As you delve into the world of skincare, it’s easy to become intimidated by the endless choices in front of you. Would a Vitamin E cleanser be good for me? What exactly is niacinamide? Is chemical exfoliation better than a physical one? – these are all questions that might cross your mind at least once or twice when you’re looking for good products.

However, the most important question of all is – which skincare brands should I go for? There are now so many brands out there that it becomes a difficult task to find ones that work for your skin but are also inexpensive – not everyone wants to spend $180 on Crème de La Mer.

So, here’s a detailed list just for you of 15 brands that really have the skincare game down without putting a strain on your wallet:

1. CeraVe

A photo of a person holding a bottle of the Cerva lotion.
[Images description: A photo of a person holding a bottle of the Cerva lotion. The logo of the brand is printed in bold at the top. The right corner of the bottle is blue while the rest of it is white.] Via Flickr
CeraVe is definitely the basic b- when it comes to skincare. The brand uses a no-fuss policy when it comes to its products. When you pick up their products, you won’t find any exaggerated claims on the labels.

Cerave prides itself in being a simple and affordable brand that’s only goal is to promote healthy-looking skin without using fancy ingredients that might cause irritation.

2. Cetaphil

A product image of Cetaphil's Purifying Clay Mask. The lid of thr tub is of purple color while the bottom is white with the label on.
[Image description: A product image of Cetaphil’s Purifying Clay Mask. The lid of the tub is of purple color while the bottom is white with the label on. On the left side, there is a green and blue logo that says Cetaphil.] Via Flickr
Invented in 1947 by a pharmacist, Cetaphil holds the same policies as Cerave when it comes to skincare. The brand believes in providing simple, gentle, and effective products that are specific to all skin types. Cetaphil stands to strengthen and protect the skin while also being inexpensive.

3. The Ordinary

A tube of The Ordinary's Vitamin C Suspension is placed on a bed at a slight angle. Next to it is a brown comb.
[Image description: A tube of The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension is placed on a bed at a slight angle.  The cap of the tube is an opaque white color while the tube itself is silver. Next to the tube, a brown comb is placed.] Via Taisiia Stupak on Unsplash
The Ordinary’s basic focus are the ingredients of their products. Without pulling off any nonsense, the brand produces retinoids, oils, serums, and vitamins that do exactly what they say on the packaging.

The only issue with this brand is that the name of the products can sometimes be confusing, so before buying them it is important to do your research. The Ordinary even has a simple guide on their website that people can read to understand the use of each product.

4. The Inkey List

A photo of The Inkey List's retinol serum laid at an angle on a white bed sheet.
[Image description: A photo of The Inkey List’s Retinol Serum laid at an angle on a white bed sheet. The cap is black while the middle of the tube is white. At the very end of the tube, there is a black label that has The Inkey List printed in white.]
The Inkey List also doesn’t play around when it comes to skincare. Apart from being incredibly affordable, the brand aims to make skincare products easy to understand while targeting major issues like aging or pigmentation.

5. La Roche-Posay

A product image of La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo.
[Image description: A product image of La Roche-Posay’s Effaclar Duo. The cap of the tube is an opaque white color while the rest of it is solid white. Slightly below the end of the tube, there is a blue rectangle.]
Don’t be fooled by the fancy name because this brand is anything but. The French skincare line believes in providing its customers with products that target many skin issues while also being cost-effective.

6. Simple Skin

A product image of Simple Skin's hydrating gel cream.
[Image description: A product image of Simple Skin’s Hydrating Gel Cream. The cap of the tube is a light blue color. Right above the cap, there is an image of green leaves. The rest of the tube is white while the product details are in green and blue.] Via Amazon
Simple Skin develops its products with natural ingredients that are already found in the skin. The brand, other than being straight up and affordable, is also environmentally friendly as it produces biodegradable packaging.

7. Maelove

A product image of Maelove's The Glow Maker.
[Image description: A product image of Maelove’s The Glow Maker. The product is in a brown glass dropper bottle. There is a white label on it that has the brands logo and the name of the product printed in black.] Via Maelove
The brainchild of a few MIT graduates, Maelove’s tagline literally says “Luxury Skincare Without Luxury Markups”. The brand prices all of its products under $30 while their formulations compete with that of high-end brands.

