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22 Skincare Products Under $5 That'll Actually Work

Check these out before you decide to buy another overpriced skincare product!

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1. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patches cheaply but effectively treat acne while protecting skin from bacteria and absorbing the gunk of whiteheads.

Read a BuzzFeeder's review of this product.Promising review: "Absolutely amazing! They come in three different sizes so you can conquer any zit, no matter how large or small. They are close to clear, so they blend in well with my skin. I'll put one on a painful, irritated, head-less pimple and in the morning I'll go about my day (no one has called me out for wearing them, which means either they haven't noticed or they're afraid to say anything). By the evening all the yuck has been sucked out onto the patch. It's disgusting, but SO COOL!" —Lindsay & EddieGet a pack of 24 from Amazon for $4.97.
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Read a BuzzFeeder's review of this product.

Promising review: "Absolutely amazing! They come in three different sizes so you can conquer any zit, no matter how large or small. They are close to clear, so they blend in well with my skin. I'll put one on a painful, irritated, head-less pimple and in the morning I'll go about my day (no one has called me out for wearing them, which means either they haven't noticed or they're afraid to say anything). By the evening all the yuck has been sucked out onto the patch. It's disgusting, but SO COOL!" —Lindsay & Eddie

Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $4.97.

2. L'Oreal Paris Hydra-Renewal Continuous Moisture Cream with Pro-Vitamin B5 inexpensively hydrates skin and helps minimize pores.

Promising review: "I've tried many other high end products ($100+) and competitor products. But none of them can keep my face as moist. soft, and youthful looking as L'Oreal Hydra-Renewal has. I've used this product for over 13 years. It's a thicker moisturizer, so a little goes a long way. I use it more during the winter months when the weather is harsher and I need that extra added protection to keep my skin from drying up and crinkling. I just love this product and can always find it at Wal-Mart." —TStreetZGet it from Walmart for $4.
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Promising review: "I've tried many other high end products ($100+) and competitor products. But none of them can keep my face as moist. soft, and youthful looking as L'Oreal Hydra-Renewal has. I've used this product for over 13 years. It's a thicker moisturizer, so a little goes a long way. I use it more during the winter months when the weather is harsher and I need that extra added protection to keep my skin from drying up and crinkling. I just love this product and can always find it at Wal-Mart." —TStreetZ

Get it from Walmart for $4.

3. L'Occitane Smoothing & Beautifying Almond Body Milk uses powerful almond extracts to continuously moisturize your skin every day. Get a sample for a low price and try it out!

This product is formulated without parabens or sulfates!Promising review: "I received this as a gift and have been giving it as a gift to others ever since. It's so wonderful to use in our dry, arid climate, and especially in winter with the heater drying us out even more! I've even been able to get my husband, who has a skin condition, to use it! It truly helps him." —SALGet it from Amazon for $2+ (available in four sizes).
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This product is formulated without parabens or sulfates!

Promising review: "I received this as a gift and have been giving it as a gift to others ever since. It's so wonderful to use in our dry, arid climate, and especially in winter with the heater drying us out even more! I've even been able to get my husband, who has a skin condition, to use it! It truly helps him." —SAL

Get it from Amazon for $2+ (available in four sizes).

4. Sephora Collection Charcoal Nose Strip simply removes blackheads, impurities, and excess oil.

This product is cruelty-free!Promising review: "I was very impressed. Most pore strips don't work on me. This one did!! I could see the blackheads in the strip! Well done Sephora!" —cp333Get it from Sephora for $3.
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This product is cruelty-free!

Promising review: "I was very impressed. Most pore strips don't work on me. This one did!! I could see the blackheads in the strip! Well done Sephora!" —cp333

Get it from Sephora for $3.

5. Feeling Beautiful Manuka Honey & Tea Tree Oil Foaming Clay helps purify your pores and control oily skin for a great price!

Promising review: "I used this product after searching for a really good mask to cleanse and refresh my skin. I am so glad I found this! It isn't harsh and doesn't leave my skin red and irritated like other masks I've used before. The smell of this product is amazing! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a good clay mask to cleanse and refresh their skin!" —All things beautyGet it from Ulta for $4.29.Also check out the Charcoal & Black Sugar, Cucumber & Pink Salt, and Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay masks.
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Promising review: "I used this product after searching for a really good mask to cleanse and refresh my skin. I am so glad I found this! It isn't harsh and doesn't leave my skin red and irritated like other masks I've used before. The smell of this product is amazing! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a good clay mask to cleanse and refresh their skin!" —All things beauty

Get it from Ulta for $4.29.

