If you are on the lookout for good skincare products but don’t want to drain your bank, take a look at my list of 10 best skincare products under $50.
You see an expensive and boujee product and you want it, right? Well, let me tell you that you’re definitely not the only one.
Skincare products with a rather expensive price tag typically come equipped in a nice and Instagrammy package, have a nice smell, rich texture, and they pretty much make you feel like a goddess when applying them on your skin.
Well, guess what? That luxurious feeling is the main thing you are draining your credit card for, but this doesn’t mean that what’s inside the luxurious package will do your skin any good.
I’ve been a fan of boujee and expensive goodies for a very long time before I understood that what really matters when it comes to skincare products is their ingredients and how these ingredients are going to benefit your skin.
Once I realized how to read and understand the ingredient list at the back of the product, I had a big revelation. A breakthrough, if you will.
This breakthrough freed me from being a prisoner to the thought that the more expensive and the more pretty a product is – the better it will be for my skin.
This couldn’t be further from the truth, so I started thinking more selfishly and started paying attention to the real matter – what is this product going to do for me?
In this article, I will teach you how to create a simple and efficient skincare routine in five easy steps as well as give you a list of ten best skincare products under $50.
How To Create A Simple And Efficient Skincare Routine In 5 Easy Steps?
My knowledge about how skin functions have led me to become a firm believer that skincare shouldn’t be complicated.
Companies often try to make it sound like you need all these products because they are trying to sell you these products, but you surely don’t need to buy a $50 roller to roll across your skin and make the products absorb. You literally have your fingers for that!
So here’s how to create a simple and efficient skincare routine in only five easy steps:
Pay attention to your skin’s needs.
This is the first and most important thing to think of when you want to purchase a hot, new skincare product everyone is talking about. Do I need it? Will my skin benefit from it? How will my skin benefit from it? Or should I simply stick to what works for me?
If your skin isn’t oily and you don’t have acne or blackheads, you don’t need a BHA exfoliant because everyone else is using it. Or if you are in your early 20s, you don’t need to start using retinol because everyone else is doing it and swears by it.
Believe me, your skin won’t get better than it is in your 20s (collagen wise), so buying pricey retinol is just an extra and unnecessary expense for you. The only anti-aging product you should use in your early 20s (and before) is sunscreen.
Pay attention to your skin’s needs and try to give it what it wants rather than experimenting with all these weird products you don’t need just because someone told you to.
Don’t overdo it.
It all comes down to paying attention to what your skin needs, again. If you don’t wake up with a greasy face in the morning – you don’t need to use a cleanser and you can simply splash some water and get it over with.
If you’ve exfoliated the previous night, you don’t have to exfoliate again in the morning because your skin doesn’t need that much exfoliation.
You don’t need to do a face mask every day and you don’t need to use a toner if you already have a serum. It’s as simple as that, which brings me to my next point.
Don’t overcomplicate it.
I see all these 10-step skincare routines all over the internet and the only thing I am thinking is “Who the hell has time for that?”. Yes, I take good care of my skin, yes I cleanse my face every night, yes I use an exfoliator, a serum, a moisturizer, and sunscreen in the morning.
And yes, I am very happy with how my skin looks. So happy, in fact, that I don’t have the slightest desire to go through these daunting 10-step routines when I can spend that extra time in the shower and enjoy the hot stream of water a little longer.
My point is, you don’t need to have a complicated skincare routine to have good skin. And let me tell you a one more important thing – our skin isn’t designed for all these different ingredients and most of the time it will just freak out and start rebelling, rightfully so.
Which I think is the main reason someone came up with the popular meme “When you’re doing skincare, but your skin doesn’t care”. Yes, your skin is probably just rebelling against all these new and unknown things it has to deal with all of a sudden.
Expensive isn’t always better.
I’ve said it million times and I am going to say it million more times: “Expensive doesn’t mean better!”. Understand that if the ingredients ain’t shit, all you’re paying for is the brand’s name, luxury bottles and packagings, and a nice smell.
Stuff you literally don’t need in skincare.
