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    41 Cheap Skincare Products That Are Better Than Expensive Brands

    Skincare under $20 that saves you money and delivers r-e-s-u-l-t-s.

    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. Etude House Air Masks are already a favorite in Japan, but are now one click away from replacing your overpriced skincare. Each formula is packed with natural ingredients to address different goals (i.e. pomegranate to help you glow, strawberry to brighten, and aloe to hydrate). And! They're super lightweight so you never feel sticky — just refreshed.

    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    You'll get 12 formulas: collagen (to moisturize), strawberry (to brighten), snail (to smooth and firm), Manuka honey (to moisturize), lemon (to energize), ceramide (to deeply moisturize), green tea (to calm), aloe (to hydrate), tea tree (to moisturize and clear), hyaluronic acid (to hydrate), peal (to brighten), and madecassoside (to soothe and defend).

    Promising review: "These sheet masks are so light and thin, but so effective with their essence. The essence isn't sticky at all and there's so much of it which you can apply to your neck, hands, knees, etc. for deep moisturizing. These don't have any irritating ingredients that can trigger sensitive skin and acne. I highly recommend these sheet masks — I stock up on them, honestly." —Yasmine V.

    Get a combo pack of 12 from Amazon for $14.50 (available in 10 varieties).

    To learn more, check out a BuzzFeeder's review in "These Etude House Sheet Masks Are My Absolute Favorite Skincare Product".

    2. La Roche-Posay Face Wash Cleanser makes sure a) you get your money's worth (just look at the size of that bottle!) and b) you can wash off all your makeup, remove excess oil, and end the day with a fresh face in a few minutes flat. It's extra gentle, yet super effective! High-end cleansers...explain yourselves.

    Hand pumping the cleanser with words "pump pump"

    Promising review: "I have found the HOLY GRAIL of face wash for sensitive skin. This product cuts through a full face of make up with just one pump and lather. It leaves my skin smooth and soft. I have had less acne since using this for a month or so. This entire bottle has lasted me for three months (one pump per day). I wish that I could give this 10 stars." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two sizes).

    3. Acure Brightening Facial Scrub multitasks like no other exfoliant by clearing excess oil, treating breakouts, and bringing out a glowing complexion from underneath. Gone are the days of dimming your bank account in the name of brighter skin.

    Reviewer's before and after using the scrub

    Promising review: "I am in LOVE with this facial scrub. I’ve had this for almost two weeks now and I love the way my skin is glowing! I have sensitive skin so I have to really be careful with the products I choose. Even after one use, you start to see a difference. It moisturizes, exfoliates, and leaves your skin smooth. I didn’t even need to apply a moisturizer afterwards! Definitely a must-have!" —Mizza C.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.81.

    4. Jivi Moisturizer enlists the help of exclusively all-natural ingredients to not only provide all-day hydration thanks to shea butter, cucumber peel, and aloe vera, but also protect you from the sun with SPF 12 mineral sunscreen. SO LONG, overpriced lotions. Come back when you learn how to do it all.


    This bb is vegan and cruelty-free! AND it's non-greasy and lightweight so you don't have to worry about unwelcome breakouts.

    Promising review: "I’ve noticed a BIG improvement in my skin since I started using this product. My skin seems less oily, more evenly toned, less irritated and red, more calm, and less acne-prone. I’m not usually passionate about all-natural things, but this product is making me re-think that. Maybe it’s about time I started using more natural products like this to improve my skin. I really like this stuff and it has improved my skin a lot. I will be ordering it again." —Janell

    Get it from Amazon for $14.34 (available in two scents).

    5. Eco Tools Facial Cleansing Brush deep-cleans pores and lightly exfoliates so you can make the most out of even cheap face washes. Tl;dr: this gets rid of makeup, oil, and dirt A LOT more effectively than pricey skincare. I'd like to see them try and scrub like this lil' guy.

    Grey and white cleansing brush

    Did I mention it's made of cotton and bamboo? That's right, it's vegan! I am IMPRESSED.

