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    36 Cheap Skincare Products That Are Actually Much Better Than Luxury Brands

    What do we want? RESULTS. How do we want it? For as cheap as possible tbh.

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    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. 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 multitask.

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    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 $13.76 (available in two formulas).

    2. 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.

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    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.

    3. 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.

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    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.

    4. Mighty Patches 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.

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    Promising review: "Now that I have to deal with 'adult acne,' it's sent me scurrying in every direction, from drugstore to dermatologist, to try and clear it. Unlike my teenage years, the problems I deal with now are not straightforward zits. My pores get clogged, but they're stubborn buggers and don't like to be extracted. The Mighty Patch has been great because it actually succeeds in bringing all that grossness to the surface. From there, it's easy just to extract and blast off. I'm also guilty of that cardinal sin in zit care — constantly poking at the blemish and this keeps me from myself. I've already gone through one sheet!" —Karen Lee

    Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $12.50.

    5. Mizon Black Snail All In One Moisturizer Cream brings the rewards of the lauded ~black snail~ right to your fingertips. It won't be slow to show you why it's usually so expensive: minimized pores, cleared blackheads, and a brighter complexion are just some of what this brings to the table.

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    Promising review: "This is hands down the best moisturizer I have ever used. My face is so soft, not dry or oily at all. If you have sensitive skin, no worries with this product. My favorite part is that it absorbs immediately into your skin. You do not have to wait a few minutes for it it to dry before applying makeup and it does not feel caked on when combined with foundation as other products do. I use this whenever i use a cleanser, most nights and some mornings." —Emmi

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89+ (available in two sizes and packs of two).

    6. C&C Chill Out Cooling Mint Pore Facial Cleanser hits the refresh button on skin in need of some serious TLC. Its ~minty fresh~ formula thoroughly removes dirt and oil so your pores can enjoy a welcome pick-me-up on your (cheap) dime.

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    Promising review: "This clears out my pores better than most face washes. It has a refreshing cooling effect that helps me feel more awake in the morning." —Ashley Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    7. Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips draw blackheads, dirt, and oil out of clogged pores from your nose and forehead like a freaking 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.

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

    Promising review: "Want to feel disgusting about your previous self from 5 minutes ago and better about your health for the next couple of weeks? Wet down your schnoz and toss one of these babies on there. It will transform from malleable and comfortable to a stiff sticky pad on your face. After your 5 minutes of waiting is up and you are ready to see what disgusting things have been cratered in your nose, pull this baby off. Nice and slow, from one side to the other. Feel the rush of excitement as your nose has its blackheads ripped from their pores and you feel cleaner than you do after a shower. Then, flip it over and inspect it closely to see how many nasty blackheads were previously calling your nose home. Take a pick or show to a friend, preferably both. Then crumple it up and throw it away and begin the countdown until the next extraction." —r0bdawg11

    Get a pack of 14 from Amazon for $7.49.

    Learn more in this deep-dive on pore strips.

    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.

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    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 $8.99+ (available in four scents and two sizes).

    9. Eva Naturals Skin-Clearing Serum boasts one heck of a formula to attack breakouts ~head on~. We're talking 5% hyaluronic acid, 2% salicylic acid, and 20% vitamin C — just to name a few. I'm not saying life will be perfect, but you WILL have clearer skin and a fuller wallet. So it'll be pretty darn close.

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    Promising review: "I purchased this product in April and have waited this long to write a review, because I wanted to give it time to work. I'm 38 and have suffered from constant, cystic acne. My pores clog easy and I'm very oily. I am also biracial and scar very easily. Since April I think I've had three pimples (all period-related) that went away very quickly. That's a miracle. I put this product on at night after my shower and make sure it dries well. I'm still good on product and probably won't be reordering for another few weeks. I only use a small amount every day. I haven't been more pleased with something I bought on here or ANY store since...well never." —Autumn Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    10. 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.

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    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).

    11. 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.

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    Promising review: "I have been using this cold cream a little less than a year, but watched my grandma use it my whole life. It really is a great product and works as it says it does (and as my grandma said it did). It has a light, clean fragrance, it's a great makeup remover and daily wash, it washes off easily, and leaves my skin feeling fresh. I also have sensitive skin, and it does not irritate or break me out. I highly recommend this!" —MsScott

    Get it from Amazon for $4.90.

    12. CeraVe SA Body Wash needs only a few ingredients to cancel rough and bumpy skin: essential ceramides to restore natural hydration and salicylic acid to exfoliate and soften. The best part? It's all achieved with a few good lathers in the shower. Farewell, inexplicably expensive body washes. It's down the drain for you.

