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    29 Skincare Products That’ll Actually Make A Difference This Summer

    The vibe this summer: glowy, fresh skin.

    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. Bliss Jelly Glow Peel supplies a gentle, cruelty-free exfoliation to remove any dead skin that can build up over time spent in the sun. It features fruit enzymes, coconut fruit extract, and vitamin B5 that won't feel scratchy like other exfoliators, and will leave skin buttery smooth.

    Four pink exfoliating scrubs / Via @bliss

    Promising review: "It’s important to exfoliate your face so that when you use your serums, oils and creams they can all be absorbed properly. This product is amazing. Immediately my dead skin was balling up and after washing off, my skin was glowing! Blackheads were removed and my dry skin patches smoothed. I slept with a moisture mask and in the morning I was like a new woman." —Alexandra L Plazas

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    2. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen goes on clear and feels weightless without the sunscreen stench. I HATE putting on facial sunscreen but I LOVE this.


    Promising review: "Holy cow, this is the absolute best sunscreen in existence that I have come across. I have tried every major sunscreen brand, skincare brand of sunscreen and nothing has come close to the checklist this brand checks off. First off, cruelty-free and vegan are must haves for me, and not only are they both, but, they are also a reef-safe brand; incredibly hard to find in good sunscreens. As for the product itself, it glides on the skin like literal velvet, extremely lightweight. Covers smoothly, leaves zero sheen or white cast, wears under makeup extremely well for a sunscreen; went all day and had no beading or pilling of makeup." —Kristy

    Get it from Amazon for $34.

    3. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Face Oil reduces redness with its soothing blend of omegas and vitamin E. It's fragrance-free and great for oily, dry, and combination skin types. For that extra summer dewiness, pop this on before your makeup.

    BuzzFeed writer holding product in their hand
    Buzzfeed/Christine Forbes

    Promising review: "This oil is pretty thick, and that's why I like it. I have oily skin, so I only use it after I apply drying products. It's nonirritating and absorbs quickly. A single drop goes a long way, believe me. I would definitely repurchase this since I love using it with the night serum." —Christine Forbes

    Get it from Amazon for $40.

    4. Malaya Hydrating Mist regenerates skin with rose and butterfly pea powder for a soothing spritz. If your skin is feeling a little burnt from too much sun exposure, spray a bit of this on for a lovely ~refresher.~

    Bottle of hydrating mist
    Pink Moon

    Pink Moon Co. is an Asian woman-owned brand and website whose with a mission to curate a shopping experience with beauty brands that are solely woman-owned. The owner Lin Chen notes on their site, Pink Moon, in 2017, "my goal was to elevate women by helping brands that were striving to create a better beauty industry. This was important to me because of my own experiences with transformative self-care." Learn more about her story here.

    Get it from Pink Moon for $58.

    5. Bella Skin Beauty The Eye Serum boosts tired skin with 13 essential oils and aloe vera. Staying up too late on those wild summer nights? Pop this on the next morning...AKA — hit that "reset button".

    Bottle of serum on white table
    Bella Skin Beauty

    Bella Skin Beauty is a small woman-owned business founded by Diana and Alexis. The brand is based in southern California and specializes in skin, hair, and body care products.

    Promising review: "My eye area is sensitive and easily irritated because of the Retin-A I use on my face. All eye creams, lotions, balms to date have increased the redness and flakiness except this eye serum which is light and soothing, this is the best. One drop is all it takes for both eyes and there is no scent or oiliness. This container will last a long time." —Beverly B.

    Get it from Bella Skin Beauty for $62.

    6. The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask helps achieve a clearer complexion (see ya sunscreen breakouts) with ingredients like salicylic acid and tea tree oil. This is an amazing product for oily skin types.

