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Exfoliate your way to luminous skin.
The only thing I like better than finding glow-inducing skincare products is discovering that it's also budget-friendly. I'm no stranger to lavish and expensive beauty products that make a difference, but there's something extra satisfying about uncovering formulas that can work just as well as their high-end counterparts at a fraction of the price.
That's one of the reasons why I adore Pacifica, a vegan, cruelty-free beauty brand that you may recognize from the aisles of some major retailers. More importantly, its products are effective and affordable, so they tend to fly off the shelves.
Earlier this month, Pacifica launched an extension to its popular Glow Baby line with the introduction of the Super Lit Face Lotion, Hydrodew Gel Moisturizer, and Enzyme Face Scrub. The collection is centered around—you guessed it—giving dry winter skin a healthy dose of hydration to unleash a radiant glow. The formulas are also paraben-, phthalate-, and mineral oil-free.
I have a hard time keeping a dewy complexion during this time of year, which usually means I need to step up my exfoliation game. So, I jumped at the chance to test them before the launch. These under-$20 glow rescuers didn't disappoint.
To buy: $20; ulta.com.
Initially, I was intimidated by the deep tan tint of the Glow Baby Super Lit SPF 30 Face Lotion. However, my skin drank up the antioxidant-rich mineral pigments without leaving behind any unsightly cast on my face or hands. I like that the formula combines SPF 30 with skincare ingredients like brightening vitamin C, Kakadu plum, and fine-line fighting apple cell extract for a smooth morning routine. Two pumps of lotion are enough to saturate my face and neck, and I always use a third to protect the back of my hands.
To buy: $18; ulta.com.
My current skincare routine incorporates vitamin C in the mornings, and the Glow Baby Hydrodew Gel Moisturizer delivers a dose of invigorating delight after cleansing. It is comparable to some of my other vitamin C-powered moisturizers that are more than double its price. The super-concoction is paired with exfoliating pumpkin and grape juice to keep you dewy and bright. I apply a pea-sized swirl all over to help wake up my skin.
To buy: $14; ulta.com.
The Glow Baby Enzyme Face Scrub's two-in-one formula exfoliates with chemical and enzymatic ingredients from pineapple and papaya enzymes, glycolic acid, and lactic acid, along with tiny beads for manual scrubbing. It's also teeming with complexion-enhancing vitamin C, fruit extracts, and rice starch to help restore radiance. I was impressed by how soft and smooth it left my skin after just one use.
I've found my midwinter escape in the refreshing 'Glow Baby' Super Lit Face Lotion, Hydrodew Gel Moisturizer, and Enzyme Face Scrub. Check out Pacifica's budget-friendly skincare products at Ulta to round out your current routine.
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