How to Dupe your Favorite Anti-Aging Products

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What is a Skin Care "Dupe?"

"Dupe" in the beauty and skincare industry refers to a product that closely resembles another, usually more expensive product, in terms of its effects, ingredients, and overall performance, but at a more affordable price. Over the years, some high-end skincare products have gained cult status due to their efficacy, but not everyone can or wants to splurge on them. As a result, beauty enthusiasts are always looking for more affordable alternatives or "dupes."

Top 10 Popular Skincare Products to Dupe

  1. La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream: Known for its unique fermented seaweed extract and luxurious feel.

  2. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence: Celebrated for its Pitera ingredient, which promises crystal clear skin.

  3. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum: A potent Vitamin C serum that's a favorite for many.

  4. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum: Widely recognized for its anti-aging properties.

  5. Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer: A pre-makeup base that blurs imperfections and keeps makeup lasting longer.

  6. Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment: An exfoliating lactic acid treatment loved for its quick results.

  7. Biologique Recherche Lotion P50: A chemical exfoliant that has gained a cult-like following for its skin-smoothing properties.

  8. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser: Known for its gentle cleansing and refreshing scent.

  9. Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream: A luxury moisturizer that promises skin rejuvenation.

  10. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask: A hydrating and exfoliating overnight mask that's popular for its delightful watermelon scent and results.

However, it's important to note that while "dupes" might offer similar results or have a similar texture/feel, they might not contain the exact same ingredients or offer the exact same experience. Always ensure that any product, high-end or dupe, is suited for your specific skin needs and concerns.

5 Benefits of "Duping" Famous Skincare Products:

  1. Cost-Effectiveness: One of the primary reasons people seek dupes is because they can get similar results to a high-end product without breaking the bank. Dupes often come at a fraction of the cost, making them accessible to a broader audience.

  2. Ingredient Alternatives: Some high-end products may contain ingredients that some individuals are sensitive or allergic to or wish to avoid (e.g., certain fragrances, parabens, or other controversial ingredients). Dupes can offer a similar texture, consistency, and effect without those particular ingredients.

  3. Easier Accessibility: Some famous skincare products are unavailable worldwide or might be frequently out of stock due to high demand. Dupes, especially those produced by more mainstream or more prominent brands, might be easier to find both online and in physical stores.

  4. Ethical Considerations: Not all high-end brands are cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainably sourced. There are dupes on the market that provide the added benefit of aligning with personal ethical standards, ensuring consumers can enjoy luxury results while adhering to their values.

  5. Experimentation without Commitment: For those new to skincare or uncertain about how their skin might react to a particular product, trying a dupe first allows for experimentation. If they find the product suitable or effective, they can later decide whether to invest in the original product or continue with the more affordable alternative.

In the quest for the perfect dupe, it's essential for consumers to remember that skincare is personal. What works wonders for one individual might not work for another, and vice versa. Consider individual skin needs and concerns when exploring products, whether high-end or dupes.

Dupes VS Original Products

Whether duped skincare products are better than the originals is subjective and can depend on several factors. Here are some considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Ingredient Quality: Dupes are often more affordable than the original product, and in some cases, this cost difference might be reflected in the quality or concentration of ingredients used. However, this is only sometimes the case, and some dupes may offer similar or even superior ingredient quality.

  2. Formulation: A product's effectiveness hinges on the individual ingredients and the formulation as a whole—how those ingredients work together. While a dupe may have similar key ingredients, the overall formulation could differ, leading to varied results.

  3. Personal Preferences: Some individuals may prefer the texture, scent, or feel of a dupe over the original, or vice versa. These sensory factors can influence overall satisfaction with a product.

  4. Skin Reactions: People have unique skin profiles. A dupe might work better for some due to differences in formulations that better suit their skin type or concerns, while others might find the original more effective or less irritating.

  5. Ethical Considerations: Some consumers choose dupes because they align more with their ethical values, such as being cruelty-free or vegan. For these individuals, a dupe that aligns with their beliefs might be "better" in terms of ethics, even if the performance is on par with or slightly below the original.

  6. Accessibility and Availability: If the original product is hard to find, often out of stock, or not available in certain regions, then a more accessible dupe can certainly feel superior in terms of convenience.

  7. Branding and Experience: The branding, packaging, and overall user experience can also influence perceptions. Some people derive joy from using luxury brands and may find the experience superior to utilizing a dupe, regardless of the actual product performance.

In conclusion, whether a dupe is "better" than the original is subjective and varies from person to person. When deciding, it's essential to consider individual needs, preferences, and skin concerns.

Reverse Engineer your Favorite Serums

Finding time to prioritize health and wellness is challenging in today's busy world. Still, you recognize the value of investing in self-care to boost your self-confidence. But you also want to do so without breaking the bank.

