By: Patricja Okuniewska
Photos by: Caroline Geithner
Let’s be honest; it’s a horrible feeling to run out of a skincare essential knowing that CVS is a 30 minute time commitment. For students unwilling to make that trek, yet who refuse to sleep without performing their nightly skincare regimen, Vital Vittles thankfully has a large selection of skincare products!
From pore strips and masks for a late night pampering sesh, to the go-to face wash that you’re running low on, Vittles has all your skincare must-haves. The store has an array of brands to choose from for various skin types, including Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clearasil, Clean&Clear, and Cetaphil. From personal experience and research, I have narrowed the selection to Vittles’s 4 best skin products, all of which are under $20!
Biore Pore Strips
These pore strips work great to remove dirt, oil, and blackheads stuck deep down in your skin. After using these, I can immediately feel the difference as buildup is cleared from my pores. To use, simply wet your nose, pull the plastic off the strip, place the strip on your nose, and remove after 10-15 minutes to reveal cleaner skin! These are a great addition to a longer weekly skincare routine.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Moisturizer
I cannot rave enough about this moisturizer. Firstly, it contains SPF 15, making it perfect for daily daytime application. Furthermore, it’s thin consistency stays put under makeup, and leaves skin as glowy as its name suggests. Plus it contains “total soy complex,” which basically means that it works to lighten dark spots. At $20 it’s a relatively cheap alternative to pricey serums, though it feels like a luxury product.
Burt’s Bees Peach & Willowbark Scrub
Burt’s Bees has easily become one of my favorite skincare brands; it’s 99.9% natural so you can eliminate harsh chemicals from your daily routine. Free of parabens, phthalates, and petrolatum, this product is a must-have exfoliator for those with sensitive skin. It uses willow bark, which is a natural source of salicylic acid, as well as peach stones to exfoliate and remove dead skin. I find the stones very gentle on my skin, leaving it soft and smooth with little to no redness.
Neutrogena Naturals is a fairly recent line of skincare products that doesn’t include parabens or artificial ingredients. Most of the products are derived from ingredients including tea, yerba mate, and wintergreen extracts. Overall, they work to fight acne and make skin look healthy. However, these products are not 100% natural – they do include artificial fragrances which may irritate the skin. The Acne Cream Cleanser made my face flaky and red, so be wary of this product if you have super sensitive skin. Nonetheless, the Natural Spot Treatment was a great way to fight incoming and existing breakouts. It is fortified with a bionutrient from the evergreen leaf that works as a natural salicylic acid, plus its light fragrance doesn’t dry out skin like a stronger, artificial breakout treatment would.
A high-quality skincare routine doesn’t require high-end products. You can find a lot of great, college-budget friendly options right here on Georgetown’s campus.
PATRICJA OKUNIEWSKA is a junior in the College studying English and Journalism. In her spare time, she likes to read & write, explore D.C., cook, and eat breakfast food at any and all times of the day.