If I had a nickel for every time I saw someone with really nice, dewy skin and later found out their beauty routine cost more than my rent, I’d have enough money to buy everyone in my office a very large oat milk latte. That’s precisely why at Well+Good, we are all about drugstore diamonds, the occasional product dupe, and anything and everything that saves money while still being effective.
So when I learned that actress-slash-goddess Demi Moore keeps her skin lookin’ good for a mere $1,555, according to Page Six, I felt the need to put my foot down. Sure, it’s great if you can afford to stock your beauty cabinet with moisturizers that tout a $680 price tag, but you don’t necessarily have to. The skin-care world is thriving—products are formulated smartly and inexpensively these days, so you really don’t have to shell out your entire savings account on a face cream to get the job done.
And so, with my scrutinizing beauty editor eye, I dissected the five-product fancy product regimen, only to realize that you can definitely get your own Charlie’s Angels glow without going broke. Allow me to break down how to copy her routine for a small fraction of the price ($90 to be exact).
Soothing moisturizer: Credentials Hydrating System Herbal Nova Creme, $33
Moore’s preference for a soothing moisturizer using Biologique Recherche Creme Dermopurifiante ($195) is understandable—it’s a really good moisturizer for reactive, oily, acne-prone skin. But this option from Credentials has similar ingredients: milk protein (which is really soothing), yeast extract (also calming), plus super hydrating hyaluronic acid and glycerin, which will also help keep reactionary skin calm and collected.
Anti-aging moisturizer: Amara Beauty Retinol Cream with Hyaluronic Acid, $20
Moore might slather on Biologique La Grande Crème to keep her skin plump, but this way more affordable face cream has retinol, which is the most effective fine line reducer of all time, along with skin-boosting hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and panthenol.
Replenishing moisturizer: Andalou Naturals Argan Stem Cell Recovery Cream, $16
The (third!) moisturizer that Moore uses is chock-full of stem cells (which rejuvenate your skin), as is this more wallet-friendly version that you can snag on Amazon. As an added bonus? Andalou Naturals’ cream has willow bark in it to keep your pores diminished and clear.
Peptide-rich serum: The Ordinary “Buffet,” $15
You don’t have to shell out $45 for a copper-peptide serum to boost your collagen production and even out your skin tone—The Ordinary makes this delicious “Buffet” for your face, which is also spiked with various peptides to keep things radiant.
Gua sha tool: HSAN Jade Massage Tool, $6
A gua sha tool doesn’t have to be expensive to do its face-sculpting job. All ya need? A gemstone in the gua sha shape, your face, and your hands to lift and drain your lymphatic system, and you’re golden.