The Ordinary, available from Adore Beauty, The Iconic and Deciem
The products by The Ordinary are anything but... ordinary. Sorry, we had to. The cult-beauty staples from this low-cost brand are full of potent ingredients - with favourites including their Niacinamide, Hyaluronic Acid and Glycolic Acid formulas.
While the crowd-pleasing everyday moisturiser, Natural Moisturising Factors + HA going for just $9.80 and the Squalane Cleanser going for $13.90, it's an affordable brand that delivers excellent results.
Avène, available from Chemist Warehouse, Priceline and Adore Beauty
One of the most iconic "French pharmacy" skincare brands, Avène boasts an extensive range of dermatologically recommended skin and body products ideal for senstitive skin types.
While the Cicalfate+ Restorative Skin Cream is a favourite for those with Perioral Dermatitis or Eczema, the Cleanance Gel is loved by those with acne-prone skin. And their Thermal Spring Water is a world-famous hydrating spray for a reason. Plus, you can often shop the brand on sale at Priceline and Chemist Warehouse for major discounts.
With cult-favourite beauty products like their tubular Xtend Lash Mascara and Hydra Glow Foundation, it just made sense when MCoBeauty took their range further to include effective and affordable skincare products.
Formulated with their signature ingredient, vitamin-C rich kakadu plum, the AHA/BHA Pore Refining Exfoliating Toner ($30) and the Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C Face Serum ($38) are your affordable key to glowing skin. And you can shop bundled collections, like the Everyday Essentials Skincare Bundle, ready-tailored to suit your needs.
CeraVe, available from Chemist Warehouse
This brand hits the sweet spot of being recommended by dermatologists AND recommended by the beauty geeks of TikTok. When worlds collide! CeraVe is all about the basics, like their Facial Moisturising Lotion ($18.39) or their Hydrating Cleanser ($10.99).
Spending less money on your moisturiser and cleanser frees up your bank account to drop a few extra dollars on active ingredients, where it counts.
Olay, available from Chemist Warehouse, Priceline and supermarkets
One of the best things about Olay is the fact that it's available pretty much everywhere. Another excellent thing is their moisturisers. Specifically from the Regenerist line, which are a little pricier than some of the other Olay moisturisers but they deliver premium results.
Formulated to target a number of concerns, including wrinkles, puffiness and dry skin, the line includes different formulations to suit your need. The Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturiser ($50.99) aims to renew and resurface your skin while you sleep, while the Regenerist Whip UV SPF Face Cream Moisturiser ($39.99) promises more radiant skin. And they're often on sale at your local chemist or supermarket, making them even more affordable.
La Roche Posay, available from Chemist Warehouse, Priceline and Adore Beauty
Another French pharmacy brand, La Roche Posay is also favoured for its sensitive skin-loving ingredients.
Their cult-favourite sunscreen, Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($31.95), is one of the best sunscreens to shop in Australia. It melts into the skin for a semi-matte finish, perfect for everyday use. While their Cicaplast Baume B5 ($17.95) is the ultimate skin-saviour for those who've overdone it and damaged their moisture barrier.
Pixi Beauty, available from Adore Beauty, ASOS and Sephora
Pixi became well-known a few years ago thanks to their Glow Tonic, one of the most popular glycolic acid formulas in the beauty world. Beauty guru Caroline Hirons is such a fan of the affordable brand, she even launched her own double cleanser with them.
The Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse 2 in 1 ($48) has a solid cleansing oil and cream cleanser, promising to remove all make-up and impurities while nourishing the skin. And the popular Pixi Glow Tonic with 5% Glycolic Acid ($36) is considered a "facial in a bottle" thanks to its ability to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin for healthy, glowing skin.
Cosrx, available from Adore Beauty and ASOS
A much-loved Korean skincare brand, Cosrx is probably most well-known for its Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. Used by stars including Emily Ratajkowski, the $38 essence includes snail secretion that has been extracted from snails. It's not for everyone, but this powerful essence helps to effectively repair and hydrate the skin. Other favourites include the Low-pH Good Morning Cleanser ($25) and Acne Pimple Master Patch ($7.90).
Much like The Ordinary, The Inkey List is known for bottling up effective, potent skincare ingredients for skincare lovers on a budget.
The Lactic Acid Face Serum ($20) gently exfoliates the skin, while the Niacinamide Face Serum ($12). Special shout-out to their gentle Oat Cleansing Balm ($15), for removing make-up and keeping sensitive skin clean, without irritation.