Skin serums and face oils under $35 that actually work

Holy grail finds

Marie Claire marie claire & InStyle Senior Digital Beauty And Lifestyle Editor / June 04 2019

Without a doubt, the most dedicated product in your skincare arsenal is your serum. Formulated to be far more potent than a moisturiser or essence – serum delivers a powerful dose of targeted, rapid skin-boosting ingredients. What's better than that? Stumbling upon a serum that not only nixes your skin woes but costs less than $35, for starters.

Depending on the formula face serums - and their beauty counterparts, face oils - can boost elasticity, even skin texture and combat imperfections such as pigmentations, dark circles and scaring. While most serums are designed to treat common symptoms of ageing they can also offer relief of other skin concerns like dry skin, redness and acne.

Here, the best serums and face oils under $35 that actually work.

Kiehl's Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate

Why it works: Kiehl's original anti-ageing serum is formulated with Vitamin C for reducing fine lines and creating a brighter complexion. Plus, Hyaluronic acid to increase elasticity and keep your complexion nourished. 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

Why it works: Boasting anti-aging active ingredients to maximise the power of your skin’s natural nighttime repair mechanism. It also includes Hyaluronic Acid, to help lock in moisture. Lines and wrinkles look significantly reduced.

Mario Badescu Anti-Acne Serum

Why it works: A thin layer is all you need to keep breakouts under control, thanks to salicylic acid. Ideal for layering under make-up to keep oily skin at bay. 

Pixi Hydrating Milky Serum

Why it works: Dehydrated and sensitive skin is nourished and restored, thanks to a blend of rose flower extract, jojoba oil and aloe vera, while glycerin keeps moisture trapped to the skin for a plumped and glowing effect.

The Ordinary “B” Oil

Why it works: Formulated to support skin defence and protect against free radicals, while boosting radiance and hydration thanks to its blend of purified micro-algae, squalane and natural oils including marula, argan, rosehip and borage.

Looking for more budget-friendly beauty options? Check out this $13 editor-approved eye serum.

What's your favourite budget facial serum? Let us know in the comments below.

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This article originally appeared on Marie Claire.

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