A common myth in skincare ideology is that products need to be expensive in order to be effective–especially when it comes to anti-aging. Sometimes it can feel like the best anti-aging products on the market are all outrageously priced. Yes, plenty of pricey skincare products are worth the tag, but that doesn't mean some drugstore dupes can't do the job. The world of cosmetics is crowded enough as it is, and narrowing down the best drugstore anti-aging products can be far too time consuming. Not to mention, stocking up on eye cream, night cream, serums, and oils, with each one costing $50 or more, quickly adds up. That’s enough of a headache to give you wrinkles.

We had different skincare experts weigh in on their favorite budget friendly anti-aging skincare options. Whether you have dry skin, sensitive skin, uneven skin tone, or you are just worried about dark circles, these docs have a recommendation for you. Plus they are all available at your local drugstore. Time to make a haul! 

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By Anneke Knot
March 25, 2019
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"This rich, affordable cream feels like a splurge even though it won't break the bank. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, this moisture packed product can be applied every night post cleansing to instantly plump and seal in hydration." 

-Dr. Anna Guanche, board-certified dermatologist and celebrity beauty expert

To buy: $25; target.com.



"Because I am a medical doctor, I combat aging from the outside and inside. For the inside, I recommend Vitamin C; it is an essential component of collagen, and we tend not to get enough of especially if we are under stress. Make sure your Vitamin C also contains bioflavonoids. I like Emergen-C sachets just for the ease of taking them since I am always on the go." 

-Dr. Lamees Hamdan, Founder and CEO of Shiffa

To buy: $5; target.com. 



"This is a prescription retin-a that is now approved for over the counter use. Adapalene reduces acne, diminishes brown spots, and increases collagen to improve fine lines and wrinkles. I advise my patients to apply a thin layer to entire face once a day, then apply a moisturizing lotion right afterwards to prevent dryness." 

-Dr. Ted Lain, Board Certified Dermatologist and Chief Medical Officer 

To buy: $13; target.com



"In spring, I recommend that my patients refresh and restore their skin’s healthy glow by adding an antioxidant serum containing Vitamin C to their skincare routine. This option contains salicylic acid to unclog your pores and to reveal healthier, glowing skin. Typically, I advise my patients to use exfoliating ingredients like salicylic acid only twice per week, but this particular product is very gentle and is formulated so most people will be able to use it daily without causing irritation. This serum also contains Vitamin C and ginseng–powerful antioxidants that restore radiance by protecting your skin from the harmful free radicals, which can zap away your glow. Its rice peptides support your skin’s natural defenses by calming reactivity so that your skin appears more even and radiant. Serums can be so incredibly expensive because they are often one of the most potent, powerful products you will use on your skin. No7’s products are powerful and deliver results at a very affordable price point."

-Dr. Whitney Bowe, Board Certified NYC Dermatologist 

To buy: $25; target.com

Freeman Beauty


"Sheet masks combine several ingredients that work harmoniously together to give you brighter and younger-looking skin. The sheets trap active ingredients on the skin, forcing it to lock in the moisture and receive all the benefits. They also prevent loss of product through evaporation. Depending on the material, the sheet can help deliver products deeper into the skin. My favorite masks give a healthy glow, hydrate the skin, and help with inflammation. I love the cooling effect of a hydrogel mask, which is perfect for the hot summer months."

-Dr. Dendy Engelman, Board-Certified and Nationally-Acclaimed Dermatologic Surgeon in NYC 

To buy: $5; bedbathandbeyond.com