“ Brand: Siana / Type: Anti Wrinkle / Subcategory: Night Cream / What it does: Rejuvenates, Nourishes „
During the summer last year I read an article about Siana creams from Aldi and the testers were all raving about them. £1.89 for a 50ml pot of these wonder creams and according to most of the women who used them they worked better than alot of the expensive creams. As we don't have an Aldi within my driving limits (joint problems) I didn't give it too much thought until recently I stumbled across some ebay sellers selling this cream. Obviously because I had to pay postage I ended up paying slightly more for my Siana cream but I still only paid £2.50 all in so I thought I had a bargain on my hands!
I chose the night cream because I have a day cream I'm happy with so I thought if I could also find a decent night cream that didn't cost me much I'd be very pleased with myself! I have dry sensitive skin so night creams are often a necessity for me to moisturise it during the night.
Siana cream contains Retinol Complex and Co-enzyme Q10 which are both anti-aging ingredients. The instructions are to gently rub some cream into your face before you go to sleep. Simple.
The pot is made of glass and has a dark blue lid that screws on. Upon opening the product you will find it has a foil seal on top so you know it hasn't been used and it keeps the cream fresh. The actual cream is slightly off-white and smells kind of sweet, I thought I could smell a hint of almonds in there. I wasn't keen on the fragrance if I'm honest but it smelt so light in the pot I didn't think it would be a problem.
Once I applied this cream to my face I could really, really smell the sweet fragrance and it smelt sickly and strong. I hadn't anticipated this and didn't think I'd be able to smell it once it was on but it gets very strong once it's applied. I tried not to let that bother me and if the results of the cream had been as good as I'd been led to believe they would be it wouldn't have worried me.
I found the cream quite runny and for a night cream that's unusual, they are normally thick and very deeply moisturising but this was so thin it was closer in consistency to a body lotion. The cream is called "nourishing anti-wrinkle" night cream so a thin liquid type of cream wasn't what I expected. I also found it doesn't absorb very well and tends to sit on the skin in a layer which again isn't what you want from a face cream. Worse though was the lack of moisture I got from this cream. It left my skin with that awful tightness I associate with soap use so didn't moisturise at all!
I gave up with it after a week because these problems happened every night I used it, my bargain turned out to be a waste of money that went into the bin. For all the positive reviews about this product I have to say I was extremely disappointed. It just didn't do anything it was supposed to and left my skin looking grey and tired due to lack of moisture and feeling tight and dry too. Not quite the wonder cream I was anticipating!
So overall I have to say a huge disappointment, lacks moisture and smells awful and made my skin look worse than before I started using it. As far as I'm concerned all the hype surrounding this cream is nonsense and it's one to avoid.
I'll give it 1 star only because I have to give it a rating but really it gets no positives from me exept the price.
A couple of years ago Gok Wan ran a blind test of anti ageing night creams on one of his Channel 4 programmes. The surprise result was that the 100 testers rated the cheapest cream as highly as the most expensive cream. The cheap cream was Siana Nourishing Anti Wrinkle Night Cream, which costs £1.89 in Aldi. It was nearly £40 cheaper than the most expensive night cream.
Siana Nourishing Anti Wrinkle Night Cream contains a retinol complex to help stimulate cell growth. It also contains Co-enzyme Q10, which is said to stimulate the biological function of the skin and protect against harmful environmental impacts. Both retinol and co-enzyme Q10 are commonly found in more expensive anti-ageing creams. Aldi claim that regular use of this cream may help reduce the appearance of existing wrinkles, and minimise new ones from forming.
I was given a 50ml pot of Siana Nourishing Anti Wrinkle Night Cream by my sister who is a keen bargain hunter. Unfortunately, she has sensitive skin and reacted unfavourably to this cream. I do not share her skin sensitivity and eagerly took the cream off her hands. I've now been using it for just over a month.
The cream is quite thick and white. It takes a little massaging to absorb into the skin, but it leaves it feeling immediately moisturised. As with many anti ageing night creams, you can still feel the cream on your skin even after it has absorbed. However, it does not feel sticky or unpleasant.
One down side is that I think this cream has a slightly strange smell. However, I'm afraid I can't describe it. I don't find it unpleasant and it's not overpowering, but some may find it off putting. For me it is the main indicator that this is not a more expensive cream.
So how have I found it? I find that my skin feels beautifully soft and well moisturised when I wake up in the morning. After washing my face, it does feel plumper and softer. However, after 4 weeks of use, I'm afraid there have been no anti ageing miracles. You could say that at £1.89 what do you expect? That is very true. However, the results that I have had from this £1.89 are no different from any of the £20 anti ageing creams I have tried. That either means that this is a really good cream for £1.89, or none of them work very well!
Like a lot of us, I am still in search of a small miracle in a pot that will help turn back time. Until someone invents it, I am going to save a few pounds and keep using Siana Anti Wrinkle cream.