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    28 Unbelievably Affordable Solutions For Skincare Enthusiasts On A Budget

    Because inexpensive ≠ ineffective 👏🏻

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    1. Peach Slices gel moisturizer delivers an instant wave of hydration with a silky formula that goes on more like a serum. The clean, fragrance-free product also calms, brightens, and evens out skin tone with the aid of annatto seeds, grapefruit, and honey.

    Peach Slices

    Promising review: "This moisturizer has become my FAVE! It really makes your skin glow without looking greasy. It's so hydrating but lightweight. I can NOT believe this moisturizer is so inexpensive! I would buy this again over any of the $50+ moisturizers I've tried." —beatsbylizzie

    Get it from Ulta Beauty or Peach & Lilly for $11.99.

    2. TruSkin Vitamin C Serum wards off wrinkles, evens out dark spots, and helps brighten your overall complexion with a 🍃plant-based🍃 blend of ingredients including hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, witch hazel, and jojoba oil.,

    Promising reviews: "I began using this product April of 2018. Two years later and my skin has been renewed!! I love this product so much. If you are of a darker complexion and suffer from hyperpigmentation I would definitely recommend this product. It’s been a life saver ❤️❤️❤️" —Kiara

    "Never left a review before but with this product I just had to! I'm on my third bottle and my acne/scars have faded so much! I use it twice a day — both morning/night after washing my face — and I haven’t even felt the need to wear moisturizer while using this. My skin is pretty sensitive and used to be super inflamed/red but this serum reduced the redness a lot, within just a few days I noticed a difference and now my face is about completely clear way faster then I thought it would take, so happy with the results!" —CC

    Get if from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser combines hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and glycerin to rid your pores of makeup, dirt, and excess oil while also locking in moisture. It's certainly no secret, but if you've been looking for a sign that it's time to finally try it, consider this it. ⬇


    Promising review: "I was kind of hesitant at first because the texture is like lotion, but don’t let it fool you! It’s such a great face wash! I have struggled with my acne for years and have tried a billion different products and none of them worked like this one. It took about a month of consistent use but it made my skin look almost flawless." —Cassidy Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $14.64+ (available in two sizes).

    4. Revlon's Oil-Absorbing Volcanic Face Roller works just like your go-to oil-blotting sheets but it doesn't create any extra waste! Just roll the mattifying stick all over your T-zone (or anywhere else that gets greasy) and soak up excess oil.


    In case you're wondering — no, the volcanic roller doesn't mess up your makeup. And once you've given your face a quick touch-up, just twist off the top of the roller to release the stone and give it a wash before your next use.

    Promising review: "This rolling device is like pure magic. You simply roll it around your oily areas and BOOM the oil magically vanishes into the ball never to be seen again! This is an item that #tiktokmademebuy for sure! I saw a video on TikTok and immediately went on the hunt only to be disappointed that this item was sold out everywhere! I eventually got added to a waiting list her on Amazon and once they had it in stock again, they charged my card and sent it my way! If you have the chance to purchase this and you have oily skin, get yourself on the waiting list if you need to and just kick it until it shows up. You will be pleased. Thank me later. ;)" —Veronica Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    5. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% is like Sudafed, just for your skin. The highly-concentrated solution eliminates congestion and flushes out oil and sebum — AKA the waxy buildup that plugs your pores — with vitamin B3 and zinc.


    Apply the serum morning and night before heavier products like moisturizer, and you should see results in no time.

    Promising review: "This is THE singular most important skincare product for my oily, acne-prone skin. After 15 years of so-called acne products, dermatologist visits, supplements... you name it... I finally have the product that WORKS without the costly price tag, multiple regimen products, harsh chemicals and prescriptions. I have been using this serum for 4+ years and it hasn’t failed me. I am so incredibly grateful that Sephora added The Ordinary to their vendor line and looove everything The Ordinary stands for. Holy grail right here. Your pores will be eternally grateful (even if you don't have acne issues!). Don’t be skeptical of the price tag. Use this product!" —camilmarie

    Get it from Sephora for $5.90.

    6. Paula's Choice Oil-Reducing Cleanser — a cream-to-foam formula — eliminates excess oil, clears out your pores, and mattifies shine so you don't look like you rubbed french fry fingers all over your forehead.

