13 of the Best Affordable Skincare Brands To Try in 2021

Skincare could be considered the most important part of any beauty routine and many people think that the more expensive a product is the more effective it will be. But with skincare today that is just not true (if it ever was).

If you are looking to try a cheaper but not inferior product then we have put together affordable skincare bands that have gained fans for their fair priced and effective products that offer the active ingredients you are looking for and feel luxurious.

The Inkey List

This popular brand has simplified it’s product range to break through beauty jargon, so you can find the right product for you easily. Their products contain the most sought after ingredients in skin care from retinol to hyaluronic acid.


Renowned for being developed by dermatologists this brand has a huge following. Their packaging design won’t win any awards for glamour but their customers say their products really do the job. Their gentle face wash has lots of fans who say it cleanses their skin but it still feels soft afterwards. Each product in their range contains ceramides which is an ingredient that makes up half of our skin barrier because CeraVe believe that our skin barrier is fundamental to how your skin looks and feels.

The Ordinary

This brand is well known for producing products that have the best active ingredients with a small price tag, so much so that many of it’s serums have been sell outs on their launch. 


This French pharmacy brand prides itself on having something for every skin type. Their skincare range has been popular with those in the know for a while. Their micellar water a firm favourite for all skin types.


Simple have been making affordable skincare that doesn’t disrupt the skin for years but of late have launched some innovative products that still meet that ethos. Their skin-drenching booster serum and radiance booster oare two of these products.The brand is also easily available, and unlikely to need to be ordered online.

La Roche-Posay

This brand has loyal fans including celebrities and beauty editors all due to the performance of its products with something to suit all skin types.

The Body Shop

Another household name that many think of more for bubble bath and bath pearls when they were popular back in the 90s. But the Body Shop has a strong skincare offering too. Their Tea Tree line is still going strong and their Drops of Youth range is popular with those looking for anti-aging products.


Owned but the same parent company as Body Shop, Natura, Avon’s range is vast. Many people may associate them with perfume (due to the famous scratch and skiff panels in their paper brochures), As well selling more bottles of fragrance a year than any other brand in the world, Avon has a stand out skincare range that is innovative and award winning. In fact some of their products are market leading such as their unique Protinol range that restores 7 years of collagen in 7 days and unlike retinol it is suitable for all skin types and soothes and calms skin. 

L’Oréal Paris

Another household name brand, but it’s not surprise. As wall as being a well known and well advertised brand name it is one of the innovators in the skincare industry allowing them to come up with products that perform and stand up against the competition against more expensive brands.


Avénes products are especially well suited to sensitive skin. And while perhaps being more well known for their body lotions their skincare products are worth a look too especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin.


Garnier takes a more natural approach to skincare and incorporates the power of plants in its products. Its Moisture Bomb sheet masks are hugely popular.

Super Facialist

This brand boasts a wide range of products categorised by the skin problem they help improve such as dry skin, anti-aging, anti-blemish, dull skin or firming. Their Pore Purifying Clay Mask is a big seller.


Founded by a Doctor Vichy Laboratories strapline is that their products are dermatologically tested, clinically proven and hypoallergenic but their stand out difference to other brands is that they are powered by volcanic minerals as well as using the latest active ingredients. Their Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Booster is award winning.