The Drugstore Checklist: Skin & Body Products

Maria Duenas Jacobs
Amy Odell
Sidney Williams
Emily Ratajkowski
Misty Copeland
Chloe Malle
Malgosia Bela
Cindy Crawford
Sophia Amoruso
Sophia Amoruso
Camilla Blackett

The Top Shelf is good for many things—professional advice, home décor porn, and more often than not, as a laundry list of products to stock up on next time you find yourself wandering through the pharmacy. Here is the first installment of that list, products for your skincare and body needs:

Maria Dueñas Jacobs: "I don’t wash my face really; I use wet cleansing cloths, the Pond’s Original Cleansing Towelettes. I wash my face only when I’m in the shower, but at night, I use the Pond’s for my eye makeup and all of my tinted moisturizer and anything else that I have on. It just cleans out my face completely and I like the smell and it makes me feel I’ve, like, cleaned thoroughly. It bothers me when I wash my face and mascara runs down my eyes. It freaks me out and I just don’t like it. So, using those towels I feel l like I have more control over what I clean. I’m fortunate to have pretty good skin, but I do occasionally get pimples, and I use Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Vanishing Treatment Cream, ‘cause it really works."

Amy Odell: "When it comes to beauty, I’m really picky about skin. I was really lucky in high school because I never had breakouts, but I started having them when I moved to New York from the pollution—I think. To prevent breakouts now, I wash my face with Cetaphil twice in a row. That’s the best tip I’ve learned from a facialist—she said 'Wash, rinse, then wash and rinse again.’ That gets all of the impurities out."

Sidney Williams: "I have a Burt’s Bees Rosewater Toner that I actually really like—it just closes up your pores after you wash your face, and it smells like roses."

Joe Zee: "I use Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets—I learned that from a makeup artist, because the Clean & Clear sheets are plastic and really mattify and other ones are paper."

Harley Viera-Newton: "I love the Garnier Eye Roller—it has caffeine and minerals in it, plus coverage."

Emily Ratajkowski: "When I want my skin to look really dewy, I’ll put Aquaphor under my eyes at night. It just makes my skin feel firmer and moist. It’s especially good when I’m traveling, to keep my skin from drying out and over-producing oil."

Aurélie Bidermann: "Clear Eyes is a savior to me, because I’m allergic to everything."

Rachel Antonoff: "I am truly addicted to Blistex Lip Medex. I don’t even leave it in my purse when I’m places. It has to be out on the table. It’s embarrassing."

Emilie Jean: “ChapStick! Oh my god, ChapStick is the most important thing. I have ChapStick everywhere. Just, you know, the normal, Original ChapStick. It’s the best; it’s the only thing I use. It doesn’t dry out your lips—it actually moisturizes them. Everything else I’ve tried doesn’t work. I mean, sometimes before I go to bed I put on Vaseline. Because it’s so icky tasting, I'm less likely to lick it off. Is that strange? I don't know...When I was little, I was obsessed with eating Cherry Chapstick. [Laughs]"

Misty Copeland: "I swear by Crest Whitening Strips. They work! I use them very rarely, but I love them."

Chloe Malle: "I’m obsessed with my dentist—she’s this 80-something-year-old, extremely elegant Polish woman who just knows everything about everything, Dr. Irena Mausner. I always leave her office feeling so well-informed about current events. I love her. Every night I brush my teeth with my electronic toothbrush and Colgate Total, which is what she recommends, then I floss and use Act mouthwash."

Malgosia Bela: "The only toothpaste I use is Arm & Hammer Extreme Whitening Toothpaste—it has the best scent."

Cindy Crawford: "Before I get out of the shower, I will use the Neutrogena Body Oil while I’m still wet. I do that before I dry off because the oil mixes with the water and it moisturizes well that way. I quickly run it on for 10 seconds and then just towel it off. If I’m really dry, I will put another moisturizer on. My body lotion is by my friend Sonia [Kashuk]. I love all of her products, her line is at Target."

Sophia Amoruso: "I have to slather my entire body in moisturizer after I shower, otherwise it sucks to put pants on. I like the pretty basic Lubriderm."

Christie Brinkley: "I use the Jergens Natural Glow, which actually gives you a little color. I usually do the Medium to Tan, but you should always start with the Fair to Medium and go from there. It’s great stuff, I absolutely love it. I go through it all the time."

Camilla Blackett: "For my body, I just use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter. It’s a drugstore classic that works year-round. It’s just so good. Even though it’s always warm in Los Angeles, air conditioning dries out your skin, so you still need a decent moisturizer."

Photo by Tom Newton.

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  • Haiku Jew

    Drugstore beauty aisles
    the plethora of products
    can overwhelm one.

  • Bridget

    Something about seeing a bulging, weighed-down DR bag gets me very excited.

  • Juriesan

    The DR in the Trump building downtown is magical. They have a hair and nail salon right in the beauty section. And its HUGE.

  • starryhye

    I've always loved browsing the goods at my local CVS or Walgreens! My love for beauty and hair products started early and the drugstore offerings were the only things I could afford. Now it's a great way to try a new product with low financial commitment.

    • eastvillagesiren

      I feel the same way. And when I went to London the first time, I dragged my husband to several Boots and spent literally a half hour at each one, oohing and aahing over the product assortment and how much smaller the shampoo and conditioner bottles were ; )

  • Divya

    Neutrogena and Aquaphor are clear favorites! "80% of the goodness at 20% of the price"!! Way to go! :D

    • Nae

      Hilarious but true: the "baby" Aquaphor is apparently the same as standard Aquaphor ingredients-wise, but some stores price them differently.

