These affordable items will become your new favorites.

By Emily Goldman
Updated August 11, 2020
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Your skincare routine is so much more than just a form of self-care. As your body's largest organ, taking care of your skin is a pivotal step in maintaining your overall health and wellness. Thankfully, this important aspect of your routine doesn't have to break the bank—experts say there are a number of affordable products that are just as effective as their more expensive counterparts. Best of all, they're readily available at your local drugstore. But which wallet-friendly products do a good job at taking care of your skin? We spoke to dermatologists and asked them to recommend easy-to-find skincare items that pack a punch. From herbal eye masks to luxurious moisturizers, these affordable products are bound to become your new go-to skincare essentials.

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Foaming Face Wash

Dr. Caroline Robinson, dermatologist and founder of Tone Dermatology, loves this foaming face wash for acne-prone skin. "It cleanses well but doesn't strip the skin of its moisture," she says.

Shop Now: CeraVe Foaming Facial Wash with Hyaluronic Acid, $15.99, walgreens.com.

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Herbal Eye Mask

"One of my favorite skincare ingredients is green tea extract because it is a powerful antioxidant. I love eye masks because the under eyes is a problem area for most people," says Dr. Tess Mauricio, a Beverly Hills-based board-certified dermatologist. "These cooling hydrogel patches can give your tired looking under eyes an instant boost."

Shop Now: Bare Minerals "Skin Longevity" Green Tea Herbal Eye Mask, $11.04, walmart.com.

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Retinol Night Cream

"Dermatologists love retinol and I am always in search of new and improved formulations," says Dr. Mauricio. "This product contains five times more retinol than the number one retinol serum with a slow-release delivery system, which offers powerful results while minimizing irritation." She says this multitasking retinol offers a boost of overnight anti-aging power that reboots and renews skin, helping it act younger and look healthier.

Shop Now: No7 Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate, $34.99, walgreens.com.

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Acne Spot Treatment

Whether you're prone to breakouts or want something powerful to tackle the occasional pimple, Differin Gel for Acne treatments is here to help. "It contains 0.1% adapalene which is a prescription-strength topical retinoid for acne, even skin tone, and [features] anti-aging properties," says Dr. Dianne Davis, MD, FAAD, a dermatologist at Westlake Dermatology.

Shop Now: Differin Adapalene"Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment, $28.49, cvs.com.

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Moisturizing Cream

This moisturizer helps soothe irritated, cracked, dry skin, according to Dr. Davis, making it a great find at under $15.

Shop Now: Vanicream Moisturizing Cream, $12.19, walgreens.com.

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Dual-Cleanser

"It contains DEFI, which is a very mild cleanser with fatty acids and one-quarter moisturizing cream to help add back moisture that is lost during normal washing," says Dr. Robinson. "It's great as a gentle face and body soap."

Shop Now: Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar, $12.99 for eight, walgreens.com.

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Reparative Lotion

"It has the classic ingredients of glycerin, fatty acids, and microdroplets of Vaseline jelly to help support the skin barrier," says Dr. Robinson. "Plus, it has the relaxing scent of lavender oil."

Shop Now: Vaseline Intensive Care Calm Healing Body Lotion, $5.99, target.com.

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