Creating a Walmart Skincare Starter Kit
I’ve had the notion of going on a trip to Walmart to create a skincare routine from scratch bouncing around my brain for a couple of weeks. I’m constantly seeing drugstore skincare routine listicles but a ton of the products being listed are either online only or over $25? If I was researching into drugstore/supermarket skincare products I would want to see budget-friendly products that are actually stocked in-store! So I tromped down to my local Walmart and put together a step by step breakdown of how I put together a Walmart skincare routine from scratch.
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My Walmart Skincare Starter Kit Steps
I’ve picked out the following essential skincare routine products from Walmart:
- Makeup Remover
- Facial Moisturizer
- Eye Cream
- Face Mask
Watch the video below to see the full rambly review for each Walmart skincare product that I picked out for this skincare routine. I did forget to include my preferred toner in this video; keep reading to learn more about my cheap toner once you’re done watching! These products were picked to suit my combination/oily skin; if you have a different skin type and want specific product recommendations, check out my skincare routine builder quiz!
These are the products I used to build my Walmart skincare starter kit from scratch:
- Thayers Alcohol Free Witch Hazel $12.55
- Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water $6.78
- Garnier SkinActive Soothing Cleansing Milk $6.78
- L’Oreal Paris Pure Sugar Scrub $9.77
- e.l.f. Cosmetics Pore Clearing Glitter Peel Off Mask $8.00
- Advanced Clinicals C Anti-Aging Serum $4.82
- e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream $10.00
- e.l.f. Cosmetics Hello Hydration! Day Cream $12.00
Picking a toner for my Walmart skincare starter kit
I wanted to also bring home a toner but I actually wasn’t able to find a decent toner! The only toner I found at Walmart that I would even consider bringing home was the Dickinson’s Witch Hazel toner. I didn’t pick this up because I already had a huge bottle of generic witch hazel at home which is exactly the same thing just without cute packaging. The generic witch hazel is much cheaper and just as effective as the name brand. So if you have your heart set on getting a toner for your skincare routine at Walmart just get yourself a bottle of generic witch hazel.
Nine out of ten toners I saw in the skincare aisle were aimed towards acne prone skin types and were formulated with alcohol which is a major red flag for me. A small percentage of alcohol won’t damage your skin but a high concentration will dry out and irritate your skin. There really are no pros to having alcohol in a skincare product so I stuck with straight witch hazel for my skincare routine.
My favorite Walmart makeup remover and cleanser
I’m a firm believer in double cleansing if you wear makeup. For makeup removal, I love the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water. It’s very gentle and removes waterproof formulas without causing skin irritation.
After I’ve removed my makeup, I start the second phase of my double cleanse with the Garnier SkinActive Cleansing Milk. This cleansing milk can be applied to wet or dry skin and is perfect for all skin types. It’s gentle and cleans away excess oil without stripping your skin.
It’s a bit like runny cold cream but doesn’t leave that trademark greasy film that cold cream leaves.
The best serums available at Walmart
I ended up taking the Advanced Clinicals C Anti-Aging Serum ($4.82) home to fill the serum role in my Walmart skincare routine. I was blown away by the ingredient list of this insanely cheap serum! This has Vitamin C, Glycolic Acid, Ferulic Acid, and Lactic Acid all in one serum. This smorgasbord of serums may seem like they’re trying to dilute the Vitamin C, but this is actually a great formula!
Vitamin C is a highly unstable ingredient that oxidizes very easily. Ferulic Acid has been proven to significantly stabilize Vitamin C and boosts its many skin protecting qualities. If you’ve ever used a serum with a high concentration of Vitamin C you may have noticed that it started to turn yellow. This is due to oxidation and if you want to learn more I’ve written more about why Vitamin C serums sometimes change color here.
I was very pleased to see this dynamic duo included in this serum. Walmart also carries other budget-friendly serums by Advanced Clinicals. They also carry retinol, collagen, and hyaluronic serums for under $6.00 each. If you want to learn more about the best serum for your skin type, check out my full guide here.
My favorite moisturizers at Walmart
I ran straight to e.l.f for my moisturizer and eye cream! I chose the e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream ($10.00) and the e.l.f. Cosmetics Hello Hydration! Day Cream ($12.00). The only complaint I have with the day-cream is the fragrance. There are zero benefits to having fragrance in any skincare product so I generally try to steer clear. Other than that one quip, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this cream. It’s non-greasy and feels light on the skin while providing ample moisture.
The eye cream does not have any fragrance and I found this cucumber-infused formula very refreshing. I’m currently battling some intense dark circles and I’m hoping this will equip me for my ongoing fight!
Walmart face masks
I also picked up a peel-off mask by e.l.f and an exfoliating scrub by L’oreal Paris. To be frank, I picked up the glitter mask purely to take an Instagram picture (don’t judge me, I’m a closet glitter fan).
I’m actually not a huge fan of peel-off masks; they tend to be too irritating for most skin types. The e.l.f. Cosmetics Pore Clearing Glitter Peel Off Mask ($8.00) is not in the same league as most charcoal peel-off masks that are currently going viral. A lot of the charcoal masks I see being reviewed are far too intense for any skin type. This e.l.f mask was not uncomfortable to peel off and did not cause any redness or irritation so it gets the GirlChickBetty seal of approval 🙂
Beauty does not equal pain! I want to track down whoever coined that silly phrase and give them a good kick in the shin.
Surprisingly, most of the gunk you see on pore strips are not from blackheads! The majority of this material is actually from sebaceous filaments. Sebaceous filaments line the inside of each and every pore and help channel the flow of sebum into the skin to moisturize it. Sebaceous filaments don’t need to be removed and will just start to refill as soon as they are removed. So don’t be too dazzled by your pore strip; it’s probably not removing blackheads as well as you’ve been led to believe.
The best exfoliating face scrub from Walmart
My favorite skin care tool for preventing blackheads + refining skin texture is exfoliating scrubs! I grabbed the L’Oreal Paris Pure Sugar Scrub ($9.77) to take care of my scrubby needs. This is a sugar-based kiwi-scented facial scrub. I love sugar scrubs because the sugar acts as a built-in timer; once it dissolves you know you’re done! This is also formulated with peppermint and lemongrass oils to help balance oily skin and remove excess sebum.
I wouldn’t recommend this for sensitive skin types since it is a pretty dense exfoliant and this also contains fragrance which isn’t awesome for sensitive skin. If you have sensitive skin and need some exfoliating action I would recommend the Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Facial Scrub.
If you want to dig deeper into finding the perfect face mask for your skin type, check out my guide here.