Regine Johnece Boykin

Summertime is approaching and ‘tis the season for flawless skin!  It’s time to pull out those shorts and bikinis and hit the beach.  Here are five affordable products you can find at your local drugstore that will keep your skin revived and nourished, so you can feel comfortable showing off the skin you’re in!


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1)  Garnier Skin Active Blackhead Eliminating Scrub

There are three ingredients known to form the juiciest pimples of all time: sweat, dirt and oil.  In summer, the beaming sun mixes this deadly trio together on our faces.  Add the slightest bit of foundation and you’re really in for it!  This face wash by Garnier is the perfect relief for these symptoms.  Using this in the morning and before bed has rid me of my fear of becoming the sun’s personal boiling pot for pimples.  The charcoal softens your skin, while the rest of the formula does its job of both fighting existing blemishes and preventing future breakouts.

2)  Queen Helene Cocoa Butter: Solid

It’s no secret that cocoa butter is the queen product of the beauty world.  One of its applications that I find it most useful for is healing my dry skin.  The Queen Helene Cocoa Butter, which you can find at Walgreens for under $5, answered my prayers.  I apply this to my feet or other dry areas after I shower, and it works like magic.  For best results, try applying it to your feet, then wearing socks to bed or around the house.  This works as sort of a mask to help the lotion seep deeper into your skin.

3)  Exfoliating Hand Gloves

Give your body a good hand wash!  I first discovered these gloves at Walgreens.  They’re machine washable shower gloves that work extremely well for exfoliation.  It’s important to exfoliate your skin to remove any dry, dead skin cells from your body.  I typically target naturally rough areas with these gloves, such as my elbows and knees, but they work miracles on all parts of my body.  You use them daily as you would any wash cloth.  Apply soap, lather and wash!  These hidden treasures are the key to soft skin.  They run for about $2-5 at your local drugstore or a mass retailer such as Walmart.

4)  Burt’s Bees Face Wipes

Spring and summer vacations are the best time to execute those YouTube makeup looks you might’ve been watching all year.  There’s nothing like a seamless makeup look on a night out during vacation.  The issue is coming back from said night out and wanting to jump straight into bed!  When we do this, our facial masterpiece becomes a mixture of browns, tans and blacks smeared onto our pillowcases when we neglect to wash our faces prior to falling asleep.  Face wipes are our saviors in situations like these.  Burt’s Bees face wipes, for example, are perfect for sensitive skin, have a soft feel and remove makeup gently.  Someone who has trouble with other makeup wipes burning their skin may find these to be a gentler alternative.

5)  Freeman Facial Peel-Off Mask: Cucumber

This mask is peculiar in the sense that instead of washing it off, you pull it off!  Rummaging around under my mom’s bathroom sink in middle school led me to stumble upon this jewel.  I always use it when my skin is going through a huge breakout due to stress or other uncontrollable factors.  I apply it to my face, let it dry and then peel.  Simple!  It leaves your skin with a cooling sensation and dries out pimples.  For the many years I’ve used this product, it has become an essential facial cleanser during the summer, which is when I tend to have the most intense and noticeable breakouts.

Remember, it’s not always essential to splurge on fancy skin care products!  These five quality products are the perfect way to get your skin flawless for the summer and allow you to save a few coins.


Regine Boykin is a communication major and Spanish and journalism minor at Wake Forest University. She sees writing as a way to creatively voice her insights and express her emotions to the world.


Comments (9)

  1. Alicia Streeter

I will definitely use these products for my skincare! It's nice to read about products that work and are affordable!

  1. Liz

Really excited to try the Burt's Bees face wipes!

  1. Samantha Ann

I love this article! Everything is so true.. And I absolutely LOVE Freeman's face masks. They really are effective and cost efficient. My sister and I use the Charcoal one if anyone wants to give it a try!

  1. Regine Johnece Boykin    Samantha Ann

Thanks Samantha, and I love the charcoal mask as well! Another one of my favorites.

  1. Meghan Loftus

Skin care first, then makeup!! Great article Regine

  1. Regine Johnece Boykin    Meghan Loftus

Thanks Meghan!

  1. Don

Very informative

  1. Jordan

I will definitely be trying that cucumber peel off mask!

  1. Meagan Hooper

I definitely need a new face wipe that can remove make-up. Thank you!


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