Beauty confidential: Perfect skin for under 10

Perfect skin for under 10

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19:50 GMT, 15 August 2012

It’s been revealed that sales in skincare brands costing 100 or more have slumped. Yet you can get products that give great results for less than 10, proving you don’t need to spend a fortune on your beauty regime. Here’s our pick of the best skincare bargains…

TO BEAT BLEMISHES

ZAP SPOTS ON THE GO

Anatomicals Easy Peasy No Squeezy Roll On (3.99, Superdrug)

Apply this bargain zit-zapper as soon as you feel a spot coming and it will dramatically shorten its lifespan. The non-sticky formulation, which contains salicylic acid, dries out spots, cleans pores, reduces redness and minimises irritation. The rollerball applicator lets you target specific blemishes. It’s perfect for popping into your handbag.

Look good for less: You don't have to spend a fortune on beauty products

Look good for less: You don't have to spend a fortune on beauty products

MOISTURISE WITHOUT GREASE

Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Moisturiser (4.99, Boots)

Even those with oily skins should use a daily moisturiser, as it helps balance the skin’s natural oils and so prevent breakouts. This oil-free moisturiser, formulated for blemish-prone skins, keeps skin hydrated while using a patented technology, Microclear, to help reduce and prevent spots and impurities. So rather than adding to the oil in skin, it helps reduce excessive oil production.

MINIMISE ENLARGED PORES

Body Shop Tea Tree Pore Minimiser (7.50)

Oily skin can often mean enlarged pores, which can become clogged. This primer — to be used before your foundation or concealer — helps reduce pore size and leaves skin with a matte, even tone, so make-up goes on more smoothly and stays put for longer. The natural tea tree oil has an anti-bacterial action to help combat breakouts, while mineral powders soak up the oil.

THE CLEANEST CLEANSER

Garnier PureActive Daily Energising Gel Scrub (4.99)

This scrub works wonders on blackheads. It contains tiny microbeads that help to slough off dead cells and give skin a healthy glow. It’s gentle enough to be used daily and contains salicylic acid, which has anti-bacterial properties to help calm skin.

TO FIGHT AGEING…

YOUTH-BOOSTING MOISTURISER

Bargain buy: Skin System Anti-Ageing Replenishing Day Cream, 5, Asda

Bargain buy: Skin System Anti-Ageing Replenishing Day Cream, 5, Asda

Skin System Anti-Ageing Replenishing Day Cream (5, Asda)

This well-priced moisturiser helps to stimulate collagen and improve skin’s elasticity. It’s rich enough to hydrate skin throughout the day, but not so heavy it risks leaving an oily residue. The packaging looks expensive, and the cream lasts for ages, making this a great all-round day cream that’s fantastic for the price.

TARGET YOUR LINES

Formula Skin Care Age Defence Targeted Concentrate (9.50, M&S)

Specially formulated for 30-plus skin, this is a handy roller-ball pen that can be run over fine lines and wrinkles to help plump the skin and reduce the appearance of ageing. It is packed with active ingredients that boost radiance, target wrinkles and reduce moisture loss.

PREVENT WRINKLES

Nurture Daily Face Protector (7.45, nurtureskincare.co.uk)

With
an SPF-30, this lightweight cream offers good protection against UVA
rays, which contribute to premature ageing, and from UVB rays, which
cause sunburn.

Get into the habit of using a product with SPF every
day, not just when the sun is out. /08/15/article-2188868-148F3C2A000005DC-409_196x275.jpg” width=”196″ height=”275″ alt=”Quick fixes: From left: Earth Science A-D-E Creamy Cleanser, Garnier Nutritionist BB Oil Free Miracle Skin Perfector and Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It ” class=”blkBorder” />

Quick fixes: From left: Earth Science A-D-E Creamy Cleanser, Garnier Nutritionist BB Oil Free Miracle Skin Perfector and Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It

Quick fixes: From left: Earth Science A-D-E Creamy Cleanser, Garnier Nutritionist BB Oil Free Miracle Skin Perfector and Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It

Quick fixes: From left: Earth Science A-D-E Creamy Cleanser (9.99), Garnier Nutritionist BB Oil Free Miracle Skin Perfector (7.49) and Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It (7.40)

ONE CREAM DOES IT ALL

Garnier Nutritionist BB Oil Free Miracle Skin Perfector (7.49)

This new lightweight cream is a great all-in-one solution. It reduces the appearance of imperfections, contains a light touch of make-up to even skin tone, gives a healthy glow and protects skin with SPF-20. It is perfect if you have combination to oily skin. After four weeks’ use, 76 per cent of women found that redness, spots and acne marks appeared to have lessened.

