Skincare is essential to avoid signs of aging and minimize the risk of skin cancer, not to mention maintaining a healthy complexion. But taking care of your skin can seem burdensome and expensive if it extends beyond adding more than a bar of soap to your routine. We’re here to tell you that’s not the case. Whatever skin situation you want to address, whether it’s on your face or body, involves dry, flaky patches or oily, breakout-prone skin, there are affordable options that are just as effective as their pricier counterparts. Some of the world’s best-selling skincare can be purchased directly on Amazon to make your life that much easier — because we know Amazon is your go-to.
The best skincare simply doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Some of the best skincare brands are available for purchase at under $20. So, whoever told you that the best sunscreen you can buy is priced upwards of $50 is a liar. Just saying.
To help get you started, we rounded up 20 of the best-selling skincare from Amazon all for under $20, with a majority of picks even reaching under $15. We’ve got cleansers and moisturizers for your face, washes and lotions for your body and hands, and a whole lot of other great stuff to keep your skincare tip-top on the cheap. You’ll mostly see tried-and-true brands like CeraVe and Neutrogena, but we found a few excellent, trustworthy lesser-known brands as well.
Check out a few of the products below, and don’t let price keep you from taking better care of your skin.
1. CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
BEST FACE CLEANSER
The CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser is not only reasonably priced, but it’s also one of the safest picks for a gentle cleanser available. It goes on as a clear gel, then gently foams up to remove dirt and oils while restoring your skin with ceramides and hyaluronic acid. CeraVe is a go-to for sensitive skin, as even the “normal” formula offered by the brand is more gentle than most face washes.
It’s effective, available just about everywhere, extremely well-reviewed — with over 36,000 five-star reviews on Amazon alone — and definitely among the best skincare on under $20.
2. Harry’s Truman Razor Set
It’s no secret that we love Harry’s products. We recently named the shave club’s Truman Razor the best men’s razor for the second year in a row, and we tested a lot of razors to come to that conclusion. Harry’s is best known as an online shave club, but the company’s products are also available on Amazon, like this Truman Shaving Kit.
3. Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash
BEST FACE WASH
Face wash is often formulated to be slightly stronger than face cleansers, so if you don’t have particularly sensitive skin, you could choose this without worry. The Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash strikes the right balance without drying. With mint, lemongrass and aloe vera, this foaming gel face wash takes care of oily and grimy skin without leaving it feeling stripped down.
4. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Daily Scrub
BEST FOR ACNE
There’s only one bargained price product you should be buying when it comes to acne. The Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Daily Scrub uses 2% salicylic acid to wash away oil and dead skin, clear up pimples, blackheads and help keep skin clean to prevent future breakouts. It’s formulated to be gentle enough for daily use, but Neutrogena recommends you start with two to three times a week to avoid over-drying your skin.
5. Mighty Patch Original from Hero Cosmetics
BEST PIMPLE PATCH
With almost 66,000 5-star reviews and counting, reviewers on Amazon have one question: is this witchcraft? The award-winning Might Patch is a hydrocolloid sticker that has the ability to improve the look of your ugly pimple while you sleep. And, no, you don’t even have to pop it. In just six to eight hours time, this patch absorbs gunk no matter your skin type for a borderline flawless look when times up. It has a skin-like appearance, so it even has the ability to blend into your skin so no one knows you’ve got it on. These are a serious Amazon must-have, so if you suffer from pimples, this could be an excellent option to consider.
6. Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant
If you’re familiar with Paula’s Choice, you might be a little surprised to see them on this list. Why? Because just about nothing is available from Paula’s Choice under $20. But, thankfully, that doesn’t include one of the best-selling exfoliators from Amazon. Using no fragrances or parabens, the Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant treats all skin types with a gentle rub to rid of any dirt, diminish the look of wrinkles and brighten skin. If you suffer from extra-large pores and blackheads, this exfoliant is an excellent leave-on option to use daily to help fight your skin-related issues.
7. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay
For weekly deep cleansing and skin purification, the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is easily the best buy on the cheap. You get an unscented pound of calcium bentonite clay to use for any trouble spots on your face or body. Just leave it applied for five to 10 minutes for cleaner pores and healthier-looking skin.
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8. Lumin Charcoal Mask for Men
BEST CHARCOAL MASK
Lumin is a relatively new skincare and hair brand for men, and we’ve recommended a ton of the company’s products over the past two years. This affordable charcoal face mask is designed to clean skin, unclog pores and remove excess oil and dirt. Apply this mask a few times a week or after particularly intense workouts at the gym.
9. Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Sunscreen
BEST FACE SUNSCREEN
Alright, the Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Sunscreen always hovers right around $10, sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less — but its affordable price isn’t why we love it so much. This face sunscreen is built specifically for those suffering from acne-related issues and promises a completely breakout-free consistency. With SPF 30, this lightweight sunscreen dries quickly for a non-oily consistency that anyone will fall in love with. With almost 13,000 reviews in total, Neutrogena has a slew of loyal fans that purchase this sunscreen consistently for everyday facial coverage, so you know you’re in good hands.
10. Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion SPF 30
BEST FACE MOISTURIZER
If you’re regularly cleaning and washing your face, you’ll want a face lotion or moisturizer to keep your skin healthy and hydrated. Even better, you’d like a moisturizer with SPF to protect your face from harmful UV rays. The Eucerin Daily Protection Face Lotion SPF 30 does all of the above at a highly reasonable price, plus it’s fast-absorbing. This formula is even safe for the most sensitive skin types, thanks to its use of mineral sunscreens, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
11. TruSkin Vitamin C Serum
BEST VITAMIN C SERUM
Vitamin C is an excellent product to use when diminishing signs of aging and creating a brighter appearance on your face. One of the brands using Vitamin C the best? TruSkin. But with over 65,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, that isn’t something that should shock you too much. For just $20, TruSkin will help you improve wrinkles and dark spots for an overall youthful glow. The serum also uses a plant-based formula that’s 100% cruelty-free to work on your skin with a worry-free feel.
12. Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream
BEST EYE CREAM
Nowhere do the signs of exhaustion and aging appear faster than under the eyes. Whereas no eye treatment can reverse dramatic darkness, puffiness or bags, a well-formulated eye gel like Cetaphil Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream can help. Formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid, this gel-cream hydrates under the eyes and brightens thanks to vitamin E, B3 and licorice root. Walk around with that “I just got eight hours of sleep” glow, even if you only slept five.
13. Tree of Life Vitamin C and Retinol Serum Set
BEST SERUM COMBO
Vitamin C and retinol are two skincare ingredients that have long been kept under the lock-and-key of high prices. Not anymore. Tree of Life is a brand that makes these powerful ingredients available to the masses. If you add anything to your skincare routine (after sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, of course), make it these two serums. Both are potent anti-aging components to healthy skin. Use Vitamin C in the morning to brighten and reduce past sun damage. Retinol, a form of vitamin A, is best used overnight to reduce and even reverse fine lines and wrinkles. Together, this is a duo that should be a staple in your skincare regime. If you are OK spending a little more to get a lot more, Tree of Life offers its trio of 38,000+ positive review best sellers — Vitamin C, Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid Serums — for a cool $19.95.
14. Blistex Medicated Lip Balm
BEST LIP BALM
Protecting your lips is one of the easiest ways to keep that mug looking its best. Blistex Medicated Lip Balm will legit never let you down, and it has SPF 15 to go the extra mile to keep your lips looking and feeling good.
15. Banana Boat Ultra Defense Clear Sunscreen Spray SPF 100
BEST BODY SUNSCREEN
Liquid sunscreens aren’t so bad, but they’ll never match the convenience and ease of use as a great spray sunscreen. The Banana Boat Ultra Defense Clear Sunscreen Spray SPF 100 is cheap, easy to use, suitable for the whole body, water-resistant up to 80 minutes and highly protective against UV rays.
16. Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion
BEST BODY LOTION
You can never go wrong with the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion when it comes to body lotion. This fragrance-free lotion relies on colloidal oatmeal and other skin-soothing moisturizers to repair and nourish dry skin. If you’ve been finding you’re starting to get itchy, dry skin in unusual places, this lotion is precisely what you need.
17. CeraVe Body Wash with Salicylic Acid
BEST ACNE BODY WASH
Are you experiencing acne breakouts on your bod? Give the CeraVe Body Wash with salicylic acid a shot. Salicylic acid is well known for its exfoliating properties, which will help break down acne and dead skin for smoother, more even skin. But because it’s CeraVe, you can still count on essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid to leave your skin feeling healthy and hydrated.
18. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap
BEST HAND SOAP
You may have overlooked hand soap when thinking about good skincare, but that’s a mistake. Washing your hands regularly is not just good hygiene; the right-hand soap can help keep your hands feeling soft and moisturized as well as cleansed. That’s precisely what Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap delivers. We’ve been using Mrs. Meyer’s soap for years: Every fragrance smells excellent, and the soap always leaves our hands just plain feeling better than before we washed them.
19. Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion
BEST HAND LOTION
Eucerin runs right alongside CeraVe and Cetaphil as one of the best drugstore brands because, like those two, so many of Eucerin’s products are affordable and effective. For intensive skin restoration, go for the Eucerin Intensive Repair Lotion. It’s super-rich to repair even the driest, flakiest skin. If you work with your hands a lot or are just prone to dry, rough skin, this lotion won’t let your hands down.
20. Celavi Collagen Facial Face Mask
BEST SHEET MASK
What’s better than one sheet mask? Well, twelve sheet masks, of course. These collagen facial sheet masks are paraben, oil, sulfate and cruelty-free skincare options that have the power to make your skin look and feel healthier. They use the latest technology in Korean skincare to provide a firming result that will leave you feeling fresh and replenished. Because they’re made for a variety of skin types, you shouldn’t fear trying one of these on. It might seriously affect the nature of your skin in a positive light.
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