Skip To Content

    We hope you love our recommendations! Some may have been sent as samples, but all were independently selected by our editors. Just FYI, BuzzFeed and its publishing partners may collect a share of sales and/or other compensation from the links on this page.

    34 Incredibly Cheap Things That'll Make Your Skin Look Better Than Ever

    Because we deserve clear skin without having to break our piggy banks.

    1. A metallic cleansing brush for what'll feel like a high-end skincare routine without the luxury prices. This bb gently exfoliates to remove dead skin, treat breakouts, and reduce excess oil — all in just a few swipes.

    2. A pack of Rael pimple patches, because these'll drain zits overnight and reduce the lifetime of your breakout faster than you can say pop. They take a second to slap on, speed up recovery to practically overnight, and do all the ~heavy lifting~ for you.

    3. Or! A set of Avarelle acne cover patches that'll tackle every single breakout that dares to challenge your complexion. They're powered by tea tree oil and calendula oil (all of which are gentle on sensitive skin) to reduce inflammation and absorb pus ASAP. *And* extra-large patches are included for when you need defeat multiple pimples at once.

    4. A tub of Pond's cold cream cleanser so you only need one step at the end of the day. It effortlessly removes even waterproof makeup, moisturizes, and deep-cleanses your pores — all at once. Oh, and it saves you money. This cleanser has already achieved more than I ever will.

    5. A Shea Moisture black soap bar for clearing up eczema and psoriasis breakouts before you have time to scratch. Its blend of aloe, tea tree oil, and soothing oats not only calms irritated skin (hello, deep moisture), but also effectively treats acne! Is there anything this can't do? NO.

    6. A Freeman brightening overnight mask, because this'll truly define *beauty sleep*. After you're done counting sheep, it'll combine vitamin C and hibiscus extracts to minimize discoloration, even out your skin tone, and create a natural glow. Your only job: get a full eight hours.

    7. A bottle of Teddie Organics rose water toner spray that'll tell redness and oily T-zones to take a hike and leave you with a dewy, refreshed complexion that lasts allll day. You just have to spritz.

    8. A La Roche-Posay foaming facial cleanser so a) you get quite the bang for your buck (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!

    9. A Mizon snail repair cream for bringing all the brightening benefits of ~snail mucin~ to one easy-to-use facial cream. If you're often too lazy to use a serum, but would LOVE to fade acne scars and even out your skin tone, this guy is for you.

    10. A Simple micellar cleansing water, because this'll make sure you never go to bed with makeup on again. It unclogs pores, removes even waterproof makeup, and hydrates your skin so even if this is the only thing you do, you'll still avoid breaking out.

    11. An Eva Naturals skin-clearing serum to attack breakouts and dark spots ~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 and brighter skin. So it'll be pretty darn close.

    12. An Alba Botanica deep-clean astringent that'll combine the power of 2% salicylic acid, witch hazel, and willow bark solution to effectively treat active breakouts quickly and easily. Any last words, pimples? Too late.

    13. A Pacifica rose-powered face wash so you can start and end the day on a luxurious-feeling note. Flower extracts and fermented tea work together to remove makeup, clear oil and acne, and brighten skin. Meaning: you really will end the day smelling like roses.

    14. A bottle of Acure brightening facial scrub for exfoliating away excess oil (the pesky cause of most breakouts). It's gentle enough to use every day, meaning treated acne won't have a chance to come back. We are on 👏top👏 of👏 it — all while bringing out a clear, glowing complexion from underneath.

    15. A Burt's Bees hydrating stick, because this'll reduce moisturizing to one easy, on-the-go step thanks to its simple aloe-water formula in an even simpler stick design. It's about time we flake on dry patches.

    16. A Clean & Clear peel-off mask that'll remove clogged pores (goodbye, blackheads) and clear away excess oil and dirt while you sit back and watch an episode of Netflix. AND it's 100% Insta-worthy. You can't ask for much more.

    17. A Too Cool For School coconut soothing gel so you can quickly recover from overheating after a long day in the sun. It'll soothe irritated skin with calming coconut-infused jelly in as little as 30 minutes *without* feeling sticky. I suppose you could say it'll make life a beach. Too soon?

