A recent report conducted by Sainsbury’s showed that although in April and May of this year, customers spending costs were higher than average due to the Royal Wedding and the unseasonal good weather, increased duty on fuel and rises on utilities such as gas and electricity are forcing people to cut back on spending again. Chief executive Justin King said that since the credit crunch, confidence had not yet returned and customers were wary of buying larger items, for example white goods, until they were reassured about the economic climate. There are ways to save money however on everyday items such as skin care and with a little bit of skin savvy you’ll find that you do not need to fork out on expensive creams.
The first thing you need to do is identify what kind of skin you have, as you may be using the wrong types of cream for your face and neck. Is your skin sensitive to new products? Does it appear greasy or shiny quickly after washing? Is it dry requiring a lot of moisturiser throughout the day? Do you have fine lines or pigmentation that you want to hide? By identifying your type of skin you are taking the first step into finding a lower cost skin care regime that will suit you. Some skin care products can actually exacerbate your skins problems; by using an oil based moisturiser on oil prone skin you are setting yourself up for spots and you can clog the skin and its pores. Some temporary lifting agents in skin creams can aggravate sensitive skin and cause fine lines or allergic reactions whilst others can be to drying or too oily.
There are special ingredients that are available in cheaper brands that you should look out for.
- Vitamins C and E are renowned for boosting collagen production and help with the signs of sun damage.
- Hyaluronic acid is a natural occurring compound found in the body that promotes hydration and protects the skin.
- Ceramides have many anti-aging properties.
- Glycolic acid speeds up cell renewal by exfoliating and helps to keep the skin smooth.
- UV filters help to protect against the sun’s harmful rays.
We have checked out the supermarkets to find you the best budget deals on skin care and have come up with these bargains. Aldi have on offer right now a day cream called Aldi Lacura Q10 Anti Wrinkle Cream for only £1.99 which contains both vitamins C and E and the enzyme Q10 which helps against premature ageing. Waitrose Baby Bottom Butter for £2.54 is a thick olive oil which is packed with anti oxidants and moisturising properties. For spot outbreaks try Dead Sea Spa Magik Spot On gel for £7.29, a quick drying formula that you can use over or under make up. And for a great day cream check out Olay Anti Wrinkle 2 in 1 Day Cream & Serum for £8.19 which will reduce fine lines and wrinkles and give a firmer appearance. Just because there is a credit crunch doesn’t mean we shouldn’t let our appearances go!