Best Drugstore Skincare For Dry Skin – I have a confession to make. I’ve waited way too long to make my skin care a priority. For many years, the extent of my skin care routine consisted of a quick wash of the face in the morning and night and a touch of moisturizer. That’s it.
During my acne-prone teenage years, I tried everything to help with my acne and eventually found a cleanser (drugstore by the way!) that completely cleared my skin. I still turn to this cleanser today when I notice a breakout starting to happen. (I want to write a blog post about this cleanser sometime soon because it was such a life-saver for my insecure teen self all those many years ago!)
But, today, I wanted to talk about drugstore skincare products that have worked for my extra (extra) dry skin. Yep, I have very dry skin, especially in the winter months. And, I’ve learned that as you age, your skin gets even drier! So since none of us are getting any younger, there’s no better time than the present to start making your skin care a priority! After all, skin care = self-care.
Let me start by saying that I’m far from being a skin care expert, but if you’re looking for affordable, un-fancy, skincare products for your dry skin, this post is for you. Here are the drugstore products that have helped me with my dry skin.
I’m also always on the lookout for products to try and add to my day and night skincare routines. Like some great masks for dry skin, anti-aging products for dry skin, some clean and vegan alternatives, for instance. So, if you’ve got a product that you love, I’d really, really love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below <3
But before we get into the products…
To my fellow dry skin peeps, here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your skincare products:
» Choose Fragrance-Free Options if possible
As someone with dry and sensitive skin, I’ve found that fragrance-free options, in general, tend to cause me less irritation. So, I try to choose these most often. Of course, some products with fragrance have worked for me as well – you’ll notice some of the products I’m featuring today aren’t fragrance-free. So, like everything else, you’ll want to see what works best for you personally.
And just because a product is labelled as ‘unscented’ doesn’t mean it’s not fragranced. Check out this good read for some tips on what to look for » Why it might be time to start using fragrance-free skin care
» Look for Hyaluronic acid
I just learned about this fancy acid. It’s a substance that is naturally produced by your body in order to retain water and keep your tissues well lubricated and moist, making your skin appear plumper and more hydrated. As we age, our bodies produce less of it, which is why it’s become a go-to ingredient in hydrating skincare products. It’s become popular amongst skin care lovers because of it’s super moisturizing abilities!
“Hyaluronic Acid helps to retain over 1,000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it a mega moisturizing ingredient,” says Marnie Nussbaum, MD a New York City dermatologist. (womenshealthmag.com)
Check out this good read to learn more about it » 7 Surprising Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid
» What do the Reviews Say
For the most part, I’ve found reviews to be super helpful when choosing any products, skincare included. Reviews actually helped me choose the products I’m featuring in today’s post. Of course, since we’re all different, and the needs of our skin especially are so unique, a product with rave reviews may still not be the best fit for you. So, it isn’t a guarantee that it’ll work by any means. But, in general, it’s a great place to start. And I always encourage everyone to read up on what people are saying about the skincare products you’re interested in and then make a more informed decision afterwards. And not just from one source either, read through multiple reviews, and from multiple sources.
» It’s also about what you’re eating
It’s important to remember that what we put into our bodies also has an effect on our skin. Incorporating things like avocados, cucumbers, and coconut oil into your diet can help hydrate your skin from the inside out! Check out this good read » 9 Healthy Foods That Will Revamp Your Dry Skin—No Moisturizer Needed
Alrighty, let’s get into these products!
Oh, and if you’re confused about the order to apply these products (I totally was before having an official skincare routine!), I’ve numbered them in the order I apply them.
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# 1 – Cleanser
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser For Dry to Normal Skin – I never put much thought into choosing a cleanser specifically for dry skin. I always assumed that if I finished off with a hydrating moisturizer, my skin would be fine no matter what cleanser I started with. But I was sooo wrong. Using a cleanser specifically formulated for dry skin really does make a difference when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated. This fragrance-free cleanser from CeraVe, with hyaluronic acid, is gentle on the skin and has never left my skin dry. It really does hydrate your skin as you cleanse, and I love it.
# 2 – Toner
Rose Petal Facial Toner by Thayers – If you’re like me and have been skeptical about toners because of how harshly some have dried out your skin in the past, you’ll want to give this toner a try. I’m so in love with this toner, you guys! It’s natural, alcohol-free, and uses organic witch hazel which helps tighten pores and smooth skin without drying. It also uses aloe vera to keep your skin hydrated, and gorgeous smelling rose water to help give your skin a healthy glow. The rose smell is beautifully calming too. Just lovely!
# 3 – Serum
Revitalift 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid – As soon as I started using this serum, I began to notice a change in the hydration of my skin almost immediately. My skin started to appear dewier and healthier, and I was so impressed at how quickly I started to notice this change. Here’s what I also learned about how to use this super serum: Because it acts as a moisture magnet, you want to be sure to apply it onto damp skin (not dry skin!) then follow up with a hydrating moisturizer, that way it captures all that moisturizing goodness!
# 4 – Moisturizer
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream For Extra-Dry Skin (Day) – Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost line is a dry skin gal’s best friend! (which is evident in my next few product picks!). This moisturizer, with – you guessed it! – hyaluronic acid feels like I’m giving my skin a refreshing glass of water each time I use it. It’s totally hydrating and really does transform extra-dry skin.
Cetaphil Hydrating Night Cream – If you’re looking for a hydrating night cream, this Cetaphil one, with hyaluronic acid, does the trick. Who doesn’t like waking up to hydrated skin in the morning?!
# 5 – Sunscreen
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen SPF 50 – Sunscreen is so important and is so often overlooked when it comes to our skincare routines. I’ve definitely been guilty of not taking it seriously in the past. Not only does using sunscreen help prevent sunburn and skin cancer, it can also help prevent premature aging skin. And it’s not only for wearing outdoors either! Check out this good read » Wearing Sunscreen Indoors? Yeah, You Need to—and Not Because of the Sun . I like using this Hydro Boost sunscreen. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated but not greasy like some I’ve used in the past.
# 6 – Body Lotion
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream – My dry skin doesn’t stop at my face; it sometimes carries on throughout my body. Using Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel Cream helps keep the rest of my skin feeling as good and as hydrated as my face.
There you have it – my top picks for best drugstore skincare products for dry skin. If you’re looking for some affordable products to help alleviate your dry skin, please give these a try. I hope they’ll be as helpful for you as they were for me.