Today, I wanted to share a list of my 5 favorite drugstore skincare products. I have normal to oily skin, and I had no acne to speak of in my teens but began to have stress breakouts in my twenties. I’ve found these products in recent years with the goal of controlling my random breakouts. Since these products can all be found in the drugstore, the prices vary. But I have included the manufacturer’s website so that you can find out a bit more information about each product.
1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
Cetaphil’s been around forever, but I’m new to the party. I recently decided that I wanted to try another facial cleanser/makeup remover when I came across Cetaphil and decided to give it a shot. It claims to give skin a “clean feeling skin without tightness or over-drying” and to leave no “irritating or pore-clogging residue.” I absolutely love the consistency of this cleanser — it’s a completely clear, gel-like substance that just seems really clean. It definitely takes my makeup off quickly and completely, and I’ve never felt like it overdried or clogged my skin. It’s a bit more expensive than other drugstore cleansers, but it does last a while.
2. T.N. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel
I never used to tone my face until I realized that it actually has a purpose: toner is meant to cleanse and soothe skin while closing pores after a hot shower. Because open pores are more susceptible to dirt and germs which can lead to infection and pimples, toning is super important. A lot of brand-name toners are expensive, but all you really need to look for is a natural astringent, the ingredient responsible for tightening our skin. Witch-hazel is a flowering plant that contains an astringent that can provide tons of benefits. So all you really need to look for when shopping for a toner is a 100% astringent, which will be much cheaper than something marketed specifically as a facial toner. T.N. Dickinson’s is great and does not burn or irritate my skin in any way. I use it every night after my shower before moisturizing.
3. Olay Complete All Day Moisturizer SPF 15
I used to think that putting lotion on my face was a bit counterintuitive — aren’t we trying to avoid oily skin?! But then I read somewhere that if the skin on our faces gets too dry, it will actually produce more oil to compensate, which can result in pimples! Plus, it’s always a good idea to moisturize your face because, over time, it can reduce signs of aging and make your skin look and feel healthier.
4. Clearasil Rapid Rescue Deep Treatment Pads
I’ve been using these pads for years now; they used to be called Rapid Action Pads, but they’re the same thing. These pads contain 2% salicylic acid, which is great for calming the redness and irritation of pimples. I use them periodically throughout the day (when I’m not wearing makeup, of course) whenever I feel like my face needs a quick clean and a little extra help. These are especially great if you are trying to calm a pimple/breakout.
5. Puritan’s Pride Vitamin E Moisturizing Stick
I found this stick about two years ago on the vitamin aisle at Walmart and decided to get it as a portable cuticle moisturizer (I have chronically dry cuticles), but I ended up using it for my lips. Since then, I’ve used about a million tubes — I keep one in my purse and one by my bed. It’s so smooth to apply and is amazingly moisturizing. And it’s super cheap compared to other lip moisturizers on the market.
All photos courtesy of brand websites
What are some of your favorite drugstore skincare products? I’d love some suggestions for new things to try!