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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.
- 1 Step one: oil cleaning
- 2 Step two: purify water
- 3 Step three: toner
- 4 Step Four: Serum
- 5 Step Five: Moisturizer
- 6 Step Six: Night Cream
- 7 Step Six: Sunscreen
Step one: oil cleaning
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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