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    29 Cheap Skincare Products That Actually Deliver Results

    If you think you have to shell out hundreds just to see results, you're wrong.

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    1. A Teddie Organics rose water toner spray for that coveted dewy complexion! Plus, this calms irritated red skin and refreshes you in moments so you can spritz away all day long.

    pale reddish skin in before, clearer more even skin in after

    It'll also restore your skin's pH balance and absorb excess oil. It's everything you want your toner to do, except now you can use it WHEREVER.

    Promising review: "I have very acne-prone and sensitive skin that is pale with pink and red undertones. I break out very easily, and my skin is irritated even by the 'sensitive skin' brands and formulas. I have used EVERYTHING under the sun to aid in redness and sensitivity, and nothing has worked to calm flare-ups like this. I wake up and my skin is glowing and peachy pale, as opposed to red and blotchy. This rose water has not only improved my skin's redness and overall tone, but it has virtually eliminated any signs on acne. I use before I put on my redness moisturizer and before bed as a refresher. I also find myself spritzing at various times of the day, because the fragrance is so pleasant." —Kathy Pancake

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    2. A Mizon collagen eye cream that'll brighten and deeply nourish your delicate under-eyes with its powerful combo of raspberry extract, argan oil, hyaluronic acid, collagen of course, and MORE. It's a superhero cream; chuck that $60 eye cream, you don't need it.

    Promising review: "Holy smokes. I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked at my under-eye bags/dark circles after applying this. I went around showing everyone in my family. I cannot rave enough about how wonderful this product is. It goes on smooth, feels very cool under the eye, and it isn't heavy at all. It evaporates really well on the skin and doesn't leave any greasy or sticky residue. This outdoes even some of the $50–$80 eye creams I have tried before. This is now my everyday eye cream. I'm done trying out new products." —Jolie Colin

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89+ (available in two sizes).

    3. An Andalou Naturals pumpkin honey glycolic mask – it uses vitamin C and exfoliating properties to treat you to brighter, clearer skin. We love to see it!, @andalounaturals / Via

    Promising review: "I've used the mask a couple times so far and I really do like it. I can mostly tell the next morning after using it, when my skin has a nice glow (which I haven't had in years due to acne and troubled skin). This product is really gentle!" —Jane Freeman

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    4. A hyaluronic acid toner because it's about time you incorporate toner into your routine! This hydrates with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera, stimulates collagen regeneration (meaning your skin will be back to its bouncy texture), and helps heal acne scars. Whoop-whoop!

    the bottle

    Promising review: "This is my third bottle of this amazing toner. My face has gone from oily to a nice balanced clear skin that is oh-so-soft and hydrated. I can't recommend this toner enough. I have had skin problems and a very oily complexion my entire life. I can hardly believe the amazing results." —Lori R

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    5. And a The Ordinary hyaluronic acid serum — it's super cheap but super effective. All you need is a few drops so it lasts you a while, and this vegan formula helps prevent excess oil production, adds hydration, and boosts brightness — for less than $7!

    the clear bottle / Via @deciem

    Promising review: "So affordable with great results. I’ve used it every day and night after washing my face for the past month and I’ve seen a great difference in how hydrated my skin is. Worth every penny!" —reedlapage

    Get it from Sephora for $6.80 (available in two sizes).

    6. A Paula's Choice pore cleanser for its salicylic acid ingredient, which helps temper down breakouts, redness, and uneven skin tone by gently removing excess oil and dirt. It's a great cleanser for acne-prone skin.

    Promising review: "I'm happy to say that this face cleanser is doing a lot for my skin! I've had long-standing adult acne and skin irritation ever since I entered my twenties and have gone through so many face cleansers and acne treatment products that I can no longer count all of them. I've had this product for almost a week now and I use it in the morning and at night in the shower. Every single time I've used it my skin feels clean, but not dry at all! My acne, scars, redness, and irritation has all starting to slowly disappear, and I can't wait to see what my skin will look like in a month or two!" —Alliethealligator

    Get it from Amazon for $13.

    7. A set of Nip + Fab glycolic cleansing pads that cost less than a dollar per pad, which is a miracle in the land of overpriced peels. These help improve skin texture and resurface new skin with 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and witch hazel. The low concentration also means it's gentle enough for acne-prone types!

    Nip + Fab

    FYI, the witch hazel is there to soothe and tone your skin (to balance out the other exfoliating properties). I don't have to tell you how great a deal $13 is for glycolic acid. Bless.

