Body & Soul: Beauty Bargains

These products prove you don’t have to spend a fortune to look your best.

High-end skin and hair care products tempt us with the promise of clear,  youthful skin, fewer wrinkles, and healthier, shinier hair. After all, our skin and hair do take a beating in the perpetual Florida sun.

But our wallets don’t have to. We consulted with two local beauty experts: Carolyn Hall, medical aesthetician and owner of Orchid Spa & Wellness in Orlando, and Simone Rosas, hair and makeup artist and owner of Makeover Station in Winter Park. Here, they share their top picks for affordable, easy-to-find skin and hair care products that hold their own against pricier competitors.

One caveat: Don’t scrimp on hair care if you color, or especially if you lighten, your hair. Rosas recommends instead that you “splurge on professional hair products sold at your salon” and go for less expensive skin care products.

Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo. Hall says this “has to be the ideal shampoo for dry and over-processed hair. The aloe vera is gentle on the hair, leaving it smooth, soft and shiny.” $20. Target,

Matrix Biolage Ultra Hydrasource Conditioning Balm. It’s effective at controlling frizz “and really traps moisture in hair,” Hall says. $30. Target,

Face Mask
L’Oréal Detox & Brighten Pure-Clay Mask. If dry skin is a concern, this mask is “not as drying as other clay masks I’ve used in the past,” Hall says. $12.99. Walgreens,

Skin Cleanser
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Rosas says it’s a “soap-free formula that cleanses without irritation,” suited to all skin types. $9.79. Walgreens,

Dickinson’s Enhanced Witch Hazel Hydrating Toner with Rosewater. “This one does the same as any expensive brand,” Hall says. $5.97. Walmart,

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. “As a skincare professional, I cannot stress how important moisturizers are. Finding the right one for your skin type can be frustrating also, but this formulation does the job,” Hall says. $22.99. Walgreens,

Eye Cream
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Swirl. It “brightens and hydrates” while leaving skin feeling silky, Rosas says. $23.99. Target,

Wrinkle Cream
L’Oréal Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum.“It’s lightweight and packed with enough Vitamin C to see sufficient improvement in the skin,” Hall says. $23.99. Target,

Night Cream
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Cream. “It’s a great fragrance-free moisturizer with retinol, green tea and Vitamin E,” raves Rosas. $15.49. Walgreens,

RoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream. This is “a great alternative for treating fine lines and wrinkles,” Hall says. “It’s the perfect amount of retinol for the user to see a change in her skin.” $23.99. Walgreens,

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Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask. This deep conditioner “has to be the holy grail ingredient for hair care,” Hall insists. “It’s great for improving texture and shine.” $34.40.

It’s a 10 Miracle Firm Hold Gel. Hall calls it “a little pricey, but a little goes a long way. It lasts a long time and does not leave the hair flaky.” $10.28.

Skin Cleanser
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Cleanser. This product is perfect for acne-prone skin but shouldn’t be used on dry skin, Hall says. $12.11.

Facial Sunscreen
La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Clear Skin Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 60. Rosas likes the fragrance-free formula and this product’s “creamy consistency that dries down super-fast,” leaving no shine. $19.99.

Facial Scrub
Boots Simply Sensitive Cleansing Jelly Ball Scrub. Rosas says this scrub is “formulated with grape seed oil (a great antioxidant) that helps cushion skin” without feeling gritty or rough.  $6.49.

Eye Cream
Lancôme Génifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Cream. “This eye gel is non irritating,” Hall says. “Instead it instantly cools, refreshes and hydrates the eye area” and is less pricey than comparable products. $67.

Acne Control
Clean & Clear ADVANTAGE Acne Spot Treatment. “The two percent salicylic acid formula is super-effective,” Rosas says. $6.49.

Retail prices are approximate; most products can be found locally at Walgreens, CVS, Target, Walmart and Publix stores.

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