How to Get Great Skin on the Cheap

The journey to youthful, hydrated skin can be a pricey one, but it doesn’t have to be. Our reviewers went on a hunt for the best drugstore moisturizer — one that boasts all the qualities of a hundred-dollar face moisturizer for a third of the price.

So what does it take to be named best drugstore moisturizer? We’re talking hydrating properties, fast absorption, a non-greasy texture and most importantly, results. We trusted our TotalBeauty.com readers to comb through the hundreds of drugstore moisturizers on the market to find the No. 1 best drugstore facial moisturizer. With these 11 top-rated face creams, say hello to a perfect (and reasonably priced) complexion. Click through to find the best drugstore moisturizer.

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Why it’s great: No matter what your skin type, this hydrating, non-greasy drugstore moisturizer works wonders, according to readers. One reader with oily skin in some areas and dry skin in others writes, “This is lightweight, and it hydrates, but sinks in completely. No shiny, greasy finish … and my flaky spots are smoothed over.”

Why it’s great: The name says it all, as

Tips to find best face moisturizers

Skin types vary, and so must your moisturizer. Despite our differences, nearly all skin types can benefit from the right type of face moisturizer.

Dry skin types can certainly attest to this. Without a daily dose of hydration your skin would be flaky, itchy and tight. Luckily, this list of the best moisturizers includes products that deliver intense hydration that lasts all day without causing breakouts or greasiness.

Oily skin types might use moisturizer less often, but you actually need it just as much. Because people with oily or acne-prone skin often apply drying products, your skin may start to produce more oil to balance it out (yikes). But using a light moisturizer (especially one with oil-control properties) can help keep skin in balance and cause it to produce less oil over time. Thankfully, this list also includes light moisturizers that are perfect for oily skin — ones that don’t cause breakouts or extra shine, but do offer some hydration.

If you have sensitive skin, you know that a good moisturizer can calm redness or flare-ups from skin issues like eczema. Most sensitive skin will benefit from

Beauty Treatments If You Get Engaged

Date: check. Venue: check. Dress: check. But what about your skin? Your hair? Your bridal beauty regimen requires a little more planning than just scheduling hair and makeup trials — especially if you really want to radiate on your wedding day.

To achieve complexion perfection and shampoo commercial-worthy strands, you’ll want to start planning pretty much as soon as that sparkly rock is on your finger. Ahead, experts share the seven beauty treatments to book as soon as he pops the question, along with a convenient schedule to follow.

As you begin your bridal skin regimen, you want to start with a clean slate (i.e. complexion), and a deep cleansing facial is the best way to do so, says Klara Chrzuszcz, owner of theSkinCeuticals Advanced Spa by Klara Beauty Lab in New York City. Steaming and extractions will help clean out your pores, ensuring anything you do from now on will be more effective.

But with facials it’s not a one-and-done type deal. Chrzuszcz suggests discussing your skin with your aesthetician at this appointment and scheduling regular facials between now and the big day. “A monthly facial

How to find anti aging serums

Looking for the best anti-aging serum? Finding the perfect balance of moisture and effectiveness in an anti-aging serum isn’t easy, and with hundreds of anti-aging products out there, it can be tough to know where to start. That’s where our readers come in.

With the help of Total Beauty readers, you can pinpoint the right skin care serum for your budget and skin type. Whether you’re looking to fill wrinkles, plump up skin or retain your youthful glow, these anti-aging serums will have you looking ten years younger, according to users. Discover which face serums, both in the bargain and luxury categories, generated top ratings, and finally end your hunt for the best anti-aging serum.

Why it’s great: One 32-year-old user claims people think she’s 20, thanks to this product. Other reviewers say this anti-aging serum gives you fast results. “In the last two weeks I’ve used it, I have noticed a difference in my dark spots — which have noticeably faded,” says one reviewer. “My skin also feels so smooth and very soft.”

Why it’s great: “The greatest face serum around,” says one user of this product. Several reviewers received the serum as a sample and invested in a full-size bottle once

Get your amazing skin soothers

Fast-paced jobs and rocky relationships can induce some major anxiety, and while stress can obviously take a toll on your psyche, it also wreaks havoc somewhere totally unexpected: your face.

