Say what? Yes, there are products you shouldn't get at the drugstore. While we love save vs. splurge deals there are some things that you can't get a dupe of at the drugstore. Whether a prescription is better, or shelling out the extra cash for a product you know guarantees results, these are some skin care products you shouldn't shop for at the drugstore.
1. Brightening Cream
Why are brightening creams on this list? Well, for starters smaller drugstore brands often don't have the same percentages of concentrated ingredients that are needed to be effective – that's why it's at a lower cost.
$130 - Nordstrom
2. Retinol Creams
Retinol creams are essentially a godsend for those of us who don't look like we naturally always have a filter on us. However, drug stores are not the place for retinols since the dosage needed to see effects can only be acquired by prescription.
$59 - Yoderm
3. Antioxidant Serums
While the drugstore has aisles and aisles of serums you could use, they're not as effective as something from large brands that target specific skin needs. They all have generic expiration dates and aren't worth the investment.
$45 - Sephora
4. Microdermabrasion Exfoliators
It's not that drugstore exfoliators are bad... Well, actually, that's exactly the case. Drugstore brands are either too harsh because they use ground seeds or they use non-biodegradable beads. You're better off splurging a bit and using a scrub that can offer the same benefits as a facial!
$79 - Sephora
Peptide serums which keep you young is not something you can just pick up off a shelf. It takes a lot of money to do the research and science behind the peptides to turn them into serums so if they come cheap, something isn't quite right.
$18.99 - Amazon