Skincare is something that I generally tend to be quite bad at keeping up with. Aside from moisturising every morning & night, that tends to be the extent of my skincare routine. I think it just comes down to laziness – shame on me, I know. I think I’m quite lucky with my skin type though, I used to have the DRIEST skin – like, we’re talking Sahara Desert on my face. As I’ve gotten older though it seems to have sorted itself out a bit and I now have dry/combination skin. Spots aren’t usually a problem for me either, apart from around that time of the month. So yeah, that’s a little insight to why I don’t really bother with much skincare.

Recently though I’ve been feeling a little guilty and that I should be looking after my skin a teeeeeny bit more, so I’ve invested in a few skincare items over the last few months and tested them out almost daily to see if they actually do anything. Basically, if they’ve made this list then they’ve made a difference in my skin. Let’s get into it.

ALSO one more thing, all of these products are dead cheap. I’m not boujee and I can’t afford to be spending upwards of £50 on one skincare item – girl’s gotta eat.

1. Superdrug Vitamin C Gel Moisturiser

skincare favourites dry skin
skincare favourites dry skin


I’m not even exaggerating when I say this is probably the best moisturiser I’ve ever used. And it’s from Superdrug. AND it’s less than a fiver. You’re welcome.

This moisturiser is infused with vitamin C, Kakadu plum extract, Goji Berry extracts & grapefruit (AKA it smells amazing). It’s also got glycerin in it, so I use it first thing in the morning to give my skin a little more glow and it also helps your makeup stick to your face for longer. This stuff just leaves my skin feeling so refreshed and looking so naturally glowy AND smelling like grapefruit. I basically want to lather my whole body in it.

2. Primark Dream Cream

skincare favourites dry skin

See, told you none of this stuff was boujee.

I originally bought this after a disappointing day of shopping. To be honest I really only bought it because it contains night blooming cactus extract and on the list of ingredients it had “queen of the night” in brackets beside it and I also wanted to be the queen of the night. I’m easily pleased in case you couldn’t tell.

I’m glad I bought it thought because this is now my go-to night cream. Aside from being incredibly hydrating, it feels so nice on my skin. It also kind of smells like a mixture of sun cream and marshmallows, which apparently I like so it gets bonus points. I find that my skin feels really hydrated throughout the night and it looks a lot more awake in the morning, so much so that my skin looks more awake than I do.

Buy it from Primark for £4

3. Garnier Natural Honey Flower Toner

This is the first time I’ve ever really added a toner to my make-up removing routine but I’m actually loving it and questioning WHY I’ve never used one before.

This toner is targeted towards people who suffer from dry skin (me), so while it tones it also purifies and moisturises. It’s also no-rinse so it’s great for lazy people (also me). I’ve found that since using this, my skin’s felt so much cleaner after taking my makeup off. It actually manages to remove the remnants of foundation and eyeliner that my makeup wipes leave behind. To be honest I think you’re actually meant to use a toner after a cleaner but one step at a time.

4. SkinKissed Vitamin C Serum

SkinKissed actually reached out to me and asked if they could send me a bottle of this in exchange for a review on Amazon so I guess technically this one is #Spon? As always though, my thoughts and opinions are all mine!

I’ve been using this serum for almost a month now and honestly, I do really like it. It contains vitamin c, collagen and hyaluronic acid. All good stuff. I use it every night before I go to bed and every morning before I put my makeup on. It definitely gives my skin a healthy glow and over the last few weeks I’ve gone out only wearing this because it’s been too hot for makeup, and I’ve loved it. Overall I think it just makes my skin look dead healthy and bouncy which I’m a big fan of.

5. Mario Badescu Facial Spray

A classic, really.

I’m well aware there are a million reviews on this stuff so I won’t waffle on too much. I’ve been using this stuff for quite a while but I’ve recently rekindled my love for it over the last few months due to the ridiculous heatwave we’ve been having. Normally I just use it after I finish my makeup as a kind of setting spray, but I’ve now started using it just to cool myself down – particularly during the night. It just feels so refreshing. 10/10 recommend for heatwaves.

What are your latest skincare faves? Let me know down below so I can make a list of what I probably should be using and start actually looking after my skin.



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1 Comment
  1. I am completely OBSESSED with the gel moisturiser, my skin looks so good now I’ve been using it for a while. Always feel like I’ve got my life together when I follow a skincare routine!!
    Might have to have a look at the Mario Baseco spray too.

    Naomi xo

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