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Drugstore Skincare to Shop in 2021

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Mar 11, 2021
Drugstore Skincare to Shop in 2021

The top affordable cleansers, toners, and moisturizers

Listen, MIRA BEAUTY told you all about the best luxury skincare to splurge on in 2021… and we totally stand by those recommendations. Who doesn’t love Lancôme? That being said, there’s nothing wrong with loving beauty on a budget, either - and there are plenty of drugstore skincare products that are just waiting to be dropped into your basket. A few are from cult favorite beauty brands that you’ve been buying acne wash from since you were a tween (cough, Neutrogena, cough), while others are up-and-coming lines that you never knew you needed in your life. Until now. Skinimalism is a top beauty trend and one of the best ways to update your skincare routine in 2021, using only a few products to achieve the naturally glowing skin you deserve… and you can save time, money, and breakouts with these top drugstore skincare products on MIRA.

Hydro Boost Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Neutrogena, $18

Hydro Boost Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Neutrogena
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Seriously, what can’t Neutrogena do? There’s a very good chance that the makeup remover wipes, acne wash, and eyeliner sitting on your vanity right now were all made by the iconic drugstore brand… and all of them deliver high quality at ultra-affordable prices. That’s how you know you can trust the Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which intensely hydrates your skin using this natural ingredient that holds 1,000 times its own weight in water. This serum is formulated with a 17% Hydration Complex, using high and low weight Hyaluronic Acid to penetrate the skin and lock in moisture. You’ll also get a boost of Glycerin, Vitamin B5, and Trehalose for even more moisture magic - because you can expect nothing less from Neutrogena’s cult favorite Hydro Boost collection. This serum is one of MIRA’s favorite drugstore skincare products that provides long-lasting, weightless hydration for 24 hours - and 100% of our community agrees that it’s brightening while 93% call it hydrating!

Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment by Aquaphor, $5

Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment by Aquaphor
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Meet the $5 drugstore skincare product that’s beloved by some of the biggest celebrities in the world. Seriously. Beyonce’s biggest beauty tip includes slathering the Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment by Aquaphor on her face before bed each night for an “I woke up like this” glow. Meanwhile, Zendaya’s celebrity makeup routine involves using this cream to heal her eczema flare-ups and occasionally strobe her face for a natural highlight. It’s just that good. What makes Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment so special? It’s half medicine, and half moisturizer… with a thick texture that’s formulated with 41% Petrolatum to create a protective barrier, providing intense hydration and healing properties that protect your skin barrier. And don’t think that this cream is only limited to your face, as it can be used on every area of your body that needs a little love and protection. Chapped lips, dry elbows, cracked hands, and even your feet! In fact, you can get your most smooth and soft hands ever by applying a bit of this cream in a pair of gloves, slipping them on, and letting them sit for about 10 minutes. Such a 2021 mood. 98% of MIRA guests say that Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment is hydrating, gentle, and relieves redness!

Foaming Facial Cleanser by CeraVe, $15

Foaming Facial Cleanser by CeraVe
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CeraVe is here to stay. The brand has been flying off the shelves (literally, because drugstore!) since it blew up on TikTok in 2020 - earning a permanent place in skin-fluencer Hyram Yarbro’s skincare routine, among millions of other people. The brand’s products are gentle, hydrating, simple and nourishing - all the things that Skinimalism is about - and the Foaming Facial Cleanser is one of the best drugstore skincare products that you need in your beauty collection. Like all CeraVe essentials, this cleanser features Ceramides to restore and maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier - along with Hyaluronic Acid for a hydration boost, and Niacinamide to keep your complexion calm. These natural substances are gentle on even the most sensitive skin, and cleanse with kindness as you wash away leftover makeup, dirt, and oil from deep within the pores - without the risk of irritation or breakout. Foaming Facial Cleanser isn’t just one of the best drugstore skincare products, it’s also one of only four skincare essentials that TikTok dermatologist Dr. Muneeb Shah says that you need! Invest in Skinimalism with this CeraVe must-have that’s still trending on TikTok.

BLK/OPL SKN™ EVEN TRUE Pore Refining Toner by Black Opal, $8

BLK/OPL SKN™ EVEN TRUE Pore Refining Toner by Black Opal
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Black Opal is an inclusive beauty brand that carries the most gorgeous makeup for men and women of color. Seriously, just try the TRUE COLOR® Pore Perfecting Liquid Foundation. But even the best face makeup isn’t complete without the proper canvas, and your skin will be instantly refreshed with the EVEN TRUE Pore Refining Toner. This oil-reducing toner contains all the best acne-fighting ingredients to cleanse and balance - Salicylic Acid to exfoliate and remove impurities like blemishes and blackheads, Witch Hazel for even more pimple-fighting power, and natural antioxidants to protect against environmental stress and restore balance to the skin. Hydration, smaller pores, and a refreshed and radiant complexion come easy with this $8 toner… and create the ideal canvas for your Black Opal makeup looks!

