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Skincare can be a sensitive topic. Everyone has different concerns, but ultimately, we all have the same goal of feeling and looking good in our own skin.
The truth is, despite all the magazines and websites telling you otherwise, you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on skincare to see results. Sometimes simpler (and cheaper) really is better.
I asked my coworkers to share the affordable skincare products they use and love, because who better to take advice from than a discerning bunch of product reviewers?
Below you’ll find 17 skincare products under $ 25 that the Insider Picks staff swears by.
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
Of all the expensive makeup removers and cleansing waters removers I’ve tried, this drugstore version is the one I tell everyone about. Unlike regular water, the chemical composition of micellar water allows it to bind to oil and makeup to remove everything with just a few swipes of a cotton pad.
Not only does it get every last bit of stuff off your face, it also cleanses and leaves your skin feeling hydrated and fresh. On lazy days, my entire day’s skincare routine includes this and nothing else. — Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor
Mighty Patch Hydrocolloid Acne Absorbing Pimple Spot Dot
This is my go-to solution for those angry, pus-filled pimples that sprout on your face at the most inopportune times. The stickers absorb the nasty fluids from your pimples and you can directly see the results: when you take off the sticker the next morning (or even as soon as in a few hours, depending on the nature of the pimple), the sticker turns white with the pus it has absorbed, and your pimple will have noticeably deflated.
Since they’re clear, I’ve even worn them during the day to work, and no one bats an eye. Though they’re more expensive than most other brands, I’ve found these particular patches to be much more effective at healing the pimple and also to adhere to skin better. — Connie Chen, Insider Picks reporter
Muji High Moisture Light Toning Water
My face would look like an exoskeleton if not for this extremely moisturizing toner. Muji’s skin care line is the brand’s unsung hero, but I would write an entire musical about this product if I had the creative energy. It’s extremely hydrating, gentle on sensitive skin, and doubles as both a toner and a moisturizer — especially during the summer when you really only want a thin, lightweight layer of product on your face. — Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks editor
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