Skincare dupes for luxury products under $50
Treat yourself to some well-deserved self-care without breaking the bank.
If you're of the belief that the right skincare can transform your complexion, fix your love life and cure all of life's problems, then join the club. But we can assume that, like us, you've probably spent more than you care to admit on your skincare routine. No fear, we're not here to judge. Just help. That's why we've rounded up the affordable alternatives for some of our bougier faves.
1. Dr.Jart+ Peptidin Radiance Serum vs The Ordinary Buffet serum
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Both of these Dr.Jart+ and The Ordinary serums are packed with peptides, which are basically the proteins and molecules that help your skin feel smooth, firm and more radiant. The Ordinary is our go-to for no BS skincare on a budget, so its multi-technology peptide Buffet Serum is a fab alternative if you want a cost-effective serum that's gonna do the job.
2. Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial vs Paula's Choice Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturiser
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While we absolutely heart all things Drunk Elephant, we know that its products don't fit within everyone's budget. Like the F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Masque hyrdratant, the Paula's Choice Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturiser is full of water-infusing mineral electrolytes to re-hydrate your skin to keep it looking quenched and dewy.
3. Sunday Riley Good Genes vs The Ordinary Lactic Acid
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We told ya The Ordinary is our go-to. Like an IRL fountain of youth, the Good Genes product uses glycolic acid molecules that help clear your pores and plump up fine lines. The Ordinary Lactic Acid is a less intense and no frills version of this. Lactic acid is also a chemical exfoliant but it has a larger molecule size and isn't as strong on the skin. So it's a better option if your skin is on the sensitive or dry side. The Ordinary also offers a 5% or 10% version of the lactic acid product, so it could starting with the former if you're new to using acids in your skincare regime.
4. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme vs Sweet Chef Turmeric + Vitamin C Booster eye cream
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If you can you sing-a-long to High School Musical soundtrack, it's time to use an eye cream. So with that in mind, Vitamin C-rich eye creams help to target signs of ageing and dark circles (CC the bags that have taken up residency under my eye balls). Both of these eye creams contain Vitamin C, although the Sweet Chef version pairs it with turmeric to help reduce puffiness and give you a natural glow. Plus, it's also less than half the price.
5. Tatcha The Water Cream vs Purito Deep Sea Pure Water Cream
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These two lightweight water-based creams sink into the skin to give you a nice little boost of hydration. Like the Tatcha Water Cream, the Purito Deep Sea Pure Water Cream uses deep sea water to brighten your skin and reduce wrinkles.