After surveying my own beauty cabinet, I also asked the AGI team to share their own favourite beauty staples that are both effective and inexpensive. From gentle cleansers and facial masks to powerful moisturising creams and oils, we divulge our list of must-have skin care products that will winter-proof your face and body without breaking the bank.
1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Loved by many celebrities, Cetaphil gentle cleanser has been my absolute favourite for almost 10 years. Formulated and recommended by dermatologists, Cetaphil gently cleanses while moisturising and maintaining the skin’s natural oils and pH balance. It is suitable for all ages and skin types, and is particularly friendly to sensitive and breakout-prone skin.
£8.99 (236ml), www.cetaphil.com
Bio‑Oil has won 80 skincare awards and has become the top selling scar and stretch mark product in 11 countries since its global launch in 2002. An impressive list of ingredients includes a variety of oils and vitamins, such as vitamin A, and vitamin E. Created as a specialist skincare oil, it improves skin’s texture and tone, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Bio-Oil is absorbed quickly leaving the skin soft and moisturized.
£8.99 (60ml), www.bio-oil.com
3. Vaseline Lip Therapy
Who hasn’t used Vaseline in their daily beauty regime? Cheap and handy, Vaselinepetroleum jelly has been around for 140 years and remains widely popular thanks to its ability to protect and moisturize skin. Triple purified, it can be used all over the body and face. I always carry pocket size Vaseline lip therapy, which I dap under the eyes to keep those wrinkles at bay and on my lips to protect them from winter winds!
£1.99 (20g), www.vaseline.co.uk
4. Lush Fresh Face Mask
Made by hand with fresh natural ingredients, Lush Fresh Face masks aim to make your face truly luscious. Smelling and looking yummy, these nine preservative-free masks are creative concoctions of organic produce, flowers, and plant-based ingredients, together with blends of the finest essential oils and vital nutrients tailored to different skin types and needs. Love the skin you are in and give it the freshest food available!
£5.95 (75g), www.lush.co.uk
5. Olay Essentials Complete Care Day Fluid SPF15
Redesigned over the years, Olay Day Fluid is another product I have used for years and can vouch for. While protecting from harmful oxidants and sun damage, thanks to vitamin E and SPF formula, it also nourishes skin with vitamins B3 & E, and pro vitamin B5. The Day Fluid is light, non-greasy, and delivers that so-needed 24-hour hydration, leaving skin feeling smooth, silky, and fresh.
£5.99 (100ml), www.olay.co.uk
6. Eucerin Q10 Active Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream
Building on the advantages of Q10, one of the world’s best-selling anti-ageing secrets, Eucerin came up with Q10 Active Day Cream, that is light enough for sensitive skin, but strong against the wrinkles. Formulated for daily use, this non-comedogenic, non-fragrance, non-colourant, and alcohol-free facial moisturiser supports natural regeneration of skin cells, while nourishing and protecting skin.
£18.50 (50ml), www.eucerin.co.uk
7. Nivea Soft Moisturising Cream
To keep your face, body, and hands happy, Nivea created a true multi-tasker in its Soft Moisturising Cream. Its light and quickly-absorbing formula includes jojoba oil, and vitamin E that nourish skin while protecting its natural structure. It leaves skin feeling deeply hydrated, supple, invigorated, and shall I say…soft!
£3.36 (75ml), nivea.co.uk
8. Boots Vitamin E Eye Cream
Forget expensive eye creams when you can get this beauty wonder at a fraction of the cost. Coupled with SPF15, Vitamin E Eye Cream hydrates, smoothes and protects the delicate skin around the eyes. Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, also protects skin against environmental damage and helps your eyes look rested and refreshed every day!
£2.54 (15ml), www.boots.com
9. Miaflora Argan Oil
If you haven’t already done so, get yourself a bottle of argan oil, and your skin and hair will thank you later! Considered a miracle oil from Morocco, it is also a best-kept beauty secret thanks to its anti-ageing properties, healing, and restorative effect. It can be used all over body and hair as it reduces signs of ageing, protects and repairs skin, strengthens brittle nails, advances hair growth, and makes hair remarkably shiny.
£12.99 (59ml), www.hollandandbarrett.com
10. St. Ives Apricot Facial Scrub
To keep my skin glowing, and for a great complexion, I always keep Invigorating Apricot Scrub from St. Ives nearby. Made with 100% natural extracts, St. Ives Apricot Scrub gently exfoliates and cleanses. With four different formulations available for various skin types, these scrubs can be used both on the face and body, leaving smooth, fresh, and healthy-looking skin.
£5.10 (150ml), www.stives.com
By Svetlana Ancker