6 Budget Skincare Products that Wowed Us [Review]


There are loads of excellent luxury skincare brands out there, but when your monthly budget is a little tight, splashing out on fancy skincare is a little unrealistic. Luckily, buying great skincare doesn’t have to take its toll on your bank balance. There are plenty of impeccable formulas out there that won’t make your wallet cry, and we’ve found 6 of them that we know you’ll love. With price points all under R350, here are 6 budget skincare products that really impressed us.

LUSH Ultrabland Cleanser (R155)

LUSH Ultrabland

Based on an ancient Greek formula for cold cream and made with minimal ingredients, the Lush Ultrabland cleanser is beautifully simple and oh-so-effective. Made with almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser removes all traces of dirt and makeup, without stripping away your skin’s natural defences to leave you with squeaky clean skin.

Find it online here.

Bioderma Hydrabio Cream (R329,95)

Bioderma Hydrabio Cream

Looking for a killer moisturiser? Look no further than this rich moisturiser from Bioderma. This luxurious cream offers loads of hydration without leaving any stickiness or greasiness behind. Designed for dry and sensitive skin, this cream leaves skin looking nourished, plump and healthy. It’s also the perfect base for makeup and can be used both morning and evening. Try it with the Hydrabio H2O micellar water for a great budget-friendly skincare combo.

Find it online here.

Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream (R175)

Eucerin Replenishing Face Cream

Specially formulated for very dry and tight skin, this rich cream contains 5% urea with lactate to help bind moisture to the skin for instant hydration. Skin is left feeling more comfortable, softer and more supple after use. This ultra-light cream absorbs instantly and is also fragrance and colourant-free, making it safe for even the most sensitive of skins.

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La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo + (R260)

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +

A classic for a reason, this anti-blemish cream absorbs quickly and helps reduce the appearance of spots and blemishes, unclog pores, and leave skin looking smoother. The wonder formula enjoys cult status with acne sufferers and its anti-inflammatory and anti-pigmentary action helps to prevent brown marks. Use it as part of your daily skincare routine or as a targeted treatment during a breakout.

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Avène Soothing Moisture Mask (R250)

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask

Made with soothing thermal spring water, this mask helps to gently restore lost moisture in very dry and sensitive skins. It’s a must-try for anyone who is prone to sensitivity, redness or dry skin and works to restore the skin’s natural barrier, giving your skin more ammo in the fight against environmental aggressors. The mask is instantly soothing, making it ideal to use when you have a flare-up or are struggling with a skin irritation.

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The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (R230)

The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil (R230)

This all-in-one refreshing oil cleanser removes makeup like an absolute boss and also helps to nourish sensitive skin. The lightweight silky oil dissolves makeup (even waterproof formulas), then emulsifies to a milk when you add water, leaving you with fresh, clean skin.

Find it online here.

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