I don’t always wear makeup, but I am obsessed with skin care. I’ll happily undergo a 12-step cleansing, toning, moisturizing procedure every day so that on the off chance I feel like putting on makeup, everything will look as good as possible. Honestly, that stuff can get really expensive. If anyone wants to send me piles of top-shelf beauty products, I will happily play with them all day, but until that happens I have to make judgment calls on when to splurge and when to use the cheaper products. Luckily there are quite a few drugstore products that actually work really well to protect one’s skin and keep it healthy. These are some of my favorites.
As always, if you have go-to products that you adore, let us know in the comments. I always want to try more.
My dermatologist recommended this to me. I was surprised, because I was ready to pay out the nose for whatever designer creams she told me to use, but she said to use this at night, and a different, wildly expensive cream during the day. I do love the way this makes my skin feel.
Cate Blanchett uses sheet masks to make herself look super gorgeous before big events. Hers are by SK-II and cost $125 for a pack of 10. These brightening sheet masks will make you feel as luxurious and red carpet ready as she does, but they’re only $1 apiece.
If your drug store stocks Dr. Bronner’s, just buy all of it. This stuff is the best. Even Gwyneth Paltrow uses it. I like the peppermint best, but be careful applying it to sensitive areas because it tingles. Also, as a bonus, very low-maintenance types tend to adore this soap’s all-in-one properties. I only use it as a body soap, but my partner uses it as shampoo, face wash, body wash, and more. I’m pretty sure he’d use it as toothpaste if we ever ran out. (I try not to run out, because he will improvise for days rather than go buy more.)
This stuff is on the expensive side, but I completely adore it. Pregnant lady friends swear by it, and it seems impossible, but I swear it actually improves the appearance of the stretch marks I’ve had on my hips since high school. (Their rose oil is also excellent. I like to use it on my face during the winter.)
10. Amlactin Ultra
This super hardcore moisturizer is good for really dry skin. It moisturizes and exfoliates, and it’s also one of the few things around that can do something about keratosis pilaris—the little red bumps some people get on their upper arms.
11. Ambi Fade Cream