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    31 Skincare Products That Are Cheap, Effective, And On Prime

    The only thing we love more than effective skincare is...effective skincare that arrives in two days.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Nip + Fab Glycolic Acid Fix Daily Cleansing Pads scream "scram" to scars, acne outbursts, dullness, and fine lines. Use the textured side of these pads to exfoliate, and then FLIP! The opposite side will polish, smooth, and soothe your complexion with a hefty helping of witch hazel.


    Promising review: "One pad a day keeps all the bad stuff away. This is one of those AHA products that changed everything for me. As long as I'm using these, my skin will be pretty good even if I'm tired and skip all my other stuff. Pretty much stopped my hormonal acne in it's tracks and my skin feels way more luminous." —emmaline

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $13.95.

    2. Cerave Retinol Serum recognizes that acne doesn't stop at breakouts; the scars they leave behind are equally as frustrating. This affordable product is gentle enough for sensitive skin (retinol = some pretty powerful stuff), but remains effective at evening out discoloration. Honestly? All hail.

    reviewer with visible scarring on left and less visible scarring on right

    Promising review: "I swear by anything from Cerave, but especially this serum. I suffered from terrible acne for my entire adult life and after undergoing a very harsh treatment with my dermatologist, the acne disappeared but I was left with deep scars, dry skin (it was oily before), ultra sensitivity to pretty much anything, and dermatitis. I tried a bunch of products and nothing helped, most things left me with a pretty nasty rash, even stuff that was designed for sensitive skin. I decided to make the switch to Cerave and now I couldn't be happier with the results!" —Josie Santos

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    3. Handmade Heroes 100% Natural Vegan Sleeping Lip Mask repairs your pout whilst you snooze, cc: a mango butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil blend that'll have you humming "Miracles Happen" from that iconic princess movie when you no longer wake up to painful dryness.

    the lip balms

    If you know you know. 

    Promising review: "I am a person who ALWAYS seems to have dry lips. No matter how much water I drink or how well I eat or what product I use, I would always have dry, cracking, horrible lips. This stuff is amazing. Unlike most lip products that go away and have to be reapplied every two minutes — aptly named a mask...this stuff stays on your lips, continually moisturizing them for hours. I put this on before bed and will wake up to the soft, smooth texture in the morning. BUY IT." —Angela Brook Waters

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99

    4. Hero Cosmetics Hydrocolloid Mighty Patches prevent picking and ~drain~ those zits at maximum speed — because what do we want joining us on our next outing? Not a pimple. Slap this transparent sticker on before bed (or during the day TBH) to reduce painful pimple swelling, stat.,

    Promising review: "This sucks up the pus from those deep, painful whiteheads and brings it to the surface. I’m totally fascinated. Where have you been my whole life? I suffer from hormonal adult acne and this really helped to reduce the inflammation and my pimples heals so much faster. The patch holds up well and it’s a reminder to stop touching that pimple. I’m very tempted to pop it, but popping it leaves to scarring. It’s also quite invisible, so you can get away with wearing it outside. Good stuff!" —Karin Chang

    Get a pack of 36 patches from Amazon for $12.50.

    5. And! Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Surface Patches treat cluster breakouts (cc: that special time of the month in which your jawline is shown no mercy) with the same medical-grade hydrocolloid formula. All you'll have to do is peel and stick.

    reviewer photo of the patch

    Promising review: "As embarrassing as this is to admit, I have had issues with body and butt acne like no other. I had tried everything to clear them up, but nothing helped. I'm horrible at picking at blemishes as well, so I decided to give these a try. I LOVE these patches!! Even better that they come in large patches, which was a lifesaver for cluster bumps! WHOA! I would leave these on for eight to 10 hours and it would draw so much of the pus out. After just one use of a patch, I noticed a dramatic difference and sometimes it completely cleared them up." —Ashley

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $17.99.

    6. Pacifica Ultimate Detox Face Mask provides something we all need in our lives (hahaha just me?) in the form of balance. Clay, charcoal, willow herb, aloe vera, and kale extract tackle blackheads and clogged pores — but perhaps most importantly, these ingredients pull out excess grease for a smooth and even complexion.

    the mask

    Promising review: "My favorite AHA. It is gentle, it really works, it has genuinely natural ingredients, and it smells good without added fragrance. What's not to love?" —Elizabeth Rose 

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99

    7. Differin Adapalene Gel Acne Treatment consists of a strong retinoid formula that promotes cell turnover and is *the* strongest thing you can purchase without a prescription. In English: This affordable tube helps reveal a new layer of skin and swoops deep into your pores to penetrate that painful zit at its root. Get ready to remove the word "cystic" from your vocabulary.

    reviewer showing week 1, week 4, and week 12 using product with acne becoming visibly less apparent in each picture

    An FYI that this product is super strong, so it may take your complexion a while to adjust! Reviewers recommend moisturizing immediately after use because it tends to dry out your skin and make it a bit sensitive.

