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I’ve been using aveeno on my face twice a day, and a small splash of rose oil. Honestly, I looked permanently shit, dull skin and more and more wrinkles and dehydration lines before this - since I’ve been on this regime my skin in glowing. And believe me I’d tried every-bloody-thing. It seemed like the more I messed around with all these rave review products the worse my skin looked. Plus loads of water of course!
Watching with interest as an similarly not very glowing at the moment. I had a great Boots Botanics serum beforehand but they discontinued it. Just trying the Aldi version now in the hope it helps, it certainly makes my skin softer.
I recommend keeping it simple, a bit like what calmandbright suggested. Don't stress your skin with too many products. Avoid anything containing denatured alcohol or harsh essential oils (e.g. mint) - Liz Earle might not be the best thing maybe.
You could get some hyaluronic acid serum from the Ordinary, which I think is quite good, but the Superdrug Simply Pure serum is also excellent and very cheap. I also like the Simply Pure cleanser, which I remove with a damp flannel. I get glycerin and rosewater from Boots traditional range, decant it into a spray bottle and use it as a 'hydrating toner'. Drinking lots of water is good, and you could also make sure you get plenty of healthy oils/fats in your diet, or a supplement.
Turns out they're off the lower-price range from Aromatherapy Associates co-founder, and normally around a tenner. I used them in conjunction with my Boots Botanical hot cloth cleanser, which I find helps stop my skin drying or feeling tight.
The Aroma Actives products do smell quite herbal, like having a spa facial, so if you're into fragrance-free etc then maybe get a sample of Kiehls midnight recovery oil... I love this stuff, DP usually compliments my skin after I've used it, but I'm on budget beauty
Yup, the Body Shop Camomile Balm Cleanser is ace. Everyone seems to love it.
I found a hydrating toner - not the alcohol based "western" ones but Korean style like Secret Key Milk Toner or Pyunkang Yul Essence Toner is great at adding hydration. I also like adding a couple of drops of Marula oil from the Ordinary before or with moisturiser (I preferred it to Rosehip but I know many love that).
Look out for the CeraVe products launching in Boots in March. They're well formulated and always recommended, particularly the Hydrating Cleanser.
OP, I have used the Superdrug serum and the Vichy serum and I think that the Superdrug one is way better. They also do a 'night' version of the serum which is richer than the 'day' one. They're both excellent and priced around £3
Hyaluronic Acid and Buffet from the Ordinary also very good for dehydration
Cleansers - Body Shop Camomile Balm is excellent, also Boots Botanics cream cleanser. Remove both with a warm wet flannel. Avoid wet wipes like the plague!