Hey girl hey! About a week ago, I did a post about the best MAKEUP dupes, and since then, I’ve received SO many comments about doing one for skincare too. Ya’ll know I love to save money when I can. Thankfully, there are so many affordable, budget friendly products that are super comparable to high end products. In today’s post, I’m going to be sharing with you some of my all-time favorite drugstore skincare products. If you want to save money on your skincare routine, keep on scrollin’!
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Peels are the newest craze in skincare, but you usually have to pay high dollar for a good one. However, this affordable option is amazing. I can truly feel my dead skin peeling away, and I like it better than any other high end peel I’ve tried. This product exfoliates quickly and efficiently with high concentrations of alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids, AKA two acids that leave your skin brighter and more clear. I recommend this entire brand for good, affordable skincare! Warning: if you do not like the feeling of your skin burning, do not use this. The burning sensation does go away upon removal, but it is not damaging to the skin! I have the most sensitive skin and can handle it.
This is quite easily one of my favorite skincare products of all time! The Bliss What a Melon Overnight Mask works to help encourage cell turnover overnight so you wake up withe exfoliated, brightened skin. I had low expectations for this mask when I first purchased it, and I was completely blown away the first time I used it. Overnight masks are all the craze right now, and rightfully so! Application tip: Apply a generous amount to the skin and let it dry for one minute before going to bed. This is the last step in your nighttime skincare routine. It should be either right after moisturizer (if you’re super dry) or as a nighttime moisturizer (if you’re normal/oily).
If you follow me on Instagram, (which you should! Click HERE to follow me!) you would know that I’m a huge toner freak! I love all things toners! Toners allow for your skin to be re-balanced after cleansing. When you cleanse your skin, you strip away a ton of oils that are essential for healthy skin. Toners help to balance out the pH level of your skin, and keep your skin healthy. One of my favorite drugstore toners would be Thayer’s Witch Hazel! They have a ton of different scents (my favorite is lavender), and they all target a specific issue. For example, lavender is amazing for sensitive skin and redness, two things that I struggle with. My skin feels instantly calmed down after using this toner. Definitely one of my must haves!
These are the OG of makeup wipes! I have tried every possible wipe you can think of, even a pack of $50 wipes! Nothing comes even relatively close to these ones. They are the only wipes that truly get all of my makeup off without making my skin burn. So many wipe options do great for just face makeup, but don’t even get off half of my eye makeup. Important note: Makeup wipes should not replace cleansers. You should still be using a gentle cleanser to wash your face. Makeup wipes are great options removing makeup before cleansing the face.
Although this is a little pricier for the drugstore, it is 100% worth it. Many high end serums can run you at least $50, many up into the $100s! If you don’t know what serums are, they’re basically the powerhouse of your skincare routine–biology class anyone? They help all of your other products do their job more effectively. For example, if you put on a moisturizer right after your serum, it’ll help your moisturizer go deeper into the skin to produce better results for you. Basically, everyone needs a serum in their lives. This one is one of my favorite options ever, as it also adds a gorgeous glow to the skin while gently exfoliating. Application tip: Apply all serums right after your toner, and right before your moisturizer.
Micellar water has been the new “it” thing in skincare in recent years. Basically, it’s a water based cleanser that acts as a magnet for makeup, dirt and debris within the skin. I like to use micellar waters as a first step before deep cleansing. However, if you have super sensitive skin that doesn’t react to traditional face washes, this would be a perfect addition to your skincare routine! I love the Simple one, because it’s great for sensitive skin and allergies. Their whole line is perfect for sensitivity.
All skin types can rejoice! There is a moisturizer for everyone! The Bliss Drench + Quench Moisturizer is super hydrating while also feeling extremely light on the skin. A little bit goes such a long way, and it makes your skin feel like it just had a big drink of water. Even with my oily skin, I can apply this morning or night, as it lays beautifully under makeup. Definitely a super good option for anyone!
Such a drugstore staple! When I was around 13 years old, my dermatologist recommended this to me, and I’ve used it ever since! This is such a great option for anyone with super sensitive skin, as it is gentle yet powerful enough to truly cleanse the skin. I like to use this in the morning to help cleanse any oil left over from my overnight masks! Application tip: If you want to really up your cleansing routine, try it out with a Clarisonic*cleansing system! This is my favorite cleanser to use my Clarisonic with, as it doesn’t suds up like most cleansers do!
My go-to nighttime eye cream! This eye cream is a little thicker than most, but it really does help brighten the under eye area and smooth out any fine lines. My under eye area is super sensitive, and many products leave a burning sensation for me when I apply anything to the area. The chamomile in this product really makes my skin feel less sensitive. Plus, a little goes a long way, so you won’t have to worry about getting new jars constantly!
Mud masks are, in my opinion, some of the most effective masks. They pull out any imperfections underneath the skin and reveal a clearer complexion. This Pixi mask also helps to add a glow to the face, which you all know I am totally about. I love to apply this one at night as part of my self-care routine, and it leaves my skin feeling so clear and prepped for the next day’s makeup. Application tip: Use a silicone mask brush like this one to apply for the most hygienic application, and it makes you feel luxurious too!
There you have it: my favorite drugstore skincare products! Do you use drugstore skincare? Comment below with your drugstore favorite finds!