Skincare is the new MVP of the beauty industry. Almost all the big beauty brands are realizing the shift in trends and everyone from Huda Beauty to Kylie Cosmetics is jumping on the bandwagon.

That’s a pretty smart business move. And it’s just as good for us. We now have a bigger choice of products and the prices are pretty competitive as well. Unlike how it was a few years ago, we now have brands that can fit any budget.

What’s so great about affordable skincare brands is that they minimize the cost not by compromising quality but by cutting down the gimmicky expenses. They may not look like a luxury product, but they definitely perform like any of their premium contenders.

So, today we are going to share with you the amazing 5 Step AM skincare routine for every budget. For each step, we have two outstanding recommendations: one from the luxury range and one for the budget buyers.

Step 1 – Cleanse

Cleansing is the first step of any skincare routine. You need to get rid of all the dirt and impurities before you can treat your skin with nourishing serums and creams. Here are our two picks:

Premium Pick: Loverse Paris Collagen Cream Cleanser


In this luxurious bottle, you get 3.30 oz of cleanser infused with collagen. So, not only does it removes impurities, it actually boosts the cellular activity as well. Collagen also acts as anti-oxidants and removes deep-set toxins from your skin. Other ingredients that make this cleanser our top favorite include Sodium Hyaluronate and Aquaxyl. Both boost hydration and make your skin smoother, softer.

Budget Pick: 1+1 Skincare Silky Creme Cleanser

This one is our top pick in budget cleaners because unlike other cheap cleansers, it doesn’t leave your skin dry and irritated. It is a gentle yet effective formula that removes impurities while keeping your PH well balanced. That is why it also has a calming effect on sensitive skin.

Step 2 – Toner

Now that you have removed all the dirt and toxins, your skin is ready for the second step. A toner not only removes excess oil and residues from the skin, but it also balances the PH level of your skin. A healthy pH level is crucial for any skincare product to work.

Premium Pick: Isa Lazo Toner

This gentle toner arrives in a luxurious black box that justifies the premium label. It is a magical mix of witch hazel and rose water, two of nature’s most effective toners. Apply with a cotton pad and you will see a healthy glow right away.

Budget Pick: M.Asam Aqua Intense Hyaluron Face TonicFor less than half the price, you will get Aqua Intense Face Tonic by M.Asam. It is a highly hydrating formula with Hyaluronic acid as the key ingredient. It works best for dry and irritated skin. It also has aloe vera for a calming effect.

Step 3 – Serum

Serums are like food for the skin. They are rich in nutrients your skin needs to stay healthy and nourished. Unlike creams, serums have a higher rate of absorption and they are more suitable for all skin types including oily and acne-prone skin.

Premium Pick: JUVENA Skin Nova SC Serum

This serum comes in a gorgeous gold and glass bottle you can’t ignore. That is what luxury looks like. However, we have this in our favorites list because it is one of the most amazing skincare serum we have tried. The formula is based on SkinnovaSc Technology by Juvena. It works on a cellular level to improve the tone, texture, and overall structure of the skin. Massage or tap it in to get a healthy, instant glow from within.

Budget Pick: MY LITTLE SECRET Super Fruit Vitamin C Serum

Well, this one comes in a simple dropper bottle and that’s the only place where they have cut down the price. This Vitamin C serum is full of anti-oxidants extracted from 5 super fruits. The serum improved skin’s appearance and health by removing free radicals and expediting collagen synthesis.

Step 4 – SPF

Now that your skin is visibly clean and nourished, it is time to protect its beauty from the harmful elements of the environment.

Premium Pick: La Chloris Daily Sunscreen SPF 36

While it may not be the most expensive sunscreen out there, it is definitely a high-end, high-performance product. It doubles up as a tinted moisturizer so you don’t have to worry about coverage. Broad-spectrum SPF 36 will keep your skin protected inside the home and even when you are out in the sun. Plus, it has peptides that will give you an instant firming effect as well.

Budget Pick: Naturally Serious Mineral Sun Defense Moisturizer Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30

This multi-action sunscreen will protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays while also acting as your daily moisturizer. It is a zinc-based sunscreen infused with antioxidants that provide more powerful protection against the aging effect of the sun. What’s more: there is a light tint so that you can skip your foundation on a casual day out in the sun.

Step 5 – Eye Treatment

One of the major skincare Faux pas is to leave out your eyes. They are the biggest giveaway of your age. Any good skincare routine must include proper eye care as well.

Premium Pick: MESOLYFT EYE renewal serum

Crow’s feet, eye bags, dark circles, droopy lids – this eye treatment from Mesolyft answers all your major eye care concerns. The secret is not just the formula but also the packaging with a roller that helps better absorption of the product. The massaging effect of the roller also relaxes the delicate muscles around the eye. No wonder this product is hailed as an instant Botox alternative!

Budget Pick: Eyra Cosmetics Viper Eye

Our budget pick is in no way any less effective than a high-end eye treatment. It even has a roller ball to give you the same relaxing massage around the eyes. It is a moisturizing gel with 98% organic ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, rose extract, and lemon juice. With regular use, you will see a visible difference in tone and tightness of the area around your eyes.