Look like a million bucks without spending it

Look like a million bucks without spending it
Look like a million bucks without spending it

The sweatpants and T-shirts many college students wear to class may say otherwise, but we really do care what we look like. We just don't want to spend a lot of money. Here are the must-have beauty products for guys and girls on a budget, all of which have been tested and approved by actual college students.

Skin
There's no doubt that great skin makes you look healthy and pulled together, even if you're still wearing yesterday's clothes. Take care of it now, and you'll thank yourself a couple decades from now. Washing your face twice a day, staying away from strong chemicals or exfoliants, patting dry after washing instead of rubbing, and keeping your hands away from your face are all cost-free ways to keep your skin happy. Choosing skin products doesn't have to be a challenge. A higher price on cleansers or lotions doesn't mean they're more effective, so don't be fooled by the beauty counter claims.

Have skin that's dry? CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is recommended by dermatologists, InStyle magazine and friends. Because it's soap-free, it doesn't strip your skin of any essential oils and hydrates while it cleans. It's available in a 12 oz. bottle at Walmart for $12. Aveda offers a moisturizing cleanser too, but their product costs $20 for only 5 oz.