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Skincare on a Budget!

WRITTEN BY Shelby Turner

Youth to the People Superfood Cleanser – 8 oz ($36) 

This cleanser works to hydrate your skin and reduce blemishes. It’s a great way to incorporate some extra vitamins and minerals directly into your skincare routine. 

Good Molecules Antioxidant Rosewater Cleansing Gel – 8 oz ($12) 

Soothes and brightens skin with rosewater and pineapple extracts, giving your skin just what it needs for  ⅓  of the price. 

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream – 50 mL ($68)  

When you do want to spend the extra buck, this moisturizer works wonders for evening skin tone, smoothing scars and dry skin. 

The Inkey List Peptide Moisturizer – 50 mL ($15) 

With peptides as a main ingredient, The Inkey List’s moisturizer offers the same benefits for ¼ of the price. Both options pair nicely with additional skincare steps without leaving behind a sticky or peeling residue. 

Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream – 15 mL ($54)  

This luxurious eye cream won the 2020 Allure Best of Beauty Awards and 2021 Glamor Beauty Awards “Best Eye Cream.” Providing hydration and reducing the appearance of fine lines, Biossance absorbs nicely into the skin without becoming waxy throughout the day. 

Paula’s Choice RESIST Anti-Aging Eye Gel 15 mL – ($28) 

This is still a little on the pricier side, but a highly rated eye cream that provides hydration and comes with a cooling applicator to soothe puffiness. The product also contains peptides, smoothing and toning the skin. 

Drug Store Honorable Mentions and Personal Favorites: 

  • Versed Just Breathe Clarifying Serum  ($20) 
  • The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser ($8) 
  • Elf Holy Hydration Face Cream ($13)