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The Best Over the Counter Skin Creams

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Joshua Duvauchelle is a certified personal trainer and health journalist, relationships expert and gardening specialist. His articles and advice have appeared in dozens of magazines, including exercise workouts in Shape, relationship guides for Alive and lifestyle tips for Lifehacker. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga and urban patio gardening.
The Best Over the Counter Skin Creams
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Your dermatologist can prescribe various prescription-strength skin creams to provide intense moisturizing or turn back the signs of aging on your skin, such as liver spots and fine wrinkles around your eyes. Though over-the-counter skin creams from a local drugstore can't compete with prescription topicals, they're usually much cheaper. Several of the best are made with proven active ingredients that can help to rejuvenate your skin and slow the damage caused by the sun and other environmental or lifestyle factors.

Boots Expert Sensitive Hydrating Moisturizer

Beauty expert Paula Begoun calls Boots Expert Sensitive Hydrating Moisturizer the best moisturizer available at the drugstore. She gave it one of her highest ratings--the "Paula's Pick" recommendation--and said it was gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. It contains mineral water and all-natural aloe vera to hydrate and soothe your dry skin.

Olay Regenerist Perfecting Cream

InStyle magazine called Olay Regenerist's Perfecting Cream the best anti-wrinkle treatment available for sensitive skin, giving it a spot on its "Best Beauty Buys" list. It's widely available in many grocery stores. The magazine said it liked it because of its pentapeptide ingredients, which helps to reduce wrinkles, and its low price compared to similar over-the-counter creams made with the same chemicals.

RevaléSkin Night Cream

RevaléSkin's night cream, designed to be applied before you go to bed, was rated as the best night cream by Allure magazine. The magazine said its dermatologist reviewers were "giddy" when reviewing this skin cream, thanks to its high antioxidant properties. The magazine also said it loved its lightweight, non-greasy feeling.

Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer

Clinique's night moisturizer was ranked as the best moisturizer for normal to dry skin, according to Begoun. She writes that its antioxidants may help to protect against the damage caused by free radicals, and loved it for its "great emollients," skin-soothing herbal extracts and silicone, which can instantly make your wrinkles appear more filled-in.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Cream

InStyle magazine called Neutrogena's anti-blemish cream the best cheap drugstore cream for acne-prone skin. Writing for the magazine, dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi said she liked its light, sheer feeling, wrinkle-fighting retinol and blemish-clearing salicylic acid, which also helps to rejuvenate your appearance by enhancing exfoliation rates.

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