    Promising review: "This is by far the best acne product I’ve ever used. Hands down. This is coming from someone who had tried over 20 different products to get rid of my acne (I use to spend over $100 for other acne lines). I have been using this product for about three weeks and have gotten a TOTAL of three tiny zits since I started. I started this product when I got five cystic zits in one day. Since then, it’s been smooth sailing! It’s even helping me remove my acne scars. I cannot rave enough about this product, it changed everything for me. Only side effect is it makes your skin super dry and flaky, so moisturize well. Invest in a good moisturizer and you are golden." —Kassi

    Get it from Amazon for $12.31+ (available in two sizes).

    8. E.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream provides your peepers with jojoba, vitamin E, and cucumber — meaning you dark circles and fine lines will begin to be gone. Luxe eye creams usually cost around a trillion dollars, so finding a holy grail item like this for ~$10 is basically like striking gold.

    the blue jar of eye cream

    Promising review: "What? Just $10?! I was skeptical but this is GREAT! I have purchased and used very expensive eye creams ranging from $50 to over $150 for a single product. Try this. You will like it." —Hadley

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    9. Cosmedica Illuminating Rose Gold Facial Serum Elixir delivers "I drink a ton of water" vibes thanks to a blend of hyaluronic acid and aloe. Balanced hydration and visibly brighter skin is yours, all with a touch of illumination — this can actually be applied over foundation for a subtle highlight.

    the rose gold serum

    Promising review: "This product is beautiful. I have combination skin and the formula is hydrating, but does not make my skin feel oily. It leaves the perfect glow for nonmakeup days and is a great primer before applying foundation." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    10. Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser earns all the overwhelmingly positive TikTok praise it gets. This is moisture balancing, has a lotion-like consistency (which is *chef's kiss* for sensitive skin), and is packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid — aka your complexion is about to take a ride on the moisture-sans-pimple train.

    reviewer with visible acne and redness on jawline on the left and visibly less acne on the right

    Promising review: "Cerave was recommended to me by my dermatologist many years ago, and I have been using it religiously since. I have a mixture of oily to dry skin, depending on the weather and my hormone levels. Every other product I tried either dried out my skin, or caused breakouts, or caused hives. Finally I asked my doctor and she told me I needed something gentle and unscented for my sensitive skin, something that cleans out the dirt and leaves the good oils in my skin alone. I can't sing praises for this product enough. Per my doc's recommendation, I use it every morning when I shower, and only use it at night if it was a sweaty day (since my skin dries out quickly). Ever since I started this routine, I stopped breaking out, my skin doesn't dry out, and no more allergic reactions or irritation. Best facial wash, hands down." —Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $14.64.

    11. Caudalie The des Vignes Shower Gel is a 100% plant-based, soap-free body wash dedicated to cleansing your complexion *without* stripping it of moisture — your pH balance will remain completely undisturbed. Now take a deep breath and inhale that white musk, neroli flower, and ginger scent.

    the body wash in purple packaging

    Promising review: "A Greek tour guide was wearing this product and gave me the name. She smelled so good without being overpowering. I am awaiting the perfume from Greece. I have already received compliments after using this product. Will buy again. Skin is hydrated after shower." —KC Zaleski

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    12. Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil is currently negotiating a movie deal with Marvel: this little bebé is truly a superhero worthy of its own franchise. It delivers on its promise of glowing skin by morning, tackling redness, scarring, dehydration, and acne whilst you sleep.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of broken-out cheek and then clear cheek with caption that says "just wow"

    Promising review: "My new holy grail! I have super sensitive, acne-prone skin in a very dry climate. This stuff is seriously so amazing. I use it from my face to my toes. It’s completely eradicated any dry skin I had and makes me glow. I’ve gotten so many compliments on my skin since I’ve started using it, even my boyfriend noticed! I love it after chemical peels too. It gets rid of peeling and dry patches as well as soothing any redness. It’s a decent-sized bottle for what you pay!" —Brynnieb09

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    To learn more, check out this facial oil review.

