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    19 Holy Grail Skincare Products That BuzzFeed Writers Actually Swear By

    Time to give your skin a makeover.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A tub of Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow face cream that'll make you shine bright like a diamond, thanks to ingredients like citrus fruit extracts and revitalizing minerals. Prepare to become the envy of all your friends, 'cause your skin is about to be hella radiant.

    Angela Krasnick / Via BuzzFeed

    "I have combination skin, but when the weather gets windier, I notice my skin get drier — flaking around my chin and nose by midday. So after hearing a lot of people rave abut the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream, I decided to try it — and within one day my face was feeling baby-soft and looking hydrated and flake free. It also smells really good! I originally used it in the mornings and at night, but thanks to this product's effectiveness, my skin has been so moisturized that I only need to apply it in the AM now. A little goes a long way, so it'll last me a very long time." —Angela Krasnick

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $55.

    2. A bottle of Drops of Youth Liquid Face Peel from The Body Shop that'll exfoliate your face without causing irritation. It's packed with plant stem cells and marine ingredients that'll leave your face feeling fresh.

    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    "I try to exfoliate my skin a couple times a week and this peel is the easiest and gentlest way to do it. I just rub it onto my skin in circular motions and watch as it lifts all the dead skin from my face. It takes less than a minute to work and my skin feels so smooth afterwards. It’s kind of gross and also really satisfying to watch. I've been using it for a couple years now and it's completely changed the texture of my skin. I also love using it on other parts of my body like my hands and my feet that tend to get a bit drier, especially during the winter months." —Kaysey Davis

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $25.

    3. A tub of Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream that'll smooth over any dry patches and make your skin feel silky soft. It's not oily or sticky, so you can power through with your makeup routine almost immediately after applying it.

    A person holding a tub of face cream
    Jennifer Tonti / Via BuzzFeed

    "After a while of my skin feeling dry and irritated, I decided to switch up my moisturizers. I walked into Sephora with a Beauty Insider card and a dream and I walked out with the BEST MOISTURIZER I’VE EVER USED: Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream, which is formulated specifically for normal to dry skin. It lathers on so soft and I can feel it instantly quenching my skin’s thirst. It doesn’t leave my face feeling oily or sticky in the morning, which was the biggest issue with my previous moisturizer. And as an added bonus, I love the pretty blue jar the product comes in!" —Jennifer Tonti

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $48.

    4. A bottle of Sunday Riley's U.F.O. Ultra Clarifying Face Oil, which is packed with salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and black cumin seed oil that'll banish pimples and make your pores healthier than ever. Basically, its effects are out of this world.

    Jennifer Tonti / Via BuzzFeed

    "This is absolutely a ride-or-die for me. Yes, it's pricey, but trust me — it's worth the investment. It lasts a very long time as you really only need one to two drops a day when you're having a breakout. You might be skeptical about using an oil to treat acne, but let me assure you, it works — it's formulated with 1.5% salicylic acid, which helps to prevent breakouts and treat any pimple party currently happening on your face. For the best results, I use this after I cleanse my face and before I moisturize. That way the product has time to really soak into my pores and get things done. Every time I've used this oil I've actually seen a visible clarifying effect on my skin!" —Jennifer Tonti

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $105.

    5. A Garnier pomegranate face mask that'll prevent moisture loss throughout the day and give you some seriously baby soft skin. Welcome to hydration station, friend.

    Kaysey Davis / Via BuzzFeed

    "I have oily/combination skin, so my cheeks and chin tend to be drier than the T-zone. With this pomegranate face mask I can just sit back and relax while my skin soaks up all the liquid goodness. Even after I remove the mask, there is so much product left on my skin and in the package that I use it the excess serum on my neck. I can immediately see brighter, smoother, and more hydrated skin after just 15 minutes on my face. I use them a couple times a week before I go to bed, so I wake up with my skin at its best." —Kaysey Davis

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $3.49.

    6. A tube of Origin's charcoal mask that'll suck the gunk right out of your pores and leave your face feeling fresh. It can even be used as a spot treatment, if you're not in the mood for a whole mask.

    A person wearing the charcoal mask
    Maitland Quitmeyer / Via BuzzFeed

    "In addition to the daily routine, I use Origin's active charcoal mask about once a week, which clears out my pores, rids my skin of pollutants from the air, removes excess oil, and squashes any burgeoning pimples in their tracks. It keeps my skin SO clear without drying it out or irritating it. PLUS you can use it as a spot treatment for acne." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it on Sephora for $34.

