I believe as we get older, and begin to see the effects of aging, it’s easier to pull the trigger on high-end beauty products. But are their high-price points justified by the results? I’ve been testing out a variety of skincare products within the last year, and finally can share a list of 5 skincare products worth the investment.
BeautyBio the Beholder lifting eye cream // Tata Harper Purifying cleanser // SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic // Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Intense Moisturizing cream // BeautyBio the Daily Vitamin C Day serum
In an effort to be more conscious of what sort of ingredients are used in products, I’ve been seeking out brands with transparent ingredient lists. For me, it hasn’t been possible to completely switch to 100% non-toxic beauty and skincare products. One of the biggest reasons is because I’ve come to love a few products that are dermatologist grade (they’re stronger + more potent), and often combine natural ingredients, as well as scientifically advanced skincare.
With the above being said, I’ve tried a number of skincare products in the last year. You can catch some prior skincare posts here and here. A variety of which were expensive, but didn’t yield the promised results. I finally narrowed down my list to 5 skincare products worth the investment, including prices and my personal review.
Remember, everyone’s skin is different, so just because something worked for my skin type, may not work for yours. So if the particular product listed below is not something for you, I encourage you to at least check into the brand, as I recommend all of these brands and own a number of products from each.
5 skincare products worth the investment
Tata Harper is a new(er) to me brand, whom I was introduced to via an invitation only event at Neiman Marcus. I’d heard of Tata Harper, but had always been dissuaded from purchasing because of the steep price tags. The in-store event featured a few corporate team members who walked us through a skincare routine (which we completed on ourselves, in-store) with products from the line that fit best for our skin type. It was quite fascinating to hear the why behind Tata Harper, and how Tata created the brand because she wanted to see a fresh start in the beauty industry. She wanted to see products that were completely free of toxic and synthetic ingredients.
I left the event with the Purifying Cleanser and have been really happy with my purchase. While definitely expensive for a cleanser, over $70, I’m willing to pay the hefty price tag for the following: it lasts; it’s made of 100% ingredients form natural origin; and it’s formulated, packaged and manufactured in the US (on their farm in Vermont). The best comparison I can think of is this – shopping at Whole Foods (aka Whole Paycheck). We shop at these locales for higher quality products, from trusted sources and more. This is the same as the Tata Harper brand, within the realms of skincare and beauty.
I’m a diehard evening skincare routine follower. I always wash my face, no matter what. Even if I’m not in the mood or it’s 3am and I just want to go to sleep, I always wash my face. I truly feel like this has been a game changer for my skin.
This cleanser is definitely reversing my issues with blackheads. Apply it to your dry skin and it turns into an oily consistency, plus it works well at removing makeup, too. Tata Harper Purifying cleanser, $76. Find it online at Credo Beauty, Neiman Marcus and Sephora.
I was introduced to BeautyBio last year. And while I didn’t immediately purchase products from the brand, I began following the founder Jamie O’Banion on Instagram, and loved her honest and behind the scenes approach to sharing about her skincare line. I drank the tea, so to speak, and ended up grabbing a few products during the holidays. BeautyBio is formulated free of Sulfates, Formaldehyde, Parabens, Triclosan, Oxybenzone, Hydroquinone and Triclocarban. They do not test on animals, either.
One of the products I’ve been steadily using is the Beholder lifting eye cream. I didn’t actually start using it until earlier this summer, as I was on the waitlist for quite sometime before the product was restocked. I’ve used a handful of undereye creams, but was intrigued by this specifically because it’s made for lifting those drooping, sagging eyelids. While I’m not experiencing those effects right now, I like to be preventative when I can with my skincare. I personally use this eye cream on both parts of my eye. I love that it’s supple and moisturizing and it’s definitely improved my dark circles, with continued use. BeautyBio the Beholder lifting eye cream, $65. Find it at Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
Earlier this year I went on the hunt for a clean face cream that also delivered results. After years of using face creams which I later learned are filled with chemicals and toxins, I decided to throw them out and start fresh. I’ve always loved the Caudalie brand and what they stand for. So it was an easy decision to add their Vinosource S.O.S. Intense Moisturizing cream to my everyday routine.
The majority of the year, I have combination skin that can be oily in some spots and super dry in others. Lathering on an intensive moisturizing cream in the evening has been one way in which I combat such dryness. The texture is rich and fluffy, and the phrase less is more certainly can be attributed to this cream.
Caudalie products are free of harmful ingredients including parabens, phenoxyethanol, phthalates, mineral oils or ingredients of animal origin. This specific cream is formulated with ingredients of 97% natural origin. The brand was one of the pioneers of ethical cosmetic ingredients, creating their CosmEthics values in 2006. I personally love that these products are clean, effective AND not as expensive at some of their counterparts. Vinosource S.O.S. Intense Moisturizing cream, $42. Find it at Anthropologie and Sephora.
Vitamin C serum
Lastly, the skincare product I’ve realized I cannot live with out, Vitamin C serum. It was too tough to narrow it down to just one brand, so I present to you a splurge and save option.
If there were ever a skincare line that delivers legitimate results it’s SkinCeuticals. I was introduced to it back in 2016, and have been obsessed with it ever since. SkinCeuticals products are expensive, but every single product I’ve used, is worth every single penny. If it weren’t for the expensive price point, I’d use SkinCeuticals for all my skincare needs.
The SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic has quickly made it’s way onto my top 3 must-have skincare items. It’s been life changing for my skin and its appearance. I recently stopped using it, so as to ration it a bit, and my skin had a bit of a freak out. When I started reincorporating it into my morning routine, all was well on my skin again. It has completely changed my skin’s texture and radiance, all for the better.
One of the leading companies to partner with physicians so as to offer skincare products in their offices, SkinCeuticals provides advanced skincare backed by science. This Vitamin C serum is free of Parabens.
However, if a $150+ Vitamin C serum is out of the question, I highly recommend the BeautyBio Daily Vitamin C Day serum as an alternative. I have a small bottle that I bring along when I travel and it stands up really well to the SkinCeuticals brand.
Key differences between the two: SkinCeuticals is a liquid texture vs BeautyBio is a gel texture; SkinCeuticals is a drop formula vs BeautyBio features a pump. Both work really well and give you the value for the price. I can personally speak to the C E Feurlic a bit more, as this is my second bottle of the product. SkinCeuticals C E Feurlic, $166. Find it at Blue Mercury and Dermstore. BeautyBio Daily Vitamin C Day serum, $75. Find it at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, QVC and Sephora.
Have you tried any of these products 5 skincare products worth the investment? I’d love to hear your experience and thoughts in the comments below. I’m still exploring more clean beauty lines and will continue to share my experiences here, stay tuned!