If you’ve ever been to a cosmetics counter before, you’ve probably had that moment where you ask how much something is and the person behind the counter gives you a figure that sounds more like a car payment than the cost of an eye cream. Thankfully, there are many, many affordable skin care alternatives to those expensive skin care products which is why, in this article, we’ll discuss our favorite affordable skin care products. We think it will show you that great skin doesn’t have to be expensive.
Why Are Some Skin Care Products So Expensive?
As we said above, the sticker shock from some beauty and cosmetics products can be, well, shocking, and there are a number of reasons for that. Sometimes, it really can be because the cost of the ingredients is so high, for example, in the case of a gold facial. Sometimes, however, it’s because the company spends a significant fortune on marketing and paying the celebrities who appear in company advertisements. Or perhaps that company is using very elaborate, costly packaging. It depends on the product and the company, but you might very surprised at some of the factors that can contribute to the price of skin care.
At Fleur & Bee, we aim to offer both affordable and effective skin care, which is why our products are priced at $40 or less. We use high-quality, sustainably sourced, 100% vegan ingredients and none of the nasties like parabens, sulfates, phthalates, silicones, GMOs, artificial fragrances, gluten, or dyes.
Best Affordable Vegan Skin Care Products
With all that in mind, let’s talk about some of our favorite affordable skin care products. All of our recommendations in this round up are 100% vegan!
1. Fleur & Bee: Eyes Eyes Baby Anti-Aging Eye Cream
If you’ve ever looked around at eye creams, you know they’re some of the most expensive skin care products on the market. That’s why, when you find a really great one at a great price, you need to snag it up as soon as possible! Our Eyes Eyes Baby anti-aging eye cream completely hits both marks! Not only does it fight the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and even fine lines and wrinkles, its $26 price point won’t make your eyes pop out of their sockets. Use it, and we bet you’ll find your eye area–which is the most delicate part of the face–feels firm and hydrated.
2. e.l.f.: Acne Fighting Spot Gel
It’s a sad fact, but no matter how well you take care of your skin, sometimes things just go a little kerflooey and you find yourself with a breakout or two. That can happen for a number of reasons: stress, menstruation, or even a moment of weakness with junk food. When it does, reach for this product! For only about $6, it will help target a breakout using completely vegan ingredients!
3. Bulldog Men's Skincare and Grooming: Original Aftershave Balm
If you’re a guy or trying to get your guy into taking care of his skin a) remember he can always use Fleur & Bee! b) introduce him by way of this product which will help calm his skin after shaving. This vegan skincare brand makes some great men’s products and this highly rated post-shave balm is one of its best! Containing aloe, camelina oil, and green tea, it will help soothe his skin when it’s irritated.
4. Nourish Organic: Moisturizing Butter
There’s nothing like a great body butter when you need to treat dry skin, and this one is exceptional. Offering a deep hydration, this shea butter body butter helps lock in moisture and contains no parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, sulfates, artificial fragrances, colors or preservatives. Best of all- at about $16, you can use it generously without feeling guilty!
5. Fleur & Bee Youth Fairy Retinol Moisturizer
If you haven’t incorporated retinol into your skincare routine, what are you waiting for? One of the most studied and widely used skincare ingredients out there, retinol is known for its ability to lift, firm, smooth and even out skin tone. It encourages collagen production and increases cell turnover, both of which deplete and decrease with each passing year. This wonder ingredient is ideal for reducing the appearance of dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. We’ve concocted the perfect beginner’s retinol moisturizer to nourish your skin while targeting those pesky signs of aging. Supported by plant stem cells, evening primrose oil and squalane, Youth Fairy will superbly moisturize while revealing radiant, younger looking skin– all at the incredibly affordable price of $35.
6. Pacifica Beauty: Vegan Collagen SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Every Day Face Lotion
If there’s one part of skin care that’s really going to keep you looking your best and youngest, it’s wearing a great sunscreen which is why we’re fans of this lotion from Pacifica. With a 30 SPF and vegan collagen, it will help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays while helping hydrate it. As a lotion, it’s also very easy to incorporate it into your skin care routine. Just make sure you’re re-applying every few hours or after going in the water!
7. Sukin: Hydrating Shampoo for Dry & Damaged Hair
For a lot of us who care about using vegan products and ingredients, it can be a challenge to find hair care products that fit that category. That’s why we love this hydrating shampoo from Sukin. Made with shea butter and coconut, it’s the perfect shampoo to drive the frizzies away ethically–and at about $10, it’s also the perfect choice if you’re trying not to spend a lot on your hair. And don’t forget, they also make an accompanying conditioner if you really want to give your hair the moisture treatment!
8. Love Beauty And Planet: Deodorant with Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang
We usually don’t think of skin care as including deodorant, but it really does fall under that umbrella which is why this affordable deodorant is such a great find. Yes, it’s a little more expensive than a “regular” deodorant, but given that it’s all vegan and offers 24-hour protection, it’s well worth it!
We hope that gives all the vegans out there–or even just those who want to use vegan skin care, some great, affordable options. Remember, there are dozens of affordable natural skin care options out there so check out this list before you go shopping!
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