“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Facial Cream „
I follow a twice daily stringent beauty regime where I cleanse, tone and moisturise, as I am conscious of the fact that I am rapidly approaching my fifties and wish to keep my skin looking as youthful and wrinkle free as possible. It was only a few years ago that I religiously began using moisturisers, as I previously believed that they were not necessary for those people with T-zone skin.
Prior to my use of moisturisers and due to my hatred and embarrassment with the shiny patches that appeared on my forehead and nose I would apply harsh astringents in a bid to dry out the skin, which resulted in some awful burns. Nowadays I am far more sensible and use both day and night moisturisers. Whilst I have a firm favourite, namely Garnier's Ultra Lift, which I have used for the last couple of years, in a bid to satisfy my curiosity and the challenge of trying out something new at a tenth of the price, I was keen to try out Tesco's Hydrating Creams with this review discussing the Night Cream.
I cannot describe the packaging as being appealing to the eye, as it was shadowed by all the brightly coloured high end products. The night cream is presented in a white coloured circular plastic tub with a screw top lid and adorned with a small amount of pale green text to highlight the fact that it contains cucumber extract. I initially believed that the tub containing 50 ml of product was far smaller than my Garnier Ultralift, but when I arrived home I discovered that it contains the same amount with Garnier together with the other brand names using packaging within packaging to create the illusion of a bigger pot.
In addition to the low price tag of just £1, it was the claim of the cream being hydrating together with the cucumber extract and vitamin E that tempted me into my purchase. I regularly place a cold cucumber slice on each of my closed eye lids whilst wearing a face mask, as it is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, which subsequently assists in hydrating the skin.
The night cream is suitable for all skin types and offers a pure white appearance although I must admit that the first time I opened the tub I was bitterly disappointed, as clearly it had been knocked around in my bag, as there was a huge dip in the centre with the cream having settled around the inner sides of the tub. As a result, I was of the opinion that it was runny in consistency. However, whilst its texture isn't as thick as my favourite Garnier Ultra Lift Night Cream, I would describe it as reasonable.
In order to make a comparison between Garnier and Tesco, I decided to use Garnier's Ultra Lift on one side of my face with the Tesco brand on the other. I scooped out a small amount of the Tesco brand with my finger tips and applied it to my freshly cleansed face and neck. I was surprised that I could barely detect any aroma, as I anticipated the cucumber to be evident and all I could witness was a slight refreshing scent. Its texture was not as creamy as Garnier's and whilst it was easily spread over the surface of my skin I found that it lingered on the surface for approximately five minutes; after which it was fully absorbed whereas the Garnier immediately sunk into my skin. On a positive note, the Tesco cream was very lightweight and felt comfortable on my skin.
On the side where I had applied the Tesco brand my skin instantly felt soft and smooth although on the side where I had applied Garnier, my skin offered a velvety smoothness. The Tesco brand did not present any tackiness or oily residue nor did I experience any tightness. I would advise that whilst I suffer with oily patches on my forehead and nose, my cheeks can become extremely dry and if I omit moisturising for just one night the effects are evident the following morning, as my skin will feel dry and tight. On waking, the skin on both sides of my face felt moisturised although the surface was not as smooth on the Tesco side.
I continued to use the Tesco night cream (all over my face this time!) although on day five I felt a slight tightening sensation on my cheeks, which was accompanied by small areas of flakiness a few days later. However, the skin on both my nose and forehead remained perfectly moisturised. Consequently, it was necessary to revert to my usual brand, which immediately hydrated the dry areas and alleviated the tightness. Whilst Tesco claim the night cream is suitable for all skin types, my experience evidenced that it was not hydrating enough for dry skin although I am of the opinion that it would be perfect for those consumers who have normal or oily skin.
As a 50 ml tub of Tesco Hydrating Night Cream is priced at only £1, I feel it is an excellent find although sadly not for me. As each of my applications consisted of exactly the same amount that I use with Garnier, I anticipate the tub to last a good three months, so this is very affordable at just 33p a month. I pondered for a while when considering a rating for this cream and had it been marketed solely towards those consumers with normal or oily skin I would have awarded four stars. However, as Tesco claim it is suitable for all skin types, which was definitely not the case for me with my T-zone skin, I feel a three star rating to be appropriate.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.
