The Supermarket Skincare Worth Adding To Your Basket

Who doesn’t want affordable beauty that delivers? From Lidl to Sainsbury’s, supermarket shelves are now lined with seriously impressive, anti-ageing skincare that’s a match for more expensive counterparts. All clinically tested for great results, these 14 products are definitely worth adding to your basket…

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Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream, £22.50 | Formula

Find It At: M&S

Why It’s Highly Rated: It’s little wonder this commanded a waiting list of over 7,500 when it launched. One of the most popular night creams to date, it’s packed with anti-wrinkle peptides and PatcH2O complex to give skin a mega dose of hydration, while plumping out fine lines and reviving tired-looking skin. You’ll wake up to a visibly plumper, smoother-looking complexion from the off. Nine tubs are reportedly sold every hour – in other words, be quick when you’re next at M&S.

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Original Hot Cloth Cleanser, £2.99 | Lacura

Find It At: Aldi

Why It’s Highly Rated: With a rich formula of chamomile, cocoa butter and eucalyptus oil, this one coats dry, crepe-like skin in moisture while simultaneously removing make-up and general residue. Unlike some cleansers, your skin won’t feel tight or dry once you’ve rinsed it away, just smooth and plump in texture with renewed radiance. It also comes with a muslin cloth to help you polish skin gently as you cleanse. 

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Sheet Masks, From £3.95 | BeautyPro

Find Them At: Ocado

Why They’re Highly Rated: From foot and hand masks to dedicated glow-givers that utilise the latest, buzz-worthy ingredients, BeautyPro’s sheet masks are some of the best on the market and are now available at Ocado. No, they won’t remove wrinkles or dark spots in seconds, but they will provide instant gratification – think brighter, more luminous skin, speedy hydration and a smooth, supple complexion that allows make-up to glide on more easily. Look out for the ones laced with retinol for a speedy, tightening effect of the skin. Better still, most of the brand’s masks are made from biodegradable natural bamboo fibres, so you don’t get the same guilt as with similar sheet masks. They make great gifts, too.

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Ginger Hand Cream | Yope

Find It At: Waitrose

Why It’s Highly Rated: Bodycare and lifestyle brand Yope is one of our favourite beauty finds at Waitrose, covering everything from hand cream to shower gel. Natural, minimally processed ingredients and gentle formulas make them our brand of choice. Prices start from £7.99, while the whole range is vegan friendly, and free from SLS, SLES and PEG. There’s plenty on offer – including soaps and gels which have a neutral pH, so they won’t irritate even the most sensitive of skins – but we like the hand creams the most. With a delicious chamomile and ginger scent, and a lightweight, non-greasy texture, they bring dry skin back from the brink and feel luxurious. We love the packaging, too.

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Ageless Triple Action Radiance Tonic, £20 | Prai

Find It At: M&S

Why It’s Highly Rated: Prai is one of the best anti-ageing skincare ranges out there. Its impressive line-up always sells out – thankfully, it’s now more accessible than ever at M&S. Its new Radiance Tonic has quickly earnt rave reviews and is worth seeking out during your next shop. Designed to be used post-cleanse, but before moisturiser, it is brimming with exfoliating acids, including lactic and salicylic, both of which gently remove dead skin cells to leave behind a brighter, more refined complexion. Regular use will minimise the appearance of sun damage, while vitamins E, B and C will keep your complexion looking and feeling supple. It’s highly recommended for its ability to smooth the appearance of enlarged pores, too. A staple for any anti-ageing routine. 

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Self-Tan Luxury Facial Oil, £9.50 | Autograph

Find It At: M&S

Why It’s Highly Rated: This silky oil is often raved about by industry insiders. You can add a few drops into your existing skincare to give them believable tanning capability. It’s simple to do and lets you tinker with the shade to best suit your individual preference – as it’s so easy to control, you can always get natural results. Hydrating and smooth, the oil and the colour it gives never settle into fine lines, nor cause any uneven patchiness. Ideal for dry, mature skin that needs moisture, as well as boosted luminosity. We recommend starting with three or so drops weekly. 

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Muscle Balm | Elemental Herbology

Find It At: Waitrose

Why It’s Highly Rated: Tired, achy muscles and bones are no match for this soothing balm. Brimming with botanicals – including anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger – it works to ease pain and relax tension within the body. Warm it up in your hands, then massage it firmly into areas that need it most. The soothing formula helps to soften skin and provide instant relief, but it also encourages better blood flow to speed up the healing process. Coconut, olive, chia and rosemary oils all combine to rid dryness, while the medicinal scent is comforting, too. 

