I Traded My Expensive Skincare Regimen for Drugstore Products

Count 'em: 14 skincare products for under $100.

$100 Skincare Challenge

I am a certified luxury skincare addict. La Mer, La Prairie—if it starts with "La" it's probably in my medicine cabinet, but recently I realized that I may have been missing out on the beautifying wonders available at lower price points. Determined to compile a skincare regimen for under $100, I set out to find the best of the best—for less. Sunscreen under $10. A lip treatment the price of a latte. The list goes on. After about a week, my complexion looked brighter and glowier than before I started. While I still love my luxury essentials, the 14 products below have earned their place in my new rotation.

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I LOVE wipes. These 2 in 1 treatment towelettes really get the job done especially with the added salicylic acid and willow bark extract. Did I mention that they’re paraben free and 100% vegetarian ingredients? Yes please.

Alba Botanical Natural Acne Dote Max Strength Clean and Treat Daily Cleansing Towelettes, $5.99, amazon.com

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This daily skin detox wash works great for my oily and acne prone skin. I love the thick, rich texture and the fact that I only need one wash to get all my makeup off is a huge plus.

Skinfix Foaming Clay Cleanser, $14.99, shop.skinfix.com

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This tonic not only smells yummy but also leaves my skin clean, bright and hydrated. I love to use this first thing in the morning to wake up my skin.

Pacifica Kale Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic, $12.00, ulta.com

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The Ordinary ingredient focused line of simple and affordable serums has really changed the game. Unlike most HA serums that just sit on the top of your skin and actually draw moisture out, this serum uses three different forms of HA (all with varying weights) to give you multi-depth hydration.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5, $6.80, theordinary.com

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This moisturizer-serum hybrid from the baby sister of cult K beauty brand Peach And Lily is not only affordable but also effective. It’s light weight formula absorbs into skin quickly and the added honey (which is great for inflammation) is super soothing.

Peach Slices Citrus Honey Aqua Glow, $11.99, peachandlily.com


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Pure mineral water straight from Iceland is the key ingredient in this too cute for words eye brightening and cooling stick. This is one of my favorite products from the list; it feels so soothing under my eyes and I am obsessed with the scent.

The Saem Iceland Hydrating Eye Stick, $8.99, amazon.com


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This paraben and sulfate free lightweight sunscreen delivers 100 SPF coverage and it’s truly sheer.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Lotion SPF 100, $8.99, amazon.com.


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One of the best lip oils on the market (and one of the cheapest). Coconut, olive and eucalyptus oils fuse together to create this ultra moisturizing lip treatment.

Yes to Coconut Cooling Lip Oil, $2.99, amazon.com


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This 100% calcium bentonite clay is the perfect deep pore cleansing mask and spot treatment. For an even deeper clean, I mix it with raw apple cider vinegar.

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay, $6.99, amazon.com


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This potent acid peel has many benefits and uses. I like to use it as an exfoliant a few times a week (or you can add it into your night time routine after cleansing). This serum helped to brighten my skin and I saw my dark spots getting noticeably lighter. The added Tasmanian pepper berry is known to reduce inflammation and sensitivity.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HA 2%, $6.79, theordinary.com


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This bamboo water soaked mask hydrates my skin and the material (cellulose) adheres easily to my face and it stays on.

7days Mask Bamboo Water, $2.49, peachandlily.com


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When my skin was trippin’ from all the new products this mask helped calm my breakouts. I liked that this mask incorporated ingredients I haven’t tried before like persimmon and japonica leaf.

Peach Slices “Clarify” Loquat Leaf and Persimmon Leaf Sheet Mask, $2.49, peachandlily.com

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I particularly like to use this mask after a photo shoot when my skin needs some extra TLC. The primrose and coconut oil is super soothing and I can't resist anything pink.

Yes to Miracle Oil Calm & Soothe Primrose Oil Mask, $2.99, ulta.com

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Eye masks are always a good idea. This one combines aloe, cucumber and chamomile to treat dark circles and under-eye baggage.

Yes to Cucumbers 2-Step Eye Kit, $2.99, ulta.com

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