These moisturizers, serums, de-puffing eye treatments, and more pack lots of punch at prices that won't knock you out.
An exfoliating alpha hydroxy acid mask once a week creates a glow; follow it with a basic moisturizer to avoid irritation. Francesca Fusco, a dermatologist in New York City, likes Freeman facial masks, such as Feeling Beautiful Pineapple Facial Enzyme Mask, $3.99, which is a steal.
The exfoliating beta hydroxy acid and VitaNiacin (a complex that stimulates cell turnover) in Olay Total Effects Touch of Sun moisturizer, $18.99, pack a one-two punch against fine lines and wrinkles. The formula's gradual self-tanner is a bonus.
When used nightly, the 2 percent hydroquinone in Ambi Fade Cream, $6.49, can reduce brown spots in as little as a month. Dab it directly on dark spots to avoid lightening the skin around them.
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF 15, $12.99, contains a stabilized form of retinol, which boosts collagen production, evens out skin tone, and treats acne.
Garnier Bb Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector Spf 15
Camouflage fine lines with Garnier BB Cream Skin Renew Miracle Skin Perfector SPF 15, $12.99. The pigmented formula evens out skin tone like a tinted moisturizer but, thanks to hyaluronic acid, is even more hydrating. The added antioxidant vitamin C brightens complexions.
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The ultra-gentle Eucerin Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Sensitive Skin Lotion SPF 15, $11.99, contains moisturizing glycerin and the antioxidants vitamin E and coenzyme Q10; those antioxidants are effective at repairing cell damage and blocking an enzyme called elastase that breaks down elastin.
Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Eye Roller
L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Advanced Skin Repair Serum, $19.99, is fortified with biopeptides and ceramides to help repair the skin's barrier, which is key to having hydrated, glow-y skin.
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