Complexion Perfection for Under $20

731. For Exfoliation:

St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub

I struggle with dry skin in a seriously awful way. No exaggeration, my skin gets dull, tight, and flaky at the slightest hint of any sort of minuscule shift in the weather, and as a result, I’ve tried close to 3,000 (just like, an estimation) different exfoliants, but truthfully never gave this one a chance because it was so inexpensive and that made me suspicious. To my surprise, this scrub has been the most effective out of everything I’ve tried, and I am so infinitely thrilled that my tireless search for an effective dry skin remedy is finally over!

Price: $3.64

Because this scrub is carried by so many retailers, prices can obviously vary slightly, however, I’ve never paid more than $4 for the 6 oz. bottle, and this is definitely one of those, “little goes a long way,” products.

Tip: Try using every morning, before moisturizing

2. For General Cleansing:

Neutrogena Transparent Facial Bar for Acne-Prone Skin

I’ve been using this bar soap for around 6 years, without issue. It’s gentle, but extremely effective in keeping skin even and clear.

Price: $3.29

This is another product that’s cost can vary depending on where you purchase it, but always remains in the $3-$4 range.

Tip: If your skin is like mine, and is to some degree just predetermined to be dry, do not overdo it with this cleanser. It’s gentle, but only if used sparingly, so start off using it once every other night before bed and if you don’t experience any signs of dryness after one week, begin using it once every evening.

3. For Toning:

T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel Astringent

I love this toner because it is at least a thousand times better for dry, problematic skin than any other toning product I’ve ever tried. Although I don’t struggle with blemishes quite as severely as I do dry skin, I still have to use an astringent of some sort to combat potential breakouts. Unfortunately most astringents that I tried either had no effect at all or wound up inflaming my dry skin and creating horrifying dry patches all around my face. About two years ago, I just gave up and accepted that my skin was too sensitive for astringents, but I happened upon this one at the drug store and decided to give toning one last shot. I am so happy that I gave this product a chance because it combats blemishes, redness, and it keeps my face hydrated. $5 very well spent.

Price: $4.99

Like every other item on the list, this price may vary depending on where you buy it, but only very slightly.

Tip: Using a cotton swab, apply astringent to clean face, once at night before moisturizing. Allow astringent to dry completely before applying moisturizer!

4. For Moisturizing:

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

Here’s the thing- great product, questionable packaging. This has been my go-to moisturizer for just under a year and I recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a little extra hydration, however the bottle’s pump is a bit strange. The pump in itself works perfectly, however it’s straw is significantly shorter than the length of the bottle. It is an oddity for sure, but one that can be easily dealt with by ensuring that the pump is positioned downward when in use.

Price: $8.00

Tip: Apply to clean face once in the morning, before applying any makeup, and again at night following cleansing & toning.

This will bring the total cost of your skincare routine to only $19.92, and for me this combination has been absolute gold, so definitely go give it a try, doll!

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