    Promising review: "This facial brush is the perfect stiffness for my taste and easy to hold with its rounded, textured shape. With little effort, I can get a satisfying scrub that exfoliates without scraping too gently or too hard. I have sensitive, slightly oily skin and this is great." —Molly

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    6. Avarelle Acne Absorbing Cover Patches (also available in extra large) drain your zits overnight so you can avoid picking or any of the other lovely benefits of a usually longer-lasting breakout. Not to mention they get rid of acne faster than most complicated luxury routines.,

    Promising review: "I’ve been experimenting with these for the last month and a half, and I am in love. They are really thin and blend into my highly freckled face incredibly well...I have gone out in public twice with them on, because when I did my last second mirror check before I got out of the car, I didn’t notice I had them on! While they absolutely help clean out the skin underneath, the biggest thing it does for me is stops me from touching my face. When I'm stressed out, I will absentmindedly touch/run my hands along my face and jaw constantly. Now, when I notice I’m doing that, I run into the bathroom and put these on any spots I have. Since they are thin and stick really well, I am able to leave them alone and stop touching my face." —MelsBells

    Get a box of 40 round patches for $8.49 and a box of 16 rectangular patches for $14.50, both from Amazon.

    To learn more, check out "These Satisfying Acne Patches Deserve A National Holiday, Change My Mind"

    7. Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips draw blackheads, dirt, and oil out of clogged pores from your nose and forehead like a flipping magnet. Deep clean does not even BEGIN to define these. We're ready to *turn our noses up* at anything costlier than these life-savers.

    Reviewer showing the extracted blackheads

    You'll get a combo-pack for both nose strips and facial strips!

    Promising review: "It works so well that my family had a competition to see who had the most gunk removed. It’s like capturing a tiny forest from your nose. It works better on the sides of your nose." —Alicia

    Get a pack of 14 from Amazon for $6.97.

    Learn more about how pore strips work in "These Amazingly Satisfying Pore Strips Are A Cult Favorite For A Reason".

    8. The Seaweed Bath Co. Body Cream combines the power of argan oil, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, and aloe to not only hydrate parched skin, but also dramatically replenish lacking nutrients with bladderwrack seaweed. Think of this as the ultimate green smoothie for your body. Can designer lotions do that? I think NOT.

    The seaweed cream, green bottles with white caps and eucalyptus next to them

    This lotion says ENOUGH to brands who charge $50 because they "smell good."

    Promising review: "This stuff is fantastic. I have psoriasis and eczema and have tried many, many products over the last 20+ years for it, including Rx stuff with corticosteroids, and some of the ingredients that are in this product like kukui oil. This is the ONLY thing I've ever found that produces noticeable results both in appearance and in symptom relief (itching, scaling, etc.). I tried it after reading a reviewer who mentioned similar issues, and I am very pleased with it. Some plaques have completely disappeared and have not returned, which has never happened before. For those of you with similar issues, it's worth a shot. I've noticed a pretty drastic reduction in itchiness which keeps you from scratching and making things worse. Psoriasis can be awful,and this has been a welcome relief." —JR

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99, or try the body wash for $12.89.

    9. Garnier SkinActive Super Hydrating Sheet Masks rescue thirsty complexions in just 15 minutes, courtesy of its ultra-moisturizing hero ingredient: hyaluronic acid (plus pomegranate seeds to brighten!). No need to ~dry out~ your bank account to get dewy skin.

    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    Anddd they're non-greasy.

    Promising review: "My skin was quite irritated and had an abundance of whiteheads. After using one of these masks, my skin was a lot less irritated and itchy, and it was markedly less inflamed. There was a dramatic improvement literally overnight — I used the mask before bed and the next morning I noticed these positive changes. Would recommend!" —Jamila

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $14.39 (also available in four other varieties).

    To learn more about why a BuzzFeed writer loves these, check out their review in "Just 11 Things To Try In January".

    10. Andalou Naturals Glycolic Brightening Mask gives you a *treat yourself* moment that will leave your skin brighter, smoother, and clearer, courtesy of vitamin C and exfoliating properties. And to think you used to waste your burrito budget on more expensive masks for the same darn effects.

    The pumpkin mask, orange container with orange product inside

    Promising review: "I've used the mask a couple times so far and I really do like it. I can mostly tell the next morning after using it, when my skin has a nice glow (which I haven't had in years due to acne). This product is really gentle!" —Jane Freeman

    Get it from Amazon for $11.20.

