The best budget friendly wedding skincare routine

I asked if you wanted to see my budget skincare routine and you said yes! I’ve been taught to look after my skin from a young age and while there are cheaper products out there I’m not a fan of using super cheap products on my skin as they tend to be harsh. So here’s my high street skincare routine that’s guaranteed to make you glow in time for your wedding day.

Budget wedding skincare routine

Just as an FYI I thought I’d cover my skin type and concerns. Most of these products and super effective for any skin type though so this isn’t just a routine for one specific skin type.

I have combination skin with a oily t-zone however my skin can also become very dry, tight and irritated. In the colder months I can suffer with dry patches everywhere even in my oilier areas. I occasionally get cystic spots around my chin and jaw though they don't happen often. I'm concerned about fine lines around my eyes and it's become a bit of a thing for me even though I'm sure they're nowhere near as bad as I'm imagining.

Cleanser

I currently use two different cleansers, both from Lush. First up is Angels On Bare Skin (£9 for 100g or £22.50 for 250g) which is my morning cleanser. It's a fresh face cleanser made to balance out and soften the skin. It contains ground almonds which provide a gentle scrub but nothing too harsh. The lavender, chamomile and rose all act to sooth and calm the skin. It has quite a calming lavender scent to it. I'm not going to lie, this one is a little messy to use as you have to take a pinch of it and mix it with water to form a paste. Due to all the natural ingredients in it you will find chunks of lavender in the cleanser so it's always best to give your sink a quick splash down after using this. A little goes a long way with this one, I just take a pinch and add water then crush it into a paste with my finger tips. I then gently wash my face in a circular motion and rinse it off with a flannel and warm water. 

In the colder months I may cut back to using Angels On Bare Skin to every other day, depending on how my skin is feeling but for the current warmer months I'm using it every morning and I don't have a single problem with it. My skin feels soft after use with no tight or dry feeling. Lush's Angels On Bare Skin is a fantastic cleanser for any skin type but I know it gets a lot of rave reviews from people with acne prone skin who praise it for clearing up their skin and being super gentle. 

Angel's On Bare Skin ingredients: ground almonds, glycerine, kaolin, water, lavender oil, rose absolute, chamomile blue oil, tagetes oil, benzoin resinoid, lavender flowers, limonene, linalool.

My evening cleanser is Lush's Ultrabland (£9 for 45g, £17 for 100g or £30 for 225g) and if I could only ever recommend one skincare product to people this would be it. I honestly can't rave about it enough. I was using this both morning and evening but now the weather has warmed up I've found it's a little too heavy for my morning cleanse. My skin was getting oilier quicker as it's currently not as dry as it was in the colder months. Ultrabland is a super simple oil cleanser with only the simplest and best ingredients in it. For really problematic skin Lush recommend only using Ultrabland. 

Ultrabland really fixes my skin problems. I find a have less spots and my skin doesn't get tight and irritated when I use this. Any dry patches in the colder months are also less of a problem. In all it just really balances out my skin and makes it the best it can be and I love it. To use it I take a small amount and massage it between my fingers to warm it up before throughly massaging it into my face. I really take my time to work this into my skin and massage my face. To remove it I just use warm water and a flannel. As it's quite a thick, oily formula you want to make sure you're throughly removing it. It's definitely not a case of splashing on some water and going to remove this.

Ultrabland ingredients: almond oil, rose water, beeswax, honey, fresh iris extract, glycerine, rose absolte, tincture of benzoin, methylparaben, propylparaben.

Honestly I wouldn't use any other cleansers now. I've made the mistake of trying to cut back on costs and used cheaper face cleansers and instantly regretted it. Nothing makes my skin look or feel like these cleansers do and for that, they're worth every penny. 

Lush face cleanser review

Toner

My go to toner is glycolic acid which is a mild exfoliant. Pixi Glow Tonic is probably the most well known glycolic acid toner but lots of brands now offer their own version. Pixi was the first one I tried and I am a big fan of it. I've also just started using Aldi's version, Healthy Glow Glycolic Toner, however this one isn't available in store permanently and only tends to come out at beauty special buy events. There is a big difference in price with the Pixi Glow Tonic costing £18 and the Aldi Healthy Glow costing £3.99.

I have tried a couple of cheaper options before but I often find they leave a slightly sticky/tacky feeling to my skin even when completely dry which is something I don't get with the Pixi one. However the Aldi version is fantastic and feels just like the Pixi one. It's such a shame it's not available all the time. I've stocked up on it so hopefully I won't have to splash out on the Pixi one.

