With winter just around the corner, the spotlight is firmly back on our skincare. Why, you sigh? Well, while we need nothing but a bit of SPF in the summer when we’re doing our best Alicia Keys’ no-makeup impression, when the cold weather kicks in, anything but a full face starts to look a bit blah. And, as we all know, getting the best out of your base means sorting out your skincare, and you just can’t muck about with moisturiser. You don’t need to fork out more than a fiver to get a good one, though – these budget beauties put a serious shift in.
The one for lazy girls
This is the one for you if getting a bit more kip is more important to you than an all-singing-all-dancing, Korean 10-step-style skincare regime. It combines the lightweight, skin-transforming actives of a serum (think hyaluronic acid and niacinamide) with the moisturising prowess of a heavy-duty day cream. It’s also super-lightweight, so you don’t have to wait for it to sink in. It takes just 30 seconds for skin to be prepped, primed and hydrated for makeup.
The one for shiny sorts
Perfected your foundation to flawless, Instagram-worthy levels in the morning only to be met by makeup meltdown midday? You might need to switch your day cream. Try this oil-free moisturiser, which has been formulated with ocean algae and rice extract to regulate sebum production. It’ll hydrate skin – which is crucial, even if your skin type is oily – without making it look sheeny.
The one for busting blemishes
If you’ve been skipping moisturiser because you think it may make you break out, chances are you’re probably just using the wrong one for your skin type. Instead of swerving it all together, try going for a face cream with spot-zapping ingredients. This cut-price product contains tea tree and peppermint oil, which are thought to clear up and dry out spots effectively. The result? Smoother, clearer, softer skin in just a few short days. Sweet.
The one for sensitive skin
Suffering from redness? Rosacea? Most creams just seem to freak your skin the hell out? You need to try something free-from. This classic from Olay is fragrance-free and colour-free so won’t aggravate skin, and it locks in moisture to keep skin hydrated and comfortable all day long. It also doubles up as a priming product, so you don’t need to layer product after product on your skin. Just apply a light layer of this stuff followed by your foundation.
The one for dehydrated types
Does your skin seem dry, no matter what you apply? If you wish you could drip feed your face a whole load of water, add this less-than-a-fiver face cream to your shopping list. It’s been formulated with the ingredients that dry-skin types should look out for – think glycerine and allantoin – and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or colours so you can slather as much on as you want without fear of clogging or irritating skin. Try a thin layer for day and a thick layer at night as a sort of face mask before bed.