Also check out the Charcoal & Black Sugar, Cucumber & Pink Salt, and Avocado & Oatmeal Facial Clay masks.

6. Revlon Kiss Lip Balm smoothly glides on with SPF 20 to give you kissable lips.

This product is formulated without sulfates, aluminium, and parabens!Promising review: "To say I love this is an understatement. I am obsessed. The color of the tube is what attracted me, it's a pale blush. I expected the usual balm — sticky, super sweet, or nonexistent flavor. Or a version of a flavor I had never had, you know how some companies go weird on flavors. Not this! It tastes and smells like a vacation! And the balm itself instantly soaked into my lips." —daisee1203 Get it from Target for $2.77.
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This product is formulated without sulfates, aluminium, and parabens!

Promising review: "To say I love this is an understatement. I am obsessed. The color of the tube is what attracted me, it's a pale blush. I expected the usual balm — sticky, super sweet, or nonexistent flavor. Or a version of a flavor I had never had, you know how some companies go weird on flavors. Not this! It tastes and smells like a vacation! And the balm itself instantly soaked into my lips." —daisee1203

Get it from Target for $2.77.

7. NIVEA Men Maximum Hydration Protective Lotion beats out overpriced lotions by hydrating dry and burned skin.

Promising review: "Excellent product! I've been using it for years. It's oil-free, so no pimples, etc. The only oil-free product I've found that relieves tight and dry skin. The SPF 15 is an added bonus and it has a great subtle smell." —CriticalOneGet it from Walmart for $4.93.
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Promising review: "Excellent product! I've been using it for years. It's oil-free, so no pimples, etc. The only oil-free product I've found that relieves tight and dry skin. The SPF 15 is an added bonus and it has a great subtle smell." —CriticalOne

Get it from Walmart for $4.93.

8. SheaMoisture African Black Soap affordably cleanses, hydrates, and calms problem skin.

This product is cruelty-free and certified organic!Promising review: "I have combination acne-prone skin with eczema and I've been using this soap for a couple months. It has improved the quality of my skin dramatically. I have noticed significantly less acne on my body and almost no dry/bumpy patches of skin. On top of everything else, it actually smells good too.This is a great value for the size of the soap bar. Extremely happy with my purchase." —saspethGet it from Amazon from $4.18+ (available in three sizes), Jet for $4.83, or Bed Bath & Beyond for $3.99.
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This product is cruelty-free and certified organic!

Promising review: "I have combination acne-prone skin with eczema and I've been using this soap for a couple months. It has improved the quality of my skin dramatically. I have noticed significantly less acne on my body and almost no dry/bumpy patches of skin. On top of everything else, it actually smells good too.

This is a great value for the size of the soap bar. Extremely happy with my purchase." —saspeth

Get it from Amazon from $4.18+ (available in three sizes), Jet for $4.83, or Bed Bath & Beyond for $3.99.

9. Olay Daily Facial Hydrating Grapeseed Cleansing Cloths are activated by water to exfoliate, hydrate, cleanse, and remove makeup all-in-one.

This product is formulated without dye or aluminum!Promising review: "I have been looking for an all in one type wipe that cleanses, tones, and removes makeup. I was shopping around and came upon these wipes. I didn’t realize that you had to add water to them until I had gotten home. This was not a bad thing. I followed the directions on the box and added water to the wipe and it lathered up quite quickly. I tend to have a few blackheads on my nose that are prominent, but after I was done cleaning and rinsing, I dried my face and noticed that majority of the impurities were gone. When it comes to the makeup removing part, my eye makeup came up in 2–3 swipes. Mascara tends to be the toughest and this did the job as far as getting it off. My skin also looked more even and felt soft to the touch. This product did not dry my skin out, which is great!" —kkondradGet it from Target for $1.99.
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This product is formulated without dye or aluminum!

Promising review: "I have been looking for an all in one type wipe that cleanses, tones, and removes makeup. I was shopping around and came upon these wipes. I didn’t realize that you had to add water to them until I had gotten home. This was not a bad thing. I followed the directions on the box and added water to the wipe and it lathered up quite quickly. I tend to have a few blackheads on my nose that are prominent, but after I was done cleaning and rinsing, I dried my face and noticed that majority of the impurities were gone. When it comes to the makeup removing part, my eye makeup came up in 2–3 swipes. Mascara tends to be the toughest and this did the job as far as getting it off. My skin also looked more even and felt soft to the touch. This product did not dry my skin out, which is great!" —kkondrad

Get it from Target for $1.99.

10. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Face Scrub gently scrubs off dead skin for a brighter and smoother complexion.

This product is free of oils, parabens, sulfates, fluoride, and aluminum. It's also noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic!Promising review: "I really like St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I use it every day. It doesn’t irritate my skin at all. It helps gently scrub off the dead skin and debris. I notice my complexion looks better when I use it." —trendalert411Get it from Target for $3.59 or Walmart for $3.63.
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This product is free of oils, parabens, sulfates, fluoride, and aluminum. It's also noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic!

Promising review: "I really like St. Ives Apricot Scrub. I use it every day. It doesn’t irritate my skin at all. It helps gently scrub off the dead skin and debris. I notice my complexion looks better when I use it." —trendalert411

Get it from Target for $3.59 or Walmart for $3.63.

11. Sephora Collection Sleeping Mask soothes and moisturizes your skin overnight at a low price.

Promising review: "My skin was getting dry from the winter weather and needed a pick-me-up. I have used the Sephora sheet masks and thought I would give this a try. The lotus sleeping mask was incredible! It made such a difference that I have done twice so far this winter. Each container can be used about four times. It soothes my skin and deeply moisturized. I just wished the packaging was better to reseal, but definitely worth $4!" —timelessbeauty1Get it from Sephora for $4 (available in nine types).
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Promising review: "My skin was getting dry from the winter weather and needed a pick-me-up. I have used the Sephora sheet masks and thought I would give this a try. The lotus sleeping mask was incredible! It made such a difference that I have done twice so far this winter. Each container can be used about four times. It soothes my skin and deeply moisturized. I just wished the packaging was better to reseal, but definitely worth $4!" —timelessbeauty1

Get it from Sephora for $4 (available in nine types).

12. Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Face Cleanser helps give you a million dollar glow without breaking the bank.

This product is free of parabens, dyes, fluoride, and aluminum!Promising review: "Sure enough just after a week of use I, along with others, can see a change. Most people thought I was expecting because my skin is glowing and clearing up very well." —Nikki4976Get it from Target for $4.99 or Walmart for $4.99.
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This product is free of parabens, dyes, fluoride, and aluminum!

Promising review: "Sure enough just after a week of use I, along with others, can see a change. Most people thought I was expecting because my skin is glowing and clearing up very well." —Nikki4976

Get it from Target for $4.99 or Walmart for $4.99.

13. Ambi Skincare Fade Cream helps get rid of those unwanted dark spots and acne scars for an overall even complexion!

This product is formulated without Ethyl alcohol, dyes, oil, and aluminum!Promising review: "I’ve been using this cream for a little over a week and honestly I have noticed that my acne scars have faded. I’m fair skinned and usually, the scars appear darker or red in color but within the past week, they have faded. I’m hoping in two weeks the scars will mostly be invisible but so far so good. I’d like to note I’ve also been using this product twice a day as recommended on the label." —Kate412Get it from Target for $4.79 or Walmart for $4.73.
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This product is formulated without Ethyl alcohol, dyes, oil, and aluminum!

Promising review: "I’ve been using this cream for a little over a week and honestly I have noticed that my acne scars have faded. I’m fair skinned and usually, the scars appear darker or red in color but within the past week, they have faded. I’m hoping in two weeks the scars will mostly be invisible but so far so good. I’d like to note I’ve also been using this product twice a day as recommended on the label." —Kate412

Get it from Target for $4.79 or Walmart for $4.73.

14. E.L.F Lip Exfoliator is infused with oils to gently exfoliate dry, chapped lips without the effort.

This product is formulated without of aluminum and parabens, and is cruelty-free!Promising review: "I personally do not like to wear any kind of lip products besides chapstick (I lick my lips a lot). I bought one of these and it has been absolutely amazing! It takes away all the hassle of a traditional scrub by just being like a regular lipstick making it easy to apply. I love the pink grapefruit flavor and after I use the scrub I lick it off and it tastes absolutely delicious (I don't know if you're supposed to). It's easy and convenient to apply, it has helped my lips tremendously, it tastes good, and is cheap. It definitely deserves 5 stars!" —Tina RaeGet it from Ulta for $3 (available in three colors) or Target for $3 (available in three colors).
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This product is formulated without of aluminum and parabens, and is cruelty-free!

