Facial serums & creams!

What is a facial serum?  It’s a gel based moisturizer that you put on before your cream. In terms of anti-aging products, this is a life saver.  With all the advances in the skin care world, even drug store brands are starting to up their game.  
Splurge: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, $62
Save: Olay Regenerist regenerating serum, $15
There are expensive ones, if you want to indulge, a bottle of Estee Lauder’s serum will set you back at least $60.  But there are inexpensive ones as well.  I find Olay regenerating serum quite good, and it’s only $15!  And you can find that in almost any drugstore.  
There are 2 from the Sephora Collection that I like, that are affordable.  One is their Roll on Lifting Serum, $15, and the other is called the Super loaded age defy, $30 (the above photo).  Both are good, and travel friendly.  
New Serums on the market: 
Splurge: Ren Keep Young & Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty shot: I only have a sample of this product & it was AMAZING.  You only need to put 2 drops on your face, & you can actually feel your face tightening as it dries.  People magazine claims that this was the closest thing to botox in a bottle.  It is a bit pricey at $54 a bottle (1.2 oz) but keep in mind every time you’re only using 1 or 2 drops.  This is amazing, amazing stuff.  If it were more affordable I would give it to all my girl friends.
Save: For a more inexpensive alternative, you can also try this product that’s also new on the market, sold exclusively at the Body Shop. They recently started a line of products called Nutriganics, appealing specifically to anti-aging products.  Creams, masks, but most importantly a great serum.  They have Nutriganic Drops of Youth Concentrate, which has gotten 5 out of 5 stars on their website, and a best seller.  At $37, it’s not too expensive.  If you are on a tighter budget, go for the Olay regenerist serum I mentioned earlier, or the Roll on Serum by Sephora.
For Night creams:

Ponds Rich hydrating Facial Moisturizer, for dry skin, $8

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Hado Labo Anti-aging Hydrator, $18

For affordable facial creams, the best place to hit I think is Target.  Target carries a line of skincare products from the UK called ‘Boots’, and they have everything from cleansers, creams, shower gels, body butters, etc.  And their face creams start at $15!  Also Ponds makes a great one that only costs about $7!  It’s so inexpensive and it’s amazing!!  I LOVE the night cream that’s featured above: Night cream Triple Age Renewal, my face feels like a baby’s bottom in the morning.

Also what’s been popular at CVS as well as Amazon.comNuance by Salma Hayek.  She claims that she uses the same ingredients her grandmother used in her facial creams.  And at $20, it’s a great steal!!

I have this general preference to moisturize at night, so make sure you get a good night cream, whatever your skin type may be.  My skin is dry so I use a Vitamin E nourishing night cream from The Body Shop which is about $20.  (But if it’s on sale I get it for $12!!)


The body shop Nourishing night cream with Vitamin E, $20

I hope this blog will lighten up your skin as well as your wallet. =)


Nutriganic Drops of Youth Concentrate:

My video on youtube describing serums & facial creams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaa2m_PAIlc&feature=youtu.be

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