The Best Drugstore Skincare Products, According To Dermatologists

Alessandro Zeno
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We love all things skincare and are firm believers that you don’t have to max out your credit card to have a great routine that gets the job done. But, if you are still a skeptic, ask any dermatologist what their favorite products are, and chances are they are devoted drugstore brand users, too. That’s why we spoke to top dermatologists to find out what they swear by when strolling down the drugstore aisle.

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No Need To Splurge

If You're Looking For SPF...

Any quality derm knows that daily SPF is non-negotiable, which is why Celebrity Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank swears by La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Ultra-light Sunscreen Fluid. "The lightweight oil-free formula is suitable for all different skin types, which makes it my go-to formula," he shares.

If You're Looking For An Instant Refresh

Struggling with post-lunch blues? Wake up your face with Evian Mineral Water Spray "to replenish moisture to the skin without leaving your face greasy or your makeup ruined," states Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Shereene Idriss of Union Square Dermatology.

If You're Looking To Brighten Up

"Vitamin C is the workhorse of anti-aging ingredients, it has the ability to improve skin’s radiance, even out tone and reduce fine lines and wrinkles," comments Beverly Hills Dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer. Grab Avalon Organics Vitamin C Vitality Facial Serum on your next drugstore run to soothe and revitalize blotchy, discolored skin.

If You're Looking For A Bump Eradicator

Few OTC acne gels work as well as "Differin, the prescription-strength retinoid that has serious blemish banishing powers," says Beverly Hills Dermatologist, Dr. Ava Shamban. She recommends this tube, as it effectively clears and rejuvenates skin after just one use.

If You're Looking To Keep It Clean

For days when you need a one-and-done cleanser, Dr. Jarrod opts for Yes To Cotton Anti-Pollution Oxygenated Foaming Cleanser because it, "features a gentle built-in cleansing brush to help remove makeup, deep clean and protect against pollution leaving skin replenished and protected," he notes.

If You're Looking To Scrub Smarter

When looking for a scrub to polish your skin, "it's best to look for sea minerals or natural exfoliating fruit-based enzymes," confirms Dr. Lancer. Try slathering on Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub. It contains sea kelp and French green clay to detoxify and purify without dehydrating the skin.

If You're Looking For Moisture Surge

Supple, glowy skin is always in, which is why Dr. Shereene relies on drugstore favorite, Olay Regenerist Regenerating Deep Hydration Cream Moisturizer to keep her skin in shape no matter the season. "This cream's elegant formulation allows its patented amino-peptide complex to deliver rich moisturizing ingredients deep into the surface of the skin without leaving that slick, oily feel,” she says.