Let’s be honest, life is expensive. Weekly groceries alone take a huge knock out of your salary, and then we haven’t even browsed the skincare aisle. Luckily, I have discovered some really good, affordable skin and body options that you can try without breaking the bank.
Here are a few favourite newbies, all under R230.
Garnier Ultimate Blends The Delicate Soother Shampoo and Conditioner
R39,95 each for 400ml, leading supermarkets
This is the latest variant in the Garnier Ultimate Blends range. I have been using the new duo for two weeks now and I can definitely recommend it.
It has a wonderful delicate, sweet milky smell and it leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth. It creates a generous foam, but it doesn’t leave my scalp dry or itchy, and the conditioner is hydrating but also easy to rinse out.
Overall I think this is a brilliant budget buy for people with normal and oily hair types.
Pond’s Pimple Clear Leave-On Pimple Clearing Gel
R44,99 for 20g
This newbie has been formulated with a pimple-fighting Active Thymo-T Essence which, according to Pond’s, goes into the germ cells and stops the pimple in its tracks. They promise is that you’ll see results in just three days.
As luck would have it I got a few spots of bother shortly after the product launch and I was able to test whether it worked. After three days of using this morning and evening, the pimples had basically disappeared completely with only a slight redness remaining. I’m definitely impressed.
After three days of using this morning and evening, the pimples had basically disappeared
It does have a strong fragrance and contains a lot of alcohol, which always makes me a little nervous especially when it comes to sensitized skin. I recommend you do a patch test before putting it on your face – a good idea in general. However, it hasn’t caused any problems for me so I am tentatively reassured.
You’ll use this twice a day after cleansing and before moisturising. I applied it to problem areas only.
L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Masks
R149,95 for 50ml, Clicks, Dis -Chem, Foschini & Pick n Pay
L’Oréal has launched three new clay masks that target oily and congested skin types, and you can choose which suits your skin’s needs the best.*
Their Purity Mask contains Green Eucalyptus to purify and mattify your skin, while the Detox Mask works with Black Charcoal to detoxify and brighten, and the Glow Mask with Red Algae exfoliates your skin.
Apart from the hero ingredient, all three masks contain Ghassoul, a volcanic clay that absorbs impurities, Montmorillonite, which is rich in minerals, and Kaolin, which also helps to clarify and pull out impurities.
My favourite is the Glow Mask with Red Algae. My skin felt comfortable and not overly tight while I had it on, and it contains finely milled apricot seeds that gently buff your skin as you remove the mask.
*L’Oréal is marketing the product with #MultiMasking. In reality, when multi-masking you would apply different targeted treatment masks on different areas of your face – for instance purifying masks on your T-Zone and hydrating masks on your cheeks. I wouldn’t recommend using clay masks on dehydrated areas of your face.
Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Serum Pearls
R229,99 for 40ml, Clicks & Dis-Chem
This is the latest launch from Nivea, their most highly concentrated Q10 formula yet which promises to visibly reduce even deep wrinkles in two weeks.
Co-enzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone), is a powerful antioxidant that is naturally found in the skin, but levels decrease with age and environmental exposure. Applying antioxidants like Q10 helps to protect your cells from damaging free-radicals. Q10 is also involved in the production of cellular energy, necessary for growth, protection and regeneration.
The serum also contains creatine and hyaluronic acid. Creatine is a skin-restoring amino-acid that helps to support your skin’s energy supply and metabolism while hyaluronic acid works as a powerful moisture reservoir to hydrate and plump up your skin.
The serum is made out of concentrated pearls which are embedded within a hydro-gel containing the creatine and hyaluronic acid. As you press the nozzle, the moisturising gel and pearls move through the dispenser where the pearls are broken down and mixed with the gel. The idea is that the mixture is freshly activated with every pump.
My skin definitely felt more comfortable and hydrated while using this. I think it is a really nice choice if you are looking to boost moisture and antioxidant levels. You can use this product twice a day before your moisturiser.
Do you have any budget-friendly favourites you can tell us about? Pop your recommendations in the comments below, I would love to hear from you.