From diamonds to gold and now CHAMPAGNE: The super luxury ingredients you can put on your FACE to help you look younger
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Barely a week goes by without an A list star like Kim Kardashian or Mila Kunis apparently lathering their skin with a new miracle product.
From diamonds to gold and even blood, Hollywood is a leader when it comes to embracing anti-aging and skin perfecting formulas.
The latest innovations in skincare come in the form of the most luxurious ingredients available – but with such lavish formulations comes a hefty price tag… or does it?
The A list all love an unusual ingredient: Mila Kunis (left) was rumoured to have a diamond facial before the Golden Globes while Kim Kardashian (right) posted a picture of herself having a BLOOD facial on her Instagram account
Aldi has launched a brand new skincare range containing a precious champagne grape extract from France - starting at the bargain price of £7.99 - meaning all of us can now pamper our skin like the stars.
From caviar to silver and now Champagne, we look at the most high end ingredients around, and discover how they REALLY work...
More often seen in jewelry, gold can an effective topical treatment of inflammatory skin diseases
It's little wonder that gold has been used in medicine for hundreds of years – researchers Luigi Messori and Giordana Marcon at the University of Florence discovered gold complexes to have anti-inflammatory properties, making it a welcome remedy for painful conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis.
More recently, a study published in nanoscience journal Nanoscale suggests that gold nanoparticles (tiny particles) can be used as an effective topical treatment of inflammatory skin diseases and now the metallic marvel is entering the realms of skincare with oils, creams, serums and masks all making the most of the gold rush for its calming qualities, promising to brighten the complexion over time.
Joanne Evans, one of the UK's top facialists and skincare ingredients specialist with over 25 years' experience as a skincare expert and aesthetician, says; 'Gold has great illuminating properties when used in makeup or skincare, which makes it good for light reflection and adding shimmer to the skin.'
Just when you thought skincare ingredients couldn't get more luxurious, Champagne – perhaps the most well recognised symbol of opulence and glamour –emerges as the new wonder ingredient promising to deliver intense anti-ageing results.
And that's not even the best bit – thanks to trusted supermarket Aldi, you can enjoy all the lavish beauty benefits of bubbly for as little as £7.99.
Aldi's new Lacura Cuvée Royal Collection contains the finest quality sparkling grape extract from France, the home of Champagne, which works to strength the skin cells and support the collagen structure
Boasting an impressive array of age-defying ingredients, Lacura Cuvée Royal Collection contains QT40 (an innovative dermis activator) to refine facial contours and improve elasticity
It all comes in Aldi's new Lacura Cuvée Royal Collection, including an Intensive 24HR Cream Mousse – proven to increase skin's hydration levels by 37% - and a Luminous Serum Concentrate – which has been shown to dramatically decrease the appearance of wrinkles in as few as 28 days.
The breakthrough range, set to hit shelves on the 9th October, also includes a Neck & Décolleté Mousse and even a festive delight in the form of an advent calendar to indulge skin in some luxury treatment - minus the luxury price tag.
Aldi's new Lacura Cuvée Royal Collection, includes an Intensive 24HR Cream Mousse – proven to increase skin's hydration levels by 37% - and a Luminous Serum Concentrate – which has been shown to dramatically decrease the appearance of wrinkles in as few as 28 days
Lacura Cuvée Royal Collection contains the finest quality sparkling grape extract from France, the home of Champagne, which works to strengthen the skin cells and support the collagen structure to keep skin youthful and nourished
Get your Cuvee fast!
The range goes on sale in-store at Aldi and online at aldi.co.uk from Sunday 9th October.
The range goes on sale as a Specialbuy so shoppers are encouraged to get their products early to avoid disappointment, because once they’re gone, they’re gone!
The range will be available to pre-order online from 6th October and shoppers are limited to purchase only two of each product in the range.
Boasting an impressive array of age-defying ingredients, Lacura Cuvée Royal Collection contains QT40 (an innovative dermis activator) to refine facial contours and improve elasticity as well as the finest quality sparkling grape extract from France, the home of Champagne, which works to strengthen the skin cells and support the collagen structure to keep skin youthful and nourished.
We already know that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but the sparkly gem is shining in a whole new light. Rather than draping around our necks or dangling from our ears, diamonds can now be worn slathered into our skin due to their complexion boosting benefits.
Diamonds can now be worn slathered into our skin due to their complexion boosting benefits
The rocks are one of the latest in a line up of luxury skincare ingredients promising to deliver everything from smooth skin tone to eradication of wrinkles.
'Finely ground diamonds make for great exfoliation,' says Evans. The smooth edges meaning that they are not abrasive to the skin's surface – and diamond encrusted wands like the DiamondTome System are almost commonplace in beauty salons and clinics, used for their superior results.
As well as their exfoliating potential, diamond dust also has a high absorption rate, optimising the penetration of potent ingredients as well as reflecting light on the skin's surface, giving the appearance of a luminous skin tone.
Caviar is full of vitamins such as B6, B1, A D and E
While most of us think of caviar as a delicious and decadent hors d'oeuvre (or something resembling frog's spawn), the skincare industry has other plans for the fishy treat.
In fact, Aldi's new Cuvee range follows the unprecedented success of its Caviar beauty range which went on sale in October 2015 and was a sell-out success, with over 60,000 units sold on launch day.
'Caviar is a brilliant skincare ingredient,' says Evans. 'It's full of vitamins such as B6, B1, A D and E. It's a super ingredient!
'It's great for anti-ageing as it really enriches the skin and it's good for oil or mature skin that is dehydrated and in need of revitalisation.'
Deficiency of crucial B6 and B1 vitamins can cause a multitude of skin complaints.
Aldi's Caviar beauty range went on sale in October 2015 and was a sell-out success, with over 60,000 units sold on launch day
According to recent research by scientists from the University of Hiroshima, Vitamin B6 has anti-oxidative, anti-glycation and anti-inflammatory properties, and studies by the University of Maryland Medical Centre have shown that Vitamin E is crucial in the fight against free radical damage and that deficiency can speed up the formation of wrinkles.
Thanks to pearl powder's high content of radiance-making proteins, you can find the star ingredient in skincare and make up alike
We all want a radiant complexion which shimmers in the sunlight – and what better way to get a pearlescent glow than with pearls themselves?
In traditional Chinese medicine, pearl powders were used to fight inflammation and to detox the body, and now thanks to pearl powder's high content of radiance-making proteins, you can find the star ingredient in skincare and makeup alike.
'Crushed pearls create an immediate shimmer on the skin and are great for adding luminosity,' says Evans.
The key ingredients in pearl's glow-getting powers is a protein called Conchiolin, which behaves like Keratin (one of the most important proteins found in the skin and hair) and hydrates the skin, accelerates cell metabolism and repair.
One study by Shao D.Z. published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science found that pearl had remarkable moisturising properties and also stimulates collagen production for a younger and plumper finish.
Silver is an effective antiseptic so can be used to treat everything from breakouts to burns
It may not be considered as special as gold when it comes to jewellery but when it comes to skincare, silver is second to none.
'Silver has amazing antibacterial properties and has been used in men's shaving products for years,' explains Evans. 'Topical application of silver can really aid a clear complexion.'
In fact, a 2012 study found application of silver to be so effective an antiseptic, they recommended its use for topical treatment of burns, thrush and periodontitis.
So next time you want to indulge yourself with champagne, diamonds, or gold, you can do it without spending a fortune by putting these luxury ingredients on your face!
Aldi Lacura Cuveé Royal Collection goes on sale on 9th October in-store and online at aldi.co.uk, whilst stocks last.
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