As we get older, anti-aging products naturally play an increasingly significant role in our skin care routines. Fighting wrinkles and hyperpigmentation creep higher and higher on our priority list. And finding the right products is a challenge for a lot of people — especially when some of the more efficient products and procedures can leave you with bank statements anywhere from the hundreds to thousands. I do have to admit that as a board certified dermatologist, most of my favorite products are on the pricier side and both the surgical and non-surgical enhancements I perform can cost a pretty penny. But if your purse strings are a little tight, there are still plenty of options for you.
So here are some of the best products that allow you to age with grace at any income.
The absolutely essential products to an anti-aging skin care routine are under eye products, anti-wrinkle products, dark spot preventing/correcting products, face masks and moisturizers.
The best budget under eye product in my opinion is the Garnier Ultralift Anti-Wrinkle Eye Roller. This product contains caffeine which helps to constrict blood vessels and combat under eye puffiness.
My favorite inexpensive anti-wrinkle products are the Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Serum and L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydranutrition Advanced Skin Repair Serum. This products contain retinol, which is a weaker version of anti-aging powerhouse retinoids. Retinoids are an ingredient scientifically proven to stimulate collagen production. However, prescription retinoids can often be too irritating. Should you want to give a real retinoid (not the weaker retinol) a chance, try Differin Gel. This is the first over the counter prescription strength retinoid. You’ll find it in the acne aisle, because retinoids are used to treat comedonal (whitehead/blackhead) acne. Use this product spraining. A pea-sized amount to the entire face.
Ambi Skincare Fade Cream is my favorite dark spot correcter, and can reduce the appearance of dark spots in just a month. It’s important to only apply the cream to the dark spots, because otherwise you could accidentally lighten the skin around them. This product contains 2% hydroquinone. It cannot be used for more than 3 months at a time.
My favorite anti-aging face masks are the Freeman Feeling Beauty Pineapple Facial Enzyme Mask — an exfoliating acid mask — and BioMiracle Anti-Aging & Moisturizing Face Mask Sheets — which reduces fine lines. To find out more about face masks and which types could work best for your skin type, check out my comments on the subject in Beauty Store Business.