    Promising review: "I am new to the world of AHAs and glycolic acid, so I'm not sure how this product measures up to others similar to it. But I'll never go back to NOT exfoliating. I've noticed my stubborn acne scars fading drastically after only a week of using these nightly. My recurring acne in those areas seem to be dying down, and my overall skin tone seems to be brightening. I am really impressed so far!" —Laila Hoenes

    Get a jar of 60 pads from Amazon for $9.09.

    8. A Seoul Ceuticals vitamin C serum because a vitamin C serum should be a staple in any skincare routine! This not only helps brighten dark spots and discoloration but also balances that out with hyaluronic acid, nourishing and soothing irritation while keeping your credit card intact.

    Promising review: "This by far is the best skincare-grade vitamin C I have used. My skin has a great natural glow. My skin tone is even and the fine lines around my corner of the eye area are less noticeable. This product come well-packaged and as a lovely light citrus smell. I use it morning and night with no sensitivities. I love this product and will definitely repurchase it." —Carmen

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    9. A pack of oil-blotting sheets made with natural linen fibers and organic green tea to whisk away the oil on your entire face anytime, anywhere, any day while soothing irritation. The sheets are soft on your skin, they don't disturb makeup, and come with 100 in a pack so they last forever. Such a holy grail!,

    These have been my go-to oil blotters for years now. I love them and I think nothing else works quite as well! They're effective and make you look fresh again in seconds. I can't get enough and always buy two or three together for fear of not having any as backup when I run out! —Nusrat

    Promising review: "My new go to blotting sheet. These are a great value and work better than more expensive blotters I’ve used. They are a large size so 1 is usually more than enough for 1 use as I get really oily. I will be purchasing these again, next time I’ll buy the compact for it! If you have oily skin, and especially if you wear makeup and don’t want to look cakey from reapplying powder over and over then these are for you. I can’t wash my face 10 times a day and these do a great job at making me look fresh without overwashing. I really can’t say enough good things about these." —Jill H

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95 (available also in bamboo charcoal).

    10. A FaceTory balancing facial cream to help you quickly calm redness and inflammation. It uses a gentle combo of vitamins A and C and artemisia extract so it also gently brightens your skin tone while it's working. Sounds good to me!

    the tube

    Promising review: "After only a week of use, my fiancé asked, 'What have you been doing to reduce the red spots on your face?' and honestly, that is all I needed to hear to know this was working! I have very dry skin that easily breaks out, and this — along with the toner sprayhave done true wonders in only a week! For the first time in my adult life, it is the week of my period and I AM NOT BREAKING OUT! This product has not only prevented breakouts, but had eased the appearance of acne scars! I’m hooked!" —Juliapaulette

    Get it from Amazon for $7.21.

    11. A Sioris face mist for use as a nourishing toner, mist, and serum for your thirsty skin. It's made with 78% organic fruit water (sourced from green plum or yuja) and oils like macadamia for long-lasting moisture. The ingredients are harvested in Korea during peak season for freshness!

    the mist bottle in size small and large

    This has no parabens, artificial fragrance, additives, or harmful chemicals. Shake before applying.

    Both Sioris and Ohlolly are small businesses so it's a win-win here! Sioris is a clean brand with vegan certified formulas that have organically farmed, in-season ingredients. Their mission is to make skincare simple and effective.

    Ohlolly is POC- and woman-owned small business based in California. It's founded by two sisters who are on a mission to curate the finest in Korean skincare and bring authentic K-beauty to the masses. They seek out plant-based products with unique ingredients that are hard to find anywhere else.

    Promising review: "I loved this! It’s not thick but just a thin layer. It gave me that glow that I don’t get with other products. Also, a barrier for skin that I need during the winter. Its a great addition to the products that I already use to layer because my skin just drinks it up. Would definitely purchase again. I tend to have hormonal acne on my chin so I use this in that area and a cream after and it doesn’t clog my pores. I would recommend buying some sort of headband if you don’t want the product to get in your hair. Make sure to shake it before applying!" —Nayzeth

    Get it from Ohlolly for $8+ (available in two sizes). You can also get the large size from Amazon for $21.99.

    12. An I Dew Care overnight lip mask to really spoil yourself, take care of your lips, and make sure you have the most kissable lips around. The buttery formula of cocoa butter, hibiscus flower extract, and vitamin C makes sure of that.

    the tub

    It comes with a lil' spatula so you don't have to use your fingers.