Ive had mix opinions and routines over the years in regards to skin care. In my teens I didn't get the whole idea of skin care, routine was basic and consisted of The Body Shop tea tree face wash and Palmers Cocoa Butter lotion for all over the body and the face. My twenties I discovered QVC and worked in a department store, and got hooked on trying brands such as Decleor, Elemis etc. Early thirties Im a mum of 2 young children, no time to myself ( unless you count the 10 minutes I drown myself in the shower twice a day when the kids are jumping on my bed watching Cbeebies! ) and just about the same amount of spare money. So in short-I love skincare, but don't have the money or time to indulge myself. I hunt for bargains and special offers when I can get premium skincare e.g QVCs TSVs ( Todays Special Value ), and look at cheaper alternatives, testing and trying, separating the good from the bad. This is why I wanted to test this Tesco branded night cream which costs £1.00 for 50ml, currently in a 3 for 2 promotion.
Why did I buy it?
Mainly curiosity. Cheap doesn't always mean rubbish. Even if not the best in regards to ingredients, packaging, fragrance, sometimes a gem is found that does the job or at least a decent enough job til being able to get ( and afford ) something better.
I haven't entered the world of night creams ( although I think I need one ), and for this one to cost £1.00 it's a good cost effective way to try it out and take it from there.
How is it packaged?
Very simple and basic. White circular tub, 50ml in size with screw top lid. Label is thin and long, clearly has the ' Tesco ' logo on it but also product name which is hydrating night cream. It states it contains cucumber extract and Vitamin E and is suitable for all skin types.
On the back it gives directions for use, and if you peel the label back, it gives you the usual general warnings, ingredients list, mentions its not tested on animals and once opened product has a 12 month shelve life.
Aqua, Paraffinum Liquidum, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-20 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Parfum, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1, 3-Diol.
How to use
Apply a small amount on the finger tips and gently dab upwards in circular motions to face and neck in the evening before going to sleep.
What do I think?
First thing I always do, especially if it's a new product, is open it and have a good smell. The fragrance for this was clean, fresh, crisp, not floral but quite zingy. No citrus elements to it but I found the fragrance naturally uplifting.
The texture of this cream was what you would want from a night cream ( or at least me) is thick, smooth and shiny. White in colour. Very easy and simple to apply. Rubbed into the face very easily, sank straight in with no residue or shine left on the face. In fact, my skin looked very matt.
I was very surprised that this night cream, considering how quickly it soaked in, actually gave me a good amount of hydration. Skin didn't feel tight or dry, and even afew hours after application, my skin feels in just as good a condition as it did when I first put it on.
Skin feels quite smooth and overall moisturised.
Would I buy this again? I think I would. Genuinely I am pleasantly surprised this cream has done such a good job for such a cheap price. The things I like most about it was its thickness, how quickly my skin sucked it up and how after application, my skin was completely matt. Fragrance wasn't offensive. Skin felt as if it was in quite a good condition.
Things I didn't like were how rubbish the packaging is. For £1.00 I don't expect much, but it looked like this tub belonged on the shelves of a dated and badly stocked old fashioned chemist. Even if the label was more catchy and bright, it would make such a difference. Although the fragrance was ok, it didn't wow me. Would have liked it to have been more prettier in smell and more enjoyable to the nose but not a major issue.
Overall, I would be lying if I was to say I enjoyed using this product. I didn't hate it or find it annoying, I just didn't get into it or was lost in the process. It didn't feel like a spa treatment, or something indulgent, but it did the job it was supposed to to-hydrate. Considering this has been a huge problem for me over the last few months, its great to know something so cheap can be so effective.
Great buy for someone with a limited budget and wants to keep their skincare regime simple and basic.
I have been using the Tesco's own range of cucumber facial and beauty products for a while now. I use their cleansing facial wipes, the skin cleanser and also the facial toner, which is perhaps my favourite product in this range. They are all brilliant products which seem to suit my skin type extremely well. They are very cheap and plainly packaged but they work a treat. Why pay more if something as cheap as this works just as well? I love Tesco own brand products and I am always recommending them to friends and family, and their
Hydrating Night Cream with Cucumber Extract (& Vitamin E) is no exception.
