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    41 Affordable But Effective Skincare Products To Help You Start A Routine

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    1. Avarelle Hydrocolloid Acne Patches are almost undetectable and infused with redness-fighting cica, zit-fighting tea tree, and skin-calming calendula oil to stop blemishes from overextending their invitation on your face — just clean the blemish, pop on a patch, and watch the patch absorb pus and deflate the sucker in just a few hours. *mind blown*, @avarellecosmetics / Via

    These babies go perfectly under makeup, if you wear it, and form a ~protection bubble~ around the pimples, so they're not exacerbated by your foundation.

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now.) I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself, and your complexion, huge favor! Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    Get a pack of 40 from Amazon for $8.50.

    Check out our full review of the Avarelle acne patches for more info!

    2. Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel keeps oily T-zones and pimples in check, and generally washes out every last bit of pore-clogging dirt from your face — so you are only left with a clean, refreshed face ready for all the moisture-loving essences, serums, and lotions your skin can take!

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I've always gotten the rose petal and it's SO gentle on my skin, whenever I'm breaking out it cools down any irritation or swelling and leaves my face feeling soft and refreshed. This is for sure a go-to product for me." —kennnnny

    Get it from Amazon for $8.31+ or Urban Outfitters for $11 (available in Original, Rose Petal, Lavender, and Cucumber; also available in a travel-sized version).

    Check out our full review of Thayers Witch Hazel for all the deets!

    3. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is a powder-to-paste mask you create by mixing with equal parts of raw apple cider vinegar and/or water — it's basically magical, pimple-healing face sauce with an average 4.4 star rating across over 14 THOUSAND AMAZON REVIEWS. ✨

    BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Promising review: "Wow. Just wow. I've been dealing with cystic acne since I was a teenager (I'm 24 now) and I've tried absolutely everything on the market, but I have very sensitive skin and have never seen any real improvement. However, I have been blown away by the long-term results of using this mask. I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply it several times a week when my skin is really bad – and no irritation, no dryness, nothing. My skin hasn't been bad for a while so I only use it about once a week now, and it always destroys every single pimple that emerges. It does bring underlying pimples to a head and that can be a little disturbing at first, but it is so worth it for the end result. I had been considering taking Accutane, but this product has made me completely reconsider." —Heather E.

    Get a one-pound jar from Amazon for $9.99 and a two-pound jar for $14.95.

    Check out this video/post about when we tried out the mask for ourselves!

    4. Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser leaves your skin feeling clean, refreshed, and tingly — it goes deep within your pores to totally empty them out and really gives skin (especially oily types) the reset it needs!

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    Promising review: "I haven’t had it for a full month yet, but already my skin has been breaking out less and less with this product. It helps me with 99% removal or dirt and foundation on my face. I know this because after I use a toner, there isn’t any discoloration on the cotton ball, which indicates that there is no dirt in my pores. I also love how refreshing this feels on my face. It’s like I slapped mint on my face." —Jessica Nguyen

    Get it from Amazon for $5.64, or two cleansers and a pack of pore strips for $13.29.

    5. Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule contains — as the name suggests — 80% snail filtrate extract (no snails were harmed in this process!), which is really effective for soothing inflammation and smoothing skin texture, so you *know* your face is well taken care of. And it absorbs instantly, so it doesn't feel heavy or sticky at all., Amazon

    Promising review: "This serum is magical! I could see results after about four to five days of using this. I put it on directly after I shower/wash my face and it only takes a few seconds to dry. I love how smooth it feels. After a few short days my complexion changed quite a bit. I still have acne and have had it for a long time, but now the areas with acne look better, brighter and just more glowy. My favorite part is that before using this my face was constantly an oily mess, but while I still get a little oily by the end of the day, I've basically stopped using my blotting papers altogether. I've been using this serum for over a month and just started the Mizon All In One Repair Cream as well, and they go really well together. The serum soothes/tones and the cream hydrates/moisturizes. Five Stars!!" —Miranda Jaynes

    Get it from Amazon for $13.89.