    The bottle and a dab of the white cleanser

    Promising review: "I have gone through probably five or six bottles of this face wash now. It is my holy grail!!! It literally removes all my makeup and dirt on my face. When I go over my face with a toner there is absolutely nothing on my cotton round it's amazing. This cleanser is so gentle yet so effective. Ive tried so many cleansers in the past but i'll never stop using this one." —Sam Soth

    Get it from Amazon for $18+ (available in two sizes).

    7. La Roche-Posay Hydrating Gentle Cleanser was made for sensitive faces as its milky formula preserves your skin's natural protective barrier and pH level.

    Promising review: "I'm in my thirties, and I still have tricky skin — if I use anything too harsh, I dry out; anything too creamy, I break out. I feel like I'm in a constant back and forth between the two, to basically un-do what the last cleanser did. I saw this product listed in a BuzzFeed article, and gave it a shot. It's amazing. It doesn't dry out my skin like Cetaphil, and doesn't make me break-out like some anti-aging cleaners do. I had never even heard of this brand before, but now I'm a fan." —Julia R.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.24+ (available in two sizes).

    8. Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Toner tightens up pores, reduces redness, and keeps oil production in check with rose petal water, witch hazel extract, and aloe vera. As far as curb appeal goes (or counter, if you will), we also love that the bottle looks like it came from an old-timey apothecary.,

    Promising review: "This stuff is freaking amazing!! I had a lot of redness and breakouts on my chin and a few on my forehead. It truly just cleared them all up. I don't have any breakouts as of now just my scars that I will be working on. I used this every night after cleansing my skin, use this then finish it off with the Mario Badescu Rose Facial Spray and it was perfection! I love this product!!!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95 (available in four scents).

    9. Mighty Patch Hydrocolloid Spot Treatments speedily pull the pus out of your most worrisome whiteheads. (Sorry that was a gross sentence, but it is what it is 🤷‍♀️) Before you head to bed, just slap the dots right on any zits and they'll work their magic overnight.


    Promising review: "I do not claim to understand the science behind these tiny miracles, but they have changed my life. I spent my workday looking forward to going home and putting one of these bad boys on my newly erupted Mt. Zit and the overnight results were Shocking. Not only is it grossly satisfying, but it saved me several days of walking around with a bloody crater in my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick pick pick." — Adg

    Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $12.50.

    10. The Inkey List Salycylic Acid Cleanser combines 2% salicylic acid + 0.5% allantoin + zinc compound to unclog pores, exfoliate, and reduce oil production. And diiiiid we mention it's only $10?!

    A model pouring out some of the clear cleanser

    Promising review: "Such an amazing product at an amazing price! I suffered with acne, huge pores, terrible oil, and a lot of hyperpigmentation on my face and neck. This product was the only thing that helped! I rarely get acne now, my pores are so much smaller and my face is less shiny!" —Ztanns

    Get it from Sephora for $9.99.

    11. Vanicream Gentle Cleanser removes, dirt, oil, and makeup without any added fragrances, preservatives, or harsh chemicals. This makes the gentle, moisturizing formula suitable for those with unrelenting eczema, psoriasis, ichthyosis, and/or acne.


    Promising review: "I swear, I have the most sensitive skin on the planet. I've had combination skin my whole life, am acne-prone due to my sensitivities, and easily dry out with most cleansers or when the weather is harsh. I also have dealt with bouts of perioral dermatitis. This is the ONLY cleanser that has worked for me to combat everything I have just mentioned. I initially tried this cleanser thinking it might work to remove the residual redness and dryness around my mouth leftover from the bout with the perioral dermatitis. I literally washed my face with this one evening, and the NEXT DAY my skin had quieted down. So I kept at it, and now I have the clearest, smoothest, softest skin I have EVER had. And I've struggled with my skin for ages. No more constant breakouts. I'm just amazed by this stuff and I hope it's never discontinued. I HIGHLY recommend it!" —KPMT

    Get it from Amazon for $8.86.

    12. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution addresses a slew of skincare concerns from acne and uneven texture to fine lines and wrinkles. Once you slather it on, you'll probably wanna take a selfie or two 'cause you'll be looking like Kim Kardashian post-vampire facial.

