These days, it feels like everyone from your beauty-buff BFF to your mother-in-law is insisting you try the latest skin-care trend. Sure, your complexion could use a little love, but you’re not in a rush to break the bank on some routine you probably won’t follow.
Pause. You don’t need to overhaul your bathroom—or spend your whole paycheck—to get on board with skin care. From now through April 21, you can stock up on skin-care essentials (in addition to hundreds more beauty and wellness steals) at Walmart’s Beauty Glow-Up Event for serious savings online and in-store.
Plus, reaping the benefits of a simple skin-care routine isn't all that complicated, according to board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, MD, FAAD. “Not only does [skin care] care for the skin, which contributes to our overall health (both physical and mental), it also can be a meditative and relaxing self-care ritual that can decrease our stress levels,” Dr. King says.
Her formula? Use cleanser to prep your skin by removing dirt and pollution, apply serum to protect against damage from free radicals, and moisturize to hydrate and support your skin’s barrier. Throw a sunscreen into your morning routine—SPF 30 or higher, please—and you’re set for the day, she says.
With Dr. King’s simple trifecta in mind, we’re serving up a list of crowd-favorite skin-care essentials to make your routine a breeze. So fill your cart with these (budget-friendly!) picks, and chalk it up to a skin win.
8 skin-care steals from Walmart's Beauty Glow-Up Event
A gentle cleanser is the best way to kick off a simple skin-care routine—morning or night—according to Dr. King. This grapefruit-oil-infused detoxifier helps dissolve impurities, remove dead skin, and minimize excess oil for fresher, firmer-feeling skin.
Opt for an exfoliating scrub for a little extra invigoration. Gently massage a small dollop of this pumpkin and pomegranate polish over your face and neck for skin that feels bright, smooth, and renewed.
Carve out a few extra minutes (as in like, no more than five) once or twice a week and incorporate this fast-acting mask into your skin-care routine. Active bamboo charcoal, aspen bark, and organic aloe work together to draw out impurities, calm and hydrate your skin, and leave you feeling oh-so-smooth.
After cleansing, soak a cotton pad in toner—or use your hands, which work just as well—and feel your pores perk up as you sweep it across your face and neck. Made with a dreamy combo of botanical extracts, this bottle will help tighten and clear your skin (and send you on a mental trip to the spa).
For protection against free radicals and environmental stressors, and to strengthen the skin’s barrier, apply five to seven drops of this serum to a cleansed face every morning. It’s packed with vitamin C to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and maximize your glow factor.
Feeling sluggish? Swap your morning (or mid-afternoon) coffee for these under-eye gels, which rely on green tea, mulberry extract, and vitamin C to help decrease dark circles, boost microcirculation, and brighten your skin in just five minutes. They’re like a sip of ice-cold water for your face.
Consider moisturizer and SPF your can’t-miss skin-care duo. This all-mineral face cream offers antioxidant-rich, hydrating protection with powerful ingredients like zinc, vitamin E, and rosemary extract.
Don’t forget to lather up from the neck down, too. This super-hydrating, plant-based cream will give your skin a subtle, sun-kissed shimmer for all the beach-getaway vibes without the beach-getaway price tags. That’s the kind of skin-care self care you can get behind.
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