    6. Sephora Collection Water Gel Mask Hydrate + Refresh only needs a few minutes before you start to feel the immediate effects of skin softening and hydrating, which is powered by amino acids (derived from beet molasses and sugar cane!) and marine algae — but the results keep going overnight and spill into the next day. Long! Term! Hydration!


    Despite what the instructions say, you can honestly use this however you want — with more liberal application and as a wash-off mask, or as an overnight moisturizer, or even a daytime moisturizer if it's not too heavy for your skin type!

    Promising review: "I don't generally write reviews, but this mask is amazing. It left my skin feeling softer and hydrated after the first use. It is a relatively new product with not a lot of reviews which made me a little skeptical as I have very sensitive skin (for the longest time the only moisturizer my skin could tolerate was Sebamed clear face gel) but I decided to give it a shot and it did not disappoint. Bonus: It is 'Clean at Sephora,' which I am double happy about." —AnimeGirl

    Get it from Sephora for $15.

    7. Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream fortifies your skin with SPF 50, doesn't dry you out, doesn't feel greasy, soothes irritated skin (I see you, aloe), and sits super well under makeup.

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    Promising review: "I've used the Missha Essence Sun Milk and Missha Soft Finish Sun Milk, and this blows them out of the water. People have said in the reviews that the scent is really strong. However, I thought the fragrance was really light for a Korean product — I think Korean consumers think that if it's fragrance-free, it is lacking in some way (I'm Korean and I just get this impression). This sunblock is the perfect balance of not drying you out in order to get a matte finish and not being greasy — the two extremes of Missha sunblocks. I think the ingredients are relatively gentle and I have very sensitive, acne-prone, and combination skin. I highly recommend it as your daily sunblock for the price point and quality." —Sarah Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    8. The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is the perfect not-harsh product (it's alcohol-free, btw!) for people who want to start incorporating AHAs into their skincare routine to get real results in terms of skin clarity and an even skin tone, and ingredients like ginseng root and aloe vera help soothe skin.

    The Ordinary

    Promising review: "I can absolutely tell a difference in the texture and 'glow' of my skin after using this every other night for a month. It’s similar to Pixi’s Glow Tonic, but so much cheaper. This *might* sting the slightest bit but it won’t last longer than 30 seconds and it’s barely noticeable. Great product, doesn’t take much to be effective." —heymadison

    Get it from Sephora for $8.70.

    9. Weleda Skin Food contains sustainably sourced ingredients like pansy flower, rosemary leaf, and organic sunflower seed oil that'll work wonders on your face and hands — it's been a best-selling product since it launched all the way back in 1926 and has been a cult favorite ever, to say the least, it's a great moisturizer to start off with., @weleda_usa / Via

    Promising review: "I LOVE this stuff. I use it on my face every single morning. I am now well into my fabulous 50s and this stuff gives me better skin than what I had in my 30s! It's quite thick and will leave a sheen, but that is part of the magic. I have had several estheticians tell me that I have amazing skin, and I credit this product. I have tried all of the fancy, super-pricey skincare lines, but I keep coming back to this because nothing else gets the job done quite as well." —KAB from AK (to CA)

    Get it from Amazon for $13.36.

    10. Acure The Essentials Argan Oil is the truth when it comes to attaining supple skin on the cheap — it not only gives you real results (i.e. smoother skin texture, calmed redness, no more dry patches), but it's also vegan, sulfate-free, paraben-free, and cruelty-free, so newbies need not fear!

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    Promising review: "I've tried many expensive moisturizers, oils, and serums, and none compare to this product. I was initially worried that, because it's an oil, my face might break out (as it does with olive or coconut oil — yes, I've tried everything!), but it's actually done the opposite. My skin's never been so clear or soft. I have combination skin and thought this might leave the oilier spots too oily, but it's effectively saturated the drier and oilier spots evenly, making my whole face soft and blemish-free." —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.41 (The Essentials line also has Blue Tansy, Rosehip, Brightening Citrus, Marula, and Rejuvenating Rose oils).

