Beauty on a Budget: Glowing Skin

By Amanda Cook-Reese and Crystal Moody

The weather is getting colder and tends to cause dry skin, but there are ways to protect your skin and leave it looking moisturized and healthy year long. Department store skin care costs can be outrageous; however with these recommendations, you can have healthy looking skin on a budget. We understand that not everyone’s skin is the same, so we compiled a list of a few items that we think will work for every skin type. Products are offered in different variations such as oily skin, dry/combination or normal skin types. Before purchasing, be sure the product matches your skin type to get the best results.  All the following products can be found at local drugstores.

Makeup Remover

In order to keep skin looking healthy, remove makeup every night before going to bed. Makeup clogs pores and can cause breakouts. For students who stay up late studying for finals, make this a quick process by using Neutrogena makeup removing wipes. These wipes are gentle on the skin and also remove waterproof mascara. This quick and easy way to remove makeup won’t irritate eyes and leaves skin feeling non greasy. Prices vary around $4.97 for a pack of 25 wipes.


After removing all your makeup you need to cleanse your face to get any remaining residue off. Clean & Clear Morning Burst Fruit Infusions cleanser comes in three different varieties. Just because this says ‘morning’ doesn’t mean it has to be used strictly in the a.m. hours. It smells delicious and also helps protect against breakouts. The thick consistency feels great on the face and leaves skin feeling fresh, not dry or tight. Morning Burst is an oil free formula and contains seven vitamins and antioxidants. Prices vary for around $5.97.

For a cleanser that doesn’t have acne fighting ingredients in it, try Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser. This cleanser is gentle on skin, but gets the job done. It is soap free and hypoallergenic, making it great for sensitive skin. It is oil free with moisture rich soy extracts to leave skin feeling radiant and smooth. Prices vary around $6.50.


After cleansing, toner helps restore skin back to its normal PH balance. Anyone can use toners but they are best suited for oily and combination skin types. Olay oil minimizing toner smells great and doesn’t burn the skin. Prices vary around $4.97.


There are a ton of moisturizers on the market these days and each skin type requires a different moisturizer. What works for us, may not work for you but a relatively universal moisturizer is Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream. This gel like formula is very light weight, doesn’t weigh heavy on the skin and leaves skin feeling full of moisture. The pleasant scent fades fairly quickly and does not leave skin feeling oily. Prices vary at $6.97 and a little goes a long way.

All year long you need sunscreen on your face to help protect against damage. Try Aveeno Ultra Calming moisturizer which contains an SPF of 15 to skip an extra step. This all in one product is great for all skin types and is hypoallergenic. This product will leave your face feeling soothed and will heal any dryness experienced. The price is around $14.97.


Student’s faces are not the only area that needs taken care of during the winter months. A great lotion for the entire body is the Jergens Naturals line. It has four different types of lotions; Hydrate, Renew, Soothe, and Refresh. For winter months try the Hydrate to leave skin feeling full of moisture. It contains Jojoba oil and cactus extracts to soothe dry skin. Prices vary around $4.97.

Students can keep skin looking great all year long with these budget products. It’s not necessary to spend an entire paycheck to have great looking skin. There are many great options to choose from. Know your skin type and pick out which products will work best for you.