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Five Best serums under $100  2013

Five Best serums under $100 for 2013

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Fine Lines, Sagging Skin, Wrinkles
Reviewed by Marta March 21, 2013 3 Comments

I am pleased with this Five Best selection. All of these serums are under $100 – some of them are well under – and provide a great price to quality ratio. I remember that a couple of years ago it was a real struggle to pull together a compelling selection and so I made it a priority to find better. The Five Best serums under $100 for 2013 has something to suit every pocket and they are all superb.

  • BRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-peptide

    BRAD Biophotonic Essential Elixir Multi-peptide ($95 in the shop). This is a serum that I just keep going back to. I look forward to using it – usually at night (see my latest “what’s working for me” post). My skin finds BRAD Multi-peptide extremely soothing and it leaves my complexion looking smoother, dewy and calm – as if it’s been on vacation. The formula is mostly a blend of a dozen amino acids. It is one of those products that got off to a slow start, but now its effects are cumulative and I know I’ll be buying a second bottle. One of the finds of the year.

  • Osmosis Correct

    Osmosis Correct ($46). The retinol in Correct is trans-retinal (retinaldehyde), a form of retin A that is relatively stronger as well as being gentler. Correct has an interesting selection of actives, including the peptide caprooyl tetrapeptide-3. It may help maintain the structure of the skin and prevent sagging by boosting laminin as well as collagen iii. Anti-aging heavy hitters continue with two wound repairers, epidermal growth factor and GHK copper peptide, antioxidant R-lipoic acid and chlorella, and 1,3 beta glucan (usually found in mushrooms), which can activate the immune system.

  • Arcona Peptide Firming Complex

    Arcona Peptide Firming Complex ($72 in the shop). I enjoy using this serum and highly recommend it to people looking for their first serum recommendation. It is unusual to see the powerful antioxidant pea extract so dominant in a serum. There is also an epidermal growth factor, which stimulates fibroblasts. As the name of this serum implies, it is the peptides that take center stage. Syn-coll is a small peptide with a unique sequence to mimic the human body’s own mechanism to produce collagen via TGF-β. Syn-tacks is a peptide combination that is supposedly more powerful than Matrixyl 3000 and there’s Thymulen, a peptide that compensates for the decline of the thymus (the organ responsible for T-cells and growth factors) as we get older.

  • Your Best Face Antioxidants Concentrate

    Your Best Face Antioxidants Concentrate ($55 in the shop). This second-time winner of the Five Best under $100 is a showcase of YBF’s favorite heavy-hitting antioxidants, including ferulic acid, resveratrol, glutathione, spin trap and Lipochroman 6. It can be used on its own, with your LED light device, underneath a moisturizer, or even with another complementary serum. It was recently reformulated to replace the paraben preservative with a safe one based on radish root. This is a great way to try the kind of actives that are usually confined to more expensive serums and it has consistently good reviews from users.

  • Prana AU 24K Gold Serum

    Prana AU 24K Gold Serum ($96 in the shop). You get to glam up for less than $100 with a serum that has real flakes of gold. But the real gold in AU 24K is that there is nothing to dislike and every single ingredient serves the skin. This makes it pretty good value. Plus, a little goes a long way. This serum does an excellent job of plumping and smoothing the skin, fading fine lines and it even calms redness and seems to minimize broken veins. As well as gold, there are peptides and plenty of B vitamins.

  • March 22, 2013

    by Terri Sacco

    One important point I neglected to mention in my previous comment regarding Arcona was the firming. It seems that in just a few weeks of once daily application the area right under my chin is more taut when tapped. The subtle glow was a suprising added benefit. I would definitely reccommend this product.

  • March 22, 2013

    by Marta

    Hi Terri, thank you for taking the time to post your comment. I am so pleased that these are working out for you. Let us know how you get on with BRAD.

  • March 22, 2013

    by Terri Sacco

    Marta,
    Thanks for such a wonderful line up of serums! I was so excited as I read your post. I have been using Arcona Peptide Firming Complex for about two weeks now. I was so enticed by your initial review and all the excellent ingredients in Arcona and NO NASTIES I just had to try it. I only use it in the am after Mad Hippie Vit C. It leaves my skin hydrated and imparts a subtle glow which is great because I rarely wear make up unless it is a tinted moisturizer or sunscreen (I’m 47). The glow is especially apparent when I use LED red light after application. I also purchased the BRAD in this best of serums and have not begun to use it yet but plan to use at night. I hope to reap the same positive results as you. I have YBF Anti Concentrate and use as a spot treatment and add to some DIY mixtures. I plan to make it a staple in my potion cabinet. Thanks for all your diligent research and testing. TIA has become an invaluable resource for me since discovering you guys about a year ago after a terrible reaction to a sunscreen. It was a blessing in disguise! Thanks to TIA my skin has recovered and is better than before the bad reaction!

    Terri Sacco

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