I got really passionate and careful about my beauty routine when I was about fifteen years old. Since then, I’ve always been on the search for the next product to add to my routine. Because I have massive FOMO when it comes to skincare (and K-beauty in particular), I’ve tried a LOT of different things and I’ve found that you can get some truly amazing products for less than $10. Now that K-beauty is more accessible than ever, there are so many more options that are affordable and worth adding to your routine.
The Creme Shop Witch Hazel Infused Mask
I fell in love with this brand at Marshalls. Marshalls is THE place to shop for K-beauty masks for next to nothing, and they carry five-packs of nearly every type of mask this brand carries. This one, however, is my all-time favorite. Witch hazel is great for reducing inflammation and redness and it’s incredibly soothing as well.
You can buy them online through the Creme Shop’s website, but I recommend heading to your local Marshalls or TJ Maxx and seeing if you can find them there. A five-pack of masks will run you $12 on the brand website but only $5 at Marshalls.
Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Kit
I have been using these pore strips for years and they are literally the only ones that do the job of actually removing the gunk from my pores. There are a lot of pore strip kits like this one out there, but I think the formulation must be quite different (or maybe they’re just not as strong) because they never seem to get rid of my blackheads the same way that these ones do. I’ve tried quite a few products from Holika Holika but this is the one I return to most.
You can find them on Amazon by clicking on the image above, but if you happen to be at Marshalls, you may be able to find a pack of three for about $5-8. It’s a rare find but definitely worth checking for.
Nature Republic Aloe Vera Foam Cleanser
I’ll admit: this was another Marshalls find (can’t wait until they reopen). I found this in the clearance section of the skincare aisle and did a quick check to make sure it hadn’t expired. I think I paid something like $3-4 for it and it lasted me about a year, but holy cow was it amazing. It leaves your skin super soft and smells a little like bubblegum? I’m not sure what it is, but it’s amazing.
Even if you can’t find it super discounted like I did, its regular retail price doesn’t even hit $10 so it’s definitely a steal for such a high quality K-beauty brand. The foaming quality means that you can use a tiny dollop for your entire face and the aloe vera keeps your skin moisturized after you’re done cleaning.
Elizavecca Hyaluronic Acid Facial Serum
Hyaluronic acid is kind of like the magic potion for aging in that it helps your skin retain moisture so that it looks more plump (read: fewer wrinkles) and less dry (read: glowy). I first became acquainted with Elizavecca through their foaming clay mask. It’s incredibly messy and tickles like hell, but it’s also super effective so I purchased this serum for my wife to help with some dryness and make her skin bouncy.
Mind you, most serums run upwards of $20 for a small bottle so finding a serum for less than $10 was a miracle and I was also pleasantly surprised to find that my wife’s ultra sensitive skin did well with the serum and that she loved the way it made her skin feel. You can purchase the serum, like I did, on Amazon for just under $8.
Tony Moly Aloe Hand Sanitizing Gel
In a time when we are paying extra close attention to sanitizing our hands, a good moisturizing hand gel can make the difference between clean, cracked hands and clean, supple hands. This gel is only $4 and it has more than 60% alcohol content (which means it’ll kill viruses). It also has aloe vera to keep your hands soft after you apply for the umpteenth time in a day.
I was using a free sample of a similar hand gel from The Grove (an EXCELLENT website for nature-friendly home essentials) but I switched to this one when we ran out because I can keep this one tucked in purse when I’m out.