Beauty Dupe: 3 Cheap Yet Effective Drugstore Skincare Dupes to Try

By: Lindsey Granger Posted: 9:56 AM, Mar 11, 2019 Updated: 9:57 AM, Mar 11, 2019

Men and women alike both strive for gorgeous, glowing skin. And it turns out you don’t have to purchase high-priced products to achieve it – try a beauty dupe! Jamie Comstock, Clinical Director of MD Skin Lounge, showed us a few cheap skincare dupes that work just as well as luxury products.




The first beauty dupe on our list is sunscreen. Can you guess how much sunscreen costs on the high end, and how much the CVS brand would cost? “I have seen sunscreens ranging up to $100 dollars easily,” shares Jamie. “CVS sunscreen could cost $8.99 – definitely under 15 dollars.” And get this – many of those expensive brands have chemicals that are negatively affecting your face. “What those chemicals are doing are irritating your skin, causing breakouts, [and] not being effective to protect your skin from the sun, so they’re not doing what they’re claiming to do,” adds Jamie. Instead, all you have to do is look for two ingredients in any drug store brand. “The ingredients you want are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide,” informs our expert. “Those are just minerals that will protect your skin.” And you can apply a liberal amount since you’re saving so much cash!




Our next beauty dupe? Feel free to cut corners on cleanser. “A lot of people spend a lot of money – 50 bucks or more – on cleansers, and usually they’re just purchasing fragrance soap,” says Jamie.  “Those fragrances in the ingredients can irritate your skin. I recommend something like Cetaphil. It’s no fragrances, no dyes, non-irritating, will get your makeup off, will get the dirt off, and get your pores clean.” And Cetaphil costs less than 10 bucks at most retailers. So save some money and swap out your smaller, less effective cleanser for this one.


Face Lotion


The last beauty dupe we’re looking at is face lotion. “I think that when you feel like your skin is hydrated, you feel like it’s doing something good for your skin,” offers Jamie. “However, these moisturizers that cost $300 are not actually good for your skin.” Many of these products have harmful things like dyes and fragrances in them. So Jamie recommends something like Cerave. “It has no chemicals or fragrances in it and has something called ceramites, which actually heal the skin barrier,” she adds. “And this big tub costs less than 15 bucks at most local drug stores.” Can’t beat that price!


If you’re lookin’ for a good beauty dupe, now you’ve got three drugstore skincare options to try!


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