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#26 liveworkplay

Posted 12 August 2013 - 06:15 PM

No. There have been numerous studies done on mosturises, sunscreens and the like and the results are always the same, increasen price does not equate to a better product...

Edited by liveworkplay, 12 August 2013 - 06:16 PM.


#27 crunch

Posted 12 August 2013 - 06:20 PM

Like nup I used to spend a small fortune on this stuff, then someone told me about the Aldi moisturiser. Best I've ever used, and I've used them all.

#28 GreenEyedGirl

Posted 12 August 2013 - 06:59 PM

$170!!! I don't spend that much on my skin in a year

I use rosehip oil just on my face or a bio oil type thing on my face & body when it is dry, I wash my face with baking soda + water paste thats it.

I am 37 next May and people still think I am mid 20's so must be doing something right!! and $170 creams is NOT one of them!!!

#29 Mianta

Posted 12 August 2013 - 07:07 PM

$170 for moisturiser? No, not worth it for me.

I have great skin. I don't do much to it, so I figure it's based on my genes.

Edited by Mianta, 12 August 2013 - 07:07 PM.


#30 Foogle

Posted 12 August 2013 - 07:29 PM

No is the short answer - short because I spend a lot on a couple of products that I adore and I know I spend too much but... I love them so I keep using them.

The thing is, a 'cosmetic' cannot change your cell structure or encourage the replenishment of cells.

It just can't because if it could, it is not classed as a cosmetic anymore.  It it classed as a drug and therefore cannot be sold under general retail license.

Therefore, any product purchased as a cosmetic, regardless of it's advertised brilliance, is short-lived in its benefits.

But in saying that, that doesn't stop me from buying my favourite L'Occitane products nor a new found favourite MitoQ.

Both make my skin feel fantastic so I'm happy but I'm under no illusion about their ability to change nor encourage cell structure or growth.

#31 BearBait

Posted 12 August 2013 - 07:46 PM

No. I liken high end moisturisers to the oil business. Production cost is less than 40%, the rest is marketing, taxes, logistics & margins.

The trick is to be born with good genes.  


#32 unicorn

Posted 12 August 2013 - 07:47 PM

View Postroses99, on 12 August 2013 - 05:27 PM, said:

It's certainly too much for me. I've been using Sukin products for the past year or so and love them. You can get them from health food shops and some chemists. Not expensive, and without any nasty chemicals. Oh, and Australian too. Love them!Here's a link. http://www.sukinorganics.com/

I love the Sukin skin care stuff.
I use rose hip oil straight after I get out of the shower and once it's dry I use a moisturiser.

#33 flowermama

Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:16 PM

View PostFoogle, on 12 August 2013 - 07:29 PM, said:

No is the short answer - short because I spend a lot on a couple of products that I adore and I know I spend too much but... I love them so I keep using them.

The thing is, a 'cosmetic' cannot change your cell structure or encourage the replenishment of cells.

It just can't because if it could, it is not classed as a cosmetic anymore.  It it classed as a drug and therefore cannot be sold under general retail license.

Therefore, any product purchased as a cosmetic, regardless of it's advertised brilliance, is short-lived in its benefits.

But in saying that, that doesn't stop me from buying my favourite L'Occitane products nor a new found favourite MitoQ.

Both make my skin feel fantastic so I'm happy but I'm under no illusion about their ability to change nor encourage cell structure or growth.

So I shouldn't believe the claims that the products are based on cellular biology and will delve deep into my living cells, allowing my skin to repair itself from within? :)

#34 Jeyamoo

Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:23 PM

I'd rather pay for Botox, at least you would know it actually going to work!

#35 Therese

Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:27 PM

I really like the Sukin products too.

I can't see myself spending $170 on a moisturiser but maybe if I came into lots of money I would. For now Sukin will do :)

#36 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:30 PM

I havent spent that much on my skin or any type of beauty item ever!

#37 BLBG

Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:32 PM

View PostCoffeeCoffeeCoffee, on 12 August 2013 - 04:33 PM, said:


On a side note, I hate when the masseuse or beauty therapist ruins my relaxing quiet time with a sales spiel.  So now I tell them before they start that I am happy with my current products, please don't try to sell me anything.   Seems to work :)

Oh me too! Nothing worse than the sales pitch in a relaxing massage.
I don't mind spending on my moisturizer, but 170 is getting a bit steep I think....

