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34 Skincare Essentials You'll Probably Want To Keep In Your Cabinet

These cleansers, masks, and other skincare goods deserve a spot on your shelf.

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1. Glossier's Milk Jelly Cleanser clears away dirt, impurities, and makeup with a super-soft formula. Rose water and comfrey root extract help your face get squeaky clean and blemish-free, so you can start or end your day with a dewy complexion.


Promising review: "Literally this cleanser is the best! I have very dry skin, so I am usually skeptical about trying cleansers, but this stuff is so worth the money! After I wash my face, it looks like I have primer on! I've noticed my pores look so much smaller and my face isn't tight or dry. This stuff is magic!" —Glossier Customer

Get it from Glossier for $18.

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2. Peter Thomas Roth's PRO Strength Niacinamide Discoloration Treatment fights skin discoloration, unevenness, and acne with niacinamide, tranexamic acid, and kojic acid. These ingredients will get to work on your face and leave you with buttery soft skin.


Promising review: "It works amazingly! I’ve been using it for two months now and dark spots have faded so quickly. It doesn’t irritate my skin or make it peel. It just brightens and evens my skin tone. That’s all I need! Definitely will be repurchasing!" —Sephora Customer

Get it from Sephora for $88.

3. Thayers Witch Hazel Toner tones and cleanses your skin with soothing ingredients, including grapefruit seed extract, vitamin E, and aloe vera. It's a pre-makeup and pre-moisturizing must-have for your skincare routine.


Promising review: "I use it with on cotton pads after cleansing my face before serum or moisturizer, day or night. My face feels clean and refreshed, but it never makes your skin dry or tighten or too oily." —Target Customer

Get it from Target for $10.99.

Read why one of our editors loves this skincare saver in I'm Convinced That Thayers Skincare Products Are Heaven-Sent And Here's Why.


4. Supergoop!'s Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 preps your pre-makeup face *and* protects your skin from sun damage. Cocoa peptides act like a barrier against blue light, while hyaluronic acid increases softness.


Promising review: "So shook. I was very suspicious when I saw the tint and at first it seemed like this was going to be too greasy. But after I rubbed it in, it dried down to a stunningly natural radiant glow on my tan skin. Emphasis on NATURAL. It makes the skin look like you just came back from hot yoga and drink your green smoothie daily." —Sephora Customer

Get it from Sephora for $36.

5. Caudalíe's Beauty Elixir sets makeup, minimizes the appearance of pores, and hydrates your skin. Spritz this essential oil formula on your face after your beauty routine for a radiant look.


Promising review: "All I can say is 'incredible!' This amazing spritzer is refreshing, cleansing, and lovely. I use it anytime I feel my face needs a quick refresh during the day on a clean face or after applying makeup. It's something that feels like I'm being pampered no matter where I am or what I'm doing." —Caudalíe Customer

Get it from Caudalie for $49.


6. Foreo's Luna Mini 2 cleanses your skin with soothing pulsations. Your face will be free from dirt, makeup, and impurities and it's been a minute since you've seen that gorgeous glow.

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Promising review: "This is like a portable facial! It’s so soothing and didn’t irritate my skin whatsoever. I used to just pat my skin to mimic this effect ... lol! I find that this also assists with exfoliating and leaves my skin really smooth!" —Sephora Customer

Get it from Sephora for $119 (available in five colors).

Read more about why readers love this lil' cleansing tool in This 60-Second Face Cleansing Device Is A Game-Changer For Your Skin Care Routine.

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7. Save. Our. Skin.'s Daily Rescue Facial Spray gives you relief from dry skin all year long. Its hypochlorous acid-friendly formula helps shield your face from inflammation and will leave you feeling refreshed.

Credo Beauty

Promising review: "I have been using this spray for months and I am obsessed with it! I love that it’s a multi-use spray that can be used for your skincare as a toner or in addition to your toner and for makeup to prime, set, and/or refresh. I use this spray multiple times a day especially when I can expect breakouts to occur." —Credo Beauty Customer

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

8. Peace Out's Acne Healing Dots tame pesky blemishes that take a toll on your complexion. Apply these babies anytime you need to treat breakouts or stop picking areas.


Promising review: "I'm so bad about picking at my face, but thanks to these dots, it heals so much faster and it's also very satisfying to see how much gunk it pulls out of your skin. These have been a lifesaver and I've bought them at least four times." —Sephora Customer

Get it from Sephora for $19+ (available in packs of 20 and 40).

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9. e.l.f. Cosmetics' Illuminating Eye Cream soothes tired eyes by reducing dark circles and adding moisture. Jojoba, cucumber, and vitamin E will be a major help if you stayed up late the night before and you're short on time for skincare S.O.S.

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Get it from Target for $10.


