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The student guide to skin care on a budget

University can be a stressful time for some of us and, amongst all of the assignment submissions and portfolio research, we can forget about important things like our skin and how this stress could be affecting it.

The beauty industry is worth billions of pounds, but what if you’re a student who has to budget their spending and can’t afford high-end luxury skincare products? Never fear, Uni News is here to provide you with some of the best budget skincare products to help you look better for less. Whether you have oily, dry, combination, spot prone or other types of complexions, we hope to cater for all types in the list below.

Superdrug Simply Pure Serum

This surprisingly cheap product from Superdrug is designed to nourish and replenish sensitive skin. Fragrance-free, this product is a great way to hydrate your face in between your cleanser and moisturiser. The serum includes ingredients such as calming Soothex and a ceramide blend that can help improve the elasticity and suppleness of your face for a smoother and more radiant complexion. Use as part of your daily skincare routine and hopefully this product will help hydrate and heal your stressed pores ready for another day of work. Reviewers of the product have claimed that the serum has helped make their face feel healthier and less dry over the colder periods.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier’s Micellar cleansing water is designed to help sensitive skin but has shown to be loved by all skin types. This product offers efficient ways to remove makeup, cleanse your face, remove any impurities, soothe irritated skin and hydrate your skin. This cleansing water contains cleansing agents called micelles which act like tiny magnets which lift away makeup and any other impurities on your face. The product comes in a generous 400ml bottle and estimates that you can use it up to 200 times before it runs out. Perfume-free and hypoallergenic, it can be used on sensitive areas of the face, like the eyes and lips for an all-round facial cleanse.

Lush Ultrabland Cleanser
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THE BEST CLEANSER TO EVER EXIST. This changed my life and is the best thing I have ever done for my skin. Honestly @lushcosmetics have created an absolute masterpiece with this product and I will continue to repurchase it forever because my skin can’t live without it. It’s formulated with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey- If you have sensitive skin or suffer from redness THIS IS THE ONE. It’s a cream cleanser and takes a little time getting used too as it’s almost a thick balm. You warm it up in your fingers and massage it all over your face- you then grab a warm face cloth and remove it all and it takes everything off effortlessly. I prefer using something separate on my eyes but for a second cleanse on your skin- It’s perfect. Whenever I’m going through a rough time with my skin, this clears it up. It genuinely clears my spots up within days it’s magical. I wake up with 80 percent of my redness reduced- my skin is so soft and it feels so soothing you all need to try it (grab a sample from store and PLEASE try it). This is my fourth tub and is probably the only cleanser (alongside my camomile cleansing oil) that I well and truly can’t live without. Oh and if you have dry skin- your skin will be praising you for this. Buy it. #cleanser #skincare #lushultrabland #lushcosmetics #lush #instaskincare #clearskin #acne #skincareroutine #skincarecollection #morningskincare #eveningskincare #likeforlike

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The animal-friendly cosmetics store Lush offers some affordable products that are suitable for all skin types. Ultrabland is one of their organic and vegetarian cleansers that is simple but effective and leaves your skin feeling softer. Made with minimal ingredients like rose water, beeswax, almond oil and honey, this cleanser removes all traces of dirt and makeup without stripping away your skin's natural defences. It is a bit more expensive than some other cleansers, but for the highly reviewed product, it's worth the extra couple of pounds to really bring your skin back to life.

Deciem The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

The company behind the renowned Indeed range has created waves in the beauty industry since its launch of ‘The Ordinary’ range back in September 2016. This product is a hydration support formula with pure hyaluronic acid which offers multi-depth hydration for the face. Hyaluronic acid is found in the skin naturally but with its natural function in the skin, not hydration, this product helps to hydrate and plump up the skin, without drawing out water, whilst the addition of B5 helps to create surface-level hydration for the skin. You won’t want to use anything else after you try this product.

Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Moisturiser

This lightweight, oil-free moisturiser from Neutrogena works from day one to help minimise the signs of blemishes and to stop future breakouts, whilst providing a healthy-looking, spot-free complexion. It works deep down into your pores to prevent breakouts from appearing on your skin and also works to fade spot marks to reveal healthier-looking skin. Your skin is left softer, more even and visibly clearer after only a couple days of use and is also perfect for oily complexions. Paired with Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear Spot 2-in-1 Wash mask, you will quickly see an improvement in your skin’s overall appearance as it feels healthier and clearer.

Garnier SkinActive Repairing Honey Mask

Garnier is offering a new range of face treatments with their new face masks such as this honey one that includes ingredients such as Matcha tea and Kaolin clay which will leave your face feeling refreshed, relaxed and clean. With proven effectiveness, this paraben-free face mask immediately removes impurities, revealing nourished skin. Honey can help prevent breakouts with its natural antibacterial properties and is also full of antioxidants which help to moisturize and soothe your skin.

Nivea Daily Essentials Eye Make-up Remover

If you have sensitive eyes and always find that they get irritated after taking your eye makeup off, you need to try Nivea’s Daily Essentials Eye Makeup Remover. This product uses a simple two-part solution of refreshing cleanser and makeup remover solution that can quickly take off your eye makeup in a couple of applications. The product uses a caring solution that can even take off waterproof mascara whilst still protecting the lashes from damage.