That's why you're interested in homemade anti-aging cream solutions that are just as effective as store-bought ones. As a matter of fact, you've come to the right place! Below is everything you need to know about reverse engineering and replicating your favorite anti-aging products.

One important feature of today's top skincare products is the presence of peptides. For example, consider the following statistic reported by the United States National Library of Medicine. One study suggests that collagen-like peptides reduced wrinkles in 75% of subjects.

Don't worry if making your own skincare products seems overwhelming. Keep reading further to learn with these simple steps.

Before and After Pictures Replicate Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Serum

Decide What You Want from Anti-Aging Products

It's an unfortunate truth that nothing can stop the aging process entirely. Still, you've learned to use your favorite skincare products to prevent even more wrinkles.

You're tired of spending too much on high-quality products with anti-aging properties.

The truth of the matter is that anti-aging products are costly. The top cosmetic makers charge a hefty price for the latest ingredient trends.

Just look at the Epidermal Growth Factor. It's a phenomenal ingredient. It helps your skin renew for a fresher, younger-looking complexion and works wonders.

You probably won't find a serum containing this little miracle ingredient for under $150!

Worst of all, $150 is not the cost of making the product. The actual price to make the product is usually less than $5! You are mostly paying for advertising.

This is why some consumers are seeking out small cosmetic companies. The products cost less, and you typically get a higher quality product.

What Skin Perfection Offers

At Skin Perfection, we use the highest concentrations of anti-aging peptides recommended by the manufacturer!

This means you get more peptides for products that work better and faster.

Let's face it; there are many times when we want an inexpensive and mass-produced product. However, regarding anti-aging, we want products that work but don't want to spend a paycheck for them.

That's why you're prepared to mix up your own ingredients instead. You've researched and know that your favorite anti-aging creams include ingredients like hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and more.

Before mixing ingredients to see how they react to your face, take a second and determine your desired outcome. Is your skin too oily or too dry, for instance? Is your focus on the prevention of further wrinkling?

In short, genetics is vital in how skin types react to common beauty product ingredients.

Remember, if you ever have an allergic reaction to a product, contact your doctor or dermatologist as soon as possible. Keeping them in the loop as you experiment with your skincare products is worthwhile. This might be of particular importance for people with sensitive skin types.

Start Creating Your Own Homemade Anti-Aging Cream

Depending on the desired effects of your homemade anti-aging cream, you'll need different ingredients. For more details, check out this skin type guide to see which anti-aging products you should choose.

The easiest way to replicate formulas is to use a premade base. In fact, Skin Perfection offers three premade bases. Bulk bases can be found in our DIY.

  • Ultra Hyaluronic Acid - our most popular base for making serums, uses silver as a preservative and is excellent for all skin types.
  • Aloe Vera Base - alternative to Hyaluronic Acid, nutrient-dense
  • Regenerating cream - perfect for dry, mature skin and for making moisturizers
  • Rejuvenating serum - great for anti-aging and making serums
  • Love them Lashes - eyelash and brow formulas

Here are a few popular formulas you can make on your own.

ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream

Have you tried the famous ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream? If so, you probably didn't enjoy spending anywhere from $100-$200 to try it.

Still, you probably took advantage of the powerful epidermal growth factor. You love that it keeps your skin looking young and fresh.

Plus, your skin gets the nutritional benefits of green tea antioxidants. This serum also features Matrixyl 3000, which spurs the signaling of collagen.

Stop paying hundreds of dollars each month for younger-looking skin. Instead, consider replicating the product on your own skincare cream with natural ingredients.

You'll want to replicate this cream's three most significant ingredients. First is our RH-Oligopeptide-1, which replicates the epidermal growth factor.

Incorporate antioxidants with high EGCG content (from Green Tea or other extracts). In fact, we even have our own palmitoyl pentapeptide (Matrixyl 3000).

Please browse our shop to spot these key solutions to make your version of the ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream. Then, check these specific replicate recipes of anti-aging serums for yourself.

How to Replicate ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Cream

  • 1 oz. Cream Base
  • 90 drops 10% Epidermal Growth Factor Serum Booster
  • 45 drops 5% Antarcticine (antioxidant plus salicylic acid for smoother, brighter skin)
  • 72 drops 8% Matrixyl 3000

Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Serum

As mentioned above, hyaluronic acid is crucial in some of the most popular anti-aging beauty products. So many experts recognize the power of hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated.

Perhaps that's why you love the expensive Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Serum. It's packed with anti-aging enhancing ingredients like Squalene, Sodium PCA, Peptides, Tocopherol Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, and Vitamin A.

The good thing is that you can replicate this cream without breaking the bank. But first, you must find a source of antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, skin barrier hydration, and those beloved peptides.

Our first recommendation for beginners would have to be the Rejuvenating Serum Base. Then, use our Ultra Hyaluronic Acid as a base for a version with more pronounced hydrating properties.