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Cleansing Micellar Water, £1.60 | Kind & Pure

Find It At: Tesco

Why It’s Highly Rated: If you’re after a micellar water that gets the job done fuss-free, look to this one from Tesco’s Kind & Pure range. Incredibly gentle, it’s fragrance free and pH balanced, so it never causes dryness or any astringent feel on the skin. Great for removing make-up and general dirt – even stubborn waterproof formulas – it hydrates as it goes with rosehip, camomile and vitamin B5. A reliable option for those seeking a swift and affordable cleanser. 

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Retinol+ Anti-Ageing Restoring Serum, £11.50 | Super Facialist

Find It At: Sainsbury’s

Why It’s Highly Rated: A good retinol is hard to come by on a budget, which is why we were thrilled to see Super Facialist’s new serum at Sainsbury’s. With a lightweight yet nourishing texture, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E work to cushion any irritation from the potent vitamin A inside. Over time, skin will look more even, with a plumper appearance, and you’ll also find your make-up applies much better thanks to the smooth surface it leaves behind. Dark spots and scars will also be visibly reduced, as it removes sluggish and dead skin cells. 

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Miracle Oil Spray | Lacura

Find It At: Aldi

Why It’s Highly Rated: An Aldi bestseller, this multipurpose miracle oil can be used all over to provide dry skin, hair or cuticles with instant moisture. Rich in oils, it feels incredibly luxe, without ever being too greasy or thick. Use a smattering to eliminate frizz, or massage it into limbs to soak up dry flakes and provide skin with a subtle, healthy-looking sheen. You can spritz a very small amount onto your face – or your make-up brush – before applying foundation too for a youthful glow. Incredibly versatile, and costing just £4.99, it won’t disappoint.

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Organic Face Serum Hydrate + Firm, £15 | UpCircle

Find It At: Sainsbury’s

Why It’s Highly Rated: UpCircle is a go-to brand for those seeking greater sustainability. All its products are housed in recyclable, aluminium tubes, while the range itself is 100% plastic free, with vegan formulas to suit all skin types. This firming serum – which feels more like an oil – has become hugely popular since launching for good reason. Ideal for mature, slackened skin, it uses hydrating essential oils to bolster moisture levels, while ingredients like vitamin C and coffee oil brighten skin, reduce scarring and minimise the appearance of pigmentation with regular use. As the texture is so thin, you’ll find it goes well under make-up and other skincare, so you never have to worry about it flaking or peeling off as the day wears on.

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Caviar Illumination Night Cream | Lacura

Find It At: Aldi

Why It’s Highly Rated: This is another one to be quick with as it regularly sells out, with a string of loyal fans applauding its multi-tasking benefits. Designed to protect, soothe and moisturise mature, dry skin, it’s also full of anti-inflammatory ingredients, so you can treat irritation in a flash. What’s more, it’s said to improve the appearance of any under-the-skin spots we sometimes suffer with as we age: try a very thin layer on any new bumps and you’ll see redness diminishes slightly. 

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Reusable Organic Cotton Pads With Bag, £7.50 | Marks & Spencer

Find Them At: M&S

Why They’re Highly Rated: Everyone needs a good set of reusable cotton pads and these are some of the best. Incredibly soft, and with a fluffy texture, they are larger than regular single-use pads, allowing you to fully sweep away dirt and grime. They’re also gentle, so they never cause irritation or feel too abrasive. Each one activates with water but you can combine with your go-to cleanser for a more thorough removal – especially of stubborn make-up. A great, eco-friendly addition to your skincare routine. 

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Expert Nightly Revitalising Retinol Capsules | NSpa

Find It At: Asda

Why It’s Highly Rated: Single-dose skincare capsules have soared in popularity. Their ability to preserve their potency means better anti-ageing results over time. Some of the best include these ones from Asda’s own brand, NSpa. With endless 5* reviews, they work hard – and quickly – to deliver just the right amount of vitamin A (retinol), which smooths, plumps and fills fine lines. Paired with green tea leaf and avocado extract, irritation is kept to a minimum and the gel-like formula works well with other skincare products. For best results, use these capsules at night when the formula inside is less likely to be exposed to any light that can weaken its effects. 

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