Raise your hand if you love to try new beauty products. If I like a product, I’m a bottom of the jar kind of woman but if it’s lousy, I’ll return or donate it. Gone are the days when I’m willing to spend hundreds of dollars on skin care products. My budget won’t allow it plus there are so many great alternatives that often have identical ingredients, so why pay more?
I prefer cruelty-free products that don’t have a lot of nasty chemicals in them. There’s no need to expose ourselves to questionable ingredients when there are safe and effective ones available.
Here are a few of my best beauty buys that are under $50.
I love this brand and have been ordering it for years. When my new dermatologist recommended this SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic ($126.98) as a better option, I bought it… exactly once. It’s a cult favorite for many but oxidized and turned orange too quickly. Once a Vitamin C oxidizes, it loses it’s potency so you’re wasting your time and money.
I also tried this Drunk Elephant Vitamin C.($80) It’s highly rated and cruelty-free but it also oxidized very quickly.
I prefer this Supreme Serum C E which is a high-quality cruelty-free alternative at a fraction of the cost, ($39.95). It’s made in the USA with no oils, parabens or other nasty chemicals. I just ordered this Vitamin C Eye Gel that comes in at a whopping $29 and seems really nice so far. It contains Hyaluronic Acid (highly moisturizing) and Asiatic Acid which is a strong antioxidant. This Vitamin C is so affordable I feel comfortable spreading it down my neck and chest and on the backs of my hands.
At one point I had an entire shelf of products from The Ordinary and their sister brand, NIOD. They are a company out of Canada that is well known for its low priced products with cutting edge formulas. Some of their products work very well, other’s leave a lot to be desired.
This Ethylated Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) is a reasonable price and photostable but left an oily film on my skin. Their Azelaic acid is wonderful! I use it every morning to reduce inflammation and help keep my rosacea at bay. It’s non-greasy, brightens my complexion and helps keep my pores clear. I much prefer using this to the three prescriptions that my dermatologist prescribed.
I don’t have many blackheads but I do have the white alternative. They’re called sebaceous filaments which clog the pores around my nose and eyes with sebum. Sebum is a natural product of our pores but that doesn’t mean I want to keep it. My skin is way too fragile for scrubs. When my daughter brought me some Dead Sea Mud from her trip to Israel I realized it was the answer. I also have some clay masks but mud just works better. This Dead Sea mask has a cult following for a good reason. It’s free of toxins and nasty chemicals. It’s made in the USA and filled with natural ingredients including shea butter and essential oils. This has become a Friday night ritual.
I’ve tried multiple eyelash serums with varying results. The latest one was stupidly expensive, stung my eyes, left them red the next morning, and darkened the skin along my lash line. It was reported to be totally safe but I have since learned it contained prostaglandins which have the ability to not only darken your skin but can also change the color of your Iris, which I don’t want.
This Organys Lash and Brows Booster Serum is prostaglandin, color, fragrance, paraben, sulfate, phthalates, SLS, PEG, and gluten-free. It’s not tested on animals and has great reviews on Amazon so I just ordered it and will keep you posted.
I’ve been a fan of organic Rosehip oil for years. It’s available at all prices points. I’ve tried many versions but always go back to this one by Aura Cacia because you just can’t beat the price. I love what it does for my skin and the cost is totally affordable.
These are just a few of my favorites.
Do you have some organic, cruelty-free products you love that are affordable?
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