“Stress causes the body to produce increased cortisol,” explains New York City dermatologist Patricia Wexler, MD. “Cortisol increases sebaceous gland production of oil, which can lead to acne breakouts, clogged pores, and patchy, red, itchiness on the cheeks and nasal area.”

And that’s not all. While emotional stress can leave your skin looking red and irritated on its own, a few too many cocktails, overexposure to the sun or a dip in an over-chlorinated pool can be a total complexion killer, as well. Luckily, we found the ten best serums, creams, lotions, and masks to calm stressed out skin — no matter what the cause.

Whether you’re stressed out over starting a new job, or you’re so busy your daily fluid intake is made up entirely of coffee and wine, you’re going to need products that are a bit more intense than your usual regimen to battle stressed out skin. Skyn Iceland Detox Kit for Stressed Skin, $35, is a complete kit that contains a face wash, night cream, eye pen and daily

Overnight Treatmentsr For Your Skin

Food, water and sleep are the top three things necessary to sustain human life, but keeping all three in check is easier said than done. Eating? No problem. Staying hydrated? A little more challenging, but we’ll aim for the recommended 2.7 liters a day. Getting a good night’s sleep, every night? Try explaining that to our bosses, our smartphones, our pets, our kids… oh, and our brains.

The science of sleep is a complicated one, particularly in these modern times, but it’s scientifically proven that solid sleepers tend to have 100-percent better-looking skinthan those of us who struggle to get our eight hours. (Literally, that is a statistic that exists out there in the world.) That said, there’s no point in repeating the facts until we’re blue in the face. Sometimes the best you can do is to make the most of the sleep you aregetting — by taking extra care to treat your skin while you snooze, whether it’s for 4 hours or 14.

Appropriately, embracing skin care that works while you sleep is the best way to reap the beauty benefits of, well, beauty sleep. Overnight skin treatments aim to work with the body’s natural circadian rhythm to target the

Tattoo Technique Your Brows

Tattooed makeup has come a long way. Gone are the days of harlequin eyebrows and overdraw, one-dimensional liner. Today’s tattoos look pretty and natural — and tattooed brows are especially realistic.

The process of brow tattooing — which is now often called microblading — is a meticulous art that doesn’t puncture the skin as deeply as a traditional tattoo. “Instead of using a machine, I use a more precise hand held tool,” explains Piret Aava, better known as The Eyebrow Doctor. And she uses the microblading tool to create thin lines that look like real eyebrow hairs. The end result is unbelievably natural.

You’ll want to have the treatment done by someone like Piret, because she’s a true brow artist. She’ll consider the shape of your face and brows as well as your skin tone before microblading. Other than that, there aren’t many reasons anyone who fills in their brows shouldn’t have them tattooed. Read on to find out if eyebrow tattoos are right for you.

And it shouldn’t come as a surprise. After all, you’re probably willing to apply 10 different serums and visit the dermatologist on the regular to keep your face looking as young as possible, but what about your

Face Injected Even if You Dont Have Wrinkles

Despite working in an industry where I could’ve had my face injected with neurotoxins (like Botox) or fillers (like Restylane) countless times before I even turned 30, I resisted the siren song. I’m 34, and I’ve done nothing (if you consider lasers, peels and facials nothing). But I don’t have many wrinkles, so I haven’t felt the need for Botox, and because of my chubby cheeks, I never thought fillers were for me.

Then, I spent some time with the Galderma team (they make the filler Restylane), and I started to wonder if avoiding needles for the last 12 years has been a mistake. You see, there’s solid scientific evidence that injecting your face with a hyaluronic acid filler like Restylane will encourage your body to produce more collagen — meaning your skin will look younger and plumper longer. And there are similar benefits to using neurotoxins early: They freeze wrinkles before they form.

