“ Brand: Siana / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / Subcategory: Anti-Wrinkle / Day Cream / What it does: Rejuvenates, Moisturizes, „
I'd read a review in a magazine about a tube of anti-wrinkle gel that was available from Aldi at a good price, so I went to have a look. The gel I was after was out of stock, but I picked up two 50ml pots of cream for a bargain price of £2.89 each. One was a day cream, Siana's Skin Kind Moisturising Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream.
This comes in a box which is pale blue and white (not to be confused with the night cream, which is a darker blue) and it informs you that there's Bioflavone and Co-enzyme Q10 in the cream. These things mean nothing to me, but it was such a cheap price that I bought it anyway.
Inside the box, the cream is encased in a glass pot. When you unscrew the lid for the first time, there's a foil seal covering the cream, which is easy to remove.
The cream itself is quite thick and initially I put way too much on my face. Once I got the amount to use right, I found it much easier to rub into my face and it seemed to sink in quite quickly. Once it had sunk in, my face felt very moisturised and smooth and stayed that way for hours.
The smell of the cream is very similar to the (more expensive) creams that I've used in the past. There's no acidic or acrid smell; it's more of a fresh smell but it doesn't linger too long.
Whether it actually has anti-wrinkle properties or not, this is a cream I'd recommend. My Mum has bad reactions to some creams and lotions but has so far had no adverse reaction to this and she uses it every day. She seems to remember to use it more often than I do and has since been back to Aldi to get more, where it was on offer for £1, which is even more bargainous!
So yes, this gets a thumbs up from me and it's something that I'll be buying again once my pot has run out (which is probably a while off, as I don't remember to apply it about half the time!).
Any regular readers of my reviews will be aware by now that I work as an Avon representative when my poor health allows. This means that I have access to a lot of the great offers and new products that are launched by Avon. For this reason, I tend to use an Avon product when it comes to moisturising my face, as I can usually pick up one of the offerings from the Avon 'Anew' range of anti-aging cosmetics easily and conveniently.
That said, the products from the Anew range of anti-aging creams and potions are generally quite expensive and I find this to be a bit off-putting at times. This fact coupled with the fact that I had two of my friends recommending a very cheap and cheerful anti-wrinkle cream recently, meant that I had reason to give it a try out for myself.
The cream in question is called 'Siana' and it is available from Aldi supermarkets in the UK. The cream had a bit of a publicity drive a year or two ago when the fashion guru Gok Wan recommended it highly on his Channel 4 television show, "How to look good naked". Apparently, this recommendation alone caused Aldi supermarkets nationwide to sell out of the cream, as ladies across the country desperately tried to combat their wrinkles for a budget price!
Anyway, a girlfriend of mine had been trying to convince me that I was completely wasting my cash by shelling out around £15 - £20 for a tub of anti-aging cream from Avon. She was adamant that she had been using this cheapo version for around 18 months and that once I had tried it I would be duly converted!
With that, I popped along to my local Aldi supermarket and picked up a tub of the anti-aging 'Siana' moisturising day cream. The product is also available in a 'night' version. Each tub of the cream costs just under the £2 mark, and is 50ml in size. The Siana cream is actually provided in a bigger tub than my current offering from Avon - which is the Anew Thermafirm cream - and is only 30ml in size.
The price is also much more competitive than the current Avon offering I had been using; the Avon Anew 'Thermafirm' as the 30ml tub of Thermafirm cream is currently priced at £20. So, with the Aldi cream I was getting a bigger pot of cream for a fraction of the price... Would the results be comparable? I was keen to find out...
** THE PACKAGING **
I thought the packaging for the Aldi Siana cream was very basic. Supplied in a little cardboard box, the tub or jar of Siana cream is made of frosted glass, which allows me to see the white-coloured cream quite clearly. The lid is made of blue plastic, and is a screw top design.
All in all, the packaging for the Siana cream is very robust, but I cannot deny that it is very basic looking in design, and is not particularly eye-catching or modern looking. In particular, when the Siana tub is sat on my bathroom shelf next to two or three Avon Anew products, the difference where image is concerned is indeed very stark and noticeable.