    Hand digging into green jar of product / Via @thebodyshop

    Promising review: "This is a great product before bed. I use after I wash and tone but before I moisturize. Never causes a reaction to my skin, the tea tree scent is not too overwhelming like it sometimes can be, and this leaves me skin feeling soft and helps reduce redness and acne." —Cristina

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    7. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay works wonders for makeup-clogged pores (thanks hot weather), by deep cleaning with apple cider vinegar and calcium bentonite. It has over 42,400+ 5-star reviews, because it's just ~that~ effective.,

    Promising review: "This is the best mask! Used it back in the day for my acne and now that I’m almost 30 I’m using it for age prevention! I have a lot of dry skin issues including psoriasis and this works wonders! Tip: a little goes a long way. Don’t over pour or you’ll end up with a lot of face mask left over!" —Rachel Jones

    Get it from Amazon from $14.95.

    8. Fresh Age-Delay Eye Concentrate features black tea to firm and de-puff the eye area in case you stayed up all night by the fire pit and need to look like you got a full eight hours.

    black tea age-delay eye concentrate

    Promising review: "It just occurred to me that I’ve been using this eye cream for at least a decade so I figured I should finally leave a review for it. It’s the one product that I consistently swear by and it is the staple of my routine. I’ve tried other eye creams during times in my life when the cost was too high, but nothing I’ve tried has ever come near the quality of this. I have had dark circles under my eyes since I was a kid and while this doesn’t 'fix' it (nothing can), it does some kind of magic that makes them look less stark. It also doesn’t agitate my eyes or my very sensitive skin. I wouldn’t be surprised if I used this eye cream for the rest of my life." —ladyhazard

    Get it from Sephora for $68.

    9. BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Defense protects skin against harmful indoor and outdoor light damage. It features SPF 30 that can protect your skin from — yep, even blue light that comes from your tech devices.

    bareMinerals complexion rescue defense

    Promising review: "I bought this product because I wanted the blue light protection. I'm in front of my phone and computer all day long and was worried about the damage that was doing to my skin. The Radiant Protective Veil is giving my skin the protection it needs and also making my skin look flawless. It truly looks airbrushed after I put this stuff on! This is all I need to look great on my Zoom calls. There is the slightest bit of a white cast but it's hardly noticeable, especially if you put makeup on over it." —alexg_nyc

    Get it from bareMinerals for $39.

    10. Alder New York Smoothing Face Mask contains hyaluronic acid and clay that'll gently exfoliate and nourish skin. It has a creamy gel texture and features activated charcoal for a deep pore clean so after a long day of baked on makeup, you won't have to worry about breaking out.,

    Alder New York is a queer, woman-owned business based out of Brooklyn, NY. Their cleansing body bar is one of my favorite soaps EVER.

    Get it from Alder New York for $24.99.

    11. Peach Slices Acne Spot Dots effectively remove pimples and surfaces them to the skin (or vanishes them completely). Going on vay-k in the AM? Place them on before bed and wake up to clearer skin...literally.

    Person wearing acne spot dots

    Promising review: "If you have a blemish that you need to get rid of quickly, these are a lifesaver! I do my night routine and then put one of these on and when I wake up in the morning it's noticeably better!" —Tracy

    Get them from Ulta for $4.49.

    12. Bathing Culture Golden Hour Hydrosol Mist features a blend of Moroccan neroli and rose flowers for a great toner you'll love adding to your skincare regimen, or as a makeup refresher spray. It basically smells like summer.

    Bathing Culture Golden Hour Hydrosol Mist
    Bathing Culture

    Promising review: "This hydrosol has completely reinvigorated my skincare routine. The packaging could not be more aesthetically pleasing and the spritzer sprays the most perfect, gentle mist I've ever experienced from a facial spray. I have really sensitive, easily irritated skin and this hydrosol has worked wonders. My skin is soothed and refreshed with each spray." —kristen

    Get it from Bathing Culture for $20.

    13. Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant gently exfoliates to minimize the look of pores while simultaneously soothing skin so it's less inflamed and irritated. This is great for those "I was sweating at the bar last night and am starting to break out" moments.

    Promising review: "I have every skin issue you can think of. I’ve spent probably thousands on a multitude of different products, trying to find one that would at least make a dent. I’ve had many procedures, many trips to the dermatologist. Nothing I’ve ever used, nothing I’ve ever done, has made such a profound difference in the appearance of my skin. Having rosacea, my face often felt hot, bumpy, and burned. While my complexion is naturally fair and pink, this has seriously covered all my bases in a gentle and effective way. I’ve been trying to turn my skin around for YEARS! This was the product that did it. If I could give it 100 stars I would. It has seriously changed my life!" —hc

    Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in single and combo pack).

