With the exposure of research on toxic chemicals found in everyday household and cosmetic items, the natural beauty market has experienced a rebirth. Drugstores now stock an array of high quality products with ingredients that promote healthier, brighter, more smooth skin. The stigma with natural ingredients implied diluted, funky-smelling products with handwritten labels, but none of that applies with these. Here are the top five best drugstore buys that work for almost every skin type.
Clay draws out impurities from the skin. I mix this with a little water, apply it to my face, and rinse it off after it completely dries. Afterwards, my skin feels soothed, refreshed, and temporarily lifted from the pore-tightening effect of the clay.
Though this scrub does wonders on the face when extra grit is needed, I love this for body. I use it for weekly exfoliation everywhere (especially elbows & knees!) but I find it most effective to loosen up dead skin cells before shaving. It smells so clean and it absolutely brightens the skin, leaving it perfectly prepped for moisturizer.
Oh, Jojoba oil. This is one of those products that I don't know what I did before using it. Weird flat bed head? Slip it on the ends of the hair for piece-y texture. Full face of makeup? Massage it into the makeup to break it down before cleanser. Need extra hydration before moisturizing? Apply a drop and push it into the skin before slathering on face cream. And the list goes on.
After using this religiously for 3 months as my face cream, my husband pointed out that it says "hand and foot cream". The horror. After temporary panic of "I'm using foot cream on my face!" I settled to keep using it. Not only does it wear well under makeup, it softens dry skin everywhere else. It's gentle, it's rich, it smells like a margarita, and I will not go without it.
Every once in a while, skin gets over-reactive in the forms of redness, breakouts, and uneven texture. This works beautifully as a toner, to be used after cleansing and before moisturizer, as a way to disinfect and remove any leftover sebum, makeup, or cleanser residue. It also tightens pores, soothes the skin, and slightly hydrates to make the skin appear plumper and more youthful. The slight scent of rose is so feminine and embodies natural luxury skincare without the high price point.