You don’t need your skincare products to smell nice, you don’t need them to come in a luxury bottle, and you don’t need to support a multi-millionaire company (I’m looking at you, Estée Lauder) that decided to profit off someone that doesn’t know how to read and understand the ingredient list.
You need your skincare products to work! And products from relatively affordable brands like The Ordinary or the Inkey List work ridiculously much better than any Clinique or Dior skincare product.
Stick to what works.
Again, listen to your skin and make sure to give it what it needs. If you’ve found a product that works for you, stick to it. You don’t need to change it.
I experiment with a lot of skincare products, but it’s my job to do so, and believe me, more often than not I pay the price for it, and my skin sometimes gets irritated and angry because of all the stuff I apply for the sake of content.
But for the regular person that just wants to take good care of their skin, you don’t need all these things. You don’t need five different serums. You need to stick to what works for you. Again, it’s just as simple as that.
10 Best Skincare Products Under $50
Here is a list of 10 best skincare products under $50. I’ve tried, tested, and loved all of these for different reasons, so here I am sharing this list with you guys. Enjoy.
If I had to choose two best cleansers on the market I would undoubtedly go with Paula’s Choice cleansers. Like all her products, these are formulated without drying alcohols, fragrance, and astringents, which are the three things I absolutely cannot stand in skincare products.
- RESIST Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser with Green Tea and Chamomile for dry skin types ($19)
- SKIN BALANCING Oil-Reducing Cleanser with Aloe for oily skin types ($18)
Everyone loves these cleansers and I can proudly say I’ve had my entire family hooked on PC products. Additionally, every client I’ve ever worked with has enjoyed a quick and most welcome improvement in whatever skin concern was in question due to PC products.
This one was a little difficult because I’ve tried so many good exfoliants lately and it makes me think that skincare brands are really upping their game when it comes to this particular product.
Exfoliation is an important step in your regimen as this will help you get rid of the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin, give you a brighter, hydrated, and more radiant complexion, as well as balance excess oil production, and get rid of your blemishes.
I managed to divide my two absolute favorite exfoliants I constantly reach for, so here are my favorites:
- The Ordinary – Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution for dry skin types with pigmentation concerns ($27)
- Paula’s Choice – BHA Liquid for oily skin types with blackhead and breakout concern ($29)
When it comes to serums, you really don’t need to go all crazy about it. Depending on your skin concerns, you need a serum that’s gonna deliver sufficient hydration into your skin or serum that’s gonna brighten your skin and balance out excess oil production.
So, here are two very versatile and affordable products that deliver excellent results for all skin types:
Learn how to keep your skin balanced, hydrated, and happy.
Right after your serum application, you need to add an occlusive barrier that will help prevent all that precious moisture from evaporating out of your skin.
So, you need a simple moisturizer that isn’t too heavy but isn’t too rich either. Luckily there are many moisturizers on the market to choose from, so make sure to keep it simple and efficient while giving your skin what it needs. Here are my recommendations:
- Paula’s Choice – Omega + Complex Lightweight Moisturizer for dry skin types ($35)
- Bioderma – Hydrabio Daily Face Moisturizer for combo to oily skin types ($25)
Coming down to the most important thing and that is protection. You have to protect your skin because if you don’t – it will never heal.
Here are my favorites:
- RESIST Skin-Restoring Moisturizer SPF 50 for dry skin types ($33)
- RESIST Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 for combo to oily skin types ($33)
- CLEAR Ultra-Light Hydrating Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 30 for acne-prone skin types ($33)
Skincare doesn’t have to be difficult, long, daunting, complicated, nor expensive. In this article, I taught you how to create a simple and efficient skincare routine and achieve the healthiest skin ever as well as I made a special list of 10 best skincare products under $50.
How did you like this article? Are you someone who has a super-complicated skincare regimen or you’d like to keep things simple? Give me your answers in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by! My name is Simone and I am a certified skin specialist. I created this website to teach my readers how to take great care of their skin and I also like to occasionally share my honest opinions on skincare products I’ve tried. You can learn more about me here.