For the ultimate, expert-vetted skin-care routine, look no further than your local drugstore.

By Genevieve Monsma
February 11, 2016

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.

Of all the types, your skin is the easiest to care for because you don't have a chronic condition (like acne) to manage. "I tell my normal-skin patients to keep their skin-care routines basic, because their skin behaves well on its own," says Jill Waibel, M.D., director of the Miami Dermatology & Laser Institute.

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