Lucky for us, the folks over at Reddit’s r/SkincareAddiction sub (all 676,000 of ‘em) have taken it upon themselves to scour the beauty world and find the most effective products out. Coz no one likes forking out their hard-earned cash for a jar full of empty promises #RealTalk.
1. CeraVe PM Facial Moisturising Lotion, $29.95
“I am new to this sub and I have been LOVING all of the amazing information you guys have to offer. It's like a whole new world has been opened up to me! The first thing I bought is the CeraVe PM moisturizer because of how much it dominates here. I first used it one night last week. When I woke up in the morning and saw my face in the mirror, I had a moment. Like, it was so mind blowing that I didn't even understand what was going on. You guys. My face was straight up glowing. It was plump, happy, and beautiful. No splotchiness or uneven texture. I didn't even know my skin was that bad until I saw what it could be! I'm in love! Thank you guys so much for opening my eyes!” Via, thhungryduckling
2. TRILOGY Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, $18.19
“Rosehip seed oil (which is also great for acne-prone skin types) is high in beta-carotene which is a precursor to your vitamin A (retinols/oids) and is converted when applied to the skin. Some may consider it too gentle to make a difference on it's own, but if a routine is being tailored to anti-aging in particular I would definitely consider it an important addition!” Via, Jv_level
3. EltaMD UV Shield Broad-Spectrum SPF 45, $32.95
“I told my friend to go get the EltaMD sunscreen (meaning EltaMD UV clear) but she went and got the EltaMD UV shield sunscreen by accident...and boy am I glad she did because it's my new holy grail sunscreen.
Absorption: OMG, so fast. And it leaves my skin so soft. Not shiny at all. I have really dry skin and my friend has oily skin and it looked perfect on both of us.
White cast: NONE, NONE AT ALL. And we both have dark skin.
Eye irritation: Nope, and my eyes get irritated super easily.
Cost: This is by far the cheapest sunscreen (suitable for the face) that I have seen.” Via, HollaDude
4. Timeless Vitamin C + E Ferulic Acid Serum, $44.75
“In my previous life I could afford many treatments and products, including Skinceuticals CE Ferulic. For the past four years I only used sunscreen due to my budget.
I recently turned 60, CA sun has taken a toll. I found Timeless CE Ferulic two months ago. After one month my skin is glowing! So happy. If it is too strong maybe dilute in your hands with a drop of water, and start out using only one day a week, two days, etc. Trust me, it’s worth it if it can work on my rhino skin. Also store in the fridge to keep from oxidising." Via, seashelladict
5. Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, $154
“I definitely thing SR Good Genes is worth the price and the hype. I’ve used a lot of different acid products, high and low end, and I would pick GG over anything else. It’s versatile (use as an intense weekly treatment mask, a daily or every other day serum, a spot treatment, or layer under a clay mask for a facial type experience), a little goes a longggg way, the formulation is perfection, and above all else — it’s EFFECTIVE. There’s an immediate plump and flow factor, and after continued use it refined my skin’s texture, tone, and clarity.” Via, donoweave
6. Paula’s Choice Niacinamide Booster, $62
“Paula's Choice 10% Niacinamide Booster. This product is amazing -- in just days, it has totally transformed my skin. Just a week ago, my skin was rough/dehydrated and dull looking and suddenly my skin is so much more even-toned, glowy, plump, smooth, clear, and so soft. My pores are smaller and I don't get as oily during the day as I usually do. I've been using The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% for months and while it's good for controlling clogged pores/acne and giving me a glow, the Paula's Choice niacinamide really does so much more for me and has a much more elegant texture.” Via, goldercherry
7. Nivea Q10 Power Night Cream $21.99
"I have sensitive, combination skin and this didn't made my face break out or greasy. The SPF30 coverage is great for daytime and my skin is well moisturised the whole day. The product works fine when topped with powder and liquid products like foundation and BB Cream. It's worth a try."
8. The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum, $24.90
“I really love this product, I was actually sad when it finally ran out. The bottle lasted from mid-August to the first week of January, so ~20 weeks. At first I was only using this in the AM, but after about two weeks of use I started using it in my PM routine as well. The texture is nice and it's not really sticky or tacky unless you use too much product, 2-3 drops was just enough to cover my face and neck.
I am 27, so I'm not sure that I really need an anti-aging product like this yet — but I think it's going to be something I'll appreciate using in the long run. It has sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid) in it, which is probably why the fine lines on my face seemed less noticeable after use — but that is really the only benefit I've seen so far. I didn't experience any breakouts or other sensitivities with this product, and I have fairly sensitive skin. I plan on using this product indefinitely.” Via, dollarwhiskey