10. Yes To Watermelon's Super Fresh Jelly Mask brightens and quenches thirsty skin. Aloe barbadensis leaf juice and watermelon fruit extract provide a hydration boost in only 10 minutes and it's super easy to put on. Sign. Me. Up.


Get it from Target for $12.99.

11. Sunday Riley's Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is like a brightening cocktail for complexions: It helps reduce dark spots, pores, and redness. Use this treatment whenever your face needs a quick pick-me-up.


Promising review: "I absolutely love this stuff! Within only a few days, I noticed a huge difference in my skin tone, breakouts, and pigmentation. I have acne scars and other unmentionables on my face that drive me crazy. I did not experience burning or tingling, not even on the first use. If you are considering this at all, take my advice. Give it a go. It is saving my skin one day at a time." —Sephora Customer

Get it from Sephora for $85+ (available in two sizes).

Check out more skincare treatments in 38 Totally Investment-Worthy Skincare Products That Your Skin Will Probably Thank You For.

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12. Youth To The People's Superberry Hydrate Oil is loaded with antioxidant ingredients and has three-in-one benefits, including increased moisture, softness, and less redness. The best part? This soothing formula will work with your skincare regimen in the a.m. or p.m.

Free People

Promising review: "The texture on this YTTP oil is unreal! It melts into my skin instantly, leaving it brighter and more hydrated. I love the added radiance this adds to my skin without me feeling oily throughout the day. I use this mostly as a booster, it mixes perfectly into my gel a.m. moisturizer or over the top of my p.m. cream. —Free People Customer

Get it from Free People for $44.


13. The Body Shop's Arber Aftershave Balm conditions skin after shaving, so you won't have redness or irritation. Your face will feel soft and smell so good, thanks to this formula's woodsy-meets-citrus scent.

The Body Shop

Promising review: "A friend suggested this product for my use because he found that it was the best after shave balm for his sensitive skin. He has skin allergies as I do and he recommended this for me and it works excellent!" —The Body Shop Customer

Get it from The Body Shop for $14.

14. Belif's The True Cream Aqua Bomb is like a water fountain for extremely dry skin: This gel cream contains lady's mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris), ceramide 3, and glycerin, and absorbs quickly for a glowing, moisture-rich complexion.


Promising review: "I have acne-prone skin and trust me I have tried every other product available for fighting acne in the stores. I started using this cream just two months ago and I am so thankful for this purchase. It gives just the perfect amount of hydration my skin needs and I have seen my acne reduced so much in just one month." —Jazneet

Get it from Sephora for $38+(available in two sizes).

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15. First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream locks in hydration and alleviates parched skin with colloidal oatmeal (OTC) and shea butter. Bad weather may be harsh on your skin, but this skincare saver can leave your hands feeling super smooth again.


Promising review: "I suffer from eczema on my hands and washing my hands throughout the day causes severe damage (cracked skin, redness, and sensitivity). Thankfully my sister introduced me to this about a year ago and it has changed my life! No more dry, flaky, irritated skin. Even during those cold and dry winter days, my hands remain smooth and hydrated."Sephora Customer

Get it from Sephora for $34+ (also available in a value size).

Read more about this hydrating skincare formula in This Moisturizer Is A Dream Come True For Anyone With Dry Skin Or Eczema.


16. Soko Glam's Best of K-Beauty Starter Set comes with a little bit of everything if you're looking to try new skincare goods. From a cleanser to a calming cream, you'll be prepared for a mini acne or breakout emergency.

Soko Glam

Promising review: "Love this set! Great way to try new products. The toner and mist are my faves. Really helped with my moderate acne." —Soko Glam Customer

Get it from Soko Glam for $47.

17. Tarte's Pack Your Bags Undereye Patches restore the skin under your eyes and helps combat dark circles. These are the perf self-care treat too, just in case you need a refresh after staying up late.


Promising review: "I really liked these eye patches. They were super refreshing in the morning when I needed to wake myself up. It also helped a lot under the eye area where it was puffy. Definitely recommend!" —Tarte Customer

Get a set of four from Tarte for $22.

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18. Herbivore Botanical's Jasmine Body Oil minimizes dull skin with a glow-friendly formula of camellia flower oil and grapeseed oil. Get ready for a brighter and more moisturized complexion.


Promising review: "I love this oil. It soaks into your skin without feeling super oily. It's just like a big drink for your skin, and the smell is amazing as well." —Nordstrom Customer

Get it from Nordstrom for $44.


19. Glossier's Balm Dotcom nourishes dry skin *and* moisturizes dry lips. This tiny tube fits perfectly in your bathroom cabinet and purse.


Promising review: "Amazingly moisturizing! Although I have generally oily skin, some areas can get extremely dry. I use this on my lips, elbows, cuticles, and anywhere that just needs a little extra moisturizing." —Glossier Customer

Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight scents).

Read more about affordable skincare essentials in 24 Cheap Skincare Products That Actually Work.

