Call it luck if your face is photoshop-perfection! Like c’mon, even Cameron Diaz is a walking example of celebrities plagued with adult acne. Sephora or Walmart?  I mean, are you team cheapo or elite? Truth is, expensive doesn’t mean flawless skin. ‘Been there, done that. 

You may or may not know that my biggest waterloo remains to be acne. Although they’re not as bad as before (teenage years/mid 20s), that annoying zit is a monthly staple whenever bloody mary comes. That’s why I try my best to amp up my skincare. Here are some products that won’t dent your pocket!

Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions ($9, Walmart). This toner has salicylic acid and witch hazel that help reduce shine and breakouts.

Benzoyl peroxide 10% (generic, Rugby). This is good for acne spot treatment. 10% stings when you’re not used to it. But on the average, my pimple is dry on the 3rd day. A little tip my friend- % concentration has nothing to do with efficacy. 2.5 or 5% benzoyl peroxide are just as effective as 10% albeit with milder side effects.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Facial Scrub ($4, is a good exfoliant. It has the right amount of roughness. Okay let’s put it this way- you feel the beads as you scrub your face but not to the point of scratching you. Plus it has a minty feel that adds to the thrill of exfoliation!

Freeman Peel Off Mask Cucumber ($4, Walgreen). Don’t expect facelift or a brand new face for a price of 1 small cup of cappuccino. Wishful thinking eh? But one thing I guarantee, after 15 minutes of leaving this mask on, your face feels smooth.

Body care. Last summer I had the worst sunburn ever, frick! My doctor prescribed Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Cream ($7, Long’s). It’s fragrance-free and it really did hydrate my burnt skin like heaven. I still use it whenever my skin is extremely dry.

Skincare under $10? Possible. Mission accomplished.

What’s your favorite?


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