I do enjoy a bargain! But I- like many- have been lead to believe that there are some things you just SHOULDN'T scrimp on; shoes, (you KNOW they will be painful after an hour!), haircuts, (its not worth it) and generally well understood - Skincare.
However, with most good brand names coming out with a new product roughly every 3 months, and the top-end of the market secreting creams that retail for £1000+ (I'm not joking) its hard to know how cheap can you go and how do you know?
I worked in Harrods Beauty Hall for over 2 years. I really loved it and it was one of my favourite jobs. I learnt so much about skin, and skincare and much of it I still draw upon when I'm making purchases today.
see what runninginheels.com has to say about on their blog here
Its not just Tallytagg that is a huge fan of this site - and for very good reason - its becoming a growing first class ticket to health and beauty.
We are supposed to be bamboozled by the "science" its the 'bifidus-digestivus' placebo. (come on... thats not a real word!)
Basic rules are fairly easy and well understood, however roughly 80% of people have under-hydrated skin. And it does take a long time to pyhsically re-hydrate. You won't plump out your skin with just one glass of water alone. It take a few weeks. That means that even if your skin is in fact greasy or oily, it can still in fact be dehyrated and 'thirsty'.
Wash; try as hard as you possibly can a find paraben free, alcohol free, sulphate free facial wash. Try cleansing balms, or even cleansing oils if you have dry skin, or dislike that tight feeling after you wash your face.
temptalia beauty blogger has voted Shu Uemeru top facial oil for the last 3 years!
see there reviews here on facial oils and the benefits.
Personally I've been a HUGE Origins fan, probably the biggest there is since before the brand even came to the UK back in the early 90's. They discontinued (what was in my opinion the best facial wash ever made!) called Crystal Clear - (I bought the last remaining 3 BOXES in bicester village for over £200 - an investment I still think was imperative.) However, they have come back with this -
Feed; this can be done with a good serum - and they dont have to be expensive, as a general rule most of them are fairly similar in consistency and do roughly the same job. There isn't a product out there that actually penetrates the skin, so dont believe the hype. They may address the first few layers, but nothing can sink right in. That - has to be done from the inside. And, yes, there are actually products that you can buy that do this.
This 'Product B' isn't yet available at all in the UK- its something I am sure that will EXPLODE onto our health scene as soon as the company are given the green light - safe to say it has passed the Australian health board (which is much more strict than ours) and is truly alive and turning over billions in the US market - THIS little nifty product WILL change our way of thinking on the little green island. Watch this space!
You can achieve the same thing my eating nutrient rich raw vegetables and yep- lots of water!
If you want to really boost your skin, it has to be done on a holistic approach - inside out, not outside layers only. Its superficial.
Water (Moisturize) - Oil, essential oils, balms and HEALTHY moisturizers (SLS free, paraben free alcohol free) are imperative... This is one of the few places that the big brands really fall down on. They use a whole manner of ingredients to do very specific things that in my opinion are such short term gain for such a lot of money they won't give you the long term effects you need.
So where to find all these things - try TKMaxx for some brands that are reputable, try factory outlet stors and shopping outletes for discounted big brand names, and online there are an amazing array of apothacary's, that are fabulous. Online is pretty much the best place for these niche markets that are literally still emerging ... So quit Boots and do your skin a favour....
My purchases today;
good skin: microcrystal skin refinisher £4.99
La Petit Olivier - 100% pure argan oil for face, body and hair - £5.99
Bargain! (TK Maxx, reduced and bumped boxes!)