I Use These Affordable Anti-Aging Products on My Skin Every Single Day

I'm only 22—but I know how important it is to start an effective anti-aging routine before actual signs of aging hit. For me, that means adding a retinol product to my routine, keeping my skin seriously hydrated with hyaluronic acid products, and using vitamin C whenever humanly possible. Here are my secret age-fighting weapons—and they're all available at Walmart for $20 or less.

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CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

It's important to start each day with a clean slate. That's why I wash my face with a super-hydrating cleanser that leaves my skin oh-so-soft: the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser. It transforms skin into an ideal base for makeup, or I can go makeup-free with a natural glow. I also use the face wash at night to remove the makeup and gunk that's seeped into my pores during the day. Since this cleanser is packed with hyaluronic acid and ceramides that hydrate and nourish, my face is visibly refreshed every time I use it.
To Buy: $10 (was $11); walmart.com

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Get your skin ready to face the day with an intense dose of moisture post morning cleanse with a hyaluronic acid serum, like Neutrogena's. It's lightweight, non-sticky, and preps skin for a full day of soft, smooth, supple goodness. Keeping your skin super hydrated will help it look plumper and glowier, a.k.a. more youthful.
To Buy: $18; walmart.com

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Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Daily Face Moisturizer

Moisturizing is probably the most essential step for long-term wrinkle-fighting, so you want to make sure you have a powerful product. No matter your age or skin type, you should be moisturizing even if you do nothing else. Neutrogena's daily face lotion contains a mix of vitamins and antioxidants, including vitamin C, a brightening ingredient that helps fade dark spots and acne scars while also working to undo past sun damage. This moisturizer is also made with 97-percent natural ingredients, so it's a product you can feel good about buying.
To Buy: $10; (usually $14); walmart.com

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Olay Sun Face Sunscreen + Makeup Primer SPF 35

If your daily moisturizer doesn't contain SPF, you'll need to add an extra step to ensure you're getting essential everyday sun protection. It's important to remember SPF even during the colder months and even when you're spending most of your time indoors because UVA and UVB rays can still damage your skin if you're not diligent, which quickens the development of signs of aging. Olay's broad-spectrum lotion doubles as a makeup primer, so it's pulling double-duty in my routine, making the slightly higher price tag worth it. Unlike most sunscreens, this version has a barely-there feel on skin and gives a matte finish, without the annoying greasy white cast.
To Buy: $20; walmart.com

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Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Hyaluronic Acid and Retinol Serum

For my nighttime routine, I start by washing the day off with the CeraVe cleanser above. Then, I follow up with a retinol product. Retinol, a vitamin A derivative, is one of the most important anti-aging ingredients as it fights sun damage and renews skin at a cellular level. A lot of retinol products can be harsh on skin at first, leading to irritation, redness, flakiness, and tightness, but this serum includes nourishing ingredients to prevent that. With hyaluronic acid, Neutrogena's product is gentle on skin and hydrating at the same time as smoothing skin. I love that it doesn't just fight signs of aging over time but it also fades my old acne scars and calms chronic redness in my skin—so it's not just good for your future skin, it's good for your complexion right now, too.
To Buy: $18; walmart.com

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CeraVe Skin Renewing Night Face Cream

I'm a fan of a thick, creamy nighttime moisturizer that feels luxurious on skin. This version has just the thick texture I'm looking for, with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to hydrate the skin and help it repair itself overnight from the damage that was done during the day (thanks, sun and pollution). I smooth it all over my face, neck, and chest to make sure all areas are getting in on the anti-aging action.
To Buy: $14 (was $16); walmart.com

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Burt's Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil

Make sure you're locking in all those good ingredients in your skincare regimen with a facial oil. If the term "facial oil" scares you with nightmares of clogged pores and breakouts—and it scared me at first—don't worry. These products are meant to seal all of the ingredients you put on your skin so they can penetrate most deeply overnight without wreaking havoc on your pores. I love this oil from Burt's Bees because it stars a blend of rosehip, jojoba, and primrose oils, all of which promote nourished, glowing skin. A few drops patted into skin before bed fight premature signs of aging, so you're seeing the results both when you wake up the next morning and over time.
To Buy: $9 (was $19); walmart.com

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