    Ulta Beauty

    Promising review: "Need this in my life! I have very oily and congested skin constantly. Ever since I introduced this into my routine, it gives me a fresh start by helping to clear out all of the gunk that my skin loves to hold on to. Helps remove the build up on my nose and around the more oily areas of my face and helps all of my other products penetrate my skin better. This is not a gentle peel for sensitive skin. You will feel a burn and tingle but it your skin needs it, it provides the deep exfoliation that you will need." —zplnd

    Get it from Sephora or Ulta Beauty for $7.20.

    13. e.l.f. Happy Hydration Cream is a deceivingly indulgent option that goes for just — are you ready for this? — $4. Four. freaking. dollars. The formula hydrates skin and locks in moisture with a few key ingredients: hemp seed oil, vitamin B5, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide.

    elf Cosmetics, elf

    And no, the hemp seed oil won't get you anywhere near high. Instead, the amino-rich ingredient works to nourish and hydrate skin.

    Promising review: "This moisturizer is AMAZING. I have combination skin, where my T-zone is oily, and everywhere else is dry. I don't recommend using it on oily skin, because this will definitely make you even more oily, but I use it just on the dry areas on my face and it works absolutely amazing. I bought the smaller version to try it out and see if I liked it, so I'm definitely buying the larger one. It has a thick, creamy consistency, but it doesn't feel heavy on your skin at all. Overall an amazing product." —Aerin

    Get it from e.l.f. for $4.

    14. Versed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream works well with all skin types, but *especially* oily skin. The green tea and aloe vera moisturizer quickly absorbs, hydrates, and soothes — all without leaving a greasy sheen.


    Promising review: "This is a perfect daily moisturizer if you have sensitive skin or just hate that greasy residue left over my lotions and moisturizers. I have gone through about three bottles and love it more and more with each purchase. It is easily layered with hydrating ingredients to create the perfect hydration concoction and it is a fair price. My only suggestion would be that Versed release a larger size!" —Dermstore Reviewer

    Get it from Dermstore or Target for $14.99.

    15. Krave Beauty The Beet Shield protects skin from everyday environmental irritants like the sun and airborne pollutants. Plus, it won't leave you looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost.

    Krave Beauty

    If you're wondering what the hype about beetroot is — listen up. The antioxidant-rich extract fights off environmental aggressors and reduces pigmentation from sunburns past.

    Promising review: "This is an amazing sunscreen! No white cast whatsoever, easy to blend into the skin, and no nasty smells. I swear it also helps with providing hydration too! I have sensitive combination skin and it didn’t irritate or make my t-zone oily. Highly recommend to everyone!" —Kiana

    Get it from Krave Beauty for $20.

    16. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Facial Cleansing Towelettes use an alcohol-free formula to cleanse your skin and wipe away everything from forehead grease to day-old waterproof mascara. Since they come individually wrapped, you don't have to worry about them drying out, either.

    A reviewer holding one of the individually wrapped, pre-moistened towelettes

    Promising review: "Wow. Am I glad I tried these! I have tried many types of make-up removers — but it seems every one left something behind. Plus, you still need to rinse your face, and most leave my face feeling dry. Well, not this product! First, the convenience — each individual wipe is wrapped in its own little packet. So easy for travel — tiny! But they unfold into a nice size wipe. Plus, being individually wrapped, no opening a package and finding all the rest of your wipes dried out. Next — these wipes truly work! They remove ALL my makeup and with a simple wipe, not a scrub. In the past, everything else left makeup that I could see on my cotton round when I applied toner. Well, using these — NO leftover makeup. Wow! My face feels clean and refreshed, no dryness. So I can refresh/clean my face anywhere, even if I don’t have access to water. The price is also very reasonable! They are now on my auto ship list!" —Laura Gregory

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $5.97+ (available in three pack sizes).

    17. Dr. Pawpaw Multi-Purpose Balm is a one-stop remedy for chapped lips, dry hair, sunburned skin, cracked cuticles — you name it. The formula harnesses the power of pawpaw fruit, aloe vera leaf juice, and olive fruit oil in order to naturally address all of your skincare concerns.

    The yellow tube of original Dr. PAWPAW and a model showing the vaseline-like consistency of the product

    Promising review: "This is is literally a holy grail, My lips have never been so chapped I tried over 10 lip balms and found this. It's the only one that has worked. My lips were so soft and weren't peeling off like a snake after I applied it twice. Even though I'm still taking the medication (Accutane) it works wonders." —Erferenz

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in one, two, or three packs and nine colors/scents).

