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I wanted to try a serum for a long time but I was always put off by the hefty price tags, looking in Boots their serums were around the £20 mark. It was only while browsing in an out of date magazine in the dentist that I saw this serum. I already have the Lacura eye cream and I found this really good. The serum only costs £3.49 for 50ml.
The bottle is frosted glass and has a pump dispenser at the top. It comes in a box which details the ingredients and how to use the serum. The serum contains ingredients found in more expensive brands such as hyaluronic acid which is said to help with an it ageing it helps to keep the skin lubricated and soft. The serum also contains sea minerals which help to promote skin regeneration and elasticity. The serum also contains vitamin e and macadamia oil which are emollients preventing moisture loss.
The serum can be used alone or under normal moisturiser.
The first time you use the serum you are directed to pump it a few times before use. Afterwards you only need to pump it once. The serum has a gel like consistency, it is a white colour.it spreads on the skin easily. You are advised to apply twice daily after cleansing to the face and neck. The serum spreads in easily. You can feel the gel moisturising the skin. It absorbs in really quickly into the skin and almost straight away you can apply another moisturiser if you want.
I have been using this serum daily for a month now and I am really pleased with the results within a few days of use my skin was glowing and looking healthy. It also feels a lot smoother to touch and very soft. I am 28 so I don't have any fine lines or wrinkles yet but I do like to try and do as much as possible to prevent these.
The serum has no SPF so I always apply a day cream separately then my make up if I am wearing any. However since using this my skin condition has improved vastly so I hardly ever need to use anything other than a BB or CC cream.
I love this serum for the money you can't go wrong, my skin has felt a lot healthier since I started using it.
I would recommend this serum the price is so good even if you don't like it you haven't wasted a lot of money.
I have spent a small fortune over the years on face creams and various serums which promise to offer dramatic results while doing very little to actually improve the look and feel of my skin. I also have Rosacea so my skin is very sensitive to certain products so a lot of the time I have spent £50 on a moisturiser only to find that it wasn't suitable for my skin.
I discovered Lacura on a recommendation of a girlfriend. I had seen articles about it in magazines but dismissed them but when my girlfriend started raving about it to me I decided to try it out and see what all the fuss was about.
The reason I had originally dismissed the Lacura intensive serum was because it is from Aldi. Yes that right the budget supermarket and I snobbishly refused to believe that a £3.49 serum from there could possibly compete with my expensive designer branded ones.
I'm pleased to say that I was wrong and the Lacura intensive serum is just as good if not better than the majority of expensive serums that I have tried over the years as this one actually gives noticeable results.
The serum comes in a little pump action bottle and to look at it if you didn't already know you would be hard pressed to know it was so cheap to buy.
Inside the bottle the serum is a light and silky gel cream which has a lovely although strong scent to it.
The serum is absolutely gorgeous to put on my skin and it just glides on and absorbs really quickly without leaving my skin feeling or looking greasy. It also doesn't skin when it goes on my skin which is something that I have found with a lot of other serums out there.
Once on it leaves my skin feeling super soft and silky to the touch. It makes a fantastic base for make-up as foundation goes on much smoother when I am wearing this and it also seems to last a lot longer.
The ingredients listed include shea butter, vitamin C and E and Macadamia nut oil. It doesn't sound very high tech especially compared to the nano/subatomical guff that some expensive ones sprout on about.
I was using this happily for a few weeks not noticing anything particularly different about my skin other than it feeling nice and soft when othr people started complimenting me on the appearance of my skin. My girlfriend who I hadn't seen in ages asked me if I had just been for a facial when we met up for coffee as she said my skin was looking dewy and in lovely condition.
When I looked at my skin closer I did begin to notice the improvement in the texture and the general overall appearance of it. I am only in my early 30's so wrinkles aren't a huge problem for me but I do have some fine lines around my eyes and on my forehead and while they are still there I do feel as though they aren't as pronounced as they were. The biggest improvement though is in the look and feel of my skin it just feels tighter and in better condition than it did previously.
