Celebrities may have access to the most luxurious skin care and a seemingly unlimited supply of SugarBearHair vitamins, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t love a good drugstore beauty product. Sure, they can hit the department store or spa for the sake of their skin, and their wallets, unlike mine, likely wouldn’t feel the difference; however, many celebs also rely on the inexpensive stuff for a clear, camera-ready complexion.
"You can still find really effective skin care items without having to spend a lot of money,” Kim Kardashian wrote on her app earlier this year. "Just remember that consistency is key! If you use the products regularly, you'll see better results." She’s right: Just because a product has a higher price tag, doesn’t always mean it will deliver better results. Those so-called "steal" products often use the same active ingredients to tighten, brighten, and smooth skin over time.
Ready to add a few celeb favorites to your beauty arsenal without having to worry about breaking the bank? Scroll through to see the drugstore skin care products celebs swear by.
Kim K. uses quite a few drugstore products. Some of her all-time affordable faves, according to her app? Olay's Regenerist Whip Facial Moisturizer ($29), RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Anti-Aging Retinol Night Cream ($15), and Pixi skintreats Glow Tonic ($15), all of which clock in at under $30.
"I just keep it simple. I feel like if you start using 30 products on your face, the second you don't have those 30 products, your skin will need it," the supermodel told Teen Vogue, noting that her drugstore skin care go-tos include Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub ($10) and St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub ($4). "And I feel like just keeping your skin clean and being good to it is enough," she added.
Taraji P. Henson
The actress's favorite drugstore product actually isn’t for her face — it’s for her nails. “[While playing Empire’s] Cookie, I wear stick-on nails. When they yell, ‘It’s a wrap,’ I leave them there along with her wigs, and I turn back into Taraji,” she says. “Before bed, I put oil on my cuticles. I have all different kinds in my bathroom.” Her favorite? Bio-Oil Skincare Oil ($29), which can also be used to hydrate skin, fade scars, and lighten dark spots.
Kylie Jenner may own a cosmetics line that is worth nearly a millions of dollars, but that doesn’t mean she’s necessarily breaking the bank for the sake of her skin care routine. She expressed her love for Biore’s Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser ($8) and Self Heating One Minute Mask ($6) on her Instagram a few years back, both of which use activated charcoal to help suck dirt, grime, and makeup residue out of your pores.
"When I go to CVS, I immediately buy Epsom salt ($8),” the actress told Byrdie in an interview. "That’s the best thing I think you can buy at a drugstore because it has incredible beneficial properties for your body. The magnesium is an amazing detox, and it’s so good for your skin. You put it in the tub and try to soak for a least 20 minutes at night, and you sleep so well. I live for a CVS trip; I could just spend days in there. But that is my number one.”
The founder of GOOP is no stranger to dropping some major dollars on self-care (case in point: the $66 “Yoni Egg” she touts), but she considers the Sensibio H2O Micellar Water by Bioderma ($15) one of the best make-up removers out there. "It's unscented, doesn't dry your skin or sting, and gets rid of all your make-up with a few swipes. You're left with soft, clean skin,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.
If Baldwin were ever to be stranded on a desert island with one beauty product, she wouldn’t take her $1,400 moisturizer from Dr. Barbara Strum — she’d take a $5 tube of Aquaphor instead. “You can use it on your skin, and lip balm, eyebrows,” she told Teen Vogue. "I don’t particularly use it on my skin as an everyday thing, but always on my eyebrows and lips. I put Aquaphor or Vaseline on my brows before I go to bed, and you can use it on your lashes too if you’re careful.”
"Saw the ad for the light therapy acne mask and became obsessed, so when we got home from our journey it was waiting on my side of the bed," Dunham captioned an Instagram photo of herself wearing the Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask ($30), which uses LED lights to help calm acne. "Thank you @jackantonoff, even if you just did it to amuse yourself. #notanad #justapsycho."