I’m a skincare expert…the best anti-ageing products that actually work – and they’re all under £15 | The Sun

SKINCARE doesn’t have to be expensive for it to be effective.

Fabulous spoke exclusively to Shelly Woods, Advanced Aesthetics Practitioner and Founder of Skin Techniques about the best budget anti-ageing skincare products, and why they are top-quality, but without the high-end price tag. 

Shelly said: "Inconsistency is the worst thing you can do for your skin, so when something works well for you, stick with it.

"Also, avoid applying too much product. Although tempting, this will not benefit your skin. A pea-sized amount is enough to cover your face beyond that you’re wasting your money.” 

And when it comes to money, here are her recommendations for the best skincare products under £15. 

Medik8 GENTLE CLEANSE™ Hydrating Rosemary Foam – £9.00

Shelly said: “The Medik8 cleanser is for very sensitive skin as it features mild cleansing agents plus sensitive-friendly ingredients, which makes it optimised for gentle cleansing power.


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“The lightweight foam leaves skin feeling totally refreshed, hydrated and soft to the touch," and the mild formula “works to gently lift impurities and dirt from the skin to be rinsed away with ease”. 

Use every morning and evening, by pumping the cleanser into the palm of the hand and massage into moistened face and neck. Gently remove the foam by splashing your face with water and then pat dry. 

Cera-C Pore Reducing Toner T1 with Niacinamide, Ceramides and Vitamin C £15.00

Shelly said the Cera-C Pore Reducing Toner is "a lightweight toner formulated with ceramides and five per cent niacinamide (vitamin B3) to balance oil, promote elasticity, and minimise pore size".

“Ceramide helps your skin retain moisture – and this layer of the skin can diminish with age and exposure to environmental stressors."

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Use this product after cleansing, and place a cotton pad over the top of the bottle and tip once quickly to dampen the pad. Gently apply over the entire face and neck avoiding the eye area – do not rinse. Follow with serum and moisturiser. This can be used daily. 

The Ordinary Multi-Peptide + HA Serum, aka “Buffet” – £14.70

The expert said this product is "a multi-peptide serum with a multitude of – anything but ordinary – benefits, this powerful all-in-one treatment tackles multiple signs of ageing".

Shelly added: "Like an opulent feast for the skin, The Ordinary Buffet serum features an impressive array of anti-ageing wonders – at a surprisingly tiny price tag."

It's ingredients help "stimulate collagen and offers heroic hydration that plumps up fine lines and diminishes depth of furrows". As a result, you should be left with "ultra-smoothing serum will reveal nourished, youthful-looking skin".

The skincare expert recommends applying “to the entire face in the morning and evening after cleaning”. 

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF30 with Ceramides for Normal to Dry Skin 52ml – £12.40

CeraVe AM Facial Moisturising Lotion SPF30 is a "a lightweight moisturiser with SPF30 protection, designed to deliver long-lasting hydration to the skin".

It has been "specially curated for normal to dry skin types" and "hydrates and protects the skin".

As for how to use it, in the morning after cleansing, toner and serum. To apply. use the pump applicator to dispense the product onto the fingertips, or directly onto the skin. Apply liberally to the face and neck.

Q+A Vitamin C Eye Cream 15ml – £8.00

Shelly said: “The Q+A Vitamin C Eye Cream brightens and energises the under-eye area, as well as delivering multi-layer moisture to the skin. It also helps boosts collagen production, and defend against fine lines and wrinkles. 

“This eye cream is perfect for all skin types, especially dull and ageing skin.” 

To use, delicately apply it to the under-eye area and massage into the skin using your ring finger. Use morning and night.

The Ordinary Retinol Serum 0.2% in Squalane 30ml – £6.90

The skincare expert said The Ordinary's Retinol Serum 0.2% Squalane is a "hydrating facial serum" that "visibly firms and plump the skin". 

“This water-free solution contains one per cent pure Retinol, an ingredient that can reduce the appearance of fine lines, of photo damage and of general skin ageing. 

“While Retinol has been studied extensively, it is irritating to the skin and newer technologies exist that mimic the visible effects of Retinol without causing skin irritation. For this reason, we generally recommend using Granactive Retinoid two per cent or Granactive Retinoid five per cent instead of this formula..” 

To use, apply a small amount to your face in the evening as part of your skincare regimen, after water serums but before heavier treatments. Do not use it with other retinoid treatments, and avoid unprotected solar exposure.

NIVEA Q10 Power Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream 50ml – £12.95

Shelly said: “NIVEA® Q10 Power Anti-wrinkle + Firming Regenerating Night Cream effectively fights lines and wrinkles, and leaves skin visibly firmer. 

“It contains a powerful antioxidant to defend natural ageing and is combined with Creatine to effectively fight wrinkles. 

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“The intensively caring formula regenerates the skin during the night when it is the most receptive.”

For smoother and deeply regenerated skin, apply every evening on a cleansed face after serum. 

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