** FIRST IMPRESSIONS **
Upon opening the jar (by unscrewing the lid, of course) I could see that the cream was an off-white colour.
It also did look to be of a very good consistency, and was very thick and not at all gloopy. I could tell the first time I used this night cream that the tub was going to last me quite a while. This has been the case and I really find that a little goes a long way with this cream.
The smell was another thing that was obvious upon my first trial of the cream. Even before applying it to my skin, I am aware that the cream is quite heavily scented, although the scent is in no way unpleasant or overly 'floral' or anything.
** APPLICATION **
Ok, so I knew that this product was being marketed as an anti-aging cream. I will point out that I don't suffer from particularly deep-set wrinkles or anything but I do have one or two little wrinkles, and some 'crinkling' around my eyes, and I wanted to see if this product would make any difference to these areas in particular.
I have only turned 30 this year, so bear in mind that my skin is not heavily lined and like I said, I don't suffer from any really deep-set wrinkles (yet).
In terms of the product's instructions, the reverse of the jar informs me "Apply as required several times a day to the cleansed skin, neck and décolleté and gently massage in. Ideal as a make-up base."
This sounded fine to me, as I generally DO moisturise my face at least twice a day, and always after removing my make up and cleansing my skin. I was quite happy that the Siana cream appeared to be able to just 'slot' into my skincare regime easily and I wasn't having to do anything new or different when trying out this product.
When it comes to applying my anti-aging cream I like to take my time and be fairly generous with the amount of cream used. I use circular motions around my cheeks, working up to around the sides of my face and up to my forehead, where I will usually apply a further little blob of cream and work this into my forehead. My forehead has one or two little lines on it, although nothing too major, but this is the main reason for me applying a further little blob to ensure I have enough cream on this little problem area of mine!
I then work my way back down to my 'crows feet' area (sigh) and then down to my face and concentrate on the area around my mouth, before working down to my neck and again using a further little blob of cream on my neck area if needed.
I find that by taking my time (if and when possible) and massaging my face using this technique really makes a difference in terms of the cream being absorbed into my skin. I use this technique regardless of which cream I am using, and I was happy to see that the Siana cream seemed to respond quite well to it, and had a good enough consistency and thickness that it could be rubbed into my face with ease.
** MY OPINION **
The first thing I need to comment on is how pleasantly surprised I was when I realised this cream was actually that of a half-decent quality. I had pretty much expected it to be a 'cheap and nasty' product that provided pretty much nothing for my skin. I am quite concerned about my skin aging, and for this reason I do tend to buy good quality anti-aging products to use on my face. I could tell that the Siana cream was of a fairly reasonable quality which is not what I expected when I purchased it, if I am being honest.
I have had no problems with the Siana cream leaving any sort of 'slick' on my skin, which is just as well because I hate that feeling of using a 'heavy' cream that really just seems to sit on top of your skin without being properly absorbed. The Siana cream is actually quite easily absorbed, and is surprisingly 'light' feeling when applied. This was completely unexpected!
I do suffer from one or two patches of dry skin on my face and this cream really helped with these. I found that these flaws were kept sufficiently moisturised when using the Siana cream, and I suffered from no 'flaking' on these patches.
Furthermore, I always experience'tightness' to my skin after I have used a cleanser on my face. I did find that the Siana cream helped alleviate this problem and made my skin feel more comfortable as a result. Believe me when I say that not every 'cheaper end of the market' facial cream or moisturiser can achieve this feeling when it comes to my dry skin, so this was another fairly obvious plus point for me personally.
I did find the cream's claims regarding using it as a base for make-up were quite true. I have had problems in the past with make-up 'sliding' after using a moisturising cream, but the Siana cream seemed to work quite well under make-up which was a bonus for me too... I do think this is down to how well the Siana cream was absorbed into my skin, and I do think that the fact it CAN be used as a make -up base does prove that the cream is of a fairly reasonable quality... Cheaper creams just usually can't cope with this!
I am happy to note that there were no signs of discomfort in terms of my (extremely) sensitive skin, nor my eczema, even though I did experience a sort of gentle 'tingling' sensation on a few occasions after applying this cream to my face - I would point out though that it was not an unpleasant sensation and it caused me no pain or discomfort. I do think that the tingling is courtesy of some of the ingredients in the cream and to be fair most anti-aging or anti-wrinkle creams in general do cause a bit of tingling to my skin.
