Come on ladies, don’t be fooled by that pseudo science!

The skincare and cosmetics business is a racket! On the very rare occasions that I venture into a department store I am always stunned by the cost of products on sale. £45 for tiny tub of miracle moisturiser? I could feed myself for a week for that. I don’t buy them anymore, but I know the pages of the high end glossy women’s magazines are full of impossibly beautiful, photoshopped models and celebrities selling products claiming to reduce wrinkles, to revitalise your skin, to ‘replenish, hydrate and protect’, to ‘firm and lift’. One product I found claims to renew cells overnight; I’m sure that happens anyway! 

My daughter worked as an assistant in the beauty department of a national newspaper as a student. They were sent hundreds of such products to review and she brought me some to try a couple of times. One was an anti-aging serum which retailed at, wait for it, £120!!! I used it a couple of times but i didn’t rate it. I truly prefer my £1.99 Aldi face cream. Another freebie was a ‘natural’ moisturiser which was so highly perfumed I could only stand using it as a hand cream. This one would have cost £48 to buy.

I wonder if the claims of the companies producing these items have ever been scientifically tested? I doubt it. 

I do think it is a good idea to use some form of moisturiser and also sun protection. But you can purchase these things for less than a fiver. I have been using my Aldi creams for about five years now and I swear I don’t look a day over 25 😉. Don’t waste your money and take a holiday with what you save! 

18 thoughts on “Come on ladies, don’t be fooled by that pseudo science!

  1. Mr Home Maker

    I always look at the active ingredients list and the percentages listed. The numbers are key to comparison in not only these type of products but most pharma’ products

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  2. Chrissie

    I use coconut oil as a cleanser with a “hot cloth” at night to remove make up, it takes off my mascara too! I don’t put anything on my face at night as I feel that’s when nature does its work and the skin can breathe. In the morning i just use simple moisturiser at the moment and at 60 my skin is pretty good! I think a lot of people forget that our skin is porous so putting too many nasties on it is not good and a few wrinkles are a sign that we have had a good life as we are lucky to have lived that long to get them! Drinking plenty of water helps too!

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    1. shoestringjane@outlook.com Post author

      I couldn’t agree more . I have started using almond oil as body lotion too and it’s great – and very cheap!

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      1. Amanda

        Ooh can I ask where you buy Almond oil from? Im struggling to find any natural oils that aren’t a ridiculous price!

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        1. shoestringjane@outlook.com Post author

          I got this bottle in a shop in Hackney but I think you can get it with the oils in Sainsbury’s

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    2. Chrissie

      I have some small brown glass bottles with a pippet that I put almond oil in along with evening primrose, just snip the top of a few capsules, and some essential oil, that’s good too! As our situation has changed recently we are having to be frugal and I am loving the challenge, both with food, beauty products and ” doing up ” and blogs like yours are inspirational, thank you!

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  3. Julia

    I can’t stand make-up! I only wear a bit of mascara and put the tiniest dab of E45 lotion on my face & body after washing as my skin feels dry otherwise. The large bottle last me so long it works out cheaper than lots of cheaper but smaller ones.

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  4. Gillian McMullen

    This cleanse, tone and moisturizer I am sure is just a marketing lark. I have dry skin so I use pears soap (70p) and Neutrogena Norwegian formula, comfort balm. It cost around £3.50 a pot will last me about 2 years. Last year I was in John Lewis ( just looking) while a friend of mine spent £237 on face cream. Too say I was aghast was an understatement. Well mug her. Does she look any younger NO. £237 is holiday money in my book

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  5. AuntLeesie

    It’s always a good idea to take care of one’s body, including one’s skin, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to do so. I just wish… oh, how I wish… we could see beauty in all ages, shapes and sizes. I wish women didn’t feel it’s a requirement to look a decade or two younger, wear a single digit dress size, etc. My DH’s grandmother was 100 when she passed away. In that last year, I’d often rub lotion into her hands, arms, legs and feet. One day I felt moved almost to tears looking at her hands. They were gnarled and twisted from arthritis. Her skin was thin and papery, the blue veins prominent. And they were the most beautiful hands I’d ever seen. Hands that had folded in prayer every day for almost a century, that had prepared thousands of meals, had wiped tears from many dozens of faces, arranged countless vases of flowers.

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      1. AuntLeesie

        Thank you. Grandma Grif had a fascinating life. She only had one child, but when widowed in her 50s and already graying, became a dorm mother at Ivory Coast Academy in Africa where she lived for several years. She used Ponds cold cream instead of soap on her face. Her skin care was simple. Inexpensive. She saw no reason to fight aging. I’ve tried to learn from that.

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        1. shoestringjane@outlook.com Post author

          Im sure you have mentioned her before AuntLeesie – maybe you should write her biography? She sounds like a fascinating person

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  6. Mrs LH

    I’ve tried many over the years – the most expensive moisturiser being about £20. I always come back to my old faithful – a £4 pot will last me a year. I don’t overdo the cleanse & moisturizing stuff – my skin just breaks out in spots (at 52) if I faff too much with it.

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  7. Lavender10

    Couldn’t agree with you more. It’s beyond belief what some people will spend on skin care products. No product will make you look younger or prevent ageing. Just have to look after yourself & try to make the best of yourself.

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  8. Nicola

    I used to use Clinique’s Dramatically Different moisturiser but when I started to get my spending under control I decided I couldn’t justify fifteen quid for a small jar. I now use Nivea. It’s not quite as light but it’s fine.

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