10 best skincare brands so good that you'll have to try

Top 5 premium skincare brands vs. affordable drugstore selection

By Hana O.
10 best skincare brands so good that you'll have to try

Top 5 premium skincare brands in 2018

In our minds, when we think premium skincare brands, we automatically think that they are of superior quality and must be splurged on even if it breaks our wallets. While it is true that the luxury brands do offer skin care that contain more essential ingredients or has better attributes, it does not mean that you need to purchase the whole skin care line.

When it comes to breaking your budget on products for your skin, do so for moisturizers, serums, eye creams and exfoliators. These usually contain the crucial ingredients our skin needs to absorb. You can then save on the cleansers, toners and masks mainly because these are either washed off or added on by other products.


With so many new products being introduced each year, let’s take a look at 5 best premium skin care brands this year has to offer. We will also include their most popular products.

1. Lancôme

Lancome has continuously been placing a spot in the top 10 global beauty brands that Forbes conducts annually. The results of this list are based on projected revenues, customer loyalty and willingness to purchase at a premium price, rates and current market value. This goes to show that Lancome is a tried and tested brand with a stable and loyal customer base.

Product lineup

Lancôme has a wide variety of products ranging from fragrances, makeup and skincare all of which revolve around the theme of class, beauty and ladylike graces.


For skin care, Lancôme has a wide set of collections each with a specific purpose such as anti-aging, skin revitalization, repair and hydration. They can be purchased individually or as a set.


Lancôme products ranges from $50 to $240 each

Popular product by Lancôme

Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Price: $137.99 (30ml) or $141.99 (50ml)

Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector

From the Visionnaire collection, this skin corrector has been reviewed as the best price for great quality product. It is a serum that tackles wrinkles, pores and skin texture improvement. A great product that applies smoothly onto the skin and be followed up by foundation and makeup.

2. SkinCeuticals

It is the goal of SkinCeuticals to offer advanced skincare products that have been tediously studied and backed up by science. You can imagine a room full of scientists and doctors in white lab coats rushing to and fro and eventually coming up with one serum that is groundbreaking and will work.

Product Lineup

SkinCeuticals approaches each customer’s needs quite subjectively; therefore, you can find a specific product that will fit your skin type, skin concern and essential ingredients.


Aside from skin care products that can address almost all issues, SkinCeuticals also offer professional services in their clinics and offices such as facials, chemical peels, lasers and cyro therapy. Customers can then enjoy in-office treatments followed by at-home skin care with SkinCeuticals.


SkinCeuticals products ranges from $30 to $166 each

Popular product by SkinCeuticals

C E Ferulic Combination Antioxidant Treatment

Price: $166.00

C E Ferulic Combination Antioxidant Treatment

This by far is their number one bestseller product. It is a Vitamin C serum that successfully reduces signs of aging. It is gentle enough for all skin types and lasts over 72 hours. Aside from being an anti-aging serum, this antioxidant formula also brightens the skin leaving it firm and youthful.

3. SK-II

PITERA is the clear liquid rich in vitamins, amino and organic acids and minerals that SK-II scientists have discovered and trademarked. Their inspiration? Seeing the aged faces of master sake brewers and discovering their soft youthful hands. The secret lay in the yeast the sake brewers’ hands were in constant contact with. This was the origin of PITERA and what came to be SK-II.

Product Lineup

SK-II and its miracle ingredient PITERA focuses on promoting the natural rejuvenation process of the skin. What started out as a skin care staple in Japan, SK-II products are now available globally.


SK-II products ranges from $17 to $290 each

Popular product by SK-II

R.N.A.POWER Radical New Age Cream

Price: $230.00

R.N.A.POWER Radical New Age Cream

This product by SK-II is a light and soft cream that easily gets absorbed the skin. It nourishes, moisturizes, smoothens and lightens the skin, leaving you with a youthful glow. This New Age Cream is recommended for all skin types.

4. SkinMedica

SkinMedica was formed in 1999 with the goal of slowing down the aging process effectively and to give the skin abilities to heal itself from within. Products that will take care of the past and prepare for the future. From there, the company has produced numerous groundbreaking products geared towards skin rejuvenation.


Product Lineup

The products at SkinMedica are specially formulated to perform tasks such as cleansing, correcting, moisturizing, protecting and brightening. They also have targeted treatment products that address specific issues such as scar removal and wrinkle diminishing.


SkinMedica products ranges from $38 to $225 each

Popular product by SkinMedica

TNS Essential Serum

Price: $224.80

TNS Essential Serum

Fibroblast growth factors or microscopic bits of human tissue is the base ingredient in this serum. It may sound disgusting but scientists have discovered that this ingredient is highly effective in reducing fine lines, hyperpigmentation and supports collagen growth. The result is soft, smooth and youthful skin.

5. Obagi Medical

Obagi Medical is a global pharmaceutical company that offers specialty skin care products geared towards addressing skin aging, damage, acne, and hyperpigmentation.

Their products are only available through dermatologists, plastic surgeons, medical spas and other skin care professionals.


Product Lineup

Obagi is very vocal when it comes to the success stories of their products’ users. Real stories with real results. The product lineup is categorized into transformation systems, essential products, and targeted solutions. From here, users can narrow-down their serach to find the right product to fit their needs. Obagi also offers peels and facials which can be bought online.


