If you’re someone who appreciates skin care not only for the way it benefits your skin, but for the self care and pampering it provides too, a luxury skin care routine is right up your alley. Now, there is no official definition for a “luxury” skin care routine, but if you ask us, it should be defined by effective and elevated formulations, sensorial products, and chic packaging. However, these attributes often come with a hefty price tag, and it’s understandable that not everyone can get down with that. So here, we’re sharing a full skin care routine一with anti-aging benefits一that has all the elements of luxury for less than $125.
Step 1. Cream Cleanser, $6.99
The first step in any good skin care routine is ensuring that your skin is clean. Cream cleansers are not only great because of their soft, creamy texture, but they’re also extremely gentle on the skin while still effectively cleansing away impurities. Plus, we love a good cream cleanser when fall weather rolls around. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser is formulated with replenishing oils and works to clean the skin without drying or stripping it of necessary oils. If you have mature skin, a gentle cream cleanser was basically made for you.
Step 2. Serum, $43.99
Serums are often the most expensive part of a skin care routine because they typically have higher concentrations of active ingredients than moisturizers and cleansers. However, spending hundreds of dollars on a serum that’s effective isn’t necessary. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Anti-Aging Midnight Serum has all of the qualities of a luxury serum without the painful price tag. It’s formulated with an antioxidant recovery complex made of bitter orange and vitamin E which helps to increase the skin’s renewal overnight一when the skin is most receptive to repair一as well as reinforce the skin barrier. And the formula contains hyaluronic acid which helps to lock in moisture. With continued use, it leaves the skin luminous, hydrated, smooth and looking youthful. To top it off, it comes in a sleek glass bottle made out of recycled and recyclable materials.
Step 3. Moisturizer, $19.99
Applying SPF of 30 or greater daily to protect your skin from harmful UV rays is essential一and having a moisturizer that already includes SPF is a bonus. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Collagen Expert Day Moisturizer with SPF 30 is way more than a simple hydrating moisturizer with sun protection. It’s also formulated with collagen peptides and niacinamide to help retighten, rehydrate and redensify the skin. Plus, it works to brighten the skin and enhance radiance while remaining lightweight and non-sticky.
While SPF is obviously not needed at night, a hydrating moisturizer is still essential to an effective nighttime skin care routine. After applying your serum, apply a nice layer of the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Collagen Expert Night Moisturizer for Face. Unlike many night creams which can often feel heavy on the skin, this moisturizer is lightweight while providing rich, all-night hydration. It’s formulated with collagen peptides and niacinamide to help firm the skin, and brighten and even skin tone.
Step 4. Anti-Aging Eye Cream, $28.99
The eye area is often the first place to show visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Investing in an eye cream to address these concerns and keep the eye area looking its best can make all the difference in your skin, but luxury eye treatments can cost hundreds of dollars. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Anti-Aging Eye Cream Treatment is not only great for targeting fine lines and wrinkles, but it also addresses dark circles, puffiness, bags and crepey skin. Additionally, it’s formulated with an antioxidant recovery complex that helps to boost the skin’s cell renewal process. It’s perfect for hydrating the under eye area and giving it a long term youthful appearance while taking it easy on your wallet.
Written by: Alyssa Kaplan, Photo Credit: Sarah Duvivier