For the ultimate, expert-vetted skin-care routine, look no further than your local drugstore.
When Real Simple challenged seasoned dermatologists to design tip-top skin-care routines using mostly drugstore products, it wasn't much of a challenge at all. Turns out, the aisles are packed with effective-yet-affordable formulas that beget healthy skin. Layer on one (or two) specialty products the dermatologists swear by, throw away a few superfluous items that you thought you needed (but don't!), and your regimen is complete.
"Many women with oily or blemish-prone skin use too many products," says Jill Waibel, M.D., director of the Miami Dermatology & Laser Institute. The motivation is obvious: You're trying to stem relentless oil production and prevent annoying breakouts. However, overdiligence can exacerbate both issues. "When you overstrip oil, your sebaceous glands start pumping out more sebum, because they think your skin is dry," says Waibel. And, she says, "all those active acne ingredients can cross-react, leading to redness and irritation." Simplifying your routine cuts costs and improves your complexion.