I have now switched to this as my main serum and can't imagine that I will be putting it away and trying anything else anytime soon as now that I have found something that works I plan on sticking to it. And because it is so cheap it isn't going to break the bank either.
I have always tried to follow a good skincare routine and made sure to regularly cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise but I have only started using serums within the last year. Serums are more intensive than normal face creams and lotions. I have heard people say that a face cream is to look after the skin you have now but a serum is to protect your future skin, helping you get and keep the skin you want later on. This sounds a bit over the top but what is meant is that the serum penetrates deeper beneath the surface of your skin, so it does effect the newer skin which will come through later.
I kept hearing about various wonder serums in magazines and from people I knew, but so many of them were very expensive and the price put me off. I tried a couple of fairly expensive ones but then my mum told me that she uses a good serum from Lacura, an own brand from the Aldi supermarket, and that it had won a lot of prizes. I kept seeing this name cropping up recommended by people on various forums and it made me curious enough to go down to my local Aldi and try it.
In my local store there were two different types of the serum - an anti-ageing one and "Aqua-Complete", a serum with long term moisturising effect, which is what I bought. I can't remember the exact price I paid for this but I know it was between £3 and £4. The bottle contains a generous 50 ml. This is absolutely AMAZING value for money, as the other serum I have from Estee Lauder costs about £40 for 30 ml! (I won the Estee Lauder one in a competition, so I didn't pay that). For that price I thought there is no real loss if the Lacura was rubbish. However, I ended up loving this serum.
The packaging of this serum looks much more expensive than it is. It comes in quite a chunky and good quality glass bottle with simple branding on the label, nothing too garish, and a plastic pump dispenser on top. The bottle comes inside a cardboard box, giving more information about the product. To use, you twist the pump dispenser to activitate it and have to pump about 3 or 4 times on first use to expel all the air. Thereafter just one pump is enough to release the serum, and the bottle can be locked by twisting the pump back to ensure that nothing escapes by accident if the pump is knocked.
The serum is white in colour and it is a bit thicker and creamier than I was expecting, though it still feels very light and airy when it goes on to the skin. The box describes it as a "gel cream". The Aqua Complete serum is designed to moisturise and the bottle tells us it contains shea butter and marine extracts. It does not specify which marine extracts these are - it is probably listed in the ingredients but these don't mean much to me as there is quite a long list of unfamiliar components. I noticed it does contain quite a few parabens, so it may not be the right product for people who are more concious of using only natural products and avoiding parabens.
When I put this onto my skin it feels immediately refreshing and just lovely. It is very easy to massage it over the skin and it sinks in easily, without leaving any greasiness. I can feel that it is really intensely moisturising. I don't have particularly dry skin and I wondered if a moisturising serum might be a bit much, or might clog my skin, feeling heavy and too greasy, but the bottle does say it is for all skin types so I took the risk. I can confirm it definitely feels fine on my skin which can be prone to oiliness so I would say it is worth a try for anyone. I put this on after cleansing and exfoliating, but before my usual moisturiser. I have only been using it once a day at night.
The scent of this serum is also worth mentioning. Some other serums I have tried had more of a medicinal and slightly chemical smell to them, but this does not. It has an extremely fresh fragrance to it, which is lightly aquatic. I imagine this is to reflect the marine extracts. The scent is quite unusual. At first sniff I loved it, then I wasn't sure, as I thought a fragranced skin product might cause irritation to my sometimes sensitive skin, but I have not suffered at all, so now I am back to enjoying this refreshing scent.
After using this for a few weeks I do think my skin is looking slightly healthier than it was. It feels good and moisturised. I did not have a problem with dry skin, but occasionally my skin could be left feeling slightly tight from chlorine in swimming pools and from some cleansers for oily skin, so I do appreciate the extra moisture.
Overall this serum is amazing value for money without looking cheap, it feels lovely, it is effective and smells good - what more do you want! I thoroughly recommend this to anyone and even if you don't like, it is not an expensive mistake like you could make with a lot of the other serums from the more well known brands. Try it!
