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Here's What I Use On My Face That Doesn't Cost $1,000

Affordable and effective.

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Hey, guys! I'm James. I had really bad acne as a kid and I was on Accutane twice. Accutane is a Vitamin A derivative that can treat severe acne. It was ... interesting. My skin cleared up, but it was dry, cracked, and scarred. I had to sign a bunch of waivers before taking it, too. Luckily, it worked for me and wiped out most of my cystic acne, but that doesn't mean I don't have to take care of my skin today...

Now, I'm 26 and while acne is still concern of mine (I still get pimples sometimes), aging skin has taken priority! Here's what I use everyday on my skin to keep it clean, clear, supple, and glowing!

1. Bioré Charcoal Acne Cleanser is my newfound fave.

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If you're acne prone like me, you know how important it is to cleanse twice per day with something that lathers. I either use a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. This one has salicylic acid in it and it totally absorbs oil as you lather! It's very cooling, too! Perfect for puffy mornings. If you're very acne prone, I'd suggest Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash. It's classic and it works. I use this morning and night!

Get it from Amazon for $5.85

2. Nip + Fab Dragon's Blood Fix Serum is literally my favorite thing to apply right after washing my face in the morning.

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Dragon's blood is amazing because it's packed with hyaluronic acid which plumps fine lines and wrinkles and gets your face ready for a moisturizer. Think of this as your hydrating shot serum before you apply moisturizer with SPF! The serum smells like grapefruit and has an amazing cooling effect that can also reduce any swelling or puffiness you might have after waking up in the morning. If you really want it to knock your socks off, put this shit in the fridge. Amazing, show stopping, etc.

Get it from Amazon for $8.44

3. Kiehl's Facial Fuel is my daily AM moisturizer that I apply right after my Dragon's Blood has absorbed (can you tell that I have used every drop? Lmaooooo)

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This rich moisturizer is a no-brainer for oily skin. My skin drinks this stuff. Just enough to make me look hydrated and dewy, but not SO much that it leaves greasy oils on my face. It smells like good skin and feels like silk. Some days I just want to sit at home and soak in a bath of this.

Get it from Amazon for $32.02

4. Dr. Bronner's Orange Ginger Organic Lip Balm is hands down the best lip balm I've ever used.

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This super silky balm goes on effortlessly and leaves my lips hydrated for at least eight hours. I like to apply in the morning and at night. The scent actually puts me to sleep, but it's not at all over powering. I hate chapped lips and this always prevents that for me!

Get an assorted four pack from Amazon for $12.

5. I'm obsessed with CeraVe Eye Repair Cream for morning and night.

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This cream is perfect for blurring lines that exist and preventing lines from forming. It keeps my lids bouncy, but never balmy. A lot of my friends forget the skin around their eyes and it really does make all the difference! People literally look directly at your eyes all day so it only makes sense to make the skin around them look great.

Get it from Amazon for $10.23

6. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Night Cream is a true lifesaver.

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This product has Retinol in it, which, if you haven't started using in your 20s, you should. Retinoids have come a long way and they can help fight everything from wrinkles to acne by accelerating cell turnover! There are a few things to note here, though. For one, only use this at night and do not let it touch your eyelids or under eye. You should also follow this up with a lightweight moisturizer to help blend and dilute it so you don't irritate your skin.

Get it from Amazon for $17.97

7. Last, but not least is my one true love: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion.

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This is the crown jewel of my skincare regimen. You can build on it. Wear it alone. Reapply it. The best thing? It never ever irritates my skin or clogs my pores. This is my go-to moisturizer and I recommend it for all skin types. You can even smear this over your eyelids if you run out of eye cream. Use day or night and with literally any other product!

Get it from Amazon for $10.59

Until next time, happy moisturizing!