When you're looking for new and affordable skincare products, who do you usually turn to for that advice? Your friends? Your mum? A colleague? Realistically, there isn't much they can tell you that you probably haven't already tried. Plus, if you're an avid reader of Byrdie, then you'll probably be teaching them a thing or two about the best affordable skincare products around, anyway.
So when you want something new to tackle your dry skin or want to try a way to get glowing skin that won't cost you too much, who knows best? The experts, of course. Dermatologists and skin doctors know exactly what they're talking about when it comes to achieving incredible skin, so it makes sense that they would know not only the kinds of ingredients you should be looking out for in your products but also the actual brands that work the hardest for your money.
We did a bit of research and spoke to some skincare experts about exactly which products are the best to give you flawless skin and money in your pocket. Keep scrolling to click through our gallery of the best affordable beauty products…
According to Dr. Dev Patel of Perfect Skin Solutions, the best thing you can do for your skin is to ensure it's protected with an SPF, as "UV and IR are the two most damaging things for our skin." Amazingly, the £3 suncream from Aldi is his best buy, as it has passed all the tests for protecting skin. Sadly, it's sold out online, but you can buy it in-store right now.
The Kardashians' favorite dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer, rates this wonder product. The makeup remover "is bioidentical to the skin's own moisturizing lipids," which means that you'll get rid of all your makeup while giving it a boost at the same time.
Dr. Joshua Zeichner, who's based in New York, recommends this classic moisturizer, which contains an SPF of 50+. He suggests that you use a high SPF, even during the winter months, as "your skin can develop sun damage in the fall and winter just as it can during the summer."
One of our favorite French beauty brands, Avène, has gained the praise of many a dermatologist, including Zeichner. This cream from Avène contains hyaluronic acid, which helps to plump out the skin.
Yes, we know face wipes are the most hated product in the skincare world (that's pretty much fact), but it turns out one expert likes these a lot. Dermatologist Michele Green told Self that these are her favorite.
Not only is this affordable, but it's also incredible as it offers "soothing, softening and [has] anti-inflammatory properties," says dermatologist Joel Schlessinger.
Dr. Fran Cook-Bolden recommends this because it cleans the skin and is good at "sealing in moisture at the same time."
A little bit goes a long way with this product, so says assistant clinical professor of dermatology Jeannette Graf, MD. Its main benefits? According to Graf, it helps "soothe tired eyes, hydrate skin, and reduce wrinkles." Well, we're sold.
Night creams can be very hit-or-miss for people—some swear by them, whereas others would rather just use their regular moisturizer. That said, Graf recommends this one as it gently "reduces the sign of wrinkles."