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The Best Affordable Skincare Brands to Shop in Australia

Get your self-care routine down with a little help from these brands.

When it comes to life, right now we are choosing the simple pleasures. We want good TV shows to binge-watch, an endless supply of burrata to consume and we want good skincare that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Once upon a time, it seemed as though most affordable skincare brands were offering makeup wipes that would burn your face off. But we’re living in 2024, baby! You no longer need to pay top dollar for skincare with effective ingredients and desirable results.

Right now, affordable brands are ticking off everything we want and need for our skincare routine. From great moisturisers that give glowing skin and hydration, to potent products that give the effect of a pricier wrinkle treatment or skin treatment, there’s everything you need to put your best face forward.

Scroll through to see some of the best affordable skincare brands you can shop in Australia right now.

The best affordable skincare brands to buy in Australia 2024

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Neutrogena

Neutrogena is a well-known leader in skincare, offering a diverse range of products from moisturisers to serums tailored to enhance skin health. Its cult Hydro Boost line takes centre stage, prioritising hydration and moisturisation to unlock your naturally radiant and glowing skin, with products like Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Water Gel and the new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Niacinamide Serum firm favourites.

Formulated with potent ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, these products provide intense hydration and even out skin tone, addressing signs of premature skin ageing with precision, to help you swerve the pricier skin treatments.

Neutrogena’s commitment to holistic skincare ensures you can achieve and maintain optimal skin health, reflecting a timeless, youthful appearance while embracing a comprehensive skincare routine.

Key features:

  • Dermatologist recommended ingredients
  • Scientifically proven formulas
  • Widely available in supermarkets, pharmacies and online at affordable price points

Our top picks:

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Water Gel

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Niacinamide Serum

Available at:

Chemist Warehouse

Priceline

Coles

Woolworths

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tbh Skincare

tbh Skincare is an Australian-born beauty brand with a focus on sustainability and quality ingredients. Its products have become fast favourites with those targeting acne or skin troubles thanks to the brand’s authenticity and innovative products. 

From the No Scrubs jelly cleanser to the award-winning Rebound serum, you’ll find products within budget, and you can even shop bundles to save extra cash. 

Key features:

  • Focus on acne control
  • Australian made 
  • Sustainable 

Our top picks:

No scrubs jelly cleanser, $32.95 at tbh

Acne hack spot treatment, $29.95 at tbh

Rebound serum, $59.95 at tbh

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Hey Bud skincare
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Hey Bud Skincare

Capitalising on the magic that is the miracle maker hemp seed oil, Hey Bud Skincare has made the journey to beauty and self-care uncomplicated and incredibly effective. Filled with top-tier botanical ingredients that your skin will love, explore the range of products delivering insane benefits to all skin types and concerns.

Key features:

  • Clean and effective skincare
  • Eco-friendly and sustainable
  • Central ingredient: hemp seed oil

Our top picks:

Daily hemp gel cleanser, $33 at Hey Bud Skincare

Gel moisturiser, $45 at Hey Bud Skincare

5 per cent Hyaluronic acid + hemp serum, $45 at Hey Bud Skincare

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Revolution Beauty

Elevate your skincare routine with the diverse selection of skincare products offered by the UK beauty brand, Revolution. Its range spans from effective blemish treatments to nourishing serums and revitalising face masks, providing options for every skincare need.

Key features:

  • Ethically sourced
  • Vegan and cruelty-free 
  • Rejuvenates and hydrate skin 

Our top picks:

Revolution pro miracle cream, $20 at Revolution Beauty

Makeup Revolution pro miracle eye cream, $12 (usually $16) at Revolution Beauty

Revolution skincare wrinkle and fine line reducing serum, $14 (usually $20) at Revolution Beauty

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Tribe

Embrace the beauty of all-natural, vegan-friendly, and pregnancy-safe skincare, proudly crafted in Australia by Tribe Skincare. Established in 2017, this home-grown beauty brand has swiftly captured the hearts of natural beauty enthusiasts.

With a captivating array of products, including pimple patches, exfoliants, serums, and treatments, Tribe Skincare has solidified its place as a beloved choice among those who appreciate pure, gentle skincare.

Key features:

  • Ideal for sensitive skin types
  • No common allergens, parabens or harsh chemicals
  • Barrier repairing ingredients
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Australian made

Our top picks:

Clearing anti-breakout serum, $65 at Tribe Skincare

Brightening Vitamin C serum, $68 at Tribe Skincare

Ultimate hydrating moisturiser, $44 at Tribe Skincare

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Cosrx

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 cult 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 and Acne Pimple Master Patch.

Key features:

  • Customisable skincare according to personal skin conditions
  • Supplies to more than 146 countries
  • 119 time award winner

Our top picks:

Advanced snail 96 mucin power essence, $29.27 at iHerb

Low pH good morning gel cleaner, $19.61 at iHerb

AC collection acne patch 26 patches, $10.69 at iHerb

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MCoBeauty Skincare

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 and the Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C Face Serum 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.

