It may surprise you to know that cheap skincare routines work just as well- if not better- than expensive ones!
That’s definitely not something the multi-billion-dollar beauty industry wants you to know!
In general, all the ingredients present in the expensive skincare products are natural or easily swapped, so there are ways around it.
Read on to learn more!
Cheap Skincare Routines
When it comes to skincare, it can be almost impossible to find the products to suit your needs, and when that finally happens, you may realize that it ends up being incredibly expensive.
Don’t worry though, we’ve got you, and we have some of the best cheap skincare routines for you.
In order to give you all the possible options, we are going to break this into two different parts: homemade skincare routines, and drugstore skincare routines.
Without further ado, let’s go ahead and take a look at them!
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Homemade Skincare Routines
1. Face Cleanser
People go to unimaginable lengths to create the most complete facial cleansers, but they forget one essential aspect. The face wash is supposed to just clean the skin and remove the small dust particles and sebum. The best thing you can do is make a natural honey and Aloe face wash! You can even add lavender or chamomile if you want. It’s super cheap, but it works SO well!
2. Face scrub
Face scrubs are absolutely amazing, but they can come at a very high price.
Don’t worry though, I have two solutions, both tested.
The first one is to mix coconut oil and some baking soda and mix them until you have a paste.
Baking soda will dry out the dead skin cells and remove them, while the coconut oil will keep your skin hydrated.
The second option is to mix grounded oat flakes with honey and use a gentle brush to rub it on your skin.
While the oat flakes will remove the dead skin cells, the honey will come in with its antioxidant properties.
Just remember to apply a moisturizer after, because honey can dry up your skin.
Moisturizing is one of the most important steps of a skincare routine and I know, the right one can cost a fortune.
Instead of struggling to find the best one in the store, try using coconut oil.
Even though it’s oil, it won’t clog your pores or cause acne (and this comes from someone who struggled with acne for a while).
In fact, it actually helps draw impurities out of your skin!
4. Face masks
There are a ton of recipes for DIY face masks, but you need to think about what you need.
I have two favorites, one that I use to close my pores, and another one to deeply moisturize the skin.
For the first one, that closes the pores, you will need one egg white, a teaspoon of honey, and a few drops of lemon juice.
Mix them all together and leave it on the face for about 10 minutes. After you’re done, clean it up and apply a moisturizer of your choice.
The second mask is for moisturizing. What I do, is take 5 drops of Vitamin A, 5 drops of Vitamin D, one spoon of olive oil, and one teaspoon of honey.
After mixing them up, you need to leave them to sit on your face for about 10 minutes, and in the end, use a massage tool, such as this Sonic Facial Cleanser to achieve the best results.
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5. Skin boosters
Sometimes you may find yourself in need of special face boosters, but you don’t need to pay a fortune for them.
You can find small bottles of Vitamin A, B, and D in almost any drug store, and you can use them whenever you need to.
Vitamin A is perfect if you’re prone to acne. It stops the pimples from developing and speeds up the healing process.
It’s usually the main component of anti-acne products you find in stores.
Vitamin D can help aging or dry skin. It keeps the skin cells healthy and young, while also repairing the skin where necessary.
Vitamin B is the one that controls acne breakouts, wrinkles, rashes, or dry skin, and if you don’t have enough of it, well, the results are the ones I just listed.
You can keep a bottle of Vitamin B on hand, and introduce it in your skincare routine twice a week.
Homemade skincare tip: It’s perfectly fine to have your face dry and oil-free during the day, but don’t leave it like that before you go to sleep.
All the oils help your skin regenerate during the night.
Drugstore Skincare Routine
1. Clean&Clear Facial Cleanser
This is one of the products I personally tested, and it was good for me. It’s gentle on the skin, and it leaves it perfect to apply the make-up routine.
