I would love to be able to recommend stellar anti-aging products that really work and make only the smallest dent to pocket books. But I can only be as good as the industry. I have come to understand that the industry better too. I’m not talking about the big drugstore brands with mediocre products that cost a few cents to formulate at massive scale. With these, most of your dollars are going into their marketing budget. The beauty companies I recommend are independents that formulate to the highest possible standards while struggling with the high costs of packaging and minimum order sizes. It’s tough. So when a good product comes along at a great price, you have to commend it. Here is Truth In Aging’s Best Beauty Product for Under $50 of 2012:

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum 

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is an excellent value antioxidant blend formulated to brighten, tighten and smooth. It has a highly stable and non-irritating form of vitamin C, Stay-C 50, vitamin E and ferulic acid. Research has shown that ferulic acid actually enhances the performance of vitamin C and E as well as acting as a natural sun protector.

There are other useful ingredients too in the form of mineral rich konjac root, hydrating hyaluronic acid, soothing chamomile and oil balancing clary.

Oily complexions find it especially helpful. However, it is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive. Read Amy’s review and find out how she fell in love with Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum before she even saw the price tag – which, incidentally, is a mere $30 in the shop.

Ingredients: Water Deionized, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Alkyl Benzoate, Vegetable Glycerin, Water, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea), Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis), Hyaluronic acid, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Vitamin E (Tocotrienol), Ferulic acid, Chamomile Flower Extract (Recutita Matricaria), Sodium Phytate, Xanthum Gum, hydroxyethylcellulose