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    22 Skincare Products Under $20 That Are Loved By Sephora Reviewers

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    1. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser helps to clean away dirt, oil, and makeup. It contains meadowfoam seed oil that'll leave skin feeling hydrated and clean, but not stripped.

    The cleanser bottle β€” it's a cream-colored, milky-looking cleanser

    To use, massage onto the skin with a small amount of water both morning and night for 30 to 60 seconds, and then rinse thoroughly. This cleanser is free of sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, and phthalates.

    Promising review: "This did a good job of taking off my face and eye makeup β€” nice to have in one product! I used this with my Clairsonic brush for a little exfoliation. I used it when my skin was super dry (I was on Accutane), and also when it was oily/combination. It worked well both times, and it leaves your skin with some hydration, but doesn't strip all of the oil out and leave you dry." β€”lindz990

    Price: $13

    2. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration provides rich, soothing moisture, so even the most itchy and irritated skin can feel smooth and hydrated.

    @firstaidbeauty / Via, Sephora

    To use, apply to your face and/or body at least twice a day or as needed for dry skin. This is cruelty-, and gluten-free, and vegan.

    Promising review: "This stuff is great for my super dry skin. It's my favorite daily moisturizer so far. I use it each morning on my combination/mostly dry skin and it goes well under my primer, and any other products for the day. When applied heavily it makes a good 'mask' for overnight. I'm very happy with this and will recommend it to anyone." β€”AndiundNaga

    Price: $14

    3. Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores only needs to be used one to two times a week for about 10 minutes at a time in order to deep clean your pores and remove excess oil. That is only 20 minutes out of 10,080 minutes in a week.

    The tube of the charcoal mask surrounded by pieces of charcoal

    Before applying this mask, wash your skin with a cleanser of your choice, and place a warm towel over your face to help open up your pores. Then, apply a generous layer of the mask, leave it on for 10 minutes, rinse it off well, and follow-up with a moisturizer of your choice. This is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and over 50 other ingredients that qualify it as a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "This mask instantly tightens my pores and leaves my face feeling incredibly smooth. My blackheads are coming out faster, and fewer pimples are popping up." β€”scheetz

    Price: $13

    4. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% may just become your new favorite product. (I, an acne-prone person, swear by my Niacinamide serum, but hey, that's just me). All you need are a few drops a day to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and congestion.

    The dropper bottle of the serum β€” the serum itself is clear
    @deciem / Via

    To use, apply a few drops of this to your entire face in the morning or evening before applying heavier creams. Note, that if topical vitamin C is part of your skincare routine, or will be part of it, it should be applied at alternate times with this serum in the a.m. It's free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

    Promising review: "THE BEST! I know its not for everyone based off the reviews, but this stuff is amazing for me. I have an oily T-zone and bumps on my forehead that never go away, and a week into using this my forehead is wayyy less red and the majority of the bumps have gone away! I think my skin purged as I had a lot of whiteheads around day three to four, and now after a week they are all gone, so push through. This stuff is great and the price is amazing." β€”Emily2899

    Price: $5.90+ (available in two sizes)

    5. Origins GinZing Oil-Free Energy Boosting Gel Moisturizer helps to wake up dull normal-oily skin, and provides 72 hours worth of hydration.


    To use, apply this moisturizer both morning and night after using your choice of serum. It's free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and more that qualify it as a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "I have been using this for about two to three weeks now every morning/occasionally at night, (I have a separate face oil moisturizer for night from a local store.) It goes on super light, but REALLY does a great job at moisturizing. It smells amazing too β€” like orange yumminess in a jar!!!! I have normal-dry skin with the occasional breakouts between my brows and chin. I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a light yet effective moisturizer. Plus, it’s cruelty free." β€”k8lynnnnn

    Price: $19

    6. Murad Clarifying Cleanser helps to not only clean away oil and skin impurities, but also helps to treat acne and prevent future breakouts. We're all about multi-purpose products here.


    To use, massage a small amount over your dampened face and neck morning and night, then rinse with warm water, and pat try. This is cruelty-, and gluten-free.

