Holy Grail Drugstore Skincare Gems to Try

Veronica Yoo
21 April, 2021

We love budget-friendly finds but even more so if the product quality supersedes its price. If you’re like us, you’ve probably spent a lot of your youth walking along the beauty section of the drugstore and checking out the latest drugstore makeup collection. And while you may have parted ways with Maybelline, L’OREAL, La Roche Posay and more, there are brands which you still hold dear to your heart. Although it might be a while since you’ve visited some of these brands, we bring back the nostalgia in the holy grail drugstore skincare products that work even better than high-end products. From cleansing wipes to toners to spot treatment products, we list wallet-friendly drugstore skincare gems that are definitely worth the spotlight.

Cleansing: Neutrogena Make-up remover Cleansing Towelettes

Neutrogena’s Makeup removing cleansing towelettes was an iconic product back in the early 2010s. With the iconic powdery blue packaging, it was a staple to many. While Neutrogena’s cleansing towelettes pioneered the makeup wipe market back in time, it’s still commonly used today too! Each towelette can help remove the most stubborn makeup including waterproof mascara! Because of its easy single-use disposable wipe, it’s a great makeup bag staple when you are traveling, going to the gym or in need of a quick freshening. If you’re worried about sensitivity, these wipes are alcohol-free and allergy-tested!

Face wash: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

Another iconic drugstore product is the Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. It is still loved by many because of how gentle it is to the skin yet effective in removing surface oils, dirt and makeup. This no BS facial cleanser is perfect for those with sensitive or dry skin as it doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils. Also, the non-irritating formula doesn’t leave the skin feel dry or tight. Clinically tested hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, you know you can rest assure that you are doing your skin a favor when you cleanse with Cetaphil.

Toner: Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi’s Glow Tonic is a product you must try if you are looking to kill two birds with one stone – that is, exfoliating and brightening the skin. The unique formula is enriched with 5% Glycolic Acid to gently wipe away the impurities from your pores, revealing a healthy glowing skin and a refined texture that looks and feels smooth. It’s also infused with Aloe Vera to soothe and hydrate the skin while the red Ginseng helps to protect and enrich your skin.

Cream: Vichy Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream

Vichy’s Aqualia Thermal Rich Cream is a cream that would hydrate your skin with a luxurious texture that won’t break the bank. It’s formulated with 87% Natural Origin ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Plant Sugar and Vichy’s signature Mineral-Rich Volcanic Water. If you’re looking for a simple hydrating face cream that will do its job – this one’s for you. Perfect for dry skin, this rich cream has a thick whipped texture where you’ll feel the effect for an extended period of time. If you have normal, oily or combination skin, opt for the Gel version of this cream; Aqualia Thermal Water Gel.

Acne treatment: La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Spot Treatment

The La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Skin Corrector is truly the cherry on top of all thing’s drugstore skincare! While the entire Effaclar line boasts great results in reducing acne blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads, this acne spot treatment is a tried-and-true product and we’ve seen great success in it. If you’re suffering from adult acne or even the occasional pimple that arises during the time of the month, this acne spot treatment helps soothe and reduce the appearance of acne in just a few days. Formulated with micronized benzoyl peroxide, just make sure to do a patch test on your wrist or neck before applying the problem areas.

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