincare picks for Christmas? Share them in the comments, and if you're new, do join in. Newbies are always very welcome!