Promising review: "I personally do not like to wear any kind of lip products besides chapstick (I lick my lips a lot). I bought one of these and it has been absolutely amazing! It takes away all the hassle of a traditional scrub by just being like a regular lipstick making it easy to apply. I love the pink grapefruit flavor and after I use the scrub I lick it off and it tastes absolutely delicious (I don't know if you're supposed to). It's easy and convenient to apply, it has helped my lips tremendously, it tastes good, and is cheap. It definitely deserves 5 stars!" —Tina Rae

Get it from Ulta for $3 (available in three colors) or Target for $3 (available in three colors).

15. Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel Pore Perfecting Toner helps minimize pores, eliminate acne, and improve skin texture.

This product is cruelty-free and formulated without dyes, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, aluminum, or fragrances!Promising review: "By using this product I have noticed a change in my skin, it has almost cleared up completely. I have dealt with acne since I was a teenager and this is the ONLY product I've used that actually works. I use it every day, morning and night, and I love that it cleanses my face and leaves it feeling soft. The smell can be a little harsh but it does not linger. I use this before applying makeup and have not had a bad experience with the smell lasting after applying." —KCGet it from Target for $4.89.
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This product is cruelty-free and formulated without dyes, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, aluminum, or fragrances!

Promising review: "By using this product I have noticed a change in my skin, it has almost cleared up completely. I have dealt with acne since I was a teenager and this is the ONLY product I've used that actually works. I use it every day, morning and night, and I love that it cleanses my face and leaves it feeling soft. The smell can be a little harsh but it does not linger. I use this before applying makeup and have not had a bad experience with the smell lasting after applying." —KC

Get it from Target for $4.89.

16. Sephora Collection Micellar Cleansing Water & Milk is a perfect cheap solution to effectively remove dirt and makeup from your skin.

Promising review: "So good, my son took it back to college with him. I did not get to use much of this product, as once I bragged about it to my son he quickly confiscated it. lol. This does what it's supposed to. It lifts all of the dirt and makeup left behind after washing it with the Sephora face wash. I had a few blemishes that where instantly calmed and reduced after one wash! The redness around the small bumps disappeared and my skin felt clean and fresh! I am ordering this again." —sugarcloudsgaGet it from Sephora for $4 (available in two colors).
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Promising review: "So good, my son took it back to college with him. I did not get to use much of this product, as once I bragged about it to my son he quickly confiscated it. lol. This does what it's supposed to. It lifts all of the dirt and makeup left behind after washing it with the Sephora face wash. I had a few blemishes that where instantly calmed and reduced after one wash! The redness around the small bumps disappeared and my skin felt clean and fresh! I am ordering this again." —sugarcloudsga

Get it from Sephora for $4 (available in two colors).

17. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Detox Cleanser uses volcanic clay extracts to give your skin a luxury cleansing experience.

This product is cruelty-free, vegan, and formulated without fragrances, parabens, or phthalates! Promising review: "I've been looking to replace my Neutrogena acne wash with a cruelty-free option for a while now. The Neutrogena one helped to keep my acne at bay while making my face feel very clean. This one does just that and more! Although this is made with volcanic clay, it is very detoxing, so when I rinse and dry it off, my face feels very very clean. It also has small, sand-like grains in it that do a great job exfoliating the face. It is cruelty-free and has vegan ingredients. It also smells amazing! Highly recommend!"Get it from Amazon for $4.74.
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This product is cruelty-free, vegan, and formulated without fragrances, parabens, or phthalates!

Promising review: "I've been looking to replace my Neutrogena acne wash with a cruelty-free option for a while now. The Neutrogena one helped to keep my acne at bay while making my face feel very clean. This one does just that and more! Although this is made with volcanic clay, it is very detoxing, so when I rinse and dry it off, my face feels very very clean. It also has small, sand-like grains in it that do a great job exfoliating the face. It is cruelty-free and has vegan ingredients. It also smells amazing! Highly recommend!"

Get it from Amazon for $4.74.

18. Maybelline Expert Eyes Makeup Remover is oil-free and defeats stubborn eye makeup, without being overpriced.

This product is formulated without fragrances and phthalates!Promising review: "Tried many other 'oil-free' removers and this is the only one that is truly oil-free!! Love this! Works great at removing any kind of waterproof mascara, plus it does not have any sort of greasy residue. Feels like water and it works!" —michelleGet it from Target for $3.94 or Bed Bath & Beyond for $4.29.
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This product is formulated without fragrances and phthalates!