    11. Nature Republic Soothing Aloe Vera Gel serves up clear healing goop that's conveniently multipurpose in that it can do anything from relieving sunburns, rashes, and itches to diminishing the appearances of acne scars, to soothing redness — be it on your face or body., Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to purchase this because it’s a bit cheaper to get pure aloe gel and wasn’t sure if the extra extracts and such would be worth it. It was. It blows the pure aloe out of the park. It absorbs faster and has a pleasant, light scent to it. I used this all summer as a moisturizer and barely had any breakouts, and it helped my skin become glowy and bright. Now that it’s winter, I put it on before my regular moisturizer to keep my skin from getting too dry. It’s super light and absorbs almost instantly, so it works well on its own or with any other product. I also used this product to make an ingrown hair serum. I mixed some lavender and tea tree essential oils with the gel and it works amazingly well. It keeps red bumps and 90% percent of ingrowns away. Since it absorbs quickly, I don’t have to wait long to apply lotion." —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $6.69.

    Check out our full review of Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel to learn more!

    12. If double cleansing seems too intimidating to start off with, Garnier SkinActive All-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water removes any and all makeup — even waterproof mascara, with enough effort — with a few gentle swipes, so you can be lazy and responsible at the same darn time!


    Promising review: "When I heard about micellar water — and how cheap it was — I thought there's no way it could make a difference in my skin and daily routine. I was wrong. This product has helped unclog my pores and I feel like my skin is so clean! And it is true that you can use it to remove makeup *and* you won't burn your eyeballs out doing it!" —Rachel

    Get one from Amazon for $6.59 (also available in sensitive and oily skin type versions).

    This is our low-priced pick for best makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    13. Mario Badescu Facial Sprays are the perfect refresher that you'll want to keep everywhere — at home, in your purse, and at the office — for a quick spritz of aloe-and-herb-infused hydration. It's the easiest way to relieve your face from any tightness, dehydration, and dullness. Afternoon slump? Don't know her.

    @mariobadescu / Via,

    Promising review: "The redness on my cheeks has gone way down and I have a much more even complexion after just four days. I've been lightly spraying this on my face after cleansing with the Mario Badescu Rice Milk Carnation Cleanser and again first thing upon waking. It smells very nice and magically fixes skin problems — even my acne has cleared up! I'm very impressed." —Terryoke

    Get them individually from Amazon for $7+ each: Rosewater, Cucumber, and Lavender — or the three-bottle pack for $21.

    Want more info? Check our full review of Mario Badescu Facial Sprays for tons of glowing reviews.

    14. Cosrx Two in One Poreless Power Liquid produces real results in a short matter of time: it deeply cleans and tightens enlarged pores so they aren't so noticeable, all while controlling sebum production and leaving you cooled (huge thanks to 88% willow bark water!) and refreshed.

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    Promising review: "This is a miracle worker. I have very dry, sensitive skin that is acne-prone. I had very large pores on and around my nose that frequently became clogged. I was desperate to find something that would clear them without drying or irritating my skin. This did it. I use this twice a day, two pumps rubbed in with my fingertips. After only one week, I have no clogged pores and have seen a significant decrease in their size. I know this may sound too good to be true, but this is a very real review. My skin is so smooth and soft now." —Autumn

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    15. Seoul Ceuticals 20% Vitamin C Day Glow Serum's main job is to furnish the power of Vitamin C (duh), hyaluronic acid, and ferulic acid to brighten your complexion over time, shrink pores, and reduce hyperpigmentation, and acne scars — so pretty much any problem you had no idea how to address until now!, @seoulceuticals / Via

    It ~claims~ to be a dupe and have the same potent, active ingredients as the $160 Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum.

    Promising review: "My dermatologist has had me on the nearly $200 Skinceuticals for a couple of years and I have bought it several times. I have tried to get off of it, but it does do something to my skin. So imagine when I find out about this product, Seoul Ceuticals? First I felt like a total chump — I can't believe I had paid so much in the past. Then I thought, it won't possibly work? Then I thought, hey, what do I have to lose? I've had it for about a week now and it is wonderful! I seriously think it might work better than the other product. My skin felt smoother within just a couple of days." —M. B. Shaw

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    16. If you're in your 20s (and definitely 30s), it's probably a good idea to start incorporating retinol into your routine because that stuff is the best at smoothing out lines and skin texture and accelerating cell turnover, which slows down as we age — Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer is an accessible, well-loved product to do the job, and alongside Retinol SA it also has hyaluronic acid to keep skin happy and hydrated. And it has SPF 30 for added protection and because you need to be wearing SPF at all times if you're using retinol.