    11. Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil helps you ditch your complicated skincare routine that is REALLY adding up by sticking to this one-and-done serum that delivers all the results of designer skincare: it tackles redness, scarring, pimples, and everything in-between. Reviewers say they've ditched $$$ labels and now have ✨glowing✨, healing skin!

    Promising review: "As a female battling adult acne, eczema, and rosacea (oh my!) - this has been a game changer. My skin would either get scaly/flakey or would get inflamed and irritated. I've been using this for about 2-3 weeks now and my skin has gotten softer, the rosacea seems to have really calmed down (this is also in combination with prosacea), and the acne scaring is healing significantly faster." –Etch-a-sketch

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    To learn more, check out "This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems". And! This is "certified organic", which you can learn about in "Here's What "Certified Organic" Actually Means".

    12. Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser acts as the only skincare step you need at the end of the day. It effortlessly removes even waterproof makeup, moisturizes, and deep-cleanses your pores — all at once. Oh, and saves you money. This face cream has already achieved more than I ever will.

    The cream cleanser with mascara wand and eyelash extensions

    Promising review: "I have very dry skin. I generally tend to go to Macy's for my skincare products, but being on a budget, I decided to give this a try. I'm shocked to tell you that I actually like this cleanser BETTER than my old expensive options. I wipe it on and wipe it off with a wet washcloth. My skin is softer with this stuff than the expensive stuff! No breakouts and no flaky skin! I'll stick to buying the department store brands for eye creams or serums, but for cleansers and cold creams, this stuff wins hands-down! Don't be intimidated by the low price!" —Jessica

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.75.

    See what won best makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    13. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream helps you flake on super dry and red skin with literally just this product. It's so thick yet effective that it's earned the National Eczema Seal of Acceptance, which you'll definitely understand when your complexion finally feels hydrated for 24 hours. It's officially time to wish pricey routines farewell.

    Promising review: "I developed a dry, patchy area on the side of my mouth, but figured it was dry skin due to winter. After a week it spread to my chin and other side of my mouth. I thought it would go away on its own but then three weeks passed. I tried moisturizers and coconut oil but nothing worked! I was frustrated and embarrassed by this patchy, scaley skin on my face! As a last ditch effort I tried CeraVe and it worked! It was much better after two days! Its now a month later and its still gone!" —Kathleen

    Get it from Amazon for $16.25.

    14. Shea Moisture African Black Soap works overtime with its sidekick shea butter to fight acne all over: be it on your face, tuchas, chest, wherever. Strange that I've never heard of a $50 body wash that makes over 1,000 people happy. Coincidence? I don't THINK so.

    the bar of black soap surrounded by some ingredients

    It's also great to moisturize dry skin — and is organic and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "So this soap is absolutely incredible. I'll just start with that. I have used so many OTC scrubs, deep pore cleansers, pore refiners, moisturizers, skin care systems, and to no avail. I still had acne. I'm in my late twenties, I've had pretty moderate acne for a good chunk of my life, and have never found anything that worked. Until now. After the first use, I could tell my face was smoother, after a few days, I could tell my existing acne was healing and I wasn't getting any new breakouts. After a week, my skin was clear. After two weeks my face completely smooth, no new breakouts, and I am happier than ever. Not only is my skin clear, but my confidence is boosted. This soap is AWESOME!" —Danna Cammarata

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $8.99.

    15. PleasingCare Natural Green Tea Oil Absorbing Tissues take blotting sheets one step further by absorbing excess oil, controlling shine, AND soothing irritated complexions with green tea. Under $15 and more refreshing than most high-end skincare? I call witchcraft.

    Reviewer showing oil on sheet

    They're even all-natural! They're made from 100% natural linen fibers with organic bamboo charcoal to keep you nice and fresh all day.

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oils blotting sheets because they're life savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. They're a great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. I'll never go back to other brands. Give these a try — they're completely worth it. They work well and are easy to use. I have no negative things to say at all." —Kelsey

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in two formulas and multipacks).

