Basic Skincare From The Drugstore
I won't lie, I have spent more money than I like to admit on skincare. And I do love a bit of high end skincare. However, that's not to say you can't get amazing and functional products at the drugstore. They might not be packaged in glamorous bottles à la Sunday Riley, but they will be effective.
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Simple Cleansing Oil - I've been using this for a couple months and I like it. It's unscented, and doesn't leave a residue like a more moisturizing balm would, so it's good for people with oilier skin. Not an exciting or luxurious product but it works.
Simple Micellar Water - Cannot live without. In case you're choosing between the Garnier one and this, I'd say this is the clear winner.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Gentle Hydrating Cleanser - This is an amazing cleanser for any skin type. Can't go wrong with french skincare, they know what's up. Hydrating, simple, and comes in a huge bottle.
Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask - The ingredients of this might make a facialist cringe (*cough* menthol) but my shower feels naked without it. I use it maybe once a week or less. Sometimes you just want that deep, tingly clean, and this will do that. It also has bentonite and kaolin so it acts as a mini mask.
Cerave PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion - Another staple in my bathroom that I'm never without. Simple, moisturizing, and works well under makeup.
Radha Rosehip Oil- This isn't technically drugstore, but it is cheap. It's also the thing I would recommend the most out of this list. Using oils on my skin changed the game for me. Rosehip is amazing: rich in vitamin C, helps to heal scars, and my skin always looks better in the morning after I use it. It's slightly medicinal smelling and orange toned, so be prepared to fall asleep looking like you have self tanner on your face.
Simple Face Wipes - I don't recommend using wipes on your face unless in a dire situation such as an airplane bathroom or at 3 in the morning after having gone out. But if you're going to use any, these are good.
L'Oreal Clay Mask - This is a charcoal mask not intended for people with sensitive skin, because it will draw everything out and possibly dry you out a little while doing so. But don't let that scare you because it is bomb. Follow with an oil.
Heritage Rosewater and Glycerin Spray - This can be purchased at Whole Foods, is around $6 and does essentially what Mac Fix Plus does. The glycerin makes it amazing for post makeup, but it's refreshing anytime. It has a sweet rose scent so beware if you're not into that.