Target is one of my favorite places to shop because I like to be a basic bitch and get a chai latte to sip on while I shop. As far as skincare goes, you have to dig! But, Target carries Andalou Naturals, which is my most recommended non-professional line, as well as Derma E and SW Basics. While I’m on the subject, I’m not a “naturals only” esthetician. I believe there is a time and a place for everything, and products need things like preservatives to give them shelf life. However, most drugstore/OTC lines that are not “natural” do not have a good concentration of active ingredients, whereas drugstore “natural” lines do. As with CVS, I’ve left out higher end lines that can be bought elsewhere. Unlike CVS, Target’s website doesn’t include the price-per-ounce, and I failed every math class I ever took, so if you’re looking for the best price using those parameters, you may need to do some in-store comparing for yourself. (If you’re just now coming in, please see my disclaimer from the Good Skin For All: CVS Edition post.)
Goals for oily skin: balance without drying out.
What to avoid:
- drying, irritating ingredients that will only cause your skin to produce more oil to compensate
- anything too thick and suffocating that may clog your already acne-prone pores
- Cleanser: Derma E Purifying Gel Cleanser ($13.99); Earth Science Clarifying Facial Wash ($10.95); Acure Organics Facial Cleansing Gel ($9.99); Kiss My Face Potent and Pure Exfoliating Face Wash ($11.39); Yes to Tomatoes Daily Clarifying Cleanser ($7.59); S.W. Basics Cleanser ($22); or, my personal favorite, Alba Hawaiian Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme Cleanser ($9.99). As you can see, Target has a pretty wide selection of cleansers for oily/acne prone skin outside of the usual Clean and Clear, Biore, Neutrogena, etc. I read the labels of all of those products, hoping to find some good in these staples, but I could not. These lines are so full of fillers and other “useless” ingredients that they have little cleansing or treating value at all. You’re paying $5 to wash your face with drying preservatives, not even drying cleansing agents. So, do your skin a favor and stay away from these. I am the last person to bash drugstore skincare but I am an educated professional, and I do want you to get your money’s worth!
- Toner: Derma E Purifying Toning Mist ($13.99); Acure Organics Facial Toner Balancing ($12.99); SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Toner ($9.99); S.W. Basics Toner ($22); or Alba Hawaiian Complexion Balancing Hibiscus Toner ($8.99) which is my favorite. You’ll find that the Alba Hawaiian line is my favorite drugstore line for oily/acneic skin. I use the pineapple enzyme scrub twice a week because it’s so gentle that even my dry, dry skin can tolerate it. I like that this line relies on fruit acids and enzymes to do the work. I don’t like all of Alba’s products, but I do love the Hawaiian line.
- Exfoliant: SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Wash and Scrub ($9.99) and S.W. Basics Exfoliant ($24.49) were the only ones I found on Target’s website that I can recommend. My FAVORITE is the Alba Hawaiian scrub I mentioned above. It wasn’t listed on the site, but I know they have it in store. It’s the Alba Hawaiian Facial Scrub Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme (woah that’s a mouthful).
- Moisturizer: SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Moisturizer ($11.99) was, again, the only one I can thoroughly recommend. Although it has alcohol lower in the deck, I wish Yes to Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer ($10.79) didn’t contain straight alcohol at all, but it might be worth trying.
- Masks: Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($17.49) does contain a menthol derivative, but in low concentration. Earth Science Papaya Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel ($14.99) doesn’t actually have high glycolic content BUT the rest of the ingredients are great for oily skin. SheaMoisture African Black Soap Clarifying Mud Mask ($14.99) has a great ingredient deck and comes in mud and sheet mask forms. PLANT Zit Zap Spot Treatment Mask ($24) is pricey but impressive. Yes to Tomatoes Mud Facial Mask ($15.99) and S.W. Basics Hibiscus Mask ($22) get an honorable mention.
- Serums/treatments: I didn’t find any worth your oily-faced money. Sorry guys 😦
Goals for dry skin: hydrating, gentle exfoliation, and acid mantle repair.
Things to avoid:
- anything drying (obvs)
- anything irritating
- anything too terribly thick (dry skin is still prone to breakouts!)
- Cleanser: Earth Science Whipped Cream Cleanser ($14.95); Earth Science Creamy Fruit Oil Cleanser ($10.95); Andalou Naturals Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk ($12.99); SheaMoisture Sensitive Skin Cleansing Oil ($10.99); S.W. Basics Cleanser ($22); or Yes to Coconut Hydrate and Restore Facial Creme Cleanser ($9.99).