    16. Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads laugh in the face of alternative, overpriced peels by resurfacing new skin in no time at all, thanks to their formula of exfoliating 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, and a light moisturizer. Even if you're mid-breakout, these are gentle enough to tackle active pimples — and cost less than a dollar per pad.


    FYI, the witch hazel is there to soothe and tone your skin (to balance out the other exfoliating properties). And if you're a skincare obsessive like me, I don't have to tell you how great a deal $10 is for glycolic acid. Bless.

    Promising review: "I am new to the world of AHAs and glycolic acid, so I'm not sure how this product measures up to others similar to it. But I'll never go back to NOT exfoliating. I've noticed my stubborn acne scars fading drastically after only a week of using these nightly. My recurring acne in those areas seem to be dying down, and my overall skin tone seems to be brightening. I am really impressed so far!" —Laila Hoenes

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $10.67.

    17. Tend Skin Care Solution shaves your usual spending in half when it comes to nixing ingrown hairs and razor bumps ~in the bud~. When applied before waxing or shaving, it drastically reduces redness, irritation, and bumps — even in the bikini area!

    Reviewer showing before and after irritated skin in their underarms

    Reviewers say you can also use this after shaving!

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. You would never believe it, but it works wonders. One of the worst parts of summer for me is razor burn and chafing/irritation, particularly at the beach when the hair follicles on my legs dry up from the saltwater. This stuff prevents ALL of that. No bumps, no pain, nothing. The best part? It doesn't matter when you put it on. Before you shave, after you shave, even when you're not shaving, going to the beach, getting back from the beach, etc. It just always works." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two sizes).

    To learn more, check out "This Magical Product Will End Ingrown Hairs And Razor Bumps For Good".

    18. Aquaphor Lip Repair moisturizes cracked, dry puckers more than any fancy lip mask on EARTH (in my humble opinion) with nourishing vitamins, shea butter, and soothing chamomile. If you're on a drying acne medication (i.e. Accutane), this is your savior.

    The lip balm with a user's face behind it

    ^^Speaking from experience! This was the first thing my derm recommended when I started Accutane.

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS STUFF. I have tried a number of different things in order to battle my super chapped lips. I purchased an $18 tube of another brand, hoping that it would help with my dry, chapped lips. Instead it just made my lips feel sticky and the shine almost made the dead skin more noticeable. On a whim I purchased Aquaphor (it was a super cheap cart add-on) and within two uses my lips were baby smooth. It works almost instantly and just the most hydrating lip balm I've ever used. I've convinced three friends to try it and every single one loves it. I'll never buy another lip balm again." —Z.Y.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    19. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel helps you abandon dry skin AND overspending with its water-gel and hyaluronic acid formula. Not to mention it's great for wearing under makeup — so long, foundation dry patches. We won't miss you.

    3 of the hydro boost gels on a blue background

    Promising review: "This is the first moisturizer I have ever used. I have oily skin so I never thought I needed to use a moisturizer. I didn't want to put something on my face that would add more moisture and potentially make it more greasy or worse, cause me to breakout. After reading and listening to several high reviews, I decided to give it chance. My skin can be a little dry in the winter, so it couldn't hurt. After one use, my face was moisturized but not overly moisturized and it felt softer and smoother. I like that this is a water-based gel moisturizer and the fact it contains hyaluronic acid. I highly recommend this!" —Kayla Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $17.72.

    To learn more, check out a BuzzFeed editor's full review in "I Found The Best Face Moisturizer Out There, And It's Only $15".

    20. Ebanel Bio Drying Lotion kills 👏 that 👏 zit, even if it's not a whitehead yet. No picking, scarring, or tears. Just fast healing overnight — a feat I've yet to see $$$ night creams accomplish.

    Promising review: "Wow! I am seriously amazed by how much better this works than my more expensive drying lotion. I got one of the worst breakouts in my life all around my jawline and forehead, and this stuff has been clearing it up in one application. I’m on my third day and they’re almost gone. This definitely works!" —Mimicakes

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    21. Burt's Bees Hydrating Stick reduces moisturizing to one easy, on-the-go step thanks to its simple aloe-water formula in an even simpler stick design. Pricier brands were just running us dry — this little guy is the real deal.

