Due to the current financial situation, many of us are cutting back on spending. But depending on our circumstances, there are certain places where we can’t really cut corners and others where we can. We’ve put together the best skincare routine on a budget.

If you’re looking for some areas to spend less, doing so on skincare is an option during this time. Now, depending on your skincare needs, this may not be right for you. But once your skin gets used to the new normal, it is pretty useful and a lot more natural.

Get your notepads ready! Here’s the best skincare routine to follow if you’re on a budget:

Rinse Your Face With Warm Water

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First thing in the morning, you’ll want to rinse your face with warm water. This is because it helps to open up the pores so that your cleansing agent can really get down to business. 

Colder water closes the pores, so it’s not the best to start off with if your goal is to cleanse your face. It is, however, pretty good for finishing up your cleansing routine if you’d like. 

If you have one, you could even use a facial steamer to really get those pores ready for cleansing.

Make an ACV Toner

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Now we’re going to give you all the budget options. But you can always try out different pieces of this in your regular routine and see which works for you. 

So, as a budget cleanser and toner combo, apple cider vinegar is actually a cheap and effective alternative. Of course, you do not want to put this on your face straight. Try and dilute the apple cider vinegar in a separate container with an equal amount of water. 

You can then use it to cleanse your face with a cotton pad. It smells horrible, but it does the trick. In fact, vinegar has been used in the past as an antiseptic. And it also works well as a household disinfectant. 

Get an Ice Cube

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Now that you’ve cleansed your open pores, it’s time to minimise them again. Grab an ice cube from your freezer and rub it around your face. 

If you have any blemishes, holding the ice cube on top of them for around 10 seconds makes a huge difference in minimising them. 

For some people, holding an ice cube is way too cold. So you can always grab a paper towel to help warm it up.

Alternatively, if you happen to have a jade roller or gua sha tool on hand, you can pop those in the freezer and then use them on your face to do the same job as an ice cube.

Use Tea Tree Oil as Spot Treatment

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Tea tree has some remarkable antibacterial properties. So if you don’t happen to have spot treatment but have some tea tree oil, this is amazing for that. (It also does wonders for your scalp if you have dandruff.)

Or, if you don’t need a spot treatment but want your overall face to be a lot more sanitised, experiment with mixing some drops into you ACV cleanser.

Moisturise With Coconut Oil

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Yes, this is very oily and makes your face shiny. But it is also fantastic for the skin. You can experiment with how much coconut oil is right for you. If you’re not a big fan of wearing it on your face or are worried about putting oil stains on your pillowcase, you can always rinse it off. 

Coconut oil smells terrific though, and as a bonus, you can even use it to moisturise your hair! It’s super multipurpose.


If you’re interested in more skincare-related content, check out How to Keep Your Skin Hydrated at Home.