5 under £5: Budget skincare worth buying


With skincare routines worth hundreds of pounds all over YouTube and Instagram you’d be forgiven for thinking that good skincare needs to come with a hefty price tag, but that’s not always the case.

In this blog post I’ve rounded up five skincare items I genuinely use that all come in at £5 at under.

Sure, if you want the latest cutting edge technology or the best active ingredients for anti-ageing it’s going to come at a price. But we shouldn’t shun budget skincare for every day basics, especially when it comes to the essentials – cleansing and hydrating. Let’s get in to it…

Alex Steinherr X Primark Micellar Cleansing Gel £5

If you’re looking for skincare on a budget, but with similar ingredients to those found in more expensive products, then it’s worth heading to Primark to check out Alex Steinherr’s collection. If you’ve been living under a rock Alex Steinherr is ex Beauty Director of Glamour magazine and now big name beauty influencer – she knows what works.

I generally use this as a first cleanse, massaging it in wet skin and removing with a microfiber cloth, to lift the majority of my makeup off before going in with a more nourishing second cleanse. It takes a little getting used to but think of it as a gel cleanser rather than a micellar water. For £5 this is huge and I can tell it’s going to last a real long time. Bargain.

B Micellar Water £1.99

If you’re looking for more of a classic micellar water you can’t go too far wrong with this one from Superdrug’s B. range. It’s only £1.99 for 100ml making it perfect for travelling. Or they do a 400ml for £4.99. The B skincare products are always on offer and I really rate their makeup removers and Hyaluronic Spritz. I love this for removing any final traces of makeup that have managed to stick around.

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% £4.25

The Ordinary is the perfect budget range if you’re looking to introduce more active ingredients in to your skincare routine but don’t want to pay ££’s for products you’re not sure you will even get on with. I’ve tried a couple of products from The Ordinary but for me their salicylic acid serum is a stand out for my skin type.

From what I’ve seen, other products containing salicylic acid (such as the popular BHA from Paula’s Choice) are one hell of a lot more pricey but this seems to do the job just fine for me in terms of tackling blemishes.

It’s one of the few products I’ve used for spots and blemishes where I have noticed a significant different in the size and intensity of a spot after just one use. And it’s great for those small ‘under the skin’ bumps too.  If you need a quick fix to help minimise the appearance of spots and blemishes then I’d suggest avoiding anything fragranced or with the word charcoal emblazoned on it and giving this a go instead.

I will say I find it best just to pop on a small area as a targeted treatment rather than over the whole face as it can be drying, especially if you aren’t used to using acids in your routine.

Garnier Moisture Bomb Hydrating Sheet Mask £2.99

I’ve spoken about this mask in more detail previously in my Hydrating Sheet Masks post and praised it for being the best budget sheet mask I’ve tried. If you’re looking for a quick hit of hydration with immediate results then this mask will do the trick. 10 minutes of looking like a crazy person is worth it for the plumping and radiance-boosting effect. I also rate their Moisture Boost under eye patches.

Simply Pure Hydrating Serum £2.99

If you’re looking for a good, trustworthy, hydrating serum, that is gentle on even sensitive skin, then look no further. The Simply Pure Hydrating Serum from Superdrug feels more like an ultra-light moisturiser that is perfect for adding radiance and nourishing the skin.

I tend to reach for this when I feel like my skin might be getting a bit stressed or irritated, maybe I’ve been overloading it with too many actives or it’s breaking out and I need something soothing and gentle. It contains ingredients such as a ceramide blend and hyaluronic acid which you would expect to find in products of a much higher rice point for £2.99. £2.99!!

Queen of beauty Sali Hughes even recommends it and, as the saying goes*, if it’s good enough for Sali then it’s good enough for us mere mortals too.

*not an actual saying

What are your best budget buys?

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