You’ve got a $75 budget to build a complete skincare routine. Where do you begin? We’ve got the best recommendations for you — and with change to spare!

1. A Reliable Oil Cleanser 

MUJI Cleansing Oil for Sensitive Skin — $15.15, 200ml ($0.08/ml)

Opt not for the drugstore cleansing wipes and instead grab a cleansing oil when you’re removing makeup, sunscreen, sweat, and other impurities.

The MUJI Cleansing Oil contains no artificial fragrance, sulfates, parabens, or phthalates, so you don’t have to worry about it irritating your skin. Plus, it sits at a very friendly price and will last you months longer than any pack of cleansing wipes.

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2. A Good Water-Based Cleanser

Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser — $13.31, 473ml ($0.02/ml)

A cult favorite, the Cerave Hydrating Facial Cleanser contains ceramides, fatty acids, and zero sulfates, assuring you that it won’t strip your skin of its natural oil and moisture levels.

Harsh cleansing is often the root of many skin problems, so avoid it with gentle cleansers like this one.

3. A Trustworthy Moisturizer

A’Pieu Madecassoside Cream — $15, 50ml ($0.3/ml)

Keep your skin moisturized every single day with a cream designed to soothe and strengthen your skin. The A’Pieu Madecassoside Cream is packed with centella asiatica, niacinamide, and panthenol, making it perfect for even the days when your skin doesn’t agree with you. 

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4. An Everyday Sunscreen

Dear, Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence SPF 50 PA++ — $23, 80ml ($0.28/ml)

No skincare routine is complete without sunscreen. As the best defense against skin cancer and premature aging, it’s only natural to invest a little more for something that you’d be inclined to wear everyday.

The Dear, Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence leaves no white residue and is formulated with only two chemical UV filters, so it will likely not irritate your skin.

Except for specific conditions (e.g. acne, rosacea, eczema), these four products will help you maintain healthy, hydrated skin without breaking the bank. Sticking to the fundamentals is the best investment for both your wallet and your skin.

What are your must-have skincare investments? Share it with us in the comments!

Need extra help figuring out what type of skin you have in order to know which products you need most? Find out here.

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