As for the appearance of the wrinkles...
Well to be honest, I cannot say that I have noticed any stark differences to the 'crinkling' around my eyes or any of the little wrinkles that I have. I do have this opinion about every anti-aging product that I have tried - expensive and cheaper products included - and I have kind of therefore come to the conclusion that wrinkles cannot really be removed with a cream. I do feel that once the lines are there all we can do is try and prevent them from getting any bigger or deeper, and I think the best way to do that (for my face at least) is to moisturise my thirsty skin.
The Siana cream certainly lets me do that sufficiently. I have found that my skin has responded AS well to the Siana cream as with (much) more expensive products and the overall effect is the same. My skin looks fresh, moisturised and is without dryness or that horrible 'tightness'. For all of these reasons, I can only say that it works as well as my other moisturisers.
For these reasons, I will admit to being somewhat converted to the Siana cream. I will buy it again (my tub has just run out) and would definitely recommend it. I think (as long as you don't expect miracles in terms of wrinkled or heavily-lined skin) that most ladies would not really find too much to find fault with, in terms of this cream.
I am going to award the Aldi Siana cream top marks as I feel it really deserves it. I can't believe that I got change from £2 for this anti-aging cream... It really deserves full marks and full recognition for being a really good product.
The Siana cream is only available from Aldi stores.... I recommend giving it a try!
When it comes to buying facial moisturisers I'm really rather choosy. I have really sensitive skin and I like stuff the contains SPF and I really have to be careful what I apply near my eyes cos once they run it's hard to stop them from doing so, so I like heavy duty moisturisers that are kind to me all at the same time, and belie me I'm asking a lot there!
The glass jar comes in light blue and white box where I'm clearly told on the front of it what it is and who it's by. The jar is 50ml in size and as I just mentioned is see through glass and has a dark blue plastic screw on/off lid to the top of it. On the front of the jar I'm told it is Siana 'Skin Kind' Moisturising Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream that contains Bioflavone and Co-Enzyme Q10 and it's suitable for all skin types. On the back of the jar I'm told a bit about the product and application details (as I'm told that on the outer box it comes in as well).
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Packaging....
Siana Moisturising Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream is a light cream formula, developed in line with the latest scientific insights, for the active protection and care of your facial skin.
Directions For Use....
Apply as required several time a day to the cleansed skin, neck and decollete and gently massage in. Ideal as a make-up base.
First off let me tell you I wasn't expecting very much from this at all. I bought it in Aldi for £1.89 and it seemed a tiny price for a reasonably sized jar. However looking at the ingredients mentioned, this contains many ingredients that are actually in far more expensive brand versions of this type of product. Lets also not forget that Gok Wan spoke very highly of this, although it's an Aldi product so I was in two minds about using this to be truthful and tried to be open minded about it lol!
But let me tell you I was so pleasantly surprised by this product! The cream is an off white colour not too thick but it is a silky soft whipped sort of feeling cream and light as promised. You only need a small amount as is has a decent amount of an oily content in this and the skin on the face absorbs this immediately, drinking it in. It dries to the touch after being a little clammy feeling after a couple of minutes and skin not only feels very soft to the touch but it feels sort of hydrated and supple from within and seems to instantly lift the face, smooths it out alot and gives a skin radiance too. The only small niggle I have with it is that it does make some areas on my face tingle slightly although I can take this up to and over my sensitive eyes and get no adverse effects in them regions at all.
I have been using this daily now for the past few weeks as a moisturiser on a clean face and gone to the gym and stuff so worn in on none make-up days and I've also used it before applying ten ton of slap over it and either way it's great! I have noticed my face feels smoother, looks smoother and my wrinkles and lines (to me) appear somewhat softer too. My skin appears radiant and glowing and I've had no outbreaks of dry/oily skin or spots or anything I disapprove of.
This is a very economical moisturiser that in my view men or women can use. It has a slight sort of fruity aroma to it that wears off over time and although the box and jar say to apply it through the day I find that one application a day is well enough to give me good results! I can't believe this is only £1.89 for something that will last so long and gives great, noticeable results!
