Let’s be honest: taking care of your skin can be an expensive affair, and not all of us can afford to replenish our luxurious skincare products every few months. However, a tight budget shouldn’t impede you from getting effective skincare products that can help your skin.
We’ve compiled a list of 25 cheap and affordable skincare products have been given fantastic reviews and high ratings by ordinary consumers like you and me who have bought them:
1. banila co. Dear Hydration Boosting Cream
We love an effective moisturiser that is ultra-hydrating and long-lasting, so we had to include this gem in here.
This cream is infused with skin-loving ingredients such as mint, basil, and neem leaf extracts, which effectively lock in moisture and protect the skin from pollution. Apply this whenever your skin feels parched, and you’ll fall in love with the glowing, dewy skin that makes makeup application so much easier.
banila co. Dear Hydration Boosting Cream retails at SGD9.90 on Shopee.
2. COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
Finding a cleanser that works for dry and sensitive skin in the morning can be tricky: you don’t want to find one that removes oil a little too completely, or one that is too harsh for your skin.
COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel is highly raved by beauty junkies of all skin types, and for good reason: this super gentle cleanser not only removes excess sebum without stripping the natural oils, but also contains purifying botanical ingredients and mild acids to make sure your skin is clear of all residue. Plus, it keeps your skin supple and well-balanced at a suitable pH of 5!
COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser retails at SGD9 on Shopee.
3. The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA (30ml)
One online reviewer was angry that she wasted money on a more expensive moisturiser, because this cheaper option worked much better for her, and this sentiment is echoed by many of The Ordinary’s loyal users.
The Ordinary’s Natural Moisturising Factors + HA is called a ‘natural moisturiser’ because it is made up of components found naturally in the skin, meaning that it is not formulated with external ingredients that could harm your skin. It soaks into the skin to offer immediate and long-lasting relief, making this perfect to use in Singapore’s hot and humid weather.
The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA (30ml) retails at SGD9.90 on Shopee.
4. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (30ml)
If you like to eat cup noodles for supper or stay up late to watch Netflix, chances are you always wake up in the morning with puffy eyes and dark circles that seem impossible to get rid of.
It’s time to check out this lightly-textured serum that many have claimed to reduce the appearance of eye contour pigmentation and of puffiness. The high concentration of caffeine constricts blood vessels to reduce discolouration and swelling, while EGCG (sourced from green tea) has strong anti-inflammatory properties and can reactivate dying skin cells.
All of these amazing effects at less than SGD10? Sweet!
The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG (30ml) retails at SGD8.90 on Shopee.
5. Mediheal TeaTree Care Solution Essential Mask EX (10 pcs)
This mask may look ordinary, but it certainly packs a punch: this was voted as the top mask pack by Koreans last year, and is constantly sold out across all drugstores in Korea.
Formulated with a mix of tea tree, pine needle, and portulaca oleracea extracts, Mediheal’s TeaTree Care Solution Essential Mask makes acne and spots heal really fast – perfect for the times you need to get rid of zits urgently but can’t afford an expensive facial treatment.
Mediheal TeaTree Care Solution Essential Mask EX retails at SGD9.90 for 10 pcs on Shopee.
6. Kose Cosmeport Princess Veil Rich Moist Mask (8 pcs)
If Korea has Mediheal, then Japan has Princess Veil.
This skincare mask has been voted as the No.1 sheet mask in Japan for nine years running, as it is a multi-purpose product that acts as a lotion, emulsion, serum, cream and face pack. After a long day at work, simply put on this hydrating mask and you’ll see supple skin in no time!
Kose Cosmeport Princess Veil Rich Moist Mask retails at SGD8.90 for 8 pcs in Guardian stores and website.
7. A’Pieu Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel
People with oily skin will concur that finding a sunscreen that works well without clogging up the skin or feeling sticky is a tough job.
However, A’Pieu’s Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel will make life a lot easier for you: this sunscreen is easily absorbed by the skin and gives an invisible, clear matte finish without any stickiness at all. The best part? You can even use this gel to cool down and soothe sunburned or inflamed skin!
A’Pieu Pure Block Aqua Sun Gel retails at SGD6.50 on Shopee.
8. JM Solution Sun Spray SPF50+ PA++++
JM Solution’s Sun Spray should be in all our bags, pronto. This sunscreen not only protects your skin from sun damage for up to 12 hours (with a mild, pleasant rose scent, no less!), but also nourishes your skin with ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid.
