skincare

We’ve heard it all before: Celebrities have flawless skin because of their “good genes,” and because they “drink a lot of water.” Or, my personal favorite, they “just think good thoughts.” But what most celebs don’t want to admit is that they have a routine.

If you want to take good care of your skin but unfortunately can’t afford monthly vampire facials, luckily there’s a less expensive way to achieve that enviable glow. We know you don’t have all the time in the world to try product after product — so we did it for you! Below we’ve collected the latest and greatest drugstore dupes that rival your favorite celebs’ pricey products. (Plus be sure to check out our favorite skincare blogs!)

Of course, there are a few basic rules for good skincare no matter who you are. Everybody should cleanse, moisturize, and use sunscreen. (And, yes, diet and exercise sure help.) Whether you’re on the go all day and just looking for bare necessities, or you’re adventurous with the latest skincare trends, we have the celebrity — and routine — that will fit you best.

Skincare for gym gals

If you’re unfamiliar with the gorgeous California duo, Karena and Katrina are best friends and co-founders of Tone It Up, a fitness and nutrition empire. Waking up early every morning for their “fitness booty call,” enjoying a glass of rosé on “Wine Not Wednesdays,” and making sure to keep their weekends active with “Sunday Runday,” these girls are the epitome of an active, health-conscious lifestyle. Their skincare routine follows suit, with a focus on fitness-friendly formulas, SPF, and on-the-go options. Here are seven drugstore dupes you can pick up if you have an active lifestyle and want to mimic this duo’s approach.

1. They use: An antioxidant serum to protect against pollution

Your drugstore dupe: 40 Carrots Carrot + C Vitamin Serum

2. They use: An SPF 50 Sunscreen

Your drugstore dupe: La Roche-Posay Mineral Sunscreen

3. They use: A creamy cleanser to fight dry skin (look for ceramides and squalene)

Your drugstore dupe: Neutrogena Ultra-Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

4. They use: A foamy or gel cleanser to help exfoliate oily skin

Your drugstore dupe: Garnier SkinActive Clean + Shine

5. They use: A sulfur mask for breakouts

Your drugstore dupe: Grandpa’s Sulfur Soap

6. They use: A retinol mask to fight wrinkles overnight

Your drugstore dupe: RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream

As nutritionists, the women also emphasize the role of eating lots of fruits and veggies and exercising regularly to improve circulation and to get the necessary vitamins and minerals to your skin.

Skincare for new moms

It’s hard to imagine that reality star and NFL wife Kristin Cavallari has three kids under the age of five. Yet, she’ll be the first to admit — unlike other celebrities — that she devotes significant time and energy to maintaining her fantastic skin. For all new moms who might struggle with postnatal skincare but who deserve a little extra TLC, this celeb-inspired skincare routine provides it for a fraction of the cost.

1. She uses: Tea tree foaming face wash

Your drugstore dupe: Skinfood Tea Tree Cleanser

2. She uses: Clarisonic Brush to purge the blackheads

Your drugstore dupe: Biore Strips

3. She uses: Vitamin C serum with peptides two to three times a week

Your drugstore dupe: Olay Regenerist Serum

4. She uses: Rose hip oil on alternate nights

Your drugstore dupe: Rose Hip Oil 

5. She uses: ReVive Moisturizing Renewal Eye Cream

Your drugstore dupe: Burt’s Bee’s Intense Hydration Eye Cream

One of Kristin’s skincare secrets — that whatever she puts on face she also puts on her neck and chest — is something else to keep in mind for your own celeb-perfect skin.

Skincare for business superstars

As a mom, actress, producer, and founder of the Flower beauty line, it’s no wonder that Drew Barrymore favors multitasking, heavy-duty skincare products. And like any beauty maven, she clearly knows that there’s nothing wrong with subbing in some drugstore products here and there. We’ve collected drugstore alternatives for a few of her fancier choices. Because, between your meetings and general world domination, we know you only have time for a one-stop shop.

1. She uses: M-61 Power Glow Peel Pads

Your drugstore dupe: Juice Beauty Apple Peel

2. She uses: GlamGlow’s Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment

Your drugstore dupe: Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Facial Souffle Moisturizer

3. She uses: SKII’s Facial Treatment Essence

Your drugstore dupe: Promise Organic Argan Creme

Skincare for the product junkie

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Being a high-flying international supermodel has its perks for Jourdan Dunn. One of the most notable is having access to the most luxurious skincare products. Having glowing skin may be part of Jourdan’s job, but there’s no reason that the rest of us can’t adopt her supermodel-caliber skincare routine with a few savvy swap-ins.

1. She uses: Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser

Your drugstore dupe: Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser

2. She uses: SK-II Facial Essence

Your drugstore dupe: Promise Organic Argan Creme

3. She uses: Sunday Riley Start Over Eye Cream

Your drugstore dupe: Enlite Peel Pads

4. She uses: Zelens Power C Treatment Drops

Your drugstore dupe: L’Oréal Revitalift Peel Pads

5. She uses: Zelens Luminous Brightening Serum

Your drugstore dupe: Olay Regenerist Serum

6. She uses: Zelens Hydro-Shisho Moisturizer

Your drugstore dupe: Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion

Skincare for teens

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Between breakouts, blemishes, and a limited budget, teenage skincare needs are constantly shifting. Perhaps no one knows this better than Kylie Jenner, the youngest Kardashian and Instagram beauty influencer. The girl has got her routine worked out. Luckily for teens, she actually favors many drugstore brands. With a few smart swaps, your teen can have healthy skin without racking up the credit card.

1. She uses: Mimosa Blossom Dream Cream

Your drugstore dupe: Differin Balancing Moisturizer

2. She uses: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Your drugstore dupe: Nourish Organic Eye Treatment with Avocado

3. She uses: Sephora Masks

Your drugstore dupe: Yes To Masks

4. She uses: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Your drugstore dupe: Stridex Acne Pads

So, there you have it. Just because you’re not an A-list celebrity doesn’t mean you can’t look like one. These are some of our favorite celeb-inspired beauty routines and the drugstore dupe products to copy them. Whose beauty regimen do you love the most, and which products are your favorites? Tell us in the comments below!


lindsey gudritz

Lindsey Dodge Gudritz is a writer and mom. She lives with her on-the-move family in Michigan (for now). She has been published in The Huffington Post, the Detroit News, Sex and the State, and the Independent Women's Forum blog. Her family blog can be found at Putting on The Gudritz.