Dr. Shereene Idriss shops the best beauty products from the drugstore aisles.

By Real Simple Editors
Updated January 03, 2020
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When it comes to top-notch skincare, trendy anti-aging ingredients come and go, but the one constant is the need to find quality beauty products that don't cost a fortune. Fortunately, some of the most tried-and-true skin savers are available at local drugstores—you just have to know where to look.

To get the lowdown on the best drugstore skincare products available nationwide, we asked Shereene Idriss, MD, a board certified dermatologist at Union Square Dermatology in New York City to reveal her six favorite beauty buys. Known for her #pillowtalkderm sessions on Instagram stories (you can follow her at @shereeneidriss), the mom of two makes sciencey skin info easy to understand. Here, Dr. Idriss offers up her most trusted skincare suggestions.



"Perfect for even the most sensitive skin, this water takes the day off without any rubbing."

To buy: $9; cvs.com.



"This broad-spectrum, fragrance-free stick spreads easily and leaves a clear finish—just right for on-the-go touch-ups."

To buy: $12; cvs.com.



"This face and body cream is lightweight but delivers intense hydration. It leaves my skin dewy without any tacky feel."

To buy: $16; dermstore.com.



"Vitamin C is a must for helping reverse skin stress and restoring radiance. Plus, I love a serum that glides on."

To buy: $30; lorealparisusa.com.



"The winning combo of vitamins B5, C, and E makes this lotion great for healing and nourishing extremely dry skin."

To buy: $7; walgreens.com.



"This foamless formula cleans my skin without stripping it."

To buy: $9; target.com.