    Promising review: "I was struggling really badly with chapped lips and just could not find a product that helped enough. I bought this based on the reviews and I'm so glad I did! It has not disappointed me! I use it at night before going to bed and I wake up and can still feel the product on my lips. It's very thick and a little goes a long way. The little spatula that it comes with is nice to help get the product out of the jar without getting it all over your hands. I have seen a very noticeable difference in my lips since using this product. My lips are so much softer and not at all chapped anymore! I will definitely continue using this product!" —Caitlin

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    13. A set of Etude House sheet masks — you'll learn pretty quick why these are a fave in Japan! These masks are lightweight, nonsticky, and address different concerns so you can have your pick for the day, sit back, relax, and refresh!

    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    You get 13 formulas: collagen (moisturize), pomegranate (glow), strawberry (brighten), snail (firm), Manuka honey (moisturize), lemon (energize), ceramide (deeply moisturize), green tea (calm), aloe (hydrate), tea tree (moisturize and clear), hyaluronic acid (hydrate), pearl (brighten), and damask rose (recharge).

    Read more about why my colleague loves this her Etude House sheet mask review.

    Promising review: "These sheet masks are so light and thin, but so effective with their essence. The essence isn't sticky at all and there's so much of it which you can apply to your neck, hands, knees, etc. for deep moisturizing. These don't have any irritating ingredients that can trigger sensitive skin and acne. I highly recommend these sheet masks — I stock up on them, honestly." —Yasmine V.

    Get a pack of 13 from Amazon for $13.99.

    14. A set of Avarelle acne patches (also available in extra large) because pimple patches are basically a requirement to have nowadays. Not only do these make your pimples vanish but the cover over them will prevent you from picking at them.,

    Reviewers say they blend in with their skin so they can wear them throughout the day!

    Promising review: "I’ve been experimenting with these for the last month and a half, and I am in love. They are really thin and blend into my highly freckled face incredibly well...I have gone out in public twice with them on, because when I did my last second mirror check before I got out of the car, I didn’t notice I had them on! While they absolutely help clean out the skin underneath, the biggest thing it does for me is stops me from touching my face. When I'm stressed out, I will absentmindedly touch/run my hands along my face and jaw constantly. Now, when I notice I’m doing that, I run into the bathroom and put these on any spots I have. Since they are thin and stick really well, I am able to leave them alone and stop touching my face." —MelsBells

    Get a box of 40 round patches for $8.49 and a box of 8 extra-large patches for $8.50, both from Amazon.

    15. A Tend Skin treatment for getting rid of razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Aren't they just great? 🙃 Spread this onto whichever body part you plan on shaving (it's safe for the bikini area) and your skin irritation and bumps will vanish! You can use this after laser hair removal treatments too.

    a before reviewer photo of an armpit with inflamed bumps and an after photo of the same reviewer with no bumps

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. You would never believe it, but it works wonders. One of the worst parts of summer for me is razor burn and chafing/irritation, particularly at the beach when the hair follicles on my legs dry up from the saltwater. This stuff prevents ALL of that. No bumps, no pain, nothing. The best part? It doesn't matter when you put it on. Before you shave, after you shave, even when you're not shaving, going to the beach, getting back from the beach, etc. It just always works." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    16. A lavender calming bar because it uses real lavender petals that you can see around the soap to gently exfoliate while its anti-bacterial properties temper inflammation and irritation. You get a soothing cleansing experience and softer skin!

    a pile of the lavender bars, showing the petals
    Bomb'd Aesthetics

    Bomb'd Aesthetics is a small biz focusing on holistic care for sensitive skin using natural ingredients.

    Promising review: "OK so, I have always been wary of using natural soaps because the ones I've tried in the past have really dried out my skin but oh my gosh these bars are AMAZING! It doesn't dry out my skin and leaves it feeling so soft. Not to mention, the scent is gorgeous. I will never go back to traditional body washes or big name brands again — these bars are too good!" —Sophia

    Get it from Bomb'd Aesthetics for $9.

    17. A set of COSRX one-step toner pads to calm redness and irritation with but a swipe! The green tea leaf water and witch hazel is a foolproof combo to do that while minimizing pores, decreasing excess oil, and soothing. Your skin + this = spa date.

    @cosrx / Via

    Fret not if calming redness isn't your goal! These also come in a moisturizing formula with propolis extract and hyaluronic acid to replenish hydration, as well and smooth and clear your skin, AND a skin-clearing formula to minimize pores and quickly recover broken-out complexions.