Did we also mention that this waterproof sun spray does not leave a white cast on your skin, nor does it clog up your pores?
JM Solution Sun Spray SPF50+ PA++++ retails at SGD9.30 on Shopee.
9. It’S SKIN Power 10 Formula Effector
Each of us have very different skincare problems, so it only makes sense that we get a product that is tailored to our most pressing needs.
The Power 10 Formula Effector is a boost for your skin: pick the ones that target your concerns, and it will feel just like a personalised facial right in the comfort of your home. Little wonder that these 13 effectors are such cult favourites in the beauty world!
It’S SKIN Power 10 Formula Effector retails at SGD8.30 on Shopee.
10. Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream
For those who grew up in Singapore and Malaysia, you will surely recognise this popular skincare product that has been around since our grandparents’ generation. While it is getting difficult to find this cream in stores nowadays, you can actually still purchase it online!
Generations of ardent fans can easily tell you why this cheap moisturiser has remained a vanity table staple for decades, the main reasons being that this is not oily at all, and blends easily to soothe and whiten skin.
Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream retails at SGD9.90 on Shopee.
11. Senka Perfect Whip Facial Cleansing Foam
This award-winning cleanser from Japan is not only popular in Japan, but also a hit with consumers in other countries like Korea (it was voted best cleanser in 2018!).
Reviewers love that Senka’s cleanser creates a thick marshmallow-like foam that is fun to wash your face with, and manages to wash your face thoroughly without excessively drying your skin out. However, the cleanser is said to work better for those with oilier, combination skin, so do take note if you have skin that is on the drier side!
Senka Perfect Whip Facial Cleansing Foam retails at SGD7.90 on Shopee.
12. Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel
They say imitation is the best form of flattery, so you know that this has to be something worth checking out if so many other brands have tried to replicate it.
Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Soothing Gel can be used for just about anything, from soothing sunburns to hydrating the skin and hair in the form of a mask, to an everyday moisturizer for more supple skin. It not only comes with an affordable price tag, but has also worked wonders on so many users that we’re not surprised this gel has sold over 15 million units since its first launch!
Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel retails at SGD4.90 on Althea.
13. COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch
Ever wished your pimple would disappear overnight? With these miraculous pimple patches from COSRX, your wish can certainly become reality. The top-selling patch from Korea adheres to the skin firmly to absorb the pus and oil from pimples, while soothing the inflamed area and encourage the blemish to disappear faster.
If you are curious to find out exactly how effective this pimple patch really is, simply search on Google and you will see many photos of used patches with the pus on them – gross, but also highly satisfying!
COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch retails at SGD3.70 per sheet on Shopee.
14. Aritaum Ginger Sugar Lip Scrub
If you are a fan of matte lipsticks, you’d know that the key to a smooth application is exfoliating your lips frequently.
In order to keep your lips soft and smooth all day, check out Aritaum’s Ginger Sugar Lip Scrub. It is a gentle exfoliator made with fine sugar granules, shea butter and ginger extract to hydrate your lips while removing dead skin cells. It is also free from artificial fragrances and synthetic colorants, so go forth and get those beautiful puckers you desire!
Aritaum Ginger Sugar Lip Scrub retails at SGD6.85 on Shopee.
15. Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray (50ml)
We all appreciate a refreshing dose of hydration on our faces, be it in the dry air-conditioned office or plane cabin space.
Clinically-proven by over 150 studies to calm and soothe skin, Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray has been widely used to hydrate skin since 1743 – almost two centuries! Pack this in your carry-on or handbag, and you have the perfect beauty product that moisturises your face when it feels dry and irritated.
Plus, this spray is safe to use for people of all age groups – yes, even infants!
Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray retails at SGD8.90 on Shopee.
16. BIOAQUA Activated Carbon Remove Blackhead Mask
Blackheads and whiteheads are pesky things that seem to keep coming back even after extractions at facials. Luckily, we don’t necessarily have to go for facials every week in order to clear those gunk from our pores.
BIOAQUA’s Activated Carbon Remove Blackhead Mask is said to penetrate deeply into the pores to absorb dirt, regulate oil secretion, and soothe your skin after the ‘extraction’ is done. With a 4.7 rating given by 158 consumers on Shopee, we are convinced that this skincare product really does what it claims.
BIOAQUA Activated Carbon Remove Blackhead Mask retails at SGD5.34 for 3 pcs on Shopee.
