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    33 Cheap Skincare Products That Might Be Even Better Than Luxury Brands

    Nothing on this list is over $20. *applies an extra glob of moisturizer*

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Acure Brightening Facial Scrub multitasks better than the other exfoliants in your medicine cabinet because it clears excess oil, treats breakouts, and leaves skin feeling smooth, supple, and bright (duh). Glow, bb, glow!

    Janelle / Via, Amazon

    Promising review: "I received a sample from Birchbox and loved it from the first use. I had to then buy the full size especially because of the price. This should be more expensive than those fancy washes because it does a much better job at exfoliating and calming skin. It leaves the skin not over dried, but smooth and supple. Definitely recommend!" —Ness

    Get it from Amazon for $7.93.

    2. Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask is a delicious-smelling crowd favorite that physically but gently exfoliates away blackheads and dead skin cells, while also hydrating your face — and that's thanks to mineral-rich Brazilian black sugar granules! After 10 to 15 minutes, say hello to baby-soft skin!

    @skinfood / Via

    Promising review: "This is honestly my favorite product by Skinfood. I have sensitive skin when it comes to exfoliants and most of the time I’m left with large dry patches after using other products. But with this? My skin has never had dry patches after using it, and it also helped get rid of my acne and acne scars!! 10/10 would recommend this!" —Olivia Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    3. Bioré Deep Cleaning Pore Strips draw a grossly satisfying amount of gunk — blackheads, dirt, and oil, oh my! — out of clogged pores from your nose and forehead. Who needs an expensive round of extractions from a facialist? We're good.

    Shannon Butler / Via

    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) and after I peeled it off I looked and not a dot in sight — until I looked at the strip! It looked like a forest with all those 'dots' standing up on end. Highly recommend!" —David G.

    Get a pack of 14 from Amazon for $7.52.

    Check out our full writeup of the Bioré Pore Strips for more deets!

    4. The Ordinary "Buffet" is a multi-peptide serum filled to the brim with wonderful, skin-helping ingredients like hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and many other scientifically-backed complexes to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin texture, while also upping the elasticity of your skin. It's truly a magical lil' bottle that gives major bang for your buck.

    The Ordinary

    Promising review: "Surprisingly effective! I've spent untold amounts of hard-earned $$ on several things here at Sephora and elsewhere, and am gratified to have finally found something that works! I'm almost 60 and have had good-sized forehead, undereye, and mouth lines since my 30s. This solution is easing them bit by bit. Use sparingly, or it 'pills' up when you put on moisturizer or primer over it." —hennagina

    Get it from Sephora for $14.80+ (available in two sizes).

    5. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser uses Zinc Pidolate to purify skin and target signs of oily skin so you can mattify your face and be on your merry way.

    Cherry / Via, @larocheposayusa / Via

    Promising review: "This stuff WORKS. I have very oily acne-prone skin and have tried all sorts of things with minimal success. I have been washing my face twice a day with this stuff for about two weeks now and the difference is incredible! I haven't gotten any new, large pimples and everything I had has cleared up. When I first started washing my face with this, I would use it at night and in the morning the sores on my face were way less red and inflamed than when I went to bed. Super impressive." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes).

    6. Bliss Mighty Marshmallow Bright & Radiant Face Mask feels like you're treating your skin to a legit dessert due to this airy, whipped texture — but the effects on your skin are even better, because marshmallow root extract and olive leaf extract deliver a surge of hydration, smooth uneven skin tone and discoloration for uncover the ~glow~ from deep within.

    @bliss / Via

    Promising review: "I have a lot to say about this face mask. I’ve never tried a brightening mask before (or anything from Bliss), but I decided to try this because my skin was looking a bit dull and dry. I’m so happy I gave this mask a try because it goes on so easily and has a very nice whipped, creamy texture. The mask dries in about 15 mins, is easy to wash off, and does not leave my skin feeling dry. I notice my skin is glowing after each use and A LOT smoother. Sometimes I can’t stop touching my face because it’s so soft. It’s a great addition to my skincare routine, and I use it twice a week." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    7. 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.

