Can you fight acne on a budget?

At the forefront of my first ever post was a (badly photographed) big old bottle of Garnier micellar water. Even if that skincare routine post now sits in the archive as a fond memory of someone who used way too many exclamation marks, the enthusiasm behind the products is still there, and two years on i’m still relying on lots of the same products.

It seems like i’ve almost come “blogging full circle” now that I’ve actually received something from Garnier through the post. It’s funny when you think it didn’t even know what blogger mail was when i wrote my first post, featuring the exact brand i’m talking about today. Without getting too nostalgic, shall we get into it?

Garnier pure active clear skin kit review acne oily skincare teen skin

Over the years i’ve filled my cupboard with skincare products so expensive they could finance a house (well not literally, but y’know) and i’ve started to get in a little bit of a trap. Although i’ve still got my staple drugstore favourites, i found myself doubting the powers of cheaper acne fighting products, when they used to be all i used. So before i got too carried away with £60 facial oils, Garnier stepped in to take me back to my skincare roots.

Garnier pure active clear skin kit review acne oily skincare teen skin

The Pure Active range has had a bit of a makeover since the last time i used it as an acne covered 16 year old, the products are gentler (which is a big thing for me with my sensitive, angry face) but more effective and pack some pretty damn decent acne fighting ingredients. I’ve been using the clear skin kit which has a mini three step system to send me on my way to clearer skin, and despite being only £9.99 i’ve been seeing some pretty good results. 

Like i’ve touched on already Garnier micellar water is one of my holy grail products, my routine would not be my routine without a good helping of it, but until now i had never tried the Pure Active version. With my oily acne prone skin i’m actually the perfect candidate for this version of my holy grail product, and the Pure Active micellar has kicked the original version off my shelf. Although my life long love affair with the original formula will never end, there’s something about the Pure Active micellar that feels more powerful, and it’s nice to know i’m adding another acne fighting step into my routine. I also think i end up using a little less of this when i’m removing my makeup too, compared to the original version. 

Garnier pure active clear skin kit review acne oily skincare teen skin

“Unclog” from step 2 is a word i can get along with, my face needs “unclogging” every once in a while, i’m pretty sure everyones does now i come to think about it. I’ve written about them before, i’m a fan of a 3 in 1 wash, scrub and mask but i find it’s really hard to get them right, they often end up being abrasive or aggravating and just make my face slightly redder than before, so i wasn’t sure if i would like the second product in the kit. 

The Pure Active wash, scrub and mask is quite different to the similar other products i’ve tried in the past; the formula is creamy and the exfoliating bits (for want of a better word than “beads”, but failing to find it) are really fine and almost disappear into the skin, meaning the exfoliation isn’t harsh but still leaves you with clearer resurfaced skin. 

If scrubs are too harsh they can do more harm than good, but i’ve found a really good balance using this once a week. It’s also an amazing really quick morning mask, instead of having to take half an hour doing a face mask it means i can take 5 minutes and get the same results without the effort (and even i, who can spend 40 minutes a day on skincare can want minimal effort products every once in a while). 

Garnier pure active clear skin kit review acne oily skincare teen skin

The third and final step in the system is hydrate which we all know, i’ve gone on about it enough, is one of the most important steps in keeping oily skin at bay. Moisturiser is one of the hardest products to get right when it comes to my skin, even some of the most high end beautifully created moisturisers can leave me with breakouts, so a gel like moisturiser is music to my ears. The Pure Active matte control moisturiser is such a light, non greasy texture but somehow you only need the tiniest amount, it sinks in almost immediately and i’m always reassured when a product contains salicylic acid, so it’ll help combat my breakouts. The matte control moisturiser has become my go to for days when i’m not wearing any makeup, if i were wearing makeup i would go for a thicker formula underneath, but this is perfect for keeping bare skin moisturised but not shiny.

I’ve used the clear skin kit for over a month now and i’m actually seeing a difference in my skin, particularly with my skin texture. I’m determined to expand my pure active collection, i’ve got my eye on the makeup remover purifying wash so you’ll probably see me running to the skincare isle again soon. I’ve always said Garnier are one of my favourite skincare brands, and they’ve yet to disappoint me!

See the kit for yourself:


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  1. September 13, 2017 / 12:24 pm

    I used to have effortlessly flawless skin when I was younger but over the last few years I've had constant break outs! I've been on the lookout for products to add to my skin care routine without breaking the bank, so I might have to check these out. Great pictures, thanks for sharing!

    • September 23, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      Garnier has been my go to for years for affordable skincare, if anyone asks what i'd recommend i'd always say this, definitely worth a try! x

    • September 23, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      Hands down the best affordable skincare you can get, definitely do! x

  2. September 15, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    I have some of Garnier's products already in my skin care routine, but not these. I too have oily acne prone skin so I might have to try these out x

    Sophie's Spot

    • September 23, 2017 / 8:32 pm

      omg if you like the rest of the range you'll love these! x

  3. September 23, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    I don't own a lot of stuff by Garnier, but everything I do works so well. And they are definitely friendly to a student budget 😀
    gonna check out some new things by them soon 🙂
    just a quick question; who takes photos like the first one? person or a tripod? 😀

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