Building a robust skin-care routine takes a lot of trial and error. The product that works for your BFF might be your skin’s arch nemesis, so when Prime Day rolls around, it’s pretty much the best time to test out products to see if you want to add them to your routine. Over the past few years, drugstore skin care has gotten sufficiently sciencey. We’ve seen retinols, hyaluronic acids, and alpha-hydroxy acids get plucked from the dermatologist’s office and transplanted to the CVS nearest you. And now: Without even leaving your couch, you can score the best drugstore skin-care deals via Prime Day at an even discounted rate than usual.
If you’re not sure which products to invest in, keep scrolling below for our picks for each skin type. Whether you are someone with a redness-prone complexion or you’re looking to prevent breakouts from happening, every ingredient you need to do so can be found below. What’s more, you’ll see why dermatologists regularly recommend these “active ingredients” (those that are in products to help solve certain skin issues) to help create homeostasis for each complexion type. All that, and our favorite picks from Amazon’s drugstore skin care Prime Day deals right this way.
Best Buys for Acne Prone Skin
Differin Gel — $10.55
Originally $14.99, now $10.55
Allow the “keep it simple” tactic to roll over you as you click add to cart. Derms love this once-prescription-strength retinoid due to the fact that it speeds up cell turnover, which shortens the life of your breakouts. Save 30 percent off this all-star acne treatment at checkout on Prime Day.
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair Matte Face Moisturizer — $13.99
Originally $19.99, now $13.99
Your search for the perfect summer moisturizer is finally over. With a lightweight gel texture, this formula leaves a gorgeously mattified finish that will prevent even the oiliest, sweatiest skin from looking slick. What’s more, thanks to inflammation-fighting niacinamide and barrier-fortifying ceramides, it helps repair your skin to its strongest, healthiest self.
Bliss Clear Genius Clarifying Gel Cleanser — $7.16
Originally $13, now $7.16
The beta-hydroxy acids in this active cleanser get way down deep into your pores in order to clear away gunk from the inside out, making it an effective enemy to acne-prone skin. It detoxifies without stripping, and employs Brazillian sea water to soother and calm any redness and irritation.
Best Buys for Dry Skin
Aquaphor Healing Ointment – Variety Pack — $15.21
Originally $20.28, now $15.21
Aquaphor is pretty much skin-type agnostic, which means that it’s great for everyone. Under the right circumstances, however, it can be particularly helpful for dry skin as it forms an impenetrable barrier on the top of the complexion. This makes it impossible for water to evaporate out of the skin, which can help to keep it moisturized.
L’Oreal Paris 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Face with Vitamin C — $25.99
Originally $32.99, now $25.99
For anyone with dry skin, the addition of a hyaluronic acid serum ahead of your moisturizer is a must. HA works by pulling moisture into your skin, which means it makes anything you apply on top of it penetrate more deeply. This drugstore serum combines two different-sized hyaluronic acid molecules that hydrate your skin, plus vitamin C for antioxidant protection. Together, these ingredients will make your complexion plumper, brighter, and more hydrated.
Honest Beauty Hyalruonic Gel Cream — $13.98
Originally $19.99, now $13.98
With two types of hyaluronic acid (each of which penetrates your skin at different levels) and a hefty dose of squalane, this moisturizer is basically a triple-threat of hydration. It’s light enough that it won’t cause summer skin to feel goopy or greasy, but still packs enough power for even the driest of winter days.
Best Buys for Sensitive Skin
Cetaphil Hydrating Gentle Skin Cleanser for Dry to Normal Sensitive Skin — $17.73
Originally $23.99, now $17.73
Widely considered the best of the best drugstore cleanser, this no-frills face wash will clear away dirt and grime without stripping your skin. Considering most derms recommend starting your routine with a gentle cleanser before moving on to any heavier-hitting actives, this is a great pick for any complexion.
Burt’s Bees Daily Face Moisturizer Cream for Sensitive Skin — $7.10
Originally $14.99, now $7.10
Made with soothing ingredients like aloe vera, this hypoallergenic moisturizer goes onto skin smoothly and doesn’t leave behind a greasy feel. It’s been tested to help even the most compromised complexions, and earned itself the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance. It’s on sale for more than half off off today, so give it a whirl if you have reactive skin.
Avene Thermal Spring Water — $12.95
Originally $18.50, now $12.95
For those with the most sensitive complexions, this spring water mister can be just the ticket when your skin starts to feel agitated. It’s nothing more than H2O, but it helps to reset and revive the complexion thanks to the fact that its been bottled up from mineral-rich waters in France.
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