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The Best Skincare Products That Are Also Inexpensive—UPDATE!

High-quality and effective skincare should not be considered a luxury available only to the wealthy. With the right information, we can find excellent quality, reasonably priced skincare products in drugstores, discount department stores, also online.

Woman splashing face with water above bathroom sink

Some years ago, as my dermatologist was wrapping up my routine office visit, I asked what specific products he recommends I use for daily skincare. Without hesitation, he pulled out a notepad and listed the products that follow, which I love and still use to this day.

Best Inexpensive Skincare Products


Cetaphil is an excellent line of affordable skincare products, including my doctor’s first choice:  Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.

     WALMART $25.00


Other cleansers that receive high marks from my dermatologist:


Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Very Dry/Sensitive Skin is fragrance-free, and my doctor’s top choice for a daily moisturizer.

     WALMART $18.49




If you are concerned about wrinkles and avoiding skin cancer (tell me who’s not), Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream is a Retinol facial treatment with multi-vitamins—an excellent product you should consider. This is more than a moisturizer. It’s a skin preservation system and much cheaper than a very expensive dermatologist’s pre-cancer procedure.

     WALMART $25.00

Eye-Makeup Remover

Johnson’s Tear-Free Baby Shampoo is an excellent eye-makeup remover. My ophthalmologist tells me that he prescribes this baby shampoo for his patients who wear contact lenses because the product also removes protein build-up that plagues many lens wearers. It is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and dyes. Can be used full strength. Rinse well.

     WALMART $8.92


Instead of purchasing a name-brand astringent for use in your skin-care regimen, use witch hazel, an old natural stand-by that skin professionals have recommended for decades. As a natural astringent, witch hazel has the ability to remove excess oil from the skin and shrink down pores.

A topical application can help reduce the number of contaminants that enter the skin’s pores and can potentially aggravate skin conditions like blemishes, blackheads, and even acne.

Witch hazel is available over the counter at any drugstore and most supermarkets. Any generic brand performs equally well to any brand astringent no matter how expensive.

    WALMART $5.87


DIY Exfoliant

Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar with the juice of one whole lemon to form a paste. While showering invigorate your skin with the paste. Rub heels and elbows with the inside of the lemon rinds. You will swear you’ve just had a spa treatment with a very expensive skincare product!


Daily Sunscreen

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen with SPF 45 is the skincare product my doctor recommends to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. It is available online but also in nearly every drug store and Costco. I love this brand because it is ultra sheer and non-greasy.

     WALMART 1-PAK$14.95



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  1. Pat C says:

    Suddenly, I’m getting all these ads for serums containing hyaluronic acid. Did your dermatologist mention anything about these, very expensive, products?

  2. Kat says:

    For about 20 years I have used extra virgin olive oil to clean my face when showering. I get compliments on my complexion and at 70+ years of age that is nice. The foods we eat have a profound impact on not just our skin but also on overall health.

  3. Donna says:

    A beauty expert once told me to mix cornmeal and coconut oil for a great exfoliant. Great for sensitive skin and Rosea as well as allergy prone (except if you’re allergic to corn and/or coconut!).

  4. Kari says:

    Hi, Mary! First, thank you for all your research, tips, and sharing of information! I loved this post today, as I use Cetaphil snd am able to purchase it brand new for as cheap as $2.50 a bottle for the moisturizer. Our city has a local homeless shelter that is supported by a thrift store. Once a month, the thrift store runs a 50% off sale on everything in the store. I usually try to stock up on Cetaphil during those times. Even when the 50% sale is not on, the thrift store usually has Cetaphil products for around $5. This is a wonderful resource for products such as this, plus supports the community and helping others. Just thought I would share! Again, thank you for all your work.

  5. K. Martin says:

    I’m not too sure about that Dickinson’s toner. It’s 14% alcohol, which is very drying, and at my age, the last thing I need is drier skin.


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