I am already regretting not always taking off my makeup before I went to bed during my college days. Right after I got out of school, I’ve been trying to undo the damage. In doing so, I’ve become obsessed with skincare, along with everyone else. Unlike years ago, skincare is now focused on getting that “glow” and natural look, rather than on anti-aging.
But, there’s a problem: a ton of skincare products are hella expensive, and not many people can afford to burn a massive hole through their wallets. Thankfully, there’s a running list of affordable, high-quality skincare products out there.
We’ve picked the best of the best with hard-to-beat prices. Your face and skin deserve loyalty treatment, and it doesn’t have to come with high costs! Perhaps one of your goals in 2019 can be practice self-care by treating yourself to those products!
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
The perfect cleanser to wash your face is the one that’s the simplest thing ever. CeraVe’s cleansers come in huge bottles so they last months. The hydrating cleanser is gentle and incredibly soothing. The CeraVe line is available at your local CVS or Duane Reade. This specific cleanser goes for $14.99 at ULTA Beauty.
Simple Cleansing Micellar Water
I live on this product. Simple was one of the first drugstore brands that got on board with the micellar water game, and I’ll never use any other brand. Specifically targeted toward dry, dehydrated, touchy skin types, this cleansing micellar water will rehydrate a dry complexion as it cleans away makeup and debris. It can be all yours for $6.79 from Target.
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% 30ml (serum)
The Ordinary has become the Everlane for skincare and makeup. They sell skincare basics without the traditional markups. If you haven’t tried out serums yet, then this is a great one to start with. Niacinamide regulates oil production, reduces pore size, helps with blotchiness, boosts the hydration of your moisturizers, and makes your dull skin look glowy. It goes for $10.80 on Amazon.
Acure Brilliantly Brightening Day Cream
Acure products are 100 percent vegan, cruelty-free and made without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, silicone, and petrolatum. The brand offers skin care, body care, and hair care products. The Brilliantly Brightening Day Cream helps moisturize and protect with a one-two-three punch that fights dullness and evens out skin tone for skin that’s bright and beautiful. Get it for $13.95 on Amazon.
I thought my days battling with pimples were long over, but, oh boy, I was wrong! No one told me that adult acne is a thing, but it’s very much real. Thankfully, the Differin Gel works like magic. Spread a pea-sized amount of this gel-cream all over your face as part of your daily skin routine. It dries matte and doesn’t peel when topped with moisturizer. After a few weeks of continuous use, your face will be pimple-free! It’ll be the best $15.27 you’ll spend on Amazon.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock
Yes, you still need to wear sunscreen in the winter! You’ll thank yourself when you’re 50 and wrinkle-free. Neutrogena is my favorite brand to use for sunscreen; it’s cheap and straightforward, and it does the job. Most of your makeup products should have some SDF in them, but use this sunscreen for extra protection! It’s $8-$12 at your local drugstore or market.