As a rule, every suburban department store must include an island for discounted skin-care products to go and die quietly. You know the signs: half-priced stickers, luxury products haphazardly tossed on top of cheap drugstore buys, and a flickering fluorescent light bulb all set the scene. At age 13, the number of products – and the indiscriminate heap they were arranged in – was exciting. In my mid-twenties, it’s overwhelming – and a little dismal.
But, a decade and change later, it’s now possible to source relatively good deals on skin care online, without having to brave the mosh pit of serums at your local Macy’s. You can be more selective with what you buy, letting reviews and ingredient lists guide your wallet more than the primal response to a red 40% off sticker.
Below, I’ve rounded up 16 of the best skin products currently on sale, plus where you can find them and a little bit about why people love each one. If you’re looking for a new serum, face mask, or cleanser – and you like the sound of any here – now may be a good time to buy.