An effective moisturiser is the foundation of a good skincare regime, and we’re always on the lookout for products that will give us that glowing complexion. The old-fashioned theory that, the more money you pay, the superior the product, is “out of date”.
It is now the norm, even “on-trend” to buy our makeup and beauty products from budget supermarkets and retailers. They are all selling outstanding makeup and skincare that a lot of beauty bloggers and aficionados are shouting about. I have bought and sampled a few of these myself……. But, in reality, ‘are they any good?”
Whether we’re dipping in and out of premium or budget skincare products, there’s always room for the odd “spendy splurge” – I should add, I have never spent hundreds of pounds on a face cream, nor would I want to.
In the budget beauty world when a skincare product is launched, which has the same magic ingredients as another expensive cream, there’s a huge curiosity and necessity to try it.
This happened when Aldi launched their ‘Caviar’ skincare (£6.99) a few years ago.
The beauty experts were all comparing it to ‘La Prairie’ skincare, which retails at a whopping £170.00.
On the launch day, there was a stampede to Aldi to bag one. There were queues around the block from very early in the morning. I know this because, as usual, I got there too late, rushing into the store to be faced with an empty shelf.
The poor staff were at a loss for words – shocked at some people’s (bulk buying) behaviour. This resulted in limiting the amount of creams to two boxes per person. I did eventually get my hands on a jar, later in the month, then continued to use it for around six months. The furore had obviously died down by then.
The question is, are we compromising on quality? Will a budget face cream be as effective as either mid-priced skincare or the premium products sold on the beauty counters in department stores?
All women are looking for that magical moisture in a jar. Living in the UK, our weathered skin can take a battering from the inclement weather we experience. Heading into the winter months, we begin to suffer the worst of it – the elements can be unforgiving. Experiencing this every day can take its toll on our skin. Air pollution can be another major culprit – especially, if you live in the city. The main aggressors being traffic fumes, cigarette smoke and, of course, UV light. This can result in dry patches, spots and an overall lack of glow.
Most women in their 40’s, 50’s and-beyond are more interested in looking good rather than looking much younger. Today, it’s all about being healthy and looking after yourself, finding the beauty products that make us feel happy, while trying to achieve a glow.
It’s easy to get stuck in a beauty rut using the same products, year after year. Budget skincare products give us that opportunity to “explore” without breaking the bank.
The importance of taking time to research new products can be tedious. It’s worth it when you find the ones which suit your skin and work for you.
I’m always on the lookout for something light but effective. I do tend to chop and change my moisturisers and serums apart from my staple skincare which is retin-a cream & vitamin C serum. See post
Most of our demographic do have a major frustration with the way over forty-year-old women are represented in the media, especially in advertising. This, of course, isn’t breaking news. It’s improved a smidgeon and women my age are now seen in some fashion magazines and advertisements, more frequently. A lot of beauty adverts make me cringe. This isn’t envy, it’s pure frustration! The skincare and makeup adverts show very young people advertising creams to reduce lines and wrinkles, when they haven’t got any. Oh, the irony!
The usual daytime adverts for our age group seem to be selling funeral insurance – for example, the SunLife commercial with Derek and his next-door neighbour June. This does make me laugh as this must be the way some insurance companies and the media think of over fifty-year olds.
I know some brands are beginning to listen as we have been sending out powerful messages, mainly in social media, blogging and magazines. There are also a few champions who aren’t frightened to speak out. Let’s hope the major brands begin to listen more. It’s our age group, after all, that have the most disposable income. You would think this alone would interest them.
Q10 Night Cream £1.49
This night cream has some of the ingredients used in high end products. It has been hailed by many a skincare addict as a winning combination. I find it rich without being greasy and absorbs quickly, without leaving residue. The ingredients include Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E. I am nearly finished my second pot so I feel I can justify a review. This is not a miracle cream, but it does a good job and is an extremely effective night moisturiser. I use it in the evening after cleansing and then applying my retin-a cream. I will carry on purchasing it because it’s such great value for money.
Cien Q10 Intensive Serum £2.99
This serum has also got an impressive list of ingredients. This also includes coenzyme Q10 which is listed as ‘ubiquinone’. As well as hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E and almond oil. The texture is silky and it absorbs quickly – meaning it layers well with both skincare and under makeup, too. The only negatives about this serum are: it contains a fragrance which may irritate some types of sensitive skin, and the pump does not extend to the bottom of the bottle, resulting in some wastage.
Cien Classic cream £1.99
I don’t want to be over-effusive, but out of the above three products, this is always the one I like to have “in stock”. The ingredients are, again, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E & Provitamin B5. It isn’t my main “go to”. But the ingredients and generous size of the tube means it lasts a long time. I’m not the only one in the family to use this and, if you’re looking for a good no frills moisturiser, then this is the one!
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