Affordable, Effective Skin Care Products

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The only thing better than aging gracefully is not aging, am I right?

Okay, I haven’t found the fountain of youth but after spending thousands (yes, thousands!) over the past few years to find the best of the bunch, these are the skin care products that keep my skin bright, clear, and unwrinkled.

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

Glossier is accurate when they say this is “one face wash to rule them all.” Seriously: it’s hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, ph-balanced, paraben free, sulfate free, soap free, cruelty free, dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, and vegan. Way to produce a top-notch skin care product, Glossier.

Milky Jelly Cleanser is also probably the gentlest face wash around, because it uses cleaning agents found in contact lens solution. It’s safe to say that if it’s gentle enough for your eyeballs, it’s gentle enough for your face.

I like this cleanser because it deep cleans my face while still being soothing. My skin is left moisturized and irritation-free. Glossier says you can apply it to wet or dry skin, but I’ve never done the dry method. A single pump is enough to wash my entire face so one $18.00 bottle typically lasts me 3-4 months.

Whamisa Green Tea Serum Toner

Whamisa Green Tea Serum TonerThis toner is like putting a salad on your face. In a good way, not in a shoot-I’ve-got-Ranch-dressing-up-my-nose way. It contains spinach, broccoli, and celery, which help to brighten skin. It’s also chock-full of green tea, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

The rest of the ingredients in Whamisa Green Tea Serum Toner are natural too – other than diglycerin (which is a non-toxic moisturizer found in everything from shampoo to body lotion), the label is just a list of plants. And this toner doesn’t contain any parabens, synthetic dyes, or fragrances.

Like most K-Beauty skin care products, this is also affordably priced at $22.00. Pick it up the next time you’re at Target. Your face will thank me – er, you.

Kate Somerville +Retinol Firming Eye Cream

I’ve tried at least a dozen other eye creams and I keep going back to this one. It’s the only eye cream I’ve tried that lightens the appearance of my dark circles and makes me look noticeably less racoon-y (that’s a technical term).

This Kate Somerville eye cream also plays nicely with my corrector and concealer, which means it can also be worn during the day. This is awesome, because I refuse to commit to two different eye creams. The metal applicator is also helpful for reducing puffiness.

At $85.00, this isn’t the cheapest cream on the market but far from breaking the bank, especially considering that each tube probably lasts me at least 3 months of twice daily applications. If you order directly through the Kate Somerville site, you can save 15% by subscribing to the auto replenishment program.

Kate Somerville is a clinical skin care company, meaning the products aren’t as hippie-dippie as the cleanser and toner – there is stuff in this eye cream I can’t pronounce. But it works. And the company seems environmentally conscientious: Kate Somerville is active in reducing plastic pollution and pledges to have 100% recyclable packaging by 2022.

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum

We all know that retinol is the gold standard when it comes to anti-aging products. It stimulates collagen production, minimizes wrinkles, and helps exfoliate dead skin cells. If you’re not using a retinol or retinoid product, start.

Peter Thomas Roth Night Serum contains 1.5% microencapsulated retinol. Microencapsulation enables the retinol to be time-released so it gradually and continually infuses the skin while you sleep.

I saw a marked change in the appearance of my skin within a few days of use – it was brighter and firmer. 18 months after my first use, my skin tone is more even and there are no signs of any new wrinkles. The $65.00 bottle lasts me 2-3 months, and that includes slathering it on my face and neck a few times a week.

Like Kate Somerville, Peter Thomas Roth is a clinical skin care company – it uses laboratory technology, not just plants. Peter Thomas Roth doesn’t test any skin care product formulas or raw materials on animals, but I couldn’t find much else about the company’s commitment to socially or environmentally conscious practices.

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  • Ease in when you start using retinol. A little redness and flaking is common if you’re new to it. Start out by applying retinol to your face every second or third night, then increase use until it’s part of your daily routine.
  • It’s no secret that skin care products can be expensive – you could easily spend thousands trying to find the right ones. Visit the skin care counters at your local department store and ask for samples, or sign up for Play! by Sephora. For $10 a month, you’ll get a box of 5-6 skin care and makeup products shipped to your doorstep. This is how I try tons of new products without going broke.

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