Mission Impossible: Affordable Anti-Aging Products That Really Work

Get department store skin on a drugstore budget.

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It’s totally normal to be willing to hand over your entire paycheck to anyone or anything that promises to make your skin look amazing. Wrinkle-free, spot-free, totally flawless skin? Take my money! Take it all! But sometimes, thankfully, the very best products don’t make you choose between them and paying rent. These anti-agers will run you less than the price of a girls’ night out, and, most importantly, they work wonders for your skin.

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Kiehl’s Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler
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Kiehl’s Double Strength Deep Wrinkle Filler

Sodium Hyaluronate Filling Spheres sound like something NASA uses, but it’s actually a fancy name for a simple process. The spheres bind to water in your skin and swell up, just like a sponge when it gets wet. The hydration makes your face plump and full wherever you have visible lines.

$39

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RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum
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RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum

Retinol can boost collagen production and speed cell turnover, and derms also love it as an anti-acne ingredient because it can unclog pores. RoC has been using retinol since it was founded in France in 1957. And they only use aluminum to package their skincare because it keeps the retinol from light and air, which can render it unstable (AKA useless).

$25

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Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Protection
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Drunk Elephant Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense Protection

This three-in-one product acts as an anti-ager, a sunscreen, and a tinted moisturizer—basically a one-stop skincare shop. Raspberry seed and marula oils add hydration that creates visible volume, helping to hide fine lines and wrinkles, and it leaves your face with a glow-y (not greasy) finish.

$36

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Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Concentrate
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Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Concentrate

As you get older, your skin's ability to repair and regenerate slows down. Carob Seed Extract helps bring it back up to speed, and vitamin B3 strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier. If you haven’t guessed by now, the more hydrated your face is, the younger and dewier you’ll look.

$32

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Peter Thomas Roth 20% Glycolic Solutions Jumbo Peel Swab
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Peter Thomas Roth 20% Glycolic Solutions Jumbo Peel Swab

The chemical exfoliant in this single use XL cotton swab sloughs off dead cells to make dull complexions look brighter and more even without causing irritation…or dreaded dryness.

$48 for a pack of 8

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Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask
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Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask

These stick-on patches may look cute, but they pack a serious punch—the masks were originally created to help heal burn victims. Tatcha’s signature Okinawa red algae blend is chock-full of polysaccharides, a molecule that helps with moisture retention, to keep the thin and fragile skin around your eyes hydrated and to encourage circulation to fight dark circles and puffiness.

$12 for one pair

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Innisfree Youth-Enriched Cream with Orchid
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Innisfree Youth-Enriched Cream with Orchid

When scientists at Korean beauty brand Innisfree noticed Jeju Orchids popping out of the snow, they wondered what made the flowers so resilient. And then they figured out how to impart that into skin. Science! Their patented Orchidelixir formulation mimics the flower’s biological structure, helping skin to stay firm and bright.

$29

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L'Oréal Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Skin Revitalizer Serum + Moisturizer
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L'Oréal Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Skin Revitalizer Serum + Moisturizer

This dispenser doles out a serum and a moisturizer in one pump, which is awesome because no one really has time for a 10-step skincare routine. Just combine the two in your hands and pat on. The serum firms skin with birchwood extract, and the moisturizer plumps and provides the antioxidant power of vitamin C, which you naturally have in your skin but gradually lose as you age.

$25

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Dermalogica Age Smart Nightly Lip Treatment
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Dermalogica Age Smart Nightly Lip Treatment

Have you ever seen a little kid smear on lip balm? That’s the ideal way to apply this product. Use the super-smooth metal applicator to layer the treatment on and around your lips, hitting those classic “smile” lines. Indian gentian extract, sesame seed extract, and shea butter hydrate, which helps to puff out sunken areas, making fine lines less noticeable.

$49

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Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb
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Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb

Comfrey Leaf hydrates while pennywort (these are real ingredients, guys) boosts elasticity to the often crepey skin around the eyes. Plus, it doesn’t leave an oily finish, so you can pop it on in the morning and proceed with your usual makeup routine.

$48

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