7 Luxury and Affordable Skincare Brands to Try

7 Luxury and Affordable Skincare Brands to Try

Let’s talk about skincare! As boss ladies, we have to not only manage our finances, but we need to manage how we take care of ourselves, internally AND externally. Luxury and affordable skincare brands are out there!

As someone who is in their *coughs* 30s, I have learned the hard way what happens when I’m not taking care of my skin as I age and mature.

Unfortunately, we have often been told by beauty gurus and marketers that “the best skincare products must have luxurious price points to be effective”.


Luxury and affordable skincare brands

As a self-proclaimed beauty product junkie, please enjoy the below list of luxurious, yet affordable skincare brands that will not break the budget:

The Ordinary

This should be the first brand on a lot of people’s list of affordable, effective skincare brands. With an average price point of ~$15, The Ordinary is the go-to for affordable skincare needs.

From their serums and chemical exfoliators, to their best-selling AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution (that’s only $8), The Ordinary has enough skincare products for you to build your own skincare regime for under $100!

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The Inkey List

A brand that’s similar to, but not as popular as The Ordinary, The Inkey List has been making a splash in the skincare game for a couple of years now.

The brand has a multitude of affordable products and anti-aging serums.

Their retinol serum (my favorite) is priced at only $9.99 (and my favorite)! You cannot find prices lower than that.


If you follow any skincare guru, CeraVe should not be a foreign brand for you, as it’s a very popular drugstore skincare brand.

CeraVe is simple, yet does exactly what it says it’s going to do. Plus, CeraVe’s products are budget-friendly.

The brand offers a plethora of cleansers, moisturizers, and sunscreens (a must) specifically formulated for various skin types.


An affordable skincare list would not be complete without some Korean skincare brands.

Korea is known for its beauty products, with their skincare technology finally making its splash over to the Western world!

Innisfree is one of the most popular Korean skincare companies (and you can find an Innisfree store on every block in the Myeongdong district in Seoul, South Korea) (affiliate link).

Another skincare gem from South Korea, COSRX has just started to gain popularity on this side of the globe after skincare gurus started singing its praises.

One of my personal favorite Korean skincare brands, its most popular item may be their Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. This type of essence is the heart of the Korean 10-step regime.

Think of essence like a primer for your skincare routine, like the same as a primer for your makeup.

It makes the ingredients in your existing skincare steps that much more effective, and provides a ton of moisture deep within the skin.


Of course, we have to take it back to our mothers’ and grandmothers’ favorite skincare brand.

Olay is often the first drugstore brand that a lot of people use as teenagers (unless you were a Noxzema user).

In addition, unlike most brands on this list, Olay has body care products as well. With the introduction of their Regenerist line, Olay began focusing on hydration and prevention of fine lines and wrinkles.


If you’re a frequent shopper at Target or CVS, you’ve seen Pixi products before.

Again, unlike most of the brands mentioned, not only is Pixi known as a great skincare brand, but they are also known for their makeup and body care products.

It’s their superstar Glow Tonic line that has them on lots of beauty editors’ top skincare products lists.

You do not need to break the bank to have the best skincare regime! Beauty is skin deep, but it should not be pockets deep (smile).

Related: 6 Essential Oils to Add to Your Skincare Routine

Have you tried these products listed above? Let us know your favorite affordable skincare brands!

The CGS Team



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