While we all know we can’t completely stop the hands of time, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to slow things down a bit. But trying to navigate the plethora of product lines that make up today’s skincare market can be a little overwhelming, not to mention expensive. The beauty industry is booming, with new anti-aging products popping up on what feels like a daily basis. And though they all promise to brighten, tighten and erase the physical manifestations of our less-than-perfect beauty regimes, some deliver more than others.
You might think that in order to get the best in facial care, you’ll have to take out a second mortgage, but there are some surprisingly decent products on the market these days that not only work well, they won’t break the bank. We’ve rounded up some of the most highly-rated anti-aging creams that have the added bonus of being inexpensive. Many can easily be found at local stores, and offer not only amazing anti-aging properties, but also options for those of you who like to keep it organic and vegan.
Take a look at these affordable and effective anti-aging creams:
Longtime favorite RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Cream, available at your neighborhood drugstore, promises to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles in just 12 weeks. With pure RoC retinol, a retinoid derived from vitamin A, this oil-free formula is gentle enough for daily use, but gives real results. RoC was nominated by InStyle as a “best beauty buy” in 2019, and their other products, all with anti-aging properties, have been named as top beauty products by Good Housekeeping, Allure and Bazaar.
The No. 7 line, which originally hails from the U.K., has taken the U.S. by storm and with good reason. Their Lift & Luminate collection not only targets fine lines, but also sagging skin and uneven skin tone. The three-piece set includes a day cream, serum and night cream. You’ll notice immediate brightening and tightening the first time you apply it, and over time, you’ll see a real reduction in fine lines, as well as smoother skin.
Featuring the highest possible concentrate of retinol, hyaluronic acid and glucose complex, Neutrogena’s Rapid Wrinkle Repair cream helps reduce fine lines and plump skin, while also brightening skin tone and improving overall texture. Another drugstore favorite, it provides all the same properties of more expensive brands, sans the big price tag.
If you’re looking for all-natural, organic vegan facial care, Thena CALM natural moisturizer is both nutrient rich and cruelty free. Hyaluronic acid helps repair dry skin and restore collagen levels, while rose, geranium and lavender essential oils soothe irritated skin and reduce fine lines. It can be used as a day or night cream, and is light enough to wear under makeup.
Another great choice in organic skin care, ACURE Brightening Night Cream contains argan oil, avocado, evening primrose and echinacea. Your skin will not only feel brighter, but also hydrated and soft. Best of all, it’s free of parabens, sulfates and petrolatum, as well as being vegan and cruelty free.
Jody Ellis is a freelance writer who specializes in beauty, health, travel, fashion and style. Her work has appeared in publications such as LennyLetter, Huffington Post, BBC Future Planet, Civil Eats and Eater.