If you’re a woman over 40 on a tight budget, you can probably attest to a couple of concerns that pertain to the care of aging skin. For one, maturing skin requires a ramp-up in your skin care routine. Fighting wrinkles, preserving elasticity, and keeping the complexion aglow is a daunting battle. On top of that, the battle can cost a pretty penny too. The serums, toners, moisturizers and other such products marketed for maturing skin can hurl your budget right out the window. But there’s hope. You don’t have to break the bank to cultivate lovely skin. These hits will slow father time, and spare your budget.
Skin St. Ives Timeless Skin Renew and Firm Apricot Scrub – Use it to counteract dull skin. This gentle, yet awesome exfoliant is great for sloughing off dead skin to reveal a glowing layer of fresh skin. Skin not only looks great, but feels soft and smooth after use. It’s oil free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores and cause a break-out. This budget friendly scrub is an easy bargain at less than $4 for a six ounce tube.
Freeman Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay Mask – Use it to purge pores. This mask gently cleanses deeply by drawing dirt and oil out of pores. It glides easily onto the skin, and tightens gently as it dries. It gets the job done without leaving skin feeling dry after removal. At less than $4 for a six ounce tube, it won’t break the bank.
Dickinson’s Witch Hazel – Use it as a cleanser and toner. It superficially cleanses and refreshes the skin. It shrinks and tightens the pores, which improves the overall appearance of the skin. An added bonus of this product is that it can remedy puffy eyes. Simply soak a cotton pad and gently apply to the eye area, taking special care not to get the product into the eyes. Witch hazel is easy on the purse strings with a cost of less than $4 a bottle.
St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer – Use it to hydrate, firm skin, and battle wrinkles. This product has a light, creamy texture that hydrates without leaving skin with an oily feel. No break out concerns either, since it’s also non-comedogenic. Use it as a night time moisturizer since it doesn’t contain sunscreen. Another price wise winner from St. Ives, this product costs less than $10 for a ten ounce jar.
Olay Complete Day All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen – Use it as a daytime moisturizer. This light, oil free moisturizer is true to its name. It’s absorbs nicely into the skin and truly does hydrate all day long. It’s noncomedogenic and contains a sunscreen to help ward off the sun’s aging effect on skin. Even though this product contains a sunscreen, it doesn’t smell of it. Also, if you can do without fragrance on your face altogether, then opt for the sensitive skin formulation which is fragrance free. Olay complete rings in at about $7 for a four ounce bottle.
Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum (Fragrance-Free) – Another member of the Olay family makes the list. This serum, which incorporates amino-peptides is a must have. These peptides are key to speedy skin regeneration. You’ll love the appearance and feel of skin after use. It can be used alone, or layered beneath makeup. It’s better suited for night time use, because it doesn’t contain sunscreen. However, if you want to use it for daytime, it does layer nicely beneath the Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen. Now the Olay Regenerist does tend to tug at the purse strings a bit with its $17 price tag, but when compared to high-end brands you get a real bargain for what it does.
RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream – Last but not least on my skin care hit list is this retinol cream. No over 40 skin care routine should be without it. Retinol can be a girl’s best friend in the anti-aging battle. It can diminish wrinkles, sun damage, and other signs of aging. No need to have deep wrinkles to use this product. It’s a great periodic, preventive treatment. Just get a tube every six months or so months and use it daily until it’s finished. Then maintain the results with the other products on this hit list. RoC’s night cream also lightens the wallet at about $17 for a one ounce tube. Fortunately, it’s just a periodic purchase.