So I set out to answer the question: Should you get injections even if you don’t have wrinkles? And most doctors agree that if you want to preserve a youthful look as long as possible, these products will help. Here are the reasons someone without wrinkles should still

Get Awards Show Worthy Skin

Glowing skin is basically a prerequisite for hitting the red carpet, but how do celebritiesalways manage to look so good? Thanks in part to social media, it’s become less of a secret that there’s a full team behind every celebrity’s flawless face. Celebs have aestheticians and makeup artists who recommend and apply the best skin-care products in the industry, starting with red carpet facials in the weeks before show time and ending with last-minute touch-ups before they step in front of the flashing cameras.

While a dazzling collection of gowns or a team dedicated to lip gloss application isn’t likely in our future, a red-carpet-worthy glow looks good on everyone. We caught up with some of our favorite skin-care experts in the industry to find out just how stars prep themselves for some of the biggest nights in entertainment. After all, the classic red carpet question, “Who are you wearing?” can be just as easily applied to skin care as to clothes. Ahead, skin-care secrets from the glowing skin gurus behind Beyonce, Emily Blunt, Rihanna and more.

Skin that stays dewy in the red carpet crowd — and in front of all those flash bulbs — is a major achievement. Cut toJane

How to wake up with perfect skin

Getting your eight hours of beauty sleep is great, but what if we told you there’s a way you can do even better? What if we told you there’s one simple step before you crawl under the covers that can give you the complexion of your dreams?

With a promise that big, we’ll give you the answer up front: night cream.

Slathering on a quality night cream before you go to sleep can lead to clearer, smoother, glowier skin. And all you have to do to make it happen is sleep — it doesn’t get much easier than that.

So how do you find the right one, you ask? Start with these night cream reviews. Our readers have tried more than their fair share of face creams and reported back to us with which picks are firming, anti-wrinkle and even acne fighting. Now all you have to do is peruse their reviews and decide which of the many options you’ll love.

A few things to keep in mind as you weigh your choices:
1. Pick a cream that works with your skin type. You want to add moisture while you sleep (it’s the best time to do so since you can look greasy for

The art of face washing

We do this ritual in the morning to look and feel refreshed and awake (even when we likely get less than six hours of sleep). And then we wash the day off of our faces in the evening, removing all traces of makeup, as well as any dirt and excess oil.

But a cleanser is a cleanser, right? Don’t they all do the same job? Hardly. Our readers gave us their two cents about which face cleansers made their faces squeaky clean — without leaving their skin feeling like the Sahara. What face wash was ranked No. 1 by TotalBeauty.com readers?

See the 17 best facial cleansers now to find out.

This list of skin care products has got something for everyone. There are face wash formulas for all different skin types, from sensitive to acne-prone to combination to dry to oily and even those of us with rosacea. You can choose from bars or pump soaps, mild or deep facial cleansers and take your pick from exfoliating, creamy, foamy or even frothyface washes. You’ll see that these best face cleansers give our readers their best skin ever and helps them put their, um, best face forward every day.

 

Why it’s great: Looking for

The power to treat any and all of your complexion concerns

If you haven’t yet jumped on the glycolic acid bandwagon, it’s time to do so. The alpha-hydroxy acid is a tried-and-true favorite ingredient among skin docs for its multi-tasking abilities. “Not only is it a great exfoliator, but it also stimulates the production of both collagen and hyaluronic acid,” explainsDeirdre Hooper, M.D., assistant clinical professor of dermatology at LSU. Translation: There’s really not much that it can’t do. Improve texture? You bet. Fade spots? Yep. Help with breakouts? Check. Keep skin smooth and wrinkle-free? Obvi. (We could keep going, but you get the picture.)

Since there’s no shortage of glycolic acid-based products out there — you’ll find it in pretty much every category, from peels to cleansers to lotions, — we’ve narrowed down the options. Ahead, seven glycolic acid products that are most definitely worth trying.

For those with especially sensitive skin, a face wash with glycolic acid is a great place to start, says Hooper. (As much as we love it, it is still an acid and can potentially cause some irritation as your skin gets used to it.) Cleansers typically contain a lower concentration of glycolic acid, plus, it’s getting washed off fairly quickly, Hooper adds. Glycolic acid cleansers dissolve

Products you need to take care

Twelve-step Korean skin-care plans, complicated acne treatments, lasers, peels, masks, oh-my. It’s enough to make even the most seasoned beauty girl’s head spin. So let’s bring it back to the basics, shall we? We asked top skin docs to weigh in on the only three products (plus one bonus add-on, for you overachiever types) you really need, no matter what your skin type. Finally, an easy way to figure out what skin-care products you should use — and what you can skip.

