As a busy mum of two little ones I enjoy nothing more than a little bit of pampering when the kids have gone to bed.
And since becoming a parent I’ve definitely noticed a few more wrinkles have appeared on my face – that’s what extra stress and sleepless nights does for you.
So something I love to do when I have an evening to myself is a little DIY facial at home, I even light a few candles if I’m really going all out.
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I’ve never been one to buy really expensive skincare products because, in my opinion, without resorting to stuff like botox or even surgery, those lines on my face aren’t really going to go away no matter what fancy creams I put on it .
So with that in mind, this week I decided to try out the skincare range from Poundland. I’m also, like most other people at the moment, trying to make my pennies stretch further so I was interested to see what I could get for my money.
Poundland has quite a wide range of skincare products at the moment. They call it their #6 range which are labeled up as anti-aging products and claim to contain ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and retinol – impressive.
What did I get?
In my local Poundland they didn’t have the full range so I picked out a few items and headed for the tills.
£13 later and I’d got myself a pack of five ‘Retinol Mix It’ face masks; a Vitamin C toner; Anti-Aging Retinol Facial Serum and Anti-Aging Retinol Day Cream.
I was very excited to try them out.
What were the products like?
So, once the kids were out the way, I cleansed my face then tried out the toner first. On the bottle, it claims to ‘gently exfoliate, rejuvenate and brighten’ the skin.
I applied the toner with a cotton pad and the first thing I noticed was it had quite a strong citrusy smell to it. Not unpleasant but possibly a little overpowering for some.
The toner made my skin tingle a little – which, I must admit I was slightly concerned about with it being so cheap. But at the same time I do like to feel that a product is doing something. Maybe those tingles was my skin being exfoliated!
Next up. I tried out one of the face masks from the pack of five.
These claimed to ‘fight the signs of aging by improving the skins elasticity’ and ‘to help give the appearance of firmer, smoother and younger looking skin’.
With the mask you had to squeeze the liquid from one end of the packet into the other end where the fabric mask was. I couldn’t actually work out how to do this so ended up tearing it and putting the mask into the liquid. I was then instructed to leave it for 30 seconds before applying.
It said on the instructions to remove the mask after 15 minutes and to then massage in any excess serum. So I did, and for a little while after my face did feel a bit sticky but once it had completely dried it felt pretty good.
I then went for the moisturizer and I didn’t think my face needed the serum on top of the mask as well so I put that aside to try the following morning.
The moisturizer had a pleasant smell too and I thought the packaging looked really good. If I hadn’t known it was from Poundland I really would have thought it was a high-end brand.
The moisturiser, which contains SPF 25 – always handy when you’re trying to fight the signs of aging, claimed to ‘improve the skins elasticity’ and ‘help give the appearance of firmer, younger looking skin’.
I thought it felt really nice. I didn’t need too much and it applied well.
The next morning my skin did feel really nice and I even felt it looked quite glowy! I mean, the fact the kids both slept through probably had a lot more to do with that but still.
After cleansing my face that morning I used the toner again and then tried out the serum. Again, the packaging for this looked really great. And, again, this was a really nice product with the same smell as the moisturizer.
Would I buy it again?
I didn’t expect to say this, but yes I absolutely would buy these products again. If you compare the prices to the likes of Clinique or Clarins they are so, so cheap.
I’m so impressed. Poundland has upped its game.