SKIN CARE doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective.
Fabulous spoke exclusively to Shelly Woods, Advanced Aesthetics Practitioner and Founder of skin techniques on the best budget anti aging skin care products and why they are of the highest quality but don’t have the high end price.
Shelly said: “Inconsistency is the worst thing you can do to your skin. So if something works well for you, stick with it.”
“Also, avoid applying too much product. Even though it’s tempting, it won’t do your skin any good. A pea-sized amount is enough to cover your face, plus you’re wasting your money.”
And when it comes to money, here are her picks for the best skincare products under £15.
Medik8 GENTLE CLEANSE™ Moisturizing Rosemary Foam – £9.00
Shelly said, “The Medik8 cleaner It is suitable for very sensitive skin mild detergents and sensitive-friendly ingredients, making it optimized for gentle cleaning .
“The light lather leaves skin feeling completely refreshed, hydrated and soft”, and the mild formula “gently lifts impurities and dirt from the skin and rinses off effortlessly”.
Apply the cleanser every morning and evening by pumping into the palm of your hand and massaging onto damp face and neck. Gently remove the foam by splashing water on your face, then pat dry.
Cera-C Pore Reducing Toner T1 with Niacinamide, Ceramides and Vitamin C £15.00
Shelly said so Cera-C Pore Reducing Toner is “a lightweight toner formulated with ceramides and a five percent niacinamide (vitamin B3) balance promote elasticity and minimize pore size.”
“Ceramide helps your skin retain moisture – and this layer of skin can decrease with age and exposure to environmental stressors.”
Use this product after cleansing, place a cotton pad over the bottle and give it a quick tap to wet the pad. Apply gently to entire face and neck, avoiding the eye area – do not rinse. Then apply serum and moisturizer. This can be used daily.
The Regular Multi-Peptide + HA Serum aka ‘Buffet’ – £14.70
The expert said that this product is “a multi-peptide serum with a variety – anything but ordinary –“This powerful all-in-one treatment targets multiple signs of aging.”
Shelly added: “Like a sumptuous feast for the skin, The usual buffet serum offers an impressive range of anti-aging wonders – at a surprisingly affordable price.”
Its ingredients help “stimulate collagen and provide excellent hydration that plumps fine lines and reduces the depth of furrows.” The result should be “an ultra-smoothing serum that reveals nourished, youthful-looking skin.”
The skincare expert recommends using it “morning and evening after cleansing all over the face.”
CeraVe AM Moisturizing Face Lotion SPF30 with Ceramides for Normal to Dry Skin 52ml – £12.40
CeraVe AM Moisturizing Face Lotion SPF30 is a “light moisturizer with SPF 30 that provides long-lasting moisture to the skin”.
It was “specially designed for normal to dry skin types” and “moisturizes and protects the skin”.
To use: in the morning after cleansing toner and serum. Apply. Use the pump applicator to apply the product to your fingertips or directly onto the skin. Apply liberally to face and neck.
Q+A Vitamin C Eye Cream 15ml – £8.00
Shelly said, “The Q+A Vitamin C Eye Cream brightens and invigorates the eye area and provides the skin with multi-layered moisture. It also helps boost collagen production and fights fine lines and wrinkles.
“This eye cream is perfect for all skin types, especially dull and aging skin.”
To apply, apply gently to the eye area and massage into skin with your ring finger. Apply morning and evening.
The Ordinary Retinol Serum 0.2% in Squalane 30ml – £6.90
The skin care expert said The Ordinary Retinol Serum 0.2% Squalane is a “moisturizing face serum” that “visibly tightens and plumps the skin”.
“This anhydrous solution contains 1% pure retinol, an ingredient that may help reduce the appearance of fine lines, photodamage and general skin aging.
“Although retinol has been extensively studied, it is irritating to the skin and there are newer technologies that mimic the visible effects of retinol without causing skin irritation. For this reason, we generally recommend using Granactive Retinoid 2% or Granactive Retinoid 5% instead of this formula.”
For evening use as part of your skincare routine, apply a small amount to your face after water serums but before heavier treatments. Do not use with other retinoid treatments and avoid unprotected sun exposure.
NIVEA Q10 Power Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream 50ml – £12.95
Shelley said: “NIVEA® Q10 Power Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Regenerating Night Cream Effectively combats lines and wrinkles and leaves the skin visibly firmer.
“It contains a powerful antioxidant to ward off natural aging and is combined with creatine to effectively fight wrinkles.
“The intensively nourishing formula regenerates the skin at night when it is most receptive.”
Apply to cleansed face every evening after serum for smoother and deeply regenerated skin.