    14. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water removes dead skin and makeup before you move on to the rest of your skincare routine. Use this before your cleanser so when you wash off that SPF after a day at the pool, you can remove any additional remnants that you may have been left behind seamlessly.

    The makeup remover held in someone's hand.

    This micellar water works for all skin types and is paraben-, fragrance-, sulfate-, and silicone-free.

    Promising review: "Holy grail of makeup remover! This stuff is ahh-mazing! Your dry skin will be no more. I have dry skin that it exacerbated by the dry, hot Texas summers and the cold, windy winters. Constant use of makeup wipes make my face dry and I don't like the feel of my skin after using them. Lately, I have been in love with liquid lipsticks. The use of the micellar water cuts my makeup removal time in half. My skin feels soft and my lips are kissable! You won't regret this purchase!" —Gr84lmom

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review and see why it won best makeup remover in the lowest price category on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    15. TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum features vitamin E and additional plant-based ingredients to add hydration back to the skin after your face cleansing sesh. If the summer heat dried out your skin, bring it back to life with this serum.

    on the left, a person with blemishes and on the right the same person with fewer blemishes

    Promising review: "I stumbled upon this product after searching for something to really ramp up my skincare routine. I wasn’t really expecting much, but to my surprise this has quickly become the holy grail product in my routine! The biggest impact I’ve seen is on my uneven skin tone. I’ve got some red patches around my cheeks (not sure if I’d call it rosacea) and after continuous use of this for about a week, I’ve seen a huge difference! Just ordered my second bottle!" —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+.

    Thirsty for more info? Check out "This Vitamin C Face Serum May Give You The Best Dang Skin Of Your Life."

    16. Bubble Wipe Out removes makeup with its simple formula and even eliminates traces of waterproof mascara! Kick makeup remover wipes to the curb and opt for this gentler must-have. Massage it on dry or wet skin and then rinse.

    mackenzie ziegler using wipe out

    I really try to avoid makeup remover wipes at all costs, they irritate my skin and especially in the summer when I tend to have more redness and sunburn, they hurt even more. This makeup removing cleanser is so gentle and removes makeup super well. I wear water-resistant mascara and this takes it off no problem and doesn't burn my eyes. If you like to remove makeup in the shower, this is a perfect option for you to add to your skincare lineup. 

    Get it from Walmart for $12.98

    17. Baebody Eye Gel wakes up the eye area so you can fool everyone into thinking you didn't stay up all night at the beach bar. Vitamin E, jojoba oil, and amino acids work in tandem to add moisture to the under eyes that'll make it look like you got all eight hours of beauty rest.,

    Promising review: "I have purchased three jars of this and can't go a day without putting it on morning and night. I used to having drooping eyelids and fine lines and textured skin. I started using this product three months ago. It's not an overnight fix, but with time and consistent use, I noticed a big difference. I have actually stopped having to wear heavy makeup everyday. Most days I just put this on with some mascara and lip color, and go. Life-changing." —Holly

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    Learn more about why the people love this eye gel in "This Potent Eye Gel May Help Diminish Your Fine Lines And Dark Circles."

    18. PleasingCare Natural Premium Oil Blotting Tissues soaks up face oil that can build up on the skin, particularly in the T-zone — it wouldn't be summer without excess sweat and oil. It's quite satisfying to see the sheet post blotting.,

    Promising review: "I have been searching for something as effective as this for a long time now. I have extremely oily skin. I live in the Caribbean and whether I wear foundation or not, very early in the day my face is covered in oil, mostly over my T-zone. I tried this and it is excellent. It picks up the oil quickly, leaving my face naturally matte for hours. I am well-pleased with the light weight of the sheets. The pack fits perfectly in my purse or jeans pockets. I have no dislikes. I will stock up on it. Anyone with oily skin will find this as a must-have." —Melisa

    Get a 100-pack from Amazon for $12.95 (available in three styles).

    Learn more about who SO many people swear by these in "Over 1,000 People Love These $7 Blotting Papers For Keeping Their Skin Oil-Free."