    Promising review: "I’ve tried many products for my wrinkles on my forehead and crows feet that are a result of never using sunscreen in my 20s. Prescription products haven’t even helped as much as this product!! It is not harsh at all and no redness and my skin looks 50% better in just two weeks! Wow!" —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97 (available in day and night versions).

    17. RoC Retinol Correxion Eye Cream has a non-greasy formula that's as gentle as can be (it's non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic!) and nips crow's feet, dark circles, and puffiness in the bud over time and with consistent use.


    Promising review: "I have genetic dark circles caused by thin under-eye skin, which leaves dark purple circles and visible oil glands (those white raised bumps under your eye). I thought I was cursed to look sickly for the rest of my life, but I'm already seeing a difference after three weeks of using this! My boyfriend's mom even told me I look well-rested, a compliment I've never heard in my life. I may need to move up to a higher strength of retinol one day, but you're supposed to gradually work yourself up to higher concentrations to avoid side effects, so this is a good starter retinol product." —Sasha Kolacz

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    18. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion reduces redness by, like, ten-fold, and generally stops unwelcome acne and whiteheads before they even have a chance to grow with just a tiny dab of pink magic — aka, salicylic acid, calamine, and other quick-drying ingredients. Just dab on some before you go to bed, and let it do all the work!, @mariobadescu / Via

    Promising review (for the above photo): "This stuff is the real deal. I have combination/sensitive skin and this didn't irritate my skin and it worked wonders! My skin likes to have bouts of breakouts, especially around that ~time of the month~, and this worked OVERNIGHT. I washed my face, toned, moisturized and applied the drying lotion with a cotton swab and went to bed. The next morning the spots on my face were greatly reduced and waaaaaay less red. Some of them were completely gone! 10/10! Bravo, Mario!" —B

    Get it from Amazon for $17.

    19. Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque leaves your skin feeling tingly and clean, while also drying up pimples, shrinking enlarged pores, and generally leaving you feeling relaxed as hell.


    Promising review: "This is my favorite mask and I buy it religiously. It's gentle enough to use daily, but I personally use it about once a week. It does an excellent job of diminishing the appearance of pores, and I swear my face looks so radiant after I take it off. It even reduces the red, inflamed look of pimples if you break down and pick at them. You can even use a small dot of it on pimples to completely dry and deflate them overnight! 100X worth the price." —Sarahndipity.c

    Get it from Amazon for $8.76.

    20. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel drenches your dry, flaky skin in hydration and comfort, so your skin becomes soft and taut, whether it's bare and sitting underneath a big ol' glob of foundation., Amazon

    Promising review: "Living in a dry, desert area, I go through a ton of hydrating creams. I've used all the usual suspects, many costing 5-10 times the price of this product. Frankly, I was amazed that this Neutrogena gel is as good as almost any other I've used. It instantly calms and hydrates. My skin feels smooth and soft for hours and each application goes a long way. I find this gel excellent for layering. I use it in the morning after cleansing and toning, then use my SPF day cream after I've applied the hydrating gel. At night I use it beneath my moisturizer and wake up with my skin looking dewy. Love it!" —fgc

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    Check out our full review of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel for extra dry skin to learn more!

    21. Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10 Acne Spot Treatment contains prescription-strength benzoyl peroxide to speed up the healing process of your breakouts and prevent new ones from forming — talk about an easy, targeted treatment!

