4 Face Serums For $20 And Under That Actually Work

Everyone has probably heard of face serums by now, but does anyone actually know what they do and what makes them different than a facial lotion or oil? It’s fine. I didn’t either until I Googled the crap out of it. Contrary to popular belief, a serum is neither drying nor a contributing factor to oily skin. In fact, depending on your skin’s needs, you can find one that tailors to one or the other. Much like toner, face serums seem to be one of those products you know you can probably benefit from, but don’t use on a daily basis. Turns out, you should actually consider adding one to your everyday routine asap. The water-based product is intended to deliver results directly to your face almost immediately. Of course, this usually means what you’re looking for costs a ridiculous amount of money. However, there are plenty of serums on the market that are cheaper than your next Uber ride. Here are some of the best and most inexpensive face serums for healthier, younger-looking skin.

1. Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum Fragrance-Free

This fragrance-free formula is basically your anti-aging solution in a bottle. With ingredients like Vitamin E and green tea, this serum helps get rid of wrinkles, fine lines, and dry skin by plumping hydration and resorting your skins elasticity.

2. Burt’s Bees Renewal Intensive Firming Serum

Although this serum provides your skin with much-needed hydration, it’s totally non-oily so it won’t contribute to any midday greasiness. You really can have it all! This formula helps promote firmness and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines faster than you can say, “botox.”

3. Yes To Grapefruit Correct & Repair Dark Spot Correcting Serum


I have really tan skin, so I can definitely say I know how it feels to have annoying dark spots that never seem to fade. I’ve exhausted what feels like every option except a decent serum. Go f*cking figure. For all of you in the same boat, you’ll want to grab this super cheap one at your nearest Walgreen’s or whatever. It brightens any dark marks, evens your skin tone, and leaves you with a healthy-looking glow. Bless.

4. Derma E Vitamin C Concentrated Serum

Whether you suffer from the occasional breakout or you have generally acne-prone skin, you’ll want to go for a serum that has a ton of Vitamin C like this one. Not only does it minimize the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and basically any signs of aging, but it also balances your skin tone, clears up acne, and makes your skin feel silky smooth.

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