If I'm being completely honest I've never really had a regular skin care routine. Up until recently I'd give my face a wash in the morning using whatever face wash was on offer in Boots and do the same in an evening before bed. If I was feeling particularly virtuous I'd maybe slap on a bit of moisturiser too but that's as complicated as my "routine" got. However my skin isn't great - it's uneven, blotchy and prone to break outs (and not to mention sensitive). I quite happily fork out quite a bit of money on high end makeup brands as they really do hide a multitude of sins, but as a working mum of two young boys I now rarely have time in a morning to primp and preen in front of the mirror. I'm lucky if I remember to brush to my hair as I'm dashing off to work. Wouldn't it be lovely to be one of those women who can just stick a bit of lip gloss on and look radiant? So when I read about this product in the pages of Glamour magazine (ironic that my favourite magazine focuses on the one thing I have never , and probably will never have!!) I was intrigued. Why? Well I shall tell you!
Lacura Multi Intensive Serum is available from the high end cosmetic stockist that is Aldi. I kid you not. Now, don't be put off, put your inner snob back in her box and just keep reading. This little beauty has won awards. People have been hailing it a miracle cream and revealing how it is even better than the premium brands that can cost up to ten times the price of this, for this serum costs just £3.50. Yes, £3.50. Intriguing, yes? So naturally I had to give it a try. For that price what have you got to lose?
So, the serum comes in a little box with the glass pump bottle inside. The packing tells us that it contains Vitamins E and C, Shea Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil. I know that Vitamin E is good for the skin and that Shea Butter is known for it's moisturising properties but I can tell you zero about Macadamia Nut Oil. Perhaps that is the (not so) secret ingredient. Who knows. Lacura claim that after intensive scientific research they have developed this product that after use, leaves skin feeling noticeably smoother and tighter.
As I mentioned, the serum comes in a glass pump bottle. I have to admit I was slightly surprised by the fact it was glass - I was expecting a cheaper looking plastic bottle for something of that price. The fact it was a pump meant you can get the exact amount you need, which isn't always the case with pots of regular tubes. After pumping a small amount onto my hand I could see that the serum is white in colour and quite light and easy to rub into the skin.
I applied mine after face wash but before my moisturiser. I was unsure of the difference between moisturiser and serum and after a quick google I discovered that although a serum does deliver moisture, it's predominantly used to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin to deliver vitamins and anti-oxidants. Therefore you can use the serum and the moisturiser together, using the serum first and following with the moisturiser.
After applying the serum I noticed that it sinks into the skin with ease and instantly leaves your skin feeling soft to the touch. I was worried it would leave my skin feeling slightly sticky but due to the light consistency no residue was left on the skin.
Other than the softness of my skin my first reaction to the serum was a negative one - the smell. It stinks! It has a very chemical smelling scent that isn't particularly pleasant. Having said that it isn't too long lasting so it's not enough to put me off the product.
So although my skin did feel nice and soft after immediate use, it's no surprise that there was no immediate visual effect. However, I'm happy to say that after a month of continual use, I can see a difference! My skin is much softer to the touch and the patches of dry skin on my forehead and cheeks have evened out. My uneven skin tone has improved and marks left from my adolescent acne have visually reduced. How can this be possible from a £3.50 product?
Being only 27, I don't have a huge problem with wrinkles, but have noticed the beginnings of fine lines on my forehead. Since using the serum I have noticed they have reduced, although not completely disappeared but hey, an improvement is an improvement! And as they say, prevention is better than a cure, so hopefully with continued use it may help keep those wrinkles at bay. Let's hope so!
As I mentioned at the start of the review I do have sensitive skin. When I first applied the serum and realised it's strong chemical scent I was concerned that it would react badly to my skin. However that wasn't the case. After continual use I haven't had any adverse reaction to it all.
It's worth noting that the serum doesn't have any SPF in it, so if you are going out in the sun it's worth remembering that your skin will still need protecting. Luckily the moisturiser I apply over the top contains it, which saves the hassle of extra sun cream.
So despite my intial cynicism I have been delighted with this product. It's performed way above my expectations and for the ridiculously low price it truly is a bargain buy. Lacura have other items in their range, including cosmetics, eye creams and moisturisers which are now on my "to try" list!
