Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Great Skin At Affordable Prices

In November, I wrote a blog post called
Drugstore Beauty Challenge about how to save money by buying make-up at drug stores instead of department stores.

Now the LA Times has put out a list of skin care products for all skin types that can be purchased at drugstores instead of department stores.

The saving can be huge and the products amazing. The Times asked women ages 22 to 62 with skin types from sensitive to acne prone and everything in between to give several products a test spin. Here are some of the results:

Body lotions

Olay Quench Ultra Moisture Body Lotion, $9.99, 20.2 ounces

No dramatic results, but this seemed to be a fine everyday lotion that smelled and felt good on the skin. It absorbed quickly without leaving any residue.

Eucerin Plus Smoothing Essentials Fast Absorbing Lotion, $11.99, 16.9 ounces

Goes on smoothly, is odorless and doesn't leave a greasy film. Doctors recommend it for sensitive skin conditions, such as

Johnson's Body Care 24-hour Body Lotion, $5.99, 14 ounces

Skin felt much softer, though not for the full 24 hours. But it absorbed quickly and didn't leave a sticky residue, so jeans and tights pulled on smoothly right after application -- something we appreciate on those rushed mornings.

Nivea Body Skin Firming Moisturizer, $10.49, 13.5 ounces

We saw an immediate improvement in skin tone and texture. Use in conjunction with a more emollient lotion for dryer areas (hands, feet, elbows) and you'll be set.

Jergens Naturals Ultra Hydrating Daily Moisturizer, $7.49, 16.8 ounces

Moisturizing but nongreasy, it did the job and has a nice light scent.

Dove Cream Oil Shea Butter Body Lotion for Extra Dry Skin, $7.99, 13.5 ounces

Lighter than it sounds like it will be, and we found that using it just once a day made skin softer and more supple. But users have to like the fragrance of shea butter or this is a nonstarter.

Vaseline Cocoa Butter Vitalizing Gel Body Oil, $7.49, 6.8 ounces

Definitely a good moisturizer, and it imparts a natural glow, but perhaps it's a little too heavy for Los Angeles' mild climate.

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula with Vitamin E, $5.99, 8.5 ounces

It soothes, moisturizes, evens skin tone and helps prevent stretch marks, said our tester, who had used it before, when she was pregnant. Arms and legs felt moist all day, even in cold weather. Icing on the cake: It smells a little like chocolate.

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Mineral Renewal Body Lotion, $7.99, 6.8 ounces

This worked remarkably well on dry skin. It's thick but not goopy and lasted all day. This new line from Vaseline contains an ingredient called urea, which is generally prescribed for patients with eczema and not something common in over-the-counter products.

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