CVS’s Best-Selling Skin Care Products Are Just What Your Beauty Routine Needs
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, so it’s important you treat it with care. For some, that may mean downing eight glasses of water each day and slathering on sunscreen, but following a regular skin care routine is important, too. However, finding the right products that fit your skin type and budget is no easy feat.
Fortunately, CVS is here to save the day. The drugstore mecca sells everything from laundry detergent to makeup to, you guessed it, skin care products. Browsing through those best-selling, cult classics is a suitable way to begin your search. To help, we listed 10 of the store’s most popular skin care products in no particular order.
1. CVS Health Oil Absorbing Sheets
Unless you want your skin to resemble the Sahara desert, you should have some natural oils on your face. But too much will clog your pores — ultimately causing acne — and will make your face look greasy. Enter the CVS Oil Absorbing Sheets. Simply dab one of these thin papers on your oily patches and it’ll remove any excess grease from your face. You can actually see all the grease on the sheets, which is slightly terrifying, yet extremely satisfying.
2. St. Ives Face Scrub
If exfoliating isn’t already a key step in your skin care routine, it should be. Your skin sheds, so it’s important to remove your dead skin cells. Otherwise, they’ll block your pores, which is a recipe for disaster. St Ives’ Scrub is chock-full of natural exfoliants, which will get the job done without being too harsh. Plus, it features a small amount of salicylic acid, which will keep blemishes to a minimum.
3. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water Makeup Remover
We get it: You’re really busy. Or maybe you’re just too lazy to execute a multi-step skin care routine each night. Either way, you’re in the market for some multi-purpose products. That’s where Garnier’s SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water comes in. Not only will this lightweight formula act as a cleanser, it can even remove the toughest waterproof mascara. Not bad for under $10.
4. CVS Makeup Remover Cleansing Cloth Towelettes
You can also cut down your morning routine by picking up some cleansing towelettes. While the jury’s still out on whether they clean your face as well as a traditional cleanser, it’s a lot better than going to sleep covered in the day’s oil, dirt, and grime — not to mention your mascara. Hypoallergenic and dermatologist-tested, these towelettes are great for any skin type.
5. Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
Some things look better after a good night’s sleep, like your blow-out and that troublesome pimple. Your carefully crafted smokey eye, however, is not one of them. In that vein, you should pick up a bottle of eye makeup remover sooner rather than later. This option from Neutrogena will remove everything from eyeliner to mascara, yet it’s gentle enough to be used by contact wearers or those with sensitive eyes. Just make sure to shake the bottle before use.
6. CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
In the market for a moisturizer for the warmer months? Try CeraVe’s AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion. A favorite amongst CVS shoppers, this option effectively penetrates your skin and is packed with ingredients that will block the sun’s harsh UVA/UVB rays. Slap some of this moisturizer on before you head to work, and the SPF 30 will start working its magic.
7. Noxzema Classic Clean Original Deep Cleansing Cream
Consider Noxzema’s cream a spa in a bottle (one that sits in your bathroom, no less). When you massage this cream onto your skin — wet or dry — the cream will delve deep into your pores to remove oil, dirt, or makeup. The result? Clear, soft skin.
8. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
There’s a reason Cetaphil’s Gentle Skin Cleanser is widely regarded as one of the best no-frills face washes money can buy. In addition to lathering nicely and getting all that grime off your face, it’s gentle enough to be used on any skin type or age. A cleanser that child, mom, and grandma can use is a win in our book.
9. Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes
Why settle for one type of facial wipe when you can choose between two? Simple Kind wipes will remove dirt, oil, and makeup in one swipe. The real difference? This option is infused with pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin E, which will restore, soften, and protect your skin.
10. Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub
Another multi-purpose product CVS shoppers are crazy about? Clean & Clear’s Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub. Like St. Ives’s exfoliator, it’ll remove any dead skin cells, leaving soft, supple skin behind. But it will also remove dirt from your face. As a bonus, this formula offers a cool, tingling sensation when you apply it — the perfect thing to wake you up.
[Editor’s note: This story was originally published June 12, 2017.]