Only available from Aldi stores and is also available in a night-time formulation costing the same!
Aldi like to pitch themselves as a more upmarket "discount" supermarket than the likes of Netto and Lidl, and as a result the middle classes seem to have embraced shopping there in the downturn, almost managing to kid themselves that it's merely a slightly cheaper version of Marks & Spencer's Food Hall.
A couple of years ago, Gok Wan proclaimed the Siana Moisturising Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream that Aldi sell to be one of the best anti-wrinkle creams available, on his TV show, thus prompting the entire stock nationwide to sell out within a couple of days.
You can see why - it costs a mere £1.89 for a 50 ml jar, which makes this a very affordable way of trying to keep the wrinkles at bay. Needless to say, I fell for the hype and despite the fact I don't currently have an Aldi close by, I took a trip further afield in search of this day cream.
It comes packaged in a cardboard box as shown in the picture above. When you open the box you are met with a glass jar, which is nice and gives the product a more expensive feel, but this is sadly spoiled when you unscrew the lid and are met with a tear off piece of foil which has sealed the cream prior to use. It reminds me of the packaging on cream cheese - which is not what I expect really on a jar of face cream - well not since I used Nivea back in the 1970s.
The smell isn't particularly pleasant either - it's one of those scents that you think you could live with at first but it seems to become more pungent to the nose as time goes by.
I put these concerns to one side however as I got ready to apply it. Siana day cream is suitable for all skin types and I hoped the active ingredients of biaflavone and co-enzyme Q10 would make my dry skin look a tad younger.
Sadly I was to be disappointed. The consistency of the cream is quite runny. This in itself isn't a problem if you have plenty of time to wait for the cream to absorb into your skin, but if you are in a hurry to apply foundation or like me, an SPF15 moisturiser on top, then you may find yourself getting rather impatient as the cream tends to linger on the surface of your skin.
I hate wasting things however so I persevered with this but was to be disappointed. I had been using a L'Oreal anti-wrinkle cream before the Siana cream and had been fairly impressed with the results it gave of "smoothing" my lines once I had applied it, but I didn't get this effect from the Siana cream at all.
I didn't buy this expecting miracles - for £1.89 that's not going to happen - but for it to fail to even vaguely minimise my lines is no use to me at all. I am realistic enough to know these creams will not make my lines disappear but zero effect from a face cream that claims to be "anti-wrinkle" is no good to me.
So after six weeks of use I decided to discontinue using this and switched to a L'Oreal serum - which showed marked results within a couple of days and made me feel vindicated in ditching the Siana.
If you are on the lookout for a cheap anti-ageing cream I suggest you avoid this and look at Tesco's Derma Q10 range instead, or better still, take advantage of the almost constant offers available on L'Oreal and buy that!
Siana, unfortunately for me, was a false economy.
My sister gave me a jar of this anti-wrinkle cream after seeing it endorsed on fashion guru Gok Wan's 'How To Look Good Naked' television show. According to a panel of women testing the cream for the show, the night cream version of this Siana moisturiser out did many more expensive brands in terms of performance and comfort factor etc and was joint best with a similar cream by designer brand Lancome. Whilst the Lancome product will cost you around £50 the Siana products, available at Aldi supermarket stores, cost around £1.90.
The day cream comes in a sturdy glass jar with a twisting plastic top. The inner lid needs to be removed before use but acts as a seal of freshness prior to use. Outer packaging is a small cadboard box and the product is labelled as Siana Skin Kind Moisturising Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream (with Bioflavone and Co-enzyme Q10) - for all skin types. Inside the box there is an information leaflet which fully explains what this moisturiser can do and what the formula consists of. The packaging looks classy and you get the sense that this is an expensive product.
The box is labelled with much information about the moisturiser including full ingredients and instructions for use. Some general information about the merits and benefits of the cream are also printed. The brand describe the cream as "light" and claim it has been developed by those at the cutting edge of scientific research into this area of cosmetics. They also explain those complicated terms in the title: Bioflavone is derived from Elderberry Blossom and helps protect skin from harmful chemicals in the environment. Co enzyme Q10 is a natural "body-own" substance that does the same job, protecting skin from environmental factors that cause skin to age prematurely.
