One thing I am not is a snob, I am happy to use any brand and won't turn my nose up to a bargain.
When it comes to skincare I can be a little picky - not when it comes to cost but rather what each product contains as I have fairly sensitive skin. I know lots of us are planning to attend festivals, jetting off on holiday or generally go exploring in the summer sun, with that in mind I thought I'd share my picks from a great budget skincare brand - Simple Skincare. I always recommend this brand to those in their teens as it is affordable, kind on the skin and easy to find on the highstreet. Here are my top four products...
Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes - I will openly admit that I seldom use facial wipes and will always cleanse my skin thoroughly using an oil or balm each morning and evening but lets face it sometimes cleansing wipes come in handy. Should they be used all day everyday? No but when you are knee deep in muck in the middle of a field with no real source of water (T in the Park I'm looking at you) you could do a lot worse. The reason I like the Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes is that they contain Zinc PCA to gentle control and remove excess oil without stripping or irritating the skin. If like myself you are prone to the odd blemish or two you may be happy to learn that these wipes contain Phytosphingosine to again gently reduce blemishes and prevent said problem from leaving behind a scar. Basically if you want a gentle but deep cleansing face wipe for on the go be it a flight or a festival you could do a lot worse. The Simple Clear Skin wipes remove make-up, oil and dirt in one quick step without drying out my skin - I don't use them to remove eye make-up I use a separate eye product by Simple as I find the wipes a little too strongly scented for my eyes. No I don't use them or any cleansing wipe for that matter regularly but when I am travelling they are always in my bag. Says it all really.
Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover Pads - As mentioned above when on the go I don't use cleansing wipes near my eyes (the area is too sensitive) rather I use specially created eye make-up remover pads. Basically think of the Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover Pads as pre-soaked cotton pads in eye make-up remover. Recently I have taken to carting around a little pack of Simple Kind To Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover Pads to quickly swipe away any running mascara and eye make-up due to streaming eyes and hayfever. When opening a new pack of Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover Pads I would recommend disregarding the first wipe as it tends to be drier than the others and not as efficient. I would also advise on storing the wipes upside down (opening facing downwards) so the liquid is always sitting on the top wipes. In all honesty I think you would need a good few Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover Pads to remove waterproof mascara but such formulation is always tricky to remove. My everyday eye make-up is lots and I mean lots of layers of mascara, a little flick of eye liner and some bronzer blended in the crease all of which is removed with the Simple pads with ease. I do tend to use two per eye to ensure every little scrap is gone. They are gentle (they won't sting even sensitive eyes) and quick - I have been known to use them to quickly take off my eye make-up on train journey, not to mention they can help to perk up tired eyes.
Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser - Oily skin can be a complete nightmare especially when it comes to moisturising the skin. Certain formulas are too heavy and overwhelm the skin, others encourage my skin to become shiny and then there is those that leave my skin feeling tight and uncomfortable. Like I said nightmare. A great everyday moisturiser for oily skin that can be used under make-up or even as a make-up base is Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser. This light formula is cooling on the skin, hydrates without being heavy (dry skin may need to look elsewhere) and can help to control shine throughout the course of the day. Much like the cleansing wipes within this range it contains Zinc PCA to absorb excess oil without stripping the skin of its natural moisture, couple this with Tapioca Starch and you have a gentle mattifying moisturising cream. It also contains Phytosphingosine to again gently reduce blemishes and prevent said problems from leaving behind a scars. I like that this feels cooling and soothing on my skin, it doesn't affect any make-up applied on top and can help to keep oil at bay with continued use. It is a great everyday moisturiser for skin types who don't need a whole lot of hydration and so affordable - just be sure to team this with an SPF. As grim as this may sound, I do use this on my shoulders and back on the lead up to summer to help calm and clear any blemishes - yup delightful back acne plights me. So grim.
Simple Kind to Skin Deep Cleansing Mask - So you have a killer break out (hello spot on the nose) but don't want to dry your complexion out? Well Simple Kind to Skin Deep Cleansing Mask to the rescue, this thick, creamy and hydrating facial mask is loaded with ProVitamin B5 (hydrates) and Vitamin E (helps promote elasticity and ward off signs of ageing) to add moisture, soften and soothe the skin as well as natural clay (draws impurities to the surface of the skin) and seaweed extract (can help reduce excess oil) to gently but deeply cleanse the skin. The end result is that blemishes are not only reduced in size and redness immediately but the skin looks plumper and with a gentle glow. If you have dry skin that is prone to blemishes this is the face mask for you, it will work on all skin types but I particularly like that it doesn't strip the skin of moisture but can help to control excess oil to a degree. I am a huge fan of traditional clay face masks to bring those pesky hormonal under skin blemishes to the surface but find they are sometimes too drying - this mask can reduce said blemishes, cleanses deeply as well as nourishing the skin in one quick step. What more could you ask? This is the mask my younger sisters swear by.
Do you use Simple Skincare?
If so what are your picks?