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UrbanVeda | Daily Radiance Facial Wash

For me, the key to looking after your skin begins with cleaning it using something that actually works for you.

I prefer to use gel washes rather than creams, however I prefer to exfoliate with a cream rather than a gel.

My skin also can’t handle anything too harsh, as sometimes even soap can set it off, making it feel tight and look shiny. No one wants that.

I have a few tried and tested face washes that I tend to stick to religiously, so when the UrbanVeda radiance face wash featured in my February Birchbox I didn’t immediately grab it and use it.

I remembered it again when I was rifling through my samples box. My skin was feeling a bit dull and lacklustre so the promise of radiance caught my interest.

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The Daily Radiance facil wash contains natural fruit enzymes, and promises to naturally brighten skin while balancing tone.

UrbanVeda says – “Naturally formulated to Ayurvedic principles, our Daily Radiance Facial Wash effectively cleanses and removes urban environmental pollutants. Our bioactive Turmeric extract brightens skin tone, while superfruit extracts are rich in fruit enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants to help counteract damage caused by free radicals and support healthy cell renewal. Skin’s natural barrier function is supported, keeping skin soft, supple and hydrated.

The first thing I noticed about the wash, was the fragrance – it has a distinct floral smell, which is more fresh, than old lady scented. You don’t need to use a lot, as it does lather up really well and is easily spread right across the face and neck.

It left my skin feeling so clean and soft, with no feeling of tightness or irritation, like some face washes I’ve battled with before. As for the brighteness aspect, I can’t say I’ve noticed a whole lot of difference to be honest, however the overall tone to my complexion has improved and it’s helped to keep my skin blemish free.

I would definitely recommend this brand to anyone looking for a budget face wash, they retail for £7.99 per tube, which I don’t find bad at all, as you do only need such a small amount of the gel per wash. There are a few different washes, for targeting different areas, so they tailor to a wide crowd too.

I’ve not seen UrbanVeda in any stores near me, so if anyone knows anywhere that sells it then please let me know, otherwise you can buy online at http://www.urbanveda.co.uk.

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Favourites: My Top 5 Budget Face Creams

Lets be honest…looking after the delicate skin that’s stretched over your face is super important!

Moisturising is my favourite part of my skin care routine. I love that beautifully soft feeling you get once you’ve let the product sink in, I also love how much better my make up goes on, and looks when my skin is properly hydrated.

There are some great budget friendly, under a £10 face creams available on the high street right now, my pick is…

No. #5

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I bought this on a whim when it was on a buy one get one free offer, and it ended up being such a good find. The lightly tinted moisturiser gives a nice even tone to the skin, it moisturisers well and has SPF 15. I wouldn’t recommend it for oily skin as I think it could end up clogging up pores and just sliding off.

If you have normal to dry skin this would be lovely, it does add a nice ‘glow’ to the complexion, and has the added sun protection. It retails for around £6.00.

No.#4

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Another one to miss if you’ve got oily skin…sorry lovelies! Again it adds a nice radiant glow to the skin, and contains a handy SPF. The aim with this is not to use too much, as a little goes a long way. The nice thing with the Garnier moisture match range is that there is a moisturiser for all skin types! They retail for £5.99.

No. #3

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I love Vitamin E creams…and so does my face. I use this cream for holidays and in the winter as it’s so thick it helps to look after my weathered beaten skin.

It’s cheap as chips too at £2.99 for 100ml…it also helps that it smells so nice too!

No. #2

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It took me ages to decide which order 2 and 1 would be. I decided that the Body Shop Vitamin E cream would be in at second, only because I’ve used it less, and have yet to repurchase it!

It’s such a beautifully light cream, it almost feels like you’re applying a watery cream, when really it’s quite thick. It smells really fresh and leaves the skin feeling so soft and loved!

It’s a steal at £5.00 for 50ml, which if used sensibly, will last for ages!

And finally, my No. #1 budget friendly face cream…

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It was neck and neck with The Body Shop for a while, but I just couldn’t do it.

This Johnson’s face cream is my absolute favourite. I’ve repurchased it 5 times now, it’s so hydrating and leaves my skin feeling super soft, it sinks in in under a minute and leaves no residue whatsoever.

I could no recommend it enough, I use the one for normal skin, but I know it’s also available in a dry/sensitive skin option, as well as a light day fluid for oily skin.

This lot of magic retails for £4.00.

My Favourite Skin Care Products

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I’d like to tell you that I religiously stick to a skin care routine…but I won’t, because I don’t. Shamefully, yes sometimes I mearly use a face wipe to take my make up off before crawling into bed, it’s a better option than the alternative which is to sleep with a face fulla’ muck.

I try to follow some sort of routine, and if I suffered with bad skin then I’d probably be much more stringent and aware of what I was using and when.

All of my products are high street brands, and can be picked up in most supermarkets or Superdrug/Boots.

Johnson’s face wipes

These are my favourite brand to use. At the moment I’m using the night time ones, but I’m being rebellious and using them at any time of the day! They smell amazing and are fab at getting rid of waterproof or stubborn make up. My face always feels really nicely moisturised after using them too, and there’s never any residue left over.

I suffer with easily irritated eyes, but I have never had a problem with Johnsons so I’m a happy bunny. I know a lot of people don’t like to use face wipes as a rule, but personally (speaking purely as a lazy girl) I find them so handy and necessary that I could t go without them! I’ll admit though, they (face wipes as a whole) don’t get all of the dirt/product off the skin, when I’ve used a cleanser afterwards I’ve always noticed additional discolouration come off.

Nivea Toner and Cleanser

I’ve seen some people spend a fortune on T&C combos, and I kind of shiver at the thought of it. I like my high street ones because the do exactly what you’d expect of them, and they’re gentle in the skin, which helps with the irritating eye problem I have! AgainI don’t suffer badly with the condition of my skin, and there are some more costly T&C’s around that are tailored for the more problematic skin types.

I bought these from Asda, at the time they were £3 each.

L’Oreal 3in1 Purifying Micellor Solution: Skin Perfector

I bought this on a whim, again from Asda when it was on special offer for £4. I’d been looking for a new make up remover and this ticked the boxes for what I needed. I really love this product at the moment, it leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh.

It promises to dissolve make up, unclog pores & remove impurities and tone & soothe the skin.

Johnsons Daily Essentials Day Cream – normal skin

This face cream is by far worth every penny, I’ve tried a few high end face creams and this beats them over and over again. It hydrates, smooths and moisturises the skin, giving a great base for make up or just left for a fresh faces look. It’s not too thick so it sinks into the skin easily and doesn’t leave the face feeling sticky.

Balance Me – Wonder Eye Cream

One reason this is in my routine is that I have a very dry under eye area and this cream it hydrating writhing irritating my eyes. It’s 99% natural and brightens dark circles and soothes any puffiness….it’s a great little addition, and you’re never to young to start using an eye cream!!