affordable august: skin & body care


The drugstore has some wonderful skin and body care items. I’ll admit I enjoy wandering through the aisles of Target and dreaming about a slow, self-care Sunday. When choosing skincare products at the drugstore, I like to stick to cleansers, toners, and moisturizers while I look to mid-range products for serums and eye cream, which have more active ingredients. However, the brand The Ordinary has peaked my interest recently. They have an extensive range of potent serums at an astounding price range…as in $6-$10! If you have tried the line, please let me know.


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Simple Facial Scrub ($5): Sometimes a nice scrub is best when skin is feeling congested, dull, and uneven. I like this one because the exfoliate is gentle on the skin and does not contain added perfumes or dyes. For those that have oily or non-sensitive skin, you can probably use this daily. I like to use this every 3-4 days. It provides a deep clean without drying or irritating my skin.

Pore Strips ($5-6): If you’ve seen my trash talk post, you know how much I like pore strips. This may be TMI but nothing gets the gunk out better than a good ol’ nose pore strip. I use one every two weeks or so after I cleanse my skin and before applying any toner. I leave it on while going about my nighttime routine. I also pack one when I travel especially in hot and humid climates. The one shown is from the Up & Up Target brand, but any generic drugstore brand works well.


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Thayers Witch Hazel Toner ($11): This certified organic, cruelty-free toner from a long-running family business is a favorite recent find. This alcohol-free formula is gentle and refreshing without that uncomfortable skin tightening feeling. As an avid fan of all things rose, I particularly enjoy the the rose petal scent, but this toner also comes in lemon, lavender, cucumber, and original.

Simple Micellar Water ($9): I’ve tried a handful of drugstore micellar water, because it is my preferred method for initial makeup removal when I’m not lazy and resorting to a makeup wipe (see below). True to the Simple philosophy, this does not have added perfumes and harsh chemicals. Unlike other micellar waters, it does not leave an oily film but is still effective in removing eye makeup.

Neutrogena Makeup Wipes ($5): These don’t irritate my eyes and does a good job at removing makeup. I buy it in bulk at Costco and alternate between these and the Costco generic Kirkland brand. As with micellar water, I follow this step with an actual facial cleanser.


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Olay All Day Moisturizer SPF 15 ($9) & Ponds Cream ($5): These two items are pretty nostalgic to me. I have used both since I was a young kid, because I saw them in my grandmother’s medicine cabinet. My grandmother has passed, but I feel a sort of connection to her when I engage my daily routine, using the same moisturizers that I used to see her apply daily. She’d apply a generous amount and lightly pat it into her face. And goodness, my grandmother sure had great skin. I use the Olay moisturizer for daytime and a small bit of the Pond’s cream for nighttime. As my skin has gotten drier with age, I sometimes use the Pond’s during the day time. No matter how dehydrated my skin can get due to travel or the season, the Pond’s does a great job in reviving and plumping up my skin.


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Dr. Teals Foaming Bath & Epsom Salts ($5): I’ve shared my love for this inexpensive bath option. They have great aromatherapy scents that are conducive for relaxation. The foaming bath creates a lot of bubbles and neither leave any residue on the skin.


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Those are some my favorite drugstore bath and skin care products. It’s a growing list, but I’m constantly trying new products and shared the true favorites.

What are your favorite drugstore products? Please share!


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10 thoughts on “affordable august: skin & body care

    • theprudenceprofile says:

      Thank you! I totally agree, everyone has a budget and there are hidden gems at lower price points too. That’s why I started the Affordable August series. I covered makeup and style in my two previous posts if you want to check it out! I’ll have to take a look at your favorites. Thanks for sharing! 😊

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