Cleansers should be simple, effective, and work deeply while sweeping away excess oil without upsetting the acid mantle that keeps it healthy, so our first choice was a no-brainer: Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser from Neutragena. No parabens or pthalates, either. Bonus! Perfect for every skin type.
If you suffer from acne, you don't want to fight it without Differin Gel 0.1%, now available at a drug store near you. Yes, it's the same great product your dermatologist used to recommend in a gentle form.
Olay Foaming Face Wash for Sensitive Skin (only sensitive: the regular has parabens - yuck!). This is good stuff (what I use in the morning and my first night cleanse, followed by SkinMedica's AHA/BHA Cleanser...what? You don't wash your face twice in a row at night? You will after reading tomorrow's post.)
The only tan we want to see on you is fake. Here's one with our seal of approval: Nivea Sun Kissed Radiance Gradual Tanner and Lotion. It'll leave your body looking and feeling amazing.
Neutragena's Ultra Sheer Body Mist (SPF 45). Because I suffer from photodermic light eruption (that's a sun allergy), I know the importance of using sunscreen and this was a vacation saver for me while touring Southern California this past September. Easy to apply and reached all those exposed spots no problem.
That should give you a little confidence to shop for basics at an affordable price.