The question I get asked most often is, “How can I take good care of my skin on a budget?” I know it can seem like the best skincare products are pricey–but are they, really? Or are you just noticing Goop-ified shelfies on Instagram filled with Drunk Elephant, Vintner’s Daughter, and La Mer and lusting over that luxury lifestyle?
Sure, those products are nice and work well–but don’t be fooled into thinking that more $$$ = more effective. In fact, the most-loved products in my collection are my tea tree oil toner ($10), a jar of coconut oil ($9), and a vat of Manuka honey ($19) and for a long time, my entire routine relied on these three natural products (which most of you probably have in your pantry right now, by the way). You can read more about this cheap, three-product approach here.
Next week, I’ll continue the skincare-on-a-budget theme with a post on accessible “dupes” for high-end skincare products, and eventually I’ll get into how making your own natural skincare products is actually the cheapest–and safest–alternative. But this week, let’s go to Target.
I’m willing to bet every single one of you has experienced that Target-specific phenomenon of stepping into the store to get toilet paper and walking out with $132.78 worth of stuff you did not need. Personally, I do the most damage in the beauty section because Target has stepped up its skincare game like woah. There are a surprising amount of natural products lining the Target shelves these days, so you can actually feel good about the miles-long receipt you’re racking up. Here’s the best that (a little) money can buy at Target.
FIG + YARROW APOTHECARY
Fig+Yarrow is a brand that’s been around in the natural beauty space for a while, with a focus on all-natural, handcrafted botanical products. I was skeptical when they created an offshoot of the brand–Fig+Yarrow Apothecary–specifically for Target, but the ingredients lists check out!
I’m a huge fan of the Orange Blossom + Lavender Complexion Water, $19.99. This stuff smells INCREDIBLE and is super-hydrating. I would bathe in it if I could.
The Eyebright Coffee Bean Eye Cream, $23.99, is another Fig+Yarrow Apothecary offering on rotation in my routine. I use it in the mornings to help counteract dark circles and puffiness.
Pacifica is a really fun, young brand that’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free and makes products like Crystal Energy Bath Bombs and Rose Kombucha Flower Powered Face Wash. Hell yes–good copy gets me every time.
These babies are CHEAP, too. I’ve stocked up on the Super Green Detox Kale and Charcoal Facial Mask, $3.99, the Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic, $5.99, and the Kale Detox Deep Cleaning Face Wash, $9.50.
Skincare junkies may be familiar with Pixi from their cult-favorite Glow Tonic, an acid exfoliator that rivals Biologique Recherche P50 and puts Glossier Solution to shame. If you’ve been toying with the idea of buying into either of those pricey products, do yourself a favor and grab Pixi skintreats Glow Tonic, $15, on your next Target run instead.
I first discovered Acure Organics while searching for an affordable dupe for Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Oil. The internet told me that Acure’s Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil, $11, would do the trick–and it did. Since then, I’ve also been testing their Radically Rejuvenating Eye Cream, $13, and loving the results.
SW Basics was founded by Adina Grigore, the author of Skin Cleanse, a book that actually changed my life. The brand's focus is simple, clean products made with minimal ingredients–their labels actually tell you how many ingredients are in said product, with most of them sitting in the 3 - 4 range. For a Target buy, that pretty impressive.
THAYER’S WITCH HAZEL
This is a classic skincare must-have–there’s a reason it’s been around since my mom was a kid– and Target has a bunch of Thayer’s Witch Hazel options to choose from–the classic formula, a version infused with rose petals, a calming cucumber option, and even a lavender scent perfect for pre-bedtime routines.
LOVE AND BEAUTY PLANET
Finally, haircare. I’m OBSESSED with everything from Love Beauty and Planet, a relatively new haircare brand that’s committed to “small acts of love” for the planet, like 100% recycled and recyclable bottles, responsibly sourced ingredients, and vegan formulations. Plus, the packaging is really, really cute.
I have a total of three Love Beauty and Planet shampoo-and-conditioner sets in my shower right now: the Tea Tree Oil and Vetiver set, the Coconut Oil and Ylang Ylang set, and the Coconut Water and Mimosa Flower set. Oh, and I use their Argan Oil and Lavender Leave-In Smoothie Cream (all $6.99 each) post-shower. And I feel no shame.
I’m sure you didn’t need more reasons to spend money at Target, but there you go. Let me know what you grab on your next Target run!