I haven't been using a night cream for very long, to be honest, and until quite recently, I was just using a normal daytime moisturiser before I went to bed. However, after reading the merits of using a decent cream before bed, I decided to try out one of the cheaper versions before I moved onto something a little bit more expensive, just to see how my skin reacts. Night creams always worry me slightly, as they can be rather thick and I was concerned that this might clog my skin and pores and lead to spots - which I can do without at my age!
This night cream comes in a (rather small) 50ml pot which is made of plastic and it has a good fitting screw top lid. The jar can be recycled after use. The jar is only £1, which I didn't mind parting with just to 'test it out' so to speak, just see how it reacted with my skin. The cream is thick and white and feels and looks almost whipped in texture. Though it is thick in consistency it was incredible how quickly this cream is actually absorbed into my skin. I actually found I had to use more of it than I had anticipated as my skin sort of just drank it up - maybe my skin was more dehydrated than I had thought!
Though thick in consistency, the cream feels light as air on my skin and it has a wonderful fresh smell which I cannot say reminds me of cucumbers especially, but it isn't perfumed or flowery, it's just a light fresh smell. As well as containing cucumber extract, this cream also contains vitamin E, which I know has added benefits for the skin in terms of healing and soothing the upper layers. I feel the cucumber in this cream also reduced puffiness to my face, especially around the delicate eye area. I hate going to bed with my face covered in thick cream, especially if the smell is powerful. This cream isn't like that at all. As it's absorbed so quickly I really don't even know it's there before I go to bed and the smell is so subtle that I never smell that either, once my head has touched the pillow.
This cream is not tested on animals and it is suitable for all skin types as it's been dermatologically tested, it's suitable for even the most sensitive of skin. I really love this cream and if I have one gripe it would only be that I wish they made larger jars as 50ml is just not large enough for me.
I will keep on buying his wonderful night cream for as long as Tesco keep making it and I highly recommend it.
~Why I bought this cream~
I am a regular user of face creams and I like products which moisturise my face. I also use moisturising facial night creams as well. I like the fact that they can work whilst I am asleep. I do not wear makeup when I go to bed, so there is no interference to what they are supposed to do. Not all face creams suit my requirements as some tend to be rather greasy. I particularly like face products with cucumber for their healthy related benefits. I have used various face creams with cucumber but of late the general affordable ones have been a bit hard to come by and when they reappeared on the shop shelves, they were a bit more expensive than before. Recently I noticed a new range of cucumber face products in Tesco and for fear of not finding them again I horded a few. Luckily they are still available almost five months later and hope they won't disappear again.
This review is for one of the products: Tesco Hydrating Night Cream with Cucumber Extract (& Vitamin E)
~Availability and Price~
The cream is manufactured in the UK for Tesco stores Ltd. It is just one of the cucumber based face products they manufacture. Being a Tesco product, it is mainly available in Tesco stores including the Tesco online stores.
In the UK, the cream is available in 50 ml bottles for just £1.00.
~ Packaging and Visibility~
The cream comes in a simple white round plastic jar with a white standard screw on cap which covers an opening wide enough to allow about 3 middle fingers in. You have to use your finger(s) for scooping out the cream for application. The bottle is also made of good quality plastic which does not crack easily. The cream is located with other face creams and cleansing products, you can't miss the white bottle.
Environment wise, there is no extra packaging with this cream, so what you see is what you get.
~Composition and Application~
The cream is especially designed to help smoothen and moisturise the skin. The main ingredients include cucumber fruit extract (Cucumis sativus) and vitamin E in addition to the other additives and chemicals. The ingredients in the cream seem well balanced. The cream is white in colour and has a light smooth non runny balanced texture. The cream does not come with an applicator so you have to use your fingers to scoop the amount you need from the bottle.
It is fairly easy to apply and but as usual a bit of massaging into the skin always gives best results. It is easily absorbed into the skin and leaves the skin with a refreshing smooth moisturised feeling.
