Winter Skin Saviors

Has the never-ending polar vortex taken a toll on your sun-starved skin? These drugstore best-buys will have your skin looking (and feeling) better in no time.


It’s official. There’s barely more than a month left of winter, a thought so welcome, I practically break out into song every time it crosses my mind. My skin (and soul!) are so ready for spring, after endless days spent in a humidity-free office and hours spent braving sub-zero temperatures. To feed my thirsty skin and ensure it’s ready for spring’s big reveal, I’m relying on these bargain-priced products, available in your local drugstore aisles.


1. The Body Shop’s Hemp Hand Protector ($10, after discount) A Body Shop best-seller, this concentrated hand lotion repairs skin’s moisture barrier, aided by rich hemp seed oil and organic beeswax. If over-washing due to flu season has left your hands in rough shape, this magical stuff will fix you up in no time. Save half-off on this $20 lotion now (offer good through 3/2/14).

2. Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer ($7)
While I love rich body butters as much as the next girl, most mornings my no. 1 priority when I get out of the shower is getting out of door on time. Enter Vaseline’s line of continuous-spray, lightly scented aerosol moisturizers. The non-sticky mist absorbs crazy-fast into skin, and the 360-degree spray makes it easy to hit hard-to-reach, (read: ultra-dry) spots like the middle of my back. Print your $2-off coupon now and give it a try!

3. Yes to Grapefruit Daily Facial Scrub ($7)
Rich in my all-time favorite skin brightener (vitamin C) and lycopene, grapefruit extracts and calming lemon balm power this radiance-boosting scrub. It’s a toss-up for what I love most about this stuff: the eye-opening, fresh citrus scent or the fact it makes my skin look and feel like its just been treated to an expensive facial.

4. Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution in Eucalyptus and Spearmint ($6)
If drawing a bath is one of your cold-weather coping mechanisms, these soaking salts have your name on it. The soothing spearmint scent-eucalyptus scent works wonders on stuffed sinuses, while the Epsom salts naturally calm tensed-up, tired muscles. And at roughly $2 a pound, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better bargain for your bath.

5. Burt’s Bees Superfruit Lip Balm Blister Box 4-Pack ($10)
If you’re at all like me, by this time in the winter, you’ve lost or used up the lip balms you purchased last fall. Restock your stash on a dime with this four-pack from Burt’s, comprised of four of their most popular, fruity flavors. Pro tip: Sign up for Burt’s Bees’ mailing list to receive member-only discounts and “buzz-worthy” news.

6. Garnier Clean + Nourishing Cleansing Oil ($8)
Once upon a time I thought finding a decent cleansing oil for less than $20 was impossible. Then I stumbled upon this ultra-nourishing cleanser from Garnier, formulated with rich jojoba and macadamia-nut oils. Applied to dry skin (with dry fingers!), this liquid gold dissolves makeup, lifts impurities from the skin and leaves my complexion feeing soft and pampered. Clip your $1-off coupon now and save!


meghan-mcandrewsEditor by day and the voice of High Plains Thrifter by night, Meghan McAndrews is known for her weekly nacho night get-togethers and ongoing commitment to bringing big hair back. In her free time, she can be found scouring church-basement rummage sales, cooking in her kitchen or daubing it up at the bingo hall.