    13. The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask gives an entirely new meaning to beauty sleep thanks to a powerful blend of salicylic acid and tea tree oil. This combo happily destroys pimples and excess sebum whilst you dream, meaning you'll wake up to matte skin that won't be require that 10 pounds of setting powder, thank you very much.

    hand dipping into green jar of product / Via @thebodyshop

    For best results, pop this vegan formula in the fridge before use to make it extra refreshing. Just apply a layer before bed and — BAM — you'll wake up with cleaner, smoother-looking skin. And no, this won't stain your pillow.

    Promising review: "I am 30 years old and suffer from adult acne and I've tried EVERYTHING. Spent thousands on products. This mask when wearing overnight (and sometimes during the day if I'm not going anywhere) has been one of the best." —SRB

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    14. Korean Exfoliating Bath Washcloths described by one reviewer as a solution for back-of-the-arms bumps. It's about time we retire that mesh loofah and move on to greener pastures — the pastures in this context being a green washcloth capable of revealing a smoother, softer surface with a simple few swipes. You are about to shed so much dead skin.,

    Promising review: "While the pockets are small (as others said, they shrink when wet, too!) they fit fine around my four fingers to form a mitt to use for scrubbing. I bought these because I read somewhere they help with keratosis pilaris. I have that on my upper arms and have never found anything that works until now! I was skeptical because literally nothing else has made an improvement before and now this has eliminated it. Will definitely buy again and hope it keeps working!" —Emily S.

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $4.

    15. CosRx Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion uses birch sap to quench parched complexions *without* leaving a layer of grease behind. Now repeat after me: Blemish-prone skin still needs moisture! So add this fast-absorbing option to cart and rest assured it won't intensify breakouts.

    the moisturizer

    Promising review: "Best moisturizer I have ever used. Nongreasy, absorbs well, smells pleasant, and I think it's helped tame my (adult, hormonal) acne." —Misha Kollontai

    Get it from Amazon for $18.50.

    16. PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash screeches "get out" to pesky pimples thanks to a hefty helping of benzoyl peroxide — this bottle contains a whopping 10%, to be exact. Consider acne good as gone when placing this maximum-strength formula in your medicine cabinet.


    Promising review: "This product is amazing with amazing results. I have adult hormonal acne problems and this wash clears it up. It does dry out the skin so monitoring the dryness is necessary. I use this with a light moisturizer to help balance my skin. I definitely recommend this wash for people struggling to clear up stubborn acne." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.48.

    17. Diva Stuff Anti-Bacterial Pillow Mist lulls you to sleep with a divine lavender scent and, get this, a few spritzes will obliterate the acne-causing bacteria that's built up on your bedding — because while we know we should switch our pillowcases more often...come on, who has the time? Certainly not I.*

    The spray bottle with text "relaxing scent"

    *I very much have the time.

    Diva Stuff is a family-run and woman-owned business based in Florida.

    Promising review: "I have really acne-prone skin and breakouts still happening in my thirties. I spray this each night on my silk pillow and my zits have minimized drastically!" —Alina Hepfler

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    18. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm is a multi-purpose balm suitable for face, body, lips, and hands. A nonsticky combination of shea butter and glycerin soothes irritated skin in a jiffy — and despite how moisturizing it is, reviewers swear that it doesn't cause breakouts. Not all heroes wear capes.

    before and after photo of reviewer on left with visibly red skin labeled "8:41pm" and on right, visibly less red skin labeled "10:47pm"

    Promising review: "I had a terrible allergic reaction to tea tree oil about two weeks ago. Tiny bumps all over my face along with bunches of breakouts and my normally oily skin was so dry the strongest moisturizers I had wouldn’t keep it moisturized for long. I tried this stuff and OVERNIGHT basically all the bumps and my breakouts are gone. I have incredibly sensitive skin (clearly) and this stuff feels so soothing on my face and leaves it looking bright. I can’t speak more highly of this product. I will probably continue using it as a regular daily moisturizer even after my skin goes back to normal because it feels so smooth and I bet it would make a great base for makeup. HIGHLY recommend to anyone with sensitive, combination skin. And I’m acne-prone and this stuff doesn’t break me out. Holy grail, people!" —SH

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    19. Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam makes an ~egg-cellent~ daily cleanser thanks to protein-rich albumen (egg white) if you're skin teeters on "so oily it feels like I can fry an omelet on there." This decreases grease production and, ergo, reduces all that deep-rooted cystic acne.

