Beauty Clinic: Skincare on a budget
Q. I am currently unemployed and looking for skincare that is affordable and effective, specifically for anti-ageing products, day and night cream and serums/facial oils. Do you have any experience with the B. range from Superdrug? PS your Beauty Steals app is great, too. A. We sympathise with your situation and the good news is that there are now some very affordable ranges, which really deliver.
We suggest you start by looking at the B. range from Superdrug, which we like ourselves and are currently trialling for Beauty Bible.
B. Replenished Facial Oil, the anti-oxidant rich formula contains rosehip, argan and crambe seed oils, which, they tell us, combine to boost moisture without blocking pores. They promise ‘12 hour intense hydration’.
Like most facial oils, B. Replenished Facial Oil will suit all skin types. Surprisingly, even shiny, acne-prone skins are balanced, provided you don't use too much. Just a few drops are plenty, or add a couple of drops to a day or night moisturiser. (So oils last for ages.)
A newcomer to the B. range is B. Rescued Energising Balm, designed to prep your skin for the day. The Balm contains Persian Silk Tree Extract, which works to help reduce toxins caused by sun exposure and lack of sleep. It’s been clinically proven to hydrate skin for 12 hours and provides the perfect base for makeup, they say. Again, we are trialling this for Beauty Bible.
There are several other tempting products in the B. range, and some great offers if you go online at www.superdrug.com.
Another range to consider is Lacura, which is sold at Aldi stores. As you might expect from this store, the prices are very good, for instance Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Cream, and a Multi Intensive Serum - Restorative. One Beauty Bible reader tells us she couldn't believe anything that price could be good but she was immediately impressed by the Serum.
Thirdly, do have a look at the Nivea Anti-Age range on www.boots.com, which has consistently impressed us. The Nivea Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle CC Tinted Day Cream SPF15, and the range covers all the skincare you could need.
Lacura Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Cream/£1.99 for 50ml and Lacura Multi Intensive Serum - Restorative at £3.49 for 50ml at Aldi stores
Nivea Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle CC Tinted Day Cream SPF15/£5.49 for 50ml at www.boots.com - buy here