Aww yeah, we're talking skincare today! Another round of Drugstore Lovin' with a couple of really great skincare picks. Now, drugstore skincare can get a bad wrap, but you can find some great formulas that rival bigger (and more expensive) brands. Read on for a few bits from Garnier and Lipidol.
Garnier Skin Active Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer 75 ml $14.99 USD / $20.99 CAD | Garnier Skin Active Micellar Water All-in-One Cleanser 400 ml $8.99 USD / $9.99 CAD
Like many of you, I love a good micellar. We all know that one that reigns supreme, but I still like trying more budget friendly options. Partly because saving a few pennies is nice, but also because there are some excellent options available. Garnier has come out with their own formula with their Skin Active Micellar, available in two formats- waterproof (blue cap) and regular (pink cap). I've been using the All-in-One formula and am super impressed! It removes makeup well without the need for scrubbing or tugging and leaves skin feeling completely clean and residue free. It's totally worth a try if you've been on the fence.
The Skin Active range also has a new day cream option with the release of the Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer. You may know I'm a sucker for anything brightening. and was all over this. While I don't know that I've seen much in terms of brightening, I am loving the way this makes my skin feel! The light textured lotion is not only instantly hydrating, but it leaves skin feeling impossibly smooth. The formula contains vitamin C and E with Lip-Hydroxyl Acid (LHA) to lightly exfoliate and includes SPF 15.
Oil fans will be interested in Lipidol (from the makers of Bio-Oil). The brand features a range of oil based products for face and body and specializes in sleek, simple packaging and uniform pricing- everything is $8.97! Of their current product range, I've been using the Cleansing Face Oil and Overnight Face Oil.
The Cleansing Face Oil works like any cleansing oil, in that you apply it to a dry face, add a bit of water to emulsify it, massage and remove. The oil .effectively breakup makeup without much effort and rinses completely with no residue. It leaves skin feeling lightly hydrated and balanced, but I'm not the biggest fan of the scent (Rosemary and Niaouli essential oils). It's said to be suitable for sensitive skin, but the scent is fairly strong. I've found it's something I've gotten used to with continued use, but still not my first choice.
After cleansing, the Overnight Facial Oil completes your routine. The light-weight oil has a ylang ylang and black pepper scent, which is a bit powerful to my nose, but not a deal breaker as it does dissipate once applied. While the oil is light feeling, I do find it needs some time to absorb into my drier skin. As it's marketed as a overnight oil, it's not too bad, but do expect a shiny face for a bit. Once absorbed, this does as work as promised and leaves skin nicely hydrated. Considering the slower absorption rate, I didn't experience any oiliness in the morning and no sticky residue.
Overall, some excellent skincare bits should your routine need a little shake up. Have you tried any of these products? Do you have any drugstore favourites in your routine?