    The tube of product

    Promising review: "I love this face wash! It keeps my pores clear without drying out my skin. It's so great to use a blemish-fighting product that is adult skin friendly. Optimal results when used with a facial cleansing brush, my skin is clean clear and smooth. I struggled with adult acne well into my thirties, but this cleanser has cleared it up, outside of hormonal flare-ups. My pores are also less noticeable. I don't know if they've actually shrunk or if its because they're not clogged, but they are nowhere near the size they were, especially on my nose. Just received my fifth bottle with no plans to switch." —Rachel & David King

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    20. Cerave Salicylic Acid Cleanser accomplishes the once-thought-impossible chore of deep cleaning your complexion without making it feel like sandpaper. This cult favorite is truly a superstar at ~smoothing~ without triggering more inflammation.

    reviewer on right with visible acne and less visible acne on left

    Promising review: "I've struggled with incredibly sensitive, acne-prone, textured skin for a lot of my adult life. I stumbled onto this cleanser via TikTok (I wish I was kidding) and bought this in conjunction with Cerave's Moisturizing Cream and, LET ME TELL YOU, these products have become holy grail skincare items for me. Prior to this, I was using homemade soap and an exfoliating mitt to wash my face, but my skin would quickly develop uneven texture in between exfoliations. This cleanser makes my skin smooth and it doesn't irritate it. My breakouts are already a lot smaller and I've noticed a huge difference in the overall appearance. This is a holy grail cleanser." —C. Hallgrimson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    21. Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water requires just a spritz to soothe eczema, calm sunburn, reduce rosacea flare-ups, set your makeup, and refresh dull and tired skin. This is absolutely *muah* if you've just traveled to a destination with a dry, windy climate.

    the spray

    Promising review: "This is AMAZING! Awesome size for travel and great for super-dry and cold climates — BUY IT. I use it at home too on my face any and skin that is irritated." —CatCooper 

    Get it from Amazon for $9

    22. Hard as Hoof Nail Strengthening Cream uses calcium, vitamins, and hydrogenated jojoba oil to revive weakened nails — and not only does this promote quicker nail growth, but it also prevent chipping and hangnails. Your messy at-home manicure just got *so* much better.,

    Promising review: "I've been using this product for almost a full month. Before, my nails were bendy, paper thin, and had little ridges. After applying this product almost every day three times a day, I can grow my nails out without fear. They are smooth, pretty, have excellent white tips. They still have a slight flexibility to them but leagues better than where they were and I'm hoping with continued use my nails will be hard as hoof, ha. After trying so many products, I believe this one is a holy grail." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    23. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Broad Spectrum SPF 60 bids adieu to greasy T-zones of sunscreens past with a matte finish that *stays* matte all. day. long. If you've got oily and acne-prone skin, rest assured this won't aggravate breakouts (some reviewers swear it even lightens post-breakout scarring). 

    model using the sunscreen

    Promising review: "I have light olive–toned and oily, acne-prone combination skin; this sunscreen has helped alleviate excess oil especially on my forehead, control breakouts, and even lightened a little bit of my post-breakout hyperpigmentation. It keeps my glow up and oil shine down all day, and even performed well through a 4-mile roller-skating session in direct sun. Impressive! Definitely worth the money, if you ask me." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99

    24. CosRx Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence takes dull, tired skin and leads it greener pastures (*insert idyllic farm image here*). Hyaluronic acid and panthenol provide ultimate hydration, and drumroll por favor — it absorbs quickly! No grease. No stick. Apply this before moisturizer to make sure all that goodness gets locked in.

    two clear bottles of the essence with black cap

    Promising review: "Yes yes YES. Lightweight and effective. I heard about this product through a YouTuber and wasn’t sure if the product would live up to the hype. Now it’s a staple in my morning facial routine." —JSB

    Get it from Amazon for $14.20.

