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5 Best Skin Care Products worth your Money

By Katharine B. Coggeshall

Let's start with the good news, top products from these high-end skincare lines that actually work.

1) Ranking at number one, Skinceuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 moisturizing anti-aging cream is the epitome of beauty care. You can expect to pay about $127 for 48 mL of this fountain of youth product.

It delivers needed ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids to your skin to noticeably improve skin smoothness, laxity, and aide in skin self-repair. Not only is this cream ideal for aging, normal, and dry skin types, it's also fantastic for oily skin types who've indulged in over-drying facial remedies to rid themselves of acne.

2) A close second is Dermalogica's Overnight Clearing Gel. If you are the luckiest person on the planet, perhaps you never have to deal with a blemish or clogged pore, but for the rest of us, this product is amazing for clearing up the skin.

A combination of salicylic acid and tea-tree oil rids you of your blemishes overnight. It's rapid, effective, and worth every penny. A larger bottle of 1.7 oz costs about $50, but you can likely score a small sample size for much less.

3) Coming in third is SkinMedica's Essential Defense Everyday Clear Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 47. Ask any dermatologist what the most important thing to do for your skin is regardless of your age and they will tell you to wear sunscreen.

This sunscreen glides on smooth, absorbs quickly, works well, and leaves no grease or white residue behind. And, best of all, it doesn't clog your pores and cause breakouts.

4) Number four on the list of top skincare products is SkinMedica's Retinol Complex 0.5. Another product ideal for any age and skin type, this helps your skin to restore and renew--both important for warding off wrinkles and acne. A product that works for mom and daughter is certainly worth the investment. It also comes in a 0.25 (milder) and 1.0 (more aggressive) formula.

5) Closing out the list of top skincare products worth your money is Dermalogica's Precleanse. This deep-cleaning oil-based product dissolves makeup, sunscreen, waterproof products, and excess skin oil, leaving your skin completely clean.

It goes on smooth, lathers a bit, and rinses clear away. It's the perfect product for cleaning your face at the end of the day. It's marketed as part of a set, the Double Cleanse regimen, but can be used alone as well.

5 Skin Care Products Not worth Your Money

And now for the bad news; although these skincare lines are pricey and tout unblemished reputations, some of their products are simply not worth the investment. Either the product doesn't live up to its claims, causes unwanted side effects, or is only as effective as the products found at the grocery store (which cost about a quarter of the price).

These are the five priciest products not worth their price.

Let's start with Dermalogica's Clearing Mattifier. Costing $49 for 1.3 oz, this thick mattifying gel doesn't live up to its claim to clear your skin. It coats your skin with a thick layer reminiscent of Vaseline, in that it doesn't allow your skin to breathe. Even with diligent use, it won't clear your blemishes. This product is not worth your money.

Second is SkinMedica's Ultra Sheer Moisturizer. At $58 for 2 fl oz, this moisturizer is not worth a dime. Thin, watery, and slippery, this cream is not really a cream at all. Although it is sheer, as was intended, it does not moisturize the skin. This product is one that does not live up to its claims.

Third on the list is Dermalogica's Professional Skinperfect primer SPF 30. With a nice tinting, this sunscreen and primer seems too good to be true, and it is. Although it comes out creamy, glides on smooth, and provides great coverage, it consistently clogs pores. Even a single use can lead to a breakout. This is certainly an unwanted side effect from a very pricey product.

One more Dermalogica product that isn't worth the price is their Total Eye Care SPF 15. Coming in at $52 for 0.5 oz, this is a definite "do not buy." With an SPF rating as low as 15, it is unlikely to protect much of anything, especially delicate and thin eye skin.

It does conceal dark circles a bit, but not enough to account for the cost. It also doesn't reverse any damage. Overall, it's not worth the price tag.

Rounding out the list for the worst products for your money is SkinMedica's HA5 Smooth and Plump Lip System. This product costs around $68--a lofty investment--and does not live up to its claims to plump your lips. A common side effect is itchy, dry lips. A tube of Chapstick from the drug store would work better.

We all aspire to have flawless, close up-worthy skin. Many are willing to pay top dollar for products that claim to make that possible, but which skincare products actually work and which is a waste of money? Here is your guide to five top skincare products that are worth your money.

Of course, there are numerous skincare lines from which to choose, but here we will focus on the high-end lines that demand high prices for their products. As a careful consumer, you want to spend your hard-earned dollars carefully and know that your skincare splurge is going to deliver on its promises.

This guide will look at products from Dermalogica, Skinceuticals, and SkinMedica skincare lines--spa-worthy brands at spa prices.


With pricey skincare brands it can be tough to tell which products will be a wise investment and which will not be worth the cost. SkinMedica, Dermalogica, and Skinceuticals all have some excellent products that can greatly benefit your skin, but they also have a few that don't live up to their claims. Invest wisely!

About the Author

She is a scientific technical editor and with a strong background in biology and chemistry.



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