beauty

20 Affordable Skin Care Products That Practically Make You Age Backward

by Rachel Gariepy
Rachel Gariepy is an experienced Editorial Director for a variety of digital publications including LittleThings and Purple Clover. She has written for, edited and managed teams across multiple lifestyle properties, including sites for celebrity clientele including, but not limited to Jenni (JWOWW) Farley, NeNe Leakes, and Vanessa Hudgens. Rachel has experience wearing many fun and fanciful hats including content strategist, creator, editor and project manager. She, like Mitch Hedberg before her, sometimes wrestles with the idea of wearing a beret. She also enjoys hiking, reading and hanging out with dogs.

Aging is inevitable. Sorry to say it, but it’s true. But getting older doesn’t necessarily mean your looks are going anywhere.

The secret to keeping your skin looking youthful is a consistent skin care routine that includes plenty of sunscreen, hydration, and sleep. Part of that routine also includes skin care products. But how many products do you need, and do they have to be the super-duper fancy expensive kind?

Unfortunately, there is not one single product that will give your skin every single thing it needs to stay fresh, young, and dewy. Fortunately, the list of products here features only items that are powerful, proven effective, and affordable.

We haven’t included a single item over $50, because spending more than that on a single skin care product stops feeling good and starts feeling exclusionary, and that’s not what we’re all about!

Check out our list of 20 affordable skin care products that practically help you to age backward!

Boscia Resurfacing Treatment Toner

boscia toner

What does toner do? Great question. This toner specifically resurfaces and exfoliates using a 20% acid complex, which sounds scary but actually helps to clean and invigorate your tired skin.

Shop the Boscia Toner ($28).

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion

When you’re looking for a daily moisturizer, Origins is usually a safe bet. This lotion is light and refreshing and is infused with reishi mushrooms and fermented chaga and coprinus mushrooms, leaving skin feeling and looking calmer and more hydrated.

Shop the Origins Moisturizer ($35).

The Ordinary "Buffet" Serum

buffet serum

Want to target multiple causes of aging at once? “Buffet” from The Ordinary steps in as your new go-to daily serum with an effective peptide complex series that reduces and prevents multiple signs of aging.

Shop the “Buffet” Serum ($14.80).

EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 Tinted Sunscreen

eltamd sunscreen

Never forget that one of the best ways to prevent aging skin is by protecting your precious dermis from the harmful rays of the sun. EltaMD is one of the top-rated tinted sunscreens at this price point.

Shop EltaMD Sunscreen ($37).

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Face Moisturizer

Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream Face Moisturizer

Make no mistake, staying hydrated is one of the smartest ways to keep skin youthful. Give your face an extra chance by slathering it in this top-rated Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream from Peter Thomas Roth.

Shop Cloud Cream ($30).

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm

Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm

Leaving your makeup on all night is never the best choice for your skin. This Green Clean Makeup Removal Balm from Farmacy is awarded by beauty experts for being effective at removing makeup but also at hydrating thirsty skin.

Shop Green Clean Balm ($34).

Tatcha Dewy Skin Face Mist

tatcha skin mist

Give your skin a silky hit of instant hydration in the form of this exhilarating skin mist from Tatcha. Never let your skin dry out; carry this handy-dandy spray bottle around in your purse or diaper bag, and spritz away!

Shop Tatcha Mist ($48).

Image Vital C Hydrating Anti Age Serum

vital c serum

A proven daily face cleanser that keeps you moisturized and fresh as a daisy! Balance your pH and add essential nutrients all while removing the day’s makeup, germs, and stress!

Shop Vital C Serum ($38).

Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Face Polish

laura mercier face polish

What does a face polish do? Great question. The Laura Mercier Flawless Face Polish is a creamy scrubbing exfoliant that also acts as a cleanser. Dead skin cells are removed with the help of tiny microbeads that you gently massage into your skin.

Shop Flawless Skin Face Polish ($32).

Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circles Corrector

Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circles Corrector

One of the first places to begin to show tiredness on the face is the thin skin around the eyes. Prevent new dark circles and correct the ones you already have with this magic product from Clinique.

Shop Dark Circles Corrector ($42).

StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask

StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask

The renewing powers of a clay mask can work wonders on aging skin when applied semiregularly. How regularly, you ask? Try using this 10-minute treatment two times per week for excellent results!

Shop Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask ($48).

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (8 Count)

Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (8 Count)

Dull, tired, dehydrated eyes can lead to a dull, tired, dehydrated-looking face. Because no woman in her right mind wants that, help your eyes out with these cooling gel patches that you can easily pop on while you get ready for bed.

Shop Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($32).

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Anti-Oxidant Face Oil

drunk elephant oil

This good-for-all-skin-types face oil from Drunk Elephant contains all the antioxidants your face craves. Rejuvenate your skin and restore that youthful glow that sometimes gets zapped after long days of wrangling children and working your butt off!

Shop Virgin Marula Face Oil ($40).

Eau Thermale Avene Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50

eau thermale sunscreen

You need to wear sunscreen, and you need to wear it every single day that you step outdoors. Luckily, Eau Thermale Avene offers up a vitamin E-infused option with a UVA/UVB filter system that protects against damaging sun rays and free radicals.

Shop Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion ($24).

Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30

Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatment SPF 30

Not only is it paramount to protect your face and skin from harmful UV rays, but your lips need a hero, too! Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment has a moisturizing SPF 30 formula that does the trick!

Shop Butterstick Lip Treatment ($22).

CosRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

cosrx snail mucin

OK, OK. So snail mucus doesn’t sound like the first thing you want to put all over your face, but the powerful anti-aging weapon that is snail secretion repairs damaged skin and provides ultimate hydration. Welcome to the snail party!

Shop CosRX Mucin Power Essence ($15).

Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

origins eye treatment

The key ingredient to this proven anti-aging eye treatment is a potent dose of Anogeissus, which visibly helps repair crepey or droopy eyelids over time. This treatment works well on oily, dry, or combination skin types.

Shop Origins Eye Treatment ($50).

DHC Super Collagen Cream

dhc collagen cream

There is a reason people always talk about a skin’s collagen levels, and that’s because collagen is what keeps the skin firm and elastic. This dipeptide-8 micronized collagen formula deeply moisturizes, brightens, and leaves skin looking firmer and more youthful.

Shop DHC Collagen Cream ($50).

KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask (5 Count)

KNC Beauty All Natural Collagen Infused Lip Mask (5 Count)

There are masks for your face and hair, but did you know there are also antiaging masks for your lips? Infuse your pout with deionized water, glycerin, collagen, bitter cherry extract, hyaluronic acid, rose flower oil, and vitamin C.

Shop KNC Beauty Lip Mask ($24.99).

Herbivore Botanicals Jade Facial Roller

herbivore botanicals jade face roller

Using a jade facial roller is something plenty of celebs swear by, and there is a reason for that. Calming stressed-out skin with a relaxing roller has been a beauty practice since ancient times. Can’t you just picture Cleopatra getting a good jade face roll?

Shop Jade Facial Roller ($30).

Psst: If you choose to purchase an item from this review, LittleThings may receive a small cut. Each item and price is up to date at the time of publication; however, an item may be sold out or the price may be different at a later date.