17. THEFACESHOP Rice Water Bright Lip & Eye Remover
Rice water is a holy grail ingredient in Japanese and Korean skincare – rich in vitamin B and other minerals, it is traditionally used to achieve brighter and smoother skin.
You can achieve the same effect with THEFACESHOP’s makeup remover, which is formulated with rice water. It is a two-part cleanser that removes makeup without causing irritation, and also hydrates your skin so that you can get clear, supple skin in no time!
THEFACESHOP Rice Water Bright Lip & Eye Remover retails at SGD9 on Althea.
18. Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot Rubber Mask
Masking doesn’t need to be a dull affair, especially not with a fun mask pack like this!
Don’t worry, Dr. Jart+’s Shake & Shot rubber masks are not actually made from rubber – they are cream-to-sheet masks that contain a booster and an ampoule, which you shake together to create a mask that is specialised for you.
It only costs SGD6 to try this unique masking experience – just take our money already!
Dr. Jart+ Shake & Shot Rubber Mask retails at SGD6 on Shopee.
19. Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off
This is a K-beauty cult favourite, and also the brand’s best-selling product. It works as a manual exfoliator that you can massage onto your face with warm water, before washing it off to reveal softer, brighter skin.
Although physical exfoliation may have a bad rep for being too rough, this one from Skinfood is actually very gentle, thanks to the fact that it contains shea butter and lanolin (used to treat scaly and itchy skin). Priced at less than SGD10, we say this popular skincare product is certainly a steal!
Skinfood Black Sugar Mask Wash Off retails at SGD9.24 on Shopee.
20. Pixi Glow Tonic (15ml)
Pixi’s star product has earned itself a legion of loyal fans who rave about the glowing skin that this humble toner gave them. Even people with sensitive skin can use this without worrying about breakouts and irritation, which is quite an achievement considering that its active ingredient is an acid.
If you need any further convincing, you can read our review of the Pixi Glow Tonic here.
Pixi Glow Tonic (15ml) retails at SGD9 in Sephora stores and website.
21. Medicube Red Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is commonly known as a cure for acne, but did you know that you can use it for many other purposes as well?
Medicube’s Red Tea Tree Oil is well-known for treating pimples, but the brand will have you know that you can also use this multipurpose oil in a scalp massage, foot bath, and even clean your phone screen, bed, and floor mat! With so many benefits and uses available, we can hardly believe that this actually costs less than SGD10.
Medicube Red Tea Tree Oil retails at SGD9.99 on Shopee.
22. Son&Park Beauty Water (60ml)
This multi-tasking toner and cleansing water is a 2015 Soko Glam Beauty Award Winner, a nod to its unparalleled efficacy and popularity among beauty lovers.
The Beauty Water works as a cleanser, but it also mildly exfoliates with willow bark and papaya extract so that you can get a brighter skin tone with each use. Lavender water, rose water, and orange fruit extract also work to hydrate and prep your skin to absorb the next skin care steps.
Son&Park Beauty Water retails at SGD8.90 on Shopee.
23. Mentholatum Lipice Magic Colour
Applying lip balm often is a good habit to culminate, and it’s easy to make it a habit with this cute lip balm from Mentholatum.
You get ten hours of moisture from the argan oil and beeswax formulated in the lip balms, together with herb extracts and anti-oxidant Vitamin E to protect your lips and keep them smooth. The best part is that the colour-changeable lip balm changes to a natural sheer colour on the lips, so you get the best of skincare and makeup in just one product!
Mentholatum Lipice Magic Colour retails at SGD7.90 in Guardian stores and website.
24. Bifesta Cleansing Sheets Moist (10 pcs)
Bringing makeup remover around on your travels can be rather troublesome, so here’s a handy solution for you that won’t break the bank!
Bifesta Cleaning Sheets Moist not only clean your skin thoroughly without needing any rough tugging, but also contains moisturising amino acid to refresh and hydrate dry skin. They are also much easier to use on the go, so be sure to keep a packet of them in your makeup pouch!
Bifesta Cleaning Sheets Moist (10pcs) retails at SGD3.50 in Guardian stores and website.
25. Nivea Creme
This blue tin is arguably just as iconic as the Hazeline Snow Moisturising Cream. Its rich formula protects and moisturises all skin types, and you can apply it on any part of your body, from cracked heels to dry patches on your face!
Nivea Creme retails at SGD5.45 in Guardian stores and website.
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