As I am now closer to 50 than 40, I am having to accept that lines are a fact a life on my face. No matter how good the anti ageing product you use, anything that comes in a bottle or tub will not stop wrinkles forming - only Botox or going under the knife will do that.
I also have to admit that as I get older I am less vain than I used to be - I had a good youth which I enjoyed but my time has been and gone - now I accept that I can never have the perfect skin of my youth. Of course that doesn't mean that I wouldn't mind doing something to slow the process down and over the years I have used many anti ageing products with varying results.
For several years I used the L'Oreal Wrinkle Decrease serum but this became harder to find a couple of years ago. At the same time I had started trying the Lacura skin range from Aldi - starting with their really cheap anti-ageing cream which previously was known as Siana - and then about a year ago moving on to their Multi Intensive Serum which received rave reviews in the press. I must also admit that the price tag caught my eye too - a mere £3.49 which compared favourably with the £10+ price of the L'Oreal serum.
~~The Product & Packaging~~
There are two different varities of Multi Intensive Serum and I always buy the Anti Ageing "pink" bottle. Of course the bottle isn't pink - just the box and the writing on the label. The "blue" bottle is labelled Aqua Complete but I haven't tried that one.
The 50 ml bottle is similar to the L'Oreal serum I used - it's glass and has a pump to dispense the product. The only difference really is there is no lid on top of the pump on the Lacura product but to be honest it's not really necessary.
For a product so cheap I have to say the packaging is actually quite expensive looking, with the silver neck of the bottle giving it a more upmarket appearance. The cardboard box it comes in is easy to open and has an open window which makes it 100% recyclable.
~~What it Claims to Do~~
The Lacura Multi Intensive Serum came out top in a blind test last year run by the Celebs on Sunday magazine. The test was undertaken by 1,000 women and as such the media pounced on yet another so-called "miracle" cream. I was completely unaware of this test until earlier on this year - I started using the Multi Intensive Serum at the start of 2010 and only recently noticed Aldi proclaiming the product instore as an "award winner".
Aldi's website states that the product is designed to help improve the skin's elasticity and goes on to say that regular use will make the skin feel noticeably smoother and tighter.
Once again I was unaware of these claims when I first came across the product - to me it looked like a cheap replacement for my increasingly hard to find L'Oreal product so I picked it up when I was on one of my fairly regular visits to an Aldi store.
~~Texture and Fragrance~~
I must admit when I first used the Multi Intensive Serum I was surprised at the consistency and appearance of the serum. The L'Oreal product I had used had a very runny consistency whereas the Lacura one looks is thicker. It's not quite thick enough to be considered a cream however. Appearance wise this is white as opposed to the only slightly opaque clear colour of the L'Oreal product. The serum becomes clear almost on touch however.
The serum has a very light fragrance which is slightly sweet but very delicate. I am guessing Aldi chose this fragrance to offend as little people as possible although it should be noted that there are chemical traces in that light fragrance too.
~~Using the Product~~
I use this once a day although it can, if desired, be worn at night too. After cleansing my face I apply to my face and to my neck. I find that one press of the pump provides enough serum for all of my face, with a second pump taking care of my neck and décolletage area.
I always apply a moisturiser on top of the serum too.
After over a year's use I have to say I am very impressed with the Lacura Multi Intensive Serum. It isn't something that's going to make my wrinkles go away but it does make my skin feel tighter and also definitely reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
It probably works best on my forehead and I have to say, keeping the lines from becoming too deep up here but it also does visibly minimise the lines around my eyes - I have quite awful crow's feet here. The serum isn't designed to specifically target any area and perhaps a stronger cream might minimise these lines better but as I age I have come to embrace my crow's feet especially as I view them as laughter lines.
I have lots of fine lines around my mouth - probably a legacy of the years I was a smoker - and the serum has definitely helped minimise these. These are lines I am less willing to embrace I must add! My neck and décolletage have also shown a visible improvement. The bottom of my neck was starting to resemble crêpe paper and while I would be a liar to say it's now completely smooth, since using the Lacura product it looks much better.
