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    49 Personal Care Products Under $20 That Just Plain Get The Job Done

    Less money, less effort, full results, y'all.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. 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. A painless, mint-flavored teeth-whitening pen for sensitive teeth and gums that can help lighten up years' worth of stains from coffee, tea, wine, or just ... you know. Existing as a human with teeth.

    2. A soft silicone ear-saver and mask-extender that works overtime on problem-solving — not only does it take some of the pressure off your ears, but it helps make a more personalized fit on masks with elastic straps that don't *quite* fit your face, so you don't have to replace them.

    A model wearing a mask that is pulled together around the back of their head by the silicone ear saver, which has three different toggles on the back for sizing

    3. A set of itty bitty dermaplaning razors you can use to take care of those lil' unibrow hairs that keep dodging your tweezers or work whatever face fuzzies you might want to take care of in a gentle way — an especially handy tool when many of us can't head to a salon like we normally would.

    4. Or a painless battery-charged hair remover you can simply glide over super fine hair like the hair above your lip or between your brows instead of going into a full "YIKES" mode with wax.

    5. A bottle of Drop It, a natural wine sulfate and tannin remover that works its magic on your glass in just 20 seconds, sparing you the infamous Post-Wine Headache and allergic reactions. It's also a lot more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly than wine wands or other competitors — a single bottle of this can be used to treat up to 55 glasses of wine, as opposed to wands that can only do a few glasses each before they get tossed.

    Reviewer image of glass of red wine with a bottle of Drop It, along with a caption explaining that it's been working

    6. A mesh body exfoliator from LuvScrub that'll take care of your whole human self — its large size and unique texture help smooth and clean skin all over your body, including hard-to-reach places like your back, so you can get that post-exfoliation glow all over.

    A black mesh exfoliating cloth

    7. Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind concealer, an inexpensive lightweight concealer for anyone who wants to quickly touch up before Zoom calls or walks around the neighborhood, but doesn't want to commit to a whole layer of foundation. This also helps cover dark circles without caking and reduce puffiness.

    8. A popular streak-free anti-fog spray you can quickly apply to eyeglasses, sunglasses, and face shields to prevent them from fogging up while you're wearing a mask.

    9. O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream, an affordable concentrated moisturizer for dry, cracked, or bleeding hands that actually *does* all the stuff the high-end brand names claim they're going to do.

    10. Plus the ~foot~ version, O'Keefe's Healthy Feet Foot Cream — not only will it save money from pedicures, it will get you the results you want in a much gentler, gradual way than other foot solutions.

    Images of a reviewer's dry, cracked heel on day one with improvements by the second week and a smooth heel by the fourth week

    11. An internet-beloved set of makeup sponges for expert-level blending and coverage that reviewers have crowned a Beauty Blender dupe. It works for foundation, BB cream, powder, *and* concealer, plus wet or dry, so basically it's working harder than I have for *checks watch* my whole life.

    12. Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme made with coconut oil, shea butter, aloe, and avocado oil help define and moisturize curls without buildup, so the next time you load Zoom everyone will pull out a pad to learn your routine and take notes. This medium-hold creme is ideal for wash 'n gos, twist, or braid outs.

    A model holding the product

    13. A foot file to remove calluses and hard or cracked skin from your feet with some gentle, pain-free rubbing. It works whether your feet are dry or wet at the time, and will leave your heels feeling gloriously soft.

    Before image of a cracked foot with an after image of the skin smooth

    14. A shampoo scalp massager you can use in the shower to massage and exfoliate your scalp, so you can get all of the decadence of feeling like someone is washing your hair without physically going to a salon. Psst — a lot of reviewers mention this has also helped with psoriasis, dandruff, and scalp tenderness!

    15. A suuuper popular Bio-Oil made with vitamins A and E, chamomile, and lavender — you may recognize it as a product a lot of people use to help fade scars (both old and new), soothe cracked and dry skin, and help moisturize without affecting your pores, but people are also using it in quarantine to help with dry and painful skin on their hands from hand-washing and sanitizing.

