Budget-Friendly Skincare Products That Actually Work

by Elisabeth Kleppinger
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Something we all strive for is clear, healthy, and radiant skin. Unfortunately, achieving that is way harder than it looks. Creating a skin care routine is something that is hard to get down to a science. Everyone’s skin is so unique, so their routines need to be as well. Finding all the products can be overwhelming and items can range in prices. It’s hard to know what products to buy. Here are a few budget friendly skincare products that actually work and aren’t bad for your skin.

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Cerave Daily Moisturizing Lotion

This lotion is great for people with normal to dry skin, and retails for around $12 for a 12oz bottle which will last you a really long time. This lotion has no fragrance added, which is something you need to be looking for in products that you put on your skin. Fragrance often can harm the sensitive skin on someone’s face. This also won’t clog your pores and is great for everyday use.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream with Vitamin B3

This is great for every skin type and is paraben and dye free. This retails for $13.99 and is toning for the skin. It helps get rid of the appearance of dullness, spots, and overall making the complexion more radiant. I like to use this lotion on nights that my skin feels like it needs a bit more hydration.

SheaMoisture African Black Soap Clarifying Problem Skin Toner

This toner is great for all skin types, and it is vegan. The product is clean beauty with fair trade ingredients and it retails for just under $10. Plus, this is a black owned business that works very well for clarifying or clearing up skin. Add this budget friendly skincare product to your everyday routine, since you need a toner anyway!

The Ordinary Serums

The Ordinary makes incredible budget friendly skincare products all around, so it was hard to pick just one serum. My favorite article is their Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 product which is only $6.80. This works to maintain healthy looking skin with a good barrier for protection.

Bio-Oil Scar Treatment

Bio-Oil retails for under $20 and is great to clear up scars. I like to use this product on scars and stretch marks on my legs. It also can be used to hydrate the skin and applied to very dry areas like the knees, elbows, and heels of the foot. This is a great budget friendly skincare item to add to your self-care nights.

Burt’s Bees Skin Nourishment Gentle Foaming Cleanser

This cleanser is a clean beauty item that works on acne prone skin for under $10. It will also give you a natural glow from within that is enhanced from multiple vitamins. Also, it is super gentle but still works to take your makeup and oil off perfectly. Burt’s Bees products are a few of my favorites on a budget.


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