As well as these substances, the moisturiser also contains vitamins C, E and B5. Aloe Vera is another special ingredient which softens the skin. The moisturiser has a UVA filter which is sun protection factor 4. This is not particularly a very strong sun block cream though. I have used moisturisers that have SPF 12 and still been burned. The 'octocrylene' filter is designed to protect skin from sun damage though, which is another reason why skin can age, sag or wrinkle. The brand say this cream has been dermatologically tested and describe their trial methods as "intense".
The first thing I noticed about the cream was it's aroma and it's colour. The cream is perfumed and has the smell of freshly cut summer grass. Rubbing the cream into the warm skin brings out more sharper, fruity tones - perhaps essence of papaya or a similar exotic fruit. In any case, the fragrance is gorgeous. The colour of the moisturiser is very mild creamy-yellow - like vanilla custard - and it looks very silken and smooth in texture.
To touch, the cream is very soft and almost a little too slippy. When you put your finger into the formula it seems to melt away and you can end compensating for this and taking too much. You actually need very little of the cream as it goes a long way. Applying to skin, this cream takes very little rubbing and it dissapears into the skin in an instant. It feels wonderful to apply, so soft and so easily absorbed. It reminds me of the texture of suede or silk when I pull my fingers over my skin.
Once I have applied the cream I find my skin feels soft, springy but also a little bit damp. Although my skin doesn't feel bogged down or the cream too heavy, it feels a little sticky and as if I've just washed my face. If I try to apply make-up immediately I find that it gives a blotchy effect. The cream really needs to be allowed to 'air' for a while (maybe 60 seconds) before attempting to apply any cosmetic base. In actual fact, the moisturiser has a non-shiny appearance and therefore improves the look of the face and neck without the need for any make-up. I am happy to use this moisturiser on days when I don't want to wear any make-up.
The appearance of fine lines or wrinkles on my face are made to look less dramatic by applying this cream. I think the skin looks hydrated but I think it's like a case of applying wax to dry leather - the creases will always be there but now they just look a little softer and less severe! The moisturiser also helps to improve the appearance of dry red acne patches which I sometimes get on my face.
I have used the moisturiser for a while and am impressed by the way it makes my skin look and feel. I am certain that the results of the moisturiser tests on Gok Wan's show were genuine. I would recommend this cream to anyone. It is very cheap for a face cream but it looks like and works like an expensive brand.
Usually I'm a fan of Simple brand products, however I decided to give this a try after all the publicity last year (or was it the year before? anyway...)
This cream was featured in the media as it was trialled alongside a few other, much more expensive brands, and found to the the best by the testers who tried it. Also, the mighty Gok Wan tested - and loved - the matching night cream, so I was expecting good things
It cost me a staggeringly low £1.89 when I bought it from my local Aldi, and the first thing I noticed was the packaging: Usually, when you buy a cheap product, the packaging reflects this, but this cream comes to you in a nice smart pale blue box, which in turn contains the product in a glass jar with blue screw-top lid.
Okay, so that shouldn't matter, but it does give you a nice first impression, and it feels a little bit more glamorous in a glass jar, rather than just plastic. Well, it does to me anyway! I'm assuming this also means that the glass jar is recyclable, so top marks to Aldi there too.
I am a bit of a sensitive soul in the skin department, so when I get a new product, I always put it on the inside of my wrist first, in case of a bad reaction. I'm pleased to report that the Aldi Siana Q-10 Cream didn't cause me any problems like this, in fact when I used it on my face, it actually glided on lovely and smooth, and sank in when patted with my fingertips.
I mostly use it around my eyes, nose-to-lip lines and the vertical frown line between my eyes.
I do believe I can see a difference when I have used it: Of course, no moisturiser can reverse ageing or anything like that, but after it's on, everything seems a little bit softer, smoother, and the lines a little less deep.
This is just a temporary effect of course, and only lasts until the cream is washed off, but still, it's a nice pick-me-up in the morning. As well as the bathroom cabinet, I also keep a jar in the fridge and apply it first thing: Very cooling and de-puffing , as well as moisturising.
A very good friend of mine has always used the Nivea Q10 cream, but has switched to this after testing mine, to save money, as she rates this equally highly.