    Promising review: "Wow! I’m 38 and I have been going through a difficult patch in life lately and as a result, my jawline and neck have been breaking out. I had those horrible node-type zits that stick around for an eternity and clusters of red ones that just never seem to heal. These came in the mail and I sort of slapped them on and held them there, and they’ve made all the difference in the world. The next day, there was an immediate difference. The red non-healing ones were GONE, just like that. The nodes were gone or significantly shrunken on day two. I wish I had these when I was a teenager and heck, all of my life." —Jennifer S. Pugh

    Get a pack of 70 pads from Amazon for $18.70 (available in three formulas).

    18. A Krave Beauty cleanser for a super clean face without the super tight feel. In fact, cleansers that make your skin feel "squeaky clean" are often stripping away natural oils on your skin! This one's gentle gel-based formula leaves your skin feeling hydrated and silky.

    cleanser on top of matcha powder
    @kravebeauty / Via

    Krave Beauty is a Korean woman-owned small biz that believes in simplicity and aims to make skincare easy and stress-free in an oversaturated and complicated industry. They believe in respecting the skin and restoring it back to health.

    Promising review: "Upon first use, my sensitive skin didn't turn red or breakout! This is a great gentle cleanser that doesn't strip and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. There is a slight fragrance but nothing overpowering which I love. This is also one of the few gel like cleansers that I've tried that's easier to wash off. Some of them feel a bit too slimey and take a bit more effort to completely wash off, but not this one. I'll definitely be repurchasing in the future!" —Sydney

    Get it from Krave Beauty for $16.

    19. An affordable retinol serum you can incorporate into your routine to balance your skin, stimulate collagen, and fade stubborn hyperpigmentation. Retinol is a strong ingredient so give your skin time to adjust.,

    This particular retinol serum is combined with 10% hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, witch hazel, jojoba oil, and green tea to not only exfoliate but *nourish* your complexion. Meaning your skin will be balanced and hydrated, instead of over-exfoliated.

    Promising review: "My skin is so sensitive! I am 35 and have struggled with acne since I was a teen. I have been prescribed so many medications from the dermatologist. I had been using tretinoin, but it really dried my skin out. It was hard to wear makeup, because it would flake off. I decided to give this serum line a try and have been so impressed by the results. I have been using this for two months and my skin is beautiful. I get an occasional breakout, but it goes away quickly. My skin is so soft — no dryness at all! My blackheads have cleared up, too! I have had no adverse reactions and like I said, my skin is so sensitive. Give it a try!!!" —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $11.95.

    20. A Holy Snails First Snow Essence because it's featherlight like snowflakes, and its ceramides complex keeps your skin barrier healthy. Two dozen hanbang (traditional Korean herbs and medicine like ginger and horse chestnut) soothe and hydrate, leaving a silky finish to your complexion.

    the bottle
    Holy Snails

    Holy Snails is a small indie K-beauty biz that's POC-owned, woman-owned, and cruelty-free. They actually started as K-beauty blog in 2014! They make their products weekly in microbatches with functional packaging to ensure freshness and ability to reuse or recycle, reducing waste. We stan!

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! There's no burning, no itching, no tingling. It's fungal acne-safe and leaves a hydrated feeling to my skin. My skin is finally happy! I ordered the trial size, so please hurry! I'm in love!" —Angela

    Get it from Holy Snails for $10+ (available in two sizes).

    21. An Etude House soft silicone brush that'll really get into your pores and deeply cleanse, massage, and exfoliate without irritating. It foams up nicely and the cute funny jellyfish shape will make your routine even more fun!


    After each use, just separate the brush and the sponge from inside and dry.

    Promising review: "I was looking for a soft scrubbie for my face and when I saw this cute little guy, I knew it'd be perfect — and it is! The top is scrubby but not too abrasive, so I can scrub pretty hard without it scratching the bejeezus out of my face. There is a sponge inside that fills up with whatever soap I'm using so I don't have to worry about running dry. I use a stick cleanser, rub it on my face, scrub away with this thing, and rinse it out under the water. The inside sponge is removable so if you don't like it for some reason, you can just take it out. I bought this thing months ago and it is still in perfect condition with daily use and its adorable little face is still intact. I mean, just look at it. How could anyone not want it in their life immediately?" —TF

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    22. A Son & Park water that tones, mildly exfoliates with willow bark and papaya, soothes with lavender and rosewater, and resets the skin's natural pH level. It's a versatile cleansing water that'll help you get brighter skin, smoother texture, and make absorption of other skincare products easier. What a ~beauty~ indeed.

    the bottle
    Choc Choc

    I never go anywhere without this. Its scent is subtle but divine, and it's really one of my holy grails.