MASK YOUR IMPERFECTIONS

Soap & Glory Scrub Your Nose In It (7.40, Boots)

A great quick-fix solution for anyone who suffers from clogged pores. A great two-in-one product, it is an effective facial scrub, but also works as a face mask. To use as an exfoliator, apply a pea-sized blob to damp skin and massage it in gently before rinsing well and following with moisturiser. If you have clogged pores, apply a thin layer and leave it on as a mask for three minutes, then rinse off. Skin will look brighter instantly.

TO REFRESH TIRED LOOKING SKIN…

DE-PUFF EYES

Pond’s Eye Contour (7.99)

This clever product contains vitamins A, E and B5 to help condition the skin around the eye, reduce puffiness and smooth wrinkles. It also has avocado and jojoba oils to nourish and strengthen the delicate skin around the eye area. The pot lasts for months, and leaves the eye area looking and feeling brighter and firmer.

DEWY NIGHT CREAM

Botanics All Bright Hydrating Night Cream (4.99, Boots)

This newly relaunched range, a collaboration between Boots and the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, uses powerful plant extracts to hydrate and brighten skin. Its night cream absorbs quickly, leaving skin feeling smooth and nourished. All products are well priced at under 8.99.

Reviving: Pond's Eye Contour (7.99), left,

Reviving: Pond's Eye Contour (7.99), left, and Botanics All Bright Hydrating Night Cream (4.99)

Reviving: Pond's Eye Contour (7.99), left, and Botanics All Bright Hydrating Night Cream (4.99)

GET AN INSTANT GLOW

Dirty Works Bling It On Shimmer Lotion (4.99, Sainsbury’s)

A great trick to help disguise lines and wrinkles on the decolletage is to add a little colour and a subtle shimmer to the area. This illuminating lotion contains just enough sparkle to give the area a healthy glow, and it moisturises at the same time.

COMBAT DULLNESS

Olay Essentials Smoothing Face Scrub (2.49)

A wonderful exfoliator which contains tiny microbeads to help rid the skin’s surface of dead skin cells, promoting radiance and brighter, clearer skin. It can also be used to remove traces of make-up. It is specially formulated for normal to dry complexions, so it won’t dehydrate your skin.

BEAUTY FAVOURITES YOU CAN'T DO WITHOUT

GOLD FINGERS

Max Factor Max Effect Nail Polish in Bronze

Since Jessica Ennis revealed her glittering gold fingernails last week, sales of gold polish have seen a huge boost. For example, Nails Inc 3 Piece Liquid Metal Collection (21.27, qvcuk.com) is selling five times as many bottles as it was in the week before Jess’s Olympic glory. Jess chose a bright gold shade for her nails, by painting Max Factor Max Effect Nail Polish in Bronze, pictured right, on top of Mellow Yellow (3.99, each). There are also some great gold polishes launching next month. Look out for Bourjois’s 1 Seconde Nail Enamel in Hi-Tech (5.99).

HAIR SAVIOURS

Denman Be-Bop Shower Brush

Nicky Clarke’s new Salon Pro Straightener with Comb (49.99, Argos and Tesco) detangles your hair as you straighten it. The tourmaline-coated plates also help to lock in the hair’s natural moisture. The new Denman Be-Bop Shower Brush, pictured right, (4, Boots and John Lewis) is another great invention. The circular brush has extra-soft plastic pins for a scalp massage that not only feels wonderful, but also helps to encourage hair growth. Use it while shampooing to ensure even distribution of products.

DELICIOUS BODY TREATS

Fruit Extracts Mango Shower Scrub

There are some luxurious — but affordable — body products around at the moment. Asda’s Nspa Fruit Extracts range (all 3) includes Daily Refresh Shower Scrub, Fragrance Body Mist and Shower and Bath Gel in fruity scents such as Passion Fruit, Raspberry, Mint and Mango, pictured right. Palmolive’s relaunched Natural Shower Milks collection (from 1.99) is smooth and creamy, and comes in six versions, including Nourishing Delight Shower Milk with a milk and honey fragrance and Irresistible Softness Shower Milk in black orchid.