A Feature: An Introduction To: Drugstore Skincare Starter Kit


Day 3 Of drugstore week here on IABT 

With so many products at the drugstore claiming to make your skin perfect, it's difficult to know which ones actually do what they're supposed to. So I thought I'd put together a little guide of things that I found are good skin care products and a few little tips to help when choosing your skincare.

Makeup Removal:

Water based - Garnier Micellar Water
Oil based - L'Oreal Cleansing Oil
Whether you wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis, or are more of a minimal natural makeup look type of gal, removing makeup is so important, and if you need one for getting rid of waterproof mascara and eyeliner there are plenty of options that do what they say. One I have been loving and highly recommend is the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, it has the texture of water and is so lightweight and refreshing, it gets rid of makeup without leaving a residue, but I find it doesn't remove every last trace of waterproof mascara, so for that, I recommend the L'Oreal Skin Perfection 15 Second Miracle Cleansing Oil (and breathe) as it just removes makeup and nourishes skin at the same time, this will budge even the most waterproof of waterproof mascaras. Both of these are also brilliant for breaking down face makeup and wiping away effortlessly. But L'Oreal will always be my one true love (no, seriously, it's amazing). 


Balm - Boots Botanics 97% Organic Balm Cleanser
Cream - Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser
Cleansers come in all shapes and sizes and it's important to get the right cleanser for YOUR skin type. I always suggest a cream, balm or possibly gel texture, nothing that is going to strip your skin and leave it feeling dry and uncomfortable. The Boots Botanics 97% Organic Balm Cleanser and the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser are two I recommend. I love these cleansers, they're super affordable and such amazing cleansers they leave skin feeling so moisturised and clean they're incredible for the price. 


Soothing - Simple Soothing Toner
Exfoliating - Boots Botanics All Bright Toner
Onto toner now, and not many people have this in there routine but I find it is an important step as it can do lots of things. I love the Simple Soothing Toner perfect for sensitive skin and is a no fuss, no nasties toner. The packaging you see for this toner is not the original packaging, I put it in a spray bottle and just put the label on the bottle as I prefer this toner as a spritz too. An exfoliating toner that is great is the Boots Botanics All Bright Toner which uses fruit acids to gently exfoliate the skin with no scrubby bits in, and helps to brighten the skin.


Hydrate - Indeed Labs Hydraluron
Brighten - Indeed Labs Pepta Bright
A serum is a more concentrated product compared to a moisturiser and again these can benefit your skin a lot. Indeed Labs Hydraluron is a cult beauty blogger favourite and really helps if you have dry or dehydrated skin. If you need something more radiance boosting and tackles dark spots and scars, then the Indeed Labs Pepta Bright is the one for you. 

Eye Cream:

Radiance - Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Cream
Moisturising/Soothing - Simple Eye Contour / Simple Eye Roll On
Eye creams aren't just for anti aging, they can be a real life saver for any fine lines, dehydration, dark circles and puffiness under and around the eye area so why not get an eye cream in your skincare routine? 


Light - Nivea Daily Essentials Light Moisturising Day Cream
Oil Free/Blemish Prone - Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturiser
The Nivea Day Cream is a basic, lightweight yet hydrating cleanser, it smells good, comes in a tube and is fairly small so easy to travel with. The Neutrogena Oil Free moisturiser is for those of us who are prone to breakouts. I don't apply this all over my skin, just to the areas I am prone to breaking out, so chin, nose and forehead and I find this just helps any breakouts and with it's spot fighting ingredients in there, it does a good job at just treating them through the day and over night along side any other treatments I have on. 


Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 30
SPF is such an important step in any skincare routine, as the sun causes damage to your skin without it and visually it can cause dark spots/freckles, the sun can cause premature aging, uneven skin tone, and even sensitivity. This is the one and only SPF I have tried for the face and I love it and use it every single day, regardless of whether the sun is out or it's throwing it down with rain. Whether changes, and I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Weekly Treatments & Extras: 

Clay - Superfacialist Una Brennan Tea Flower Deep Clean Pore Purifying Clay Mask
Radiance - Naturally Radiant Brightening Renewal Mask
Blemish Prone - Neutrogena Wash & Mask
Peel - Soap & Glory Fab Pore 2 in 1 Facial Pore Purifying Mask & Peel
This may be a lot of treatments but these are different options for different skin needs. The Superfacialist by Una Brennan range is incredible for a drugstore skincare range and I have tried a few of their other products. But this clay masks is great for oily or spot prone skin, as it unclogs pores and cleanses the skin to rid it of impurities. Everyone wants a little extra radiance so the Naturally Radiant Brightening Renewal Mask is brilliant for that. It uses fruit extracts to smooth the skins texture, whilst battling skin discolouration and smooths the appearance of fine lines for a healthier looking complexion. I know what you're thinking, all in that little bottle. Definitely a steal for the price tag too. The Neutrogena Visibly Clear Wash & Mask

Spot Treatments:

Avene TriAcneal
Tea Tree Oil
The Avene TriAcneal is in my opinion the best spot treatment I have purchased. I have my skincare routine to thank too but this is brilliant and really reducing the inflammation as well as preventing breakouts and scars. It's at the top of the drugstore price bracket but I believe it is worth every penny and will last a very long time as you barely need any at all. As for Tea Tree Oil, please take a look at my DIY Tea Tree Toning Treat where I talk you through how to make your own tea tree toner, the same as ones from the likes of Lush and The Body Shop. This I feel has really helped my skin and tea tree oil as it's own spot treatment is a good alternative if the Avene is out of your budget.


Manual - Garnier Fresh Essentials or St. Ives Apricot 
Chemical - Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brighting Toner
For those manual exfoliators, there are a lot available and these are the ones I have tried and really like. They are quite harsh scrubs so I only use them when my skin feels congested but these are from two brands that I trust. The St. Ives has different options of exfoliators depending on your skin type. Garnier also have different ones depending on what your skin needs so I really like that they do this. 

Facial Spritz: 

Refreshing - Avene Thermal Water 

A facial spray is not a necessity however this one is a great option especially in the warmer months and hot climates. It just refreshes the skin and I can't also be used on the rest of the body if needed for those summer days on the beach. Or, what I use it for, as a spritz before makeup, during my skin care routine, as a bit of a toner, just to get some added hydration on my skin if it's feeling particularly dry.

I hope you found this helpful and you've got some ideas for what you can try. I just want to make something clear. The products that work for my skin, may or may not work for your skin. So please be wary when trying products, that everyone's skin is different and reacts differently. 
But if you do find something that works for your skin from my recommendations then I'm glad I could help. Skincare is difficult to get right as your skin is where you apply your makeup to so if you have bad skin, or don't take care of it, your makeup won't sit right.

Oh, and be sure to check back later on today where I will be showing you some of my top picks of drugstore nail polish. Thanks for reading. 

What are your favourite drugstore skincare products?

** Any products that you don't see in photos but are mentioned come highly recommended by myself it's just I don't have any in my stash at the minute as I have used them up and I'm trying to use other things up. As you can tell I have a lot of skincare that needs to be used. 

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