We offer these basic anti-aging kits and Serum Boosters to enhance beauty creams with even more peptides than brand names. Any of our main bases will be the perfect foundation if you love the costly Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Serum.

Also, check out our Syn-Ake, Snap 8, Edelweiss Antioxidant Booster, Sodium PCA, and Liquid Collagen Serum. Mixing these with your chosen serum base will create an almost exact replica of the expensive brand-name version.

How to Replicate Peter Thomas Roth's FirmX Serum

  • 1 oz. Rejuvenating Serum Base
  • 45 drops 5% Syn-Ake
  • 90 drops 10% Snap 8
  • 45 drops 5% Edelweiss Antioxidant Booster
  • 18 drops of 2% Sodium PCA
  • 18 drops of 2% Liquid Collagen Serum

How to Dupe AminoGenesis Cocoon

The last famous anti-aging cream to note is the notable AminoGenesis Cocoon. Encased in a luxury container, AminoGenesis Cocoon is well-loved by many consumers.

It is one of the pioneers in using Matrixyl and additionally is one of the most well-known serums that began the peptide rage.

That might be for its bounty of beneficial amino acids. Amino acids are the tiny building blocks of those beloved peptides. In addition, they also spur the growth of other youth-enhancing proteins in the skin.

You'll need Hyaluronic Acid to dupe this beauty cream on your own. For the amino acids, use our Matrixyl 3000 to get the same youthful effects of AminoGenesis Cocoon.

  • 1 oz. Rejuvenating Base Serum
  • 9 drops of 1% Hyaluronic Acid
  • 72 drops 8% Matrixyl 3000

Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Booster Serum Dupe

Depology is a skincare company that specializes in formulating and selling advanced skincare products. The company is recognized for its focus on anti-aging solutions, prominently featuring products that contain scientifically backed ingredients like Matrixyl 3000.

Depology caters to a diverse range of skin types, including dry, oily, combination, normal, and sensitive skin. Their product line typically includes serums, moisturizers, and other skincare treatments designed to address common skin concerns like fine lines, wrinkles, hydration, and overall skin texture.

Depology is known for conducting thorough research and surveys to understand the effectiveness of their products across different skin types, ensuring that their offerings are both effective and safe for various skincare needs. However, they don't use the highest concentrations and often add fillers into their serums and other skincare products. 

Here are the ingredients: Water(Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trehalose, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Collagen Extract, Glyceryl Glucoside, Pullulan, Fructooligosaccharides, Beta-Glucan, Maltodextrin, Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Xanthan Gum

Ingredient Breakdown

Main Ingredient



5% Matrixyl

1% or less of the following ingredients





Hyaluronic Acid

Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil

Pistacia Lentiscus (Mastic) Gum

Portulaca Oleracea Extract (green purslane)

Pullulan (Pepha Tight)

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 (Syn Coll)

Other Noteworthy Ingredients



Preservative Used


To create a simple replica, we will omit many ingredients that are not necessary or a substitute that has the same effect or better results can be used. 

To create a simple replica of their number one serum with Matrixyl, you will need the following:

  • Matrixyl 3000
  • Liquid Collagen
  • Pepha Tight
  • Syn-Coll
  • Hyaluronic Acid

Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Booster Serum Replica Recipe:

  • .75 Ounce Hyaluronic Acid Serum Base
  • .25 ounce Aloe Vera
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • 3/4 teaspoon of Matrixyl 3000 for an 8% concentration
  • 1/2 teaspoon Syn-Coll for a 5% concentration
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepha Tight for a 5% concentration
  • 18 drops of Liquid Collagen for a 2% concentration

Mix hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, and glycerin in a glass bowl. Then, add all additional ingredients and blend them thoroughly. 

Additional Variations: 

  • Add a 10% concentration of Phospholipid Liposomes for enhanced penetration of ingredients so that your serum works better.
  • If the serum is too thick, use it on toner-damp skin or add a hydrosol. 
  • If you are making a larger batch, consider using a natural antimicrobial like Leucidal SF Complete.

Glow With Radiant and Healthy Skin

You now thoroughly understand how to reverse engineer and replicate your favorite anti-aging products. Then, after learning about all the available ingredients, you're prepared to create your own homemade anti-aging cream.

Still, it's worthwhile to continue to keep yourself well-informed of trends in the skincare industry. This is particularly important if you plan on making your own products. You never know when a new ingredient might hit the market.

You deserve peace of mind from knowing your skin is both radiant and healthy. Don't underestimate the value of self-confidence in today's world. Feeling comfortable in your skin starts with a proper beauty routine.

That's where we can come into play. We prioritize bringing customers like you the most reliable guidance and resources in the skincare industry.

Finally, we encourage you to browse through the rest of our website today. On our blog, you'll find the latest and most significant trends in skincare and beauty. To start, check out more details about our anti-aging peptides collection available to you.