Usually, I get asked what are the best cheapest skincare products you can find at the drugstore.
Because, sometimes, someone actually wants to know what high-end products are worth splurging on. And, why not?
These days, you can find plenty of awesome, effective products at the drugstore. But, often, there’s a trade-off. They cost less but their textures don’t feel as luxurious. Or the packaging ain’t as pretty.
Sometimes, you just want the whole package. When you feel like that, where do you turn? What makes an outrageously expensive product worth the splurge?
1. Essential Staples
This list only contains serums, moisturizers, leave-in exfoliants and oils. There’s a reason for that.
If you’re gonna splurge, splurge on the workhorses of skincare. The stuff that really makes a difference.
Cleansers and scrubs end up down the drain. No point splurging on something that stays on your face for less than a minute.
Everyone has their definition of what’s outrageously expensive (if you ask my mum, she’ll say anything over $10.00).
But, I had to pick a pricing point most people would agree on. So, everything in here is between $100 and $250.
I refused to pick anything over $250 because, even if they worked, that really is asking too much. There’s charging a premium and there’s being a thief. Just saying…
So, what expensive skincare products are really worth their price tags? Here are my picks (in no particular order):
1. Skinceuticals CE Ferulic ($166.00)
Skinceuticals CE Ferulic is one of the most duped skincare products ever. For a reason.
It was the first to come up with CEF (vitamin C + vitamin E + ferulic acid), one of the best antioxidant combos ever.
What does CEF do?
- Fights the free radicals that cause premature aging
- Increases collagen production, keeping your skin firm
- Boosts sun protection (but, it’s not a sunscreen, so don’t use it that way!)
Basically, it helps your skin stay young and healthy for as long as possible.
And, it’s fragrance-free, so may be suitable even for sensitive skin (as long as it can tolerate the 15% concentration of vitamin C).
2. Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment ($105.00)
If you have sensitive skin, lactic acid is probably one of the few exfoliants you can tolerate well. But, where to find it? So few products have it.
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment comes to the rescue. That’s why I recommend it even though it costs an arm and a leg. Sometimes, you just gotta suck it up and give your skin what it wants.
Related: 3 Ways To Exfoliate Sensitive Skin
3. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules ($110.00)
The ampoules in Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules is a fancy way of calling a facial oil in capsule form.
Here’s how it works: you twist the top of each capsule (ampoule) and squeeze the oil onto the palm of your hand. Then, you slather it all over your face.
The oil contains kukui and sweet almond oils to moisturize skin and bisabobol to soothe it. If you have dry skin, this will nurse it back to health quickly and keep it soft all winter long.
If you have oily skin, skip this. The last thing your skin needs is even more oil.
By the way, the packaging is translucent. Light may compromise the goodies inside so store it somewhere dark when you’re not using it.
4. 111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Retinol Oil ($230.00)
I totally put 111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Retinol Oil in the list because of the diamonds. I mean, at this price point, shouldn’t they ALL contain diamonds?!
I don’t think the diamond powder does anything. Well, it makes you look cool. Tell your friends you’re using diamonds on your face and they’ll die with envy.
Luckily, there’s a more serious reason to use this oil. Retinol. It’s the gold standard of anti-aging. It boosts collagen production, fights free radicals, accelerates cellular turnover… All things that keep wrinkles away from your face.
It’s also chockfull of oils, such as coconut oil and sweet almond oil. So, it’s only for dry skin, ladies. If you’re oily, you’ll have to find another way to make your friends die with envy, sorry!
The Bottom Line
You can totally find cheaper dupes for these, but if you decide to go ahead and splurge, they won’t disappoint. And we all deserve a treat every now and then, don’t we?
Do you use high-end products or do you prefer to hunt down their dupes?
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