More than a year ago, I put together the Five Best anti-aging creams and serums for under $50. As I came to update it, I realized that there are some really good new finds for just a teensy bit more. So, I am stretching this Five Best to $65 and under. There are a couple of outstanding under $50 products here as well and all of them have an impressive price to quality ratio.
Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Moisturizer ($65 for 1.7 fl oz). If you have been intrigued by human stem cells in products by ReLuma and E’Shee but have balked at the price or even the notion, then plant-derived stem cells in this well-priced cream could be just what you are looking for. JB’s stem cells are taken from apple and grape buds, lemon bark, and apple, grape and lemon juices. This comfortable and soothing moisturizer has plenty of shea butter and jojoba. Aging skin will appreciate the essential fatty acids from evening primrose, linseed (flax) and borage. Read the full review
Tilvee Argan & Sea Buckthorn Age Defying Crème ($35). Tilvee seems especially good at formulating for troubled skin. If you are red, sensitive and whipsawed, try this out. Our reviewers reported that red and dry skin was promptly dealt with and that newly smoothed skin looked good in makeup. There are nourishing antioxidant butters from avocado, cocoa and kokum (part of the mangosteen family). Sea buckthorn is packed with vitamin C. Read the full review
Your Best Face Boost ($65 in the TIA shop for 1 oz). What impresses me most about Boost is that it works with really challenging combination skin: think dry and furrowed, yet also oily and prone to breakouts. Boost seems to be able to deal with all of these challenges by tightening lines, moisturizing and discouraging zits with niacin and vitamin B5 (research is showing that the Bs are effective acne treatments. Effective on its own, Boost is also a great team player so use it to eke out your more expensive serums. With heavy hitting anti-agers such as spin-trap, Lipochroman-6 and teprenone, this is very well priced. Read the full review.
L'uvalla Age Defying Day Night Cream ($49). Certified organic, L’uvalla’s skincare products are not only formulated with vegan ingredients straight from nature, but they are also sustainably produced, from seed to shelf. Two exotic anti-agers, lotus flower extract and argan oil, are L’uvalla’s signature ingredients. While the lotus flower lends the skin potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers, argan oil nourishes with fatty acids and vitamin E (twice the amount of olive oil). One 53 year old reviewer reported much improved skin after five weeks.
La Vie Celeste Day & Night Restorative Face Cream with R-Lipoic Acid($65 in the TIA shop for 1.7 fl oz).This multitasking anti-aging moisturizer can be used day or night (or both). It features R-lipoic acid, a chirally correct form (which means the molecules are well absorbed by the skin) of this powerful antioxidant. Studies have shown that it helps overcome vitamin C and E deficiencies. Amongst the botanicals is apricot kernel. I am surprised we don’t see more of it in cosmetics as it is a good antioxidant, comprised mostly (about 70%) of oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid as well as plenty of vitamin E.
Ingredients in Juice Beauty:
Organic Juices of Pyrus Malus Juice (Apple*), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) (Grape*), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) (Lemon*), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (*), Glycerin, Octyl Palmitate, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Malus Sylvestris Buds (Apple), Vitis Vinifera Buds (Grape), Citrus Limonum (Lemon) Bark (Lemon), Organic Plant Oils of Helianthus Annuus Seed (Sunflower), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter*), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed (Jojoba*), Organic Essential Fatty Acids of Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose), Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed (Borage*), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C) (Vitamin C), Xanthan Gum , Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E) (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Orange) (Mandarin), Litsea Cubeb (Litsea Cubeba) (May Chang), Cinnamomum Camphora (Camphor) (Pure Essential Oils)(Ho wood) * = organic
Ingredients in Tilvee:
Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Juice*, Rosa damascena (Rose) Distillate, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Butter*, Calendula ocinalis (Calendula) Extract*, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Emulsifying Wax NF, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil, Hippaophae rhammnoides (Sea Buckthorn) extract*, Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Daucus carota (Carrot) Oil, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Garcinia indica (Kokum) Butter, Mangifera indica (Mango) Butter, Palm stearic acid, (Polysaccharide gum) Xanthan Gum, Essential oils of Vanilla (Vanilla) planifolia, Citrus limonum ( Lime), Citrus bergamia (Bergamont), Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang), Lavendula (Lavender) angustifolia, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin) *Organic Ingredients
Ingredients in Boost:
Reverse osmosis water, green tea, cucumber extract, olivem (cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate), caffeine, Homeostatine (enteromorpha compressa extract, caesalpina gum), Renovage (triglyceride, teprenone), niacin, vitamin B5, vitamin e, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), paraben du
Ingredients in L’uvalla:
Natural Spring Water, Hazel Seed Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Argan Kernel Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Lotus Flower Extract, Sunflower Seed Oil, Rosewood Wood Oil, Rose Geranium Flower Oil, Lavendin Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Cypress Oil, Thyme Oil, Myoinosite, Chlorophyllin-Magnesium Complex, Citric Acid
Ingredients in La Vie Celeste:
Aqua (Purified Water), Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis) Oil*, Sesame Seed (Sesamum Indium) Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Emulsifying Wax (Behentrimonium Methosulphate and Cetearyl Alcohol), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)*, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Extract, Spirulina (Spirulina Platensis Geitler) Extract, Sodium Lactate, R-Lipoic Acid, Cosmocil CQ (Polyaminopropyl Biguanide), Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Paradisi) Extract*, Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Extract, Olive Leaf (Olea Europaca) Extract*, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Leaf Extract*, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic) Acid.