Promising review: "Tried many other 'oil-free' removers and this is the only one that is truly oil-free!! Love this! Works great at removing any kind of waterproof mascara, plus it does not have any sort of greasy residue. Feels like water and it works!" —michelle

Get it from Target for $3.94 or Bed Bath & Beyond for $4.29.

19. Pond's Dry Skin Cream is a classic formulated to affordably rejuvenate parched skin.

This product is formulated without dyes, aluminum, fragrances, formaldehyde, and sulfates! Promising review: "My skin was starting to peel and flake around my chin and nose. I applied it overnight and the next day my skin wasn't dry and flaking!! A little goes a long way! The flakiness disappeared and I couldn't believe it! Not only did my skin look plump and it actually was glowing from within and I haven't seen my skin like this since I was a kid! No wonder it's still around. I'm on the hunt for more vintage classics." —JoannaGet it from Target for $4.99.
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This product is formulated without dyes, aluminum, fragrances, formaldehyde, and sulfates!

Promising review: "My skin was starting to peel and flake around my chin and nose. I applied it overnight and the next day my skin wasn't dry and flaking!! A little goes a long way! The flakiness disappeared and I couldn't believe it! Not only did my skin look plump and it actually was glowing from within and I haven't seen my skin like this since I was a kid! No wonder it's still around. I'm on the hunt for more vintage classics." —Joanna

Get it from Target for $4.99.

20. L'Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Intensive Anti-Aging Day Cream Moisturizer helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Promising review: "I like the smell of the moisturizer. So far it hasn't irritated my skin. In just a week my wrinkles in my neck aren't so noticeable. Looking forward to seeing the results in a month. I just started using this product a few weeks ago." —LucilleGet it from Walmart for $4.66.
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Promising review: "I like the smell of the moisturizer. So far it hasn't irritated my skin. In just a week my wrinkles in my neck aren't so noticeable. Looking forward to seeing the results in a month. I just started using this product a few weeks ago." —Lucille

Get it from Walmart for $4.66.

21. Clean & Clear Persa-Gel10 Acne Medication has a maximum strength formula to help treat breakouts and pimples.

This product is made without dyes, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, aluminum, and is oil-free!Promising review: "I love this stuff! I have tried many different acne products but this is truly my holy grail item. It clears and significantly diminishes zits within one use. The ONLY problem I have with this is that it dries white so I only can use it at night, but by morning everything is cleared up! Wonderful product and a great value!" —GraceGet it from Target for $4.99.
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This product is made without dyes, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, aluminum, and is oil-free!

Promising review: "I love this stuff! I have tried many different acne products but this is truly my holy grail item. It clears and significantly diminishes zits within one use. The ONLY problem I have with this is that it dries white so I only can use it at night, but by morning everything is cleared up! Wonderful product and a great value!" —Grace

Get it from Target for $4.99.

22. And Johnson's Baby Oil Aloe Vera Gel protects and moisturizes skin of all ages!

This product is formulated without dyes, parabens, or phthalates!Promising review: "I started using this a couple of months ago and I'm a big fan! yes! The good thing about it is that one bottle lasts really long and is totally worth it. It's an amazing moisturizer! My hands and feet feel super soft and the scent is really pleasant. If you don't go overboard and apply just as much is required it'll absorb and won't stain clothes. In all, this is a great product. I consider it a better moisturizer than Johnson's baby oil cause it's not runny and somehow seems to provide deeper moisture. I don't think i will every look for a another moisturizer ever. Super satisfied!" —MSK@AWSGet it from Amazon for $3.92.
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This product is formulated without dyes, parabens, or phthalates!

Promising review: "I started using this a couple of months ago and I'm a big fan! yes! The good thing about it is that one bottle lasts really long and is totally worth it. It's an amazing moisturizer! My hands and feet feel super soft and the scent is really pleasant. If you don't go overboard and apply just as much is required it'll absorb and won't stain clothes. In all, this is a great product. I consider it a better moisturizer than Johnson's baby oil cause it's not runny and somehow seems to provide deeper moisture. I don't think i will every look for a another moisturizer ever. Super satisfied!" —MSK@AWS

Get it from Amazon for $3.92.

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