#38 darcswan

Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:44 PM

View PostFoogle, on 12 August 2013 - 07:29 PM, said:

Both make my skin feel fantastic so I'm happy but I'm under no illusion about their ability to change nor encourage cell structure or growth.

Do you think that stops me getting excited about words like retinol, AHAs, BHAs, peptides and hyaluronic acid?

It's unlikely any skincare product is worth that sort of cash - most active ingredients are common across lots of skincare ranges and price points.

And its easy to research active ingredients to see their efficacy.

#39 Avogadro

Posted 12 August 2013 - 08:49 PM

My friend uses this one

http://www.shoplapra...x25cf-face.aspx

For those who don't want to bother following the link, this one is nearly $700 for 30mls.

(I personally use QV cream for $10 a tube)

#40 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 12 August 2013 - 11:47 PM

I rarely click links, my phone can be funny about it but had to see what $700 cream looks like
    :blink:
I just choked on my coffee. That is insanity

#41 Stellabella1980

Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:02 AM

I have a beauty therapy background and no I don't think any cream is worth that much....you pay mostly for the packaging and advertising...that $170 cream is probably only worth as an individual item $50 if it has amazing active ingredients in it....the best cream you can get is sunscreen (if it is for anti ageing) and apply every morning even if you are sitting at your computer and not venturing outside!
If its for anything else drink plenty of water, eat right, exercise (and apply your sunscreen) and maybe take a supplement like silica :)

But beauty therapy is a personal opinion (and depends on how you have been trained) and what works for one want necessarily work for the other person....

Edited by Stellabella1980, 13 August 2013 - 12:03 AM.


#42 MrsLexiK

Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:08 AM

Well those that use it will think it is worth it.

#43 Fyn Angelot

Posted 13 August 2013 - 12:44 AM

I used to sell skincare products.

My opinion, short version:  No.

Slightly longer version:  still no.  Look, it's worth buying a decent sunscreen, and using it properly.  If your skin is particularly dry, or oily, or whatever, it's worth buying the right cleanser/moisturiser for your skin.  That's generally not the cheapest product on the shelf, but once you get above a certain baseline, there's no real increase in effectiveness to match the increase in price.  Look at ingredients, not pretty packaging or branding.

Beyond that: sleep enough, drink lots of water, eat healthily.  That's what's going to make the biggest difference.

#44 FEdeRAL

Posted 13 August 2013 - 01:47 AM

View PostAvogadro, on 12 August 2013 - 08:49 PM, said:

My friend uses this one

http://www.shoplapra...x25cf-face.aspx

For those who don't want to bother following the link, this one is nearly $700 for 30mls.

(I personally use QV cream for $10 a tube)
Laser treatments are nowhere near that price! That's just silly.

#45 ikealover

Posted 14 August 2013 - 02:23 PM

No way in hades would I spend 1/2 a weeks grocery money on some cream to lather on my face to make me think I look younger.

#46 heffalumpsnwoozles

Posted 14 August 2013 - 02:46 PM

I got a facial for my birthday a couple of years ago. I told the therapist that I don't usually get facials, and I was there because it was a birthday present. She asked my age, and then commented how wonderful my skin was for my age. She then attempted to sell me $200 worth of beauty products. I pointed out that what I was already doing was obviously working, so no sale. :)  It did make me giggle though. Poor woman!

FWIW, I just use water on my face, unless I've been wearing makeup. Then I use Aldi's facial wash gel.

I used to use Clinique, but I found it felt lovely for a couple of weeks and then I might as well have been using supermarket stuff.

So no, I'd be lucky to spend more than $10 on moisturiser.

#47 MUA

Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:18 PM

If it works for you and you see results and you can make it last a while then why not! For example, when it comes to anti aging creams, they are just that, ANTI-Aging, a preventitive, they aren't there too get rid of existing wrinkles, they are there to prevent them so of course your not going to see results, then I think it's a waste of money.

I use the SKII brand which isn't cheap but they work and I am happy with the results. I did have uneven skin tone and rough skin but I don't anymore, and that is why I can justify the price.

It's really up to you how much you want to invest in your skin.

#48 Country (deci)Mel

Posted 16 August 2013 - 06:28 PM

View PostJeyamoo, on 12 August 2013 - 08:23 PM, said:

I'd rather pay for Botox, at least you would know it actually going to work!

My beautiful friend at work gets botox.... it makes her look worse.  Considerably worse.  Older, less beautiful and less friendly.

I'm always happy when she can't afford a 'top up'!




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