One Reddit user and skin care enthusiast wanted to know the go-to frugal beauty brands that people buy. According to her, big-name brands are good and quality, but they are so expensive she cannot keep buying them.
Other members in this frugal subreddit shared their skincare routines that helped them save some money. Here are some of the best responses.
The Ordinary From Sephora
One user likes this brand because it is effective and has no fragrance, “I really like most of the products I have tried from The Ordinary. A way less expensive line I get through Sephora, no fragrance, and effective.”
Another user always swears by that brand, “I’m surprised how well it works for the price point. I’m in my mid-40s, and it’s keeping my skin very soft and smooth after having some difficulties earlier this year.”
Good Molecules and Inkey List
“I would recommend the following brands: Good Molecules, Inkey List, and The Ordinary,” one user says, “All you really need is a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen. Everything else is to target specific issues, or to add to the “experience.””
You can also get many of these amazing products from Trader Joe’s; as another user suggests, “Trader Joe’s has amazing and affordable skincare products.”
This brand has good quality products for its price point; as one user points out, “Neutrogena also has some good products, particularly its red acne line, gentle line, and hyaluronic acid line.”
Shower Before Bedtime
Sometimes, the simplest solutions work best, as one user advises, “Shower before bed and rotate pillowcases 2/3x a week.”
Oil of Olay Beauty Bar
This is another cheap skincare routine that works for some, “I just wash my face with an Oil of Olay beauty bar (and also wash the body with same) and moisturize with an inexpensive L’Oréal moisturizer (about $10; lasts about 3 months),” says one user.
Have a Rigorous Morning and Evening Routine
Some people have a very detailed skincare routine. One user spoke from experience, “I believe in taking care of myself, and a balanced diet and a rigorous exercise routine. In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I’ll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now. After I remove the ice pack, I use a deep pore cleanser lotion. In the shower, I use a water-activated gel cleanser. Then, a honey almond body scrub. And on the face, an exfoliating gel scrub. Then, I apply an herb mint facial mask, which I leave on for 10 minutes while I prepare the rest of my routine. I always use an aftershave lotion with little or no alcohol because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging eye balm followed by a final moisturizing protective lotion.”
Another user had a detailed routine as well, “Morning: Water, Cerave lotion, Elta MD sunscreen (I live in a super sunny state, so this is my big splurge, and even then, wait for the sales and stack coupons).
Nighttime: Oil cleanser if I’m wearing makeup (very rare), Cerave hydrating face wash, tretinoin every other night that I ordered for $20 off alldaychemist.com when I’m not pregnant, layered with Cerave cream, then The Ordinary plant squalane, then the TINIEST bit of The Ordinary rose hip oil to seal everything in. I wait 15 minutes before heading to bed. I drag these products down to my neck/chest.”
Generic Baby Wash/Shampoo
Baby shampoo can also be good for adult skin, as this elderly user highlights, “I use generic baby wash/shampoo on my face. Generic facial sunblock. That’s it. I’m in my 60’s; my skin is very young-looking. People think I’m decades younger, even with my undyed gray hair.”
Water and Moisturizer
This combination can also work well for some people and help to save a lot of money, “I throw some water on my face, pat dry. Put on a bit of moisturizer or sunscreen. Done. I’ve saved thousands not letting the advertisers tell me I need all this other crap,” one user adds.
They may not be the cheapest, but one user swears they work great, “I am a huge fan of Paula’s Choice products. They are not the cheapest, but they are reasonably priced compared to other brands. But the thing I like best about them is that all of the products are based on peer-reviewed published research.”
This is a good product, but you need a doctor to prescribe it to you, “See if your doctor will prescribe you Tretinoin. After that, make sure you use sunscreen made for the face. Those two things are the most important. Glycolic acid is the best overall exfoliant without knowing your skin type.”
Products from Ursa Major are great for travel; as a user notes, “I like Ursa Major products. I only buy when on sale, and/or they include a free product I want/need. You can also request free samples with every order, which are great for travel.”
Witch Hazel, ACV, and Coconut Oil
This combination may work better than most brands you buy in stores; as one user points out, “Witch Hazel, apple cider vinegar, and coconut oil are great for your skin. I use them in conjunction with store-bought cleansers.”
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