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Twelve beauty products that won't bust your budget

Robin Wulffson MD's picture
Cosmetic skin care

Skin care products range in price from economical to ultra-expensive. Not uncommonly, one equates a higher price with a better quality product that will improve one’s appearance; however, according to Prevention Magazine, effective skin care products can be had for a reasonable price. The magazine editors surveyed three dermatologists and came up with a list of 12 effective products that won’t set you back a bundle.

Moisturizing Body Wash:
Cetaphil Restoraderm Skin Restoring Body Wash ($15)
“Because it’s soap free, this is perfect for people with dry and eczema-prone skin,” says David Bank, MD, a Mount Kisco, New York-based dermatologist and director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery. He adds, “It also has oils that reduce itchiness, redness, dryness, and irritation.”

Night Cream: RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream ($19.99)
Dr. Bank notes, “It doubles as a moisturizer and anti-aging treatment. It works quickly to help visibly reduce lines and wrinkles while you sleep.”

Moisturizer for Rosacea:
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream ($12.50)
“Rosacea is one of the most underdiagnosed yet prevalent and frustrating skin conditions that affect adults,” says Houston- and New York-based dermatologist Paul M. Friedman, MD. He adds, “Cetaphil’s cream has gentle ingredients to help restore and protect your skin’s from irritation. Plus, it’s inexpensive, and it has the added benefit of being widely available without a prescription.”

Acne Treatment: Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control Kit ($18)
Dr. Bank says, “This fights acne and controls redness around the clock. The cleanser has the active ingredient benzoyl peroxide, and the spot treatment contains salicylic acid, which helps decongest pores and keep oil at bay. The moisturizer is lightweight enough to provide to hydrate acne-prone skin without clogging pores.”

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Sensitive Skin Lotion: Curél Sensitive Skin Remedy Lotion ($8)
“Not only is it fragrance free and hypoallergenic, but this lotion is enriched with ceramides that can improve symptoms of sensitive skin problems like stinging and itching immediately and can also strengthen the skin’s barrier, which makes it less sensitive over time,” says New York City-based dermatologist Sapna Westley, MD.

Lip Balm: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm ($3)
“The most commonly forgotten part of your skin-care routine is your lips,” notes Dr. Bank. “This combination of beeswax with coconut and sunflower oil is a powerful moisture trio that helps soothe dry, chapped lips instantly.”

Body Anti-Ager:
Jergens Overnight Repair Nightly Restoring Moisturizer ($7)
Dr. Westley says, “It’s superhydrating and full of antioxidants that can repair a week’s worth of surface damage overnight,” says Dr. Westley.

Makeup Remover: Bioré Makeup Removal Towelettes ($8)
Almost half of us slack off when it comes to nighttime face washing—a big no-no as pollution and dirt can damage your skin and enlarge pores. “These handy towelettes thoroughly remove makeup without any residue and contain green tea extract, green coconut water, and ginseng to help condition skin,” says Dr. Westley.

Cleanser for Oily Skin: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash ($6.50)
Dr. Friedman notes, “This wash not only decreases acne-causing bacteria,but its exfoliators remove the topmost skin cells to reveal newer skin cells below.”

Pore Cleanser:
Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips ($8)
“These are great for people with clogged or enlarged pores on the nose and chin,” says Dr. Bank. He adds, “Apply the strips to moist skin after cleaning your face. You can also try holding your face over a basin of hot water and a towel over your head to let the steam help loosen the clogs.”

Toner: Burt’s Bees Rosewater and Glycerin Toner ($12)
“Toners and astringents are alcohol based, resulting in a drying effect that removes excess oil and tightens pores,” says Dr. Friedman. “But constantly stripping oil from your skin can actually increase oil production. The rosewater helps calm the skin, while the glycerin rehydrates.”

Gentle Cleanser for Sensitive Skin:
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser ($11.50)
“If your skin is flaking or irritated, avoid facial cleansers with ingredients that cause stinging or irritation, like alcohol and menthol,” says Dr. Friedman. He explains, “CeraVe’s cleanser is a favorite because it prevents moisture from escaping from the skin’s surface. It’s also fragrance free, so it removes dirt, germs, and dead skin cells without irritation.”

Reference: Prevention Magazine
This page is updated on May 11, 2013.