    The hydrating stick with a piece of aloe vera behind it and product smeared above it

    Promising review: "This product did what a $60 moisturizer couldn't do. In the winter I struggled with extreme dryness on my cheekbones (never happened before this past winter). Desperate, I ordered this hydrating stick on a whim and I was AMAZED. I used it first thing in the morning before my makeup, and again at night after washing my face. My dryness cleared almost completely within two to three days with zero breakouts." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    22. Handmade Heroes Ultra Sexy Scrub helps you kiss expensive lip masks goodbye in favor of this vegan formula — we're talking avocado oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil for both gentle exfoliation *and* hydrating lip repair. Plus, you can use it as a mask overnight!

    Hand dipping finger in the scrub

    Promising review: "This is my first review of an Amazon product. I had to write a review for this product, because it is simply amazing! You will be doing yourself a great service to use this lip scrub; it is the best ever! It gently exfoliates and leaves your lips buttery smooth. I’ve used others that were definitely more expensive and still never got these results. I kept licking my lips and smiling at myself all day!" —Beverly Watkins

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two scents).

    23. Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask wages straight war on your tough (even cystic) breakouts, because it's time to show 'em who's boss. No matter how deep your acne goes, this mask will vacuum out clogged pores like there's no tomorrow. You know what will be there tomorrow? All the money you saved.

    Reviewer before and after showing less severe acne

    By the way this works best with apple cider vinegar!

    Promising review: "I've only gotten to use this one time, but I have to say its unlike any mask I've used before. I did the apple cider vinegar mix with it and it dried fast and extremely tight. You will hardly be able to move your face. I washed it off after 20 minutes and was shocked to see my clogged pores were much cleaner and less congested. I barely touched my nose and blackheads were coming out, but they were dry and easily expelled from my pores. Sorry for the TMI, but I've never experienced that with any product. It was so awesome and my face feels so clean and and free of oiliness. Also, my skin looks brighter and smooth, not bumpy." —CAROL SILVESTRI

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in two sizes).

    To learn more about this, check out "This Clay Mask Basically Vacuums Out Your Pores, And BRB I'm Going To Bathe In It".

    24. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser gives you MAJOR bang for your buck with pore-minimizing papaya and pineapple enzymes, *plus* acne-clearing exfoliants. Your skin will be brighter, your credit cards will be unscathed, and your bottle will last longer than most pricier alternatives.

    The face wash next to pieces of fruit

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this face wash! I suffered with painful acne for a couple years and tried everything from astringents to a $129 face wash. They always made my acne worse and more painful. This stuff, though, has kept my face completely clear for more than a year now. This amazing wash leaves my skin feeling so refreshed. The scent is relaxing and refreshing; it’s not too fragrant, nor does it smell like chemicals. I seriously look forward to using this stuff every day! Also, don’t expect it to smell like pineapples. It’s fruity, but not tropical." —Gabby

    Get it from Amazon for $8.36+ (available in two scents).

    25. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water confronts oily skin ~face to face~ with its specialty mattifying formula. It'll effectively remove makeup, purify pores, and cleanse excess oil in just a few swipes. If this were in a race with higher-end brands, it would be the hare...and the tortoise. It would just win.

    Hand holding the micellar water with marble table background

    Promising review: "This stuff really works as well as advertised. I have a particularly stubborn mascara and with traditional makeup removers, I would have to wipe and wipe, but this micellar water took it off in one swipe! It left my skin feeling clean without any burning sensations left by some cleansers. Less is more when applying to cotton pad. I'm very impressed!" —Megan T.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.78+ (also available in a two-pack).

    Check out why a BuzzFeeder now lives by Garnier Micellar water (#5 in the post)! AND! The original formula won best makeup remover in the lowest price category on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    26. Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil is made with hydrating cocoa butter, restorative retinol, and brightening Vitamin C to give your face the ✨glow✨ of an expensive facial at a fraction of the price.

