While we have been taking care of our minds and soul during the lockdown, I wonder how many of us have been properly taking care of our skin too. While this piece doesn’t directly fit into a category of fashion or mental health, often times, the state of our skin can severely impact our psychological state.
When most people hear the term “skincare”, more often than not their minds go to fancy, expensive and out of reach products that aren’t accessible to them. Also, living in a country where many websites don’t ship to, it might be even harder for my fellow Greeks. I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way. Below, there are products that are cruelty free, good for your skin, and that don’t break the bank. Oh, and that ship Internationally! The products are listed in the order you should apply them for easy reading and understanding. Enjoy!
(All items listed below can be found on Cult Beauty (cultbeauty.co.uk)
If you’ve been living under some beauty induced rock, and haven’t heard of The Ordinary yet, now is your chance. The brand launched in spring of 2017 and started off with bang with a waitlist of 25,000. While it is the most affordable brand in this list, al products are under 30 EUR, and it is by no means exhaustive.
Soy Face Cleanser (50ml) by fresh
The perfect gentle cleanser for everyday use, that will remove the dirt, gunk, and makeup of the day without stripping your skin of its natural oils.
Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution by The Ordinary
A toner perfect for gentle exfoliation. Use after face wash. “Featuring glycolic acid (an alpha-hydroxy acid that dissolves the ‘glue’ that binds dulling dead cells to skin’s surface) this gentle toning solution offers mild exfoliation to boost radiance and visibly restore skin’s clarity. Use once a day in the evening.”
Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% by The Ordinary
This serum is perfect for targeting breakouts. Apply in a dab like motion all over the face after toner. “This potent serum targets breakouts, minimizes visible pores and clears congestion by balancing skin’s oil production. Apply to problem-prone complexions, morning and evening before heavier creams.”
Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% by The Ordinary
“Well-known for its brightening properties, The Ordinary has placed vitamin C in its pure form of L-Ascorbic Acid at the centre of Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%. Formulated as an antidote to ageing, this antioxidant-rich elixir is also enhanced with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump skin while brightening and improving uneven skin tone. Ideally applied at bedtime, this extraordinary treatment allows you to wake up to visibly luminous, younger-looking skin.”
Clear Moisturizer SPF30 (15ml) by Paula’s Choice
Due to its SPF formula, this moisturizer should be used in the AM to avoid clogging pores overnight. “Formulated for oilier, blemish-prone skin types, this featherweight moisturizer keeps skin balanced, healthy and calm – not to mention protected from harmful and ageing UV rays with broad-spectrum SPF30. With a non-greasy fluid consistency, the clever formula mattifies excess shine and minimizes the appearance of pores to lend a smooth canvas perfectly primed for make up application or for wearing in its bare, beautiful glory. A blend of vitamin-dense plant extracts – think: green tea, pomegranate and goji among others – add their antioxidant properties to the mix, soothing any upsets, fading red marks and defending against environmental stressors. Perfect for wearing the daytime, this multi-tasking hero comes in both full (60ml) and travel (15ml) sizes – perfect for on-the-go or trialling before investing in the full size.”
Lotus Youth Preserve Radiance Lotion (30ml) by fresh
Tried and tested personally, this moisturizer is soothing after a good facial scrub before bedtime. I woke up feeling refreshed, with the softest and significantly brighter skin. Plus, it smells incredible. “Want a glowing, youthful, hydrated complexion? Step right this way… This lightweight moisturizer is an overachieving multi-tasker, starring a clever blend of hardworking ingredients coined by fresh as The Super 7 Complex. The complex comprises of seven youth-boosting ingredients: lotus flower extract and blue-green algae help to ward of age-accelerating free radicals while reducing visible signs of ageing; hibiscus and fig fruit extracts, along with vegetable glycerol boost and maintain hydration levels, and skin-softening vitamin E and brightening vitamin C protect against environmental aggressors. The result? More radiant, bright, youthful-looking and hydrated skin (phewf!).”
Images: Byrdie.com & cultbeauty.co.uk