I like the texture of the serum - it's more like a cream but quickly becomes a liquid and absorbs quickly into your skin. I also think the fragrance is pleasant, in spite of the slight chemical tinge. The pump is also very well designed and I love how I know that one press of the pump will release enough product to cover my whole face, with another press taking care of my neck.
I have been fortunate in not having suffered any reactions to this product - it seems to have a relatively gentle formula - unlike the Siana range which can cause outbreaks. The bottle does state that the serum has been dermatologically tested. The serum bottle does list a huge array of ingredients which might be worth checking out if you have any allergies. The active ingredients are Vitamins E and C, Shea Butter and Macadamia Nut Oil.
My only real complaint about the serum is the fact it doesn't contain any SPF. So that means you have to wear a moisturiser containing SPF on top of the serum if you are like me and always wear some form of sun protection on your face. The bottle does state you can wear this on its own or with your usual day or night cream but it would be the perfect product for me if it had some form of sun protection.
Over the course of use - which just exceeds a year - I have been delighted with the results - but I am also realistic enough to know that I am, ultimately, fighting a losing battle. However I would rather keep the effects of time at bay as long as possible and the Lacura Multi Intensive Serum has definitely helped.
So overall I can highly recommend the Lacura Multi Intensive Serum in the Anti Ageing variety. It is a product that is light on the purse but performs way outwith that price zone - having left far more expensive products in the shade in tests. What amazes me about the serum is how even the packaging manages to carry more gravitas than the price tag. This really is a product that is worth every penny - and then some.
I only recently stubled across the Lacura brand of beauty products. Lacura is a range of products stocked in branches of Aldi. A friend recommended the under eye concealer which has prooved to be amazing and then I also heard rumblings about this Multi Intensive Serum from a few different people and also read a couple of really postitive reviews in some of the magazines I read. From what I could gather this serum is a much cheaper alternative to the hugely successful Boots No.7 serum. Costing only £3.49 a bottle this product is much much cheaper that the Boots serum which I believe costs closer to the £20 mark.
I'm a sucker for new products so I decided to give it a whirl. I was even more excited by this product when I read an article which stated that the Lacura serum had actually come out on top of the Boots version in a recent study. The serum is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and is used on clensed skin.
I have been using this serum for the last couple of week. I apply it to my clensed skin before moisterising both in the morning and evening. It glides onto my skin and is absorbed without too much rubbing. It leaves my skin feeling fabulously soft and silky and I think it makes my face appear fresher and clearer. I definately think there has been impovement in the appearance of my skin since I have been using this product, and while I probably need to use it for longer before I can really say whether it has improved the appearance of the fine lines on my face, I do think it has had a postive impact. I will continue to use this product and would definately recommend to others.
Beauty buys are not my priority as money is tight, but I cannot resist a bargain, so I snapped up a bottle of lacura serum when a magazine mentioned it as being the best serum around, but at a purse-friendly price.
Available at budget supermarket Aldi, this serum comes in an expensive looking 50ml bottle with a pump dispenser, but costs just £3.50!!!
It is said to be rivalling well-known Boots serum 'Protect and Perfect' due to its excellent results and very competitive price.
I bought a bottle recently and have to say I have been impressed. The serum comes out as a gel-like, clear substance and only one pump is need to cover the entire face area.
It is super easy to rub in and absorbs instantly, leaving no grease, flaky residue or shine. As soon as I applied the serum it tingled on my skin, which made me feel it was doing its job at firming, toning and brightening my tired skin.
I apply this overnight usually but have also used it during the day and my skin definately feels firmer, and looks a lot fresher after using it. It feels silky smooth, without the tightness I have experienced using similar, but more expensive products.
A bottle lasts ages, although I do only apply it 2-3 times a week when I feel my face could do with a boost.
Sadly there is one problem I have encountered, and that is that it is difficult to pump out the product when the bottle is half full.
