23 Jul 2015

My Current Skincare Saviours

Cheap Skincare for Dry Combination Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

For a while my skin was having what can only be described as a tantrum. It was not fun. It was dry, flaky and painful, with the days of the occasional breakout replaced by angry, inflamed spots popping up every day. I still don't know what happening, but I'm blaming the weather... it's always the weather.

Luckily it's all started to clear up now and my skin is looking better than ever. I think I've got my routine totally nailed with these four products. It's a pretty simple routine and - much to my delight - it's also pretty affordable too. If I'm being honest it's a dream come true!

Cheap Skincare for Dry Combination Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil - £11 from The Body Shop

At first I wasn't too blown away by the Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (first review here) but since then it's become a staple in my routine and I'll rave about it to anyone who listens. I am yet to find something that glides through my makeup as effortlessly as this. It's so easy to use (if you read the instructions unlike me at first) and means I have no excuse not to take my makeup off before bed! It lasts forever too, this is my second bottle in 10 months and I use every day I wear makeup. I use this with a muslin cloth but that's my own preference, you don't need to faff about with any cloths or cotton pads which makes it great for travelling.

Exfoliating Cleanser - £10.50 from Facetheory

An exfoliating cleanser is a must have in my routine as it helps me keep on top of my pesky dry patches, so this cleanser from Facetheory has been a very welcome addition to my collection. With that wonder ingredient that is glycolic acid this cleanser buffs and brightens without the redness that comes alongside many other exfoliating products. It helps keep my skin soft and ensures that my pores are squeaky clean and build up free. This cleanser is intended more for oily/combination skin and mine leans a bit more on the dry side but it works really well for me without drying it out even more. It's available either scented or unscented, it's cruelty free, vegan and paraben free - an all rounder really.

Cheap Skincare for Dry Combination Skin | Colours and Carousels - Scottish Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion blog

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads - £12.99 from Boots

Another product that I have raved about before is the Nip + Fab Exfoliating Facial Pads which I loved from the very beginning (review here). After my initial tub ran out I made the decision to shop my stash as opposed to repurchasing so I went without for a few months and the difference was really apparent. A few weeks ago I spotted them on offer so finally picked up another tub and our love affair was rekindled. The best way to describe these pads is miracle workers. I seriously cannot get enough of them and really fancy trying out the new "extreme" version too. I might pick up some of their other ranges whilst I'm at it!

Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil - £15.00 from The Body Shop

Something I never thought that I needed in my routine was an oil, but after picking up the Vitamin E Overnight Serum-In-Oil on a bit of a whim I was swiftly proven wrong. I give the Vitamin E range from The Body Shop full credit for fixing my skin to a point that I felt confident enough to go barefaced (when I would rather sleep longer than apply my makeup) so I always look to it when I need something new. I'd used the standard serum before and had brilliant results, but this is even better. One little drop covers my entire face and after leaving it to sink in overnight the end result is beautifully soft, plump and hydrated skin - just what you're wanting.

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