Skincare can be an investment that pays major dividends — after all, healthy skin protects against harsh weather and environmental exposures, boosts confidence, and helps you put your best face forward. But in the world of $300 miracle creams, lotions, and potions, sussing out what skin care lines work best without draining your bank account can be tricky. Hitting up your beauty boutique for samples, trying out store brands, and buying mini or trial versions of high-end brands can all help you save, so when you find your perfect fit, you can actually afford it. Whether you’re scrimping by on a student’s budget or splurging on the high-end luxury, these five brands cover every budget.
Bargain Line: Target's Up & Up (Under $5)
What You Should Know
- Acne treating exfoliant with salicylic acid
- Target’s house brand scrub
- Blemish fighter on a budget
Under $5 each, many store brand skincare lines are less expensive versions of more common brand names, just under different packaging. If every dollar spent on skincare is a splurge, you need the most bang for your buck; Target’s Up and Up house brand is an inexpensive, effective place to start. This blemish fighting scrub contains Salicylic acid, and the exfoliant is derived from walnut hulls, not plastic microbeads.
“It has a pleasant scent, surprisingly can take off all makeup, and leaves you feeling refreshed.”
What You Should Know
- 1 ounce container, comparable to Clean and Clear
- Remember to wear sunscreen after using any benzoyl peroxide products
- Works on face or body breakouts
This 10 percent benzoyl peroxide acne medication treats existing breakouts and, when used daily, can prevent new ones from occurring. Now with the Target Clean seal, so you can be sure that not only are the products you’re purchasing effective, they’re also free from undesirable additions like certain parabens or pthalates,
“I was so focused on expensive products from Sephora and from my dermatologist that I ignored good ole’ benzoyl peroxide… Dries up acne quickly and effectively.”