    Promising review: "So I never everrrrr write reviews, but I have to mention how great this product is. I’ve been struggling with acne since I was about 12-years-old (now 22), and I’ve literally tried every skin care and home remedy possible to try to help reduce or get rid of it. I have oily-combo skin. With the help of a few other products, this Murad cleanser has been a game-changer for me. I have been using it for two weeks now, and I have no new breakouts on my forehead (problem area), as well as the my T-zone area. I am so happy I tried this product!!! Definitely recommend if you have moderate acne! Just make sure to find a good moisturizer as your face can feel a little dry after using." β€”ilovesomalia999

    Price: $12

    7. Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 changes color while you apply it (from green to beige). If you're looking for a reason other than its color-changing properties to buy this cream, how about the fact that it does a stellar job at reducing redness and covering up blemishes?


    To use, simply apply a moderate amount after moisturizing. The color of the cream will change from green to beige, so that's cool! This is free of sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, and more.

    Promising review: "I got a small jar of this in a beauty box and loved it so much I immediately purchased the full size. I put this on my face after moisturizer, and I don't even have to wear foundation. It covers the redness on my cheeks, nose, and chin, and my skin just looks so much better. The smell is nice β€” not too strong, and reminds me of the beach." β€”geekish

    Price: $18

    8. The INKEY List Caffeine Eye Cream assists in reducing the appearance of under-eye bags, puffiness, and fine lines. Hey, you're not the only one who needs a caffeine fix during the day!

    The small tube of the eye cream

    After cleansing your face in the morning and at night, apply a small amount of the eye cream to your finger, and gently pat around the contour of the eye. It can be combined with other serums, and should be followed up with a moisturizer! It's free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and more ingredients that qualify it as a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "One application and I'm already seeing results! My extremely stubborn dark circles are less prominent and my under eyes look and feel more moisturized. I can't wait to see what a second application does! Also, I have very sensitive skin and react very quickly and severely to a lot of weird things. So far, I haven't had any adverse reactions to this product. I really wish I'd tried this sooner!" β€”KathleenNiamh

    Price: $9.99

    9. Peace Out Pore Treatment Strips work to clean dirt, dead skin cells, and excess sebum from your pores, and help minimize their appearance. All you have to do is wear the strip for a couple of hours and then chuck the deuce at all the yuckiness on the strip.

    The packaging of the strips with one blackhead strip and one pore strip next to it

    To use, simply apply a nose and/or pore strip tacky-side down on clean, dry skin, and wear for six hours or overnight. (If you're prone to sensitive skin, it's recommended to try it first for an hour, and if your skin can tolerate it, then wear it for the suggested amount of time!) These are free of sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, and more, and are cruelty-, and gluten- free.

    Promising review: "These work better than any strips I’ve used before. My pores are cleaner and smaller after using them. Sleeping with the strips on was very comfortable. I’ve already bought them for three friends to try." β€”wendybird1981

    Price: $19

    10. Clinique Liquid Facial Soap is a dermatologist-developed liquid cleansing soap that'll allow you to quickly and easily wash your face, before moving onto the next step in your skincare routine.

    The liquid facial soap surrounded by some bubbles

    To use, lather the facial soap between your palms with tepid water (two parts cold, one part boiling), massage over your face and throat, rinse, and pat dry. You should use it twice daily. It's free of parabens and phthalates.

    Promising review: "I love Clinique, and their cleansers have never failed me. No matter the season, I can use this cleanser and feel clean. It does not overdry and does not leave behind a residue. If you aren't sure which cleanser to choose, give this a try!" β€”OlderLexy

    Price: $19 (available in three varieties)

    11. Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm moisturizes and nourishes dry lips thanks to ingredients like vitamin-rich avocado oil and mongongo nut oil.

    The tube of the lippe balm

    To use, simply apply to your lips as needed. It can either be used alone as a sheer lip balm, or under a lipstick for smoother application! This is vegan, cruelty-, sulfate-, paraben-, and phthalates-free, and is a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "This is my all-time favorite lip balm. It softens and moisturizes, with a lovely combination of hydrating natural oils. I keep several on hand β€” my home Lippe, my purse Lippe, my work Lippe, and my spare Lippe!" β€”TillieF

    Price: $18

    12. Caudalie Grape Water is formulated from grapes in Bordeaux (fancy!!!), and serves a variety of purposes β€” it can be used to simply refresh and hydrate skin throughout the day, as a setting spray before your makeup routine, or to calm irritated, sensitive skin.

