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 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.)
“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.