Skincare Products

Sephora and Nykaa came much later…but, once upon a time a girl in her teens took a trip to a nearby drugstore. She was surrounded with every skincare and cosmetic product that she saw on television commercials. She then picked a few skincare lotions, a face wash and a lip balm. And, then she lived happily ever after with her drugstore product options.

Sweet story, right? Well, this isn’t just a story! This is what reality looks like. Sephora, Nykaa, Purplle and all these amazing skincare, makeup and fashion platforms came in much later. But 90s generation would know well how important a trip to the drugstore was, apart from purchasing other medical and home essentials. These stores had everything you ever needed to look decent. 

Drugstores offer a wide variety of affordable skin care brands, fancy makeup options with decent quality and other personal care options as well.

So, can we trust these products and if ‘yes’ then how do we identify them. Well, most drugstore products are produced by P&G, Unilever and so on. So, when trusted names like these come along, be assured that you can trust the products.

Iba Cosmetics, of course stands different from the rest of the makeup & skin care brands in India. Iba products are Halal-certified & PETA certified & therefore are the best examples of clean beauty & living. No animal derivatives sully Iba products like lipsticks, shampoo, kohl Kajal, face washes, perfumes and they are also alcohol-free & free from harmful and harsh sulphates and parabens. So if you need Halal lipsticks or vegan skin care, look no further than Iba! 

Let us check out a few drugstore skin care products that have never failed us over the years…

Pond’s Face wash

Pond’s face washes are by far the best face washes when it comes to cleansing, especially for summers. These face washes come in different variants suitable for different skin types. Pond’s face washes have a gentle foaming formula which deeply cleanses the skin without leaving it dry or irritated. These face washes could be a perfect pick for teenagers.

Iba 3-in-1 Instant Facial

A cleanser, mask, scrub – all in one! This wonder product is perfect for your travel toiletries & also very economical. The Iba 3-in-1 instant facial is hands down one of the best & most affordable skin care products in India. It gives salon-like results in just 10 minutes, so it is a great time saver too! Using this is a skin care routine in itself and can give you glowing, radiant skin in no time at all!

 Nivea Lip Balm

Okay! These lip balms are extremely underrated but they are surely one of the best. Next time you have dry and chapped lips, just chuck the fancy branded lip balms and pick one from Nivea; you’ll be sweetly surprised with result. The best thing about nivea lip balm is that it works overnight and by morning you’ll wake up to hydrated, happy lips. Also, not that lips, nivea lip balms work well on dry patches as well. Just apply a little and leave it on, and it shall be healed.

Lakme CC Cream

The Lakme 9 to 5 CC Cream is the perfect product for your daily makeup base. This CC cream comes in four shade variants that is well curated for the Indian skin tone. The best part about the Lakme CC cream is that it conceals, moisturizes, even tones the skin and it also has SPF 30; which it is an all-in-one product and you won’t any other extra products.

Lotus Matte Sunscreen

The Lotus Herbals Safe Sun 3-in-1 Matte Look Daily Sunscreen PA+++ SPF 40 is just the product you need this summer. Apart from being easily available, this product is extremely pocket friendly. The best thing about this sunscreen is that it is non greasy and non-sticky, and has a beautiful matte texture. While protecting your skin from the harsh uv rays and the bright sun, it also gives your skin an instant glow like you’re using a BB Cream, it even tones your complexion and it gives your skin a pretty matte finish. Well, now who knew a sunscreen could do so much?


Boroline! This product is so ancient that even your great grandmother would agree and approve to it. Boroline is one of the most common drugstore products that has been a constant bestseller over the years. The coolest thing about boroline is that, it is extremely versatile and highly effective on almost any and every skincare concern. To name a few, boroline can heal dry skin, dry and chapped lips, dry and cracked heels, cuts and burns and even pimples and acne when applied in tiny pinch sized quantity. Boroline can also be mixed with your ubtans if you have dry skin. This product is easily available in any drugstore and is extremely pocket friendly.

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

There isn’t a soul who wouldn’t recognize this ancient blue and white dabba of magical white gel. Vaseline, it is the solution to any dry spells on your skin, be it your face or your body. It does not matter if it is the 90s or 2022, Vaseline has been a winner when it comes to taking care of your lips, dry patches or even dry and dull hair when mixed with your hair masks. 

Vicco Turmeric Skin Cream

Anti-Acne fancy skin care products might the new thing now, but Vicco Turmeric is the ancient version of your fancy hyaluronic acid and niacinamide that gives your skin a clear glowing look. Vicco Turmeric has active ingredients like turmeric and sandalwood oil that restores your skin’s original glow. If you use this cream regular, then you’ll notice that your skin will eventually feel softer, supple and spotless. This cream is also one of the best anti acne treatment that actually work while healing uneven skin tone. The best part is, all Vicco products are Vegan and Halal Certified. 

Nivea Moisturizer

Nivea moisturizers have been a constant skin care product in almost every Indian house. Nivea moisturizers are again easily available in any drugstore or even super markets. The best reason to choose this moisturizer is because it suites all skin types, has a non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly into the skin, it has a light texture and the best part is that you can use it for any and all seasons.

Maybelline Baby Lips

As the name suggests, this lip balm actually make your lips supple like a baby’s lips! Maybelline Baby Lips used to be a craze around the early 2010’s among teenagers and young adults alike. This lip balm offers fun flavors and tint options that purchasing just one seemed like a challenge. These lip balms are infused with SPF20 and great for travel. Grab one if you haven’t tried these yummy twister balms yet!

Clean and Clear Face Wash

This face wash seems like it has been specially curated with love for teenagers for the type of skin care concerns they usually have like oily skin, acne and pimples resulting in dull dehydrated skin. Clean and Clear face wash gently cleanses the skin while removing dirt and excess oil without drying it out. This face wash leaves the skin feeling fresh and selfie ready instantly.

Lacto Calamine

Another skin care lotion that can be added to a teenager’s wish list is the Lacto Calamine face lotion that balances the pH level of your skin while keeping it hydrated for upto 8 hours. This clay-based lotion provides oil balance for your skin while making it soft and supple every day. Lacto Calamine also soothes irritated skin as well as skin rashes due to heat. 

Now, these were few of the best drugstore skincare products that you can try without hesitation! Do shop and let us know what you think!

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