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7 Skin-Care Must-Haves That Cost Less Than INR 500

By Somdutta Mazumder

Updated - May 9, 20244 min read

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While compromise might pave the way for several things in life, it remains a forbidden notion in the world of beauty. After all, most dermatology advice usually begins with one poignant message: never, ever, compromise on skin-care. In other words, spend thousands of your hard-earned cash on products from reputed brands, that let’s face it (get the pun?) may or may not work for your skin. Well, we just have two words to offer in response - why though? 


The crux of the matter is, a large chunk of the mango populace in our country, will not use these exclusive luxury skin-care products, simply because they cannot afford to. So, does that mean these people (that includes us BTW) should just fore-go taking care of their skin? Uh, no. 


But, what then? Well, our beauty experts are here to save the day (and your skin). Here’s a list of 7 hand-picked, skin-care essential products that cost less than INR 500 but work like magic! Hello, budget-friendly great skin! 


1. Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water 


400 ml at INR 349 


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Best For

Gently but effectively removing makeup, especially when you’re too lazy to wash your face


What The Customers Said

  • Perfect for everyday use
  • Does not irritate my skin
  • Removes make-up in one stroke 
  • Great for quick cleansing before bed



2. Forest Essentials Delicate Facial Cleanser Kashmiri Saffron & Neem 


50 ml at INR 325 


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Best For

Cleansing your face and removing toxins and impurities for fresh, natural skin


What The Customers Said

  • Drastic change in skin quality 
  • Natural glow on face after use 
  • Soothing fragrance
  • Does not dry the skin


3. Biotique Bio Papaya Revitalizing Tan Removal Scrub


75 gm at INR 199


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Best For

Exfoliating dead skin, getting rid of tanning and brightening your skin tone 

What The Customers Said

  • Fine scrub particles that are gentle on the skin
  • Effectively removes tan on regular use
  • No harsh chemicals or bleach 
  • Polishes face and can be used to remove whiteheads



4. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturiser SPF 15 


115 ml at INR 367


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Best For

Light-weight, non-greasy moisturisation that lasts up to 12 hours


What The Customers Said

  • Great for combination and sensitive skin as well as people prone to acne
  • Perfect for non-sticky daily use
  • Leaves the skin feeling supple and smooth
  • Light matte look 


5. Nykaa Skin Secrets Tea Tree + Aloe Vera Sheet Mask 


1 sheet mask at INR 100; 20 other variants available 


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Best For

Reviving dull skin with the use of extensive hydration  


What The Customers Said 

  • Great formulation and unparalleled quality
  • Works like magic on dull skin
  • Gives instant shine and brightness
  • Makes my skin glow from within


6. Aroma Magic Under Eye Gel 


20 gm at INR 195


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Best For

Reducing under-eye dark circles, puffiness and wrinkles


What The Customers Said

  • Could see the difference in a few days
  • Completely chemical-free
  • Very soothing for the eyes
  • Great for getting rid of signs of fatigue and stress



7. Nykaa Lip Crush Macaron Lip Balm 


8 gm at INR 212 


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Best For

Long-lasting moisturisation and protection of lips 


What The Customers Said

  • Non-sticky on the lips
  • Helps to get rid of cracked lips very quickly 
  • Fresh, fruity smell
  • Feels soft and creamy on the lips 


If you've been looking for a sign to splurge on effective skin-care products without spending a fortune, this is it.