How to skin care routine for $ 100 or less

Morning Walmart Skincare Routine

1. Cleanser:

COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser 

To start the day, my skin care wash pick is COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser. This is one of the best gel cleansers, and it’s only $10! I love that it’s free of harsh sulfates and has a skin-friendly pH of 5.0, so it won’t strip or irritate your skin.

Or, if you prefer something even milder, you can always swipe your skin with some micellar water (like Bioderma Sensibio H2O) on a cotton pad.

2. Exfoliator:

Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub
Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub

Next up skin care is Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub, which exfoliates with apricot seed powder, and is gentle enough to use daily. If you know me, you know I love my acids, but they can leave you a little flaky in places, which can be noticeable under powders. That’s why I recently bought this scrub to experiment with. It does a nice job of buffing away any flakes and prepping your skin for makeup.

For this routine, I’ve included my favourite COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid for nighttime, but you could certainly use it here, too, if you are oily or acne-prone.

3. Antioxidant:

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

This is an optional step, but I believe everyone can use an antioxidant, and Walmart carries a wide range of vitamin C serums. Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is one of my favourites because it’s lightweight, non-oily and super stable. Its active ingredient, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, is a vitamin C derivative that treats pigmentation, dullness and even acne.

Of course, serums with L-ascorbic acid (the active form of vitamin C) are even more potent. Choose from SkinCeuticals C E FerulicTimeless 20% C + E + Ferulic Acid Serum or Obagi Professional-C Serum 15%. (Just know that they’ll be quicker to oxidize, so you should use them up within about three months.)

4. Sunscreen:

Thinksport Everyday Face Sunscreen SPF 30
Thinksport Everyday Face Sunscreen SPF 30+

If you have normal to oily skin, you can probably skip moisturizer, as sunscreen alone will give you enough hydration. I’ve been trying out Thinksport Everyday Face Sunscreen SPF 30+, and I’m very impressed! Skin care not only is it one of the least expensive mineral sunscreens, but it also gives you broad-spectrum protection with 20 percent zinc oxide. Plus, it’s non-whitening (due to its slight tint), fragrance-free, water-resistant and low in silicone.

Another great sunscreen they carry is Mad Hippie Facial SPF 30+, which I also use and love.

If you have dry skin, layer a good cream like Derma E Firming DMAE Moisturizerunderneath—more on it in a second!

Nighttime Walmart Skincare Routine

1. Makeup Remover:

Bioderma Sebium H2O
Bioderma Sébium H2O

I’m all about a double cleanse in the evening, starting with a micellar water to remove my makeup. I’ve long been a fan of the cult classic Bioderma Sensibio H2O, but there’s a variation you might not know about: Bioderma Sébium H2O. It has the same cleansing power, but is specifically formulated for people with acne, oily skin or combination skin.

2. Cleanser:

COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

Once the makeup is off, it’s time to wash your skin, and once again I’ve selected COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser. It’s not just for mornings! 

3. Exfoliator:

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid

Then comes my beloved COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid—and yes, you can find it at Walmart! This is a leave-on beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) gel that does a lot more than just exfoliate… and you don’t need to have blackheads to use it! It treats and prevents acne; reduces excess oil; brightens the skin; fades pigmentation; and softens fine lines and wrinkles. I consider it one of the best skin treatments of all time, and if they ever stop making it, I will have a serious crisis!

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