    The can of the grape water misting spray

    To use, mist over your face any time of the day to soothe, refresh, and moisturize your skin. It can be used as a moisturizing toner. Just be careful to not rub it in after spraying. This spray is vegan, and is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and more that qualify it as a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "I would definitely recommend this to people with sensitive skin. Most mists out there will inflame your skin with sensitizing aromatic oils and extracts, alcohols, and what not.

    In fact, this is the only mist that doesn't burn my skin. It feels nice and refreshing. I wouldn't say that it's super moisturizing, it's more of a refresher and quick irritation fix." β€”Vivbel

    Price: $10

    13. Innisfree Daily UV Defense Sunscreen SPF 36 works to hydrate and soothe irritated skin, and thanks to SPF 36, provides much-needed protection from the sun's powerful rays.

    The tube of the sunscreen

    To use, apply a dime-size amount and spread evenly onto your face. This should be used as the last step of your skincare routine before makeup, and should be reapplied every two hours when being exposed to sunlight. This is free of sulfates, parabens, formaldehydes, phthalates, and more.

    Promising review: "I've been using Innisfree moisturizers since buying some in Thailand last year, and my skin's never looked better, so I was really excited to give this a try. I have pretty sensitive skin and I find facial SPF either causes me to breakout, or leaves a white mask that clumps in my eyebrows and makes my makeup look caked on. This stuff is really good β€” it feels gentle on my skin, reduces my pores, and leaves my complexion looking toned. It's not greasy, my makeup goes on well over the top, and I haven't broken out in spots." β€”CarolineUK

    Price: $15

    14. Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask with Vitamin C is an overnight mask that works to brighten, hydrate, and plump your skin all while you're ASLEEP. Now, we just need to figure out how to do our laundry and meal-prep in our sleep, too.

    The tub of the mask

    To use, apply an even layer over freshly cleansed skin, and leave on overnight. In the morning, follow-up with your regular cleansing routine. This is vegan, cruelty-, and gluten-free, and comes in recyclable packaging. It's also free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and more ingredients making it a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "My skin is super temperamental (literally dry and flaky, also oily and prone to acne, red and sensitive, and your girl turned 30 this year on top of all that). I love this product! I use it every night and my skin is glowing, smooth, and hydrated by the morning. It seems to help with my acne as well because my skin has been the best it's ever been since I started using this. This is definitely my holy grail product and I'm addicted!" β€”Fyne

    Price: $15

    15. Herbivore Bamboo Charcoal Detoxifying Soap Bar can be used as either a facial or body soap. It provides a gentle, but deep clean, exfoliates the skin, and is an excellent choice for those who are acne-prone!

    The soap bar cut in half β€” it's charcoal-colored

    To use, lather between hands with water, and then apply generously to your face and body. This is gentle enough for everyday use! This is free of silicone, fragrance, artificial ingredients, gluten. It's also vegan, cruelty-free, and is a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    IPromising review: "I’m on my third bar of this which really says something, because overall there are sooo many products to choose from and I’m definitely the type to try new things. I love this as a body bar after an intense workout β€” I feel so fresh and clean afterwards. I never use it on my face bc I have very dry skin, but will forever buy this as a body bar!!" β€”wyllowleaves

    Price: $12

    16. MILK MAKEUP Vegan Milk Moisturizer is a rich moisturizer containing a blend of vegan milks that'll hydrate and soften your skin.


    This should be used as the final step in your skincare routine. To use, massage a dime-size amount onto your skin with your fingertips. This is vegan, cruely-, gluten-, sulfates-, parabens-, phthalates-free, and is a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "I love how lightweight this feels! It applies smoothly with no stickiness to it. Usually I get something heavier with moisture, but since I wear a surgical face mask everyday eight hours at a time for work, I just needed something that wouldn't clog up my pores because of poor ventilation, sweat, being acne-prone. Highly recommend!" β€”Nerv

    Price: $19

    17. IT Cosmetics Miracle Water Micellar Cleanser will probably become your new go-to for makeup removal. It's like putting water on your face β€” water that does an excellent job of removing dirt and oil, brightening the skin, and leaving it nice and soft.