8. No B.S.

A product image of No B.S.'s Retinol Cream.
[Image description: A product image of No B.S.’s Retinol Cream. The bottle of the cream is on the left while the image of its box is on the right. One third of the bottle is white from the top while the company’s logo is printed in black. The bottle is purple from the bottom with the products name and its ingredients printed in white.] Via Amazon
As the name probably suggests, No B.S. doesn’t believe in nonsense when it comes to skincare. Their formulation is based on a mix of scientific as well as natural ingredients that provide simple products with effective results.

9. Revolution Skincare

Photo of two of Revolution Skincare's Glow Acid Tonic.
[Image description: two of Revolution Skincare’s Glow Acid Tonic. Both bottle have a rose gold cap. The bottles themselves are orange with a white label on both. The brands name is printed at the very top of the label written in rose gold while the rest of the details are in black.] Via Revolution Beauty
Revolution beauty has been around for a hot minute now with amazing makeup products but their skincare line is just as good. Their products, just like The Ordinary’s and The Inkey List’s, are pretty self-explanatory. You can find serums, cleansers, oils, and other skincare goodness all in one brand.

10. Sukin Naturals

A person holding the Sukin Natural's Micellar Cleansing Water in one hand with the cap open. With the other had, they have placed a cotton pad at the bottle's opening.
[Image description: A person holding the Sukin Natural’s Micellar Cleansing Water in one hand with the cap open. With the other had, they have placed a cotton pad at the bottle’s opening. The bottle has a brown color with an off white label on it.] Via Amazon
For people that love natural skincare products but don’t want to spend a fortune on them, Sukin Naturals is the best option. Their brand offers all-natural products with a price point that can make anyone happy.

11. Glow Lab

A photo of a person holding an opened tube of Glow Lab's cleansing balm. Their left hand is laid open underneath as the balm falls onto it.
[Image description: A photo of a person holding an opened tube of Glow Lab’s Cleansing Balm. Their left hand is laid open underneath as the balm falls onto it.] Via Glow Lab
Like Sukin Naturals, Glow Lab follows the same policy of providing its customers with skincare made from natural ingredients that have been proven to work well. Also, did I mention how affordable they are?

12. Essano

A product image of Essano's collagen boost line.
[Image description: A product image of Essano’s Collagen Boost line.  The serum in the range is placed on the right, the night creme tub on the left and a small tub of eye cream in the middle. All three products have their boxes placed right behind them. The products all have dark brown packaging with with a label that has the product details printed in yellow on each.] Via Essano
Essano is a brand that mainly concerns with products made from oils whether its a cleanser or a moisturizer. They also focus on being all-natural as well as cruelty-free.

13. Mario Badescu

A product image of Mario Badescu's facila spray.
[Image description: A product image of Mario Badescu’s facial spray. The cap of the spray bottle is white while the bottle is  a peachy pink color. The label on the bottle is also white while the product description is printed in green.] Via Amazon
Mario Badescu has definitely made a name for itself in the skincare world over the past few years. Their cult-favorite products include their drying lotion and the facial mists. For the price range they provide, the skincare line is quite the catch.

14. Eucerin

A product image Eucerin's intensive repair lotion. The bottle has a red cap while the bottom is white with a label on it.
[Image description: A product image of Eucerin’s Intensive Repair Lotion. The bottle has a red cap while the bottom is white with a label on it. The brand’s name is printed at the very top of the bottle in bold with a red line underneath.] Via Amazon
Eucerin is a dermatologically recommended brand famous for products that cure dry skin. Their Lip Repair Balm does wonders for chapped lips. Eucerin focuses on formulations for oily and acne-prone skin as well and has products for both facial and body skin.

15. Bioderma

A photo of Bioderma's Sensibio H2O Micellar Water.
[Image description: A photo of Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O Micellar Water. The bottle is clear with a pink cap on top. On the bottle, there is a white label with the product description written in black and pink.] Via Bioderma
Bioderma is another budget friendly option one can consider when looking into skincare. The brand believes in “ecobiology” and promotes the preservation of skin health. Their micellar water has caught the attention of many and can be compared to the one by Garnier.

Overall, building a good skin regimen can be difficult and a time consuming process. Finding what products work best takes a lot of trial and error. Most high-end brands claim to do tons for you but are not that effective so the most important thing when it comes to skincare is doing your research. But don’t forget that what you put inside of you, also reflects on your skin.

So, remember to eat healthy, drink lots of water and do your research on skincare brands. I recommend watching Hyram’s Youtube channel.

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Tayyaba Rehman

By Tayyaba Rehman

Editorial Fellow