The Best Drugstore Skincare Products Under $25

These gentle cleansers, elegant creams and serious serums all merit glowing reviews—and are all available for $25 or less.

by, O, The Oprah Magazine, photo courtesy of Neutrogena

 

Best for dry skin: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel ($8, drugstores)

The magic of this oil-free cleanser: Add water and the lightweight gel transforms into a lush lather that lifts dirt, oil, and makeup— all without the drying effect of soap.

The magic of this oil-free cleanser: Add water and the lightweight gel transforms into a lush lather that lifts dirt, oil, and makeup— all without the drying effect of soap.

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Best for oily skin: Bioré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser ($6.50, drugstores)

This hardworking blemish buster does double duty: Charcoal acts as a magnet to attract and absorb dirt and oil; salicylic acid treats blemishes and helps prevent new ones.

COURTESY OF BURTS BEES

Best for sensitive skin: Burt’s Bees Skin Nourishment Gentle Foaming Cleanser ($10, drugstores)

For the complexion that demands a delicate touch, this frothy, nonirritating formula leaves skin soft, supple, and perfectly clean.

 

Day Creams

COURTESY OF LOREAL PARIS

 

Best for dry skin: L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care Extra Dry Skin ($18, drugstores)

Ideal for the most parched skin, this silky cream contains soothing aloe vera and three varieties of hyaluronic acid, one of the most effective moisturizing molecules.

COURTESY OF GARNIER

Best for combination skin: Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Antioxidant Super Moisturizer SPF 30 ($17, drugstores)

This overachiever does it all: Hyaluronic acid banishes dryness, antioxidant vitamins C and E and pomegranate protect against damaging free radicals, and broad-spectrum sunscreen provides a UVA/UVB shield.

COURTESY OF CETAPHIL

Best for sensitive skin: Cetaphil Redness Relieving Daily Facial Moisturizer with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($20, drugstores)

Calm your skin with this soothing fragrance-free cream formulated with mineral sunscreen ingredients, which are less likely to cause irritation, and hydrating glycerin. Bonus: The slightly tinted formula minimizes redness.

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COURTESY OF AVEENO

Best for sensitive skin: Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial ($17, Target.com)

Wake up refreshed with this pre-bedtime treat, applied two or three times a week. The hyaluronic acid–rich formula also contains a soybean complex to brighten skin.

COURTESY OF OLAY

Best for combination skin: Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Concentrate ($25, drugstores)

Amp up your favorite face cream by pairing it with this performance-enhancing serum, loaded with niacinamide, glycerin, and a peptide for increased hydration and firming.

Body Products

COURTESY OF COMPANIES

Best body wash for all skin types: Dove Deep Moisture Shower Foam ($6, drugstores) and Nivea Silk Mousse Body Wash ($6, drugstores)

A fun new way to come clean? These two luxurious super-sudsy lathers, which leave skin feeling moisturized and supple.

COURTESY OF VASELINE

Best moisturizer for all skin types: Vaseline Mature Skin Rejuvenation Healing Lotion($4.50, drugstores)

Diminish dry patches with this fast-absorbing, nongreasy body cream, containing a skin-softening triple threat of glycerin, niacinamide, and microdroplets of Vaseline jelly.

COURTESY OF NEUTROGENA

Best sunscreen for all skin types: Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 30 ($12, drugstores)

For the best UV defense, don’t leave the house without this mineral bodyguard—its only ingredient is zinc oxide, so it can protect even sensitive skin.

 

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