The Best Bargain Beauty Products To Pick Up During Your Weekly Shop

Did you know you can pick up a new skincare routine with your groceries?


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Oh, so you think you’re too good to shop for beauty bits in the big Tesco? Get outta town. Though we’ve certainly had our head turned by trendy skincare brands, the old reliables (and new contenders) in the supermarket beauty aisle are still where it’s at.

So how to sort the wheat from the chaff? Well, while you’re browsing, make sure to check out the list of ingredients on the back of the product. Keep an eye out for active ingredients like hyaluronic acid (for hydrating), Vitamin C (for brightening), glycolic or lactic acid (for exfoliating) and salicylic acid (for fighting spots). The higher these ingredients are on the list, the better.

Truly, you do not need to spend a ton on great skincare – and now that it’s not possible to spend hours in the shops like we used to, it’s good to know that you can pick it up with your bread and milk.

Here are our top 5 bargain beauty picks.

Nivea Q10 Plus C Energy Eye Treatment €17 

To use an eye cream or to not use an eye cream, that is the question. If you fall on the ‘pro’ side of that perennial debate, you can’t go wrong with this Nivea number. Containing active ingredients Vitamin C and the antioxidant Q10, this is a brightening, hydrating boost for the delicate skin around your eyes.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser €14 

Dermatologists love this stuff, and for good reason. As the name suggests, this gentle cleanser removes dirt and grime without stripping the skin of its natural protective oils. It’s so gentle, in fact, that even the most sensitive among us will probably get on with it, along with eczema, acne, and rosacea sufferers. There’s a version for oily skin too!

Aldi Lacura Pink Clay Mask, €7.99

Here’s a beauty secret: a clay mask is a clay mask, no matter the price. So why spend loads? The Pink Clay Mask from Aldi’s Lacura range is a beaut for treating stressed-out, congested skin. Pop it on with the included brush (a nice touch), let it dry for 15 minutes or so, then rinse it off to reveal a smooth, fresh face – and tiny pores.

Aveeno Moisturising Creamy Oil €8.99

Hey, if it’s good enough for Jenifer Anniston… Aveeno is another one of those brands that just works for all types of people with all types of skin concerns. The Moisturising Creamy Oil has all the goodness of a body oil without the greasiness (so you’re able to get dressed straight away after – always a plus) leaving your skin wonderfully soft and nourished.

Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Pads €7.99 

You shuddered at the word ‘Clearasil’, didn’t you? But it’s come a long way since the 90s. Even if you don’t want to put these salicylic acid-infused pads on your face, they’re actually great for dealing with chest and back acne, as well as ingrown hairs. Trust and believe.


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