Obagi Medical products ranges from $39 to $127 each.

Popular product by Obagi Medical

Nu-Derm Foaming Gel

Price: $42.00

Nu-Derm Foaming Gel

Using gentle amino acids, this cleansing gel deeply cleanses the skin and pores removing dirt, oil and other pollutants. Alfalfa extract then detoxifies the skin to prevent breakouts and limit sebum production. This product also comes with aloe vera for a soothing aftereffect.

Top 5 affordable must-try skincare brands in 2018

As mentioned earlier, not all of our skin care products should be burning holes in our pockets. There are so many good quality products in the market today that are light on the skin and on our wallets. It may take some trial and error before you find “the one”, but when you do, not only do you save so much money you also get great skin! We’ve picked out the top 5 must-try skincare brands that are available and affordable.

1. No.7

No 7 was launched in 1935 and since then have been committed in helping women to look and feel their best. This brand offers a wide variety of makeup and skin care products. They even offer products that are designed for men.


Price range of No 7 products: $7.99 to $43.99 each

Must-try product by No 7

Line Correcting Boosting Serum

Price: $42.00

Line Correcting Boosting Serum

This product is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by as much as 5 years and it will only take 12 weeks. Apply directly to lines and wrinkles and see them disappear after 3 months. Suitable for all skin types.

2. Olay

Olay is a multi-million company that creates a wide assortment of skincare products at reasonable costs. Furthermore, Olay products are readily available in drugstores and supermarkets. Vitamin B3 to reduce wrinkles and increase cell renewal, Gylcerin to hydrate the skin, Retinyl Propionate to preserve collagen and SPF to prevent skin damage are some of the quality ingredients found in Olay products.


Price range of Olay products: $6.99 to $38.99 each

Must-try product by Olay

Fresh Reset Pink Mineral Complex Clay Mask Stick

Price: $13.49

Fresh Reset Pink Mineral Complex Clay Mask Stick

Have you ever tried a face mask and just made a mess instead? I know I have. Well, this clay mask from Olay does not come in a pack with dripping liquids but instead it is like a lipstick! It’s very easy to apply and you can target specific areas on the face without the mess. This clay mask will exfoliate and remove skin-dulling impurities instantly rejuvenating stressed skin for a fresh look.

3. Cetaphil

After 70 years and over 135 awards, Cetaphil is still a leading brand in skincare. From cleansers and moisturizers to baby skin care, you can rest assured that Cetaphil’s products are gentle on the skin. They specialize in cleansing and moisturizing products that are very light on the budget.


Price range of Cetaphil products: $4.48 to $16.94 each

Must-try product by Cetaphil

Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream

Price: $16.00

Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream

This skincare product is a nourishing eye gel-cream that deeply hydrates the most delicate skin around the eyes. Say goodbye to dark eyebags because this is specifically designed to brighten and smoothen the under-eye area that will leave you looking like you’ve slept for days!

4. St. Ives

St. Ives is a brand that loves nature. That is why almost all their products are infused with natural ingredients like apricots, oatmeal, green tea and lemon. In addition to this, they also include ingredients that are natural exfoliants like walnut shell powder in order to bring out our skin’s natural beauty. St. Ives is a guru in cleansing products.

Price range of St. Ives products: $5 to $20 each

Must-try product by St. Ives

Cleansing Stick Apricot & Manuka Honey Flavor

Price: $6.79

Cleansing Stick

This cleanser is mess-free which is perfect for travel. Application is so easy, just rub the cleansing stick over wet skin and massge into a lather before rinsing. Containing a coconut oil base, this cleanser hydrates, detoxifies and enhances skin’s glow and there are so many flavors to choose from.

5. Differin

When it comes to acne, Differin is a go-to for most consumers. Almost all their products are specially designed for oily and acne-prone skin. Without paying big bucks on serums and moisturizers, Differin offers formulas that work at budget-friendly prices. It has the first ingredient to be DFA approved for OTC purchasing.


Price range of Differin products: $9 to $20 each

Must-try product by Differin

Daily Deep Cleanser

Price: $9.92

Daily Deep Cleanser

Differin’s Daily Deep Cleanser used to be a prescription-only anti-acne formula but fortunately they launched their OTC version last year. This cleanser has 5% benzoyl peroxide which is just enough to fight acne without the irritation and redness.

Beauty trends for the upcoming season

Having healthy glowing skin will definitely bring you up-to-date to the beauty trends for 2019. Below are some of the looks that were flaunted during the recent Fashion Week that will definitely make you want to purchase some moisturizers and serums.

1. Facialist Skin

Bare and beautiful skin will always be in season. Show off your truly glowing, all-natural look as if you’ve just stepped out of your derma session.

2. Glitter

We all know by now that glitter is back. It was further confirmed during the catwalks with shining shimmering models covered in bright hues and glitter. 


No-makeup makeup look or full-blown “I’m going out tonight” approach; either way, there are so many options in terms of skincare and beauty products to choose from. Some are more expensive than others, but regardless of the price, we ladies know where to put our money on wisely because we know the importance of proper skin care and we love looking gorgeous!