While my nontoxicÂ daily skincare routineÂ includes a mix of high-end and affordable products, when I switch over to pricier moisturizers and serums, my skincare budget can get ridiculous. Sometimes I have to reel it in and go back to some affordable, tried-and-true products.Â My faves listed here are highly rated and all under $19.
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Brands To Look For
ANDALOU NATURALS â€”Â This affordable line is widely available in health food stores and Whole Foods. I’ve been through several jars of their 1000 Roses Day Cream already. All their products are budget friendly.
TREE OF LIFE â€” I found this brand when I was searching for a clean retinol serum. Online only, they can keep prices are low because they don’t advertise and rely on word of mouth. I usually just buy their serum 3-pack for $20, which includes Vitamin C, Retinol, and Hyaluronic Acid. Their reviews are outstanding, and in my experience, they provide excellent customer service.
DECIEM â€” You’ve likely heard the hype about Deciem and the brand’s lines of competively priced beauty products, the most affordable being The Ordinary. Their products are not made from natural ingredients, but synthetic doesn’t always equal toxic. I’m not a big hand cream user, but because their Hand Chemistry moisturizer is not greasy at all, I’m now using this every day.
For a poor man’s SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic:Â I mix one drop of their antioxidantÂ Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3% serumÂ with a few drops Tree of Life’s Hylaluronic acid on my palm, apply the mixture on my face, followed by Tree of Life’s Vitamin C serum (also includes Vitamin E, as that’s in the SkinCeuticals serum). I do this every morning now. Apply moisturizer after if needed. Definitely use SPF if you’re using this in the morning since Vitamin C can make your skin photosensitive.
Products I Like
100% Pure’s Coffee Bean Eye Cream â€” I always recommend this, especially for those just getting into eye creams, because it’s natural, does the job, and smells nice.
Onsen Japanese Hot Spring Mineral Bath â€” A friend of mine owns this brand, and he gave me these bath sachets to try. Put one in your bath water for the healing experience similar to the Futamata medicinal hot spring in Hokkaido, Japan.
Thayers Witch Hazel Toner and Bioderma Micellar Water â€” After washing my face, I use one of these gentle toners with a reusable cotton pad to remove any excess makeup. A bottle will last a very long time.
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