4 budget skincare brands that are an alternative to The Ordinary

Because how are you expected to cope without your hyaluronic acid serum?

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If the news that Brandon Truaxe is , has left you up the creek without an affordable vitamin C serum, we have your back. Just because The Ordinary has closed their stores, doesn't mean you can't get your hands on really good, and really cheap skincare. Here are our picks of the skincare brands that will fill The Ordinary shaped hole in your life.

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The Inkey List
The INKEY List

Hyaluronic Acid, £4.99

Lactic Acid, £7.99

Vitamin C Serum, £7.99

Like The Ordinary, The INKEY List's products are based on simple, single-ingredient formulas. The line currently contains 15 hero products, including: Hyaluronic acid, retinol, vitamin C and rosehip oil. With the most expensive product costing £9.99, The INKEY list will save your skin and your purse.

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Alex Steinherr x Primark

"What's the best high street skincare brand?" That's the question former Glamour beauty director, Alex Steinherr, has been asked the most in her career. So it makes sense then that she teamed up with Primark to create her own range of affordable products, with ingredients usually reserved for more luxury brands. The 20-product collection is split into five lines: 'Plump & Glow', which focuses on hyaluronic acid. 'Maximum Moisture', for those of us with a forehead like the Sahara. 'Pore Balance', aka your spots worst nightmare. 'Pollution Solution', for when the tube plays havoc with your skin and 'Sleep Spa' for skincare that works overnight. Plus, did we mention the whole range is priced from £3-£5, and it's vegan, cruelty and fragrance free.

Available in store.

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Garden of Wisdom Skincare

Hyaluronic Acid Serum, £9

Salicylic Acid 2% Serum, £9

Niacinamide Serum, £9

There's a reason the oh-so picky go wild for Garden of Wisdom Skincare, aka (GOW). Founded over ten years ago in Arizona, the cruelty-free, simple ingredient formulations, start at £9 and go up to £20. With their niacinamide serum - which helps regulate oil production - being one of their best sellers.

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Revolution Skincare

10% Niacinamide + 1% Zinc, £5.99

Multi Peptide Serum, £10

5% Caffeine Solution & Hyaluronic Acid, £5.99

The brand that brought you the £4.99 concealer the Internet went wild for, has branched out into skincare, and just like their makeup, it's surprisingly good. Hero products from the vegan and cruely-free range include the Niacinamide serum for spotty prone skin, the caffeine and hyaluronic acid serum for de-puffing and the Multi Peptide Serum, which will give all skin types a much-needed nourishment boost.

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