    Bottle of the skin therapy oil laying on a rose

    Promising review: "I came across this looking for a cheaper replacement for my Tarte Maracuja Oil. I tried a few cheaper maracuja oils, but never any that made my skin look or feel anywhere near as good as this one does. I was a little hesitant as I hate the smell of cocoa butter. This has no cocoa butter smell to me at all. It actually works better than the Tarte oil at a fraction of the price. I can’t see ever being without this product. Definitely one - if not the best - budget-friendly beauty or skincare products I’ve ever tried." –Jennifer Salley

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    27. Aveeno Eczema Therapy Daily Moisturizing Cream soothes dry, itchy, and irritated skin with nothing more than oat, soy, kiwi, and blackberry extracts. A few swipes of this > expensive sessions of trial-and-error.

    Not to mention 1,227 five-star reviewers already swear by this for treating eczema!

    Promising review: "I'm absolutely amazed at this stuff. I had a terrible allergic reaction and broke out with eczema all over my face (I have suffered with it for years, just never on my face). My eyes were completely swollen shut and red, and my face was peeling, in pain, inflamed, and DRY, DRY, DRY. I tried everything, and I mean everything. I ordered this and nearly instantly felt and saw results. These two pictures (above) are LESS THAN 24 HOURS APART. I've been using it now for three days and my face is 100% back to normal. I really like that this product is a cream versus a lotion, I feel like it helps soak in better and KEEPS the skin hydrated. I 100% recommend." —Kelsey Coultrip

    Get it from Amazon for $11.59+ (available in two sizes).

    28. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Hydrating Serum treats dry skin to this widely loved, holy grail ingredient...for cheap!

    The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Hydrating Serum

    A quick skincare lesson: hyaluronic acid is actually AMAZING for dry skin — it has *extreme* hydrating properties that drastically improve your complexion's softness, smoothness, and ability to retain moisture. Think of it as a one-stop journey to feeling soothed.

    Promising review: “LOVE THIS! I have dry skin and it makes my skin feel so soft and smooth and my complexion look fantastic. I cannot believe the price because I would definitely pay more for a product like this. My husband started using it as well after he saw my results.” –ktor

    Get it from Sephora for $7.50+ (available in two sizes).

    29. Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner works just as well (if not better) than most high-end toners, but wins at keeping sensitive skin in mind. It gently treats acne, brightens skin, and tightens pores *without* causing irritation.

    Hands holding toner and applying to a cotton pad

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I wish I had started using it sooner. I added it to my new daily skincare routine and after just a few days, my face looks and feels so much better. I have redness on my cheeks and nose thanks to the starting of rosacea, and I'm usually very sensitive to anything applied to my face. This toner soothes my skin after cleansing, smells great, and makes my skin feel amazing. I wish I knew about this years ago!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $5.84.

    See what won best face toners on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    30. CeraVe Eye Repair Cream reduces the the look of dark circles and feeds your delicate undereye area with ceramides to boost their plumpness. And with this, your savings can remain plump, too — because spending $50+ on an eye cream makes both my eyes and wallet tearful.


    I am an avid user of this stuff whenever my undereye area is feeling a little ~fragile~. The winter stresses me out for many reasons, but especially because of the toll is takes on my sensitive skin. So, I have to be *super* careful with what topical products I apply around my peepers since that area gets aggravated very easily. This cream cools, soothes, and relieves my eczema-like dryness that only rears its head during the cold-weather months. It's also fragrance-free and contains hyaluronic acid — so you already know that it's hydrating as heck.

    Promising review: "The applicator for this is perfect and the product works amazing!! Literally you will see dark circles go away and your under eyes brighten up." —aemenr

    Get it from Target for $13.79.

    Check out some of our other favorite eye creams here.

    31. Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant improves the texture of flaky skin with a brightening formula of salicylic acid and soothing green tea, which deep dive into pores to unclog dirt and debris. And it's praised by reviewers who choose this over spa-priced peels. *Hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and dead winter skin have all left the chat.*,

    If you're new to chemical exfoliants, greetings! You'll definitely want to start off by applying this one or two times a week to take note of your skin's response. Beta hydroxy acid (BHA, also known as salicylic acid) mimics the natural exfoliation process of younger skin by shedding extra layers while *also* unclogging and clearing pores.