It seems that the serum disperses inside the bottle and is sticking to the sides, rather than the end of the bottle so the pump is not getting to it. There is not much that can be done about this since the container is made from rigid glass.
Even taking this issue into consideration, this product is still brilliant. It really is a small price to pay for a skincare product that delivers excellent results at a low, low price.
This product was first brought to my attention when it was rated as the best serum in a Sunday paper. Apparently, the Lacura products have replaced the Siena skincare range, which I had read good reports about, but never got round to trying.
I was determined to try this out as I had been using Boots Protect & Perfect which I wasn't particularly impressed with and thought it was pointless paying so much money for something that didn't appear to have any visible benefits.
I only bought the Lacura Serum last week and was totally blown away instantly! The packaging alone is fairly impressive belying the low price, nice box, elegant glass bottle. When I first tried the serum on my skin I could hardly believe I was using a cheap product. The fragrance is light and fresh and the texture is excellent leaving the skin feeling soft and moisturised without feeling greasy.
At the same time I bought the Q10 anti-wrinkle night cream, the Double Lift Regeneration for mature skin and a foundation.
The Q10 night cream contains a retinol complex in addition to co-enzyme Q10 and is in a 50ml glass jar. This also has a lovely fragrance and is a rich moisturiser designed to be used after applying the serum but my skin still did not feel greasy after applying both products.
The Double Lift product contains bio-peptide Mimox, Retinol, Vitamin E and minerals. It is a gel serum with white, silver and pink packaging and the plastic bottle contains a white cream and pink gel dispensed from a dual pump.
The foundation is Shade 30 Sun and I have found that it has a silky texture and provides good coverage without a feeling of being 'made-up' and lasted well all day with out the need to re-apply.
My sister-in-law came round this morning and when I showed her what I'd bought she was straight off to Aldi after she'd left my house!
It's hard to believe that I bought four great products for less than I'd normally pay for one - 'nuff said!!
Wouldn't it be great to be able to achieve younger looking skin in an instant? Imagine waking up and having baby soft skin without the grease, or being able to go to bed without the feeling of a nasty heavy duty mosituriser clogging up the pores as you sleep. Well, the secret's out, well sort of...still relatively new to UK consumers is the launch of Lacura Serum. It has just outperformed Boots Serum in tests, putting it at the top of the serum market. Oh and it costs three pounds fifty. Wow!
Bear in mind that the Boots serum is nearer the fifteen pound mark, this has to be a no brainer. If this stuff is so good, people will surely switch over will they not? I was skeptical, I have been using the Boots serum for a year and love the way it has transformed my skin.
I have been using this Lakura serum for a few days now and I am astonished by the results. The very first use made my skin feel like silk. There was no grease as I worked it into the skin and it absorbed in seconds, leaving a smooth finish. My skin felt so smooth I was truly amazed. After just a few days my face already has a more even complexion and the surface feels like never before. Enriched with macademia nut oil and vitamins E and C, the ingredients go a long way in delivering the results so many people long for.
The bottle is elegant and the cream smells divine. I can see this becoming part of a regular skin care regime. You can use it underneath make up as a base or add another moisturiser on top. Personally I think this alone is enough. I have used day and night and seen a difference in skin complexion, pore reduction and overall skin health. My skin looks younger, brighter and fresher and all for under four pounds? Believe the hype, it works.
i have been suffering with my excema lately on my face n hands so decided to give these lacura products a whirl n omg after spending a fortune on expensive rubbish in the past , i cant believe that at such i cheap price , how amazing these lacura products r , excema on face gone after a few days n hands r greatly improved so im bining all my other rubbish n stiking to buying the amazing lacura products in the future
I started using the intensive serum about a month ago. Something amazing has happened!!! I had very bad exzema on my hand (the palm) but in using the serum daily my excema has cleared up. this has even produced better results than a special cream prescribed by my Doctor!!! I can only put it down to rubbing in the serum daily with my right hand!! Thank you Lacura and at such a marvellous price. certainly good value for money in my eyes. I shall be buying it for ever!!!
