What sort of skin do you have - dry, sensitive, oily etc?
Have you heard of the Oil Cleansing Method? It's a way of cleansing your skin using lovely natural oily goodness instead of harsh chemicaly expensive cleansers. I started it 6 months ago and skin is the best it's ever been. And it costs pennies . Loads of threads about it on S&B
If you have very dry skin, there is a moisturiser called Astral that you can get in Boots/Superdrug etc for about £3 for a big tub. It's blinking marvellous and I wouldn't use any other moisturiser, summer or winter.
And I'm sorry to say that all the boring stuff really does work - lots of water, lots of sleep, lots of fruit and veg, no fags, no caffeine, no alcohol, exercise <bores self> And it's all cheap!
Mousymouse Somebody did mention the Aldi stuff being pretty good...so I will certainly have a look in there this week.
Lotta - I'm looking into this oil cleansing method as I type. I would say my skin is a bit combination...leaning towards oily around my t-zone (that's what they used to call it in Just Seventeen?) I get dry patches and spots around my mouth and chin but I think that's mainly due to poor diet and too many vino's.
And <sigh>, I SHALL be doing all the aforementioned boring stuff as well...with one night a week off for now.
OP, your skin type sounds a lot like mine. I use avocado, olive or sunflower oil every evening, and just rosewater on a bit of cotton wool in the mornings. It's all good so far - I still get the odd spot on chin but very happy overall.
Lisa Eldridge recommends the superdrug range called purity. I've not tried it myself, but her reccs are excellent usually. I always come back to boots time delay and nivea Q10 products too. The timedelay range was rated very highly by the beauty bible women -Josephine Fairley and I can't remember the other one.