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    37 Cheap Skincare Products That Are Better Than Expensive Brands

    Everything in this list is under $20. We know, and, you're welcome 😘.

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    1. Etude House Air Masks replace overpriced products with refreshing ingredients that address different skincare goals (think: manuka honey to repair the skin's barrier, pomegranate to make you glow from within, and aloe to hydrate).

    2. La Roche-Posay gel cleanser assists in conquering your new arch nemesis: Maskne (without the need for pricey treatments). It's composed of salicylic acid that'll kick blackheads and whiteheads to the curb — so you can toss out your disposable face coverings knowing that any pimple-causing bacteria is joining them.

    3. 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.*

    4. 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.

    Reviewer showing before and after using the eye cream

    5. Eco Tools Facial Cleansing Brush delves deep into pores and buffs away dead skin at a quarter of the price of those ~fancy electric brushes. Even tag-teamed with a budget-friendly cleanser, this mini device will take down makeup, oil, and dirt in a flash. Daily skin pollutants have met their match.

    The cleansing brush

    6. Versed Overnight Facial strips your routine down by getting to work while you catch your beauty sleep. Unlike $$$ exfoliants that require your undivided attention, this leave-on formula is nondrying and contains glycolic acid, vitamin A, and rosehip oil to deliver ::chef's kiss:: results in the a.m. And! It won't leave residue behind on your nice, white pillow.

    7. Jergens Wet Skin Lotion saves you time and dollars by hydrating damp, just-showered skin — so even the laziest of skin fanatics can achieve a fully moisturized bod' before they even step out of the tub.

    the lotion

    8. Jivi Moisturizer provides your skin with all-day hydration thanks to a powerhouse blend of shea butter and cucumber peel. And what about sun protection? Oh, you bet your bottom dollar you'll be shielded from rays with mineral SPF 12, sans skin-irritating chemicals.

    9. Avarelle Acne Absorbing Cover Patches combat blemishes powerfully and blend in with the tone of your complexion – so you can get on with your day knowing that a lil' cost-effective sticker is doing all the work and you don't have to lift a finger. (Except for when you have to remove it and ~satisfyingly~ see all the gunk that gets sucked out of your pores!)

    10. CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash features ceramides and hyaluronic acid to rehydrate your face in an inexpensive, non-oily, breakout-free fashion — so if you suffer from flaky winter skin and you happen to be acne-prone, this noncomedogenic option might be for you.

    Reviewer showing their skin before and after with less severe acne after using the wash

    11. La Roche-Posay Face Wash Cleanser gets you your money's worth since reviewers say its foaming technology goes a LONG way (and just look at the size of it!). Plus, its gentle formula works wonders to remove makeup, excess oil, and impurities all while leaving your precious sensitive skin with its natural layer. This is now a strip-free zone!

    Hand pumping the cleanser with words "pump pump"

    12. Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips wrench out blackheads, dirt, and oil from clogged pores at a fraction of the price of a profesh' extraction session — so your nose and forehead will feel refreshed of unsightly spots and your conscience will be clear knowing you didn't spend an arm and a leg on a costly treatment.

    Reviewer showing the extracted blackheads

    13. The Seaweed Bath Co. Body Cream replenishes thirsty skin with argan oil, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, aloe, *and* bladderwrack seaweed to feed malnourished cells. Because if you can spend $15+ on a green juice that lasts a few sips, you can spend less than that on everlasting results for your bod.

    The seaweed cream

    14. Garnier SkinActive Super Hydrating Sheet Masks brighten, soften, and refresh your moneymaker with hyaluronic acid and pomegranate extract — aka you can slap one of these on your face and give yourself a pat on the back for achieving the most affordable, dewiest of glows.

    15. Andalou Naturals Glycolic Brightening Mask resurfaces dull skin cells with a fall-favorite ingredient: pumpkin. Turns out our halloween icon is rich in vitamin A, which improves skin's texture for a softer, smoother complexion. Better yet, you can achieve a sun-filled glow without parting with your home or half of your paycheck.

    The orange mask

    16. Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil heals your skin with all-natural components that tackle redness, scarring, pimples, and everything in-between. This stuff is basically liquid gold (without the price tag) and the moment it hits your skin you'll wonder where its been your whole life.

    17. Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser effortlessly removes stubborn waterproof makeup, moisturizes, and deep-cleanses your pores — all in one single step. Hello, money saver! At the end of each day, your skin will feel so clean and buttery soft that you won't be able to stop looking at your glowing reflection.

    The cream cleanser

    18. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is for our skin minimalists who favor a more stripped back, does-it-all-for-you formula — this one product can target Sahara-like dryness from your face to feet. It's time to bid overcomplicated and overpriced routines adieu!

    Reviewer before and after showing less severe skin issues

    19. Shea Moisture African Black Soap hits the pause button on fine lines with shea butter and balances acne-causing oils with all-natural 'gredients like cocoa pods and plantains. So from your head to your derrière and below, you can feel clean, refreshed, and free of bodily breakouts for less than five smackaroos!