    A model rubbing bio-oil on their hands

    16. A 3D mouth bracket that clips to the inside of your face mask to keep you from breathing in fabric (especially important for someone like me who talks a million miles an hour and needs to suck in a lot of air!!).

    17. A bottle of Elizavecca Hair Treatment, an Olaplex "dupe" repairing mask infused with collagen ingredients and protein extracts that will help restore hair health and reduce shedding. All you gotta do is apply it on wet hair after a shampoo, wait five minutes, and rinse it out.

    Before and after image of a BuzzFeed editor's hair, with the after image looking much shinier and curling more

    18. A peachy sugar lip scrub to exfoliate your lips and leave them so soft and sweet you'll be blowing kisses all over Zoom like a Disney character on a float.

    A small container of peach-colored "just peachy" lip scrub

    19. A detangling brush with an easy-to-hold handle that's so effective on all hair types that it's amassed over 20,000 5-star reviews on Amazon — people swear by it for detangling fast without pulling on or damaging hair (or buying an entire shelf's worth of detangling creams that never *quite* do the trick).

    20. Maybelline's Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil, an easy-to-use, subtle eyebrow filler just as effective as the ones triple its price.

    A model with one eyebrow natural and the other eyebrow filled in and brushed

    21. Essence's Lash Princess mascara for instant length so effective you'll feel like your eyelashes are about to pull a Butterfree and take flight.

    22. An acetone-free soak-off gel nail polish remover you simply apply directly on top of your nails like an extra coat of polish — it bubbles up and shrivels the gel polish, making it easy to remove without all the hassle of going back to a salon or the weird smells of other at-home removal kits.

    23. A natural, sustainable loofah you'll love soooo much more than the regular plastic version — especially since you can customize by size and density, perfectly tailoring it to your exfoliating, body washing, or even general housecleaning needs.

    Stack of ivory colored natural loofahs in a basket outside

    24. A pair of wireless sleep headphones to play white noise or the music of your choice in a comfy headband, so your ears don't have to take the brunt of earplugs or regular headphones while you snooze. Bonus: you can use these as hybrid earmuffs/headphones in the winter!

    A model sleeping with the headphone band around her ears

    25. Glossier's Cloud Paint blush, which I personally love because it feels like fingerpainting your face. It's thick enough for a noticeable glow, but subtle enough that you don't have to be super precise about it — basically every time I complained about makeup being too hard, a friend rec'd it to me, and I've neeeever looked back.

    26. A set of super comfy wax ear plugs that mold to the shape of your inner ear like putty, fully blocking out all surrounding hullabaloo so you can get your beauty rest *without* making the insides of your ear sore.

    27. A hair thinner and cutter that people swear by for all sorts of styling hacks, whether it's trimming their bangs, maintaining a cut, giving themselves natural looking layers, or trimming and styling wigs.

    28. Organix Locking + Coconut Curls Decadent Creamy Mousse — a part foam, part cream, *full* effective hydrator for smoother, bouncier, and fuller curls.

    29. An easy-to-use root touch up every bit as effective as going to a professional to get it done — it takes 10 minutes to apply, and then gives you even coverage that lasts several weeks.

    Reviewer showing gray roots in hair and same reviewer showing touched up roots that match their dark brown hair

    30. A makeup brush-cleaning shampoo for brushes, applicators, and makeup sponges that will get them all squeaky clean *without* leaving any oily residue or yikes-level prices.

    buzzfeed editor's before and after photos of their makeup brushes looking much cleaner after using the shampoo

    31. A conditioning and healing castor oil full of vitamins and fatty-acids that won't just strengthen weak hair, but will help you maintain hair health over time. Reviewers mention seeing improvements in growth and strength within a week, with noticeable results within a few months.

    32. A long-lasting stainless-steel tongue scraper to help take care of odor-causing bacteria and soft plaque without irritating your gag reflex the way a spoon might. Reviewers are especially pleased with its durability after spending money to replace other flimsier versions.

