By Marissa Oliva
These days, you can almost always find a skin-care dupe—a product that’s effective and similar in texture to a luxury item, for a fraction of the price. However, it’s undeniable that there are some products that are so good, nothing else can compare. This isn’t just a piece about pricey items that are so worth the money, but it's also to share our best-kept secret: They’re all available at Walmart for much less than other retailers. Talk about a one-stop shop for your luxe and basic essentials. Their premium skin-care selection includes brands you'd expect to find only at department or specialty stores (think La Mer, SK-II, and Kiehl’s), with down-to-earth prices you’d expect to find at Walmart. So, without further ado, our five splurge-worthy picks to elevate your skin-care routine while saving you a pretty penny.
This luxe, cult-favorite cleanser is basically a double cleanse in a bottle: It starts as a thick balm and morphs into a silky, conditioning milk as you lather, rendering skin soft, toned, and clear. At $88, it was always a product we’d use sparingly—two times a week, max—until we found it at Walmart for up to $30 less. Needless to say, it’s now become part of our daily routines, and we’ve got the complexions to show for it.
SK-II’s iconic essence has been coveted by beauty editors for years. The nutrient-rich liquid is spiked with Pitera, a patented ingredient derived from yeast fermentation that’s known for its skin-renewing and youth-preserving results. All you need is a few drops, pressed into skin after cleansing, for a complexion that’s super supple and fresh.
If your skin is feeling dry or could use a little plumping action, this serum is going to be your savior. Its concentrated formula contains six forms of lower and higher molecular weight hyaluronic acid (the dermatologist go-to for balancing and moisturizing all skin types for both immediate and lasting hydration), which is the ideal mix as it'll penetrate more layers of the skin leaving your complexion visibly smooth. ( We recommend layering it twice daily in the morning and evening with your favorite cream for a healthy dose of moisture.
This treatment helps prevent wrinkles and spots now so you won't have to worry about them later. A potent dose of retinol, the star ingredient, works to gently slough away dullness and stimulate cell turnover to help reveal new, baby-soft skin. The only thing you'll have to think about is how you're going to spend the extra cash you’ll have by shopping at Walmart.
A good quality vitamin C serum is something you definitely should never, ever skimp on. The antioxidant is like a bodyguard for your complexion, keeping age-accelerating stressors like UV rays and pollution at bay. Obagi Medical Professional-C Serum has a whopping 15% of L-ascorbic acid—AKA the purest form of vitamin C—and is also top notch at brightening, fading discoloration, and ironing out fine lines.