    18. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water works as a cleanser and makeup remover. Use it in the a.m. and p.m. to hit refresh on your face before applying your regular moisturizer and serum.

    A reviewer holding the bottle which says it's suitable for oil and sensitive skin

    Promising review: "I know that most people who purchase this are women who are using it to remove makeup. From what I can see, the item gets high marks for that. But I, a man, have a different use: being given a naturally oily face, I can drip out a little bit of this cleansing water on a textured microfiber cloth, and gently rub my face with it. It is not only refreshing but takes away almost all the facial oils, leaving a good skin appearance. I had not heard about this use of this item until someone told me about it, and I was deeply skeptical, because I've tried all kinds of anti-oil cleaners over many years, and none really worked well. This one does. So, whether it's for makeup removal or just keeping a man's face fresh at the office all day, this item is a winner. Five Stars." —Ray

    Get it from Amazon for $6.78+ (available in one, two, or three packs).

    19. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask deeply (and we mean *deeply*) penetrates your pores and vacuums out impurities so well that its racked up more than 20,000+ 5-star ratings., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is quite possibly the best skincare product I have ever used. I don’t say that lightly as I am a self-confessed beauty enthusiast and cystic acne sufferer. But wow, this mask literally changed my life in less than a week. I was pretty skeptical despite the other glowing reviews. I’ve tried Spironolactone, antibiotics, snail creams, vitamins, lasers, retinol, microdermabrasion, monthly facials, birth control pills, homeopathic herbs and remedies and NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING has cleared my angry, inflamed cystic acne quicker than this mask. Yes, it makes your face red, yes it removes acne scars and inflammation, yes it actually works. Within three days, my cysts dried up completely and flattened (which would’ve taken at least two weeks normally). No new pimples have emerged and my skin is younger looking, less spotty, and much softer. I even use this mask on my backne and my shoulders now look like they belong to Heidi Klum. I am beyond thrilled. Pro tip, though: Do not wash the mud down the drain. It will clog your pipes!" —loveorbit

    Get it from Amazon for $12.79+ (available in a 1- or 2-pound tub).

    20. Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner purifies and refreshes skin without drying it out. If your face is sick of feeling like SpongeBob in that one (super uncomfy) ep where he refuses to ask Sandy for water, get this stuff ASAP.

    A reviewer holding the 8.5-ounce bottle of toner

    Promising review: "I bought this product the first time when I spotted the line 'alcohol-free' on the bottle while I was looking through the shelves of a myriad of different brands of toners in Target. It have become my favorite and now I only use this exact toner. Unlike other toners, this one doesn't have an aggressive drying effect on my facial skin (which is super duper sensitive) but instead has a more gentle moisturizing effect and also a nice mild scent =) I'd highly recommend dripping about four to five drops of it onto a cotton pad and gently patting it onto your face after using your daily facial wash to re-moisturize your facial skin after washing and stripping the oil off of it. Skin will look cleaner, brighter and more hydrated after just a few minutes!"

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    21. Mario Badescu's iconic Drying Lotion may come in a tiny bottle but don't let that trick you. When applied with a Q-tip and left on overnight, the long-lasting, fast-acting formula zaps zits and draws all sorts of impurities.


    Promising review: "Reviews for this product (and most other acne-related products) are all over the spectrum as really good or really bad. That's normal, because products and specific ingredients work differently for everyone. Your skin texture, pores, natural pH, oil production, exfoliation, etc., etc., all impact how a product will work for YOU. I have had different variations of acne since I was about 12 years old. And that's another point...your skin and all of those factors change throughout your life. Age, climate, the air quality and environment where you live also impact your skin. And what you eat and drink has a HUGE impact as well! With that said, I will get off my soap box and get to the point! This product has worked VERY well for me. I have tried a LOT of different products, both over the counter and prescription. When I feel a blemish coming on, I dab it with this bottle of magic and it dramatically reduces how long it lasts AND how bad/big it gets. This is the only product I have ever used with this effectiveness, and I love it!!! I go to bed with multiple pink dots on my face almost every night (much to the chagrin of my husband!), and frequently those spots are close to non-existent in the morning. (TIP: Do NOT shake the bottle...the clear liquid and pink sediment are meant to be separated -- read the instructions!) Give it a try. I hope you love this as much as I do. If not, at least you tried, and hopefully you will find something that works for YOU." —Kellibelli1126

    Get it from Amazon for $14.45.

