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    28 Skincare Products Under $20 From Amazon With Hundreds Of Truly Noteworthy Reviews

    Just a few effective skincare products that won't break the bank.

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    1. Neutrogena's Sheer Zinc Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 50 that's at the top of this list because your skin produces its own ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and cleanses and exfoliates itself. But what doesn't it do on its own? Protect itself from sun damage that can lead to acne, pre-mature aging, and even skin cancer. So, do yourself a favor, and wear sunscreen every day.

    the sunscreen in its tube, next to the product packaging

    WIth Zinc formulations, a white cast is inevitable because the ingredient Zinc itself is white. But it's a small price to pay for skin that is safe from damaging UVA and UVB rays.

    Promising review: "Since I've started using this, the brown spots have faded significantly and the plague of actinic keratoses seems to have stopped. I now keep one tube in the bathroom and one in the car, where I can apply to hands and arms if I've forgotten to put it on before flying out the door." —Victoria H.

    Price: $10.97 or Subscribe & Save for $10.42/month

    2. COSRX's Propolis Light Cream to help soothe away any redness or inflammation you may be experiencing.


    Promising review: "This my second time ordering. I love COSRX products, this leaves me with a glowing look when I use it. Next thing to try is the serum. I have oily skin and sometimes it does get dry and this gives me the moisture I need." —Shea Samuel

    Price: $18.70

    3. A Pixi Glow Tonic that is a cult-favorite, and for good reason, too. This chemical exfoliator contains 5% glycolic acid that works to whisk away dead skin cells from the surface, revealing a texture-free glow underneath.


    Promising review: "The holy grail!!! I had seen this product all over Pinterest and thought to give it a try. I will never use another toner. This has helped even out my skin, get rid of my redness, and leaves my skin glowing." —Brandy C.

    Price: $15

    4. Adapalene's 0.1% Differin Gel, that'll clear up acne and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and even smooth out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. I've used this gel in the past, and my skin was baby-smooth after getting over the inevitable first few weeks of dryness.

    a before and after shot of a person using differing gel for acne

    Be aware: always make sure to wear sunscreen when using this product.

    Promising review: "This is the only product that has ever cleared up my acne and I have tried many, including prescriptions. It took about six to eight weeks to see a difference, and it got worse before better, but it works. It has made my skin look so much better. It also doesn't dry my skin out like every other product." —Ash2008

    Price: $12.88 or Subscribe & Save for $12.24/month

    5. Cetaphil's Gentle Skin Cleanser to remove the day's leftover grime from pollution, makeup, and excess sebum, all without stripping your skin's barrier.

    a photo of the bottle on a counter

    Promising review: "It’s a pretty big bottle, and it’s very long-lasting because I’ve been using it for about a month now and it still has a lot left for me to use. This skin cleanser is very gentle on the face, it’s perfect for sensitive skin like mine, and it’s not irritating. Most face cleansers I use are irritating and they make my face burn or peel, but this one is amazing. I love it. It cleans my face and it leaves it feeling really soft. I would definitely recommend and I would but it again." —Kori

    Price: $11.90 or Subscribe & Save for $11.31/month

    6. Naturium's niacinamide serum that'll have your skin looking as bright as ever. Niacinamide is your go-to ingredient for an even, dark spot-free texture.


    Promising review: "LOVE THIS! I’ve been using this serum every morning and the vitamin c serum every night since it came in and my skin looks pore-less and Hydrated. My skin tone is looking brighter and more even. I also have to give props on the packaging. I love the clean and polished look, and the product/ingredient facts are presented in an easy-to-read way." —Sarah

    Price: $15.99

    7. Derma-E's Acne Blemish Control Treatment, because although we can't zap our zits away, we can at least use amazing spot treatments like this one by Derma-E.