Key features:

  • Affordable skincare 
  • Australian-made premium quality products
  • PETA-certified cosmetics company

Our top picks:

Super Glow Invisible Face Mist SPF50+, $35 at MCoBeauty 

Ultra Clean Cleansing Balm, $32 at MCoBeauty 

Oil-free Gel Moisturiser, $32 at MCoBeauty 

Also available at: 

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Frank Body

Cult-brand Frank Body came into our lives bringing the promise of buffed, exfoliated skin with the launch of its iconic body scrubs. But the brand has since expanded into the world of skincare with the launch of moisturisers, face washes, oils and serums. So not only has our body never been so smooth, our faces have never looked glowier! 

Key features:

  • Vegan and cruelty-free
  • Australian made
  • Shop body, face and hair products

Our top picks:

Hydrating hyaluronic acid serum, $26 at Frank Body

Nourishing cream moisturiser, $16 at Frank Body

Nourishing face wash, $16 at Frank Body

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CeraVe

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 its Facial Moisturising Lotion or Hydrating Cleanser.

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.

Key features:

  • Enriched blend of essential oils, ceramides, fatty acids and other lipids
  • Ranked number five skincare brand by Australian dermatologists
  • Artificial fragrance free

Our top picks:

CeraVe moisturing cream, $22.99 at Adore Beauty

CeraVe foaming cleanser, $23.99 at Adore Beauty

CeraVe hydrating foaming oil cleanser, $24.99 at Adore Beauty

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Olay

One of the best things about Olay is the fact that it’s available pretty much everywhere. Another excellent thing is its 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 needs. The Regenerist Retinol 24 Night Moisturiser aims to renew and resurface your skin while you sleep, while the Regenerist Whip UV SPF Face Cream Moisturiser promises more radiant skin. And they’re often on sale at your local chemist or supermarket, making them even more affordable. 

Key features:

  • Founded more than 65 years ago
  • Packed with active ingredients for all skin types
  • Science-based skincare that delivers results

Our top picks:

Olay regenerist detoxifying pore scrub cleanser, $14.99 at Priceline

Olay regenerist ultra rich hydrating cream fragrance free, $59.99 at Priceline

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Avène

One of the most iconic “French pharmacy” skincare brands, Avène boasts an extensive range of dermatologically recommended skin and body products ideal for sensitive 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 its 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. 

Key features:

  • Founded in 1874 
  • Backed by 30 years of research 
  • Skincare products for all skin types (sensitive included)

Our top picks:

Tolerance control soothing skin recovery cream, $45.99 at Adore Beauty

Hyaluron activ B3 concentrated plumping serum, $74.99 at Adore Beauty

Soothing eye contour cream, $35.99 at Adore Beauty

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La Roche Posay

Another French pharmacy brand, La Roche Posay is also favoured for its sensitive skin-loving ingredients. 

Its cult-favourite sunscreen, Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF 50+, 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 its Cicaplast Baume B5 is the ultimate skin saviour for those who’ve overdone it and damaged their moisture barrier.

Key features:

  • Product range catering to all skin types
  • French dermo-cosmetic brand since 1897
  • Incorporates antioxidant-rich spring water into products

Our top picks:

Cicaplast baume B5+, $24.95 at Adore Beauty 

Effaclar foaming gel, $31.95 at Adore Beauty

Hyalu B5 hyaluronic acid anti-ageing serum, $74.95 at Adore Beauty

Also available at:

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Pixi Beauty

Pixi became well-known a few years ago thanks to its 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, that she even launched her own double cleanser with Pixi Beauty.

The Pixi x Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse 2 in 1 has a solid cleansing oil and cream cleanser, promising to remove all makeup and impurities while nourishing the skin. The popular Pixi Glow Tonic with 5% Glycolic Acid 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.

Key features:

  • Launched by Petra Stand, makeup artist and product developer
  • Skincare products that make the skin glow
  • Cruelty-free

Our top picks:

Vitamin C serum, $38 at Sephora

BeautifEYE brightening eye patches, $38 at Sephora

Collagen & retional serum, $38 at Sephora

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The Ordinary

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 its niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and glycolic acid formulas.

While the crowd-pleasing everyday moisturiser, Natural Moisturising Factors + HA goes for just $10.70 and the Squalane Cleanser sits at $18.30, it’s an affordable brand that delivers excellent results.

Key features:

  • Collection of treatments offering effective clinal skincare
  • Simple and effective formulas 

Our top picks:

Niacinamide 10 per cent + zinc 1 per cent, $9.50 at The Ordinary

Natural moisturizing factors + HA, $10.70 at The Ordinary

Hyaluronic acid 2 per cent + B5, $15.90 at The Ordinary

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Do you have a full skincare routine? Adding steps to your routine can benefit your skin health. 

Establishing a skincare routine offers numerous benefits. It maintains skin health by hydrating, protecting, and repairing.

Regular cleansing removes dirt and impurities, preventing breakouts. Moisturising preserves the skin’s natural moisture balance, preventing dryness and premature ageing. Additionally, consistent use of sunscreen shields against harmful UV rays, reducing the risk of skin cancer and photoageing.

Have you used exfoliating skincare products before? Exfoliants can help remove dead skin cells for smoother skin. 

Exfoliants provide multiple benefits for skin health. By sloughing off dead skin cells, they promote cell turnover, revealing a brighter complexion. This process unclogs pores, reducing acne and blackheads.

Exfoliants also enhance the absorption of skincare products, maximising their effectiveness. Overall, they leave skin smoother, softer, and more radiant.


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