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The Best Affordable Skincare Brands for the Summer So Your Skin Glows All Season Long

Plus, the best product from each brand to add to your collection


Summertime brings more sunshine, hopefully, more time outside, and good vibes, but it also means your skincare regimen might have to shift. Sunscreen is even more of a necessity and hydrating the skin is key as well. Instead of spending lots of money on products that you may only use for a season, Woman’s World compiled a list of the best affordable skincare brands for the summer. Keep scrolling to refresh your routine without breaking the bank.

1. The best affordable skincare brands for summer: The Ordinary

The Ordinary is known for its highly concentrated formulas and science-backed products. From facial cleansers to serums to moisturizers, your skin will be refreshed and ready for summer in no time. Plus, a ton of their products are less than $20.

The Ordinary hyaluronic Acid 2% B5
The Ordinary

Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5

Suited for all skin types, this water-based serum targets dryness and helps to keep skin hydrated and radiant all summer long.

2. La Roche Posay

La Roche Posay specializes in products that protect you from the sun. The brand also has products for sensitive skin, anti-aging and dry skin among others if you’re looking for more specific products. Singular items such as their serums or sunscreens don’t cost more than $60 and you can get great value sets that won’t burn a hole in your wallet either.

La Roche Posay light fluid sunscreen
La Roche Posay

La Roche Posay Anthelios Light Fluid Sunscreen

This sunscreen is one of the best out there. It has a lightweight matte finish, helps reduce the appearance of sun damage and is formulated with Cell-Ox Shield® technology.

3. The best affordable skincare brands for summer: The Inkey List

Knowledge is the driving force behind The Inkey List, an affordable skincare brand that offers a variety of different facial body and haircare products. Unless you’re buying product duos, you’ll stay under budget as nothing is more than $20.

The Inkey List bio-active ceramide repairing and plumping moisturizer
The Inkey List

The Inkey List Bio-Active Ceramide Repairing and Plumping Moisturizer

This is the last step in your skincare routine, but it’s not one to skip. The moisturizer has a light formula that’s ideal for all skin types and it works to easily hydrate the skin.

4. Pixi Beauty

Pixi originated in London and has been a giant in the industry since it launched 20 years ago. Instead of skincare, their products are labeled as skin treats and it’s like a gift for your skin. All items are $30 or less and they don’t skimp on quality.

Pixi Aftersun sheet mask

Pixi Aftersun Sheet Mask

Nothing feels better after a day in the sun than a nice cooling mask. This one from Pixi is aloe-infused for a soothing, hydrating feel that heals skin.

5. The best affordable skincare brands for summer: Versed

With simple products and prices that work for your skin and your budget, Versed is a great brand to include in your summer skincare regimen. Everything is below $25 and they keep their packaging low-key so the ingredients are the main focus.

6. Neutrogena

Neutrogena is classic when it comes to affordable skincare. Their goal as a brand is to deliver science-backed products that are accessible to all people. They were also the first to introduce an SPF-based moisturizer, and their products are high-quality and cost-effective.

Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Face Serum SPF 60+

Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Face Serum SPF 60+

This serum is can’t-miss thanks to its broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and antioxidants. It’s great for all skin types and works well with various climates and potential irritants to the skin such as the sun.

7. The best affordable skincare brands for summer: e.l.f Skin

While they’re known for their makeup, e.l.f also has an impressive and wallet-friendly skincare line. They have everything from eye care and makeup remover to sunscreen and serums. Nothing costs more than $15 which lets you save money for summer fun instead.

elf Coconut Mist
e.l.f Skin

e.l.f Holy Hydration Coconut Mist

The Holy Hydration Coconut Mist not only transports you to a tropical getaway but also soothes and hydrates your skin. Use it before or after makeup application or spritz throughout the day to refresh your skin.

8. CeraVe

It’s impossible to talk about affordable skincare brands and not mention CeraVe. As a brand specializing in simplicity, you know exactly what you’re getting with each product—and nothing costs more than $20. In addition, the products are formulated with three ceramides that help to protect and maintain the skin barrier which is ideal for the summer heat.

CeraVe Hydrating facial cleanser

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

This cleanser is lightweight and works to clean your face without stripping away the necessary oils. It’s gentle and works well for any skin type.

9. The best affordable skincare brands for summer: Cocokind

Cocokind is great for those with sensitive skin. The brand is also cruelty-free and vegan and the products are lightweight but still effectively protect the skin barrier. You can often find product duos or trios for anywhere from $30-$60, so you’re not spending too much on one item.

Cocokind sea grape caviar glow essence and vitamin c serum

Sea Grap Caviar Duo

You can get both of these products for $38 total. The formula brightens and hydrates and is especially helpful for an even skin tone during the summer.

1o. Naturium

Naturium is a highly effective skincare brand that doesn’t require you to spend a ton of money. They believe that high-quality, innovative skincare products can be affordable as well as sustainable. The brand has bundles or individual products to pick from that range in price from $20-$50.

Naturium Dew-Glow Moisturizer SPF 50

Naturium Dew Glow Moisturizer SPF 50

This moisturizer/ sunscreen combo is a must! It will give you a dewy and radiant look without compromising your skin.

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