    Promising review: "First I bought the travel sized one just to test it out, and I was so happy with the (quick) results that I had to buy the larger one. I’ve struggled with my skin for years and this exfoliant really helped. It brightens my skin and makes my pores less visible. I put it on every other night. My skin’s texture is smoother. Now when I go out, all I need is light foundation and I’m all set. I can’t believe I’ve spent years wasting my money on expensive skincare products that don’t even work (I’m starting to think those pricey skincare products are just scented water...) Upon application, the exfoliant makes my skin tingle a bit, but the sensation goes away within 10-20 minutes and that’s how I know it’s working. I am really happy with this and I will continue to use it." —Yvonne

    Get it from Amazon for $11+ (available in two sizes).

    32. Tower 28 Daily Rescue Facial Spray rejuvenates with just three simple skin wonders, including hypochlorous acid and water, that melt skin stressors, hydrate, and soothe the appearance of redness. One spritz of this will make you forget all about overrated facials.


    Promising review: "This is a holy grail product. I swear I have glass skin now thanks to this spray. My texture, pores, skin tone, hydration, everything seems better. I love how it looks, how it smells, and especially how happy it makes my skin. I’ll be buying this for the rest of my life. I’ve already repurchased it twice. Worth the hype." —CBTarker

    Get it from Sephora for $12+ (available in two sizes).

    33. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter ends your day on a luxurious note by removing even waterproof makeup while simultaneously refreshing your complexion with a rich chamomile formula. It turns out you *don't* need to drain your savings to feel smooth as silk.


    Promising review: "I'm really happy with my purchase. Usually I use coconut oil as an inexpensive and natural makeup remover and this product does the same trick, but it's a lot less messy and a little goes a long way! I highly recommend if you are looking for a quick and easy makeup remover that won't strip away the natural oils in our face or make it too greasy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    34. PSA: These I Dew Care Mini Scoops Wash-Off Clay Masks might be some of the cutest skincare products we've ever seen and THEY WORK. Go ahead, scrub your skin with those strawberry seeds. You deserve it.


    You can expect to get a trio of ice-cream-inspired clay face masks in this set. Berry Groovy will brighten your skin with glycolic acid, exfoliate with strawberry seeds, and target fine lines and wrinkles thanks to its raspberry extract. Next is Matcha Mood: You'll get all the soothing qualities of the green tea, a cooling sensation from the glacier water, and it'll help retain moisture with vitamin B3. Last, you'll get Cake My Day (which smells like birthday cake, BTW): a perfect combo of hyaluronic acid for moisture and squalene to treat fine lines and wrinkles.

    Promising review: "I'm 17 years old, with very bad dry skin and my skin is usually sensitive. My nose is usually full of blackheads, the pores are always open and 'scratchy' because of the blackheads, coming off. But I woke up this morning, and felt my nose and its SMOOTH. like...rEALLY SMOOTH. And I know I sound dramatic. But for a couple years I've been trying to fix this issue and this is the ONLY product that has actually shown results and it's literally the first try. I used the blue one (cake) and it had these cute sprinkles with it as well (not edible, just for looks). Each one is a one time use. But they are worth it. I am going to buy this again." —Tori Magallanes

    Get the set from Amazon for $17.50.

    35. I have friends who claim Inkey List's Oil-Control Serum is "holy grail" status. It's pretty much a miracle-worker for taming acne, oily skin, and pores, so...don't mind us as we toss one (or two, or three) into our shopping carts.


    Promising review: "This product completely changed my skin. I had acne that was very resistant to BHA and any other type of acne fighting ingredient. I tried this on a whim and within a day I already saw dramatic results. Shrunk my pores completely, got rid of a lot of stubborn acne that wouldn’t go away, while keeping my skin hydrated and glowy. Didn’t have any sensitivity or reaction to it, and it didn’t dry out my skin. I will say that it doesn’t sit well under makeup, but other than that it’s the best product I’ve ever used." —madsmj

    Get it from Sephora for $7.99.

    36. Innisfree Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 36 is a hydrating, water-based, everyday sunscreen that’s formulated without parabens and phthalates so it's ideal for people with dry or sensitive skin.

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    Promising review: “I bought this sunscreen after a different brand broke me out really bad. This one is just my holy grail now, no cast, no greasy feeling, I don't break out at all, decent under makeup on the days I wear any. my skin is very sensitive and it doesn't irritate it so all in all a very good sunscreen.” –katlitmagoo

    Get it from Sephora for $15.

