€1.50 Skincare: Should We Be Rushing To Stock Up?

With each product costing HALF THE PRICE OF A COFFEE will this range actually do your skin ANY GOOD? … 


Skincare for €1.50 a pop – we should all be rushing out to buy it, right? There’s been lots of hype about high-street bargain store Dealz launching #6, a skincare range, with day, night and eye creams along with a “collagen filler” each priced at €1.50. That’s half the price of a coffee. But will it actually do your skin any good?

We received some samples along with a release announcing “Maybe she’s born with it.. Maybe it’s Dealz” and “Because You’re worth it” – this is a range that’s so cheap, they are even borrowing slogans (the packaging is not unfamiliar, too). As the Head of Glamour for Dealz (great job title) comments, it’s all about “buying a bit of luxury without breaking the bank”. We’re all for cutting down prices – recent brands such as The Ordinary and Beauty Pie are great examples of brilliant beauty for less cash – but I wasn’t instantly convinced that we should all rush down and stock up on €1.50 creams.

You get what you pay for with most things. While some skincare brands charge top dollar purely for their name,  there has to be a saving somewhere at this price, and in this case it’s the ingredients. If you look closely, you’ll spot everything from hydrogenated palm glycerides (from palm oil, generally agreed to be bad for the environment) to liquid paraffin, with silicones high up the lists.

The day cream smells strong and sweet and has a bit of a greasy texture. And liquid paraffin is the second ingredient, after water. I asked Dr Colette Haydon, a doctor in dermo-pharmacy (and founder of Lixirskin), about a couple of the ingredients, without mentioning the brand. “Paraffin is a petrol-derived occlusive oil – I would advise avoiding this ingredient in your skincare. It’s worth noting that you should avoid anything petrol derived such as liquid paraffin and petroleum, as well as silicone ingredients.” (Silicone names tend to end with “one” or “ane”, such as Cyclopentasiloxane).

Phenoxyethanol is the second highest ingredient in the Micellar Water. “This is a preservative ingredient,” notes Haydon. “Not all preservatives are bad, in fact, it’s critical to use preservatives in your skincare. However, at Lixirskin we use Phenoxyethanol in extremely small amounts as part of a group of preservatives to minimise using too much of one particular ingredient. If Phenoxyethanol is listed as the second ingredient in a list, this would indicate there may be too much of it in the product.” For me, the micellar water is equivalent to using a wipe – it’s essentially water, alcohol and glycerin, so won’t help oily skin and will dry it out. Putting in very tiny amounts of decent things like hyaluronic acid – way down the ingredients list (ingredients are always in order of amount, from highest to lowest) – is not going to benefit your skin in any meaningful way.

Each to their own – it’s exciting to find skincare that’s so cheap – and the range is against animal testing, which is a plus point, and there are nods to decent things like shea butter, castor oil and seaweed extract in the formulas. But while good skincare absolutely does not need to cost the earth, there are limits, and we value our skin more than half a cappuccino’s worth. Personally this is one bargain range I’ll be passing on. Let us know if you’ve tried it and what you think …


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