8 anti-aging serums under US$50 to amp up your skin care

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I recently turned 30, so anti-aging is high on the list of skin care concerns this year.I spend most of my skin care budget on serums, exfoliating acids and facial oils thanks to Caroline Hirons.

She once wrote “...If you are on a tight budget spend what money you do have on exfoliating acids and a good serum – and you can get away with cheaper cleansers and moisturizers…”

Literally some of the best beauty advice I ever read. Thank you Caroline.

Serums are where it’s at y’all. Typically clear gels or liquids, these skin care products are applied after cleansing and before moisturizing.

Serums are lightweight and have higher concentrations of active ingredients. This means they are great at penetrating the skin and targeting issues like acne, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles.

Whether your skin type is dry or oily, there’s an anti-aging option for you. A well-formulated anti aging serum would have:

  • Antioxidants like retinol, vitamin C, niacinamide etc. Antioxidants are elements that prevent cell damage.

  • Moisturizers like ceramides and hyaluronic acid

Check out these great introductory anti-aging serums under US$50.


Anti-aging serums for normal to dry skin

Paula’s Choice RESIST Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum has vitamin C, vitamin E, Ubiquinone and other powerful antioxidants.

It also has moisturizing ceramides and skin restoring peptides. Peptides are bits of proteins, which are the building blocks of skin.

Without peptides, skin loses its firmness and texture.

I love Deciem products and have my eye on The Ordinary Buffet for the next skincare haul. This serum has glycerin, peptides, amino acids, sodium hyaluronate. Sodium hyaluronate is the salt of hyaluronic acid.

Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body to help keep our joints and muscles healthy and mobile, skin plump and elastic.

As we age, hyaluronic acid in our body reduces. By the time we reach our mid 40s, our body only creates about 50% of the hyaluronic acid it needs.

So the skin sags and muscles and joints tighten as we get older. Using hyaluronic acid skin care is a great way to compensate.

Alpha Skin Care Intensive Rejuvenating Serum is a fragrance-free AHA exfoliant. It contains 14% glycolic acid at a pH of 3.7.

In short, it works. If your skin has uneven tone or dull, try this inexpensive exfoliant.

It also has soothing green tea extract and aloe vera to calm the skin in case daily use of 14% glycolic acid is too much for you.

Paula’s Choice SKIN RECOVERY Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum has plenty of plant oils like olive and soy, antioxidants like retinol and vitamin C, that make it perfect for dry skin.  

First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum is great if you have sensitive skin.I applied this serum on a patch of eczema and it was calmed quick!

No surprise there, since it has great ingredients like collagen, peptides, colloidal oatmeal, aloe vera, licorice root extract, hyaluronic acid.


Anti-aging serums for normal to oily skin

Paula’s Choice Ultralight Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum is formulated with powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid, resveratrol, niacinamide, and vitamin C.

Definitely worth a try.

Boots No.7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum Vitamin C, retinol and peptides are some of the reasons this is a British classic.

Benton Snail Bee High Content Essence is a K-beauty classic for oily and combination skin.

Snail secretion filtrate, bee venom, peptides, aloe and salicylic acid all work to heal acne, brighten and tighten the skin.

In Conclusion

All these anti-aging serums would be great way to use from your late 20s into your 30s.

Do you use a serum? What are some of your favorites?