As much as I love fashion and beauty, I’ve always been a bit rubbish when it comes to skincare. That’s not to say that I don’t look after my skin – I always make sure I remove all traces of make-up before bed and I love to treat myself to a Lush fresh face mask when unwinding after a long day but when it comes to the products I actually use on it, I’ve definitely always been at the budget end of the market. I’ve suffered from eczema for the majority of my life which has meant that not only does the skin on my face get dry and therefore needs a lot of moisturising but because it’s so sensitive, I’m reluctant to spend a fortune on ‘miracle’ creams and serums that might bring me out in a rash! Previously I’ve mainly stuck to Simple products but since moving into town, Aldi has become my local supermarket and their extensive Lacura skincare range has been catching my eye. Ever since the furore that Boots Protect & Perfect caused a few years ago, budget beauty brands have been in the spotlight and, it would appear, can give the more expensive names in skincare a run for their money. Having heard good things about Aldi’s offerings, I decided to pick up a few products along with the rest of my weekly shop.
My first pick is Lacura’s Daily Face Cream. Not only is this an amazing £1.49 but it’s also SPF 15 which means it moisturises AND protects your skin at the same time. I try my best to use products with an SPF but they can often be hard to find when you’re on a budget. The formula is a little bit thicker than the daily moisturiser I normally use (think sun cream consistency) but it sinks in well, moisturises brilliantly and so far I’ve not had any reaction to it.
My second buy was the Multi Intensive Serum Renew for £3.49. I absolutely LOVE this product. It’s a lovely consistency and makes my skin feel really nourished. I was initially using it at night before I went to bed but due to its general amazingness and price, I’ve been using it as a normal moisturiser (the Daily Face Cream layered on top) now that the temperature has decided to turn a bit more autumnal. Despite being very rich, it’s light on and a little goes a long way. My only complaint is that it seems to sell out very quickly so I must remember to stock up when I’m next in!
My final purchase is the Pro-Vital Hand Cream. I always seem to have a million hand creams on the go – in my bag, on my desk at work, by my bed, on the arm of the sofa – so I need one that not only moisturises but also won’t break the bank! Lacura have several in their range, all priced at 75p and I picked this one as the combination of beeswax and vitamin E really appealed. It sunk in very quickly and left my hands really soft (my eczema also means that my hands dry out very quickly too so it’s really nice to not feel that they look like an OAPs for once!).
Overall, I’m really impressed with the quality of the products as well as the price and best of all, Aldi don’t test their products or ingredients on animals. I’ll definitely be checking out the rest of the range, especially the cosmetics as I’ve heard that Lacura’s concealer pen is a very good dupe for YSL’s Touche Éclat…