If 2017 left you looking a little worse for wear, embrace the whole ‘new year, new you’ adage and recharge your skincare regime (and your glow) with products from any of these relatively unheard of skincare brands. Bonus: they won’t burn a hole in your pocket either, so you’ll actually be able to stick to that ‘save more money’ resolution.
#1: The Ordinary
Hailing from Canada, this skincare brand is making major waves in the beauty industry for its range of products boasting fully active clinical formulas that go for less than $15 a pop. From retinoids to acids to vitamins, all their products are actually evidence-backed by science and come in geek-chic packaging that’ll look good on your Instagram feed. Note: you’ll want to carefully research what you actually need as it isn’t specifically stated what product is for what skin issue.
We recommend: Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil, $19.40, Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%, $19.40, Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane, $25.86. Available at ASOS.com.
#2: Thayers Natural Remedies
With over thousands of positive reviews on Amazon, this bang-for-your-buck skincare line is best known for its toner, made from healing witch hazel, calming aloe vera and free from harsh alcohol. Suitable for all skin types, reviewers have claimed regular use has helped soothe skin ailments like rosacea, eczema and even severe acne breakouts. They have since expanded their product line into facial mists, lip balms, body bars and soothing lotions.
We recommend: Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner, US$10.95, Citrus Witch Hazel Body Bar, US$4.99. Available on thayers.com.
Yet another frequently reviewed-and-raved Amazon favourite, InstaNatural boasts a line of organic and natural products that are safe for even expecting mothers. They offer a wide range of products to treat various skincare concerns, and if you order from Amazon, can save quite a bit of cash by purchasing their various bundles. They contain no parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes or mineral oil, making it safe for most skin types.
We recommend: Retinol Moisturiser, $21.09, Vitamin C serum, $20.06, $20.06, Hyaluronic Serum, $20.45. Available on iherb.com.