An Ulta Insider Shares Her Best Picks in Skincare

Ulta-insider Lucy Binetti prepared a list of Ulta's best buys in skincare. This expert tips should make your shopping trips easier, plus they're cruelty-free and safe for sensitive skin, to boot. As a general rule-of-thumb, Lucy swears-by First Aid Beauty for top-shelf quality at reasonable prices — still, she compiled this list of goodies from some of Ulta's most popular brands. Shop her picks below.


1. Dermalogica Precleanse Balm ($15-45): Even I double-cleanse at night when I've been wearing makeup. It's the absolute best way to get makeup off your face, and it does so extra-gently. Plus, oil-based blends infuse your skin with anti-aging antioxidants and leave it feeling hydrated — not stripped. Dermalogica's pre-cleanser is this water-active balm-to-oil and it comes with a face massaging tool.


2. Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Cleanser ($27): Considering this award-winning face wash has over three thousand happy review on Ulta, we can all agree it's worth a try.


3. First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream ($26): Meet the un-tinted counterpart to their beloved cream. It's packed with anti-aging peptides and goes on great underneath makeup.


4. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream ($30 for 60): Dry skin will be a distant memory once you try out this antioxidant-infused product. Your skin's hydration is boosted 169% immediately upon application.


5. Pur Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mudd Mask with Pascalite Clay ($20-30): Cleanse your pores with a mineral-infused, clay mask treatment. It'll leave your skin feeling smooth, your complexion brighter, and your pores cleaner. Plus, it's on sale right now! Or just grab the line's Starter Kit for $20.


6. Simple Skincare Micellar Makeup Removing Wipes ($8): Micellar water is my new favorite way to remove my eye makeup and these sensitive-skin friendly wipes are perfect for travel.


7. Pacifica Coconut Micellar Water Cleansing Tonic ($12): Ok, actually Lucy hates the smell of coconut and didn't recommend this. The truth is, I'm a sucker for exclusive products — and this hydrating micellar water cleanser is only available at Ulta. FYI: Dipping a Q-tip in liquid micellar water is my favorite way to perfect my upper eye-liner.


8. Clarisonic Mia 2 Skin Cleansing System ($169): If you're going to invest in a beauty tool, make it one for your skin. Perfectly clean skin is the best first step for your preventative aging regimen. Plus, surface stimulation from the brush improves micro-circulation and gives you a glow. (Not to mention, Dr. Hure of OC Skin Lab shared with me that facial massage is an important part of anti-aging skincare!)


*9. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion ($17): This is a cult-favorite acne treatment that even Kylie Jenner loves. Note: If you suffer from cystic breakouts, then Mario's Buffering Lotion ($19) is the one for you. I've featured this product on Brit + Co.!


10. Soap & Glory Clean On Me ($10): According to Lucy, this body wash leaves your skin soft and hydrated. She also recommends using it as bubble bath!

What beauty staples do you need to stock up on?

Skincare? yes, please.

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