• Lauren Hughes

Best Affordable Skincare

I am a big believer that skincare doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective. A lot of my favourite and most used skincare products are available from Boots, Superdrug, Primark and The Ordinary. In this blog post, I’m going to take you through my top affordable skincare products, which don’t have pretty, luxurious packaging but do deliver results.

Superdrug Simply Pure Range

Superdrug’s Simply Pure range is brilliant and each product is only a couple of pounds. The Hydrating Serum is fragrance-free and is a light lotion consistency. It’s a great help if your skin is going through the retinol adjustment period or if your skin just generally feels quite tight and dehydrated. The Refreshing Toner is a nice, fragrance-free step to use in the morning instead of cleansing.

The Ordinary

I couldn’t do an affordable skincare post and not include The Ordinary! One of my absolute favourite products from this brand is the Peeling Solution, which is an AHA and BHA mask I use once a week to get rid of any dead skin and keep my pores clear. Everyone I have told to buy this comes back to me saying they love it and it has made a real difference in their skin. The Niacinamide + Zinc serum is also a great product and helps to reduce inflammation and regulates oil production. I have been using strong retinol a lot recently so I have been using The Ordinary rosehip seed oil to help with the flaky, irritated skin. This oil also helps get any red marks left over from spots go away a lot quicker.


If you have been following me for a while, you’ll know that I absolutely love CeraVe. All of the products are fragrance-free and packed with ceramides, which keep the skin barrier really healthy. The Hydrating Cleanser is perfect for all skin types as a gentle second cleanse in the evening or a morning cleanse. The PM Moisturiser is my favourite moisturiser of all time. It contains hyaluronic acid, ceramides, niacinamide and it is a nice light texture. If your skin is on the drier side, CeraVe does a few thicker moisturisers that are brilliant.

Primark x Alex Steinherr

I’ve written a whole blog post on how fantastic this range is and I use some of the products on a daily basis. The new Exfoliating Pads, which contain lactic acid, PHA and niacinamide, are particularly good. They are really gentle, so perfect for anyone new to using acid exfoliants. I use the Micellar Cleansing Gel most days to remove my make up before going in with a second cleanser.


Pixi Glow Tonic has been a cult product for years, is now available in Boots and is so affordable. If you have dull skin or want to help get rid of any pigmentation left over from spots, this glycolic acid treatment is great. Pixi also does a lovely hydrating milky mist, great mud masks and there is of course Queen Caroline’s Double Cleanse.

I do think it’s worth investing a bit more money into retinol and SPF products, which is why I haven't included any in this round up. Posts on those coming very soon!

Lauren x



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