Get Glowing Skin Year-Round With These 11 Drugstore Heroes
The struggle to achieve glowing skin mid-winter is way too real. With the sun rudely peacing out by 5pm, notoriously dry indoor heating, and blustery weather conspiring against your complexion, it’s no wonder we go from gloriously radiant to frustratingly dull months before that first snowflake even thinks about dropping.
Okay — we’re being a bit dramatic, but you know what we’re saying. Fortunately, there’s a multitude of drugstore skincare products out there that’ll help transform you back into the luminous queen you are. From instant fixes to staples that work overtime, these are our top picks.
On your next Target visit, pick up a bottle of Versed’s covetable Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum, $25. This petite bottle packs a serious dose of antioxidant-rich vitamin C and licorice root extract. Both ingredients are known for their ability to protect, brighten and even out your complexion. You only need a couple drops each morning you apply, so the bottle will definitely last you.
2. Skin Proud Fruit Smoothie, $13
A smoothie for your face? Why not! Skin Proud’s Fruit Smoothie, $13, is a tonic/toner that you apply right after cleansing your skin. The formula features a dynamic trio of brightening magnolia extract, antioxidant-rich matcha extract, and a blend of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and polyhydroxy acids (PHAs). Skin Proud is a UK brand available at Boots and Walmart (if you’re stateside).
3. La Roche-Posay Ultra-Fine Scrub, $18
If you prefer a physical exfoliator over a chemical formula, try the La Roche-Posay Ultra-Fine Scrub, $18. The unique formula contains micronized diatomic and polyethylene powders that help reveal baby-soft skin underneath, while gentle chemical exfoliants double down on the dead skin cell battle. It’s not an overly potent exfoliator (iykyk) and is approved for even the most sensitive skin types.
A duo of dark under-eye circles is one of the biggest culprits for looking more spent than you really are. Milani offers a solution with their Supercharged Brightening Under Eye Tint, $10, an illuminating concealer that brightens, camouflages, hydrates, and corrects with just a smidge of product. It does so via color-correcting pigments and micro-fine pearls, as well as a nourishing blend of hyaluronic acid, plant-based collagen, niacinamide, and caffeine.
Here’s your reminder to not neglect the skin below your jaw! A quick lil scrub down is all you need to revive dull-looking skin, and Tree Hut’s Moroccan Rose Shea Sugar Body Scrub, $9, helps you do exactly that without forcing you to drop too much bread. (Also it smells divine). At under $7, you might as well grab yourself a couple jars and indulge in a once or twice-weekly treat!
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After exfoliating your body in the shower, make sure to follow up with a nice moisturizer. Soap & Glory Fruitigo You Butter Glow Body Butter, $15, is made with a multi-fruit AHA complex that boosts radiance while shea and coconut butter nourish and hydrate. Plus, the fig and pomelo scent is delish.
Looking for an instant fix for dull skin? Snag yourself L’Oreal’s True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer, $15. Available in four shades, it’s essentially an all-over highlighter infused with radiance-boosting pigments. Apply it under your go-to foundation (or alone) to make people wonder if you just got back from Cabo.
Available in a whopping 45 shades, NYX’s Born To Glow Medium Coverage Naturally Radiant Foundation, $10, is a beloved fave for good reason. TBH, for the price you’ll be hard-pressed to find something better. The $10 hydrating foundation delivers a medium coverage, dewy finish, blends easily, and is ideal for both oily and dry skin types.
Once you’ve got your base perfected, add a couple dabs of e.l.f.’s irresistibly bouncy Jelly Highlighter, $8, to the high points of your face. The smooth texture makes it easy to apply and blend, and it can be worn on its own or with your foundation. You could even mix just a touch with your foundation for some subtle, all-over glowing goddess vibes.
Commit to a glowy complexion by lighting up your eyes via shimmery shadows. Morphe’s 350 Supernatural Glow Artistry Palette, $26, will definitely help on that front. With 35 different shades, you’ll be able to try a different look every day. The shadows layer and blend easily, too, so you can mix and match as much as you want.
11. Pixi by Petra Glow Mist, $15
Seal the deal, quite literally, with Pixi’s Glow Mist, $15. The lightweight finishing spray delivers a luminous glow via 21 botanical oils, soothing aloe vera, and nourishing bee propolis. And of course, it’ll help keep your makeup in place well into the night. (FYI: You can even use it on your hair for a subtle halo glow!)
Have you tried any of the above? And which ones are you keen to pick up the next time you pick up some beauty goods? Let’s chat below.
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