THERE’S never been a better time for budget-friendly skincare.
However, as the cost of living crisis continues, very few of us are willing to make sacrifices for glowing skin.
So are cheap products really good? And if so, are they as good as their more expensive counterparts?
The short answer, according to one skin expert, is yes.
“Expensive products don’t offer more than cheaper brands,” says Dr. Ewoma Ukeleghe, Doctor of Medicine and Cosmetics, told The Sun.
“They invest a lot in marketing and a lot in packaging, but you really don’t have to invest a lot in your skincare routine to see results.”
“Cheaper brands often perform as well or better than expensive ones.”
When it comes to choosing the right skin care product, according to Dr. Ewoma mainly depends on the ingredients on the packaging.
Here are the two ingredients to always look out for.
Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that your body needs to maintain healthy-looking skin.
“It’s a great ingredient for nourishing and supporting the skin’s barrier,” says Dr. Ewoma.
Studies have shown the chemical to be effective in treating acne and eczema.
There is also evidence that niacinamide can reduce wrinkles and reduce hyperpigmentation.
ATTEMPT: The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane, £7.90, boots.com.
Forget hyaluronic acid, there’s a new moisturizing product on the market.
Unlike hyaluronic acid, which only locks in moisture, glycerin attracts water, stimulating skin cells to promote healthier, younger-looking skin, says Dr. Ewoma.
Glycerin is also very effective on rough patches and calluses.
It works by signaling your superficial skin cells to mature faster, which means you shed dead skin cells faster.
Check the label to make sure your moisturizer has the right ingredients.
ATTEMPT: Cetaphil Daily Hydration Moisturizer, £9.65, Superdrug