Target's hypnotizing effect starts the moment you see the bold, red sign on the building. You can walk in for one thing and leave with bags of home goods, snacks, and other unnecessary items, especially when you intend to head in for a single thing. No matter what mood you're in, you never leave with only what you came for — but, if you're going to go to Target and end up impulse buying, why not fill your bags with some of the best luxury skincare products at Target?
When you walk down the beauty aisle, you’ll find shelves that house brands like Vichy, La Roche-Posay, and Honest Beauty, to name a few that offer luxurious experiences without a hefty price tag. Even though these products are often more affordable than that of luxury skincare brands, board-certified dermatologist and celebrity beauty expert Dr. Anna Guanche tells TZR that “the price point does not necessarily dictate the quality or efficacy of the skincare product." That's not to say all cheap products are as good as the expensive stuff, but, as Guanche adds, “good products do not need to be overwhelmingly expensive, and they come in all shapes and prices.”
And instead of taking a gander at the price to determine a product's efficacy, Dr. Annie Chiu, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of The Derm Institute, says it's the ingredients that matter most. “I like to look for products that have some clinical science supporting their efficacy," she says. "If they don't have that, I do look at the quality of the ingredients.”
Ahead, see the best serums, moisturizers and other skincare essentials at Target, all curated by derms. Even better: these luxurious picks contain ingredients that offer real results (think: vitamin A, botanical extracts, and essential oils).
Moisturizers & Creams
Rhamnose, a top, ingredient in this formula, is a plant-derived sugar. "Scientific studies show that it can increase cell turnover, collagen production, and also increase elasticity," Dr. Guanche explains.
You'll find green tea along with a handful of other antioxidants in this moisturizer. “Green tea contains a powerful antioxidant, EGCG, which fights damage to the DNA and prevents skin cancer. It also combats the signs of aging and is a potent antibacterial agent,” says Dr. Chiu.
Dr. Chiu explains that ambophenol, the key ingredient in this cream, is an ingredient developed by pharmaceutical companies that's known for its ability to calm and soothe visible redness. The cream also contains glycerin, a humectant which draws moisture from the air into the skin’s outer layer.
This cream from Hydrate Me is chock-full of ceramides, which "are crucial to a healthy skin health barrier to form a protective layer that holds in moisture and prevents damage from environmental stressors," Dr. Chiu explains.
The jojoba oil in this pick helps the skin to stay hydrated, while the sea buckthorn oil "brightens and fights skin-aging free radicals because it's an antioxidant," Dr. Guanche notes.
This serum contains chamomile and plantain seed extracts. Dr. Guanche says that chamomile is calming and soothing. The plantain seed extract has germicidal and antibacterial properties.
If you want a dewy and light look, give this BB stick a try. The added coconut oil "is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants, and is currently a popular moisturizing ingredient," Dr. Chiu notes.
Cleansers & Exfoliators
This cleansing mud is full of botanical extracts like lavender, which contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, Dr. Chiu says.
The aloe vera in this scrub keeps any possible irritation at bay, and the vitamin E works to heal wounds or punctures from breakouts and the like.
All three products in this kit contain retinyl palmitate — a combination vitamin A and a fatty acid that helps defend against fine lines, Dr. Chiu says.
The Power Firm contains vitamin A, also known as retinol. "This active ingredient stimulates the production of collagen, regulates epidermal cell proliferation, and softens fine lines and wrinkles," says Dr. Guanche.
The caffeine in this eye cream shrinks loose tissue, promotes circulation, and reduces puffiness, Dr. Guanche says.
Toners & Makeup Removers
This toner is gentle and contains vitamin A, which is "great for the skin. It's the precursor to retinol and retinoid medications which are used for acne, normalizing skin turnover, and subsequently keeping skin looking young," says Dr. Bobby Mansouri, a board-certified dermatologist in Texas.