For those of you who dont know, Lacura is a beauty brand stocked in discount supermarket Aldi. It first reached the headlines when it sold a tub of face cream for £1.89, which contained the exact same ingredients found in more premium face creams such as Lancome and Clinique. Their products are often featured in magazines and face cream polls, often with positive reviews by users.
Now Lacura have brought out a product set to rival Boots's top selling 'Protect and Perfect' beauty serum. This is called Lacura beauty intense serum. It came first in a newspaper supplement magazine poll beating many alternative creams. It is priced at a very reasonable £3.49, although I have now seen some selling on Ebay for up to £15.
The product comes in two kinds that are suitable for all skin types; it is well presented in a box packaging, the red and white box serum contains an ingredient called Mimox, vitamin E and c, and macadamia nut oil. The green and white box serum contains sea minerals and again suitable for all skin types. The serum can be used alone or with your favourite moisturiser.
The serum itself comes in an attractive 50ml glass pump bottle that narrows at the bottom. I found that you only need one pump or even half a pump to use sparingly on the face. The consistancy is a light gel-creme formula which is not at all sticky as a lot of gels can be. The smell is pleasant, and not overpowering.
When applying I instantly noticed by skin felt velvet to the touch. It didnt feel heavy and it made applying make-up easier. Comparing it to other creams iv'e used it felt better.
I havent been suing this product for long but I have already noticed the texture of my skin feels smoother. I would even say I preffer it to Boots's protect and perfect as the consistancy is more light.
I like this product and would definatley buy it again-that's if it hasn't sold out!
About the product:
Lacura is a cosmetic range sold in ALDI supermarkets. This product is a white thin lotion ("light cream gel") in a clear glass long bottle with a white pump. The lettering is silver and light blue. It is labelled by the company as follows:
Lacura Face Care / Multi-intensive Serum / with Marine Extracts and Shea butter / Long term moisturising effect / Aqua Complete / For all skin types.
It normally retails around £4 for 50ml but I found it on ebay for as much as £14.99!
It contains the usual preservatives and other chemicals used by all the non-strictly-go-natural cosmetic companies, as well as:
* Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil = with high content of palmitoleic acid, macadamia nut oil is an effective anti-oxidant and protects the skin just like human sebum does.
*Butyrospermum parkii butter = Karité, Shea or Shea nut butter. It is widely used in cosmetics as a moisturiser and an emollient but it is also edible.
* Chlorella vulgaris exctract = a type of algae that prevents the breakdown of collagens and elastin, is an excellent firming active ingredient, protects human skin cells against ageing induced by free radicals, improves skin problems such as psoriasis, rosacea and superficial varicosities (for more info see: http://www.personalcaremagazine.com/Story.aspx?Story=3080).
* Tocopheryl acetate = form of less acidic vitamin E
* Tocopherol = vit. E
* Maris aqua = sea water
* Panthenol = the provitamin of B5. In cosmetics, it is a humectant, emollient and moisturiser
* urea = skin softener
* allantoin = a healing, moisturising, soothing and anti-irritating, keratolytic and non-toxic agent. It has a pronounced keratolytic and skin softening action, acts as chemical debrider of necrotic and scaling tissue, cleansing up the areas where applied.
* Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate = Modified palm kernel fat, used to give consistency. Has lightly emulsifying properties.
* Sodium hyaluronate, or Hyaluronic acid (HA) = kind of polysaccharides, the key water maintaining substances in human skin. When HA solution is applied on the surface of skin, it can form an air permeable layer and keep the skin moist and smooth. It also promotes skin blood micro-circulation and nutrient absorption and maintains normal metabolism. As a result, it plays a role of wrinkle removing, look improving and health protecting. (http://www.biochemicals.cn/Sodium_Hyaluronate.html)
Use: 2 months
Application: twice daily, on face and neck after cleansing
Results: It has a nice smell and a soft velvety texture. It is absorbed quickly and doesn't cause irritations. Also, it delivers what it promises: it provides very good moisturising and it can be used with or without additional creams, esp. by younger women. Very good base for make up.
My age range: 35-40
[Sources: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com, http://en.wikipedia.org]