    37. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Face Moisturizer is jam-packed with skin-saving ingredients like pro-retinol, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin C to firm and brighten your skin so it feels nice and ~revitalized~.


    Promising review: “I have been looking for a hydrating cream to apply to my face that didn't leave me feeling oily. I’m so glad I came across this one. I apply this cream after the hydrating serum. I noticed a difference in my skin after 2-3 weeks of consistently using the products in the morning and before bed.” –Robert Bettinger

    Get it from Amazon for $13.28+ (available in SPF 30, two sizes, and fragrance-free).

    38. Gold Bond Ultimate Intensive Healing Hand Cream has a lightweight formula with ingredients like vitamin A and vitamin E to help your hands look, feel, and stay ultra-soft.


    Promising review: “My hands always get REALLY dry in the winter. Chapped, red, cracking, the whole shebang. Increased hand-washing due to COVID-19 made it even worse. Back in February, my knuckles started just splitting open and bleeding during the day, which is neither comfortable, attractive, nor hygienic. And alas, my everyday body lotion just wasn't doing the trick. I'm a student and I could barely even bend my fingers to take notes with a pen or type on my laptop. I needed something cheap but effective, and Gold Bond Ultimate came to the rescue! I started rubbing this in day and night and within a mere day or two, the state of my hands had greatly improved. It's a thick solution but dissolves into the skin very quickly -- and true to the seller's word, it is NOT greasy! I highly recommend this to all looking for a quick, inexpensive, comfortable solution to severely dry, chapped, cracked hands!” –Jess

    Get it from Amazon for $3.89.

    39. The Banila Co Clean It Zero Original Cleansing Balm is meant for all skin types and will shorten your forever-growing nighttime skincare routine.


    The Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm is a balm to oil cleanser that removes makeup and cleans skin in one easy step. Plus, it’s a greener alternative to the makeup removing wipes you need repurchase so often. Happy cleansing, folks!

    Promising review: “I always struggled to find a product that will remove my makeup without hurting my eyes or drying out my skin. That is until I found this product; I used it and fell in love. I immediately searched Amazon to find the same product in a larger size. This product is amazing. It is like a thick oil product that is oily enough to take off even the longest-lasting mascara, but it doesn't leave your skin oily at all. I literally apply this to my face and hardly rub it in. Then I take a washcloth and some warm water, and I wipe it off. It leaves my skin super soft and moisturized but also free of any makeup residue. I am so pleased with this product, I will continue to buy it. This time, I purchased this larger jar, and I'm quite fascinated that I'm able to use so little of the actual product to get so much makeup off.” –AshleyKingsbury

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49+ (available in two sizes and in five different varieties).

    40. Weleda Skin Food has an ultra-rich, plant-based formula designed to keep you soft and *supple*. Extracts of rosemary, chamomile, and pansy hydrate your skin, while a base blend of sunflower and sweet almond oil nourishes.

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    Promising review: "This is a MUST have! A MUST! I am always looking for that rich moisturizer that leaves your face so hydrated that you look fresh and rejuvenated, that is this stuff!!!! This is the most luxurious cream that truly continues to work, I never breakout or become too greasy, yet my skin looks HYDRATED and beautiful! I have tried Bobbi Brown, and many expensive products, this one tops them all! I wont go without this stuff!! I LOVE IT!!!!" –Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon fo $14.16+ (available in two sizes and multipacks).

    41. Rosebud Perfume Co.'s Rosebud Salve is a multipurpose balm made to target dryness on your head, shoulders, knees, and toes (and lips, elbows, eyelids, cuticles, and all of the other dry parts of your body that aren't mentioned in the song).

    Promising review: "I’ve used rosebud salve for almost 15 years now and I’ll never go without it! I use it every night before bed to hydrate my lips. I’ve even used it on blemishes, around my eyes during the dead of winter when my skin is very dry, on rashes or dry eczema patches on my kids, booboos…..It works wonders! And don’t expect to keep this in your purse or car- it will melt!" –merritju

    Get it from Sephora for $7 or from Amazon for $6.09.

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