Clear Complexion on a Budget

 A couple of months ago, I started breaking out like crazy, and my skin was just generally dull looking. I blame the midterms. I’ve always had really good skin, so I had no idea how to deal with that at all. I managed to get it back under control on a budget, and while my complexion is definitely not perfect, it’s now a lot better than it was. I also tried lots of different cleansers, but decided to leave them out of this post as I haven’t found one that I’m completely happy with yet.

1. The Sephora Face Complexion Brush. I couldn’t really justify buying a Clarisonic on a student budget, so I went for this $6 Sephora brush instead. Let me tell you – this is absolutely worth the price tag! It’s very sturdy, and it still looks great after months of using it on a daily basis. After a couple of weeks, I noticed that my pores were a lot smaller, my skin was clearer and brighter, and I just looked much healthier. Over time, I also noticed that I got less and less blackheads. Because the bristles are long and supple, the brush can be quite messy to use (I ended up with cleanser all over my bathroom mirror a few times!), so I always use it in the shower. My skin is sensitive, and I found the bristles a bit too harsh for my face at first, but it did get better with daily use. It can still be a bit painful sometimes, but I like that it provides a really deep cleansing so I’m willing to put up with it. There is no doubt in my mind that using this daily has improved the look of my pores and my overall complexion, and I would definitely recommend to give this a try if the Clarisonic is a bit too pricey for your budget.

2. Superdrug Tea Tree Spot Stick. I’m ashamed to admit how long I’ve had this for, it’s quite disgusting! I will replace it soon, but it does the job for now. When I feel a spot coming on or wake up with one, I apply this directly on the area. I haven’t noticed a huge improvement, but I feel like the spots do tend to disappear quicker when I use this. Better safe than sorry! It’s quite harsh, so I always make sure to use moisturiser on top once it’s dry.

3. Lush Tea Tree Water Toner. I love this. It’s really refreshing, and it works wonders for redness. I stopped using it for a while, and I’m convinced that’s when the frequent breakouts started (that and exams!). You can read my full review here.

4. Hydraluron. When I saw this in Shoppers Drug Mart, I was all over it. I almost ran to the register. Is it worth the hype? To be honest, I’m not sure. I will review it when I’ve tested it out properly (meaning: when I manage to use it daily for a couple of weeks), but I like it so far. I apply it under my moisturiser in the morning and at night, and it makes my skin super smooth. I noticed that I look pretty healthy in the mornings when I do remember to use it, but I think using it consistently would yield better results. What I like most about it is that it’s not greasy in any way.

5. Boots Botanics All Bright day cream & night cream. Bright skin? Yes, please! I can’t say that I’m bowled over by this day and night duo, but it’s nice and moisturising all the same. It’s also great if you’re on a budget. I’m not sure why skincare is so expensive in Canada, but the prices of the stores’ own brands make my eyes water. I like how thick the night cream is, it feels a lot more moisturising than the brand I used before. The day cream has SPF 15 in it, and it’s also very light which makes it ideal to wear under makeup.

I’d love to know what your favourite budget cleansers and moisturisers are!

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