    Nessie / Via, @avarellecosmetics / Via

    Bye, expensive acne treatments or trips to the derm — your services are no longer required. These babies also go perfectly under makeup, if you wear them during the day, 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 variety pack of 40 patches from Amazon for $8.50.

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

    8. Garnier SkinActive 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! Well, you should still properly wash your face when you have the time, but this works brilliantly and effectively in a pinch!


    Promising review: "Best face 'secret' out there. 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

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

    Get one from Amazon for $6.59, or a two-pack for $13.98.

    9. 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!

    Mrs. Gal / Via, AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed / Via

    Promising review: "Best skin product you can buy! Beautiful smell! My skin has felt/looked amazing after using for just a few days (clearer, firm). Great replacement for micellar water. This could replace a lot of the fancy serums and creams people use for the same effect." —Fifi

    Get one from Amazon for $9.29 or a two-pack for $15.95 (also available in cucumber and lavender varieties).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review of Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel for all the deets!

    10. Innisfree Tangerine Brightening & Pore-Refining Cleanser does the legwork in terms of helping exfoliate (very gently, via melting papain-infused capsules), brighten (hello, tangerine peel extract), and purifying your face (hi, kaolin clay).


    Promising review: "This was a last-minute buy to make my total purchase reach a certain amount, but I’m actually loving it. I have non-sensitive, combo-oily skin with occasional pimples and large pores. First off, I was expecting a gel formula as stated in the description, but it’s not at all. It’s a thicker, creamy consistency that lathers similar to Origins Checks and Balances Cleanser, and I do prefer this one over others as it doesn’t leave my combo oily skin feeling tight, stripped of moisture, or any film left behind. I noticed that my pores look smaller and less pronounced after I use it. It has a nice citrus peel scent as well as peel in the formula, I believe? It went perfectly with my current skincare routine and didn’t disrupt my other products. I don’t regret picking this up one bit and look forward to trying more from this brand. Definitely a great purchase, and the price isn’t bad at all for the amount you get. A little goes a long way — a pea-size amount or a tiny bit more is actually perfect for what I consider my large face, lol." —Marbellaaa

    Get it from Sephora for $15.

    11. 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 17,000 AMAZON REVIEWS. ✨


    Promising review: "This is seriously the BEST mask I have ever used in my life! I am a skincare-obsessed woman and have tried hundreds of different skincare products and lines since I was 16 years old. I was incredibly skeptical about this mask since the packaging itself doesn't look very expensive (never judge a product by its packaging), but after reading reviews and seeing a beauty blogger rave about the product I decided to get it. My Wednesday night ritual now includes this mask with my mum! Both of us immediately noticed the difference in our skin after one use! Visibly reduced pore size and incredibly smooth skin. I will continue to use it weekly. This single product has done more for my skin then any other product at any other price point out there! A MUST product." —M. Romero

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

    Check out our video review of the Aztec Secret clay mask for all the deets!

    12. Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm keeps 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!

    @getjackblack / Via

    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 had 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

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50 (available in five flavors).

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

    13. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is a reliable household staple everyone should pretty much stock up on as cold weather approaches, since it helps relieve dry, flaky skin with the help of ceramides to boost your skin's natural barrier and hyaluronic acid to boost your skin's water content. And it's even National Eczema Association–approved!

    Kathleen / Via, @cerave / Via

    Promising review (for the left photo): "I developed a dry, patchy area on the side of my mouth, but figured it was just some dry skin due to winter. After a week it spread to my chin and other side of my mouth. I thought it would go away on its own, but then three weeks passed. I tried moisturizers and coconut oil, but nothing worked! I was frustrated and embarrassed by this patchy, scaley skin on my face! As a last ditch effort I tried CeraVe and it worked! It was much better after two days! It's now a month later, and it's still gone!" —Kathleen

    Get it from Amazon for $14.31.

    14. Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads tackle breakouts with just a few swipes of their resurfacing abilities, made up of 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, and witch hazel. Exfoliating has never felt easier — both on your skin *and* on your wallet.

    @nipandfab / Via

    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 container of 60 pads from Amazon for $10.29.

