Three Affordable Skincare Brands That You Need To Know About

Scrambling through my skincare collection in an attempt to pick our my budget favourites, it dawned on me that 90% of my regular products include brands that could be described as anything but. It appears that I love my serums, moisturisers, toners and brightening lotions to be filled to the brim with scientific advances and amazing ingredients – which unsurprisingly don’t come cheap. However, if you know where to look then you can pick up some great products that help provide super smooth and healthy looking skin, without the need for a second mortgage. These three brands are new to my reportoire, but so far I’m really enjoying integrating them into my routine and pushing aside some rather costly alternatives.

1. NSpa (From £5.00)
The product range of the UK’s #1 day spa, Nirvana Spa, this is a seriously affordable brand that also delivers some great results. My current favourites include the Melting Cleansing Gel, that turns to a creamy milk when mixed with water to help remove makeup and impurities from skin, and their Illuminating Beauty Serum that contains a touch of highlighter for a healthy glow. Although these won’t deliver the long-term care and benefit that I get from my more expensive lotions and potions, they’re affordable and pleasant to use – plus they don’t leave my skin feeling dry, stripped, greasy or tacky. You’d definitely think they were at least double the price you can nab them for.  

2. Skin Drench (From £7.00) 
Available exclusively online or via at-home parties, this is my new favourite brand. Created in Switzerland, the Skin Drench collection combines active ingredients, innovative formulae and skin nourishing vitamins for a super hydrating ingredients. I love the oil-free Day Gel, which contains algae extracts to help protect and hydrate skin in seconds, as well as the bi-phase makeup remover which lifts away even stubborn mascara without stinging the eyes. These feel premium, but don’t carry the unfortunate price tag that leaves your wallet crying.

3. Aroma Actives (From £7.50)
Encompassing naturally active botanicals and essential oils, Aroma Actives has been developed by Geraldine Howard (founder of Aromatherapy Associates) exclusively for Sainsbury’s. The range includes everything you need to look after your skin from beginning to end: cleansing lotion, night cream, face oil, gel masks, serums and even neck creams. If you’re a fan of her original range but can’t justify splurging out, then this is a great alternative – especially as the essential oils included smell delicious and really help to convey the image of something altogether more costly. I’m really enjoying the Hydrating Gel Mask which helps to inject moisture into the skin to leave it feeling silky, as well as the Recovery Eye Serum for lazy Sunday mornings when you need a pick-me-up.

Have you tried any of these brands? Do you prefer your skincare expensive, or are you always on the hunt for something a little more affordable that works?



  1. LeviJade
    September 13, 2014 / 12:52 pm

    I love Nspa! I have really sensitive skin and 'touch wood' never had any trouble with the brand. They do a really good Deep Hydrating Facial Oil which I would highly recommend! Love the fact the brand is so affordable, you can even buy it at ASDA … Really enjoyed this post! Levi xLeviJade

  2. Jade McShane
    September 13, 2014 / 11:32 pm

    I read about Aroma Actives recently, it's on the list to try so will definitely look out for it during my next trip to the supermarket. I try to buy good quality skincare but as you are showing it doesn't necessarily have to mean expensive. Thanks for the tips!Jade x

  3. Aerie Berrie
    September 14, 2014 / 6:51 am

    I need to try Nspa! xBerrieBlogs {beauty blog}

  4. AnjelCo
    September 14, 2014 / 6:59 am

    I've never heard of Aroma Actives but I'll definitely pop into Sainsbury's to check them out when I'm back in the UK :)xAnjel

  5. glenka
    September 14, 2014 / 8:33 am

    I always buy budget skincare, there are so many affordable ranges available these days and I think they are just as good as expensive ones.

  6. Anonymous
    September 14, 2014 / 5:34 pm

    I've personally never tried Nspa or Skin Drench, but Aroma Actives is absolutely amazing, especially for a budget skincare company! Normally, I will go with more expensive skin care products since they do tend to work a bit better than drugstore, however, there has been a few times where I have found some drugstore products that work great

  7. Anna Maria
    September 15, 2014 / 10:27 am

    V. disappointed that Sainsbury's doesn't seem to sell Aroma Actives online:-( Not everyone can shop at a large Sainsbury's, I am sure I won't be able to buy it at a small local one, either…

  8. Mia
    September 17, 2014 / 9:42 am

    Absolutely in love with nspa and recommend it to whoever will listen!

  9. Katie Angus
    September 17, 2014 / 10:13 am

    Hi Girls! I'm a Spa at Home consultant and you can order both Skin Drench and NSpa from my website below. Drench is exclusive to Spa at Home so needs to be ordered via us but you could always arrange a Spa at Home party, where one of our consultants will come to your home, work, wherever you like, and demonstrate skincare products and routines to help you get the best out of your skin! We also do some amazing Spa and salon exclusive make up so if anyone in the Bucks, Herts, West London area wants a party, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me 🙂

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