I wish that La Mer lip balm was as effective as Blistex or that designer bug repellent wipes worked as well as OFF! Unfortunately, for some of life's most critical beauty products, it's often not the ones with the fresh scents and frilly packaging that work the best. Of course, the upside is that the non-frilly ones are usually way cheaper.
Here's a look at generically-packaged, "uncool" beauty products that work so well, they're worth using — no matter the flashy alternatives.
3-Step System, $29.95
No matter the number of celebrity endorsements, Proactiv's products are never going to be ones anyone will be rushing to show off on their vanity. The brand's products, however, are far-and-away among the most effective, over-the-counter acne fighters and the new Poractiv+ packaging is a marked improvement.
Organic Witch Hazel, $5.69
This old wives' favorite is one of the best pre-makeup preps to cleanse and tighten skin.
Medicated Lip Ointment, $2.98
Blistex's ointment is unrivaled when it comes to treating chapped lips.
Blistex is so effective, it deserves a second mention. For more mildly chapped lips, opt for this conditioner over the ointment, which comes with the bonus of being formulated with SPF 15.
Daily Facial Cleanser Lotion, $7.29
The secret weapon that everyone from Pharrell Williams to Carolyn Murphy swears by for hydrated, clear skin.
I Love My Muff
Maintenance Kit, $38
Whether you prefer a wash, a spray or wipes, i love my muff has all your feminine hygiene needs covered.
Zinc Oxide Ointment, $4.29
A key to safeguarding your skin.
Bikini Bump Blaster Pads, $9.99
Exfoliate with these pads — way more effective than any cream — to fight bikini-area bumps.
Active Insect Repellent, $4.99
It smells far from great, but when it comes to warding off mosquitoes, ticks and other insects, it's hard to beat this staple's efficacy.
Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, $3.69
The original multitasker, Vaseline can be used to hydrate anything from your face to your lips to your elbows.