    A person applying the cleanser to their face with a cotton round

    To use, apply to a cotton pad and then gently wipe to clean makeup. This is free of parabens and sulfates.

    Promising review: "I love this miracle water! I use it as a cleanser/toner, and I was amazed at how much dirt it takes off of my face. In addition, it doesn't leave my face feeling dried out or tight. This is a great product." β€”Dede77

    Price: $15

    18. The INKEY List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum is formulated with a peptide that promotes collagen production to plump skin, and two percent hyaluronic acid to hydrate.

    The small bottle of the serum

    To use, apply a pea-sized amount to your fingertips and gently pat into cleansed face and neck both morning and nighttime. Afterwards, you can follow-up with serums and moisturizer of your choice. This is cruelty-free, and is a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "I have very dry skin and most moisturizers don't cut it for me. This product is absolutely amazing! My skin looks fresh and moisturized all day. It doesn't get greasy. It's also greatly reduced fine lines. Love this stuff!" β€”LeslieP80

    Price: $7.99

    19. Glow Recipe Blueberry Bounce Gentle Cleanser cleans away makeup and impurities, while hydrating and exfoliating the skin with its antioxidant-rich solution.


    This can be used three different ways. To use as a cleanser, dispense one pump into your wet palms and lather, massage gently onto your skin, and then rinse thoroughly with water. To use as a makeup remover, dispense two pumps into wet palms and massage into your face and neck to remove makeup, then rinse with water. To use as a mask, apply a generous layer to clean dry skin, let it sit for five minutes, and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. This is vegan, cruelty-free, and a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "Super gentle on my sensitive skin! My skin gets very oily and nearly every cleanser I have tried leaves my skin dried out and red. This one doesn't and leaves my skin clean and fresh, without harsh irritation." β€”ItsZoey

    Price: $10

    20. LANEIGE Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer, as its name states, is a 2-in-1 system, so you can prep your skin, and hydrate it at the same time. Yay for multi-tasking that doesn't even feel like multi-tasking.

    The cream skin toner & moisturizer β€” it's white and has a milky-looking consistency

    To use, shake some into your hands, apply onto your cleansed faced, and pat gently into your skin until it's absorbed, both in the morning and at nighttime. This is free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and contains less than 1 percent of synthetic fragrances.

    Promising review: "My skin is typically dehydrated and congested by oil and dead skin. After just one use of this, it was much smoother and oil-controlled. Not sure if it's the hydration, fluid moisture, amino acids, or voodoo magic, but it has greatly improved the feel of my skin. I don't find it heavy at all for my combination skin. I use it right after cleansing, followed by a moisturizer and an occlusive." β€”mls520

    Price: $15

    21. Fresh Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer delivers up to 24 hours worth of hydration with its lightweight gel-cream. Plus, it smells good!

    The tub of the face cream β€” the cream is white

    To use, apply a generous layer to your face daily, morning and night, after cleansing and toning. This is free of sulfates, parabens, and phthalates.

    Promising review: "This is a lovely cream. First of all, the rose scent is very light and subtle, not bothersome at all β€” in fact, quite pretty! This has not caused me to break out at all like many moisturizers do. It feels fresh and light going on and keeps my face feeling hydrated all day." β€”telltaleht57

    Price: $15

    22. Evian Brumisateur Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray (yes, like the water brand), is a hydrating misting spray that's great to apply whenever your skin is... in need of a drink of water.

    A person pressing the spray portion of the can to mist out the product

    To use, generously mist yourself after cleansing, but before applying moisturizer, both morning and night. This is free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, and is a "Clean at Sephora" product.

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this!!! It's so refreshing and my skin loves the natural minerals! Use this to spray your face on a nice HOT day, or after a nice workout." β€”Brandii007

    Price: $13.50+ (available in two sizes)

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