Venturing into new territory here.
I am no beauty expert (ha! understatement), but I think I may have discovered the perfect drug-store skin care routine.
Apart from a very brief period in high school when my mum bought me the Clinque kit to combat teenage pimples, I have been using drug-store products my entire life. I’ve tried expensive stuff (very) occasionally, and I just don’t see a difference.
I think I have discovered the best of the best, so I thought I’d share.
Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Face Cleanser - I have been on the search for the perfect cleanser for years, and I have finally found it. It’s light, gentle, doesn’t leave any kind of film on your skin, takes off makeup, and only costs $7.49. Done.
Thayer’s Original Witch Hazel with Aloe Vera - My doula got this for me when I had Mila (for other purposes, obviously). I just recently started using it at night as a toner. It makes my skin feel extra fresh and clean, like I got the day’s dirt out of my pores. It’s $8.60 for 12 ounces, and you can get it on Amazon if you can’t find it at the drug store. They make lots of different kinds; I might try the cucumber or rose water one next.
Trader Joe's Nourish Antioxidant Facial Serum - Oh my god ladies, maybe I am just drinking TJ's kool-aid, but I am obsessed with this stuff. I bought it on a whim one day and now I use it every morning and every night. It makes my skin feel smooth and wonderful. It's only $10 at TJ's. Try it, I swear you will love it.
Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15 - Ok I’ll be honest, I tried this because I read about it on Bleubird. (That bitch can make me covet anything she touches.) But I really love it. It’s a great light moisturizer for every day, with SPF of course, and it’s only $12.49.
Night of Olay - At night I use good old fashioned Oil of Olay. I know they make a lot of fancier products these days, but I like the tub, I like that it’s pink, and I love that the smell reminds me of my mother. And it’s under $10. You can’t beat that.
I am in between eye creams at the moment, but I really like Garnier and Aveeno. They are both around $15, and I usually grab whichever one is on sale.
Lastly, if you don’t know about Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment, um, well, you just should. I use this on my lips all the time, as well as on every scrape, cut, rash, bite, and boo-boo my girls get. It is magic. I always bring a bunch back from Australia as I haven’t seen it in stores here, but you can order it online from Amazon or beautylish.com. Once you try it, you won’t leave home without this little red tube.