- Toner: Earth Science Aloe Toner and Freshener ($9.79); Pixi Glow Tonic ($15); S.W. Basics Toner ($22); or Acure Organics Facial Toner ($12.99).
- Exfoliant: once again I’m going to wholeheartedly recommend the Alba Hawaiian Facial Scrub that I can’t seem to find a link to. I’ve tried so many exfoliators-drugstore to professional-for my dry skin and this is one that I’ll repurchase. I also recommend: SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Facial Wash and Scrub ($9.99) and S.W. Basics Exfoliant ($24.49).
- Moisturizer: Earth Science Protective Day Cream SPF 30 ($22.95); Andalou Naturals Hyaluronic DMAE Lift and Firm Cream ($24.99); SheaMoisture Rose Oil Sensitive Skin Moisturizer ($11.99); and Derma E Vitamin A Creme ($8.99) are just a few. There are actually quite a few good options!
- Masks: Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Treatment Mask ($17.99); Andalou Naturals Instand Hydration Sheet Mask ($4.99); SheaMoisture Rose Oil Sensitive Mud Mask ($4.99); Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Mask ($15.99); and S.W. Basics Hibiscus Mask ($22).
- Serums/treatments: I didn’t find anything that I LOVE. Good concentration outside of high-end and professional lines is just too hard to find, and the point of a serum is to be super concentrated. Earth Science Maximum Hydration Hyaluronic Serum ($24.95) doesn’t suck, neither does their Cellagen Renewal Serum ($22.95). A surprisingly good facial oil is the Sonia Kashuk Radiant Boost Restorative Face Oil ($15.99).
Goals for combo skin: to balance everything out.
What to avoid: one-size-fits-all skincare.
- Cleanser: Earth Science Fragrance Free Clarifying Facial Wash ($9.99); SheaMoisture Rose Facial Cleansing Oil ($9.99); Burt’s Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser ($7.59); or Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash ($9.99).
- Toner: SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Toner ($9.99) and Kiss My Face Potent and Pure Balancing Toner ($13.99) are my two favorites.
- Exfoliant: Derma E Purifying Daily Detox Scrub ($13.99) and Earth Science Apricot Gentle Facial Scrub ($9.95),
- Masks: Acure Pore Minimizing Red Clay Mask ($14.99); Derma E Purifying 2 in 1 Charcoal Mask ($17.49); SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Mask ($14.99); Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Mask ($15.99); Pixi Glow Mud Mask ($22); or Yes To Grapefruit Brightening Peel ($15.99).
- Moisturizer: Andalou Naturals Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream ($24.99); Acure Organics Day Cream ($16.99); and Earth Science Active Age Cream SPF 30 ($22.95).
- Serums/treatments: Nada. Again.
Goals for acneic skin: to clear up and control breakouts without drying out and damaging the healthy skin underneath. Good exfoliation is key.
What to avoid:
- anything abrasive or drying (you can’t scrub away your acne)
- anything that will clog pores, leading to further breakouts
- Cleanser: White & Elm Sweet Almond Foaming Cleanser ($18) was the only good acne-specific cleanser. You can use any of the oily or combo cleansers I recommend for acneic skin.
- Toner: Derma E Purifying Toner ($10.49); Earth Science Clarifying Herbal Astringent (); S.W. Basics Toner ($22); Kiss My Face Potent and Pure Balancing Toner ($13.99); or SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Toner ($9.99).
- Exfoliant: SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Scrub ($9.99); Burt’s Bees Peach and Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub ($7.99); and the Alba Hawaiian Pineapple Enzyme scrub I’ve mentioned.
- Masks: SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Mask ($15.99) is the only good acne-specific mask, but again, the choices for oily or combo skin will work.
- Moisturizer: Shit, Target’s acne selection sucks. Yes to Grapefruit Even Skin Tone Moisturizer SPF 15 ($5.79) and SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Moisturizer ($11.99) are good options in addition to the combo and oily suggestions.
- Serums/treatments: Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Spot Treatment ($9.99) is the only one worth the money.
Goals for anti-aging: to avoid further sun damage and dehydration.
What to avoid:
- magic-in-a-jar claims (nothing will beat Botox and fillers)
- anything drying
- anything irritating
Follow the product suggestions for dry skin. Target has shit anti-aging skincare.
Have you had better luck with Target skincare than I have? Let me know in the comments below!