    Choc Choc is a small business that handpicks the best Korean skincare and cosmetics on the market. "Choc choc" means "well-moisturized" in Korean and is used to describe luminous skin!

    Get the travel size from Choc Choc for $7.99.

    23. A Radha Beauty rosehip oil because it organically deals with blemishes, discoloration, and dry skin — all those pesky things that contribute to a dulled complexion — with a blend of fatty acids and antioxidants. It has thousands of 5-star reviews for a reason!

    Promising review: "This oil is amazing!! It has evened out my skin tone, balanced my oily and dry patches, and cleared up blemishes all in only two weeks of use. This is the best my skin has ever looked. Everyone needs to use this oil! This has made such a difference with my skin that friends and coworkers are even noticing. I lather it on generously every night, and again in the morning. The oil does have an orange color but once it is absorbed into the skin you can't notice. My only complaint is that it has left a little orange stain behind on my pillow cases. But if that is what it takes for me to have beautiful skin, I can deal with it!" —Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    24. A La Roche-Posay foaming facial cleanser that's super, super gentle (but effective) so it's perf for sensitive skin, and well worth the investment — I mean, do you see its size? It'll last you a great while!

    the bottle
    @larocheposayusa / Via

    Promising review: "This has the same milky, nonfoaming texture as Cetaphil and CeraVe, but is visibly better and faster at dissolving makeup and dirt. It's clean-rinsing, there's no need to 'tissue off', and there's no need for 'double cleansing'. It takes literally just a few rubs to break down makeup, vs. the longer emulsifying time of other brands, both of which don't take off mascara very well. But this does the job! My face is left sparkling clean with no residue, but not feeling tight or dry." —nycgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in two formulas).

    25. A Hanalei sugar lip scrub because we all hate dry flaky unkissable lips. This uses Hawaiian raw cane sugar to exfoliate and moisturizes with shea butter so pucker up!

    the tub

    Promising review: "This works so, so well for me. I have struggled with dry, chapped lips forever. I have had breakouts of perioral dermatitis that has affected my lips. I am also an anxious lip-biter. Lately I have been trying to take better care of my skin, lips included. This is the first lip scrub I have ever tried. First of all, this stuff smells incredible and doesn't leave a bad taste on your lips. It is super easy to use. And I never see any dry skin on my lips after using it. I have actually been able to wear lipstick multiple days in a row which I NEVER do, because it always used to dry my lips out and look flaky. I will definitely continue to use this." —Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    26. A Mario Badescu healing powder that not only heals your skin by concealing and treating acne and reducing irritation but also doubles as a setting powder! Reviewers say it helps with maskne too!


    PLUS! It leaves room for your pores to breathe, rather than clogging them.

    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible! I have now been using it for three years and every time I get close to running out, I go and buy another one right away. I have adult moderate cystic acne and this stuff really calms it down and helps with redness. Anytime I feel like I am getting a pimple or can see the under-the-skin bump, I will lather this healing powder all over it all day long. Definitely a go-to product and I highly recommend to anyone who suffers from incredibly painful and stubborn cystic acne." —justanothercollegestudent

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    27. An Alba Botanica pineapple enzyme facial cleanser — this cool cleanser uses pore-minimizing papaya and pineapple enzymes with acne-clearing exfoliants to brighten and refresh. The huge size of the bottle means you also get your money's worth!

    the bottle
    @albabotanica / Via

    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 $9.50.

    28. An organic African black soap you can use to treat breakouts pretty much everywhere (be gone backne!). It helps brighten dark spots too!

    Promising review: "I started taking medication that breaks my skin out pretty badly. I have tried medicated acne products to eradicate this unwanted side effect to my oral medicines. At first they seemed to work; but I had to stick with them for several days in order to see results. The very first time I used this brand of black soap, I could immediately see and feel how clean my skin got. I was consistent with washing my face with this soap every day for the first two weeks but slacked off for the past two weeks; however, my skin is mostly clear of pimples. The dark spots are also lightening. My overall complexion has improved noticeably and I am grateful." —Marge

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    29. A Jivi moisturizer that makes use of all-natural ingredients to give you all-day hydration without chemicals or irritation. That's thanks to its cucumber peel and aloe vera! But there's more! It also has SPF 12 mineral sunscreen! A good deal if you ask me.

    @meetjivi / Via, @meetjivi / Via

    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 $13.99 (available in two formulas).

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

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