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I swapped my high-end skincare products for Trader Joe's finds under $10. Here's what I'm keeping in my routine.

Andrea McHugh   

I swapped my high-end skincare products for Trader Joe's finds under $10. Here's what I'm keeping in my routine.
  • I will pay extra for quality skincare products, but I've found some great ones at Trader Joe's.
  • Its zinc-oxide mineral sunscreen and facial cleansing pads with tea-tree oil are staples for me.

As someone always searching for game-changing skincare products, I'm willing to — and have — spent the extra money on high-end stuff.

I have sensitive skin and seek out products with high-quality ingredients that lean into clean beauty, get excellent reviews, or are ride-or-die recommendations by close friends.

Fortunately, I've found that not every great product also has a high price tag. You can find some of them at grocery stores.

Here are some affordable beauty products from Trader Joe's that I love so much they've become part of my routine.

Trader Joe's microdermabrasion scrub, $5

I avoid harsh exfoliants, but I love the feeling of a deep-cleaning spa facial — and Trader Joe's microdermabrasion scrub feels like the happy medium between the two.

At just $5, this 2-ounce tube packs a big punch. It has a light, cream base, and a fine grain. I can feel it removing dead skin cells even when applying it gently.

I don't think it's oily, and I like that it doesn't have a strong scent. It's my go-to when I want my skin to feel smooth and seemingly appear brighter.

I use this about twice a week, often as part of my nighttime skin routine.

Trader Joe's SPA facial-cleansing pads with tea-tree oil, $5

Makeup-removal wipes are the lazy girl's skincare go-to, but Trader Joe's facial-cleaning pads take easy cleaning to the next level for me.

The textured surface of these soft, circular pads makes them ideal for removing grime and oil from my skin without stripping it.

The pads stay moist in the little round container and have a gentle, natural scent from the tea-tree oil. Plus, I get 50 of them for $5.

Using them leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed, which makes sense since tea-tree oil is known for being antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.

Trader Joe's hyaluronic moisture-boost serum, $10

As one of the most coveted product categories in skincare, facial serums can come with a hefty price tag, but many from Trader Joe's are $10 or less.

I've probably heard the most people recommend Trader Joe's hyaluronic moisture-boost serum. The medium-thick gel glides on smoothly, and I think it hydrates beautifully, leaving my skin feeling plump and supple.

It settles nicely on my sensitive skin when I use it at night, and it helps my makeup glide on when I apply it during the day.

It's also a great travel serum because if I leave it behind, I feel better replacing a $10 serum instead of a $99 one.

Trader Joe's SPA face wash with tea-tree oil, $6

Trader Joe's SPA face wash with tea-tree oil comes in an 8.5-ounce bottle with a pump dispenser for just $6.

It's become a staple for me, and I've found that I can use one pump to wash my entire face, neck, and decolletage.

The product comes out as a thin liquid but offers a liberal lather from the start. Again, I like that it contains tea-tree oil, which gives my skin a refreshing tingly feeling that isn't too harsh.

Trader Joe's zinc-oxide mineral-sunscreen spray — SPF 30, $10

As a fair-skinned girl who's always slathering on SPF, I have tried a ton of sunscreens.

Though I don't love how mineral sunscreens often seem heavier than their chemical counterparts, I love that they reflect UV rays instead of absorbing them, as chemical sunscreens do. Mineral sunscreens feel more like a shield to me.

Trader Joe's zinc-oxide mineral-sunscreen spray is the best zinc-based sunscreen I've found that still feels light and rubs in clear instead of white.

I also give it points for being fragrance-free and including soothing ingredients such as aloe vera, grapefruit oil, and vitamin E.

At just $10 a bottle, it's cheaper than other mineral-sunscreen sprays I've found, so I stock up whenever I'm at Trader Joe's.