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If the name Sofie Pavitt sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s hard, at this point, to mess around on Instagram without seeing a beauty editor, model or cool downtown girl raving about her. affordable and radiant facials. Not only is Sofie an excellent esthetician – she has saved my skin from brutal rashes on several occasions – she has an incredible talent for educating her clients on the science of their skin care. I typically spend half of my facials with her choosing her brain over retinols and actives, and always leave her cozy Canal Street studio feeling a little smarter.
In a recent session, Sofie explained to me how fast drugstore skin care is changing – she explained that spending $ 100 is no longer essential to get good, effective products. That’s why, when I heard that the strategist was doing a full week of pharmacy, I decided to take Sofie to a downtown Walgreens where I asked her to create a skin care routine. skin made entirely from products found in the aisles. . Although this list has not necessarily convinced me to to abandon one of my most expensive holy grail toners and serums, I definitely left with several of his drugstore recommendations. Below is Sofie’s ideal pharmacy skin care routine.
I really recommend this hydrating cleanser from CeraVe. It’s incredibly gentle and neutral – it contains a little bit of hyaluronic acid to help hydrate your skin, and that’s it.
Honestly, American drugstores don’t have great exfoliators – you won’t find a P50 or Alpha Beta Peel dupe in a New York CVS. But, you can find AHAs and BHAs in some drugstore cleaners. This one from CeraVe contains salicylic acid, which means it’s great for removing dead skin cells and fighting acne. If you have dry skin I recommend using it about once a week, and if you are oily I recommend using it more frequently.
Okay so we washed our face with CeraVe cleansers which meant all the dead skin was gone from our face and our products can now penetrate properly. Which means we’re going to find a deeply nourishing and hydrating toner. This Olay essence mist is a great option – it contains moisturizing chamomile and aloe vera, as well as niacinamide which offers brightening and healing properties. The fact that it’s a haze also means it’s incredibly easy to use. It’s a quick and easy way to rehydrate your skin after removing some of it during the exfoliation process.
These little Hyaluronic Acid ampoules from L’Oreal are awesome – you open them and pat them on your skin. Each brings you a dosage of hyaluronic acid that intensely hydrates the skin. Make sure you wet your face thoroughly before putting it on – hyaluronic acid is a water-seeking molecule, so if your skin isn’t wet when you apply it, it will actually suck hydration outside of your face! This is something that a lot of people don’t know.
I know what you are thinking, a drugstore retinol! ? But I tried this one and was really surprised how well it worked. I would and would have recommended this one to my clients and friends because it is incredibly effective. Retinol is a journey and it will take some time for your skin to adjust, but with consistent use it can be one of the most powerful skin care ingredients for treating acne, wrinkles, and brown spots. Try using this cream twice a week to start, then if your skin is responding well, maybe try three times a week. If it gets irritated, back off a bit and come back twice.
I really love this moisturizer! It contains hyaluronic acid, which, again, is an extremely hydrating ingredient, and it comes in a gel form, which means it’s not heavy or greasy on the skin. Really, this is one of my favorite moisturizers and I know a lot of editors who absolutely love it too!
This cream is really nice and hydrating for the under eyes, but what I really like is that it has a slight pinkish tinge to it. It therefore simultaneously performs a small color correction under your eyes if you are fighting dark circles!
This is actually one of my favorite sunscreens! I think it’s fabulous. I love it because in addition to the SPF protection, it contains ceramides to nourish the skin, as well as niacinamide which can help brighten and heal your complexion.
If I had to choose a drugstore sheet mask, I would definitely go with those from Burt’s Bees. They are simple and give your skin some really simple ingredients. This contains mild AHAs to remove dead skin, as well as kiwi extract, an antioxidant, and clary sage that soothes the skin.
If you have keratosis pilaris – a kind of perpetual rough texture – this is a great body cream. It is packed with AHA and is really nourishing – it smoothes the skin and hydrates it. I swear this cream will make you feel like a dolphin. Since it contains AHAs, I would not recommend it for people with eczema.
If you are suffering from eczema or psoriasis, I recommend this Aquaphor ointment body spray. It’s so soft I put it on my baby.
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