1. Simple cleanser: A basic face soap or wash will do; don’t waste time searching for one with lots of added active ingredients. Not only does your skin not need it, but any money spent on these pricey formulations will, quite literally, be washed down the drain, points out Dr. Jordan Carqueville, MD, a dermatologist in Chicago. Save your moolah and pick-up a drugstore option, like the Dove White Beauty Bar, $5.49 for four bars, one of her faves.

2. Moisturizer with SPF: Everyone needs moisturizer, and sunscreen is a non-negotiable (repeat, non-negotiable), so why not combine the two? Look for a product labeled broad-spectrum (meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays) with at least SPF 30, and

Moisturizers for Oily Skin

There’s an adolescent beauty myth out there that moisturizers for oily skin simply aren’t necessary. We’re here to tell you that that skincare fabrication is all fiction. All skin types need nourishment, and oily skin is even more prone to over producing sebum when it gets too dry. Depriving your oily skin of moisturizer can kick off a vicious cycle of oil production and clogged pores. But not all moisturizers are created equal — especially when it comes to oily skin.

Matte skin (and lips) may be trending at the moment, but it was never exactly cool to have oil seeping through your foundation. Thankfully, brands have started to make products specifically formulated to soak up excess oil while keeping skin fresh. The mattifying moisturizers of today understand the battle for shine-free skin — you can leave the blotting papers at home.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite moisturizers for oily skin, from drugstore classics to new indie buys. What do they all have in common? You’ll be shine-free without sacrificing nourishment. Here, your guide to superstar moisturizers for oily skin.

 

Just pretend your face is on a Hawaiian vacation when you slather on this moisturizer, which contains actual volcanic extracts.

Acne Products That You Need to Have

When you’ve struggled with annoyingly dependable breakouts for more than 15 years (and you’re only 28), you become an expert at acne-concealing life hacks. For example: I can tell you every date spot in New York City that has flattering, ambient lighting. I know the out-of-pocket cost of injecting an overgrown, painful pimple with cortisone. I can also give you a long-winded review of everything from spironolactone to Accutane, all of which promise to clear up your skin if you can endure side effects for months — or sometimes, years.

I’ve been battling hormonal acne since the age of 10. I know it’s a cliché statement, but I truly have tried everything to fight breakouts. And though I did a stint on Accutane four years ago, my picture-perfect skin didn’t last.

Until, on a whim, I tried a day-and-night serum treatment. In the past four months, it has made me a #makeupfreemonday poster for the very first time. I’ve not only noticed next to no breakouts, but many of my acne scars are fading, too. The star ingredient — retinol — might be due the credit. As dermatologist Dr. Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, explains: “Retinol helps to loosen the trapped, gunky dead skin

Change the Way You Wash Your Face

If you haven’t already met the cleansing stick, then prepare yourself for a life — and skincare regimen — that’s about to change for the better. Cleansing sticks are exactlywhat they sound like: a solid cleanser in the shape of a stick. They’re spill-proof, leak-proof and travel friendly, which means you can toss one into your gym or weekender bag without a worry (or a side-eye from your friendly TSA agent).

Even though they’re a relatively new category, cleansing sticks are no gimmick. They work really well, and we predict more brands will formulate their own in the months and years to come. Here are 12 awesome options that just might convince you to change the way you wash your face.

Charcoal is still enjoying its moment as a trendy skincare ingredient, and for good reason. It’s long been used as a natural way to detox the skin, and Boscia’s Charcoal Cleansing Stick does just that. It’s especially great for reducing pore size and zapping excess oil.

Pur isn’t messing around with this deeply cleansing, exfoliating stick. It’s loaded up with Moroccan lava clay to give dirt and oil the boot, and it contains jojoba seed extract to restore moisture to dull skin.

