I know we read about these things all the time in beauty and style magazines, but I have selected my very favorite drugstore items for those of us who are more “mature”! Pictured above are products I use on a regular basis and LOVE! This is not a complete list of every drugstore product I use, but my opinion of real winners. It isn’t always necessary to spend exorbitant amounts on a product to see results. In fact, many of the products I use are recommended by dermatologists and aestheticians. When I selected these items I had to laugh…. most have something to do with moisture. I seem to be dry from head to toe! With that said, I am sharing my thoughts on each of these, and how I personally have found them beneficial.
This facial cleanser works wonders for removing all makeup, including mascara. I have used this for over 3 years and always find my face feels clean and fresh without being dried out. I don’t use eye makeup remover anymore as it irritates my eyes. This cleanser eliminates that need for me. I also like the easy to use pump.
The product description indicates it is hypoallergenic and its ingredients are 86% naturally derived.
In the evenings after my face is clean, I apply a light layer of the Roc Retinol Correction Deep Wrinkle Serum. I have sensitive skin, so for me retinol is best used only in the evening. If you are new to Retinol, take it slowly as it causes some redness and peeling. However, the benefits are fabulous! Be patient for results which can take several weeks. My skin definitely is smoother and more radiant as a result. A word of advice…. this does not eliminate wrinkles, but offers more subtle benefits. I find its finest attribute is that my skin looks and feels healthy.
The product description indicates it includes retinol, magnesium, zinc and copper. It is non-comedogenic. Expect a lightweight serum and not a cream.
I have perpetually dry lips. I am the weird person regularly applying lip balm to my lips. In fact, lip balm goes on top of almost every lipstick I wear. To help fight my dry lips I swear by Aquaphor Immediate Relief. I apply it every night before I go to sleep. I also keep one in my handbag for use during the day. It definitely makes my lips feel and appear more moist. Goodbye chapped lips! I have tried many brands and prefer this one over others.
The product description indicates it contains vitamins, shea butter and chamomile essence. It is fragrance free and paraben free.
Of course I have dry hair. I have it to match the rest of my dry body! Once or twice per week I apply this L’Oreal Ever Creme Renourishing Butter hair mask. After I have shampooed , I apply the mask and wait 3 to 5 minutes and then rinse it out. Amazingly my hair comes out silky and smooth. A friend, who has beautiful hair, turned me on to this product. My dry hair now has hope! It also has a lovely scent.
The product description indicates it is sulfate free and contains gardenia and flower oils.
Continuing with the dry theme, a rich body moisturizer is a necessity for me! My dry, sensitive skin adores CeraVe Moisturizing Cream. I am not shy when I liberally apply it after a shower. It absorbs nicely and leaves my skin silky smooth. Our cold Midwestern winters really dry out the skin, so this product is an absolute must. Dermatologists often recommend this brand as well. I also appreciate it being fragrance free.
The product description indicates it contains three essential ceremides 1,3, and 6-11. It is non-comedogenic and fragrance free. The hyaluronic acid it contains helps it to retain skin’s moisture.
Our faces look better with a touch of foundation, so why not our legs? We are heading out of bare leg season, but travel to warmer climates is hopefully in our calendar for this winter. The Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs is a staple in my repertoire when my legs are bare. This product is a miracle in a can for legs. It not only adds color, but hides veins, age spots, etc. I spray it lightly and rub it for an even finish to provide flawless legs. Do this in a tub or shower as it can get on surrounding surfaces. Let it dry completely before dressing and voila!
I use the medium glow, but it is also available in fair and deep colors. If the spray challenges you, try the tube makeup they also offer.
Everyone loves a beautiful white smile! Whitening our teeth provides one of the easiest ways to appear more youthful. All those years of stains build up over time. I am a devoted user of Crest Whitestrips. After many years of whitening my teeth, I only need to occasionally use the strips to maintain my teeth’s white color. I LOVE this product. My first foray into teeth whitening involved dental made trays that I had to squirt liquid into. Wow, have we come a long way?! These strips adhere easily to my teeth and whiten when worn as recommended.
Crest Whitestrips are offered in many different formulations. I honestly use whatever my drugstore has in stock when I want them.
Wow! Seven drugstore products I can’t live without. I could add more, but these are definitely keepers. I hope you discover a great new drugstore product out of this list you would like to try.