    33. A body oil made with sweet almond, grapeseed, and vitamin E oil that won't just hydrate and moisturize your skin, but will absorb without that greasy feeling other body oils have.

    A bottle of body oil

    34. A highly-reviewed contoured sleep mask designed to sit off the eyes to alleviate pressure, and also to completely block out the light in the room. It also has a strap designed not to get tangled in hair, and is made with a super cozy memory foam, so it'll be extremely there for your face.

    Reviewer image of contoured black sleep mask

    35. A sleep-focused essential oils blend made with chamomile, sage, and lavender to help soothe anxiety and reduce stress before bedtime and promote prolonged sleep.

    Reviewer holding a bottle of "Dream" essential oil blend

    36. A compression foot sleeve to help manage heel pain and plantar fasciitis that you can sneakily wear right under your socks. The compression is so effective that even reviewers with chronic pain swear by them!

    Reviewer in a black compression sock that covers from the bottom of the toes to the top of the ankle

    37. An all-natural deodorant balm made with aloe, kaolin clay, and illippe butter — ingredients that help moisturize skin while absorbing excess oils — to finally banish all the residue and skin irritation from your regular brand once and for all.

    two ounce round container of deodorant balm

    38. A pair of comfy period-proof underwear designed to hold two tampons' worth of period blood that are a *great* alternative to walking around with uncomfy, bulky pads (or worrying about tampon leakage).

    A reviewer in black underwear

    39. A blister-preventing balm that basically magics an extra layer between your skin and your shoe. Not only will this help you avoid costly Band-Aids during a break-in period, but it'll help you *actually* get your money's worth out of your favorite shoes (why are the cutest ones always the least comfy, though??).

    A model rubbing balm on their heel

    40. A roll-on migraine stick made with peppermint, spearmint, and lavender oils to help you soothe away that vague headache you sometimes get from sitting in one place for too long (Big Work From Home Mood, y'all).

    Reviewer holding lip balm-sized tube of roll on migraine stick

    41. A delightful little tool called the "Bug Bite Thing" that suctions on all kinds of bug bites to reduce swelling, itchiness, and redness without buying a bunch of creams and riding out the uncomfy rollercoaster of itch.

    A BuzzFeed editor's arm with a bite on it "before," a pic of the bug bite tool, and a pic of the editor's arm after it's been suctioned with swelling/redness reduced

    42. A bottle of nail and cuticle repair oil that you simply brush on your nail beds once a day to condition and strengthen all those brittle spots and painful hangnails, leaving you with thick, strong nails and nail beds you're not tempted to pick at all the live long day.

    A before image of a reviewer's brittle nails and an after image of them much heaithier

    43. A set of Sea Bands, which target an acupuncture point on your wrists meant to help reduce nausea. Basically, if you're someone who has motion sickness, morning sickness, migraine nausea, or even nausea brought on by cramps, this may the be thing to take you from 🥴to 😊.

    Reviewer with gray band on their wrist

    44. A customizable herbal sleep pillow that may help soothe your nerves before bed and give you a calmer, more restful sleep. (As much as we all love having Liz Lemon-esque nightmares about beloved cheese snack mascots.)

    A purple dyed stitched pillow with lavender in it

    45. A vitamin C-based face serum for brighter, firmer skin and suuuuper quick results. A lot of reviewers could see a difference within just a few days of use.

    Reviewer image of day one face and their face after two weeks, with more of an even tone and refresh

    46. An earwax removal kit, so you don't have to wait until your yearly physical for your doctor to be like "um WHOA" and fix it for you. This is quicker, easier, and will be a huge relief for those of us waxy individuals who sometimes wake up in the morning with an ear so fully clogged-up that it feels like you're underwater.

    Reviewer holding up the small bottle of ear wax removal aid

    47. A satin-lined cap with a lightweight jersey cover to help preserve your curls *without* any added frizz at night, and keep your hair out of your face. It's designed to be nonslip but not too tight, either, so you'll barely notice it's there.

    48. A jar of