In the Mirror

4 Skin-Kind Finds Under $30

By Charlotte on October 1, 2015 5:03 AM

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Finding the right skincare routine can be like walking a tightrope. I've gotta have beauty products strong enough to do the job without sending my sometimes sensitive skin over the edge.

That's why I like to play it safe with skin-kind finds like these. They're designed to deliver powerful results with no fear of unpleasant side effects. You can pick up these budget-friendly buys at your local Target, one of my regular haunts. (I shop Friday mornings to miss the crowd.) And now to the end of October, Target is offering special discounts on these and other fan favorites from Neutrogena, Aveeno and RoC. (Check the end of this post for details.)

Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil

Just launched in July, Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil cleans skin without stripping it of natural moisture the way some cleansers do. This nourishing blend of fine oils acts like a magnet to remove dirt, excess oil, even waterproof makeup and water-resistant suntan lotion. It's not alkaline so it doesn't change your skin's pH balance, which can cause irritation and oil buildup.

If yoCleansing Oil 102.jpgu're picturing something like vegetable or olive oil, think again. I'm talking much, much lighter and oh-so simple to use. You just massage a healthy amount (three to four squirts from the helpful pump bottle) onto your face, including your eyes and lashes, and splash off with water. Nice!   

Great morning and night, this grime stopper leaves my face feeling clean, soft and moisturized not stretched tight, slimy slick or greasy. Plus, it's noncomedogenic and opthalmologically tested so you don't have to worry about it clogging pores or aggravating eyes. $8.99 (4.5 fluid ounce pump bottle)

This surprisingly lightweight cleansing oil removes dirt, oil and 99 percent of makeup, without stripping your skin's natural moisture barrier.


Aveeno Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes

These soft, soothing towelettes eliminate all types of makeup without sending sensitive skin into a panic.

I always keep them on hand because they're a shortcut to clean that comes in especially handy after a late night when I might otherwise be tempted to sleep in my makeup (yuck!) or when I'm traveling. These clever noncomedogenic, dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested wipes whisk away dirt, oil and makeup (including waterproof mascara) with no problem.

They cleanse and comfort skin with naturally calming ingredients like Aveeno's exclusive Feverfew (a relative of Chamomile). Safe for temperamental skin like mine, the oil-free formula Ultra Calming 350.jpghelps you avoid dryness and irritation as well as ugly redness. 

On top of all that, these do-it-all wipes come in a sure-seal package that keeps the last one as fresh and moist as the first. ($6.99 for a pack of 25 wipes) 

Ideal for sensitive skin, Aveeno Makeup Removing Wipes are a shortcut to clean.


RoC Multi Correxion 5 in 1 Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen

A smart choice for boomers, this powerful, anti-aging moisturizer fights discoloration, sagging, dryness, dull tone and wrinkles while being gentle enough for everyday use. The multitasking formula uses Hexinol Technology to help skin look, feel and act younger. Plus, it includes SPF 30 broad spectrum prot5 in 1 daily moisturizer 106.jpgection to aid in preventing sunburn as well as reducing your risk of skin cancer and early aging caused by the sun.

I like using this lightweight lotion in the morning after cleansing and toning my face. It doesn't leave skin feeling icky and soaks right in so I can apply CC cream or foundation immediately afterwards. A bargain at $29, this winner has been shown to provide visible skin improvements in as little as four weeks.

Gentle enough to use every day, RoC Multi Correxion Daily Moisturizer fights five signs of aging while providing SPF 30 sun protection.

Give it four months for even greater returns. At that point, 100 percent of women in a clinical study reported:

In the same study, 83 percent of women saw improvement in their age spots and 87 percent said under-eye wrinkles were less apparent. Now that's something to celebrate! ($28.99 for a 1.7 fluid ounce bottle)


Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Cream with Sunscreen 

Since foundations can have a drying effect, I like using a tinted moisturizer like Aveeno Positively Radiant CC Cream to smooth my skin and put redness under wraps. This skin friend uses a Total Soy Complex with natural light-reflecting minerals to provide sheer coverage while brightening positively radiant 98.jpgand evening out my skin tone. It also includes SPF 30 broad spectrum protection to ward off harmful UVA/UAB rays. 

Available in Fair to Light (my choice) and Medium tints, this hypoallergenic, oil-free find is noncomedogenic and gentle enough to use every day. ($14.99-$16.99 for 1.1 fluid ounces)

 This multitasking, color correcting cream provides natural-looking coverage while brightening and protecting skin from the sun's harmful rays.


On the Shelf

Visit your local Target before Oct. 31 for deals on these and many other new and timeless beauty favorites from Neutrogena, Aveeno and RoC , including cosmetics, cleansers, moisturizers, makeup removers and anti-aging products. Just look for special displays in the beauty section or ask the Target Beauty Concierge team for help. They provide expert opinions and one-on-one advice. You can find a team near you by entering your zip code here.

Timeline for Target Discounts:


We'd like to shout out a big thank you to J&J Skincare for partnering with us on this post and providing a Target gift card towards the purchase of samples for review and testing. 


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