I tried Poundland’s £6 skincare range for a week and this is what I thought

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Budget skincare is on the rise with brands like The Ordinary taking over the scene; even the likes of Aldi and Lidl have their own ranges, but the latest budget skincare launch comes from a pretty unlikely source – Poundland. Yep, we know, Poundland is pretty much the last place we’d think of to find skincare products.

Their #6 skincare range is here to pretty much deck out your entire skincare regime for just over a fiver, and with premium-sounding quality ingredients for a fraction of the usual price, what’s not to like? So in the name of research, I volunteered as a guinea pig to test out the entire range for a week. Here’s what I thought…

Poundland skincare range

#6 Micellar Cleansing Water, £1

This skincare staple did exactly what it claimed to do, it removed my make-up just as well as any other micellar water I’ve used before. It didn’t dry out my skin either, thanks to the addition of vitamins B5 and E, aloe vera and chamomile which all help to soothe and hydrate skin. There isn’t much else to say about this product other than it’s suitable for all skin types, even sensitive, thanks to its fragrance and alcohol free formula.

#6 Anti-ageing Day Cream, £1

If you’re in the market for an effective but inexpensive hydrating moisturiser, I’d recommend trying this out; it left my skin feeling soft and well hydrated. It contains a long list of good ingredients like ceramides, almond oil, algae extract, vitamins A & E as well as collagen;  plus, the texture felt like other high end moisturisers I’ve tried before. The only thing I wasn’t too keen on was the scent, it wasn’t really necessary and I found it quite strong. I don’t have sensitive skin, but if I did, I’d be wary of using such a highly scented product.

#6 Anti-ageing Night Cream, £1

I found the night cream very similar to the day cream, with the same scent; the only discernible difference was the slightly thicker consistency. Again, it left my skin feeling soft and hydrated, but I didn’t notice a huge difference between using this and the day cream, so I wouldn’t say it’s necessary to buy both. It has a very similar ingredient list with the addition of pro-vitamin B5 which helps enhance the moisturising effect.

#6 Anti-ageing Collagen Filler, £1

Although the name sounds like something from a plastic surgery menu, this product is designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by ‘filling’ them with collagen. I have to say I didn’t notice much of a difference using this, mainly because at the age of 25 I’m blessed with a wrinkle free face -it did leave my skin feeling hydrated, though. I’ll be saving my money on this one and sticking to the day and night creams.

#6 Anti-ageing Eye Cream, £1

Overall I found this a pretty decent eye cream, it wasn’t life changing but considering the price it makes for a solid budget option. I found it was lightweight and absorbed quickly, it provided some much needed moisture to my under eye area and and unlike the day and night creams it wasn’t scented.

#6 Anti-ageing Derma Serum, £1

I found this mainly just acted as another form of moisturiser and didn’t really do much else. It contains a fairly impressive list of fancy sounding ingredients including water lily extract, jojoba oil, rice milk, vitamins A,C and E and something called Sepilift monopeptide which acts as a powerful anti-ageing ingredient –  (although having only used this for a week I obvs didn’t notice any anti-ageing effects.)

The verdict

On the whole a good effort from Poundland. The range is super affordable and suitable for every budget, and the products are designed to suit all skin types – although I’d be wary of the scented day and night creams if you have very sensitive skin. The products themselves aren’t exactly cutting edge but nonetheless they left my skin well hydrated and my bank balance feeling pretty angelic. For £1 a product it’s defintely worth checking out the micellar water, day cream, night cream and eye cream.

The full #6 skincare range is available in Poundland stores nationwide now, all products in the range cost £1.

Images: Poundland