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3 Skin-Care Products That a Derm Says Aren’t Worth Spending Big Bucks On

Zoe Weiner

Welcome to Dear Derm, our video series in which dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, shares serious skin-care realness. In each episode, she’ll answer your most burning beauty questions and give you all the tools you need to take your glow game to the next level. See All

There are certain skin-care splurges that are well worth the money, like a medical-grade serum or an at-home facial device that gives you derm-level results. But according to Mona Gohara, MD, a board-certified dermatologist based in Connecticut, there are three spots in your routine where you’re better off saving on with budget skin care.

In the latest episode of Dear Derm, Dr. Gohara answered all of our readers’ most pressing skin-care questions, including whether or not pricey products are really worth the money. And while she’s a firm believer that medical-grade products are a worthy investment, she says that there’s really no need to drop big bucks on your more basic a.m. and p.m. steps.

“When it comes to splurging, think about antioxidants, retinol, and any specific skin concern that you may have,” she says. “But I definitely think a gentle cleanser, a sunscreen, or even a moisturizer are places where you can save.”

Below, she shares her budget skin-care picks for each step, and not a single one of them costs more than $27. And for more intel on the selects she thinks are worth splurging on, check out the video above.

Cleanser: Dove Beauty Bar, $1

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This gentle, non-soap cleanser is the one Dr. Gohara uses every single day on both her face and body. It’s made with nourishing ingredients, and will leave skin clean without stripping it.

Shop now: Dove Beauty Bar, $1

Moisturizer: Burt’s Bees Daily Moisturizing Cream, $12

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Hydrate your skin in the morning and at night with this $12 pick, which is formulated with sensitive skin in mind. It’s made with aloe and rice water to keep skin moisturized 24 hours a day.

Shop now: Burt’s Bees Daily Moisturizing Cream, $12

Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Sunscreen, $27

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Derms recommend slathering your face with SPF 30 every day, and this pick offers double the amount of recommended protection. It’s got a lightweight, fluid texture that allows your skin to breathe and makes it perfect for layering on under makeup.

Shop now: La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Sunscreen, $27

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