Cheap skin care products doesn’t always mean “bad” or “low quality.” Remember, the beauty industry spends billions of dollars every year on marketing, so when you buy that $50 cream, you’re paying for a massive advertising campaign. The truth is, you can locate great products at Target, Wal-Mart or Kohl’s and all for less than $10.
Apricot Scrub by St. Ives
Price: $4 at Drugstores
This apricot scrub has been a drugstore shelf staple for decades, and there’s a reason – it works, it’s affordable and people like using it. As a scrub, you should only be applying it a few times a week maximum – the idea is to remove dead skin cells and freshen up your skin, not scrub it off. So, use this one sparingly.
The Beauty Benefits Beauty Unblemished Treatment Concealer
Cost: $6 at Wal-Mart
Got a big date or meeting and an even bigger pimple to match? This product is a lifesaver and packs a lot of punch for $6. One end of this innovative pencil treats the area with salicylic acid while the other end acts as a great cover-up which blends well.
If you find the cover-up end of this product too powdery or hard to blend, try dabbing the pencil end in a bit of water or moisturizer before you apply it. It will go on smoother.
Anti-Wrinkle and Anti-Blemish Scrub by Neutrogena
Price: $7 at Drugstores
This is another terrific product that contains salicylic acid, combined with a fantastic scrub that’s like a facial peel in a tube. Used two to three times a week, it’s an efficient way to de-stress and reveal brighter, fresher and pimple-free skin.
Ideally, you want to be using a facial scrub, particularly one with salicylic acid, no more than twice a week. Any more, and you run the risk of irritating your skin.
Price: $2 to $6 at Drugstores
Witch hazel is the main ingredient, after water, in most expensive toners. Essentially, it is both an astringent and powerful anti-oxidant. The product fights acne by finishing off your cleansing, sloughing away dead skin cells and restoring the skin’s balance.
Because witch hazel is an astringent, remember to always moisturize afterwards. You may also want to dilute your witch hazel with two to three parts water, especially if you have dry or flaking skin.
Target’s Coconut Body Butter
Cost: $8 at Target
This creamy, whipped moisturizer is great for all-over, full body skin care. It will literally melt into your skin, so you’ll smell great, but won’t feel greasy. The best part? It’s made from natural products like coconut, which has been proven to reduce the appearance and development of stretch marks.
Cheap skin care products can be found, but you just have to know where to look. Remember, simpler is often better, and don’t be afraid to ask your drugstore makeup counter person for advice or tips on hot, new products.