7 Budget-Friendly Face Serums to Try

January 28, 2021
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | skincare.com by L'Oréal
7 Budget-Friendly Face Serums to Try

We love face serums because there are so many different formulas that can help target specific skin concerns. Ranging from aging skin and dullness to uneven skin tone, dark spots, dryness and more, there’s definitely a serum out there that can satisfy your specific needs. The not-so-fun part about choosing a serum is finding one that’s in your budget. Luckily, we did the legwork and found seven effective face serums that cost less than $30. Read on to find the perfect, affordable formula for you. 

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum

Looking for a serum to give you youthful-looking skin at a budget-friendly price? The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum does not disappoint. Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy-acid that helps improve the appearance of dull, aging skin. After every use, you’ll find your skin feels smoother and more refined and looks brighter. 

Vichy Minéral 89 

Hyaluronic acid is another key ingredient that can promote youthful-looking skin, thanks to its hydrating benefits. This serum from Vichy combines Vichy mineralizing thermal water, 15 minerals and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, plump and fortify skin, making it more resistant to visible signs of aging caused by pollution, stress and fatigue.

This drugstore formula contains retinol to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin texture, hyaluronic acid for extra hydration and radiance, niacinamide for calming benefits and ceramides to help restore your skin’s natural barrier.


If you struggle with excess shine and combination skin, try this three-in-one formula that serves as a moisturizer, serum and sunscreen. With niacinamide and cannabis sativa seed oil, it also works to minimize large pores and mattify the skin.

L’Oréal Paris Derm Intensives Night Serum with 0.3% Retinol

Looking for a potent, pure retinol serum to help target fine lines and wrinkles? Opt for this wallet-friendly option. It has a combination of 0.3% pure retinol to visibly reduce deep wrinkles and smooth out skin texture for just $30. We also love that it’s fragrance-free and non-comedogenic.

I Dew Care Bright Side Up Brightening Vitamin C Serum

If your skin needs a boost of radiance, try the I Dew Care Bright Side Up Brightening Vitamin C Serum. The lightweight, jelly formula makes the skin look plumped and bright, thanks to the formula infused with nourishing vitamins C, E, B5 and grapefruit extract.


Versed Just Breathe Clarifying Serum

Acne-prone skin has nothing on this clarifying formula. With a blend of willow bark extract, zinc and niacinamide, it works to decongest pores and calm redness, helping you achieve glowy, clear and balanced skin.

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