    before and after one week of using the acne treatment

    Promising review: "I have struggled with acne for what seems like my entire life. I have tried so many products I've lost count. Nothing has ever worked for me like this. I've been using it every day along with the other acne products that Derma E has and it has done WONDERS for my skin. I have FINALLY found what works for me!! And I love that it is all-natural! The top pic is before and the bottom is after only one week of using it." —Rachel

    Price: $14.98 or Subscribe & Save for $14.23/month

    8. Avène's Thermal Spring Water Spray that'll deliver vital vitamins and minerals your skin needs to flourish.

    the packaging of the spring water spray

    Promising review: "I know this seems ridiculous, but I promise, it is not. It seems to calm and refresh my skin and it also feels amazing. I use it as a toner. First, I wash my face using Avene cleanser (the blue one), I spray this on and let it dry, and then I use the Embryolisse lait-creme concentre moisturizer. It is a perfect skin care routine that works and is actually a lot less expensive than most other alternatives. Try it. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised." —Amazon Customer

    Price: $18.50 or Subscribe & Save for $17.58/month

    9. Acure's vitamin C and ferulic acid serum, because antioxidants are so important when trying to fight off free radicals. Vitamin C and ferulic acid work to protect your skin against environmental stressors, while at the same time brightening the complexion.

    the packaging and bottle of the serum

    Promising review: "I've only been using this Acure serum for two days now and my skin is already so glassy and bright. I'm realizing more and more how important vitamin C is for your skin... I love the Acure brand." —Lizz Price

    Price: $17 or Subscribe & Save for $16.15/month

    10. Weleda's Skin Food that is technically a body cream, but works amazingly as an overnight moisturizing mask on the face. I've been using this at night for years, and I always wake up with even, dewy skin, no matter what.

    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; this is the stuff!!!! This is the most luxurious cream that truly continues to work. I never break out or become too greasy, yet my skin looks HYDRATED and beautiful! I have tried many expensive products, this one tops them all! I won't go without this stuff!! I LOVE IT!!!!" —Amazon Customer

    Price: $15.70 or Subscribe & Save for $14.92/month

    11. Cetaphil's DermaControl Purifying Clay Mask to reduce the appearance of acne and keep excess sebum at bay.

    a clay mask with a spatula in it

    Promising review: "I already use the Cetaphil extra gentle daily scrub. I used this mask after washing my face with the other Cetaphil product. I love that this came with a convenient tool to mix and apply the mask to your face. I left the mask on for 10 minutes, and then I washed it off. My face immediately felt smooth. I recommend using a moisturizer after." —Carson

    Price: $11.19 or Subscribe & Save for $10.63/month

    12. Aztec Secret's Indian Healing Clay Mask that's another industry favorite, and for great reasons. This mask works amazingly to soak up excess pore-clogging sebum, effectively reducing the appearance of acne. Pro tip: mix in ACV and honey into your mask to add in some anti-microbial effects to this at-home spa day.

    before and after photos of a person with acne

    Promising review: "I’ve been meaning to try this for a while after reading so many great reviews about it. It definitely surprised me. I have really sensitive skin so I tried it with water first instead of vinegar and followed it with Dr. Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner and the results are amazing. I’ve had problem skin my whole life and I’ve never had a product work so well." —Lacey Ann

    Price: $14.95

    13. Bliss' pumpkin enzyme resurfacing mask, to try if your skin is just a smidge too sensitive for AHAs and BHAs. Pumpkin enzymes gentle eat away at dead skin cells while brightening the skin. Oh, and this mask smells like pumpkins, #win.


    Promising review: "I felt a mild tingling sensation a few minutes after it was applied, which told me the fruit enzymes were doing their job. Rinses off easily and left my skin nicely exfoliated. Will continue to use!" —Sarah

    Price: $15.99

    14. The Body Shop'stea tree skin-clearing face mask that I use regularly to calm down the hormonal breakouts I deal with on the regular. It has tea tree oil in it, which has been proven to reduce appearance of even the angriest of red bumps.

