Totally Worth-It Skin Care Splurges

There's a reason some of the best skin care brands are pricey, and it's not just because celebrities tout them. "A $100 cream often contains higher levels of active ingredients (think: exotic botanicals, oils, or hydrators)," says cosmetic chemist, Ron Robinson of BeautyStat.com. Still not sure when to save and when to splurge? Here are six of our favorite creams and treatments that are worth every penny.

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  • Splurge on: DDF Advanced Eye Firming Concentrate ($88)

    Turmeric (a natural antioxidant), moisturizing glycerin, and brightening caffeine team up in this treatment to depuff and dewrinkle around the eyes. A little goes a long way, but we bet you'll have to stop yourself from slathering it all over your face.

     

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  • Splurge on: Chanel UV Essentiel SPF 30 ($55)

    Applying SPF becomes a luxury -- instead of a chore -- with this sunscreen that not only protects against the sun's wrinkle-causing rays, but also skin-ruining free radicals and urban pollution like car fumes and smog.

  • Splurge on: Kiehl's Skin Tone Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream ($37)

    Sure, there are many BB creams out there with lower price points. But this one gets top billing for not only going on flawlessly, but for also being packed with a high dose of vitamin C, which is known for fading fine lines.

  • Splurge on: Hourglass Cosmetics No. 28 Lip Treatment ($42)

    Pucker up! Packed with a whopping two dozen moisture-boosting oils -- including lavender and evening primrose -- this anti-aging treatment keeps lips hydrated and pillowy soft.

  • Splurge on: Philosophy Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector ($64)

    This lightweight, fragrance-free hydrating lotion lightens pigmented patches sans hydroquinone, a controversial ingredient amongst dermatologist circles. Instead, skin gets a glow from brown spot busters like niacinamide and vitamin C.   

  • Splurge on: Josie Maran Pure Argan Oil ($48)

    The beauty of this treatment oil is that you can use it from head to toe. Mix a few drops with your favorite moisturizer for an extra boost of vitamin E, rub it directly into your driest parts, or brush a bit through your hair for shine.

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