While I do have a pretty basic skin care regime, I do take it pretty seriously. I've been blessed with good skin, but I also want to preserve that as I start to get older. Believe it or not, I get more blemishes now (in my early 30's), than I did in my teens and 20's. Particularly around the hairline. I blame it on all my sweaty workouts - totally worth it! Read on for seven of my favorite (affordable) skin care products that you can pick up at your local drugstore, or online.
1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
It's just that, a daily cleanser. I use this EVERYday. It's gentle and doesn't make my skin feel super tight or over dry after each use. This 16oz bottle is only $9.50 on Amazon, and lasts about 2-3 months depending on how often you use it. Good deal!
2. CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion
Another one I use everyday. Make sure you get the 'lotion' and not the 'cream' version. I like this because it provides a lot of moisture with out feeling heavy or oily. The cream version does feel a bit heavier and oily. It's also 100% fragrant free, which I like. Plus, it has Multivesicular Emulsion (MVE) technology, which releases the ingredients over time, you'll feel hydrated all day long! You can learn more about that here. This 8ox bottle is under $10 at most drugstores.
3. Burt's Bees Pore Refining Scrub
Remember those blemishes I mentioned above, that's why I bought this! I'm honestly not 100% sure that it clears them up, my blemished tend to just run their course, but I still really love this scrub! It's all natural, derived from Willow Bark Extract, it's creamy (and moisturizing) and the Jojoba beads are a nice light exfoliant. I'm not a huge fan of face scrubs that feel super scratchy, they usually dry me out. I use this a couple times a week after I cleanse with Cetaphil. Shop this on the Burt's Bees website - $10.
4. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes
These are a staple for the girl on the go! I have two packs of these at ALL times. One at home and one in my bag! They are great for sensitive skin (no harsh chemicals or perfumes), plus they remove make up too! I sometimes use these in the morning before my workout, on occasion I use them mid-day if I feel like I need a little refresher, but I mostly use them if I need to remove make up at night and immediately after I finish a sweaty Bikram yoga session (lately at Yoga Tribe Brooklyn). They also work for wiping the pits, just saying! They also come in very handy when you're traveling in a hot climate and need a way to cool off a bit. Less than $5 for one pack at most drugstores. Buy them at target here.
5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost
I just picked this up for the first time. Duane Reade was having a promotion, and I think Neutrogena got me with the packaging! It's super clean and simple looking - it was calling my name. I don't use it everyday, but instead I use it on the days when I need to wash my face for a second time, or if I'm feeling particularly dry when I wake up in the morning. So far I like it. My face does feel moisturized and soft after each use. It's less than $10 at most drugstores, or you can pick it up on neutrogena.com
6. Vichy Liftactiv Nuit
Ok, so who's using anti-aging cream already? If you are, please comment below with your favorite! This is definitely NOT something I use everyday. It feels too heavy! I use it maybe once a month, in particular after a night of partying (which doesn't happen often anymore), or if I'm in the mood to pamper myself. When I do get around to using it, it's always at night, otherwise I walk around with a shiny face all day. My skin does indeed feel plump and extra moisturized when I wake up in the morning. I have read a few things about anti-agin creams. 1. It's good to start using them before you actually really need them. 2. It's a hoax! I think I believe a little bit in both theories. I'm sure it has to do with genetics and self care as well. Sunscreen ladies, sunscreen! Oh, and lots of H2O! This one is a little more expensive, but I found it on Beauty Expert for $25 versus $40 - $50 at other stores. You only need a small amount with each use, I've had mine for almost 4 years - so it's wroth it!
6. Conscious Coconut
Last but definitely not least, this one goes beyond skin care in so many ways. I met Danielle, Founder of Conscious Coconut at a trade show last year. I was instantly intrigued by the story behind this product. With a running list of uses for beauty, skin, hair AND cooking, this amazing boss babe also gives back! For every travel ready tube sold, a meal is donated to a child in the United States. Win, win and win! Coconut Oil is an amazing moisturizer, hair de-frizzer, teeth whitener, makeup remover and basically a little miracle for the modern world, see more uses here. I personally use it to moisturize my hands and my face, particularly under my eyes. I also have psoriasis on my elbows and this works great to help hydrate in those areas. I haven't used this particular brand for cooking yet, but I do cook with coconut oil on the regular. Buy it here - $15.
And that concludes my love for affordable skin care product and how I use them! I'd love to hear from you about your faves, or about your thoughts after trying these products out. Comment below!