Because it is a night cream, I usually apply generous amounts without worry as I will be going to bed. I apply it after cleaning my face preferably with other cucumber based products but can be any product which cleans my face to allow the night cream to do its work. I pay special attention to the area around my eyes and also apply it to my neck as well.
According to the manufacturer, it's meant to be suitable for all skin types.
The smell is nice, lightly fragranced with cucumber smell from the cucumber extract. The smell is not overpowering at all.
It was not tested on animals so it's good to know that no animal suffered for my beauty but if we consider that plants have feeling too, then yes the cucumber plant really suffered!
The bottled is made of plastic which can be widely recycled.
I love the smooth moisturising feeling of this cream on my skin, makes me feel good but more important makes me look young all the time. More so it works without any disturbance whilst I am asleep.
~ The benefits, so why Cucumber and Vitamin E?~
The information below is based on a bit of research.
Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) is a vegetable that belongs to the gourd family, Cucurbitaceae, which includes pumpkins, melons and squashes. There are at least 10 reported human health benefits which come with use of cucumbers and some of these include:
* skin and nail care
* stimulate hair growth
* reduce puffiness of skin below the eyes
* relieve skin irritations and sunburns
* keep the body hydrated
* beneficial for teeth and gum and relieves bad breath
* reduce cholesterol and control blood pressure
* promote health joints and relieve gout and arthritis pain
* act as a diuretic and encourages the elimination of waste products from the body through urination
* relieve diabetes
* aid in fighting cancer
* aids digestion
* aid in treating tapeworms
* aid in weight loss
**I will focus more on its use in the cosmetic industry for health skin and hair care.
The high water content (96% water content), presence of vitamins A, B & C and the presence of certain minerals like magnesium, potassium, and silica make cucumbers an essential part of skin care. Facial masks containing cucumber juice can be used for skin tightening. Ascorbic acid and caffeic acid present in cucumbers can bring down the water retention rate which in turn diminishes the puffiness and swelling under the eyes. That's why you see people placing a slice of cucumber over puffy eyes, its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness Cucumber skin also can bring relief to the skin caused by sunburn or windburn.
The high silica content of cucumber also helps to prevent splitting and spoiling of nails of the fingers and toes.
Cucumber contains silicon and sulphur and thus a regular intake of cucumber can help promote healthy hair growth. For best results, mix cucumber juice with the juices of carrot, lettuce or spinach.
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant and its scientific name is tocopherol and was recognized in 1968 as an essential vitamin for humans.
It is most abundant in wheat germ oil, but also found in nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, leafy greens, and fortified cereals. Scientists estimate that as much as two-thirds of human vitamin E intake comes from salad oils, margarine, and shortening, while the rest comes from vegetables and various grains.
Vitamin E is used in many products for skin and nail treatments. Benefits include:
* my favourite - preventing premature aging and development of wrinkles by boosting collagen production & supporting new skin cell growth and speeding cell regeneration
* Vitamin E added to lotions, creams, and other skin care products, as well as taken orally, plays a role in the anti-aging of skin. It helps skin look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
* sun protection and sun burn treatment - because of its antioxidant activity, vitamin e is vital in protecting skin cells from ultra violet light, pollution, drugs, and other elements that produce cell damaging free radicals
* Vitamin E lotions provide some benefit in preventing and treating sunburns. These lotions protect the epidermis layer of the skin from early stages of ultra violet light damage
* promoting health nails and cuticles by helping to keep nails moisturised & flexible
* treatment of skin diseases and promoting healing of the skin- Vitamin E can aid in the treatment of various skin diseases or skin conditions
* aids in the formation of red blood cells and improves blood circulation
** So, with all these benefits I am really impressed with this product. Believe me when you are over XX age wise and people think you still look 21, that's a compliment.
I checked on the internet and was shocked to see that some cucumber based face products cost from £5-£30; sorry I will stick to my £1.00 one which is I can buy from my local supermarket.
Why should I pay more for something else when this product does the job for me?
I give it all the marks and stars available but I hope they will produce bigger jars soon instead of the 50 ml.
Thank you for reading and rating.
©hildah11 May 2013