November 8, 2012
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Oil-Free Hydrating Face Gel

Introducing our newest column, featuring beauty steals that are just as effective as the fancier competition. I’m the guiltiest of assuming that expensive equals better, but lately have been stumbling on some major drugstore discoveries. The whole the BB crew will be weighing in, but we love reader recommendations! Like this one from recent grad Deven, who’s trying to support her beauty habit on an intern budget. (Been there, done that.)
Sometimes I just want a break from thick, heavy face creams. I want something more, well, refreshing. And Garnier Nutritioniste Moisture Rescue Refreshing Gel-Cream ($7) is it! I love it in the summer because it’s light and non-greasy, and still delivers the moisture. But I use it year ’round because it is so gentle and lightweight it won’t interfere with other skin products, like an acne treatment gel or prescription face cream. I wear it over a retinoid and my skin stays smooth and calm. I had been using Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief ($49) but there wasn’t any difference except the price!  –Deven

 

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