Luxury vs. Drugstore Skincare, Part I: 7 Products Worth Your Dime in the Drugstore Beauty Aisle

Posted on February 05, 2015 by Rachel Duran

Girl shopping for beauty items in a drugstore

Rachel DuranIt’s hard not to fall for the glamour and prestige of luxe skincare brands. While some high-end skincare products live up to their jaw-dropping price tags, there are plenty of comparable, budget-friendly drugstore products that live up to similar claims. 

 This article is one in a two-part series exploring the best skincare options for any budget. The desire to invest in your skin’s health shouldn’t have you feeling forced to literally hand over the cash in order to see results. Take a stroll down your local drugstore aisle and shop for some of these thrifty formulas that promise luxurious skin without the financial guilt.

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

An ideal companion for sensitive skin. The gentle, foaming formula cleanses oily skin but doesn’t leave you frowning with a stiff, dry complexion. $8.09 at drugstores and

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths

The tried-and-true cleaning formula, now in travel-friendly form. These cloths are perfect for the gym or a weekend away to remove the day’s dirt without stripping moisture or causing irritation. $7.49,

Yes To Cucumbers SPF Moisturizer

Wearing a daily dose of SPF is crucial to protecting and repairing your acne-prone skin. This cool, creamy formula combines gentle mineral actives with lightweight moisturizing agents. $14.99, Ulta.

Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Anti-Aging Moisturizer

A well-loved anti-aging potion that boasts mineral pigments for a soft-focus effect that blurs the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots, and evens skintone. $23,

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream-Night

Repair while you snooze. This fragrance-free moisturizer with retinol contains boosting green tea and two forms of hydrating vitamin E. $12.99,

Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Targeted Spot Treatment

Be-calm with blemish-fighting tea tree oil, the main ingredient in this natural formula. Salicylic acid also helps penetrate clogged pores without additional drama. $10,


  • Rachel Duran is an editor at Arithmetic
  • About Us: Arithmetic is a new skincare company focused on helping adults achieve clear, healthy skin

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