    The mask in its packaging

    Promising review: "I’ve been using this once to twice a week and I’m starting to see a difference: my blemishes are slowly fading, my acne scars are smoother and this mask leaves my skin feeling and looking soft. I’ve also noticed it helps keep my oily skin and acne under control." —R.C.

    Price: $13.60 or Subscribe & Save for $12.92/month

    15. Heritage Store's rosewater and glycerin toning face mist, because the best way to keep the skin smooth and plump is through regular daily spritzes! Keep this near you for a spray that will soothe and hydrate the skin.


    Promising review: "Every time I run out of this product I immediately add another one to my cart. Rose water has so many benefits; not to mention it smells wonderful. I use it on my hair and my face: Incredibly moisturizing! My curls love it and my face stays hydrated." —Rajuan

    Price: $10.29 or Subscribe & Save for $9.45/month

    16. Hero Cosmetics' Rescue Balm that I use on my post-adult-acne dark spots that seem like they'll never go away. This formula has panthenol that will hydrate the area while beta glucan works overtime to diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation.


    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I’ve been using it on my chin for two nights for scarring from hormonal breakouts. The scars are almost gone! I had a red spot from picking that is barely visible also. Love this stuff." —Saige Against The Machine

    Price: $12.99

    17. I Dew Care's Mini Meow Mask Trio, because why buy one peel-off mask when you can have three?!

    Via, Via

    Promising review: "I found this peel based on a friend's recommendation, I couldn't wait to slather it on when it arrived. I read the instructions carefully, washed my face, wiped dry, and applied it evenly over my skin. I could feel it tightening as it dried up. The best part was peeling it off. You could see every single pore and what it pulls out of each pore. I feel like my skin looked brighter, even after just one application. After multiple uses, I see significant improvements in the texture of my problem skin. I now use this weekly or biweekly." —Cloudy Skye

    Price: $14.66 or Subscribe & Save for $13.19/month

    18. Shea Moisture's African Black Soap that will renew your skin as easy as 1, 2, 3. I have been using this cleanser for years, and I can firmly say that it is the only cleanser that keeps my skin clear and glowing all at once.


    Promising review: "I love this product. People say it helped with cystic acne. And I don’t have that but I was breaking out a lot, especially from the masks! But within a couple weeks of using this and moisturizing with oil, my skin has cleared up so much!" —Jess

    Price: $3.86 or Subscribe & Save for $3.67/month

    19. Seoul Ceuticals' Marine Mineral Plump and Glow essence, because essence is a K-Beauty secret to glowing, glass-like skin. Incorporate this essence into your routine after your toner and before your serums to deliver a surge of water to your skin.

    a before and after photoset of a persons face along with the product

    Promising review: "My skin texture has improved a lot, and my acne scars have let up majorly! I’ve used this along with this brand’s daily serum as I’ve been doing a 10-step skincare routine." —Deziree

    Price: $18.49 or Subscribe & Save for $17.57/month

    20. Innisfree's Green Tea Seed Eye Cream that will plump and smooth a dehydrated under-eye area.

    the eye cream in its green jar

    Promising review: "I cannot believe I wasted so much money on eye creams that did not help at all with my dark circles. I am so happy I found this Innisfree Green Tea Eye Cream! After the second day of using it, I noticed the difference in my dark circles that are a bit clearer. I am so happy!" —Natalia

    Price: $18.70

    21. Skinfood's Egg White Pore Mask that will remove blackheads from the nose like nothing else. Consider this mask if you find yourself pining over the satisfying goodness that is the end of a Dr. Pimple Popper video.

    a person holding the product in their hand

    Promising review: "I've used it on stubborn blackheads that wouldn't squeeze out and using this mask, it got rid of them. I was dubious, but this has become a staple in my skincare arsenal." —Jen B.