Best Face Serum

When it comes to skin care, the one question we as beauty editors get most often is, What is a serum? Followed by, do I need one? For a beauty product, face serums are strangely complicated: They’re in between a moisturizer, an oil and an essence. You apply serums directly to the skin after cleansing, before your moisturizer, in order to deliver potent anti-aging ingredients into your skin. Many are formulated with hyaluronic acid or vitamin C, the same moisturizing and complexion-brightening ingredients we see in moisturizers and other skin-care products, but in stronger, more effective formulas that penetrate deeper into the skin.

Most serums target a specific skin care concern, like sun spots, fine lines, sagging or dull skin. Others tackle multiple problems at once. There is one downside to extra-effective skin care: The price. Face serums use higher quality ingredients and higher concentrations than your daily moisturizer. Plus, it takes a lot of research and development to create a supereffective serum. The good news: As serums grow more popular in mainstream skin care, we’ve seen drugstore brands launch affordable versions that are as good as the pricier stuff.

There’s a reason why so many beauty products give vitamin C top

How dry your complexion

Whether your skin suffers from seasonal dryness (oh hi, winter), or just seems to be perpetually parched, a dry complexion can be problematic when it comes to makeup application… especially if your goal is to create a fresh, dewy, oh-so glowy effect. So we asked celebrity makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor to walk us through a step-by-step tutorial on combatting that dryness to make your skin look healthy, radiant and anything but dry. Check out these top tips and makeup picks, perfect for any dry-skinned gal.

We’re mildly tempted to insert an obligatory ‘duh,’ here, but we’ll refrain. It goes without saying, but no matter how moisturizing the makeup is that you’re using (more on that in a minute) starting with this important skin-care step will ensure that your canvas — i.e. your complexion — ends up looking as fresh as possible.

Sotomayor suggests using a moisturizer that contains heavy-hitting hydrators like jojoba oil, hyaluronic acid or glycerin. We like the newCetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion, $12.49, which contains hyaluronic acid, yet doesn’t feel heavy or greasy. Slather it on, then reach for your makeup, stat. “Applying makeup immediately afterwards ensures that it will go on the smoothest,” he says.

Primers are a makeup must

Help Kill Your Hangover

So, you went a little crazy last night. You said “yes” to a few too many rounds of flaming shots, performed a few too many whips and far too many nae naes, and now you’ve found yourself with a splitting migraine and zombie-like complexion. We’ve all been there.

Hangovers are no small inconvenience, and according to Lori Kenyon Farley, certified nutritional consultant and co-founder of Project Juice, they can have some pretty gnarly effects on your skin health. Hangovers mean fatigue, dehydration and the proclivity to binge on greasy foods, all of which can cause your skin to look dull, bloated and greasy.

Of course, one of the best things you can do for your hangover is to chug water and replenish your electrolytes. But if you want to infuse your skin with vitamins, antioxidants and other goodies from the outside in, try one of these luxe face masks. These sheet, clay and gel masks are specifically formulated to de-bloat, de-puff, rehydrate and treat other icky side effects of going too hard the night before. Here, nine hangover masks to help you bounce back, the beauty junkie way.

What it is: Leaders Daily Wonders What Happened Last Night Revitalizing Mask, $4

What it does:

Amazing in Your Snapchat Story

In the age of Instagram, Snapchat, and Instagram Stories, a beauty product is only as good as its ability to make people double-tap. Take, for example, the popularity of sheet masks: They may be a dime a dozen now, but the 4-for-$10 favorite was only a niche Korean novelty until models started appearing on social media wearing them like an accessory. See what we mean?

There’s nothing wrong with being popular, but when you scroll through your feed to find one sheet mask after another, you may start to wonder if there’s something a little more interesting out there. Something … different. Bonus points if it’s alien-looking enough to spark a long comments thread about what the hell it is.

The oft-ignored peel-off mask fits the bill — and then some. Smooth on one of these antioxidant-rich, oil-absorbing, wrinkle-reducing formulas, let it dry, and then peel it off your face like you would Elmer’s glue from your hands as a kid, and you’ve got the making of a great Boomerang. Film yourself tearing it off abruptly in front of your easily startled roommate, and you’re a viral YouTube sensation.

Oh, and did we mention that they’re all kinds of amazing for your skin,