Skincare Essentials: Back To Basics

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I’m happy to share with you some great skincare finds that most of us all probably use or have sitting in the medicine cupboard. I’ve been on a bit of a spending ban since the start of 2017 as I’m trying to make my way through the mountain of products I have collecting dust in my room.

I wasn’t sure whether to call this post ‘Skincare Under £10’ or ‘Skincare Essentials On A Budget’ but decided to go with ‘Back To Basics’ in the end as these are all affordable items which are very easy to get hold of. The items that I’m about to go through with you all have many different benefits, so whatever I use them for can be used in different ways to suit you.

Sudocrem Skin Care Cream*

I’m sure all of you have heard of Sudocrem but maybe you just thought it was aimed at babies made for nappy rash? well, it’s so much more than that, in fact, it can be used as a daily moisturiser as it’s suitable for all skin types. You can use it as an overnight face mask or as my favourite way, a spot cream. Do you ever get the odd dry patch or when your spot is healing and your left with a dry area, I’d recommend applying Sudocream over your spots at night because if you’ve ever used Sudocrem then you will know it’s like a white thick paste which isn’t designed for day use unless you applied a small amount, by the morning my dry spot has smoothed over, it’s AMAZING which helps when your trying to cover it with concealer. I love how they have made this in a little travel-friendly sized tube now because all I remembered was Sudocrem came in a pot.
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Vaseline Lip Therapy Cocoa Butter

This is the Vaseline tin I own in Cocoa Butter but there is an original version. I love to use Vaseline to moisturise my lips like most people but there are so many other benefits that most people might not know what you can use these little tins for, for instants, Vaseline can be used as a face/body moisturiser, removes makeup, applied to eyelashes to help them grow (I haven’t actually tested this before), helps seals split ends, apply some to your wrists before applying perfume to extend the fragrance and even an eyebrow gel to keep them hairs tamed. I’m sure if you google it there are tonnes more examples but these are just some I’ve heard of or use.

Superdrug Vitamin E Serum

I discovered this little beauty just browsing through Superdrug and I was in need of a new serum when I noticed Superdrug have their own range (if you was unaware). I was amazed at the prices and wanted to give this a try and I’m glad I did. It’s very gentle and lightweight on the skin and sinks in very quickly with a boost scent of coconut which I love! It contains Vitamin E which helps with dry skin and to create a protective barrier against pollutants. The packaging is nice and simple which I like in a small 100ml bottle with a pump making it easy to distribute the serum. For the price of £3.99 I would recommend this to anyone with dry skin or wants something affordable for a bit of a hydration boost in their skin care routine. It’s a great alternative if you’re on a budget too, I want to try out more stuff from this Vitamin E range as they cover pretty much everything.

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Vita Coco Coconut Oil

I got this little jar in a Birchbox last year when I was subscribed and thought how on earth do I use this pressed oil, since learning more about the benefits of coconut oil I don’t think I can not have this in my life now. I like to use this when cooking as a healthier alternative to a cooking oil, a hair oil, a moisturiser as it’s great at repairing skin on any dry areas and to remove stubborn makeup. Even though I only have a little pot this stuff is lasting me ages.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

If you suffer from spot prone skin like me sometimes I get a bad breakout on my chin area which I think is down to a number of things to hormones, bad diet and using dirty makeup brushes. I have found that products containing the ingredient tea tree oil work best to reduce my red spots. I was on the hunt to find a pure tea tree oil to apply straight onto my spots to see if that works any better as all you need is a damp cotton pad with 1-2 drops and gently press on the area. I like to do this before bed as an overnight treatment and by morning my spot has reduced massively and this works great if you can feel a spot brewing. The reason why tea tree oil works great at reducing spots is because it’s a natural antibacterial ingredient. I will always try products for my spots but for the majority of the time, I will always just go back to basics with this trusty little bottle of oil. If you haven’t tried this yourself I would highly recommend giving this a go.


What’s your basic skincare essentials?





  1. Charlotte Gransden
    April 19, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    I haven't tried the vitamin e serum but I have loved the rest of that range from super drug! Recently I have been loving the naturally radiant glycolic pads from super drug and also the tea tree toning water from lush! They have been the two things I have been reaching for every day Without fail

    Charlotte |

    • April 24, 2017 / 4:34 pm

      I want to try more from the range so when I've gotten through some skincare bits I'll definitely be giving more a try. I love Lush for there skincare products too x

  2. Rachael Styles
    April 24, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    I've just written up my Back to Basics skincare products too! The Superdrug Serum sounds lovely, I hear amazing things about their whole own brand line, but there's so much of it that when I walk in I feel overwhelmed about how much there is to pick from, and never know where to start!
    Rachael Helpless Whilst Drying

    • April 24, 2017 / 4:36 pm

      Oo can't wait to give it a read, I love multi use basic skincare products. I know there is so many in the range I can't wait to give something else a try as I read just bought this on a whim x

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