Australian-Available Skin Care Routine

We have it easy here in the great down under in many ways; great public healthcare, high standards of living, and a wonderful (albeit skin cancer inducing) climate. But what we do lack is an affordable, wide range of skincare like the US and Europe have. Sometimes you just get a bit tired of being suggested CeraVe and Stridex, and want be able to pop down Priceline and get everything you need.

If you’re a fellow Aussie searching for locally available and affordable product suggestions, look no further. Here’s some great products I love, and you wont need to wait for 5 years and sell a kidney to get them.


QV Gentle Wash

The most bland, unoffensive cleanser. Sounds boring, but seriously cleansing should be the boring step in your routine. It’s a waste to literally rinse fancy actives and extracts down the sink. A good cleanser should be non-drying and cheap, and this is exactly that. Plus it comes in a 1 litre size that might last you for the rest of your life.

Cetaphil for Oily Skin

But if you can’t give up that foaming action, this is fragrance-free and still pretty gentle. And yet another huge bottle that’ll last months, even years.

Simple Toner

This hydrating toner is packed with awesome ingredients like niacinamide, panthenol and allantoin, plus it’s alcohol free. If you want to move away from astringent toners this is a super affordable beginner’s option to give you a taste of what a hydrating watery lotion is like.

Benzac AC 2.5% Mild Acne Gel

A cheap and cheerful benzoyl peroxide acne treatment that’s great for beginners. It’s low percentage means its minimally irritating while still being effective. Be careful, it bleaches your sheets + towels, so make sure they’re white!

Benzac Daily Facial Moisturiser SPF 15

Perfect for wearing during the daytime, with some extra SPF. This is a lightweight moisturiser that’s also fatty alcohol free.

Nivea Creme

If you need something heavier however, try trust Nivea Creme. It’s super rich and moisturising and so affordable, and you can find it anywhere!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face

This all-rounder sunscreen is white-cast free and dries down so you don’t feel sticky or look greasy.

Glow Lab Night Cream

Keep an eye out for a review on this bad boy in January. It’s a fatty alcohol free, lightweight night cream that’s great for breakout prone skin. It’s a new product made by a New Zealander company and I’m really enjoying it so far!

Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Night Cream

This is perfect for those who need a heavier cream to beat dry skin at night.



I hope that this list helps you out, let me know what other Australia-available products you love, and I’ll see you again soon!

The Skin Careless