I have been using drugstore skin products on my face since I was a child and I have found them to be effective for their purpose and friendly to the hip pocket. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve dabbled with high-end products too, but I always come back to drugstore.
The Australian prices I’m stating within this post are indicative of those advertised in the popular drugstore – Chemist Warehouse. If you don’t have a store close to your residence you can order the products online for the same price. Failing that, you can buy these products at Priceline at a slightly inflated price unless you pick them up on sale.
The US prices are taken from the online drugstore – drugstore.com one of my favourite online shops for skin care and beauty. If you’d like to purchase products from this website and you live outside of the US check out MyUS.com for their shipping forwarding service.
At the bare minimum you need to hydrate and protect your skin from sun exposure and the elements throughout the day with a day moisturizer. Be sure to choose a formula with an SPF to prevent sun damage which expedites the aging process.
As a side note, if you’ve ever noticed that when you get your photo taken and your face looks ghostly white – that’s likely due to photo flash back from the sunscreen in your moisturiser or foundation. If you plan on getting photos taken and want to avoid the white cast, use a moisturiser and foundation without SPF for the occasion.
US: $9.99 / AU: $12.69 /177 ml & 150 ml
The Olay Complete All Day Moisturiser is my go to drugstore face cream to apply in the morning. It has three formulas catering to Sensitive, Normal and Combination/Oily skin types – in Australia the range and size of the bottle is smaller though, I import mine from the US.
I use the Combination/Oily formula as my t-zone tends to get oily particularly in the warmer months. I keep going back to it because:
* it’s lightweight and has a non-greasy formula;
* is dermatologically tested and non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores);
* has SPF 15 with UVA/B protection an absolute MUST to minimize the aging process, prevent sun damage and if you live in Australia’s north (the Aussie formulation has SPF30+ which is better suited to our sun exposure);
* it’s oil-free;
* hydrates all day yet absorbs into the skin well;
* is a great makeup base.
Another drugstore recommended day moisturizer is:
US: $17.99 / AU: $27.69 / 50 g
I’ve used this and thoroughly enjoy this too – it’s great for older skin types and it leaves an iridescent healthy looking sheen on the skin. It also comes in different formulations for sensitive, combination/oily and normal skin types.
It’s one thing to slap on some moisturizer in the morning, but it’s the night time when you can start to really address skin concerns without the added layer of makeup. All while you are sleeping! Please don’t underestimate how effective a night skin product can improve the condition of your skin.
For those of you looking for an anti-aging product to minimize wrinkles (hello, who doesn’t want to delay aging?!) I suggest you check out these two products:
US: $23.99 / AU: $36.99 /50 ml
Olay just keeps coming out on top when it comes to skincare. The Regenerist line is extensive and ranks very highly according to Beautypedia ‘this is a remarkably good formula whose silky texture and lightweight hydrating ingredients are best for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin. The blend of anti-aging ingredients Olay includes have some solid research behind them and, over time, they can reduce the appearance of wrinkles (to the extent of skin-care products) and help strengthen skin’s surface against moisture loss.’
US: $14.49 / AU: $25.39 / 39 g
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream Night or in Australia Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Deep Wrinkle Night Cream contains retinol a must for preventing and reducing fine lines and is suited to drier skin types. It’s definitely one of the more affordable retinol products on the market. There is also a day formula with SPF which is linked above in the image. You could skip an anti-aging eye cream and apply this at night to the under eye area to save some coin. I’ve conned Mr Fancye to use it of a night as he suffers from bags and wrinkles in the eye area. According to reviews it is known to fade discolouration and spots.
The skin around our eye area is very delicate and is often one of the first areas to show signs of aging. When applying eye cream it is important to tap the product on with your pinky finger with light pressure taking care not to rub.
If you are looking for an anti-aging eye cream to reduce wrinkles as stated above you may be able to get away with using a facial moisturizer infused with retinol (applying sunscreen over the top if the product doesn’t contain SPF as retinol can make the skin more sensitive to sunlight). Have a read of this Beautypedia article to see whether you should add an eye cream to your skin care routine.
However, if you are using a moisturiser to address another skin concern a separate eye cream for extra hydration or which contains anti-aging properties may be beneficial.
US: $19.99 / AU: $26.69 / 15ml
The Olay Regenerist Regenerating Eye Lifting Serum is really more like a serum/cream hybrid, meaning that it vanishes into skin. Ingredients include niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3 that fortifies the skin’s outer layers, and the antioxidants green tea leaf extract and vitamin E. This product wins for hydration and improving skin elasticity.
If you want a kissable pout even Angelina would be envious of, you need to take care of those lips with a good conditioner. They come in a tub, a stick, a tube whatever your preference is. You can put them in your car, desk, handbag, beside your bed, in your gym bag wherever your lips might need some extra hydration.
US: $1.99 / AU: $1.49 / 49g
Vaseline is 100% pure petrolatum jelly and works as a barrier cream as well as a soothing agent. Vaseline now comes in three additional formulas/flavours Cocoa Butter(my favourite), Creme Brulee and Rosy Lips (rose flavour and colour).
Multi-use product alert – Jennifer Lopez uses it as make-up remover, Beyoncé coats her eyelashes with it and, last week, actress Joan Collins revealed she dabs a little on her heels and elbows to soften her driest areas. (DailyMail)
To maintain a smooth and glowing complexion, as well as ensure optimal absorption of skin products and makeup you should be using an exfoliant at least once a week. You can buy exfoliators which contain abrasive granules and/or are acid based (AHA, BHA, salycylic, lactic). For those with sensitive skin types avoid scrubbing rigorously with an abrasive exfoliant, go lightly or opt for an acid based formula suitable for your skin.
US: $7.99 / AU: $12.69 / 200ml
The Neutrogena Pore Refining Exfoliating Cleanser is a twofer in terms of exfoliating – offering both acid based (alpha and beta hydroxy acids) and abrasive exfoliation. The alpha-hydroxy formula penetrates deep into pores to remove dirt, oil and makeup that can clog and enlarge pores. Neutrogena claims that skin is supposed to be smoother and more even toned, and pores appear smaller and less visible.
US: $3.95 / AU: $6.99 /150ml