6 Drugstore Moisturizers That Are Gentle Yet Effective

We hardly even had a good fall season, and it’s already starting to feel like winter. I hope all you people who kept saying “I can’t wait for it to get cold so I can wear my sweaters and scarves!” over the summer are happy now. Me, not so much. The cold is a major buzzkill to my outfits, pregame routine, and my literal face. Walking in New York has started to feel like you’re walking through a wind tunnel, so by the time I get to my office, my face looks cracked. In order for me to avoid looking like the Sahara Desert, I need a life-changing moisturizer. And since I’m also trying not to kill my credit card bill, these have to be budget-friendly and easily accessible—aka cost no more than my favorite wine and also be stocked at my nearest CVS. Here are the 6 best drugstore moisturizers to combat dry skin.

1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer

This is one of my favorite drugstore moisturizers and one I use on a daily basis. And thank god it exists, because I would be looking like an ashy corpse otherwise. Cetaphil is honestly ah-maze for those with sensitive skin types (hi) because the moisturizer is quickly absorbed into the skin and feels v gentle when applied.

2. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel

My friend swears by this and obviously, I don’t question her choices—or at least her sober ones. I used it for the first time recently and it literally felt like I just washed my face, except with just a facial gel. It dries in seconds and leaves your face feeling hydrated and ready for makeup.

3. Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30

Aveeno’s products are all really great, TBH. They’re super gentle on skin and make your face feel instantly hydrated. So it should come as no surprise that their moisturizers are also bomb. This one is oil-free, hypoallergenic, and provides sun protection because even when it’s not summer, you should still be using SPF, okay?

4. Simple Hydrating Gel Cream

Simple’s line is full of hidden gems, this hydrating gel cream being one of them. It fills your skin with refreshing hydration and helps keep your skin free of any tightness so you can still move it by the time you walk out the door.

5. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Daily Moisturizing Cream

Burt’s Bees is the sh*t. There isn’t anything I’m not obsessed with from their line. This super soothing moisturizer is full of aloe extract and other natural ingredients to keep your face feeling soft AF without making it red, greasy, or irritated.

6. Olay Luminous Whip Face Moisturizer

This lightweight moisturizer makes you forget you’re wearing anything on your face. It instantly absorbs into your skin, making it hydrated and smooth without any sticky feeling. It also leaves a matte finish that’s perfect for makeup prep.
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The Best Drugstore Concealers To Hide Your Under Eye Circles, Zits & Overall Life Choices

Yah, maybe you had a shitty morning. Maybe you partied a lil too hard on a Tuesday night. I know it was Taco Tuesday, but the bags under your eyes from lack of sleep and the chin zit that’s forming from sleeping in makeup and drooling on yourself (thanks, tequila) are not doing you any favors.

A betch needs an ally, and concealer is just that. It hides our deepest darkest secrets, be they zit, cold sore, or bruise from tripping and falling into a bar. Because we’re amazing, we rounded up the best drugstore concealers for you to dab on your face without breaking the bank.

1. L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Concealer

This shit comes in about a billion shades ranging from warms to neutrals to cools. You can dab on a teeny bit for a zit or you can slather on lots for dark under eye circles. It’ll hide all your secrets.

L’Oreal Paris True Match Super-Blendable Concealer

2. e.l.f. Concealer Pencil Brush

If you haven’t bought into the e.l.f. line yet, get on that shit. They don’t test on cute fuzzy animals and their products are actually legit. The concealer pencil brush is neat since it isn’t a liquid and works really well for concealing redness around your nose from snorting Adderall, discoloration near your eyes from all the shots you took, etc. Plus, it’s only $8, so, win.

ELF Concealer Pencil Brush

3. Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser

Check the interwebs and you’ll find this shit on every list detailing amazing concealers. Why does it rule? The haloxyl (lol wut) helps de-puff your under eye circles and the micro-corrector smooths over fine lines without settling in. It’ll literally make you look bright and full of life AND it lasts for about 6 hours.

Maybelline New York Instant Age Rewind Eraser

4. Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer

If getting “the London look” is on your agenda and diminishing large red pimples is part of that, grab this eight-hour concealer. It lasts all day and works especially well on acne and scars. It does a bitchin’ job on under eye circles too, if you suffer from that issue.

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer

5. Neutrogena Skinclearing Blemish Concealer

What’s better than a concealer with zit meds literally in it? Nothing, betch. Neutrogena is a fave of dermatologists for a reason. This shit goes on smoothly and is amazing for dabbing on a zit so you don’t feel like you’re making it worse by adding makeup for the day.

Neutrogena Skinclearing Blemish Concealer

Now go forth and hide thy zits.