If you love to shop at Target, you know that they offer both a wide array of products and a great chance to skip shopping guilt by buying zero-waste products. Whether you have sensitive skin or just want to start with the basics, you can find products in the Target Health and Beauty section that will suit your needs.
Target has a wide array of products for skin health. If you've got sensitive skin, they also have an excellent selection of samples. Take a few for a test drive and find a product line that serves you best.
Start with Clean Skin
A simple first step is to cleanse your skin with a Simple skin wipe. Not only will these remove makeup, but they will take away excess oil and dirt. Gently wipe your face from the nose out and the forehead down. Avoid wiping up; this may push impurities into your pores and lead to breakouts. You can also use one of the Dr. Bronner's varieties found at Target as a simple, basic skin cleanser. Do be aware that this product is highly concentrated; you will need to dilute it for best value.
If your skin is prone to reddening, consider the almond or mint soap to soothe. Lavender essential oils and soaps have a lovely fragrance and a natural cleansing power. If you are prone to acne, try the tea tree oil. Just a couple of drops in a basin of warm water will be plenty.
Tone Your Skin
Toning is a critical step in rebalancing your skin. While soap takes away impurities, it also strips your skin of necessary oils and nutrients. A toner puts it back and balances the skin before you moisturize, protect or apply makeup. If you're not sure, start with something formulated for very sensitive skin. Pixi Rose Tonic is made with rose and elderflower. It's loaded with antioxidants and offers a gentle, natural fragrance. For those who go from work to the gym, this comes in a 3.4 ounce bottle that can easily fit in a purse or backpack.
If you have oily or combination skin, it can be hard to find a moisturizer that doesn't feel heavy. The Amie Clear & Calm Mattifying Face Moisturizer has a clean, light feel that will not make your face feel clogged or sticky. Additionally, if you tend to get shiny later in the day and don't like the feel of powder, you can control shine with this moisturizer.
If you need both SPF protection and a moisturizer, the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-In-Milk for Face and Body Sunscreen Lotion offers SPF 60 protection without the tackiness of other sunscreen options. This product is fragrance free and water resistant up to 80 minutes, so you may need to take it with you if you're headed to the beach.
Using a regular exfoliant will carry away dead skin cells, reduce the risk of breakouts and even boost your collagen production. The Sukin Australian Revitalizing Facial Scrub on a regular basis can improve the health of your skin over time. This product also contains jojoba and rose hip oils to soften skin.
Check Out the Grocery Section!
If you're sensitive to nuts, worried about scratching your face or focusing on your budget, head over to the grocery section. A DIY brown sugar and olive oil scrub can be mixed up and stored in a plastic tub in your shower. Once you have the paste mixed, simply coat your hands and work from the feet up. The combination of pressure and moisture will break down the sugar crystals into smaller shards. Use the rough stuff on feet, knees and elbows, and save the finer mix for your face and neck.
Additional things to consider with this scrub: Don't store this in glass. Your hands will be very slick while you use this and you don't want to drop a glass jar in your tub. Do make sure you clean the tub right after this; the combination of oil and brown sugar will leave your bath looking dingy. Do try to take the time to air dry your body. Once the sugar is fully rinsed away, the olive oil will take time to soak in and soothe your skin. Dry your feet immediately so you don't go skating across the bath.