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The 10 Best Cheap Moisturisers For When You're On a Budget
Everything's going up in price right now so, unless you're absolutely rolling in it, you're probably looking for a way to cut the cost of your purchases without sacrificing quality. That's where we come in, with this round-up of the best cheap moisturisers for your skin type.
There are certainly some expensive products worth the price tag, but many moisturisers can do a wonderful job at nourishing your complexion without costing the world. With so much competition in the skincare market, brands are constantly improving formulas and keeping prices low to remain competitive - and both your wallet and your skin can benefit.
And if you do have a pricier product that you just can't let go of (whether it's the cute packaging or the luxurious feeling on application, we totally get it), you can always alternate with one of these cheaper alternatives to extend its life!
Here, we've compiled the ten top affordable moisturisers, whether you suffer from oily skin and blemishes, dry or sensitive areas or want to combat signs of ageing.
BEST INEXPENSIVE MOISTURISER FOR OILY SKIN
You don't have to break the bank to control that shine!
This mattifying moisturiser combats excess oil and sebum without clogging your pores, thanks to the absorption powers of bamboo extract. Formula 10.0.6 have also added in aloe vera to soothe any redness and irritation, especially great if your oily skin also comes with blemishes. Your complexion is totally balanced (without your wallet being totally emptied!).
Another shine- and blemish-buster we love is the Zero Shine Moisturiser from NIP+FAB. Not just for teenagers, this cream keeps you shine-free yet hydrated all day long, regulating excess sebum and enlarged pores with niacinamide and preventing future breakouts with antimicrobial wasabi extract. Plus, the anti-inflammatory properties of the zinc in the formula offer extra treatment for breakouts and sebum.
BEST CHEAP MOISTURISER FOR DRY SKIN
One of our go-to brands for inexpensive yet effective formulas, The Ordinary carries everything from cleansers to serums to moisturisers like this non-greasy cream ideal for dry skin. It contains natural moisturising factors like hyaluronic acid, fatty acids and amino acids to hydrate and protect your skin's outermost layer.
BEST INEXPENSIVE MOISTURISER FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
One trick we love for saving a little extra cash on moisturisers is finding a body cream that also works for the face. You'll get a lot more bang for your buck, like with this soothing balm from Bioderma, which can be used from head to toe, even on babies from six months!
It'll calm that urge to scratch irritated areas as it restores your lipid barrier and limits bad bacteria. You'll feel loads more comfortable as your skin is soothed and strengthened.
Irritated and allergy-prone skin will breathe a sigh of relief as you apply this dermatologically tested protective cream from Avène. It keeps your skin soothed and comfortable all day long, replenishing dryness with a post-biotic biotechnological active ingredient and soothing irritation with antibacterial copper and zinc sulphate.
BEST BUDGET MOISTURISER FOR MATURE SKIN
When shopping for a cheap moisturiser for maturing skin, look for ingredients that will hydrate since skin tends to get dryer with age, plus protect the skin to reduce wrinkles. This Q+A moisturiser does it all, hydrating with organic aloe vera and shielding with the antioxidants in ginger root. The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced and skin tone is evened out.
SPF15 in this moisturiser helps combat the ageing effects of sun exposure whilst the antioxidant coenzyme Q10 preserves skin cell function, texture and resilience to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. This cream also boosts your moisture levels by up to 60% for a plump and youthful complexion.
BEST CHEAP MOISTURISER FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
This face cream is the perfect all-rounder, offering deep hydration with hyaluronic acid crosspolymer and polyglutamic acid, which combine perfectly to attract moisture and then reduce moisture loss with a protective barrier. There's also rice bran extract and vitamin E to shield your skin from environmental stressors with their antioxidants. You'll get a healthy, lovely glow no matter your skin type!
An affordable SPF moisturiser is another must-have for your skincare collection (no matter your skin type, since sun protection is important for everyone). The Everyday One is a lightweight moisturiser from Hello Sunday that keeps your skin shielded from blue light, infrared, pollution and UVA and UVB rays. Hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and B5 offer intense hydration while algae extract helps protect your complexion.
Now that you're armed with the best cheap moisturiser for your skin type, you might want to check out some of our other tips for saving money whilst still looking and feeling great.
Written by Gabriella Buckner
Gabriella is a junior content writer with a background in creative writing, content marketing and journalism. She’s passionate about all things makeup and skincare, but especially vegan and cruelty-free beauty that is effective and inexpensive.