Hold back the years for under £30
As it’s revealed that women spend more than £24,000 on wrinkle creams and treatments in a lifetime, we show you the products that will save a fortune while getting the results.
Here’s a pick of the best affordable skincare…
Cost of beauty: We show you the products that will be of benefit to your skin and your budget
BEST SECRET INGREDIENT
Garnier UltraLift Pro-X Replumping + Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream, £7.72, lloydspharmacy.com
This new day-cream has had great reviews. It is enriched with Garnier’s Pro-Xylane formula — a skin-enforcing molecule designed to lift the skin. This is the same ingredient originally developed by Lancome in 2006 and is also in L’Oreal Paris’s Derma Genesis range.
BeneFit Realness of Concealness Mini ‘Fake-It’ Kit, £23.50, (benefit cosmetics.co.uk).
This is a brilliant mini collection of some of BeneFit’s best concealers and enhancers.
The kit contains Ooh La Lift for under-eye brightening; High Beam Lip Plump Primer; Lemon Aid complexion highlighter; an eyelid primer; and Boi-ing, a concealer.
It works on the skin’s upper layers to improve elasticity and plumpness, reinforcing its natural firmness. This leaves wrinkles dramatically reduced and skin tightened and plumped up, with a healthy radiant glow.
BEST ON A BUDGET
Pond’s Nourishing Anti-Wrinkle Cream, £4.07, Superdrug
Sales of Pond’s Cold Cream soared by 120 per cent last year after Kylie said it was one of her favourite skincare products. The Nourishing Anti-Wrinkle Cream is new to the essential collection and contains white-tea extract, vitamin B3 and SPF 15.
It gives skin an instant glow and smoothes out lines and wrinkles. It scores just as many points as the original Cold Cream (also £4.07) for value. It is one of the least expensive anti-ageing creams on the market, but is a great performer.
BEST BOTANICAL INGREDIENTS
Botanics Mature Anti-Wrinkle Firming Day Cream, £7.14, Boots
Used every day, this luxurious cream will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is infused with purple orchid extract to nourish, and murumuru butter which is a great softening ingredient. The plant extracts are at levels that really work and have been approved by the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. It’s especially good for very dry skin.
BEST FOR 60-PLUS
L’Oreal Dermo Expertise Age Re-Perfect Pro-Calcium Cream, £8.23, Superdrug
Jane Fonda is the face of this moisturiser, which has an affordable price tag. The Age Re-Perfect Pro-Calcium range is aimed at ‘very mature skin’ — L’Oreal Paris suggests 60-plus, but I know younger women who have been very happy with it. This new formula is enriched with its patented ‘Pro-Calcium’ ingredient, which is said to be anti-slackening. Regular use leaves the skin feeling more supple. Some users have said their skin felt softer after one use.
Left to right: Garnier UltraLift Pro-X Replumping + Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream, £7.72, lloydspharmacy.com, Botanics Mature Anti-Wrinkle Firming Day Cream, £7.14, Boots, Avalon Organics vitamin C Renewal Facial Cream, £9.99, victoriahealth.com
BEST ORGANIC CREAM
Avalon Organics vitamin C Renewal Facial Cream, £9.99, victoriahealth.com
It’s not a household name, but this little orange pot of cream from Avalon Organics contains a cocktail of highly effective ingredients. There’s nourishing organic borage, flax and sweet almond oils, plus vitamin C for highly effective photo-ageing protection. Enriched with lemon bioflavonoids, melatonin and organic white-tea antioxidants, it contains a special lipo-filling complex to enhance your glow.
Scented with the organic sweet orange essential oil, it smells and feels like a premium product — at a purse-friendly price.
BEST FOR SUN PROTECTION
Time-Delay Wrinkle Prevention Day Moisturiser SPF 15, £9.69, Boots
This fragrance-free cream is light, but feels much richer on the skin. It contains lipopeptides and extract of white lupin, known for their anti-ageing properties, and antioxidants to boost and protect the skin. UVA/UVB filters mean protection is ongoing. Skin feels smoother, softer and noticeably fresher looking after regular use.
Left to right: Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Effective Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream, £8.49, Boots, Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Night Renewal Cream, £4.95, Superdrug
BEST FOR FIGHTING WRINKLES
Nivea Visage Pure & Natural Effective Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream, £8.49, Boots
We know the Duchess of Cambridge is a fan of Nivea’s Pure & Natural range, having been spotted snapping up a jar of the Moisturising Day Cream (£5.10) in Boots.
The Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream is aimed at older skin. It’s formulated to help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Its effective anti-ageing ingredients include organically grown burdock fruit extract and argan oil. With this range, 95 per cent of ingredients are from natural origins, it also contains no parabens, silicones, colourants or mineral oils, therefore it is suitable for sensitive skin.
BEST FOR HYDRATION
Simple Repair Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream, £8.16, Boots
This day cream has been clinically proven in tests to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in four weeks. It contains mushroom extract to refine and improve skin tone, seaweed extract to reduce sensitivity and black oat lecithin to hydrate and repair.
It also includes two vital vitamins — pro vitamin B5 to restore, soften and soothe, and vitamin E to moisturise. This is suitable for all skin types and, like all Simple products, contains no perfume or colour.
Left to right: Pond’s Nourishing Anti-Wrinkle Cream, £4.07, Superdrug, L’Oreal Dermo Expertise Age Re-Perfect Pro-Calcium Cream, £8.23, Superdrug
BEST NIGHT CREAM
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Night Renewal Cream, £4.95, Superdrug
Palmer’s has produced another wonderful smelling cream rich with cocoa and shea butters to add moisture, firm and smooth. It penetrates at a deeper level and is loaded with age-fighting ingredients, including a touch of Evening Primrose to soothe stressed skin. And, rather charmingly, the company has been run by the same family since the mid-19th century.
EYEING UP A HOLIDAY
IT’S A WRAP
Eyelash tinting is a great idea before a holiday, as you can skip mascara and eyeliner and have no worries about smudges or spidery lashes.
Shavata’s Brow Studios are offering a 20-minute semi-permanent lash-tinting treatment that works on fair and dark lashes. Results last up to six weeks and treatments are available nationwide.
Eyelash tinting, £19, Shavata Brow Studios.
Shalimar, the spicy fragrance with a distinctive bottle, was launched in 1925.
Now Guerlain’s perfumer, Thierry Wasser, has created a version for 2011 — Shalimar Parfum Initial. It is a lighter version of the original, but just as sexy. And the bottle is just as dressing table-worthy. It’s made with four of the original ingredients, including vanilla.
Shalimar Initial Parfum, £37 (40ml) available nationwide.
New nail wrap designs from Nail Rock last up to seven days on fingers and up to eight weeks on toes. The UK Gold Nail Wraps were a hit with the world No 1 tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki, who wore them on court at Wimbledon.
A treatment takes 15 minutes to apply at home. Unlike polish, they do not chip or stain and are quicker to apply.
United Kingdom Gold Nail Wraps, £6.95, nailrock.com.