Affordable Skincare Products Under $30

Skin is in as I’ve said multiple times on here. I’ve struggled with hormonal acne since I was 12 with a small side of cystic acne and in these recent years some eczema. Add all that together is a recipe for terrible skin. I’ve tried everything in the book from natural remedies to the strongest of prescriptions, but that thing that has worked the best is a consistent skincare routine. I have to give some credit to Accutane. I did 2 rounds starting in 2016 and that cleared 90% off my acne. However, I still get a hormonal breakout here and there as well as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from my eczema. 

My skincare routine is what keeps everything under control. For years I was using the wrong products. I had always thought that I had dry skin but it wasn’t until I went to an esthetician that she told me I was wrong, I combination/oily skin. I was using gel and foaming cleansers that were literally drying my skin out to the point that I thought my skin was dry but in fact, it was just dehydrated. If you can’t afford a trip to the esthetician schedule a consultation with Hey Aprill or Cave of Beauty they will get you together. Don’t have time or money for that either check out this post on April’s blog about determining skin type. This will help guide you to the right products. Doesn’t matter how good the product, if it’s not for your skin type odds are the product work well for you. 

After finding out my skin type is when I was finally able to get products that worked for me. I switched to oil and non-foaming cleansers added in some chemical exfoliation (helps with pores and hyperpigmentation), started hydrating and started wearing sunscreen. Yes, black people, we have to wear sunscreen. I’m not a skincare expert but this is what works for me. I adopted my own version of the Korean beauty 10 step regimen. Here is my full routine. 
Oil Cleanse - Sweet Almond Oil (As Needed)
Cleanse - Paula's Choice RESIST Hydrating Cleanser (AM/PM)
Exfoliate - 
Paula's Choice 2% BHA Liquid (2x A Week)

Tone - Paula's Choice-RESIST Advanced Replenishing Toner
Essence - Cosrx Essence (AM/PM)
Serum(s) - Timeless Hyaluronic Acid + 
The Ordinary 100% L-Ascorbic Acid Powder 
                   Earth Vibes Retinol Serum
Moisturizer - Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream (AM/PM)
Sunscreen - Neutrogena Hydro Boost SPF 30 (AM)
Seal - 
Sweet Almond Oil (PM) 

Weekly or As Needed
Peel - The Ordinary AHA/BHA Peel (Weekly)
Mask - Sheet Mask (Weekly)
Treatment - COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch

Check out more skincare products that under $30. All the products featured are products or brands I have personally used.





Hydrator & Moisturizer


Skincare is my current obsession. I buy more beauty products than clothes these days that I had to implement a 1 empty 1 newbie policy. So that means I can only buy a new product once I’ve finished one. I have my eye on a few products from Lumene so those will be my newbies. What’s your current skincare obsession? Mine is anything from The Ordinary. Click here to sign up for Ebates or Dosh and get cash back and coupons when you shop!

Update: I tried the Lumene moisturizer and I love them! It has replaced my old Formula 10.0.6 moisturizer.

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