3 Of The Best Affordable Skin Care Brands

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A while back I wrote this article all about self-care habits to bring into 2021 (check that article out here!). One of my favorite ways to take care of myself and to treat myself is through skin care. There's something about a nice skin care routine that just makes me feel so refreshed and relaxed. I know a lot of nights I get lazy and I don’t end up doing my skin care routine. But recently, I’ve been much better about actually taking care of my skin every single night - and my skin is just loving it!

While I just love skin care, I know that it can get really pricey very quickly. Having all the latest and greatest skin care products is definitely not going to be wallet friendly. I know some brands will literally charge over $100 for a teeny-tiny little bottle of eye-cream that doesn’t even do anything for your skin. However, I’ve found a few very affordable skin care brands that are just incredible. Not only are their products amazing and great for your skin, but I find these products are actually affordable and I feel like I’m definitely getting my money’s worth with them!

So here are some of my favorite skin care brands that have great products AND affordable prices!


First and foremost, I can’t discuss skin care without bringing up my absolute favorite, my ride or die - Mario Badescu. I’ve been using Mario Badescu products for years now, and they never disappoint me. I feel like my skin has never looked or felt better than when I’ve got my Mario Badescu products fully stocked! These are just a few of my favorite products that I have not only purchased, but gone through completely and repurchased several times now.


Mario Badescu Facial Spray

The facial spray is just the best product ever. I know it’s really just scented water - but it’s the most refreshing thing ever. I am not even kidding when I tell you I use this product every single day multiple times a day. I’ve gone through at least 10 bottles of this spray, and I’ve had every different scent (there’s Rose, Orange Blossom, Lavender, and Cucumber), they are all amazing. And the best thing is this only $7 - AMAZING!

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

The drying lotion is another game changer product for me. I first started using this when I was in college and I still use it today. This is the best for treating small breakouts, and it works faster and better than any other overnight spot treatment I’ve ever tried, I literally can’t recommend this enough!

Mario Badescu Rose Hips Mask

Next we have the rose hips mask, this is a clay mask, but it’s unlike any other clay mask that I’ve ever tried before. I have super dry skin, so usually I don’t even bother with clay masks because they just dry me out too much; however, this mask does a great job of moisturizing and brightening my skin. I also just love the gorgeous smell of this mask, I love to put it on before bed, and then as I am falling asleep at night I can still smell the lovely rose scent - it’s SO relaxing and as you know I’m all about that self-care/relaxation in 2021!

Mario Badescu Rose Hips Nourishing Oil

And the last Mario Badescu product is the rose hips oil. This is a great product for dry skin, as it’s so moisturizing and nourishing, it just makes your dry skin feel so refreshed. And this oil pairs SO well with the rose hips mask - put a couple of drops of oil on your face after the mask, and your skin has seriously never felt better!


Onto the next skincare brand - Burt’s Bees. I know we’ve all used their lip balm, but they actually have so many other skin care products that are so good too! I just recently bought some new facial skin care products from Burt’s Bees, and I’ve been using them everyday and I have been absolutely loving how my skin looks afterwards. I’ve also used their lotions and hand creams which have been a lifesaver for my dry skin. Here are just a few of my favorite Burt’s Bees products!


Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

As I said before, we’ve all used their beeswax lip balm, it’s a cult classic. I’ve used this lip balm for years and years now and I will continue to use it for years to come. I always have 3 or 4 tubes of this around, in various purses, in the car, on the nightstand. I just like to always have one nearby for my dry lips!

Burt’s Bees Deep Pore Scrub

Recently I’ve just started using the deep pore scrub, which is such an amazing exfoliator. It’s made with peach and willow bark, and smells so nice. I love to use this product, not every single day because that can be hard on your skin, but several times a week - especially on days when I’ve worn a lot of makeup. I love to get that deep clean feeling, and to feel like I’ve really all the makeup out of my pores, and this product does just that!

Burt’s Bees Deep Cleansing Cream

And of course, after I use my exfoliating pore scrub, I love to use the cleansing cream. This cream is made with soap bark and chamomile, and it is probably the most refreshing product I’ve ever used. It smells AMAZING, and has a cooling effect, so your skin just feels so fresh and clean, I just can’t get enough of this product.

Burt’s Bees Hydrating Overnight Mask

And then the last product of my Burt’s Bees picks is the overnight mask. This is made with avocado oil and prebiotics, which is SO good for your skin. This is a nice thick creamy consistency that just sinks into the skin so nicely and gives you the most refreshed and hydrated feeling skin.


And lastly, we have the brand Tonymoly. This brand probably is not as well known as Mario Badescu or Burt’s Bees, but it’s just as good and affordable - which we love! I first got hooked on this brand because of their facemasks. I love a good facemask and I think Tonymoly might just have some of the best face masks I’ve ever tired! Here are my top skin care picks from Tonymoly!


Tonymoly I’m Hand Cream

First up we have the hand cream. I love not only that Tonymoly makes great products, like this incredibly moisturizing hand cream, but I also love their packaging - it’s just the cutest! Their products also come in tons of different scents, like rose, green tea, coconut, and more! Honestly I don’t think I could choose a favorite because they are all so good!

Tonymoly I’m Real Sheet Masks

As I mentioned, the sheet masks are what introduced me to Tonymoly. I have super dry skin, especially in the winter, my skin gets so irritated, and sometimes lotion just isn’t enough. I really need a sheet mask to hydrate my face for 20-30 minutes to get all that moisture absorbed into my skin! And these bad boys will certainly do the trick. Whether I’m feeling extra dry or I just want to treat myself, the Tonymoly sheet masks are always the way to go!

Tonymoly I’m Gel Eye Masks

And lastly, we have the Tonymoly eye masks. Just like the sheet masks, their eye masks are so super hydrating and will give a new life to your dull and dry skin. I like to use these on days when I haven’t gotten a lot of sleep and my undereyes are looking especially tired - these will perk me right up!

Let me know in the comments what your favorite skin care products / brands are! I'd love to know!

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