14 Best Drugstore Skincare Routine Products Review

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By Sara Nawaz

Today our Blog is about Best Drugstore Skincare Routine Products reviews and the truth is there are some products you buy from the drugstore and some products you don’t buy from the drugstore. So today I tell you what I look for in the Best Drugstore Skincare Routine Products and what I try to avoid before I show you the actual products you buy from the drugstore.
14 Best Drugstore Skincare Routine Products Review
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I want to talk to you about my overall thoughts on the best drugstore skincare routine products  I’d say overall you have a really great selection there are some really well-known brands and drugstores that do a lot of research. They’ve had products that have been well tested and have been on the market for a very long time and people see really great results from them that said. I do  style=”font-family: Roboto;”>tend to find that sometimes the best products at the drugstore aren’t necessarily the more affordable cheaper products.

14 Best Drugstore Skincare Routine Products

So that’s something to keep in mind just because it’s at the drugstore doesn’t mean that it’s going to be more affordable it just means that it happens to be a little bit easier to access. There are also labels that I tend to look for when I’m buying the best drugstore skincare products because it just helps weed things out for me since there are:

Active Ingredients In Skin Care

So many options as fragrance-free alcohol-free and non-comedogenic are big for me when I’m buying my drugstore products and other things. do is I turn the bottles around and I look at all of the ingredients in the best drugstore skincare routine because what I do find is that a lot of these masse beauty brands tend to use a lot of filler ingredients.

Kind of tricks us into thinking that the product feels nicer or it feels nice on our scanner and makes us look really good but it’s all very temporary some of these ingredients include silicone you’ll see it listed as de mythic own. I also see a lot of mineral oil being used in drugstore products neither of these ingredients is bad and when you speak to dermatologists the majority of them will tell you that silicone especially is totally fine to use it’s just a moisturizer. They say the same thing about mineral oil totally fine to use and at the end of the day like you know. We’ve all probably used a little bit of like Vaseline for instance and what they use it for is because it feels really nice it’s a moisturizer but it happens to be occlusive.

So if you use too much of it I feel like it just sits on top of your skin and it does end up clogging your pores at least that’s my experience a lot of people might argue with me about that one and say that silicone is total. So I try to avoid it as much as possible because I know I’m gonna end up having at least one product that’s gonna have the silicone in it same with mineral oil. I know a lot of people are gonna be like it’s not clean it’s toxic it’s bad for you it’s also just moisturizer people use it to make you know their products feel really nice

When you’re putting them on and they go on really smooth and it’s kind of like on top of your skin it doesn’t absorb but again it kind of sits on top of your skin. So it can clog your pores especially if you’re using it too often. So it’s one that you know you might want to try to avoid at least in all you don’t want it in like all of your products.

Skincare Cleanser

Skincare Cleanser
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I  start with the cleanser because I think cleanser is a great area to go for more of an affordable price. After all, there are really great cleansers. It’s not gonna sit on your skin for a very long time and you just want to make sure that it truly works to get the grime off of your skin and to get the makeup off of your face a couple that I suggest are this:
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
  • Simple Micellar Facial Gel Wash  
  • Pond’s Cleansing Balm
  • Garnier Micellar Water
  • Cerave Micellar Water

1.   Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

Neutrogena it’s their oil-free acne wash one of the things that I like about this is that it has salicylic acid and I’ll just say in general. I think that drugstore acne products tend to be a really good purchase because you’re just looking for strong ingredients right to attack your acne. You just want to be sure that you’re not overdoing it which can be the problem that happens with acne products at drugstores but this one is really good. I find that salicylic acid in a cleanser tends to work really really well.

2.    Simple Micellar Facial Gel Wash  

Again another one that would be a good second cleanse or just like the first cleanse in the morning would be this one from simple. I tend to find that simple has really good skin care products because they really are simple this is like fragrance-free. There are no chemicals or perfume color or any of that kind of stuff they’re kind of trying to keep it really chill and whenever. I talk to dermatologists about drugstore brands this tends to be a brand that they recommend to me a lot this one I really like.

Because it’s just they call it my seller facial gel wash the micellar part is like marketing you know it’s kind of genius that lets you know to hop on the micellar bandwagon. But truly what I like about this is that it’s a gel wash. I think a gel cleanser is just an overall really good cleanser for everybody.

3.    Pond’s Cleansing Balm

This one is one of those but speaking of the first cleanse I do have a hard time finding drugstore cleansing balms and oils that I like that really really melt off my makeup. This is a new one from ponds they’re calling it a cleansing bomb and it really is actually it’s a really good cleansing balm. I have tried it a couple of times a little goes a long way with this it’s a really nice little cleansing balm it kind of reminds me of the vanilla Cohen that. I’ve mentioned a few times the Korean beauty product and it actually does melt off all of my makeup you just scoop it up.

