We all know that skincare is not cheap. I try to not purchase too much skincare to save more money and actually use up the many products that I still have. I really want to do a Project Pan and finally have some skincare empties.
If you’re looking for cheap skincare or alternatives, I hope this post can help you out.
I actually grew up not spending too much on skincare and makeup. As I had mild eczema, I was always told to not use fragranced products and keep my skincare routine simple and not use a lot of products. Over time, I’ve became interested in skincare but I’ve also been able to find products that work for me and my skin type.
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Best for: dry and sensitive skin
This moisturiser is great for dry and sensitive skin types. I really enjoy using it whenever I have eczema flareups as it alleviates dry skin. It is non-greasy, moisturising and really soft and silky and just everything you want in an affordable moisturiser. It also does not have much of a fragrance and causes no irritation.
I would recommend the entire line of Aveeno if you’re looking for affordable skincare for eczema.
Best for: oily skin, blackheads
I’ve struggled with blackheads for most of my life and I haven’t found many products to alleviate this problem. I’ve just sort of learnt how to deal with it and it’s never particularly bothered me. I use these whenever I can remember which isn’t very often.
These pore strips will pull away oil and dirt buildup on the nose. It is also suitable for sensitive skin. These strips can be a bit gross because you get to see all the gunk on your nose once you take it off but trust me, this is really satisfying. The results are fantastic and instantaneous. Definitely recommend using every now and again.
Best for: oily and acne-prone skin
The Ordinary is your go-to for affordable skincare and this is no exception. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10$ + Zinc 1% is one of my favourite products from the brand. This serum can help reduce the severity and frequency of breakouts whilst balancing oil levels. It’s also ideal for those experiencing for those struggling with skin congestion.
This is really keeping my oiliness controlled and my skin bright and glowy. Furthermore, I really enjoyed the texture of the serum. It did not feel sticky or tacky at all and absorbs fairly quickly into the skin.
Can’t complain when this is under $10 and is more effective than a lot of other serums I’ve tried.
Best for: all skin types
This is only a recent purchase but I’ve fallen in love with this facial oil. Squalane can assist in skin-care problems such as dehydration. This facial oil is so lightweight and goes really smoothly into the skin making it feel plump and hydrated.
I’ve also been using The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil and whilst I have enjoyed using it for gua sha – it does feel really oily on me.
It has also been suggested that The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane can be used on hair to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential. I’m definitely will be giving this a go as I love a multi-purpose product.
Best for: chapped lips
I picked this up at random during work because I was suffering from chapped lips and I’m always misplacing my lip balms. Lip balms are an essential for me and I always need to have one with me. I never really found more expensive lip balms to be more effective and so I decided to test Burt’s Bees and see if it was worth the hype. I can see why people love this classic chapstick brand.
This lip balm is really hydrating. The pear and coconut is a very sweet smell but I don’t mind it. I also love that it has natural ingredients. I really want to give the mango scented one a go.
What are some of your cheap and affordable skincare products?