Monday, 21 May 2012
Beauty on a Budget - penny pinching on skincare.
Bluewater buying the stuff) until her stockbroker husband had left her and she had to get a full time job to support herself and her daughter, plus pay a mortgage and that she had used the Aldi skincare range ever since and was really pleased with it. Almost at the stage where I was about to cut open my tube of Dermalogica skin soothing cream and order a new one, I was intrigued and thought I would give their anti-wrinkle day cream a try.
Yes I know I am someone who has only ever bought fairly expensive skincare since my early twenties, apart from the Protect and Perfect eye cream I got fairly recently as I had a money off voucher and that I am a huge lover of Eve Lom and Liz Earle cleansers (depending on what I can afford at the time) and insist on having Dermalogica facials when I do manage to go to a Salon, but I thought that at £1.99 it was worth a go, after all, what can you get with £2 these days anyway?
I am a huge believer that the most important thing is to cleanse, tone and moisturise and that nothing is going to actually take your wrinkles away if it comes out of a tube or jar, so all you can do as you march towards and through middle age, is look after your skin as if you were much younger and trying to keep the wrinkles at bay.
I noticed that the Aldi day cream had the words "Q10" on the label, something that bought a very well known skincare brand to mind and I realised that one of the most important things if you want to trade down and save money on your skin care, is to read the labels or box inserts and see if the cheaper brands contain the same ingredients as your favourite high end skincare. So I decided to check the well known brand's ingredients against the Aldi cream and found that they have the following in common (now I know this bit is probably boring, but it took me ages and is an essential part research, so please bear with me) :-
Aqua, Octocrylene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol,Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopheryl, Ubiquinone, Trisodium EDTA, Parfum, Limonene,Phenoxyethanol,
I might have missed some, my eyes were going funny reading all the small print on the Aldi face cream box, but I had to do it to prove a point and have to report that the Aldi cream actually contains many more ingredients which include: Soja Seed Oil, Albus Seed Extract, Vulgere Germ Extract, Persea Gratissima Oil to name but a few! Convinced yet? Nivea Q10 costs £9.99 as opposed to the Aldi £1.99.
If money is no object and you are happy spending over £200 on a jar of Revive, then fine, I know I would, but for those with much less to spend and who still want a quality product then a few minutes checking what your usual face cream consists of and comparing it to a cheaper brand may well be worth while. The most expensive moisturiser I have ever bought was Zelens and my skin looked no better for it by the time the jar was empty.
The Aldi range has featured in the Daily Mail, The Mirror, Marie Claire and lots of other publications where it is claimed to have out performed far more expensive brands. You can read more on the Aldi website and before you ask, no I will not be buying Barry M nail polish instead of Chanel or Max Factor lipstick in place of Chantecaille, its like handbags, I do have some strange sort of inbuilt snobbery that only applies to certain items (yes I know I am a weirdo) but I AM going to use up my jar of Aldi Restorative Face Cream for mature skin for sure!
What is your usual brand of moisturiser and would you switch to a cheaper brand if you knew it contained many of the same components as a cheaper brand?