17 Drugstore Beauty Finds Every Girl Needs

One of our biggest gripes about winter in the Windy City isn't the increased commuting time or the grim street-parking situation. Rather, it's our pasty complexion, dry skin, and brittle tresses. Yep, nothing like whipping winds, single-digit temps, and a serious wintry mix to work a number on a girl's self-esteem. So, since it seems like everything goes to pot this time of the year, we scoured the aisles of our favorite drugstores to bring you 17 amazing products that will bring you back to life minus a trip to the poor house.
Split-end central? It's time to tame your mane with a deep-conditioning treatment. Parched puss? You better up the ante with an intense serum or face oil. So, don't be afraid to stock up. After all, we've got at least another month to get through.
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If your skin has taken a visit to dullsville, moisturizer alone won't do. This light serum works to soften, smooth, and restore the radiance in your complexion that the harsh winds and chilly temps took away. And, if you are patient, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, pores, and wrinkles within four weeks, thanks to a blend of pro-retinol and a specially formulated antioxidant blend.

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect Protection & Perfection Serum, 20.99, available at Beauty.com.
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One of the most inexpensive-yet-effective kits to keep your hands, body, and lips hydrated, this lotion really does keep our skin hydrated for 24 hours, and the hand cream isn't a greasy mess — a bonus for those who are typing away at a computer all day.

Burt's Bees Bee Keeper's Winter Care Kit, $14.99, available at Soap.com.
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At just under two bucks, every gal should have one of these sticks in their purse! May your lips, elbows, knuckles, and cuticles never be dry again!

Cococare 100% Cocoa Butter Stick, $1.99, available at CVS.
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The winter elements can seriously dry out your mug, resulting in chapped, flaky skin. But, we love how Clearasil® Daily Clear® Refreshing Superfruit Scrub gently exfoliates (keyword being gently) and clears skin, while the berry scent turns daily cleansing into an oh-so-delish ritual. Did we mention it’s free with this rebate?

Clearasil® Daily Clear® Refreshing Superfruit Scrub, $6.49, available at Walgreens.
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This leave-in conditioner is great as a full-blown treatment (especially at the ends of your tresses), or to tame pesky frizz that comes with hat hair.

Creme Of Nature Strength & Shine Leave-In Conditioner, $5.26, available at Walmart.
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You don't have to have eczema to suffer some of its discomforting symptoms this time of the year. This paraben-free crème works to relieve itchy, dry, and flaking skin, thanks to all-natural ingredients like neem, burdock, vitamin E, and bearberry, to name a few. Tip: This product works great on your hands, too. Slather some on before putting your mitts into a pair of cotton moisture gloves.

Derma E Psorzema Crème, $14.67, available at Walgreens.
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We love this less expensive version of those fancy-schmancy plant stem treatment creams that are on the market. Along with promoting self-renewal of the skin and reducing lines and wrinkles, this moisturizer includes cucumber and chamomile to soothe our raw winter complexion.

Eclos Anti-Aging Moisture Therapy Regenerative Crème, $20.99, available at Walgreens.
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Ragged cuticles are inevitable this time of the year, so just a few drops of this nourishing oil will soften them up while adding a nice, healthy sheen to your nails. Added bonus: It has a yummy apricot smell.

Essie Cuticle Oil, $8.39, available at Soap.com.
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Remember that frigid day last week when you were waiting on the drafty platform for the train? Well, it did a number on your skin. This gentle gel-crème provides immediate redness relief while soothing and hydrating an irritated complexion.

Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Night Creme, $14.49, available at Walgreens.
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We could go on for hours about how this product smoothes our split ends and hydrates our parched skin, but the name speaks for itself: It really is quite the miracle. And, priced at just five bucks, it's the ultimate beauty bargain.

Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil, $4.97, available at Walmart.
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Don't worry if you can't read the packaging on this fun find. Trust us when we say this gel-creme has the power to lock in moisture while protecting your skin from the harsh elements. It's also fragrance- and dye-free, PH balanced, and non-comedogenic. Good things really do come in exotic packages.

Hada Labo Gokujyun Cream, $16.94, available at Walgreens.
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Even the best moisturizer in the world isn't going to work if it's sitting on top of a layer of dead skin. But, if you're not a fan of mechanical exfoliants like a scrub, try this potent spa-grade peel instead. It only takes a few minutes for the alpha and beta hydroxy acid blend (derived from certified organic fruits) to do its thing. The result? A smoother, brighter complexion — who doesn't want that?

Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel, $45, available at Ulta.
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This wonder stick is comprised of over 10 nourishing oils and butters to hydrate rough heels, elbows, and knees, stat.

Luxuriant Cracked Heel Repair, $9.99, available at CVS.
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Hyaluronic acid is like a drink of water for the skin, so this power serum works wonders to restore a lackluster complexion damaged by the effects of the Polar Vortex.

MyChelle Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Skin Serum, $42.21, available at Walgreens.
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The last thing your skin needs right now is a harsh, soapy cleanser. Opt for this creamy, hydrating version that promises to cleanse and moisturize your skin.

Neutrogena Ultra-Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, $8.49, available at Target.
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With all the attention you're putting toward your face, don't forget that your body is in need of some TLC, too. This super-scrub will exfoliate and hydrate in one swoop.

SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Hand & Body Scrub, $10.29, available at Target.
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While this might remind you of those Bonne Bell days, this is a grown-up balm that hydrates and protects even the most parched pucker.

Maybelline New York Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm, $2.97, available at Amazon.
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Considering you don't have any sebaceous glands by your eye area, you've got to make sure you're hydrating day and night. We love this cream because it helps to fight dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines, too.

Yalmeh Aloe Super Youth Eye Cream, $25.95, available at Amazon.
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