The skincare and cosmetics business is a racket! Wild claims of eternal youth using pseudo science to back them up means companies can charge a lot for a pot of cream. 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, photo-shopped 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!
A pseudo science racket
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 pseudo science 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 on moisturisers backed by pseudoscience.
There are lots of ways to be beautiful on a budget. So ignore those fancy ads and take a holiday with what you save!