AFFORDABLE, DRUGSTORE SKINCARE ESSENTIALS THAT ACTUALLY WORK – MY EVERYDAY MORNING ROUTINE Y’ALL!

Hi loves!

I have been wanting to share with y’all my tried & true, go-to skincare products that I have been obsessing over these past few months of my pregnancy. & y’all! They do not disappoint. As someone who breaks out more often than most, pregnancy truly does a number on my skin… AKA: It gets real bad, real fast! So, when I find products mid-pregnancy that are not only affordable, & feel like a spa treatment in a bottle BUT actually work, I can’t help but throw on “The Git Up” & do a country girl happy dance.

Without further ado, let’s jump right in:

BIORÉ “BLUE AGAVE + BAKING SODA CLEANSER – $5.64

In the morning, I like to cleanse with Bioré’s “Blue Agave + Baking Soda Cleanser.” Y’all! It is literally UNDER $6. I truly, truly attribute my newfound clear skin to this cleanser. As someone who is super sensitive to Salicylic Acid, I find that this cleanser has a very small trace amount – making it super effective & not at all irritating. Cleanses while exfoliating, & perfect for combo skin types.

NATURAL KONJAC FACIAL SPONGES – $9.99

OKAY! Y’all want the real 411? Forget electronic spin-care cleansers. I, personally, never use one as (1) they are plain ol’ bulky & (2) often costly, & the not-so-expensive ones are simply ineffective. YOU NEED TO STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING, & ORDER THIS SPONGE: “Natural Konjac Facial Sponges.” I buy mine on Amazon. This 4 pack provides you with 2x activated charcoal “sponges” & 2x aloe vera. The “konjac” that these particular sponges are made of, is taken from the “konjac” root, which is a porous vegetable that grows in Asia. They are a SUPER gentle way to exfoliate dead or dry skin during your daily face wash. & so good for ALL skin types!!!

So, I literally apply 1x pump of my Bioré cleanser to my wet Konjac sponge, & use the sponge in place of my hands. & simply rinse with water! MAGIC.

HOT TIP: Let your skin air dry after cleansing! Even if you use a new face towel after each cleansing, it still may contain tiny traces of bacteria! I say ditch it – I have literally been doing this for years & years.

cleen beauty VITAMIN C PAPAYA GLOW SERUM – $9.97

Next, I go in with a vitamin C, papaya GLOW serum from cleen beauty – Walmart y’all… Under $10. I apply 3-4 drops to my freshly cleansed, slightly damp skin in a patting motion focusing on my more pigmented areas). I absolutely live for this serum. It is ultra-lightweight, extremely effective & derm-tested.

KEY INGREDIENTS:

  • VITAMIN C & LICORICE ROOT help to brighten uneven skin tone & reduce the appearance of dark spots
  • PAPAYA ENZYME acts as a natural exfoliator
  • FERULIC ACID is a plant-based antioxidant that helps improve skin’s natural glow

*NO PARABENS, NO PHTHALATES, NO SYNTHETIC FRAGRANCES OR DYES, NO MINERAL OIL*

SUPER FRUITS BRIGHTENING CITRUS DAY GEL CREAM – $8.94

Lastly, after that glow-y goodness soaks into my clean & refreshed skin, I go in with my Super Fruits Brightening Citrus Day Gel Cream from Earth to Skin. Another super affordable Walmart purchase. Walmart is my jam y’all. LITERALLY less than $9. Perfect for: Brightening, Radiance Boosting, Illuminating. & the Vitamin C helps SO MUCH with pigmentation. What I love the most? It dries on your skin & feels like air. The most perfect, weightless (non-oily) day cream for under your fave BB/CC cream or foundation or just on bare, au natural skin. Highly, highly recommend! Truly leaves my skin soft, supple & glowing.

HOT TIP: Hydrate & plump your pout with Milani Cosmetics “Rose Butter Lip Mask” – $9.99 [Formulated with Rose Oil, Shea Butter, Cupuacu Butter & Hyaluronic Acid] – I like to apply this first-thing after finishing my skincare routine. & right before I head out of the house, & this product has worked its magic, I’ll apply a bit of lipliner & lipstick or gloss.

What are your fave, go-to drugstore skincare products for your morning routine?! Leave them in the comments below!

Xo, A