Anyway, as pretty and fun as expensive skincare is, it’s possible to keep up an effective, healthy routine on a budget. I’ve acquired many higher end products from Glossier, or for PR, or just from times when I’ve had the extra money to invest in products, but some of the best products I use have comparable “dupes” or are drugstore products themselves. Here I’ll share some of my favorite drugstore products under $10 that I have tested or now use regularly in my routine, so that you can build your own on a budget!

CLEANSERS: Finding good, cheap cleansers is the easy part.

TONERS: Now this was the hard part.

  • I found one, good, versatile drugstore toner in my search: L’oreal Hydrafresh Toner ($6.29 for 8.5 fl oz.) Despite being the only great toner for my skin, it well rivals other very expensive toners on the market. It’s alcohol free, infused with Vitamin B-5 for hydration, and is an overall texture and brightness booster. Though I only found one toner that was well worth it, and effective for all skin types, I’m glad I found this one because it’s amazing!

MOISTURIZERS: A bit easier than toners, but not much.

MASKS: My personal favorite 🙂

  • No matter what, the Que Bella Beauty face masks will be my all-time favorite masks–and they’re all UNDER $3. The Purifying Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Mud Mask ($1.97) is my own little miracle worker and best-kept secret, that I’m now sharing with all of you. They come in a single-use pouch, but each package contains enough product for at least 5 uses (just don’t open the pouch fully, and store it in an airtight container like a Ziploc bag.) I find all mine at Target!

So that’s it for the strictly drugstore products under $10, but some other drugstore-priced products and brands to check out I’ll link here!

  • DECIEM–The Ordinary: Perfect for serums, chemical exfoliants, vitamins, and acids all under $10!
  • Mario Badescu: Most Mario products are $15 or under, and they have very good outline routines for each skin type and concern; and their physical exfoliants are amazing as well. The Enzyme Cleansing Gel, Aloe Vera Toner, Orange Cleansing Soap are some of my favorite Mario products, and the $8 trial size of the Enzyme Gel lasts a very long time!
  • Kiehls: Again, not a drugstore brand but some of their basics (Ultra Facial Cleanser, Ultra Facial Cream) are priced as such! ($10 and $16, respectively)

And don’t forget, if you really want high-end skincare without your debit card breaking itself in half, trial sizes (if used properly) can last a very long time and are usually priced reasonably for the amount you get!


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