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    Promising review: "I recently moved and the climate change was wreaking havoc on my skin. I had bumps on my skin from the heat and dryness and my keratosis pilaris was resurfacing for the first time in almost 10 years on my arms and back of my legs. No moisturizer or 'hydrating' body wash was working. I was truly miserable; I was itchy and bumpy and embarrassed to wear shorts and tank tops. I decided to buy CeraVe SA body wash and have never looked back. It's light, fragrant-free, and literally worked after two showers. I love this stuff!!! In all seriousness, this stuff worked for me and it might work for you. For the price you can't go wrong." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.93.

    13. 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.

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    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.

    14. 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.

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    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. The product is a little tacky when first applied, but if you let it dry you should be able to sponge make-up over it with no issues. Overall a great product!" —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $11.73.

    15. Freeman Dead Sea Minerals Facial Anti-Stress Mask saves the day whenever your skin is feeling *the blues*. Dead sea minerals absorb excess oil, purify clogged pores, and show pesky breakouts the door (all in just ten minutes). It even relaxes you with lavender aromatherapy. Can spas do this? Maybe, but not for $3.

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    Promising review: "First of all, I literally never write reviews. Like, ever. But I’ve used this once so far and WOW. I immediately noticed that my (usually giant) pores look much smaller and my skin looks all around smoother and more even. It even seemed less oily when I woke up this morning. I’ve used those little single-use face masks that come in pouches and never really noticed a difference, but this thing worked wonders after one use AND costs the same as one of those single-use pouches! I would highly recommend this — it’s way more effective than any other mask I’ve ever used and it’s so economical (a little bit goes a long way and there’s a ton of product in the tube). Definitely treat yo'self and grab a tube of this!" —Carey

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    16. BlushLips helps you kiss expensive lip masks goodbye in favor of this quick and easy exfoliating tool. This + any lip balm or scrub = a smoother, happier pucker.

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    Promising review: "I admit I was skeptical about this product, but my desperation to regain my soft lips made me click the 'buy' button. I just had a baby and between all the milk I was pumping for the baby and caffeine drinking, my body was dried out and dehydrated. My lips took a hit and were dried, cracked, and even bleeding — very painful. Even my tried-and-true expensive-as-heck lip moisturizer I use couldn't help. Having this lip brush did the trick and made all the difference. The exfoliation must have allowed my lip moisturizer to be better absorbed. I was able to see results in just a couple days. Now I have soft and supple lips again. Where has this thing been all my life? I don't think I can live without it now." —Double-J

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).

    17. 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.

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    By the way this works best with apple cider vinegar!

    Promising review: "Wow. Just wow. I had no expectations for this product since I've been dealing with cystic acne since I was a teenager (I'm 24 now), so I went into this purchase not expecting much. As many others have said, I previously tried absolutely everything on the market to cure my acne. I have very sensitive, reactive skin and have never seen any real improvement. After reading all the crazy reviews about this product, I figured I would give it a try, not expecting much. However, I have been blown away by the long-term results of using this mask. I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply it several times a week when my skin is really bad, and it has never done anything negative to my skin – no irritation, no dryness, nothing. It always destroys every single pimple that emerges. It does bring underlying pimples to a head, and that can be a little disturbing at first, but it is so worth it for the end result. I was considering taking Accutane, a very strong medicine to finally cure my acne for good, and this product has made me completely reconsider." —Heather E.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    Want to know more? Check out our full review of the clay mask.

    18. 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.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this face wash! I suffered with painful acne for a couple years and tried everything from astringents to Proactiv, and even Rodan + Fields ($199). 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 $9.82.

    19. Noxzema Ult-Clear Anti-Blemish Pads clear breakouts with just the flick of your wrist, courtesy of their formula of eucalyptus oil and menthol. They'll end your day with a *refreshing tingle*, smooth your complexion, and will never make you pay the price for having a dang pimple.

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    Promising review: "These pads are the best acne medicine on the market. You can actually feel them working, unlike other brands. They do a great job of helping to clear up blackheads, as well. I recommend using a little moisturizer periodically if you feel dryness. But they clear up pimples fast and I have not found anything better on the market." —Karl D

    Get a pack of 90 from Amazon for $10.30.

    20. 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.