    15. 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.

    @cosrx / Via, Tanisha Williams / Via

    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.

    16. 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: "Listen, regardless of the lower star reviews, this stuff is pretty darn great. I started suffering from acne 11 years ago when I was 14. I've tried EVERY kind of face wash from Neutrogena to expensive stuff, but this wash leaves your face clean and smooth without overdrying it, and has yet to ever cause me to break out like a lot of others have." —Taylor G. Coley

    Get it from Amazon for $11.21.

    17. Nature Republic Soothing Aloe Vera Gel serves up clear healing goop that relieves any sunburn, rash, itch, scar, or any other "uh-oh" you can imagine — be it your face or body. It's also a super soothing moisturizer, so this tub of aloe vera is basically your multitasking skincare savior.

    Angelina Chuong / Via, Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed / Via

    Promising review: "This is the third time I have purchased this soothing aloe gel, and we have completely used up six tubs total. My whole family loves it. The product is great for dry skin all year round. It absorbs quickly with no sticky residue. My dad has a mix of eczema and (bad) psoriasis. He started using the aloe to help calm and hydrate his skin. It's not a 100% fix but this aloe is better or just as good as any of the over the counter, high-priced lotions on the market. There is no fragrance so it does not cause any further irritation to the skin. My son does crew and this product is fabulous for calming his sunburn. I would highly recommend it. It's all-natural and multi-purpose." —Doreen Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $6.45.

    We BuzzFeeders love it too — check out two reviews that rave about its dry skin–relieving properties (#1) and, of course, how it provides sunburn relief!

    18. The Inkey List Retinol Serum manages to pack powerful retinol (specifically RetiStar stabilised Retinol 1% and Granactive Retinoid 0.5%) that's released slowly over time, so you experience less irritation (s/o to hydrating squalane for the helping hand), but a more radiant, smoother complexion over time. All of this for a price tag that rings pretty at $10 a pop — sign me up!


    Promising review: "AMAZING! I am a lifelong Sunday Riley customer, but I HAD to try this when it was time to reorder my A+ Retinol Serum, and YES, I did put the Inkey List retinol contents in my A+ jar, and it's literally as if I’m continuing using the same exact product‼️" —TattedFITbeauty

    Get it from Sephora for $10.

    19. 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 deep clean — bye, dirty pores!!


    Just wash off to ~reverse the spell~! 😉

    Promising review: "I've been buying this mask for a little over a year now, and can verify that it is totally worth the hype. I have relatively dry skin, but while I never had acne when I was younger, I quit hormonal birth control a few years ago and since then have started breaking out shortly after ovulation. I tried many more expensive masks, but I also have very sensitive skin, and previous products either left me itchy and irritated or had no effect. However, this mask has completely cured all of my skin problems. If I remember to put it on the night I think I've ovulated, I have zero zits, and if I forget and some start to show up, I do the mask and the zits have significantly retreated by the next morning. I only need to use it a few times a month so it takes me several months to go through a jar. I would pay four times more for this product if I had to!" —carof

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

    20. Mario Badescu Facial Sprays are the perfect pick-me-up to toss in your purse or keep at your office desk for a quick spritz of aloe-and-herb-infused hydration. Afternoon slump? Don't know her.

    @mariobadescu / Via

    Promising review: "I've purchased more expensive facial sprays that I was never impressed with (I was already skeptical of the benefits of facial sprays to begin with). I have other Mario Badescu items that I like, and since this was fairly inexpensive, I decided to try it. I'm so glad I did! It's amazing. The bottle produces a light mist instead of a heavy spray like some of the others I've tried. This makes it easy to use after applying makeup, and I can actually see a difference when I use it. It leaves my face feeling moisturized and dewy without looking oily. The best part is the smell — so good!! I love it. I would definitely recommend, especially for the price." —Vanessa Smith

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

    Want more info? Check our closer look of the Mario Badescu facial sprays for tons of glowing reviews.

