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In drugstore aisles, the adage "You get what you pay for" doesn't always apply; in fact, celebrity stylists, dermatologists, and beauty pros have been known to add these surprisingly affordable finds to their own bags of tricks.

RoC Retinol Multi-Correxion Night Treatment, $22.
Graf calls retinol "the granddaddy of antiaging ingredients," capable of reducing signs of sun damage.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, $14.
The key things to look for in a sunblock are UVA and UVB protection, which can come cheap, Kauvar says; this cream has both—plus soy, which lightens freckles and brown splotches.

Coppertone UltraGuard Continuous Spray SPF 70+, $10.
The high SPF and easy application win points with dermatologists. Bonus: The can even sprays upside down!

Garnier Fructis Style Fiber Gum, $4.
This hard-working putty acts as a pomade. Beware: Your husband might try to steal it.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original Formula Hair Serum, $10.
Hazan swears by the smoothing power of this classic treatment, which tames curly and straight strands alike. Leary mixes it with the fiber gum above to create the ultimate frizz-killer.

Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $6.50.
The strong-but-gentle wipes take off even waterproof mascara without irritating delicate skin.

Maybelline New York The Colossal Volum'Express Mascara, $7.50.
Begoun's personal favorite mascara uses spiral bristles to build maximum volume.

Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer, $6.
This durable polish ditches the formaldehyde and toluene that dry out nails (and that, let's face it, just sound creepy).

Rimmel London Natural Bronzer, $5.25.
Enriched with vitamin E and aloe, Rimmel's bronzer provides a truly healthy glow.

Max Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor, $8.
Moisturizers like jojoba oil give this lipstick its creaminess—and best of all, it can double as blush in a pinch.

our expert panel
Paula Begoun author of The Original Beauty Bible

Jin Soon Choi founder of Jin Soon Natural Hand and Foot Spas in New York City

Jeannette Graf, M.D. The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City

Charlie Green celebrity makeup artist

Rita Hazan founder of Rita Hazan Salon in New York City

Arielle Kauvar, M.D. director of New York Laser & Skin Care

Max Leary hairstylist at Louis Licari Salon in New York City

Debbie Palmer, D.O. dermatologist in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.



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