    7. A jar of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Face Moisturizer that's formulated for extra-dry skin and will give your face the moisture it's desperately wanted and needed all winter. It's super light, so it won't make your face feel congested like heavier creams.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    "I typically get dry patches of skin on my forehead and nose year-round, but if I am diligent about applying this gel-cream, they go away rather quickly. It also makes my face look bright and glow-y, and I feel radiant on the days when I'm secretly dead-exhausted. And because I tend to deal with dry skin throughout the entire year — even in the summer — I plan to keep this in my regimen. Another thing I love about it is how a little goes a loooong way. It's a lightweight gel, so a small dollop can cover my entire face and I don't feel like I just caked on a heavy lotion. I truly can't recommend this product enough. It's time to finally say g'bye to dry, flaky skin." —Kayla Suazo

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    8. A bottle of balancing Ole Henrickson toner that'll leave you feeling fresh faced without stripping your skin or leaving it feeling tight.

    A person holding up a bottle of toner
    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

    "I used to have a real love/hate relationship with toners, but when I stumbled upon this gem, a moved fully into the 'love' camp. It does exactly what it claims to do: control oil. Even around my time of the month (which is when it tends to be at its worst), my skin stays pretty balanced. Other pluses? It doesn't have that alcohol-y smell like a lot of toners do and feels a little more moisturizing. My skin also doesn't have that uncomfortable tight feeling after I use it either, which is great."—Alice Prendergast

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $38.

    9. A tub of Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask that'll work some serious magic on your skin while you snooze. It's packed with hyaluronic acid, so it's basically like a tall drink of water for your skin.

    Farrah Penn / Via BuzzFeed

    "Ugh. OK, I'm sort of mad I fell in love with this product because it is a bit pricey. I loved using it during the summer when I wanted to wake up with refreshed, hydrated skin without slapping on a really, really thick cream. It's full of hyaluronic acid that helps keep your skin moisturized all night, and my skin literally feels SO SOFT when I wash my face the next morning. I also have sensitive skin and this didn't cause any irritation, which is a huge win in my book." —Farrah Penn

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $59.

    10. A tub of Tatcha The Water Cream that'll calm down existing inflammations, won't let new pimples pop up, and is magic at smoothing out dry patches and reducing T-zone shine. Yes, it's a bit of an investment, but in this case, you really do get what you pay for.

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    "Within a week, my skin was noticeably less irritated. The pimples were still there (because this is not an acne-treating moisturizer), but new ones stopped popping up. The formula is gentle enough that it doesn't make any existing zits inflamed, which tends to happen when I try new products. It's light enough that my T-zone doesn't get too shiny, but also hydrating enough that my cheeks feel properly moisturized. My makeup goes on smoothly too — no more random dry patches. Even though it's pricey and I hate spending a lot on beauty products, I do believe it’s worth it: NOTHING ELSE has achieved the same effect for me. Plus, a little goes a long way with this cream." —Yi Yang

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $89.

    11. A tub of Glamglow Waterburst Hydrated Glow Moisturizer delivers up to three days of moisture without feeling heavy. It's also great for skincare newbies who don't want to pack on layers of serums and oils, because this baby does it all.

    A person holding the ar of lotion with specks of it on their face
    Nina Mohan / BuzzFeed

    "Truthfully, I’ve never been that ~into~ skincare. My 'routine' consists of me washing my face with water, and sometimes I forget to even do that. I just hate the feeling of layers of things on my face! My face has been drier this season than it’s ever been in my life, so I had to find a good moisturizer and this one from GlamGlow does the trick. It’s sooo light, it really feels like my skin just drinks it up. And it makes me feel super glowy! I’ve stopped wearing foundation in my day-to-day makeup routine, and this gives my skin a beautiful aura of dewiness. Plus, you only need to use a tiny bit to feel the full effect. I. AM. OBSESSED." —Nina Mohan

    Get it on Sephora Canada $66.

    12. A tub of Mario Badescu silver powder that'll suck the gross stuff right out of your pores. It's made of natural ingredients, including kaolin clay, zinc oxide, and calcium carbonate that'll help shrink the appearance of your pores and mattify your complexion, too.

    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    "Because I have reactive skin, I read a TON about this powder before I tested it, and hearing that it's made of naturally-derived ingredients definitely put my mind at ease. Using it was incredibly easy, too! It's as simple as dipping a wet cotton ball into the product and dabbing it onto any patches of clogged pores or oily skin. I felt it work almost immediately. There's a slight tingly sensation as the product dries on the skin, but I didn't notice any irritation, itchiness, or reaction at all. I left it on for the requisite 10 minutes, then wiped it off with a toner-soaked cotton pad. And y'all. My nose — a breeding ground for blackheads for the last decade — looked brand-spankin'-new." —Victoria Kuglin

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $16 or Amazon Canada for $16.