    21. SheaMoisture African Black Soap might just be the gentle yet effective cure you've been waiting for to target hormonal acne, eczema, broken capillaries, and all-around sensitive skin — it contains raw shea butter for lots of moisture, while organic oats and aloe deep clean your skin and leave it ready for your other skincare products and/or makeup.

    Giselle / Via, @sheamoisture / Via

    Promising review: "It's the end of March. I've had this since January and the bar still looks like the same size. But that's only a minor perk — this is hands down THE BEST face wash of any kind I've ever had in my life. I used to buy expensive designer brand washes, but none left my face feeling as good or got it as clean. I used to have to wash my face twice at the end of the day, but now once is enough with this soap. I've noticed a reduction in the amount of oil my face produces, which is a major plus for me. Also, my skin never felt truly smooth in the past without me having to use an intense scrub multiple times a week in order for my makeup to feel it was gliding on smoothly — I've not had to do that once since buying this. I am now a firm believer in this and have been telling all my friends and family. Wish I could give it 10 stars!" —Cole

    Get it from Amazon for $4.18.

    22. Sweet Chef Serum Shots basically transform you into a bona fide skincare mixologist à la the popular K-beauty ~double serum~ method to better target specific skin issues that aren't one-product-fits-all — so, for instance, combining a drop of Beet + Vitamin A (smoothes and refines pores) and Ginger + Vitamin C (reduces hyperpigmentation and helps even skin tone) each is the perfect recipe for ~glass skin~.

    @sweetchefskincare / Via

    They have a lightweight gel essence consistency, which makes them SUPER easy to mix together, or just apply on their own. If you're still a little confused, check out the Glow Recipe cofounders' guide to double serum to learn more.

    Promising review: "I have been looking for a serum for a while, until I found this little guy. The first time or two I used it on my whole face and was afraid it was breaking me out. However, I tried it again a week later and put it on my whole face, minus my sensitive forehead. Within two days, I was hooked. My skin was the softest and dewiest it had ever been. Without makeup my face looked great, but thanks to its new smoothness, makeup went on so well. My one recommendation is to apply the serum at night before bed because your face is left a little sticky. An added bonus to this is when you wake up in the morning, your skin will be baby soft and ready to take on the day!" —Kate Black

    Get them all from Target for $19.99 each: Beet + Vitamin A, Kale + Vitamin B, and Ginger + Vitamin C.

    23. Bio-Oil Multiuse Skincare Oil remedies scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, and dehydrated skin like no other product — it really does it all, and the quick-absorbing formula doesn't feel like you're even applying oil on your bod.

    Kristen / Via, @biooilusa / Via

    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!

    24. Kose Speedy Cleansing Oil understands that you want to crawl into bed ASAP, but also knows you don't want to clog your pores or smear your pillow with makeup and sebum — all you have to do is massage this gentle oil in (how relaxing!) and watch your stubborn makeup melt away.


    If you're into double cleansing (which I think everyone should be, tbqh!), follow up with a water-based cleanser for the full effects!

    Promising review: "This cleanser is hands down the BEST cleanser if you’re looking to completely take off any dirt or dissolves any makeup entirely without worries about leaving behind parts of your mascara or makeup residue on the skin. It really makes everything disappears! I have tried several high-end cleansers and nothing came close to this one. They also have a refill pouch for $6 that you can refill into the same bottle! I’m so happy that I found something so affordable and works so well!" —Jade Ng

    Get it from Amazon for $9.19.

    25. 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.

    Danielle Armstrong / Via, 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 my 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 $13.70.

    Check out some BuzzFeeders' full review of Dr.G Brightening Peeling Gel for more deets!

    26. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel drenches your skin in hydration so your skin stays soft and taut — even underneath a big ol' glob of foundation — instead of dry and flaky.

    Lindsey / Via, Amazon

    Promising review: "This is the moisturizer I have been waiting for my whole life. I have tried moisturizers from what feels like every brand — from the drugstore to the high-end, expensive stuff at Sephora. This stuff feels incredible on my skin — it feels like a relief to put it on. It's not even remotely greasy, absorbs almost instantly, and has the lightest, cleanest fragrance. Other, heavier moisturizers left me with tiny clusters of new blemishes every morning (so frustrating), but this hasn't clogged my pores at all, and my skin feels soft and plump. I also use this moisturizer to mix in my CC cream/foundation and make it lighter (in body, not in pigment). LOVE!" —Meems

    Get it from Amazon for $16.84.