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    Promising review: "THIS! I have been searching for something to help with my annoying adult cystic acne, and THIS does it. Finally. Some type of relief from the painful bumps. It has smoothed out all normal zits and noticeably cleaned my clogged pores, but probably the best thing is how much it has shrunk my cystic acne. Now, I will say it didn't get RID of the cysts completely, but there is a huge difference! One tip though: have a great moisturizer to use in conjunction with this because it will dry your skin out and make it flaky and itchy if you aren't careful. I really like the Treat marshmallow moisture balm. Between the two my face looks so much better!." —Mai Tegui

    Get one from Amazon for $4.99.

    22. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask temporarily transforms you into a lovable foam creature made up of carbonated water, mud, and charcoal for a satisfying AF deep clean — bye, dirty pores! Because skincare should be fun, dammit!


    Just wash off to ~reverse the spell~! 😉

    Promising review: "I first saw this on Facebook and thought it was cool, but not realistic. Well, let me tell you it's the best $10 I've ever spent! It's so fun! I put the clay on my face and it bubbled within 30 seconds of putting it on. Once I got it all over I could hear and feel the bubbles, and watching it bubble up was cool. I couldn't stop laughing! You know it's time to wash it off when it stops bubbling, and taking it off was just as fun as putting it on. It has also left my face feeling soft, and you could see a difference in my face. My skin looked healthier, felt healthier. I did put moisturizer on after because I live in the northeast and right now it's dry and cold and my face is dry, but I don't think I really needed to. This stuff is legit!" —Hollie Lalane

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    23. Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser is a godsend for sensitive skin because, as the brand name suggests, it doesn't contain harsh ingredients or fluffy scents that cause major irritation — just a ~simple~ clean.


    Promising review: "This very inexpensive, incredible face wash changed my face! I was getting a lot of stress/hormonal breakouts in my mouth and chin areas, and I also generally have sensitive skin. I tried SO many products at all prices, and was stunned when this was the one that worked. I’ve now been using this as my only face wash (also the Simple face wipes) along with a regimen of Eminence Willow Bark Serum, Skinceuticals Retinol (PM), Skinceuticals Phloretin (AM), Eminence Wild Plum Eye Cream, and varying Eminence moisturizers, and my skin is clear and GLOWING. I get so many compliments and am often mistaken for being in my 20s (I’m 35), yaaaayyyyy.!" —Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $11.21.

    24. A Facetory subscription box curates a bunch of sheet mask brands for ya', so you can figure out what you like and don't like in a totally, non-intimidating situation. But *do* expect your skin to feel recharged and less dull and tired-looking — time to live your dewiest life! ✨

    @myfacetory / Via, @myfacetory / Via

    I never get bored of using the same masks because this box does the curating for me and introduces new brands I would've never known otherwise into the mix. Each kit comes with a detailed info card explaining the benefits of each mask too — so you know exactly what kind of goodness you're putting on your face.

    Get a curated box from Amazon for $6.23 (for your first box of four entry-level* masks / renews at $8.90/box) or $11.94 (for your first box of seven premium* masks / renews at $19.90/box), both with free shipping.

    *Entry level masks means mostly fabric masks made out of cotton or cellulose, while premium masks include hydrogels and multi-step masks.

    25. E.l.f. Gentle Peeling Exfoliant gently breaks down all of your dead skin cells with tangerine, papaya, and licorice extracts, so you end up looking like a glowing cherub! Just dampen your face, dispense a pump, and go to town.

    E.l.f. Cosmetics

    Promising review: "After I let it sit for a minute and then went to wash it away; I was AMAZED! It gently yet effectively pulled all the dead skin cells off my face. I was shocked that this reasonably-priced product worked so well. I have started using this product everywhere I need to exfoliate or remove dead skin cells...hands, feet, lips, bra line and of course my face. This product is worth every penny." —Lindsey

    Get it from E.l.f. Cosmetics or Ulta for $10.

    26. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming and Hydrating Gentle Cleanser are no-fuss daily face washes that, depending on your skin type, help remove makeup, dirt, and excess oil, but also help your skin retain the moisture it truly needs. And that ingredient list? Whew! So clean, free from questionable ingredients, and suitable for the most sensitive of sensitive skin types!