    18. A bottle of tea tree oil for ensuring acne, redness, and uneven skin tones are effectively treated before they even BEGIN to think about diminishing our ~natural glow~. Nothing should stand in our way.

    19. A Kose cleansing oil, because this'll bring you all the benefits of (usually expensive) double oil cleansing even if you use this alone. It'll work overtime to remove stubborn makeup, unclog pores, and get you squeaky clean without the need of a second cleanser. It actually has a gold metal in Olympic sprinting, but it doesn't like to brag.

    20. A Neosporin overnight lip mask that'll drastically repair super chapped puckers in up to *three nights*. Its combo of antioxidants and essential lipids will nourish flaking lips back to health, while peptides and emollients help to strengthen 'em. Sleep has never been so rewarding.

    21. A Wet n Wild rose multi-use oil so you can end the day with the ultimate ~treat yourself~ moment. Its passion fruit seed oil softens your skin, while vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, and argan oil moisturizes and brightens. AND it has floating rose petals to add a luxurious scent.

    22. A set of 24K gold eye masks loaded with collagen for diminishing puffy under-eyes and dark circles in the fanciest (but cheapest) way possible. While its blend of plumping collagen, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and refreshing vitamin C serum work overtime to brighten your eyes, you can sit back and watch Netflix. What effort.

    23. Or! A tub of Vaseline, because this old-school trick really does work as both a cheap under-eye treatment AND a lip mask! Whether you're saving yourself from spending $$$ on eye creams or curing super chapped lips, this'll more than suffice.

    24. A pack of Bioré deep-cleansing pore strips to 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.

    25. A tub of Garnier SkinActive face moisturizer that'll provide 24-hour hydration for finnicky, combo skin, courtesy of its main ingredients: vitamin C and a fruit water antioxidant complex. No clogged pores — just smoother, supple skin.

    26. A Eucerin night cream so even those of us with super sensitive skin have a way to heal redness that's so easy, we can do it in our *sleep.* It gets its hydrating powers from licochalcone (from licorice root) to gently moisturize, mattify, and provide redness relief all before the sun rises.

    27. A Neutrogena alcohol-free toner for something that 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.

    28. An Australian Gold botanical sunscreen, because this'll put an end to skipping this (super important!) step. It's non-greasy, easy to apply, and has a matte finish so it'll never leave a shine. AND it won't disturb your makeup. You are completely out of excuses.

    29. A set of Nip + Fab glycolic cleansing pads that'll resurface new skin with just a few swipes, thanks to their formula of exfoliating 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, and a light moisturizer. Whether you're mid-breakout or just want *brighter* skin, these are an easy step to add to your routine.

    30. An Aveeno daily moisturizer so you can brighten your skin without adding any extra steps to your routine. Its unique soy complex provides 24/7 hydration, fades dark spots (including acne scars), and removes dullness in favor of glowing skin. AND it has SPF 30?! Be still, my heart.

    31. A bottle of Ebanel drying lotion for killing your zits on sight and keeping yourself from popping or picking — aka making everything worse. Dab this on, go to sleep, and wake up a whole lot happier. Consider this the ultimate ~secret weapon~.

    32. A The Body Shop tea tree clay face mask, because this'll deliver a cooling sensation on blemish-prone, irritated skin. Basically, you'll be saying ahhh not AHHHH when treating your complexion from now on. It'll deep-cleanse your pores, control excess oil, and target breakouts with tea tree oil to get you clear STAT.

    33. A bottle of The Face Shop foaming cleanser that'll let you rely on its rice water to both moisturize and tone before working yourself into a lather. Not only will it shrink pores, reduce oil, and brighten your skin, but also leave your face super soft and hydrated. Get you a face wash that lets you go to bed FAST.

    34. A pack of Labotica argan oil cleansing tissues so you can discover how little your old makeup remover wipes were actually doing for you. These erase waterproof makeup, but also moisturize thanks to argan oil and lift dead skin cells (aka brighten), courtesy of citric acid. Color. Me. IMPRESSED.

    You saving money AND getting the skincare regimen of your dreams:

    Need more for your skin? Check out Korean skincare products you need to know, drugstore products that actually fight acne, products to help deal with dry skin, or check out all of our beauty content for even more great stuff for your hair, skin, and more.

    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!