    19. Lanolips 101 Ointment Superbalm rejuvenates chapped lips, which is a MUST after sunburn (make sure to apply an SPF balm to the lips anyway)! Apply this balm wherever else you need some extra moisture as well (cuticles, skin, etc.)

    before and after using lanolips on chapped lips
    Natalie Brown / Via BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I've had dry lips forever, and they tend to flake and crack. Any lip balm that I had used would work for maybe an hour before I need to reapply. This balm keeps my lips so hydrated and moisturized all day long! I even like to apply it at night as a 'lip mask' and I wake up with nicely hydrated lips. It's a little overpriced, it a little goes a long way. I'll never repurchase another brand of lip balm again." —ellen

    Get it from Ulta for $16.95.

    20. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Cleanser aids in fighting acne and is super gentle. If you prefer to cleanse twice a day this is perf. It will help eliminate excess skin oil to prevent breakouts and skin inflammation. If you're getting acne post sunscreen wear, be sure to opt for an oil-free sunscreen to diminish those painful bumps.

    before and after with a forehead covered in bright red breakouts and the same forehead nearly free of breakouts

    This cleanser is oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, allergy tested, and dermatologist tested.

    Promising review: "When I was about 21, I switched to a birth control implant, and that thing wreaked havoc on my entire life. I suddenly had horrible cystic acne. Not only did it make me self-conscious and uncomfortable, but it was actually so painful — laying on my pillow hurt my face! I tried every skincare line on the market for about three years with no, or very little, results. I tried essential oils, raw honey, all-natural soaps and salves, but nothing helped. Finally, I found La Roche-Posay's skincare products. Within four days, the inflammation decreased, the redness was fading, and my skin felt less dry. By two weeks, my skin was practically clear! I have been using this product for about five years now and I haven't had a single outbreak, EXCEPT for the time I wanted to try a different product to save money. Huge mistake — one I will not make again. I get compliments on my skin regularly, and I feel confident not wearing makeup. Give this system a chance!" —LadyHawke

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    21. A hydrating lip mask from I Dew Care for a plush pout so you can kiss the chapped summer crusties goodbye.,

    Promising review: "I love this product. I just ordered a bunch of products in the I DEW CARE line and this is one of my favorites so far. It's helped my dry lips and reduced the my fine lines a lot. When applied it is smooth and comfortable and feels like a lip butter. I wear it day and night and I find it appropriate for use in both — but with day wear, it does require reapplication, just like a normal lip gloss would. It's summer time now so my lips aren't as dry as they are in the winter - but so far this is the best product for my lips I've ever used. I don't know why people would ever use ChapStick after trying this. Instead of sealing in (sometimes nonexistent) moisture like ChapStick is supposed to do, this actually adds the moisture to your lips." —R

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    22. Bio-Oil soothes and improves the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and uneven skintones. You can even use it on your hair for extra shine and taming. This multi-purpose oil is a true skincare superhero. Apply some of this onto your hair after emerging from the salty ocean water (that most likely dehydrated it).,

    It's fast absorbing and has a ton of uses. Cracked cuticles? Dry skin? Acne scars? This oil has you covered with its blend of chamomile oil, vitamins A and E, and lavender oil. It has over 70,500+ five-star reviews!

    Promising review: "I've used this stuff for a few years, and I have to tell you it's pretty much replaced lotion for me. I don't put it on thick though. It makes my legs and feet silky smooth. Even putting it on the bottoms of my feet, they don't get greasy or slippery. I put it a dab on my lips to avoid chapping and lines. I dab some on the outside of my eyes to counter the crow's feet that are trying to form. Dry ankles, knees, knuckles, or elbows? Saturate them. Chapped nipples from running in the cold (or whatever you're doing to make them chapped)? Dab some on. I've used it on my face as a moisturizer in a pinch." —Rebecca Blake

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92+ (available in four sizes and value packs).

    23. Glossier's The Skincare Edit consists of every product you will ever need to conquer a top-notch skincare routine. What better time to revamp that skincare regimen than summertime?