    @larocheposayusa / Via, @larocheposayusa / Via

    Promising review (for Hydrating Gentle Cleanser): "I've repurchased twice now. I love this stuff. I was searching for a cleaner like this for years. It's moisturizing, yet doesn't leave a weird film on the skin. It softens my skin. It cleanses my skin without stripping it. The ingredients are very clean. There isn't really a noticeable smell to me, which I like. There are no perfumes, dyes, or other nasty stuff. This has also kept my skin pretty clear, yet it's not harsh at all. Its perfect for my sensitive skin. I can't see myself ever buying or using another cleanser other that this one. I'll rebuy forever and ever!" —Kenah

    Promising review (for Purifying Foaming Cleanser): "Wow. I really like this face wash more than I thought I would. I often use face washes for dry skin, but I was dealing with a wave of breakouts and I felt like my other face wash wasn't really working — I used this product for two days, and they were all gone! Honestly my skin feels more soft and refreshed than my wash for dry skin. I really like how the texture changes once applied. I will say that a whole pump is too much for my face. I probably only need half a pump or so. A little goes a long way. I need to do more tests, but seems pretty good at helping get off my stubborn makeup off too!" —Kay

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99 each.

    27. Yes To Soothing Hypoallergenic Wipes sweep away pore-clogging dirt and makeup in a pinch, because giving your face some sort of wash is **always** better than nothing.

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    Promising review (for the tomato kind): "These are doing wonders for my son's 'welcome to being a teenager' acne. He's gone from 'pizza-face' to 'yeah, there are a couple pimples here and there, but that's not the FIRST thing you'll notice about him' in no time flat. He has somewhat sensitive skin, and these have not caused the slightest irritation for him. He also has an autism-driven dislike for having his face splashed with water (aka he'll fight to the DEATH to avoid washing his face), so the wipe-based delivery is ideal for him." —Mother Chaos

    If you're curious for a different perspective, check out our review of the Yes To Tomato Wipes (#1) for more info!

    Get a two-pack (60 wipes total) from Amazon for $8.28+ (available in six scents/varieties).

    28. Cosrx One-Step Green Hero Calming Toner Pads calm redness with just a flick of the wrist, thanks to a blend of soothing green tea and effective witch hazel that'll minimize pores, reduce production of excess oil, and up your skin's moisture levels. You can even cut your pads in half to make each container last even longer!, Amazon

    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: "Highly recommend! I have a very acne-prone skin, especially when I am under stress or don't get much sleep. I have been using this pad once a night after cleansing for about a month, and I've noticed that I hardly ever break out anymore! Has a nice fresh citrus smell and leaves your skin feeling extra clean. You can either combine with your regular toner, or just use the pads alone, followed by the rest of your skincare routine (serum, lotion/cream, etc). I am definitely going to purchase again. Love Cosrx!" —Truyen

    Get a pack of 70 from Amazon for $16.90+ (available in three formulas).

    29. If you're new to the world of acids, Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads can be your ~gateway~ into tackling breakouts with gentle but effective resurfacing ingredients — namely 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and witch hazel. Bye, recurring acne! Hiya, softer and brighter skin!

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    Promising review: "One pad a day keeps all the bad stuff away. This is one of those AHA products that changed everything for me. I couldn't suggest them more. As long as I'm using these my skin will be pretty good, even if I'm tired and skip all my other stuff. Pretty much stopped my hormonal acne in its tracks, and my skin feels way more luminous. If they ever discontinue these I will stock pile cases in my garage 'cause these are just the best!" —Emmaline

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $12.95.

    30. Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel instantly (and safely!) removes oodles of gunk and dead skin so *all* of your skincare products penetrate deeper into your skin and do their jobs more efficiently. It might look a little unsettling, but it's so worth it., http://@myskinmentor.drg / Via

    Promising review: "I was a bit apprehensive about buying this product but finally decided to try it — and I’m 100% glad I did! My 50+ year old skin loves this. It’s gentle enough to not irritate my sensitive skin, but effective enough that I’ve had friends tell me how clear and glowy my face is. My skin doesn’t tolerate harsh physical or chemical exfoliants well, but this is so gentle. The grit is very, very fine, and it’s neat to see what peels up. And my skin is so, so soft after using it! I use this twice a week, but over six months have only used about half a bottle. I will definitely buy this again." —Sarah Burg

    Get it from Amazon for $11.70.

