Best Anti-Ageing Face Creams Under $50

by Kayce Teo
LIFESTYLE  |  July 13, 2019
  • These moisturisers don’t cost a bomb, but still do the job well.
    1 / 11 These moisturisers don’t cost a bomb, but still do the job well.

    As much as we enjoy our La Mer, La Prairie and Guerlain face creams – the luxurious textures melt into the skin and the sensorial scents just ease away stress – we also think that anti-ageing skincare shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. It’s not about being politically correct. It’s just a fact of the matter that normal women (not beauty insiders, celebrities, influencers and cash-rich beauty aficionados) would think twice about shelling out a few hundred dollars for a 50ml tub of face cream that’s going to last them about three months.

    And we’ve been in the industry long enough to know that quality and efficacy doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag, especially with the rise of indie beauty brands. With that in mind, here’s a list of the best anti-ageing face creams under $50 that love both your skin and wallet.

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  • Bio-essence Bio-Snail Repair & Smooth Cream EX, $39.90 for 50g
    2 / 11 Bio-essence Bio-Snail Repair & Smooth Cream EX, $39.90 for 50g

    (Also read: Best Lightweight Anti-Ageing Eye Creams That Aren’t Too Rich Or Sticky)

    With a blend of TCM herbs such as angelica, wolfberry and ginseng, and the brand’s snail extract, this lightweight face cream deeply hydrates skin while accelerating skin repair and renewal for smoother and more youthful-looking skin.

    Available at Bio-essence

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  • Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, $30 for 50ml
    3 / 11 Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, $30 for 50ml

    This classic offering from Clinique helps strengthen skin’s moisture barrier (reportedly by 54 per cent) to help your skin better retain moisture so it looks more supple and youthful.

    Available at Clinique and Sephora

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  • Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer, $50 for 50ml
    4 / 11 Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Gel Moisturizer, $50 for 50ml

    This oil-free moisturiser helps re-energize dull and lacklustre skin (both symptoms of premature skin ageing) with skin-boosting ingredients such as Panax ginseng and coffee bean, to restore a youthful glow to the skin.

    Available at Origins and Sephora

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  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer, $40 for 50ml
    5 / 11 First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer, $40 for 50ml

    (Also read: 10 Anti-Ageing Face Creams That Will Get Rid of Wrinkles And Fine Lines)

    As skin ages, its barrier functions get disrupted and it loses moisture easily. This lightweight cream has ceramides, a proven-effective ingredient that helps repair and support skin structure to combat ageing effects, as well as shea butter, meadowfoam seed oil and avocado oil to nourish and hydrate skin.

    Available at Sephora

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  •  Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream, $49 for 50ml
    6 / 11 Saturday Skin Waterfall Glacier Water Cream, $49 for 50ml

    Your skin starts ageing once you hit your 20s, so don’t wait till your mid-30s to start slathering on preventive ageing and anti-ageing creams. This paraben-free gel cream has minerals and a blend of plant extracts, amino acids and ferments to help calm and soothe skin (irritation and inflammation accelerates skin ageing) while boosting its suppleness.

    Available at Sephora

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  • Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Day Cream (Normal), $26.90 for 50g
    7 / 11 Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Day Cream (Normal), $26.90 for 50g

    This day cream has niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3), which is said to help improve the production of ceramides in the skin, to plump up wrinkles and fine lines and even out skin texture. It also has antioxidant-rich green tea to combat free radical damage which leads to accelerated skin ageing.

    Available at Guardian and Watsons

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  • Jowae Wrinkle Smoothing Rich Cream, $50 for 40ml
    8 / 11 Jowae Wrinkle Smoothing Rich Cream, $50 for 40ml

    (Also read: The Best Anti-Ageing Cream Masks to Own Right Now)

    Suitable for dry and sensitive skin types, this moisturiser has antioxidant-rich Lumiphenols, Jowae’s signature ingredient, and red ginseng to help protect skin against free radical damage and rejuvenate skin. It also helps smooth out skin texture and brighten up skin tone for a more youthful-looking glow.

    Available at Jowae and Guardian

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  • L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 New Skin Anti-Aging Day Cream, $41.90
    9 / 11 L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Laser X3 New Skin Anti-Aging Day Cream, $41.90

    This soft, creamy moisturiser has a blend of ingredients, including adenosine and pro-xylane, to plump up wrinkles and boost the production of collagen, which improves skin density and firmness. There is also a mild exfoliating ingredient that helps smooth out pores and refine skin texture, and encourage cellular turnover for brighter, younger-looking skin.

    Available at L’oreal Paris

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  • Hada Labo Retinol Anti-Aging + 3D Lifting Gel, $41.90 for 100g
    10 / 11 Hada Labo Retinol Anti-Aging + 3D Lifting Gel, $41.90 for 100g

    If you have oily and combination skin and prefer lighter, gel-type moisturisers, this is the anti-ageing face cream for you. It has retinol (vitamin A), which is known for its ability to diminish the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles, and hydrolysed collagen and hyaluronic acid which helps plump and firm up skin.

    Available at Guardian and Watsons

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  • Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Light Cream, $45 for 50ml
    11 / 11 Mamonde Moisture Ceramide Light Cream, $45 for 50ml

    (Also read: Tried And Tested: The Best Anti-Ageing Facials in Singapore)

    Hibiscus extract and ceramides in this lightweight cream help strengthen skin barrier functions, to keep moisture locked in for smoother and plumper-looking skin. The flower extract also encourages skin cell turnover, and is said to prevent elastin breakdown, so skin appears firmer and more supple.

    Available at Mamonde boutiques and counters, and Lazada

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