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There’s been a lot of buzz about supermarket skincare in the past few years, with brands like Lidl, Aldi and even Poundland launching replicas of expensive miracle creams. Although I definitely think there is a place for luxury beauty, I think the move towards shrugging the shame of buying high-street products can only be a good thing. There’s no point someone splurging on a £100 face cream if they can’t afford it.
I decided to trial Lidl’s £3.49 Cien Cell Regenerating Day Cream. I have heard quite a lot of good things about the serum, but I don’t tend to get on that well with serums and prefer a cream-like texture so that’s why I opted for this one.
I switched out my regular moisturiser and used this every morning without fail. Even packing it for my return visits back to Bristol (despite having a whole drawer of skincare back there!).
As the name suggests, regeneration is the main focus of this daily moisturiser. The packaging states that the product includes 1% gold which helps to prevent signs of ageing (I have heard lots of good things about gold within skincare actually). But additionally, another key ingredient is Hyaluronic Acid which is used on enable moisture retention. In fact, this product claims to keep skin moisturised for 24 hours! Another good thing to note is that this product contains sunscreen – an essential for a face cream I believe.
The first thing you’ll probably notice about this cream is the luxuriously silky texture the cream has. This makes it really nice to apply – it glides onto the skin beautifully. One of my biggest issues with face creams is when they don’t sink in properly and just sit on the skin, but thankfully this one absorbs really well and leaves the skin feeling plumped, soft and smooth.
Before using this face cream, I was having a few issues with my skin. As well as having flare ups of spots, I was also experiencing dry patches. Combination skin is bloody annoying! This cream managed to resolve my skin issues. Well, I have to admit, it probably wasn’t this product alone as I’ve also been using this wonder cleanser combined with this stuff religiously, but I do think the Lidl Cien cream has made a dramatic difference to my skin.
Now, you may be wondering which spenny rival I made reference to in the title of this blog. Well, it’s Temple Spa’s Skin Truffle. Now, I’m not going to sit here at slate this product, it’s still really, really good. It’s so luxurious but the downside for me was the pilling (the product rolling up into little balls as I rubbed it in), meaning the product wasn’t really soaking in properly. Which is why, given the choice, I would definitely plump for the Lidl version.
The Gold Cien Cream hasn’t been in stock for a while now, however, I have also tried out the Cien Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream and the Cien Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream. Although they are not as luxurious feeling as the gold version, they still definitely provide a great level of moisture to the skin without feeling heavy. I use on a daily basis and my skin feels lovely. Also, for £1.45, you really can’t go wrong!
So, next time you are whizzing round the supermarket, linger in the toiletries aisle a little longer and you may well be pleasantly surprised!
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