Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Aldi's Lacura Multi Intensive Serum

I'm always on the lookout for a bargain and when my Clarins serum ran out, I decided to try a completely budget alternative. I'm not a fan of the Boots No7 Protect and Perfect Serum (I know, I know - everyone raves about it, but it just doesn't work for me) but when I researching some alternatives, I discovered that Aldi actually has it's own skincare range. Would it make my face fall off? Bring me out in hives? For £3.49, it was worth finding out - I could bin it at the first danger sign. 

I couldn't decide between Aqua-Complete and Renew - so I got both. Aqua-Complete is 'a special amino acid moisturising complex, providing rapid moisture replenishment and improves the skin's moisture binding ability in the long term through the restructuring of the skin's uppermost layers'. It's recommended for younger users; from around 20 to 35 years old. (I'm just out of that bracket, so I figured I should start with this one - I'm not getting any younger.)

It's both light and hydrating. The scent isn't great, but it's not too overpowering and doesn't last long - so I can put up with it. It's moisturising enough that I wouldn't necessarily need to use moisturiser in the morning - unless my skin is particularly dry, which it is at the moment. I think it would be fine in summer though - I'd just use this and then my SPF cream. It is absorbed by the skin easily and quickly. Somewhat unbelievably at this price, it contains hyaluronic acid - which basically helps skin cells retain more than 1000 times their weight in water. As well as being super moisturising, this acid provides increased smoothness. It's a winner. I only wish I'd bothered about things like this when I was 20.

Lacura Aqua-Complete
Renew is aimed at the more experienced lady; from 35 to 50. Aldi claims that: 'the bio peptide Mimox promotes active skin relaxation and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.' How? Well, it contains Coenzyme Q10 - which helps boost skin repair and regeneration. When you're younger, your body creates this on it's own; after you hit 30, the ability to do this drops, and so any extra help you can get it a bonus. I didn't personally notice a huge difference immediately - I'll have to report back after long-term use. This one smells a bit nicer though - that's probably the macadamia nut oil, which is also quite moisturising too. 

Overall, if you're looking for an absolute bargain I can say with certainty these won't make your face fall off. Give them a try - I'm glad I did! Think of the savings that can be spent elsewhere...

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