    25. A jade roller to help circulation, tighten skin, and promote lymphatic drainage. You know how your feet get gloriously swollen while flying? The same thing kind of happens to your face. Use this handy tool to help remain de-puffed., Amazon

    Promising review: "I used this product for the first time with my face oil and it’s safe to say that I am obsessed! I put it in the freezer for a couple of hours before using and it was so refreshing. I currently have a head cold and this jade roller really helped relieve some of the pressure in my sinus areas. I suffer sever migraines and am looking forward to seeing if the roller can help relieve some of that pressure as well! My favorite part is the smaller side — I love to use it under my eyes and on my temples." —Karlie Velvick

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    26. Gold Eye Treatments masks packed with collagen to make evidence of last-minute packing all but go poof. This brightens bags and softens fine lines, which means you'll look completely awake even if you took an early a.m. flight.

    buzzfeed writer with gold eye masks on
    Jasmin Sandal/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I decided to put these golden gems to the test after coming off of a red-eye flight with practically no sleep. After cooling them off in the fridge (which is what was suggested on the packet), I applied them to my purpley, puffy eyes, and...w-o-w. Not only did I feel like I was receiving some kind of royal treatment (because, gold), but after 20 minutes, my under-eyes appeared brighter and any fine lines that were once lingering had vanished! After wearing these I didn't feel compelled to apply concealer either, which is usually my go-to to disguise dark circles — and I even felt confident enough to go bare-faced for the rest of the day. Now I find that I integrate these into my routine anytime I want to let my skin breathe free of makeup." —Jasmin Sandal, BuzzFeed staff

    Get a pack fo 15 from Amazon for $19.97.

    27. Mediheal Intensive Hydrating Mask promises luxury spa results — no getting up from your window seat required. This cotton liner mask is infused with hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and water-binding sugars deliver dewy and refreshed skin in ~15 minutes.

    the sheet mask

    Promising review: "I have super-dry, sensitive skin and any other sheet mask I've used has always burned or stings my skin. This mask soothes my skin and I can leave it on for 20 minutes or more without any irritation. It always hydrates my skin so much and leaves it super dewy and plump. It is definitely worth the money!!" —cass

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $19.90.

    28. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter turns removing makeup into a luxurious bedtime ritual thanks to a rich, creamy chamomile formula. This scoffs in the face of stubborn mascara, removing every last drop of product from your face with ease... Now put down the makeup wipes. We're better than that.

    Promising review: "You will never use a wipe again after using this. It melts off the toughest mascara and a full beat in seconds without stripping your skin or leaving a film of dirt behind. This is seriously a holy grail makeup remover." —E. Shaklee

    Get it from Amazon for $14.86.

    29. Vanicream Gentle Body Wash is a gentle wash raved about by those with sensitive complexions — because the heavily perfumed suds you've been using are irritating and drying, ergo, the time has come to *finally* swap in this dye-, fragrance-, and sulfate-free bottle (it's super moisturizing, to boot).

    white and blue body wash bottle

    Promising review: "I was diagnosed with sensitive skin and perfume allergy and this is the only product that does not make me itch. All other fragrance-free-advertised products still contain fragrance right in the ingredients. I was also impressed with the silky smoothness of this bodywash and the fact that it didn’t completely dry out my skin. This has been a total game changer for me." —Carrie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    30. Eucerin Redness Relief Night Creme contains a major superstar ingredient: licorice root. Slather this on pre-ZZZs to soothe your complexion and wake up to healthy, glowing skin that doesn't resemble the shade of a tomato. "Who invited you?" —This cream to your natural blush.

    Promising review: "I have very sensitive skin that gets red and inflamed easily, especially in the cold or after taking hot showers. Most moisturizers only make it worse but this one is a miracle worker! I put it on every night before bed and always wake up without any redness. I also use it before putting on any makeup, which helps reduce/eliminate any irritation from the makeup. It's very moisturizing as well and doesn't have a scent, which is perfect for me as a lot of scents make my eyes sting." —julierae9

    Get it from Amazon for $10.91.

    31. The Seaweed Bath Co. Exfoliating Detox Body Soap combines bladderwrack seaweed, coffee, charcoal powder, and a blend of oils for a luxurious deep clean — one that won't leave your complexion feeling ~I need immediate moisture~ dry right out of the shower.

    the soap bar

    Promising review: "This soap is a miracle worker. If you're suffering from KP (keratosis pilaris), this helps significantly. I used it and after about one week I noticed a huge difference... Adding some cream for sensitive skin after showers almost completely erased all of my KP altogether." —PolakSlovak Girl

    Promising review: "I've tried several soaps, looking for a good nontoxic option that works well for my face and body, and I fell in love with this one. I always have an extra on hand, for in case I run out of the other before the next ship date. It leaves my skin feeling exfoliated, clean, and soft, never dry. Loveee it." —J McCormick

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

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