    13. A tube of Skyn Iceland face wash that's made with glacial water and white willow bark to detoxify and purify your skin, without drying it out. It's on the gentler side, making it great for people with sensitive skin.

    Jennifer Tonti / Via Instagram: @jennifertonti

    "I use this foaming cleanse in the morning because its cooling effect really wakes up my skin. It has white willow bark, which is a natural form of salicylic acid that helps prevent skin congestion and acne. The oat and cylindrica seed oils also do a fantastic job of removing all the excess oils my face has so generously produced overnight, without making my skin feel dried out. It starts off creamy, and as you rub it into your skin with water, it becomes a foamy, milky gift from the skin-care gods. That transition makes me feel like it's activating some magical ingredient that will make my breakouts disappear. Even if it's not magic, whatever it's doing — it's working." —Jennifer Tonti

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $35.

    14. A tube of Supergoop's Unseen Sunscreen that'll protect your precious pores from the sun's harsh rays, without giving you a breakout. It's super smooth, non greasy, lightweight, and won't clog your pores.

    A person holding the tube of sunscreen
    Maitland Quitmeyer / Via Buzzfeed

    "I only started using this a few months ago, but so far I really like it. It's sunscreen is clear, with the texture of a primer, so it doesn't feel like you're slathering your face in... well, goop. It melts right into the skin, creating a perfect canvas for any makeup to go on top of it. Aaaand it hasn't made me break out *at all*, which is basically a little miracle. AAAAAND it helps my makeup look even better. That's what we call a win/win." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it on from Sephora Canada for $45.

    15. If you're looking for something a bit more affordable, a bottle of rose-infused Thayers toner that'll cleanse your skin without totally drying it out. It also smells like a bouquet of flowers, which doesn't hurt.

    A person holding the rose toner
    AnaMaria Glavan / Via BuzzFeed

    "I have combination skin that's prone to redness (especially around my cheeks and nose, with the latter being really annoying), plus the occasional pimple. After two weeks of regularly using this toner in my evening routine, I barely need concealer to cover the Crayola redness under my nostrils. PLUS! It's super effective as spot treatment. This stuff attacks your pimples with the same vendetta that Buffy used to destroy vampires: It works that well." —AnaMaria Glavan

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.45.

    16. A tub of SKINFOOD strawberry mask that'll remove grossness from your pores, while cleaning, smoothing, and moisturizing your face. Hello fruity goodness, buh-bye blackheads!

    AnaMaria Glavan / Via BuzzFeed

    "The black sugar “seeds” exfoliate the crap (literally) out of your skin and get all the gunk out of your pores, but doesn't dry it out to the point where your forehead is crying “moisturize me” in a hoarse whisper. Plus, the scent of strawberries actually makes my mouth water. It's berry amazing. Ultimately, my skin feels smoother, doesn't feel tight, and looks brighter because of the Vitamin C ingredients. My blackhead-ridden nose is, in particular, forever in debt to this amazing mask." —AnaMaria Glavan

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.78.

    17. These Skyn Iceland gel eye masks that'll help de-puff your under-eye area and reduce dark circles, too. They have a cooling effect, so they may help wake you up on an early morning (or after a hangover).

    Jennifer Tonti / Via BuzzFeed

    "They're formulated with ginkgo biloba leaf extract, which helps reduce puffiness! (plus it's super fun to say hehe). While I was doing all the other steps in my routine, I put these in the fridge to give them even more of a cooling effect by the time I put them on!" —Jennifer Tonti

    Get a pack of 8 pairs on Sephora Canada for $36.

    18. A bottle of The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% that'll help banish annoying breakouts and balance sebum activity. If your skin tends to flare up around your period, consider this your knight in shining armour.

    Farrah Penn / Via BuzzFeed

    "I only use this solution on areas of my skin that are breaking out. While it's not in my everyday rotation, I feel like it's helped control those annoying pimples I'll get around my period. And it's only five freakin' bucks and some change!" —Farrah Penn

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $5.90.

    19. A tub of Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb that's basically a tall glass of water for your skin (it's called aqua bomb for a reason, y'all). The lightweight gel texture makes it easy to apply and it'll leave you glowing, but not oily.

    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $50.

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