- 8-fluid ounces of Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Facial Cleanser with cucumber and green mango extract to nourish and refresh skin while removing dirt, oil & impurities that build up overnight
- Daily face wash helps gently remove dead skin and cleanse skin, and features an invigorating fragrance that energizes your senses to help jumpstart your day
- Its unique oil-free formula is made with cucumber and green mango extract for refreshing cleanse that leaves skin feeling beautiful and invigorated
- Suitable for everyday use, this foaming facial cleanser can be used as part of your daily skincare routine and is designed for all skin types, making it ideal for normal, oily and combination skin
- This hydrating face wash is oil-free and hypoallergenic, and rinses clean so it won't clog pores
2. CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizer
When the CeraVe products hit the market, I was very curious to see what they could do. Honestly, I was impressed, so facial moisturizer made it on the list. It’s lightweight, won’t clog the pores, and the skin absorbs it very fast.
- [ BROAD SPECTRUM SPF 30 ] A micro-fine zinc oxide sunscreen for UVA/UVB protection. This CeraVe moisturizer with SPF is a hydrating facial lotion that spreads easily, is absorbed quickly, and leaves a non-greasy finish
- [ OIL FREE DAY CREAM ] Use this daily face sunscreen as the last step in a morning skincare routine. If layering with an eye cream, moisturizer or facial serum, apply Cerave AM facial lotion after other product applications have been fully absorbed
- [ SUNSCREEN WITH NIACINAMIDE ] Contains Hyaluronic Acid to retain skin's moisture and Niacinamide to help calm skin. MVE Technology delivers hydration throughout the day
- [ ESSENTIAL CERAMIDES ] Ceramides are found naturally in the skin and make up 50% of the lipids in the skin barrier. All CeraVe products are formulated with three essential ceramides (1, 3, 6-II) to help restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier
- [ GENTLE ON SKIN ] Recommended for daily use by the Skin Cancer Foundation. Fragrance free, oil free, non-comedogenic, paraben-free. Suitable for dry skin, sensitive skin, oily skin, and acne-prone skin
3. Clean&Clear Exfoliating Facial Scrub
This Clean&Clear face scrub is one of the best, and it’s quite cheap. It properly cleanses the face, leaving it smooth.
What I don’t like about store brought facial scrubs, is the fact that most times, they are not environment-friendly.
- 7-ounce Clean & Clear Oil-Free Deep Action Exfoliating Facial Scrub to help clean deep down to the pores and exfoliate surface skin to remove dirt, oil and makeup
- Designed to invigorate and refresh facial skin, this deep exfoliating scrub provides a tingly, cooling sensation as you gently massage it on skin
- The unique oil-free formula of this cooling face wash and will rinse clean so it won't clog pores
- Deep pore cleansing action goes to work to remove dirt and oil while invigorating skin and leaving it feeling soft, soothed and refreshed
- Exfoliating facial scrub is suitable for everyday use for refreshing, deep pore cleansing and smooth, soft skin
4. Majestic Pure Face Mud Mask
A very nice product and suited for all skin types are mud masks.
They have a revitalizing and detoxifying effect!
This one from Majestic Pure really does its job without costing a fortune!
- Majestic Pure Moroccan Red Clay Mud Facial Mask with British Rose; for all skin types especially for dull, acne-prone, and sensitive skin; made in the USA.
- Carefully crafted with wonderful botanical ingredients to deeply nourish skin for supple youthful look
- Moroccan Red Clay Mud contains high mineral content, vitamins, and other nutrients to nourish skin while gently reducing impurities
- Majestic Pure Moroccan Red Clay Mud Face Mask is cruelty free and not tested on animals
- Safety Warning: Intended for External Use Only, Rub a very small amount on the inside of your elbow area to test for any allergic reaction before use. Avoid contact with eyes, keep out of the reach of children. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. If pregnant, consult with your health care provider before use. Use no more than once a week if you have sensitive skin. Must use moisturizer after applying this mask.
It’s not hard to create cheap skincare routines and most times, you really don’t need an overly expensive one to get by!
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