High-quality and effective skincare should not be considered a luxury available only to the wealthy. With the right information, we can find excellent quality skincare products at reasonable prices in drugstores, discount department stores, and online.
Some years ago, during a routine office visit with my dermatologist, Dr. Newman, M.D., I asked for his recommendations on specific products for daily skincare. Without hesitation, he pulled out a notepad and listed the products that follow, which I love and still use to this day
The products and brands listed below are available in drugstores and discount stores, such as Walmart, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, and Amazon.
You will find an Amazon link for each product. This will allow you to view the packaging and explore the item further with just one click. Remember that, although Amazon is a great option, you should be able to walk into your local drugstore or discount store and find the item in the skincare aisle
Best Inexpensive Skincare Products
Cetaphil is an excellent line of affordable skincare products, including my doctor’s first choice: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser.
Other cleansers that receive high marks from Dr. Newman:
- Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser Moisturizing Deep Cleanser
- Basis Sensitive Skin Bar
- Lever 2000
- Dove for Sensitive Skin
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for Very Dry/Sensitive Skin is fragrance-free, and my doctor’s top choice for a daily moisturizer.
If you are concerned about wrinkles and preventing skin cancer (who isn’t?), Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream is a Retinol facial treatment with multi-vitamins, and in my opinion, an excellent product to consider. It’s more than just a moisturizer; it’s a skin preservation system and much more affordable than an expensive dermatologist’s pre-cancer procedure.
Johnson’s Tear-Free Baby Shampoo is an excellent choice for removing eye makeup. My ophthalmologist recommends this baby shampoo for his patients who wear contact lenses because it effectively removes protein build-up that often troubles lens wearers. It is free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and dyes. My ophthamologist adivses me to use this full strength, but be sure to rinse thoroughly.
Instead of purchasing a name-brand astringent for your skincare regimen, consider using witch hazel, a natural remedy that skin professionals have recommended for decades. Witch hazel, as a natural astringent, can effectively remove excess oil from the skin and reduce pore size.
When applied topically, it can help minimize the number of impurities that can clog the skin’s pores and potentially exacerbate conditions like blemishes, blackheads, and even acne.
Witch hazel is readily available over the counter at most drugstores and supermarkets. I find that generic brands perform just as well as expensive brand-name astringents.
Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar with the juice of one whole lemon to form a paste. While showering invigorate your skin with the paste. Rub heels and elbows with the inside of the lemon rinds. You will swear you’ve just had a spa treatment with a very expensive skincare product!
Ask any dermatologist which ingredient they won’t leave the house without, and I guarantee it will be sunscreen. I’ve learned from my doctor that sun damage is cumulative, and the easiest way to protect your skin is to use sunscreen with at least SPF 30 daily.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen with SPF 45 is the skincare product Dr. Newman recommends to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. It is available online but also in nearly every drug store and Costco. I love this brand because it is ultra sheer and non-greasy.
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