    22. Acure Brightening Facial Scrub with sea kelp and French green clay cleanses, softens, detoxifies, and evens out skin tone when used three times a week.,

    Promising review: "I got recommended this by a friend, and OMG I fell in love with this scrub every single bead of it. Gently scrub and wash off with warm water. I so much love how my skin feels after rinsing!! Look so youthful and glowing!! More important is its vegan, cruelty free. You won’t believe how many good things that fit in one tube!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.31.

    23. Bolden Glycolic Acid Toner combines glycolic acid and antioxidants to target dark spots, uneven texture, and fine lines. The brand says it's ideal for oily skin, blemish-prone skin, and those dealing with hyperpigmentation.

    A model holding the 7.5-ounce bottle of toner

    Bolden is a Black- and woman-owned beauty brand that creates products that work well for and empower women of color. They also offer a handful of other skincare solutions from moisturizers and cleansers to night serums and spot treatments.

    Get it from Bolden for $19.50 (ships 12/15).

    24. Reusable bamboo makeup remover pads make for a happy planet, wallet, and face. No more buying cotton rounds in bulk and having them overflow your bedroom wastebasket. (Maybe that last part is just me?),

    Promising review: "Where have these been all of my life?!? Not only are they good for the environment but they are amazingly soft. They are great to use around the eye area since the skin is so sensitive and these pads are softer than cotton balls! One side is a little softer than the other however both sides serve a purpose for me. The side with texture helps remove makeup while the softer side is great for a final face wipe-down. Also the mesh bag is so handy. I just throw it in the wash when it’s almost full." —Mar T

    Get a 16-pack from Amazon for $7.64.

    25. Bliss Mint Chip Mania is a hydrating mask that creates a cooling sensation as it reduces redness and irritation and detoxifies your skin. Reviewers say it looks and smells just like ice cream. 😋


    Promising review: "I am obsessed. My skin feels clean and hydrated after and the texture makes every OCD part of me happy. The 'chips' are not sharp and not exfoliating. They melt into your skin. The mask has never left my skin feeling dried — even when I forget and leave it on for two hours! I’ve repurchased this three times now!" —Myyskii

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    26. Ice rollers are a handy addition to your skincare regimen for multiple reasons. They shrink pores, prevent wrinkles, reduce redness, and relieve general fatigue. Some reviewers even recommend using them for migraine relief, too!

    Use it in the morning before applying makeup (it'll calm puffy eyes and cheeks) or give your face a few massaging rolls when applying a mask. The roller head detaches from the handle so you can easily clean it and store it in your freezer between uses.

    Promising review: "I was in a Zoom meeting last week and my team noticed a colleague using this on her face (we're pretty close!). After a good razzing and a handful of questions, we had this link in the chat. I have NEVER been this satisfied with a purchase intended as a joke. Use it in the morning? Reborn. Feeling puffy? BAM, not anymore. It's like a cold shower minus the feeling that you're going to die. 10/10. Do it. Clean between uses." —Jessica Hebert

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in nine colors).

    27. Tinkle eyebrow razors gently remove peach fuzz and exfoliate your skin in the process. Just pull your skin taut and glide the razor over any unwanted hair.,

    Promising review: "These gentle razors will leave your face feeling smooth and soft! Love how it feels after and my skin absorbs moisturizer faster and better. Makeup glides on!" —Abercrombie and FITness

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $4.50.

    28. And silicone applicators make it super simple to apply mud masks, serums, body butters, etc. without introducing any icky bacteria that could be on your fingers. Plus, they make it easier to control the amount of product you're using so nothing goes to waste. Once you're done, just give them a good wash and they'll be ready to go again.,

    Promising review: "I LOVE these brushes! As someone that has used a variety of face masks, I always just used my fingers to apply. After reading about all the benefits of using silicone face mask brushes to apply masks opposed to your fingers (which carry bacteria), I had to try it. I LOVED the results! I can’t believe how long I’ve been missing out on using these brushes. The mask went on far more smooth and even. It helped save so much of my mask product and felt like the mask even worked better! Also, they are extremely easy to clean and re-use. Great price for a great product- and a great gift for someone that uses skin care products. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THESE!!" —Tess

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $3.98.

    When you tell your friends that your new and improved complexion is thanks to some ~deliciously~ inexpensive products:

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