Drugstore Skincare for Under a Tenner

On the subject of skincare, I've been struggling a lot keeping pesky hormonal 'stress spots' at bay. My skin has gotten to the point lately where even I don't know what's going on and feel like I must have 32507682365 different skin types in one. I am still very happy with my skincare routine (as you can read here), it keeps my skin looking clean and healthy but something just wasn't cutting it when it came to the blemishes that appeared whenever I got stressed etc. 

Usually I'm an 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' kind of girl, but I decided my skin needed a little extra help and popped into Boots - with a very low budget, might I add - to see what I could find. 

If you read my last skincare post you'll know that I ran out of my huuuuuge beloved bottle of TAAJ Himilayan Micellar Water *crying face emoji*. Instead of repurchasing and forking out a hefty £15 again, I set out for a replacement and walked out with a lovely (equally massive) bottle of the Garnier alternative - for a third of the price of TAAJ's offering. And you know what? I think I actually prefer it to the high end micellar waters out there - gasp shock horror! If you haven't seen countless posts and reviews of this water already then you've obviously been living under a rock. 'Glides on like a dream', 'feels exactly like water', 'exactly like Bioderma' - I won't babble on with what you've already heard, but everyone and their grandma loves this stuff, now including me! My skin dramatically cleared up within 2 days of using this to remove my makeup before exfoliating etc. and I couldn't be happier with the results. Winner. 

I've also been struggling with moisturisers lately. I still use my little advent calendar jar of Benefit's Total Moisture cream for the night time, but during the day I needed something a little lighter that wouldn't drop an oil bomb on my skin and destroy my makeup halfway through the day. For the same, very affordable £4.99 price tag as the micellar water, I picked up the Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit Oil Free Moisturiser by Neutrogena. Usually I'm a bit iffy when it comes to Neutrogena products because I can't really say that any of it has ever worked for me - until this beautiful little pink bottle entered my life. It really does deserve a full review (which will be written up soon), but for now it actually does do everything it says on the tin. I don't know if it's down to the 'micro-clear' complexion and spot clearing technology it claims to have, but whenever I use this there is a noticeable improvement in my skin's condition. Every. Single. Time. 100% without fail. It's also the first oil-free moisture product I've ever tried, and I can honestly say it moisturises ten times better than some oil-based buggers I've tried that left my skin a greasy mess. I've been converted. TEAM OIL FREE! 

In all my 19 years of living this is the first time I've been able to find cheap, drugstore skincare that actually makes a huge difference to the condition of my skin (used alongside my usual holy grail Lush products, obviously). Good job, Boots. If you know of any other little drugstore skincare gems let me know!

Big love, 

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