A little bit rub it all over your face just like any other cleansing bomber and oil and then rinse it off once it’s really melted down your makeup does work. I will say it has a strong fragrance it’s a nice Pleasant fragrance but it’s a fragrance and so that’s something that could irritate your skin.

How To Use Micellar Cleansing Water

think there’s a time in a place for makeup wipes we use makeup wipes on set all day long. So I’m not going to say I’m one of those people that like absolutely doesn’t use makeup wipes there’s a time and a place for a makeup wipe. You know sometimes you can just go ahead and pull it out after you’ve double-cleansed your face maybe you just have like a little bit more eyeliner right.

You just want to dab it and be very very gentle but it’s not the way that you should first remove your makeup in my opinion because it’s then too rough. But I do like my seller water as a second cleanses it can kind of count.

1.    Garnier Micellar Water

If you want to skip that gel or that cream cleanser you can go ahead and use some Garnier Micellar Water. Just one of the things that I look for is that it doesn’t have to dry alcohol in it and with drugstore products one of the things that they know to kind of like put out there is that they point out that there is no oil no alcohol and no fragrance in this. They’re kind of aware that people don’t want this stuff in their best drugstore skincare routine products. So I look for that you also don’t want something like in my cellar water to have any like detergent or like surfactants in it and stuff like that. So you want to make sure that you turn around and look at the Garnier micellar water ingredients and make sure it’s really pretty straightforward.

2.    Cerave Micellar Water

It’s Cerave Micellar Water I have yet to use it I literally just bought this but it did catch my attention because it has ceramides in it hyaluronic acid and niacinamide in it you’re not rinsing. This off of your face you could but you’re not going to probably so that’s nice that you’re putting on some nice active ingredients on your skin it also says that it’s non-comedogenic. So it’s not going to clog your pores it’s fragrance-free which I think is a really big irritant for most people all right.

 Skincare Treatments & Serums

Skincare Treatments & Serums
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So when it comes to treatments and serums you’ll hear me say that’s where I like to put my money if you’re gonna kind of like pick and choose where you spend your money and some people have argued. This one is with me some people are like you don’t need a serum you don’t need treatment. I love the serums that I end up sticking with I do see a difference and I think it’s really important to put your money there that said it doesn’t mean that you can’t find products that have really nice active ingredients and that work as correctors.

When I say correctors and serums what I’m talking about are things like my retinol my vitamin C treatments for hyperpigmentation that kind of stuff. If you have acne-prone skin and oily skin you can find really great acne products and you find really wonderful acne products at the drugstore there is one product that you can now get at the drugstore. I just didn’t happen to find at CBS while I was there this week there’s a different gel which is a topical form of Accutane and it’s it’s really really good. So that’s pretty awesome some other products that I consider I guess like treatment or like miscellaneous types of products that you can get at the drugstore that I think are awesome are things like. 

1.   La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water

 This is by La Roche-Posay they have their thermal spring water this stuff is great. I actually took a trip to France a couple years ago. Where I checked out some of these thermal spring water companies and they have a lot of studies that they’ve done that they’ve done and they truly believe in their thermal spring water to really calm sensitive skin.  If you’ve got some kind of reaction they have these baths that they you know have people come to like treat their skin if they have skin issues and stuff. love taking products like this on vacation with me one that I use is also a Venn which you don’t really find in drugstores here in the US but you definitely find them in Europe.
I think that I see a big difference with thermal spring water I think it really does calm your skin. Sometimes he gets skin reactions after he shaves and stuff so I’ll give him thermal water like this to spray on his skin and tell him to put on some kind of a bomb like a treatment bomb.

2.    La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume

This is a really good one another product that I like from  La Roche-Posay is their stick-up last bump it’s a repair balm. I think it’s very straightforward I think bombs like this people should just have it’s really good for soothing things like skin irritations rashes burns things like that.

3. Aquaphor Healing Ointment

If you have kids I like using something like this but if you have kids Aquaphor and I feel like you know it’s like dermatologists and pediatricians always just tell you to have aqua for at home especially. When you have a baby it’s like aqua for suddenly becomes life aqua for is just really straightforward it says it’s a skin protectant it’s an ointment it’s truly an anointment. You can use it on your lips you can use it on dry cracked skin if your child has some kind of like you know skin issue then throw on a little bit of Aquaphor and it really helps to soothe the skin and it’s just straightforward. So these are products that I just keep in my bathroom.

Skincare Moisturizer

Skincare Moisturizer
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Now we’re on to moisturizers and I think this is also just like cleansers. I think this is another category where I like to use creams and moisturizers that are very straightforward. I don’t look for creams that have like a ton of different ingredients in them and active ingredients and stuff because I tend to focus that on my serums which I consider my treatment products. So I like to have creams that are either like during the summer time I like them to be oil-free and not as heavy for during the winter time I really like them to be heavy creams that are just the only purpose. They serve really to moisturize my skin until I hold everything in basically so that is what I really like about creams. I feel like you have wonderful wonderful cream options and moisturizer options at the drugstore one that I actually keep in my guest bathroom.

