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We all love a bargain, especially when it comes to our skincare regimen! Drugstore brands like Soap & Glory, L’Oreal, and Garnier have been majorly stepping up their game these past couple of years, giving us many products that have attained the status of “holy grail drugstore skincare” that beauty bloggers, estheticians, and dermatologists alike vouch for.
These holy grail drugstore skincare products prove that you don’t have to shell out major cash to achieve healthy, clear, beautiful looking skin.
Read on to discover exactly which products have put drugstore skincare on the map as of late! And if you have any ride or die drugstore products you swear by, let me know in the comments so I can be sure to try them out next time I get my haul on!
Note: This is the 2nd installment in a “Holy Grail Drugstore Products” series. To see the first installment please check the link below:
Burt’s Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream
For those with more sensitive or dry skin, check out this cleanser by Burt’s Bees! This product contains soap bark which cleanses skin and removes makeup and oil, chamomile and aloe which soften the skin, as well as a hint of menthol which is refreshens and invigorates the skin. This product is 99% natural and super gentle.
Soap & Glory Face Soap And Clarity Vitamin C Facial Wash
If you have combination or oily skin, I highly recommend this cleanser from UK powerhouse brand Soap & Glory. Available at most Targets and Ulta’s, this cleanser does an amazing job of purifying, brightening, and smoothing the skin! With ingredients like Vitamin C and the superfruit Yuzu, you get a fancy cleanser at a drugstore price.
Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner Rose Petal
How can you mention holy grail toners without acknowledging witch hazel?! This toner is renowned for how gentle it is and for being alcohol free. Use this product directly after cleansing to lock in skin’s moisture, minimize the appearance of pores, and tone skin.
L’ORÉAL Hydra Fresh Toner
This toner is awesome because it really focuses on reviving dull, tired looking skin. Using beta-hydroxy acids, this toner eliminates dead, dull skin to reveal skin that is younger, healthier, and more glowing. It is also 99% alcohol free.
St. Ives Fresh Skin Face Scrub Apricot
For less than the price of your Starbucks, this face scrub from St. Ives. contains only natural exfoliants and uses apricot seed extract to deeply polish skin. This scrub won a Reader’s Choice Beauty Award for Allure Magazine several years ago and has simply remained a cult favorite ever since!
Garnier Skin Active Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub
If you suffer from oily skin, enlarged pores, noticeable blackheads, and/or acne, this scrub from Garnier will be like a lifesaver for you! By relying on charcoal as an active ingredient, this scrub draws out dirt, oil, and impurities leaving skin clear, smooth, and brighter.
Yes to Tomatoes Facial Hydrating Lotion
For those who want a cheap, yet effective moisturizer that will help balance and clear up oily and acne prone skin, look no further! This moisturizer is 99.6% natural and contains antioxidants, and oil absorbers to ensure skin is moisturized but never greasy!
GARNIER SkinActive Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream
This moisturizer is super lightweight and moisturizes skin with a refreshing, never sticky gel that locks in moisture for 24 hours. Antioxidant rich fruit waters and Vitamin E help to soothe and protect skin from environmental aggressors. This product is a great dupe for Clinique’s cult favorite Moisture Surge moisturizer.
Aveeno Smart Essentials Nighttime Moisture Infusion
Relying on antioxidant rich southernwood extract, this nighttime cream by Aveeno helps keep the good in and the bad out! This product encourages the strengthening of the skin’s moisture barrier to protect against free radicals, and also replenishes the skin’s moisture reserve during the nightly renewal process.
Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream
If combatting signs of aging is on your list of to-dos, check out this cult favorite night cream by Olay that intensely hydrates the skin while diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. This cream also plumps skin with it’s rich, velvety texture and helps with surface exfoliation to promote cellular turnover.
No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum
This powerful serum uses a patented antioxidant complex to prevent future signs of aging, while also incorporating salicylic acid to create clearer, more radiant skin. At 2 weeks skin looks younger and more radiant, while at 4 weeks skin is clearer fine lines are reduced. It’s hard to ignore statistics like that!
RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Serum
If you’re past the the point of needing to be preventive and need something that will significantly repair sings of aging, this serum is for you. This serum has retinol and is clinically proven to reduce both fine lines and wrinkles at 12 weeks.
Physicians Formula Argan Wear Glow Oil
This product is a great because it is comprised of 100% pure organ oil and can be used in a multitude of ways to achieve many results! You can moisturize your face, hair, cuticles, and body with it! When used on the face, skin is more hydrated, brighter, and smoother! This product is non comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores so don’t worry about breaking out!
L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Facial Oil
Dry skin that is showing signs of aging will love this serum by L’Oreal because it’s blend of 8 essential oils is super hydrating and helps to create the look of more youthful, smooth, radiant skin. Add this oil to your skincare regimen if you’re serious about taking preventative measures against your dry and/or aging skin!
e.l.f. Hydrating Bubble Mask
Bubble masks have been huge in the year 2017, and this mask by e.l.f. is already solidifying itself as one of the most popular! This gel hydrates and nourishes skin for a spa-like experience, as it’s gel texture transforms into foamy, fizzing bubbles! After allowing this mask to sit on the skin for 5-10 minutes, simply massage product into face and rinse off to reveal bright, glowing, healthy skin.
FEELING BEAUTIFUL Charcoal & Black Sugar Facial Polishing Mask
If pores are a concern of yours, check out this best selling mask at Ulta. This product incorporates both activated charcoal and sugar to create the perfect dual action treatment that rids the skin of oil, dead skin cells, and clogged pores!
Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these holy grail drugstore beauty products and what your experience was! Also, if I left out a drugstore skincare product you think has attained the “holy grail” status, let me know as well.
Hi there Pretty! I’m Shelby, the creator of Pretty Primp! I believe that beauty is a form of art and we should all be confident and educated enough to be our own artist!