The top 10 under $10 clean skin-care buys you can get at the drugstore

August 23, 2019 at 07:39PM by CWC

Treating yourself to great, clean skin care does not—I repeat, does not—have to mean emptying your wallet for the sake of the cause. In fact, you can get a radiant face, by way of ingredients that don’t belong on a “hazardous waste” list, for less than the cost of a Sweetgreen salad.


Don’t believe me? In addition to all of the amazing drugstore products that are already out there, Walmart just launched a skin-care line of its own. It’s called “Earth to Skin” in which everything is under $10… and the products look really, really good.

The 28 products use power-packed, all-natural ingredients like watermelon, green tea, and avocado to help with all kinds of skin concerns. And it got us thinking about all of the other under-$10 skin-care products you can already buy at the drugstore. Spoiler alert: There are a whole lot of them. Scroll through to shop the top-10 editor-approved under-$10 beauty buys. Your digital skin-care cart has never felt more affordable.

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Thayer’s Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner ($9)

There’s a reason why this all-natural toner is consistently a best-seller on Amazon. It’s made with rose petals and aloe, and the ingredient combo tightens pores, controls the production of oil, and locks in moisture—all while protecting your skin from free radicals.

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Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes ($6)

Facial cleansing wipes often get a bad rap for stripping skin, but you don’t have to worry about that with this version from Simple. They’re extra gentle, and while they won’t dry out your face, they will help clear it of dirt and impurities.


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Burt’s Bees Almond Lip Oil ($5)

Burt’s Bees Chapstick (which you can also get for under $10) has likely been a part of your clean skin arsenal for years. Up their hydration factor with pure almond oil, which replenishes moisture in your lips and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it tastes really, really good.

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S.W. Basics Natural Distilled Rosewater Spray ($5)

Think of this pure rosewater spray as a skin-care jack-of-all-trades. It can be used as a toner before you apply your serums, after your moisturizer as an added dose of hydration, or throughout the day to give your skin a little spruce-up.

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Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Facial Treatment ($8)

This mask—which has become a legend in the beauty community—will suck all of the dirt and impurities out of your skin in a single 10-minute session. Seriously. Mix it with either water or apple cider vinegar, depending on what your skin can tolerate, and prepare to be amazed at the final results.


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Yes To Tomatoes Anti-Pollution Detoxifying Charcoal Oxygenated Foaming Facial Cleanser ($10)

Yes To’s charcoal cleanser is a permanent staple in my shower, because nothing has ever made my skin feel so clean. The combination of the foaming formula, the detoxifying charcoal, and the scrub brush applicator means that whatever dirt or grime is camping out in my pores doesn’t stand a chance.

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Versed The Shortcut Overnight Facial Peel Mini ($10)

This all-natural mask will brighten and exfoliate skin while you sleep by way of lactic acid, glycolic acid, and vitamin A—or what I like to call the trifecta of radiance.

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Unscented Dove DermaSeries Face Cream SPF 15 ($10)

Consider this product to be a dry-skin savior. It’s dermatologist-approved to moisturize even the most parched skin, and comes with SPF 15 protection so that you can put it on in the morning and allow your face to drink it in all day long.

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Botanica All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum ($8)

Brighten skin for under $10 with this naturally exfoliating serum, made with hibiscus-based AHAs and other botanical ingredients that will leave you positively radiant.

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Cocokind Facial Cleansing Oil ($9)

Cleansing oil is a miracle worker for getting rid of makeup without drying skin, and this Cocokind version does it with a mix of coconut, avocado, lavender, and tea tree oils.

Want to add more affordable items to your skin-care cart? Here are the drugstore products dermatologists can’t stop recommending. Plus, the skin-care scams they say you should definitely *never* waste your money on. 

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Author Zoe Weiner | Well and Good
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