1.   Cerave Moisturizer Face

I find that we end up using it as this one from Ceravethis is a really solid moisturizer I know a lot of people like to use it everywhere some people use it on their faces some people use it on their bodies. I love to use this all over the place – it’s for normal to dry skin but they have lots of different formulas depending on your skin type it also has ceramides in it. Which helps to lock in all of that moisture it has hyaluronic acid it’s fragrance-free it’s non-irritating it lasts for it says 24 hours. So I don’t know but it has really just straightforward ingredients it’s a really good moisturizer you could use this under your makeup. If you have dry skin and it would be a really great moisturizer for under your makeup it’s just really solid I highly recommend it.

2.Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream 

If you have really sensitive skin. I think that the survey actually probably works well for you but if you want to be really careful there’s this Vanicream it’s also another one that’s like the dermatologist recommended. feel like they talk about that they talk about CeraVe all the time too but it’s free of lots of the different things that can be irritant. So it’s free of the dyes the fragrance the lanolin the parabens the formaldehyde and it says it’s for sensitive skin again. I think it’s a really great moisturizer that you can use from head to toe and is just very straightforward.

Skincare Sunscreens

Skincare Sunscreens
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I think that sunscreens are a really great option at the drugstore you have lots of options when it comes to drugstore sunscreens. I tend to look for sunscreens that are mineral and I’ll tell you why I feel like mineral sunscreens are much more straightforward they’re not as irritating to the skin. You can use them on your children I would say the downside of mineral sunscreen is if you don’t like to have like a white cast on your skin you’re probably not going to do well with the mineral sunscreen.

1.    Neutrogena Sheer Zinc SPF 50 

So that’s something to keep in mind some of the mineral sunscreens that I tend to like Neutrogena is always a solid bet when it comes to sunscreen one thing. also point out to people like you know there are also different formulations there’s like the balms that you can put on like those sticks and stuff like that there’s like sprays and everything.

While those are easier to sometimes use you know there are chances that you’re not gonna get it all over the place and that’s another reason why I like mineral is because it doesn’t absorb. So fast so you see exactly where you’re putting it on and technically according to dermatologists you’re supposed to put it on thick like it’s not supposed to be one of those things.

Where it disappears into your skin and you no longer see it it’s like when you’re trying to really protect your skin outside. When you’re at the beach and the pool and stuff you’re supposed to really fly there this stuff on and you should probably actually see it so that’s something to keep in mind.

This is a new one from Neutrogena it’s their Neutrogena Sheer Zinc SPF 50 and I always think the higher you go the better but honestly, you just got to find something that’s SPF 30 and up because no matter. What you’re gonna have to reapply this like that it tells you how long it’s water-resistant for so it’s like up to 80 minutes and then you have to reapply it has 21.6% zinc oxide.

so it’s actually a good amount of zinc oxide which means that it’s like a very strong sunscreen

2.    Sun Bum Tinted Sunscreen 

think this is a good one if you like it to feel nice and matte on your skin this is a really good option Sun bum. I really like Sun bum they have really great kids’ products for you I really don’t think there’s a difference actually between like the kid’s products and the adult products it’s just marketing but this one is a tinted formula.

So I wanted to point out that there are Sun Bum Tinted Sunscreen that you can use this one is a Sun Bum Tinted SPF 30 it’s water resistant for about 40 minutes before you have to reapply it it has 3.2% titanium dioxide in 1.8 percent zinc oxide. So you’re gonna have to reapply this one a little bit more often than you would with the Neutrogena one but still another really great option this one is from La Roche Posay.

3. La Roche Posay Mineral Sunscreen

really think that they make great sunscreens and this one is SPF 50 it’s also mineral and what I like about it is it’s kind of more of like a sheer liquid like it feels like a serum almost. When you put it on it almost feels like water when you’re putting it on and it goes on really really light so it doesn’t leave that cast as much as some of these creams do. So here you go you’re doing the right thing using this one when it comes to chemical sunscreens in the U.S. there are some ingredients that have been deemed unsafe some have been banned from places like Hawaii.

What Ingredients To Avoid In Sunscreens

  • Oxybenzone
  • Avobenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Octocrylene
  • Homosalate
  • Octinoxate

I’m gonna put these right here next to me that’s what I’m gonna do because they’re all really hard to say like oxybenzone and as and not safe can’t see it there you. Last I love my lip balms from the drugstore of one brand.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

I love  Burt’s Bees Lip Balm I actually think they have really great lip crayons too I’m all about a really good lip balm from the drugstore. think that you know you can’t really be that picky I like this one because it’s a really nice natural brand and when you’re putting something on your lips. guess that’s like one of the only times that I’m like yeah I guess I’ll go natural so those are my tips I’m shopping for the best drugstore skincare routine products. If you have other tips if there other products that you think I should really consider from the drugstore.

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