    This set includes mini sizes of milky jelly cleanser, super bounce serum, priming moisturizer rich, balm dot calm, and futuredew.

    Promising review: "I decided it was finally time to get serious about a skin routine. I found this kit and thought it would be a good intro to Glossier products. I love everything in it! It leaves my skin feeling clean, moisturized and fresh looking. My favorites are the cleanser and balm. I'm officially hooked!" —EG

    Get the set from Glossier for $50.

    24. Klur Symmetry fluid creates a breathable barrier between skin and potential exposure to urban pollution. I use this serum each and every day and I've noticed incredible results in my skin's texture.

    klur symmetry fluid

    Klur is a small business that specializes in clean, ethical, beauty products that work wonders and also look aesthetically pleasing on your vanity.

    I am OBSESSED with this serum. It's lightweight and unlike other serums I've tried. Sometimes serums can be a bit oily or even too thick feeling but this one is *chef's kiss*. It's so refreshing when massaged into the skin and it's just the right consistency, it's not too thin and not too thick. This is well worth the money and I put it on every day before my moisturizer. I've noticed less breakouts on my skin and more of an overall even texture since using this.

    Get it from Klur for $70.

    25. Versed Cleansing Balm removes makeup quickly and efficiently. If you prefer to take your makeup off in the shower and would rather wash your face, hair, and body all at the same time, then this is your new holy grail. Ingredients like soothing eucalyptus oil and vitamin E make for a hydrating cleanse. The quicker you can get off that makeup you've been wearing in the heat all day, the better.


    Promising review: "Great! I bought the travel size to make sure I liked it and I do! You don’t need much, and it removes makeup so easily. It is an oily cream that washes off easily and leaves the skin soft and clean. I used Clinique Take The Day Off and it’s very similar but Versed is much more affordable. Will be a new go-to!" Allen10

    Get it from Versed for $17.99.

    26. Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips remove dirt and oil from clogged pores. The satisfaction of peeling this off is incredible. (Just don't use these if you're sunburned!),

    Promising review: "This deep-cleansing pore strips are amazing! I warm up my face with hot water and leave areas for application wet, then apply the strips! Having an acne prone skin this really removes all the blackheads!! I also take a face strip and cut it in half for chin and forehead." —kat12

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    27. Tower 28 Daily Rescue Facial Spray soothes dry skin and is perfect to keep handy in your bag on hot days. It's great for sensitive skin and doesn't contain alcohol, oil, or fragrance.


    Tower 28 is small woman-owned business based in Los Angeles, California. The founder, Amy, started the brand after after working 15+ years in the beauty industry. The company works to create non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free beauty products that are perfect for any skin type.

    Promising review: "I started to experience hormonal cystic acne at a time where I had to wear a mask for 40 hours a week. I stopped wearing makeup to work, took certain foods out of my diet, and I tried so many skincare products to help bring my acne to a stop and nothing worked. It was really messing with my self-esteem to the point where I stopped putting makeup on and lost my passion for a moment. It wasn’t until I added this spray to my skincare routine that I found some relief. This is one of the two products that truly helped me. I see a major difference." —bwilliams18

    Get it from Sephora for $12+ (available in two sizes).

    28. Cranberry and perilla facial oil features pearl powder for a glowy look that'll look youthful and hydrated under your foundation. It has an array of hydrating oils like cranberry seed oil, Brazil nut oil, and lavender oil.

    cranberry and perilla facial oil
    Honey Dipped Essentials

    Honey Dipped Essentials is a Black woman-owned business founded by Ashli Goudelock, that sells home, body, and skin care products. They specialize in all-natural and organic products.

    Get it from Honey Dipped Essentials for $45

    29. Aluminum-free deodorant keeps sweaty pits at bay with it's smooth blend of shea and cocoa butters. If you're looking to head out on a run in the summer heat, this will be your new BFF.

    reviewer image of deodorant

    Promising review: "Glides on easy, and isn't sticky or wet. Definitely 24-hour odor protection and smells just like coconut and shea butter! The best aluminum-free deodorant that I have tried. I will be buying again." —Emilee Kealoha

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $20.22+ (available in three scent bundles).

    When you're feeling cute after slaying your summer skincare routine.


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