Favourite Drugstore Skincare Brands

I am starting my two-part favourite skincare brands series with the drugstore lot. I understand that not everyone can afford to spend good money on skincare, nor do some people want to venture to faraway stores just to buy a cleanser. Most of these brands can sit right up there on the pedestal with the luxurious brands in my next post, and I have used products with great success from all of them. All of these brands offer products that are respective of the skin’s natural functions, aid in nourishing the skin, and are free of nasty ingredients. Sometimes these gem products are a bit more difficult to find in the wide ranges of drugstore products, but they exist!

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Avène
Perfect for everyone and all skin types.
Most products are below $50.
Favourite product: All sunscreen products, Avène Cleansing Foam, Clean-AC Hydrating Cream.
French pharmacy is my first stop for skincare recommendations. I don’t think there exists a skin type or condition that couldn’t benefit from it. Avène’s product range is developed with thermal spring water at its core, an ingredient that Avène claims is supported by over 300 clinical trials. I don’t buy the benefits of thermal spring water being that different than regular water, but that isn’t the point of French pharmacy. I can say with little exclusion that just about every Avène product will be a success on your face. They are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and gluten-free. Every product is formulated to soothe skin. If you are new to skincare or want something simple, Avène is my choice.

La Roche-Posay
Perfect for everyone and all skin types, especially for those who want a bit more.
Most products are below $50.
Favourite product: Anti-aging range, Effaclar BB Blur, Physiological Cleansing Gel.
Similar to Avène, La Roche-Posay has thermal spring water at its core. I recommend La Roche-Posay as the next step after Avène if someone is not seeing a big enough improvement with their skin (within reason). They use a few more active ingredients than Avène—vitamin C, retinol, glycolic and salicylic acids—which can be beneficial to acne-prone and mature skin.

Nip+Fab
Perfect for exfoliating except for those with the most sensitive of skin.
Most products are below $30.
Favourite product: Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme.
Billed as premium skincare for the everyday person, Nip+Fab has an interesting product range. I recommend them for exfoliants as their Glycolic Fix collection is both effective and affordable. My only gripe is that a no-frills cleanser is missing from their collection, but I’m just being snobby.

Marcelle
Perfect for simple cleansing and BB/CC/DD creams.
Most products are below $30.
Favourite product: Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel, Ideal Skin Protector, Marcelle CC Cream.
A little bit of Canadian French pharmacy, Marcelle has been a family favourite for a long time. A few of their products are a little old-world in their formulation, but their more modern creations like the Ultra Gentle Cleansing Gel are wonderful. I recommend the cleansing gel for the whole family as it is cleansing but respective of the skin’s natural functions. Their BB/CC/DD creams make for wonderful tinted moisturisers for days where you want an easy, natural look but with a bit of coverage.

Yes To
Perfect for normal to dry skin types.
Most products are below $25.
Favourite product: Yes To Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser.
A company with a massive product range, I recommend only the Yes To Cucumbers, Yes To Blueberries and Yes To Carrots product lines and only for normal to dry skin without acne. Their formulations are simple within the three mentioned lines, but outside of that their products are a disaster of skin irritants. Sadly those are the same products ‘designed’ for acne-prone skin. If you have normal skin that’s on the drier side, definitely peruse what Yes To has to offer; their moisturisers with SPF and cleansers are simple and affordable.

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