  • ModernGrace

    I recently discovered Clearasil Refreshing Superfruit pads, which were recommended by Caroline Hirons. I don't get acne often, but they have a gentle enough acid to exfoliate skin and give a glow.

  • Nae

    I am a drugstore skincare junkie, to be sure:

    I've been using the Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque off and on for about 5 years now, and it always shrinks my pimples and makes my face look and feel soooo smooth!

    Also, Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser: one of the few cleansers I can find that isn't full of potent anti-acne ingredients. I've been using it since high school.

    You have to have Neosporin on your desk to blot on popped pimples to kill the bacteria. Neutrogena's fragrance-free Norwegian Formula Hand Cream was a life-saver when I had to do three manicures for my sister's wedding, so that also stays out.

    But I have a very big weakness: Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. Granted, it's easy to get it on sale at places like TJ Maxxx, but it's still not drugstore. That stuff is my CRACK.

    • MoseyM

      Queen Helene 4Everrrrrr!

    • Guest

      All hail the Queen! I've been using it since I was a teenager. In fact, my MOTHER used it, too! It's been around forever.

    • irisflower

      love this comment! queen helene sure is queen! will have to give all the other products you recommended a go!

  • Emma and Emily

    I love drugstore products. Aveeno moisturiser is my saviour!

  • Steph

    Great beauty products!

  • lolo

    Clean and Clear oil absorbing sheets list mineral oil as an ingredient, so does Aquaphor, both make me break out but I love Aquaphor for lips and I rub the excess into my cuticles.

  • alionablog

    Nice post idea!

  • Emily Shea

    Oh man. Suddenly I have a huge list of drugstore products I have to pick up.

  • Ashley

    I absolutely the Neutrogena Body Oil. So fun to see that CIndy Crawford is a fan, too!

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I really like using the Neutrogena as a bath oil.

  • MoseyM

    Plain Epsom salts, plain aloe gel, Burts Bees lip balm with mango, and Eucerin, for ever & ever amen.

  • Julia Dalrymple

    Can an article please be written on the best tinted moisturizers? Particularly useful for summer weather :).

  • nooneputsbabyinthecorner

    I love the Eucerin Daily Protection Moisturizer. It has SPF 30, it's really lightweight, and has minimal scent. It's a fantastic moisturizer for oily skin, and it works well under any face make-up I use. I also love the Cerave Foaming Facewash for Oily/Combination skin. It keeps the grease in check without drying out my skin, and it comes in a huge bottle with a pump. I use both of those products every single day.

    • eastvillagesiren

      Thanks for the recs. I'll have to try the Cerave. Have you tried the Eucerin Q10 anitwrinkle cream it the jar? I slather it on my neck, chest and hands every night, and it has made a diffence.

      • nooneputsbabyinthecorner

        No, I haven't tried that, and I've been meaning to get a new night cream. Do you have oily or combo skin?

  • alipayne

    Walgreens is my favorite! You can get so much great stuff for so little $$$. Live Clean Baby body wash and body lotion is great for babies, but just as great for adults (super soft scent). Also, huge fan of anything by CeraVe. Dr. Bronner's castille soap in lavender or peppermint are super versatile. Aquaphor is perfect for my lips and my elbows!! Dr. Teal's lavender epsom salts make the perfect soak. And if you haven't tried Johnson's No More Tangles since you were 5, I would give it another try. Time for a drugstore run!!!

  • Valentina Duracinsky

    LOVE the absorbent sheets!

  • Lexie

    I was JUST searching for a post like this here a couple weeks ago...

  • Myra Esoteric

    I knew it, celebs shop at Walmart and Walgreens like the rest of us.

  • Kaitlin Brunsden

    Ahh I love that little cat doodad in picture 7! Gimme!

  • Meg

    I love drug store beauty, it's for the every day person so there are tons and tons of reviews about products, which makes shopping for them so easy. Not to say the higher end stuff isn't reviewed a lot, but it's not always affordable.

  • bp

    For any tourist anywhere in the world, I think raiding the product aisle of a drugstore is one of the highlights of a vacation. I always enjoy reading everyone's drugstore essentials. The best days are when CVS sends the 25% off email on some Thursdays... that means it's time to stock up!

  • Megan

    Noxzema and the pink Dove bar in the morning shower, and a bit of Vaseline under my eyes to "seal" my evening face routine. Heaven, old school heaven! I'm going to try a jar of Ponds classic cold cream next.

    My drugstore fail is Cetaphil. doesn't clean and actually kind of dried my face out.

  • AG

    Aquaphor is so useless, it's practically paraffin and paraffin does nothing good for your skin.


Pond’s Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes
Clearasil Ultra
Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Treatment Cream
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Burt's Bees Rosewater Toner
Clean & Clear
Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
Garnier Nutritioniste
Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Clear eyes
Clear Eyes Complete 7 Symptom Relief Astringent/Lubricant Eye Drops
Blistex Lip Medex, Lip Moisturizer
ChapStick Medicated Skin Protectant External Analgesic Lip Balm
Crest 3D Professional Effects Whitening Strips
Colgate Total
Colgate Total Gum Defense Toothpaste
ACT Restoring
ACT Restoring Mouthwash Anticavity, Cool Splash Mint
Arm & Hammer
Arm & Hammer Extreme Whitening Toothpaste
Neutrogena Body Oil
Sonia Kashuk
Sonia Kashuk Yellow Alluriana Body Lotion
Lubriderm Daily Moisture
Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
Palmer's Cocoa Butter