    The bar of black soap

    20. PleasingCare Natural Green Tea Oil Absorbing Tissues take blotting sheets to the next skin-loving level because they actually cleanse your face as well. The next time your forehead becomes more reflective than the screen you stare at for a million hours each day, you can swipe away shine *and* impurities in a flash (and for less cash than high-end brands that just deal with one skin concern).

    Reviewer showing oil on sheet

    21. 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.

    22. Body Butter by Keba locks and secures moisture with naturally decadent ingredients that will instantly melt into your skin like butter on a warm piece of bread. Their secret? Candelilla wax, which absorbs quickly and works as a natural skin conditioner — it also helps with the appearance of stretch marks without the need to shell out for a separate product.

    The body butter

    23. Cosmedica Skincare Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum drenches your parched winter skin with nothing but brightening, balancing, replenishing hyaluronic acid. Seriously, there's never been a more simple recipe for bouncy, even-toned skin: ~Hya-lujah~ for holy grail products on the cheap!

    Reviewer showing before and after using the serum, now with calm skin

    24. Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads exfoliates lackluster skin with 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, and a light moisturizer. Even if you're mid-breakout, this potion in a pad is gentle enough to tackle active pimples. And costs *way* less than a dollar per pad — that's a deal we cannot pass up!

    25. Tend Skin Care Solution rids your skin of pesky ingrown hairs and razor bumps that are just ~the pits~. And when used regularly pre- or post-hair removal, it drastically reduces the appearance of skin irritations.

    Reviewer showing before and after irritated skin in their underarms

    26. Aquaphor Lip Repair reverses the appearance of incredibly annoying chapped lips (particularly an annoyance in frigid temps) with moisturizing ingredients like vitamins, shea butter, and soothing chamomile. So you can kiss goodbye to painful lip slits that leave you looking ~pouty~ and say hello to your new affordable, year-round savior.

    model applying the balm

    27. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel locks in moisture for 24 hours and firms up your skin with hyaluronic acid. Its water-based gel consistency glides on seamlessly and holds up as a perfect base layer for makeup application. Reviewers swear by its effectiveness as an affordable alt to the high-priced skincare lines 💦.

    The hydro boot gel

    28. Ebanel Bio Drying Lotion delivers impressive (but affordable) overnight results on cystic, painful acne that's lived with you for so long that you've given it a name. In three simple steps of dip, dab, and dry, you'll be saying sayonara to ~Fred~ and his siblings.

    29. Burt's Bees Hydrating Stick benefits dehydrated complexions and bank accounts in one on-the-go applicator with aloe water — because streamlining our beauty routine on a budget is finally an achievable task. And reviewers say this can be used on dry hands as well!

    The hydrating stick

    30. Handmade Heroes Ultra Sexy Scrub enlists the help of avocado oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil to both gently exfoliate *and* hydrate your lips. You'll finally be able to wave ta-ta to fancy masks that wish they could have half the components this vegan formula was born with.

    Hand dipping finger in the scrub

    31. Aztec Indian Healing Clay Mask shows breakouts and cystic acne who's boss. This cult-fave treatment doesn't come with a hefty price tag either, so your skin and mind can rest easy knowing that this ~sucker~ cleared your pores without making a severe dent in your savings.

    Reviewer before and after showing less severe acne

    32. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser minimizes pores with a refreshingly fruity star-studded face wash. Purifying pineapple and papaya work to smooth away any trace of winter to reveal a sunny, clear complexion. Not to mention, you'll be so happy the next time you realize you have leftover cash to treat yourself to a yummy lunch.

    The face wash

    33. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water confronts oil-ridden complexions with a mattifying formula that wins at keeping your skin shine-free. No rinsing or leftover residue — just clear, makeup-free skin achieved by drug-store prices. Ka-ching!

    The micellar water

    34. Aveeno Eczema Therapy Daily Moisturizing Cream soothes flaky, irritated, darn right painful complexions with a simple, budget-friendly salve containing oat and glycerin goodness. Because, LBH, having to spend top dollar to fix these skin concerns is just as annoying as the blemishes themselves.

    35. Pacifica Beauty Super Flower Rapid Response Face Oil boasts high-flying ingredients like rose and blue tansy oils, but doesn't cost as much as their monikers make out. This skincare step responds to wilting skin and supercharges it with vitamins A and C, and fatty acids — aka a cocktail your skin is ready to drink before 5pm.

    The face oil

    36. Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner cleans skin and works just as well (if not better) than most pricey toners. It turns out you don't need a fancy name to remove makeup and debris without causing irritation or overdrying.

    The toner

    37. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter prides itself on luxuriously removing waterproof makeup while simultaneously refreshing your skin with rich chamomile, without the accompanying dollar signs. Blessed with good skin and more savings, look at you go!

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