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    Promising review: "My new holy grail facial cleanser. This stuff is fabulous — so fabulous that I've been using it in the evenings and mornings, and have all but retired my expensive brands. It is so simple and fast to use. I love that I don't have to pull my hair back and inevitably get my hair wet when I wash my face. Anyway, I use this with a facecloth and to help do some light exfoliating. It dries quickly and once it does my skin is silky smooth and clean. Best of all, my pores are literally gone and so tiny that I rarely even wear foundation anymore." —Mrs. Warren

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

    21. Bliss That's Incredi-peel Glycolic Resurfacing Pads cancel your appointment with pricey peels. Their spa-strength formula of glycolic acid targets acne, fine lines, and discoloration to reveal brighter, clearer skin. Feel free to tip yourself.

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    Promising review: "I have sensitive, dry, acne prone skin. I use these nightly or every other night and they have not irritated or dried out my skin. My skin is more even and soft after continued use, and I have noticed if I develop a pimple during the day and use this right before bed, the size significantly decreases by morning. I am on my second box of these. I gave one to my sister to try, and the next day she also went and bought a box. 10/10 would recommend for all skin types. I was sampling a similar product from Sephora that was $100+ and decided to give these a try for a more affordable product that did what I needed. I'm so happy I found these!" —emickus1217

    Get a pack of 15 from Target for $26.49.

    22. Benton Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel calms irritation and redness, fades acne scars, and even brightens your complexion in one quick step. Aloe and propolis, I declare you the winner over $$$ moisturizers with unknown ingredients.

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    Promising review: "Helps tone down my redness and even seems to help keep acne at bay. This moisturizer is perfect for anyone that suffers from malassezia folliculitis (fungal acne). Read about it on a blog and sure enough it really helps my case. I hope it is useful for you too if you have that annoying issue! Hopefully they continue to make this product going forward! I use it every single day now." —Futbol93

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    23. Teena Clar-i-ty Face Wash streamlines your routine when treating breakouts thanks to its vegan formula of vitamin B5, rosehip oil, and hemp seed oil. It'll deep clean pores, improve clarity, and soften skin in one easy step. Not to mention, what fancy face wash is PINK?! Take. My. Money.

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    I suppose you can say it lets you see breakouts through rose-colored glasses. It also brings out a ~natural glow~, thanks to the salicylic acid.

    Promising review: "I love this product! I suffer from some bad acne and I’ve tried many high-brand products and none of them would work for me. When I found this I was so excited! In a week I had amazing results; my face was clearing up and I’ve never been so confident with my skin. I totally recommend — this is a great price and it does wonders!" —Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    24. Eve Hansen Peptide Eye Gel *smooths* over any tension you have with expensive eye creams — by telling you to toss 'em in the trash. This fast-acting formula of plant stem cells, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E are all you'll need to minimize fine lines, dark circles, and any proof you slept less than eight hours.

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    Promising review: "This is the best eye gel I've ever used and believe me, I've tried many brands. I followed my usual process, which is to apply it to one eye only for about two weeks so I can clearly see how effective it is or isn't. At the end of the two weeks I stop using it for several days to see how long any improvement lasts. I honestly wasn't expecting anything great due to the price (seems that ingredients that actually work are also expensive). Much to my surprise, this gel performed better than any other product I've used, no matter the cost. From the first use I saw a noticeable difference. I thought it was because the product was newly applied and the effect would fade after a few hours. That's not what happened. Every morning and every night when I applied more gel, my under-eyes and lids still looked much better than before I started. When I started applying it to both of my eyes, it only took a couple of days for my neglected eye to catch up." —Cindy Palmer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.23.

    25. 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.

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    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 $11.12+ (available in two sizes).

    26. Pacifica Beauty Super Flower Rapid Response Face Oil is loaded with rose and blue tansy oils, vitamins A and C, and fatty acids to not only soothe irritated skin and reduce redness, but also make sure your complexion never *wilts*. You know what else won't? Your bank account.

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    Promising review: "This is the second time I've bought this product. I love the blue tansy. I seriously wish I could bathe in this. My dry skin absorbs the oil, it plumps my skin, fills in fine lines, and makes my skin soft. They need to sell a body oil version of this!" —Gre

    Get it from Amazon for $13.64+ (available in packs of one or two).

    27. Nature Republic Forest Garden Cleansing Oil brings you all the benefits of (usually expensive) double oil cleansing even if you use this alone. Its combo of jojoba oil and chamomile extract remove makeup, soothe breakouts, and refresh your complexion without the need for investing in any other face wash.

