Your Complete Drugstore Skincare Routine for Under $100

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Your Complete Drugstore Skincare Routine for Under 100 - Your Complete Drugstore Skincare Routine for Under $100

Since self-care has seemed to be all everyone can talk about for the past few years, it can be very easy to become overwhelmed by all the things you should be doing, buying, and applying in your daily life to keep up. While we’re strongly committed to spending quality time improving your inside and out, we definitely don’t believe you need to stretch your budget to maximize the benefits of pampering.

One of the very best aspects of skincare is that it has absolutely nothing to do with the dollar amount of each product – what’s more important is the ritual of the process. It’s 10 minutes of your morning and night routine that is a non-negotiable moment to be present with yourself; a time to focus, refocus and not care about anyone but yourself.

Drugstore skincare has evolved a lot over the past few years, so we’ve found our favorite products that make a difference on a budget. These are the best products to get you started with your morning and evening mirror meditations.

Step one: oil cleaning

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Neutrogena

Ultra-light facial cleansing oil

Oil cleaning is arguably one of the most important – albeit misunderstood – steps in a complete routine. This long-lasting Neutrogena staple melts from a slippery oil into a milky cleanser as it dissolves every last bit of your daily makeup, SPF, sweat and dirt.

Step two: purify water

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Garnier

SkinActive Soothing Facial Cleansing Milk

The perfect after-treatment after your oil cleanse, this rosewater-enriched moisturizing formula removes residue from your first wash without stripping skin of all its natural oils – while ensuring no makeup remains.

Step three: toner

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L’Oréal Paris

HydraFresh toner

To keep your skin properly hydrated, you need to work in products with nourishing ingredients of different molecular weights and viscosities – which is why a hydrating liquid toner is extremely important! This formula is 99 percent alcohol-free and based on glycerin, which means it acts as a moisturizer rather than an astringent.

Step Four: Serum

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Frudia

Brightening serum with citrus fruits

It used to be almost impossible to find a brightening serum in the drugstore at a reasonable price, but thankfully with the advent of K-Beauty on our drugstore shelves, we can achieve a healthier and more youthful glow without spending over a ton. This particular product is gentle enough to use morning and night.

Step Five: Moisturizer

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Easy

Regenerating rich moisturizing cream for the face

Having a moisturizer that’s effective enough to hydrate your skin overnight and work under makeup the next day is key when you’re trying to keep your skincare budget tight. Luckily, this no-fuss lightweight lotion from Simple can do just that.

Step Six: Night Cream

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Burt’s Bees

Intensive moisturizing night cream

Now that you’ve applied your various potions, it’s time to make sure they stay sealed in place to work their magic while you rest. Burt’s Bees’ all-natural night cream is enriched with probiotics and deeply moisturizes without being too sticky or thick.

Step Six: Sunscreen

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Neutrogena

Moisturizing sunscreen lotion

Upon waking, you can repeat all of the above products in the same order (without the night cream, of course), but be sure to add the most critical of them all: SPF. Daily sun protection is the first rule in all skincare, and Neutrogena’s lightweight gel formula is so refreshing and easy to wear under makeup, you’ll stop feeling like sun protection is such a duty.

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