The Most Effective Skin Care Products Under $25
By Danielle Fontana , Associate Editor |
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive beauty products to achieve great skin. From a hydrating moisturizer to an ultra-effective cleanser, top-quality inexpensive skin care is at your fingertips if you know where to look. Stock your beauty cabinet with these high-performance products that won’t break the bank.
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Five years in the works, this innovative mist delivers the same skin-loving ingredients as the brand’s original Healing Ointment to soothe, hydrate and smooth in seconds—minus any sticky fingers.
So much more than your basic toner, this exfoliating formula is brimming with alpha- and betahydroxy acids to delete dull skin cells, prevent blackheads and whiteheads from forming, and control excess oil production in every spritz.
Saturated enough to deliver a deep clean on the go, these handy cloths are formulated with antioxidants, vitamin E, lavender and green tea for a thorough, powerful wash when your go-to cleanser is out of reach.
Shake well to merge the different oils—including uplifting pitanga oil, known as “the Brazilian cherry,” plus almond, olive and borage—then apply the luxe cocktail all over your body it as your last step of your shower routine. The result: noticeably soft and more hydrated skin after one use.
For skin that’s always itchy, flaky or irritated, look no further than this lightweight, ceramide-infused formula designed to quickly soothe and restore exacerbated skin for up 24 hours. (If you’re not one for lotion, this one’s fragrance-free and never greasy, you won’t even know it’s there.)
A new makeup-bag staple, the infusion of jojoba, avocado and chia seed oils, plus shea and cocoa butters, into this compact sunscreen stick allows it to feel soothing, not chalky, while delivering high antioxidant protection that can be easily reapplied throughout the day.
Spongellé Pedi Buffer ($16)
Specifically formulated to treat your feet, this mandarin-meets-amber–scented buffer delivers skin-sloughing results that rival a pedicure’s. One side is textured for rough, callused skin and the other delivers nourishing oils to keep feet sexy and soft.
If oil, blemishes or spots tend to creep up on your skin more often than not, it’s time to add this minimalist bottle to your vanity. High in niacinamide (vitamin B3) to lessen breakouts, brighten skin and clear congested pores, you won’t believe the price tag once you see the results for yourself.
From the brand’s recently released anti-aging and breakout-busting line, this gel cleanser removes makeup and prevent blemishes in one step with an alphahydroxy- and salicylic-acid based formula that’s designed to gently exfoliate to reveal brighter, smoother skin.
Good things come in small packages. Case in point: this petite pot that houses intensive care for chapped, dehydrated lips. Swipe the balm on before bed or at your desk—it's transparent and glossy, so you can get away with it—and in a few hours you'll have hydrated, pillowy-soft lips. (It even comes with a miniature spatula to make application foolproof.)
The first sheet mask designed to firm the body is officially being rolled out stateside, and it’s just as good as it sounds. Sized to fit areas like the thighs, hips, arms and tummy, each sachet includes two saturated sheet masks that deliver plant-based toning ingredients—including Brazilian guarana and cupuaçu—for firmer, hydrated skin.
Keep this hydrating powerhouse in your shower to bust dry, winter skin for good. The formula releases its moisture when it comes into contact with water (apply it on freshly cleansed skin) and soothes even eczema-prone skin before you have a chance to towel off.
Safe for use on even the most sensitive skin and eyes, this jelly-like face wash removes every speck of makeup and hydrates without any irritation. Massage it onto try skin to melt away makeup, then add water and let its comforting, milky formula work its magic.
These luxurious hydrogel masks come in two parts (a top half and a bottom half) to perfectly fit your face, and, based on your concern, allow the product to better penetrate your skin. For a brighter, tighter complexion, reach for the Sake mask; if you’re looking to deep clean and minimize your pores, give the charcoal version a try.
This best-selling ultra-concentrated formulation boasts ingredients like calamine and salicylic acid to—miraculously—dry a zit overnight. When using, be sure not to shake the bottle; only apply the pink sediment on your skin and say goodbye to that pesky blemish.
This light moisturizer features ingredients like retinol and hyaluronic acid to quickly diminish the appearance of both fine lines and stubborn wrinkles including crow’s-feet and forehead and cheek wrinkles (the brand claims you will see noticeable results in a week!) while SPF works to keep spots at bay.
APA Lip Loofah ($18)
Derived from sugar and sweet almond seed, this gentle scrub deliciously buffs away dull skin to reveal smoother, healthier-looking lips in no time.
Formulated for acne-prone skin, this cleanser uses zinc to clear breakouts and is clinically shown to reduce excess surface oil by up to 47 percent, leaving you shine-free throughout the day.
Everything in this dermatologist-created skin care
line is designed for acne-prone skin and under $20, so we couldn’t pick just
one. The Acne Cleansing Wipes work just like makeup wipes and are a quick way
to clear skin and exfoliate clogged pores on the go, while the Acne Cleansing
Pads are a more intense treatment designed to clear whiteheads and blackheads
while preventing new breakouts from happening.
While this moisturizer does sport a slight tint to erase dark circles and redness, it still works overtime as a resurfacing hydrator, delivering a smoother complexion with faded (or diminished) discoloration.
This quick-absorbing treatment boasts ingredients like salicylic acid, cucumber, tea tree and lavender to fight breakouts and reduce redness while you sleep. Wait about 10 minutes after you apply it to your face before you hit the hay to ensure none of the treatment gets on your pillowcase.