Making your skin look and feel youthful can seem like an impossible task. With movies and TV shows full of teenagers being played by 22-year-olds and middle-aged women being played by, well, also 22-year-olds, and reports of certain celebrities' anti-aging routines reaching into the four-digit price tags, how can a mere mortal with a monthly budget to balance compete? Despite what certain celebrities (who are we kidding, of course it's Kim Kardashian) or media empires might have you think, glowing, gorgeous, youthful skin isn't the sole purview of 20-somethings and the wildly rich. In fact, it's entirely possible to pick up an anti-aging routine that'll get you carded (okay, maybe) at your local drugstore for less than the cost of your weekly coffee stipend. You just have to know what to look for.
"I tell every patient the basic fundamentals of an anti-aging routine include a sunscreen, a potent, well-proven antioxidant like vitamin C and a retinol," says dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu. "These ingredients have the most research in proving they reduce oxidative damage and photo-aging and boosting collagen production. They work together to reverse photo-aging changes that cause fine lines, wrinkling and thinning of the skin."
We've rounded up the best (and least-expensive!) anti-agers money can buy in the gallery below. Every single one is available at the drugstore. You can thank us later.
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