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March 25, 2010

Drugstore Beauty Buys with Amy Wechsler, MD


NYC-based dermatologist and physchiatrist Amy Wechsler, MD, wrote the book on how our hectic, fast-paced lives can lead to adult acne and premature aging. Who better to dole out advice on stress-free (i.e. inexpensive!) ways to care for your skin? Here are her favorite drugstore beauty buys:


  1. Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream and Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Body Lotion are my favorite body lotions. I go to the local warehouse club and buy big tubs or giant pump dispensers. They’re both terrific.
  2. Also at the local warehouse club, I buy Dove Beauty Bars or Purpose Cleansing Bars by the case. They don’t strip your skin of the good oils.
  3. Safflower oil is a super moisturizer, especially for gator-dry legs, and gentle enough for babies. This heart-friendly polyunsaturated oil owes its famous skin-enriching actions to its very high linoleic acid content, a fatty acid that skin normally makes to keep its moisture level up and barrier function intact.  Since our body’s linoleic acid production gets sluggish as we get older, safflower oil helps replace it—from the outside in! Smooth it on immediately after a bath or shower while you’re still damp to seal in the moisture.
  4. For sunscreens, Neutrogena Sensitive Skin SPF 30 sunblock lotion is a world-class bargain.  It contains 9.1 percent titanium dioxide, a crushed mineral that protects you instantly.
  5. Vaseline is the best lip moisturizer. And talk about cheap!  By the way, don’t use any lip balms that contain phenol (Blistex does, for one). They strip the top layer off your lips. That’s why you get addicted to them; they remove your natural protection.


  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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