Rose Quartz + Charcoal Daily Purifying Cleanser by Bioré, $8

Rose Quartz + Charcoal Daily Purifying Cleanser by Bioré
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Did you know that Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love and purity? You’ll get both of these things, with a side of extreme exfoliation, with the Rose Quartz + Charcoal Daily Purifying Cleanser by Bioré. The natural Charcoal in this formula dives deep into the pores to remove dirt, oil, and blackheads - “pore-ing” the self-love in while removing impurities. They don’t call it a “lit-from-within” glow for nothing, as this loving formula infuses your face with all the good vibes, good times, and good skin you need to glow all day. Our tip to you? Use it alongside your Rose Quartz Gua Sha tool to inject wellness into your skincare routine and achieve your most petal-soft skin - in more ways than one.

Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum by L’Oreal, $30

Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum by L’Oreal
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More Hyaluronic Acid, please. This serum by L’Oreal is better than luxury makeup products twice the price - with nearly perfect ratings for brightening, hydrating, and reducing redness in the skin without overpowering your pores. The best thing about Hyaluronic Acid is that it’s safe to use on all skin types, and delivers incredible benefits with basically zero risk of irritation. Since HA is already found naturally within the body, your skin is used to it… and this serum even features a blend of 0.5% high-molecular and 1% low-molecular (hence the name) Hyaluronic Acid to deeply absorb and retain moisture into the skin for additional benefits. Think glowing skin, less wrinkles, and protection against environmental stress. Beauty is a science, and you’ll get the naturally glowing skin of your dreams with this drugstore skincare product by L’Oreal.

Positively Radiant Sheer Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 by Aveeno, $15

Positively Radiant Sheer Daily Moisturizer SPF 30 by Aveeno
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Who doesn’t love a good drugstore skincare product, especially when it contains SPF to protect against the sun and free radical damage? Positively Radiant Sheer Daily Moisturizer by Aveeno is a top-rated moisturizer that provides all the benefits of SPF without the stickiness and overpowering sunscreen smell - along with mega moisture to smooth fine lines and prevent dryness. Protect yourself against the sun with SPF 30, while a Total Soy Complex improves your skin’s tone and texture to reveal more radiant skin in just four weeks. No more blotchiness, dark spots, or greasy complexion? Yes, please. Aveeno has the best moisturizers for all skin types that can do it all, and MIRA reviews agree… as Positively Radiant has top ratings for being hydrating, brightening, lightweight and good for acne.

Skin Food by Weleda, $19

Skin Food by Weleda
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Fun fact: this moisturizer by Weleda has been hydrating and protecting the skin for nearly 100 years. Yes, since 1926… it’s just that good. As the name suggests, it’s like a nutritious delight for your complexion - made with a rich plant blend formula to illuminate and provide intense anti-aging powers. With extracts of gentle viola tricolor, calendula and chamomile, in a rich, thick base of oils and beeswax - the moisture boost and nourishment is undeniable. Oh, and we can’t forget about Cholesterol… which works with the other natural ingredients to repair, refresh, and radiate. In that order. Beauty and wellness come together with one of the best drugstore skincare products, which feels lightweight on your skin and helps you discover your natural beauty. 98% of our community says that Skin Food is ultra-hydrating, 100% love the brightening abilities, and 96% agree that it’s great for sensitive skin.

Blue Light Shield Concentrated Serum by Derma E, $11

Blue Light Shield Concentrated Serum by Derma E
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Blue light protection skincare products are the best way to transition your beauty routine in 2021. Because let’s face it… we’re not going to be doing less Zoom calls and FaceTimes anytime soon. And you can protect yourself against the harmful rays that emit from your devices with the Blue Light Shield Concentrated Serum by Derma E. You can even reverse and prevent the photoaging process for less wrinkles down the line! This serum contains nourishing antioxidant-rich Blue Green Algae Extract to soften and moisturize the skin, while Lutein provides blue light protection against all devices. You’ll also get a bit of help from Charcoal, which purifies and exfoliates the pores, and Ginseng Root to energize and add a boost of brightness. This antioxidant-packed serum is the actual definition of a “digital detox,” and you don’t even need to deactivate your Instagram account!

Extra Gentle Daily Scrub by Cetaphil, $10

Extra Gentle Daily Scrub by Cetaphil
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“I started using only Cetaphil products years ago as I've found constantly they are the only ones that are gentle enough for my very sensitive dry skin! This scrub is actually very gentle, yet I feel like it really does clean well and get into your pores.” This MIRA review is 100% real when they say that Cetaphil understands sensitive skin. The brand is on the same level as CeraVe, in the sense that nearly all the products are extremely gentle, hydrating, and soothing… including the Extra Gentle Daily Scrub. It pulls dirt, oil, and impurities to the surface while micro-fine granules sweep away dead skin cells, and skin conditioners and a vitamin complex work their magic on your skin. Your complexion will be smooth and radiant with this simple exfoliating solution, and 97% of guests with sensitive skin love it!

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