The 25 Drugstore Skincare Items Dermatologists Would Buy Over and Over Again

As much as I love my expensive skincare, I do love a good drugstore or pharmacy staple. When you can get an amazing moisturiser/serum/face wash/eye cream that is just as good as the pricier counterparts, why not take advantage of that? In fact, I would dare to say some of the formulas are even better than the more expensive options. Personally, I'm about 50/50 when it comes to my collection of high street and "designer" skincare products. I like to mix and match, and I'm always updating my rotation with new finds. For example, some days, I could use a drugstore makeup remover, daily moisturiser, and face wash but will apply a £126 vitamin C serum. It's all about a balance, right?

But I understand it can get a little overwhelming when you're shopping the aisles of Boots because there are so many brands and options. To help, I polled a bunch of dermatologists and got a list of their favourite drugstore buys. Here's what they would recommend over and over.


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1. Face Washes

2. Moisturisers

3. Serums

4. Sunscreens

5. Retinols and Retinoids

6. Treatments and Toners

7. Lip-Care

8. Body Products

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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