One thing to note with all acid toners is it's super important to wear sunscreen as acid toners increase the skins sensitivity to the sun and you will burn easier.

As a side note both Pixi Glow Tonic and Lacura Healthy Glow Toner contain 5% glycolic acid.

Serum and moisurisers

I use a serum under my moisturiser every morning and my go-to for around 12 years now has been Aldi's Q10 Multi-Intensive Serum which costs £2.99. It just adds another light layer of moisture during the day. I can't see me switching out to anything else anytime soon.

My current day moisturiser is Garnier's Natural Rose Water Moisturiser made for sensitive skin. It costs £5.99. I've being using the for quite a few years now and I've never had any problems with it. It's nothing fancy and doesn't make any claims beyond hydrating and soothing your skin. It does a good job of providing dry areas with moisture without making my skin oily. Over all it's a nice simple moisturiser. I am keen to try Aldi's day cream when I've finished this one though.

My evening moisturiser is Superdrug's Naturally Radiant Renewing Night Cream which cost £6.99. Although it often on special offer. This is another product I've used for years now and I just love how it makes my skin feel. It's quite a rich cream but I don't have any issues with breakouts and my skin just drinks up the moisture over night. I can instantly tell a difference in the softness of my skin when I apply this. It's designed to deliver long lasting moisture and refine the skins texture which I'd definitely agree it does.

When it comes to eye cream I'm not really loyal to one brand and getting into a routine with eye cream is definitely the one area of my skincare routine I'm still working on. I don't have any issues with dark circles or bags under my eyes thankfully but as I've already mentioned one of my big skin concerns is fine lines. I'm just not happy with the lines around my eyes even though no one else probably notices, it's the first thing I see. The latest eye cream I've bought is Avon's Anew Clinical Life and Firm Eye Cream which costs £12. I actually really like this one, it has a gel on one side for your eyelids which feels lovely and cooling in a morning and an eye cream for underneath where all the fine lines live. The gel feels nice and wakes up tired eyes and the cream is really nice and moisturising.

Wedding skincare routine to make you glow

Face oil

The only oil I've ever used on my face is Rose Hip oil. My current one is The Oridinary's 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil which costs £9. When I first started using it, and for a few years after. I suffered with pigmentation marks from spots. I do believe rose hip oil and later glycolic acid helped with these marks. I don't really suffer with scarring or marks now as I don't get many spots at all and my routine helps to calm my skin when I do but I still love using rose hip oil. I only use this at night and it provides a lovely moisture boost for my skin. As I've mentioned it's really good for scarring too and for targeting signs of photo-ageing due to ultraviolet radiation. 

It's a great product to use if you want a simple skincare routine to minimise irritation as it only contains (or at least a good natural one should) rose hip seed oil. I've used more expensive oils in the past but for the price The Ordinary is perfect.

Mask and treatments

I'm not big on adding too many other things to my skincare routine. Even though it looks like a lot because I've gone into detail, my daily routine boils down to this following:
Morning - cleanse, tone, serum, moisturiser
Evening - cleanse, tone, moisturiser or oil
However there are a couple or products worth mentioning that you may be interested in.

I don't really get many spots these days which is probably thanks to a good routine but when I do I use either Lush's Grease Lightening (£8) or Origins Spot Remover (£16). I do slightly prefer the Origins one as I think it dries spots out a little quicker but both are good options.

When it comes to masks I do like Lush's offerings but there isn't one particular one I absolutely have to have. I also really like Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask. I discovered this in Cult Beauty's starter kit they released last year and it's definitely not cheap but it's really good for making your skin feel baby soft. It's a gel formula you pat on to the skin and at first sight you do wonder how it can do what it says but as soon as I apply this my skin feel ultra soft and the watermelon scent is amazing. It's designed to be used at night and exfoliates and moisturisers the skin overnight so you wake up with soft, glowing skin. It's £20.50 for 30ml or £41 for 80ml. A little does go a long way though.

With this skincare routine my skin is pretty amazing if I do say so myself and if you're looking for a gentle, effective routine that will help you glow on your wedding day then I don't think you can go wrong with this. While some things aren't super cheap I do think skincare is one area worth investing a little money into and most of these products aren't super expensive in my opinion. The cleansers are probably the biggest expense but I wouldn't want to use cheaper options on my skin now.

Will you be giving any of these products a try as part of your wedding skincare routine? Let me know in the comments.

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