    Price: $13.49

    22. Bliss' hydrating eye gel to decrease puffiness in the under eye area while brightening the appearance of dark circles.

    a the blue tube of eye do all things hydrating gel
    bliss / Via

    Promising review: "I love this product! You only need to use a very tiny amount; the small tube lasts for months. I use it at night and in the morning to depuff and hydrate. I feel like it has reduced dark circles under my eyes. I like that it is plant-based and that the product is free from parabens, phthalates, SLS, SLES." —Patti R

    Price: $18

    23. Burt's Bees intensely hydrating cream cleanser for those of you who battle with dry skin. This cleanser is great at taking away all the buildup-causing grime while leaving your skin smooth and hydrated.

    the burt's bees cleanser

    Promising review: "I have been struggling with dry skin and acne. Either I would find something to get rid of acne but it made my face flaky and dry or I found a moisturizing wash that gave me more acne. I have been using this for a month now and it has helped clear my skin and does not dry me out." —Lauren

    Price: $9.99 or Subscribe & Save for $9.49/month

    24. Mamonde's Lip Sleeping Mask, because lip care is so important! The skin our the lips is the only skin on the face that doesn't self-moisturize, so consider this mask to deliver an intense amount of moisture to your puckers.

    Via, Via

    Promising review: "I didn't expect much from this product, I bought it on a whim at a store and fell in love with it. It was so amazing that I went to pick up a few more, but NOBODY carries it. I was relieved that I was able to find it on Amazon and stock up. This is better than any overpriced product I've used thus far and I have a pretty extensive collection due to my obsession with hydrated lips." —Whitney

    Price: $14

    25. Rael's pimple patches that I use whenever I feel a zit coming on. These pimple patches work to bring acne bumps to their head quicker, which means healing time is quicker, too. It also creates a seal that makes it impossible for you to pick, which is so important because you should never pick your pimples!


    Promising review: "I have never had this happen in my life until recently, but there’s a spot on my chin where I’ve had recurring acne. I had heard about this product before and was so excited to try them. I was very skeptical, but after one try I LOVE these!! When I removed the patch from my problem area, I could see on the spot itself had something on it! The swelling had gone down significantly, and there was no longer a visible head on my zit. I was seriously shocked." —Sean M.

    Price: $13.59 for 96 patches

    26. Evereden's Baby Lip Balm that, although it is technically for babies, I love for hydrating my dry and cracked winter lips.

    a person holding the lip balm

    Promising review: "So, full disclosure: I got this lip balm for myself, not a baby. (My youngest 'baby' just turned 4.) I am a huge fan of Evereden products and this lip balm is another great one. I like the fairly short list of ingredients and the no-fuss way you can just side some on when you need it. Overall, I'm really pleased with this lip balm. I recommend it for moms and babies alike." —Justcruzn

    Price: $9

    27. A The Ordinary's hyaluronic acid serum containing vitamin B5, an extraordinary ingredient for delivering a surge of moisture to the skin while simultaneously protecting the skin's lipid barrier. We recommend purchasing as many as you can grab a hold of.

    a person with glowing skin after using the serum

    Promising review: "I spare no expense on my skin, so when I heard about Ordinary hyaluronic acid I thought, why not see if there's a way to save a little money on one product. If it doesn't work, no great loss. After reading the reviews and watching some YouTube videos, I ordered a couple of bottles. Blown away by the results after using this! The hydration is amazing. There's no reason for me to try another brand that costs $60-$90. This is a permanent addition to my skin care routine." —$11.90

    28. And a set of muslin washcloths, because there is no better physical exfoliation than that of a muslin washcloth. These cloths gently slough dead skin cells from the skin, while doing as little damage as possible to your skin's barrier. I use a muslin washcloth every night, and I *promise* I attribute my glow to this simple little piece of cloth.

    five muslin cloths in a stack

    This set contains five muslin cloths.

    Promising review: "I use these to wash my face every day and love them. They are soft enough yet they have a little texture so they help exfoliate." —KKhow

    Price: $9.99 (available in three color packs)

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