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    It also serves as an anti-inflammatory aka what will reduce those pesky breakouts.

    Promising review: "I really cannot say enough good things about this product! I went from dry, flaky skin to supple and soft skin and am so happy with the results! This is hands-down THE best face wash I have ever used. I wish I would have known about it way before now. I use two pumps and that seems to be plenty to really cover my face and remove my makeup. I'm so, so happy with this purchase and will definitely be buying again!" —NiftyNest

    Get it from Amazon for $12+ (available in three formulas).

    Want to learn more about the benefits of oil cleansing? Check out what happened when a BuzzFeeder followed a Korean skincare regimen for a month.

    28. SkinFood Peach Jelly Soothing Gel sweetens the deal of its low cost by soothing parched skin with 90% peach extract (rich in vitamins A and C) and leaving your complexion smoother than a baby's 🍑. Interesting that a tub of this works better than most tiny $80 serums.

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    Promising review: "I have problematic skin. I have mixed skin with large pores and flaky dryness in some areas. This moisturizer has improved my skin dramatically. I normally use more traditional moisturizers, but they feel very superficial. This jelly is absorbed instantly as it refreshes. It is very long-lasting and a good base for foundation if you have flaky skin. I normally dread having to do full face makeup, because foundation only accentuates the flakes around my scalp and nose. After applying this moisturizer, there was no trace of flakes. No scrubbing needed! I love this product!" —Flaky Skin Girl

    Get it from Ulta for $8.

    29. 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.

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    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 $9.60+ (available in three formulas).

    30. 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.

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    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 $5.98.

    31. PleasingCare Natural Green Tea Oil Absorbing Tissues take blotting sheets one step further by absorbing excess oil and controlling shine AND soothing irritated complexions with green tea. Under $10 and more refreshing than most high-end skincare? I call witchcraft.

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    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 have been searching for something as effective as this for a long time now. I have extremely oily skin. I live in the Caribbean and whether I wear foundation or not, very early in the day my face is covered in oil. Mostly over my T-zone is where I get shiny and oily. So I tried this and it is excellent. It picks up the oil quickly leaving my face naturally matte-like for hours. I am well pleased with the light weight of the sheets, the pack fits perfectly in my purse or jeans pockets. I have no dislikes. I will stock up on it. The first pic is before I used it. The second is after. I am not wearing foundation. Anyone will oily skin will find this as a must have." —Melisa

    Get a pack of 200 for $6.95+ (available in two formulas and packs of one, two, or six).

    32. 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 almost 1,000 people happy. Coincidence? I think NOT.

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    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 suffered from acne. I'm in my late twenties, I've suffered with 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. I work in sales so I am face-to-face with people all day and I finally feel like for the first time in my life, people aren't just staring at my breakouts. I will recommend this soap to anyone that can relate. This soap is AWESOME!" —Danna Cammarata

    Get it from Amazon for $4.29.

    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.

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    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 $14.63.

    34. Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment may be a conventional solution to pesky zits, but it WORKS, thanks to its 2% salicylic acid acne medication. It'll dramatically reduce swelling, redness, and size while you simply sleep. Sometimes old school is still best, especially when it's this cheap.

    a reviewer's before and after photo which shows inflamed pimples and then much less noticeable pimples
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    Promising review: "I recently donated my hair and wanted to grow it out fast, so I decided to start taking a biotin product. Unfortunately, they did not mention anywhere that if you have acne-prone skin, it may cause a major breakout. I was left with a horrible breakout and needed something to clear it up fast. Not only does this not dry out your skin, but it helps make zits disappear fast. I saw a noticeable difference every morning when I woke up. After two weeks, my face looked back to normal with minimal scarring! I'm so grateful to have found this product." —Jake

    Get it from Amazon for $6.47.

    35. Nivea Soft Moisturizing Creme boasts jojoba oil and vitamin E to drastically hydrate your chapped face, hands, or body practically overnight. AND! Its formula is still lightweight so you won't break out. There's a certain brand that rhymes with Shmiehl's that owes me $30.

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    Promising review: "I originally purchased this cream to fill up a Prime Pantry box, and I'm glad I did. The fragrance is lovely, but the texture of the creme is what really makes it so great— 'soft' is, indeed, the best description. I've used it on my face and loved the feeling--not heavy or 'suffocating.' Mainly, I used it as a body creme, and I love the way it moisturizes. I will definitely buy it again." —Silver CPD

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $19.20.

    36. 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
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    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).

    Confronting the face wash I spent all my money on like:

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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