I can only think of a single disadvantage, and that is that there is no sunscreen included in the formulation.
Verdict: Give it a try.
This is the supposed 'wonder product' that everyone was raving about last year. The budget brand anti wrinkle cream that worked better than many leading brands costing far more at the grand cost of less than £2!
Not being a shopper of Aldi myself, I never got around to buying some of this stuff. Besides which, I already had enough lotions and potions to keep me going for years! Anyway, my mother-in-law bought me some of this and the Night Cream for Christmas (do you think she was trying to tell me something?!) and I am so impressed with it!
I don't have any wrinkles yet as I'm only 28 so I wouldn't expect it to work miracles, but what I do know about this cream is that it is very thisk any luxurious but sinks in quickly. I love the night cream in particular and my skin is now very comfortable and feels really soft when I wake up in the morning. I have been using this product for 3 months now and my skin is softer than ever.
I waited for months to get this cream when Aldi shelves were swept clean after it was featured on 'How to Look Good Naked'. I could barely contain my excitement when I eventually managed to get a tub of both the day and the night cream !
The cream is in a basic looking pot (which I'm certainly not complaining about - I'm sure this keeps the cost down significantly !).
The cream rubs has a light consistency and just seems to glide on. You really don't need to use much at a time. It does have a slightly greasy feel once it has been applied but not enough to put me off using it.
This cream does have a 'functional' feel to it as opposed to 'luxurious' but for the low the price you really can't complain. I haven't used regularly enough to tell if I look any younger yet - but my skin does feel soft !
Only thing I'm not too keen on is the smell. I'd describe it as being like freshly cooked donughts, however, when a friend tried to describe it she thought it smelt orangy !! So one of us needs our sense of smell testing (probably me !) Luckily the scent isn't that strong and doesn't linger.
I was told this was recommended by Gok Wan and anything he recommends I have to try!
It costs £2.89 for 50ml from Aldi and comes packaged in a small box, its in a pot (as opposed to a bottle) and is sort of beige coloured. Honestly it doesnt look that good ... but for the price its fab!! Aldi produce this specially and they obviously spend the money on making the product fab rather than on packaging, aesthics etc
I use the nightcream every evening on my face and neck and it goes on very nicely, I also use it on my neck every morning as I am worried about aging in this area and this cream is luxury. I would say a pot lasts around 3 months which again is amazing for the price. For my sensitive/conbi skin it leaves it neigher greasy nor do I break-out the following day so its even better than some stuff I have from Clinque. I would definitely recommend that people give this product a try as even if you decide you hate it, you might have found a bargain too.
I was looking for a new moisturising after I had run out of my usual. My skin had been getting worse recently and thought maybe it is time for a change. The night cream was recommended by Gok Wan on his Channel 4 television show How To Look Good Naked, so I figured I would give the day cream a shot.
Siana day cream is a light cream formula developed in line with the latest scientific insights for the action protection and care of you facial skin. This is a day cream with Bioflavone and Co-enzyme Q10 and is suitable for all skin types.
The cream is inside a small clear glass jar with a blue plastic lid. When you buy the product, the jar is packaged inside a small sky blue coloured card box.
Application of Product
For use of the moisturiser, the best results are to apply a small amount where required to a washed face and neck, gently rubbing into your skin. This is a fantastic product to use as a make-up base as foundation goes on well onto it.
It is recommended that for best results, you should combine the use of this day care product with Siana Nourishing Anti Wrinkle Night Cream. Regular use may assist in reducing the appearance of existing wrinkles and help to minimise the formulation of new ones.
When stored properly, Siana skin care day cream has a shelf life of up to 30 months, however once opened, it is suggested that the product should be used within 12 months. The 50ml jar lasts approximately 2 to 3 months.
If you do not seal the jar properly, as suggested, the moisturiser does take a harder, congealed form, which you are then not able to use. However, as the jar is simple and easy to open, it should not be a problem.
In my opinion, Siana day cream is of fantastic quality and I cannot recommend it enough, particularly due to its inexpensive price during the time of the credit crunch.
This product is specifically made for aldi stores. For further information on the product or store that you can buy it from visit www.aldi.co.uk.