If you’re not up to the task of following a ten-step Korean skincare regimen every day, there are a few steps you can take to make sure your skin is clean, healthy and spot free. Drinking water and using make-up remover may be enough for some, but crucial are the steps before you put on make-up and after you remove it. It’s important to wash your face at least once every day, even when you don’t wear make-up. You should also exfoliate every other day. Over time the residue from face creams, oil-build up, dead skin, hot weather and pollution take a nasty toll on your face. All of this leads to clogged pores, skin irritation, and spots. Wash and scrub all of that away with a drugstore face wash! We’ve sourced the best drugstore face washes and scrubs so that you don’t have to!
Cetaphil – Gentle Skin Cleanser
Our first drugstore face wash is so gentle you can use it on a baby’s skin! Cetaphil’s soap-free formula cleanses, softens and moisturises the skin without leaving a residue that’ll clog your pores. Even better, you can use it on your body, which makes it the perfect no-fuss shower product!
Tea-Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash – Boots
Boots’ tea-tree and witch hazel products are a strong contender for one of the best low maintenance, affordable ranges for your skin. The anti-inflammatory and calming properties of the tea-tree oil and witch hazel, soothe the skin and help prevent the return of redness, swelling and spots.
Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam – Innisfree
Not something you can pick up in a drugstore sadly, but definitely drugstore priced and well worth it! Innisfree is one of South Korea’s top all-natural skincare brands. They source most of their natural materials from the volcanic island of Jeju, not far from its southern coast. Innisfree’s volcanic pore cleansing foam promises to rid the skin of sebum and other pore-clogging impurities. It also gives the skin a deep clean without drying out the skin. Equipped with green tea extracts, volcanic clusters, and minerals that contain powerful antioxidants, the quick rinsing foam face wash clears the skin and prevents the appearance of any spots.
Invigorating Apricot Scrub – St Ives
The UK’s No. 1 face scrub has been in the media quite a bit recently thanks to Kylie Jenner and her infamous walnut scrub. There has been controversy over the strength of the scrub, but it is also a product many people absolutely swear by. Oil-free and formulated with the controversial walnut shell powder, this product is definitely recommended for people who do not have sensitive skin. If you do, have a look at some of the more gentle options we’ve listed such as the tea-tree cleansing facial foam from Boots!
Soothing Facial Scrub – Simple
With the rise in popularity of products containing rice or rice water, this creamy drugstore facial scrub has to be on this list. Simple’s soothing face scrub is probably the most gentle on the market. Instead of containing micro-plastics that are harmful to the environment, it has small broken up grains of rice!
*Just a note, some websites such as Boots at the time of writing haven’t updated their ingredients list to state that this facial scrub contains no polyethylene (micro-beads), but the Simple website has.
Vitamin C Microdermabrasion – The Body Shop
While not a ‘drugstore’ product you can pick up at Boots or Superdrug, this affordable high-street skincare brand has a wide range of vegan scrubs to choose from, depending on your skin type and ailments. We’ve gone for the Vitamin C microdermabrasion scrub due to its brightening properties and ability to improve skin texture. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance skin routine, this is definitely one to look into.
What’s your go-to drugstore face wash or facial scrub? Let us know down on the comments!