    Check out our full review of the Dr. G Brightening Peeling Gel to learn more!

    31. The Inkey List Collagen Serum costs less than a typical NYC lunch and has far more lasting effects — whether you're trying to hop on the skincare train early and use it as a preventative measure or as a ~I-need-this-right-now~ solution, this lightweight concoction keeps it simple with its peptides and other collagen-producing ingredients. Plump and firmer skin is on the horizon!


    Promising reviews: "I feel like since I've added this to my skincare regimen, I've seen a huge difference in the reduction of my fine lines in my forehead. My skin also feels firmer and the formula dries down immediately, so I can apply my other skincare products on top of it. It doesn't do that weird buildup thing that some serums do when you put moisturizer or oils on top of them. Will repurchase over and over again, especially since the price is so cheap but it packs a huge punch." —marychah

    "I use this and not a retinol (I'm still afraid of retinols), and I love it. I don't have any fine lines now so I can't speak to that aspect of it, but I use it as a preventative treatment and really enjoy it. My face is plump and soft in the best possible way after using this booster! I do mix it with my moisturizer on lazy days and it blends well" —grrace

    Get it from Sephora for $10.99.

    32. Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Restorative Night Cream with Antioxidant-Rich Blackberry works overtime to strengthen your skin's natural moisture barrier, and improves overall elasticity/firmness — plus, it's non-greasy, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic (no chances of clogged pores, yay!).

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    Promising review: "This is the best face cream I've ever used! At any price! I am in my early 50s so I have dry skin, some red splotchiness, and a few fine lines. Within the first week of using this there was a visible difference in my skin! Smoother, more even tone, and dryness gone!! I use this 'night' cream both day and night!" —A. Whittaker

    Get it from Amazon for $18.75.

    33. Bio-Oil Multiuse Skincare Oil remedies scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, and dehydrated skin faster than most other products — and its quick-absorbing, non-greasy, and hypoallergenic formula doesn't feel like you're even applying oil on your bod. Come thru, vitamins, plant extracts, and oils!, Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been using Bio-Oil for over three years now, since it was recommended by my doctor post-surgery to speed healing and reduce scarring. I absolutely love it! I have incredibly sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts, and I can even use it on my face without a problem. I use it every single time I get out of the shower on my face, décolletage, hands, and any breakouts I have that are healing. It absorbs quickly and leaves no greasy residue." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92+ (available in three sizes).

    Read our full review of Bio-Oil for more info!

    34. SheaMoisture African Black Soap is a gentle yet effective cure that you've been waiting for to target hormonal acne, eczema, broken capillaries, and all-around sensitive skin. Plus raw shea butter adds moisture, while organic oats and aloe deep clean.

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    Promising review: "A wonderful soap if you're suffering from eczema. I gave this bar to a 9-year-old who was getting teased because of the red rash on her face. She was thrilled when her face and other body areas began to clear. Noticeably better, and one happy nine year old." —J. Crawford

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    35. Teddie Organics Rose Water Toner Spray makes it possible to treat your acne anytime, anywhere, and calm down redness and oily T-zones with just a few spritzes. And, not to mention, it smells so dang lovely!

    It'll also restore your skin's pH balance and fade redness. It's everything you want your toner to do, except now you can use it WHEREVER. Plus it's organic and suitable for sensitive skin!

    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 $10.

    P.S. Check out our picks for best face toners on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    36. Jivi Face Moisturizer provides all-day hydration thanks to a lineup of all-natural ingredients like shea butter, cucumber peel, and aloe vera, calms redness (Hey, green tint!), and also dries down matte so your makeup goes on and *stays* on all day. It also has a lil' extra dose of SPF 12 mineral sunscreen — although you should definitely apply a higher SPF separately, but it's the thought that counts!.

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    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 $12.99 (available in Cucumber Sage and Lavender).

