16 Drugstore Skincare Products For Winter 2018 That Rival Their More Pricey Counterparts
Much like putting together a great outfit, landing on the perfect skincare lineup is all about the high-low mix. There's an art to crafting a beauty routine that works for you — and the secret lies in sussing out the drugstore skincare products for winter 2018 that just so happen to rival their more luxe counterparts.
This drugstore-meets-luxury approach is proven winner: Celebrities do it (Meghan Markle swears by Nivea Skin Firming Hydrating Lotion), makeup artists do it (Cardi B’s makeup artist preps her skin with Ponds Dry Skin Cream), and even dermatologists do it. For example, Dr. Joshua Zeichner of Zeichner Dermatology in New York City often suggests staples from Dove, Aveeno, and Neutrogena for his patients. “This latest launch from Neutrogena is bringing oil to the masses,” he tells The Zoe Report, citing the brand’s recently released Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Oil as one of his key drugstore picks for the new season. (He even compares it to Sunday Riley’s cult-favorite, Luna Night Sleep Oil.)
Luckily, many of the latest drugstore beauty launches feel more luxe than ever, proving that you don’t need always to drop a ton of cash on a buzzy new serum at to see results. Of recent, SheaMoisture is making probiotic skincare accessible to all; anti-pollution ingredients like antioxidants are appearing in aisles of your local Walgreens; and stabilized vitamin C can be found in L’Oreal's Revitalift Derm Intensives Vitamin C Serum for less than $25 — which leaves more change to splurge on that high-end facial instead.
Ahead, the best new drugstore products that deserve a spot on your vanity.
Charcoal is known for its deep-cleaning and detoxifying properties, making this charcoal-heavy cleansing stick from Physicians Formula ideal for those with clogged pores. Besides being packed with hypoallergenic ingredients (like artichoke leaf extract, which helps the skin build collagen), the stick is travel-safe and mess-free.
If you haven’t entered the world of cleansing balms yet, add this one from Pond’s to your must-try list. The formula starts as a waxy balm, but melts into an oily texture when warmed on the fingertips; and can be used on dry skin to remove heavy makeup. After rinsing, skin is left perfectly moisturized without that tight, squeaky feeling.
Probiotic products — which are basically skincare formulas infused with healthy microbacteria to support your skin’s microbiome — are somewhat new-to-market, and thus, a tad expensive. Until now, that is. With their latest launch, SheaMoisture has packaged probiotics together with matcha tea (an antioxidant to save your skin from the harmful effects of pollution) for under $10.
This super-fine face mist from Olay can be used as a post-cleansing toner or as a refreshing spritz throughout the day. Its blend of vitamin C and bergamot essential oil keeps skin hydrated (and also just smells great).
“This product combines a brightening soy complex with hydrating kiwi extract,” Dr. Zeichner tells us. “It can be used directly on the skin or as a booster to your makeup or moisturizer.”
“This new launch from L’Oreal Paris features a stabilized form of vitamin C,” Dr. Zeichner says of Revitalift Derm Intensives Vitamin C Serum, which is said to rival some of the higher-end vitamin C serums on the market. (The latter are usually known for their resistance to oxidizing, which often takes quite a few research and development dollars to get right.)
Thinking about Botox? Try No7’s new Line Correcting Booster Serum, found at Walgreens, first. In clinical trials, users who were considering Botox (or had already had injections in the past) decided to hold off on scheduling the treatment — they saw visibly reduced wrinkles in just a week.
What’s better than a moisturizer that hydrates and plumps, instantly sinks into the skin, and doesn’t leave behind a greasy shine? A moisturizer that does it all for under $30, like Olay Whips.
“Oils are an effective delivery system for active ingredients, because they enhance penetration and help hydrate and protect the skin barrier,” Dr. Zeichner says. That’s what makes Neutrogena’s new Retinol Oil work so well — the base of oil helps skin absorb active retinol; leading to firmer, younger-looking skin over time.
Anti-pollution skincare is the new SPF: A daily protective measure you shouldn’t leave the house without. Neutrogena’s antioxidant-packed eye serum protects the delicate skin around the eyes from pollution’s drying, aging effects.
Made with vitamins B, C, and E, this eye cream from Olay simultaneously hydrates the under eye area (thanks to vitamins B and E) while brightening dark circles (courtesy of vitamin C).
This kit has everything you need for perfectly plump lips: an exfoliating scrub that sloughs off dead skin cells, a lip mask to hydrate, and a plumping gloss to give lips a juicy finish — all for under $3.
Bioré’s new mask, which cools on contact, is ideal for combination skin. Baking soda gives your pores a deep clean, while blue agave boosts the skin’s natural healing abilities.
Grab Bioré’s Charcoal Whipped Detox Mask on your next Target run. The natural charcoal absorbs excess oil, dirt, and buildup to reveal your cleanest, smoothest skin ever.
Besides clearing congested pores, this sparkly, holographic face mask from Bliss is worthy of a selfie.
“The ideal way to cleanse the skin is to remove dirt without compromising the integrity of the skin barrier,” Dr. Zeichner tells us. “Dove Deep Moisture Shower Foam contains ultra gentle cleansing ingredients along with moisturizers to hydrate the skin while you cleanse.”