    27. 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: "I've been using this product since I was 13 years old. It works better in the jar than in the tube, so the new packaging is a hit. This is basically a clay masque and this one hasn't got the goop in it that you DON'T want. I can't use products with all the glycerin and aloe and all the shea butters and crapola they add to the fancy high-end masques to make them 'moisturizing,' because I need a kaolin (clay) masque that draws out the oil and pulls the dirt and such out of my face. The greasy stuff they add to the expensive masques interfere with the drawing and pulling action of the kaolin (clay), so this one is my perfect masque. I get fantastic results with this! Hint: if you are in a hurry or you live in a very humid area (as I do) using a blow dryer on your face after masque is on your face only helps. Otherwise, it can take too long to dry. Good stuff, simple stuff." —Alison Wild

    Get it from Amazon for $12.18.

    28. Ultra Sexy Lip Scrub is your inexpensive ticket to the destination of soft, supple, and touchable lips — so soft that you might not be able to stop touching them, and your partner from kissing them. Coconut and sugar exfoliate, while avocado, jojoba, and sweet almond oils lock in long-lasting hydration.

    Marlon W. Robinson Jr. / Via, Amazon

    Promising review: "This is my first review of an Amazon product, but I had to write a review for this product because it is simply amazing! You will be doing yourself a great service to use this lip scrub; it is the best ever! It gently exfoliates and leaves your lips buttery smooth. I’ve used others that were definitely more expensive and still never got these results. I kept licking my lips and smiling at myself all day. 😀" —Beverly Watkins

    Get it from Amazon for $8.90.

    29. Acure The Essentials Argan Oil is the truth when it comes to attaining supple skin on the cheap — it easily gives you the same, if not better, results as expensive serums and night oils. #liquidgold

    @acurebeauty / Via

    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 has effectively saturated the dry and oilier spots evenly, making my whole face soft and blemish-free." —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (The Essentials line also has Blue Tansy, Rosehip, Brightening Citrus, Marula, and Rejuvenating Rose oils).

    30. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion 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.

    B. / Via, @mariobadescu / Via

    Promising review (for the left photo): "This stuff is the real deal. I love, love love, it. I have combination/sensitive skin and this didn't irritate my skin *and* 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.

    31. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer uses its key player, Retinol SA, to give your skin the power of smoothing out its own wrinkles and diminishing the appearance of age spots — no need to shell out for super pricey retinol products when ya' got this.


    Promising review: "This wrinkle repair cream is fabulous!!! No really.

    Neutrogena has always been my go-to brand when the bank balance hits month end, because they're always reliable. There is a daytime version of this, which contains SPF 30, I believe. My skin is fair and I'm gettin' a bit older, and even though I have a bit more at the end of the month I won't switch to a far more expensive brand. After two weeks, even my family all noticed. The Rapid Repair Night Cream is my favorite retinol-type formula. I will say that using the night formula and the day formula at the same time was too much. If your skin is sensitive, keep it to the night cream. It's plenty and it works wonders." —Rachael B.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.20.

    32. Cosrx Two in One Poreless Power Liquid employs willow bark water 88% and betaine salicylate 0.1% to tighten up any enlargered pores, so once they've been cleared and blackheads have been removed, new ones won't *gasp* pop back up! And it cools your skin's temperature. It's practically a mini facial in a bottle.

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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 $12.78.

    33. 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: "Quite surprised that I like this so much. I’ve been testing non-department store skincare products for about six months and haven’t found one I like until now. I’m using it as a day and night cream, and I also ordered the eye cream — which I also like a lot — so I think I’ll be getting the rest of the line. Non-greasy, lasting moisture, looks nice under makeup, and I think my skin does look a bit better." —Amy Smith

    Get it from Amazon for $18.75.

    Wow, how did all of these products end up in my cart at once???


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