    37. Bioré Nose + Face Deep Cleansing Pore Strips are the pore-fighting sidekick in the superhero movie of your life, 'cause they act as a strong-as-heck magnet to efficiently draw out dirt, oil, and blackheads both from your nose, your forehead, or wherever you might need a lil' help. Welcome to your first class, Grossly Satisfying Skincare 101., @bioreus / Via

    You'll get a combo-pack for both nose strips and facial strips!

    Promising review: "I have scrubbed the center of my forehead for months but the 'field of black dots' just remained no matter what. So finally I decided to give this a try. I followed instructions exactly (removed after 10 minutes), peeled it off and there was not a dot in sight — until I looked at the strip! That looked like a forest with all those 'dots' standing up on end. Highly recommend!" —David G.

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $11.99.

    To learn more, check out our full review of Bioré Nose + Face Deep Cleansing Pore Strips to learn more!

    38. Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is a beloved K-beauty staple that instantly soothes the skin, contains tea tree leaf oil to deep clean pores and keep breakouts at bay, and reveals your skin's inner glow — and it has a lower pH level (5) than most cleansers, so it's great for beginners, especially those with sensitive skin!


    Promising review: "I cannot describe the goodness that is this gel cleanser. It cleans without stripping my skin to the point of being squeaky clean and leaves my skin feeling fairly refreshed. While it has a mild soap scent, the smell of this cleanser by no means irritating. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin, and this cleanser has become my holy grail. I have noticed my breakouts becoming milder, and my skin is glowing after using this cleanser for about three months." —Wat

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    Check out our full review of Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Cleanser for more deets!

    39. Yu-Be Foaming Skin Polish Scrub is gentle enough to use on your face *and* body due to a combination of fine rice bran grains, bamboo, and other mild cleansing agents — scrub away 'til you basically become a new person!


    Promising review: "I had originally ordered this for myself, but my husband admitted to using it as well. We tried another scrub from Neutrogena, but my husband did not feel that it exfoliated well enough. I have to admit: this is the best face scrub I have ever used. It exfoliates and moisturizes well. One tube lasts both of us about two months, so it is well worth the price. We are both older; my husband is 48 and I am 55, and this works great for us. It leaves our skin glowing and we experience no flakiness. I am a Sephora Rouge member, so I have tried MANY scrubs. For the price, this is by far the best." —Jana LeBlanc

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    40. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balms keep your lips buttery soft — no matter how harsh the elements are — and protected with SPF 25, because your pout is subject to sun damage too, ok! And it's the perfect moisturizing base for any lip glosses or lipsticks you put over.

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    Promising review: "This is genuinely the best lip balm I’ve ever tried. I’ve had severely dry, cracked lips since I was a teenager, and basically everything I’ve tried in the past has failed me on one level or another. I’ve been using these Jack Black balms for the past six months or so, and my lips have looked soooo much better. I used to have cracks, and layers of skin would constantly peel away. I used to have light scarring and discoloration due to years of dryness and peeling, but not anymore! This even kept my lips protected during a very cold winter in the Midwest. I have six of these floating around my house/purse/work backpack. I don’t ever see myself using another lip product." —Cara

    Check out our full review of Jack Black Lip Balms for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $8 (available in seven flavors).

    41. Once Upon a Tea Moisturizing Matcha Lip Mask soothes dry, cracked lips overnight, so you can wake up with soft lips that are ready for action and stay soft for far longer — because who on Earth wants to be constantly reapplying lip balm every hour? Not any of these reviewers.

    Promising review: "I've had this lip mask for about two weeks now and I've been using it every night. I have definitely noticed an improvement in not only the texture, but also the color of my lips. I used to have very pale lips but I've noticed since using this their natural vibrancy is coming out. I wake up and my lips are soft and smooth and I don't have to apply a balm right away. I used to reapply ChapStick every two hours or so on a normal day, and while I still use ChapStick, it is very infrequent. A small amount goes a long way, so I imagine it will be some time before I have to reorder." —C

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in berry and matcha varieties).

    Skincare is a lifelong journey, bbs!

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