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20. Tonymoly's I'm Lavender Lullaby Sleeping Mask takes care of your complexion while you catch up on ZZZs. Apply this skincare treat right before bed for super hydrated skin in the morning.

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Promising review: "The texture of this sleeping mask is so nice and creamy, feels amazing when I put in on my skin. The best part is its not too heavy or sticky and my skin feels good when I wake up the next day!" —Tony Moly Customer

Get it from Tonymoly for $15.

21. Murad's Acne Body Wash fights breakouts, body acne, and oily skin while you shower. Exfoliate your skin with this soothing formula, which includes salicylic acid, date seed powder, glycolic acid, and green tea extract.


Promising review: "Decided to try this product and it was the best decision I made for my back acne. I had been dealing with back and some chest acne for years and nothing seemed to work for me until I tried this exfoliator. Now, I hardly break out and I feel so comfortable with any piece of clothing I wear without having to cover up my back." —Murad Customer

Get it from Murad for $44.

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22. Glow Recipe's Pineapple-C Brightening Serum reduces the appearance of dull skin and makes your complexion look so dang good. It's packed with antioxidants so you can achieve a dewy glow.


Promising review: "I’m on my third bottle, and have been using this for a year and a half. Me and my normal/oily combo skin are obsessed. It improves my skin texture, shrinks pimples, fades acne marks, and smells pleasantly of pineapple juice. I will continue to buy this as long as they make it." —Sephora Customer

Get it from Sephora for $49.


23. Versed's Baby Cheeks Hydrating Milk is a makeup remover, cleanser milk, and hydrating toner all in one. It removes stubborn foundation, impurities, and dirt from your face with a few applications. Use it before or after your daily skincare regimen.


Get it from Target for $17.99.

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24. Anthropologie's Well Done Crystal Facial Roller helps boost skin elasticity and is a great tool to use on a regular basis. Place it in the freezer for a cooling *and* soothing skincare treatment.


Promising review: "I've struggled with acne and puffy skin. While getting my acne situation calmed down, I came across this in store. At first I wasn't sure if it was too much to pay for this little thing, but let me admit I was extremely wrong. I love how it feels and what it does to my skin, I love the act of doing it too and incorporating it into my skincare routine. I feel that I have seen a difference in my skin since using this product!" —Anthropologie Customer

Get it from Anthropologie for $28 (available in two colors).

25. Caudalíe's overnight oil repairs the skin barrier and soothes your skin before you wakeup in the morning. Apply this formula of six plant and essential oils before hitting the sheets and you'll save so much time during your a.m. skincare grind.


Promising review: "Don't go to bed without this oil! Its seemingly magical restorative powers work while you sleep, soothing parched skin, fine lines, and any toxicity taken on during the day. I've just started using it and I can already see the difference in the morning. I wake to softer skin each day." —Caudalíe Customer

Get it from Caudalíe for $50.

Check out more P.M. skincare helpers in 31 Nighttime Skincare Products For Sensitive Skin.


26. Acure's Radically Rejuvenating Day Cream Facial Moisturizer gives your face a moisture boost *and* helps protect it from UV rays. Your complexion will be sunburn-free and super soft after applying this formula.


Get it from Target for $15.99.

27. Bliss' Lemon & Sage Body Polish exfoliates dry skin and leaves your bod looking so shiny. This heavenly lemon and sage blend will have you *singing* in the shower.


Promising review: "I've been looking for a new scrub for the shower and haven’t found any that I absolutely love until this one. Somehow it both exfoliates and moisturizes. It smells incredible and leaves my skin looking incredible as well." —Bliss Customer

Get it from Bliss for $15.

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28. Lush's Mint Julips Lip Scrub softens your lips and smells like a peppermint, sugar, and bourbon cocktail. Once you're done scrubbing your lips with this sweet mixture, you'll get to enjoy a protective coating that'll lock in moisture.


Promising review: "I love the scent of this product and the fact that you can literally lick it off if you wanted to! I've tried other lip scrubs but this is my favorite. This product will be part of my weekly routine." —Lush Customer

Get it from Lush for $12.95.


29. Soko Glam x Acwell's Licorice pH Balancing Essence Mist provides hydration to your face and locks in moisture for a dewy complexion. Spritz it on if you're experiencing dryness or need to set your makeup.

Soko Glam

Promising review: "I use this in my skin care step and I also use it as a setting spray to give my face some added moisture it looks so plump after makeup. I’ll definitely be buying this product again." —Soko Glam Customer

Get it from Soko Glam for $20.40.

30. Tonymoly's Moisture Boost Cooling Algae Eye Serum minimizes puffiness and helps boost skin elasticity around the under eye area. It'll also look really cute in your bathroom shelf!


Promising review: "Not only is the whale 🐳packaging adorable, but the serum is very effective at cooling and reducing the puffiness under my eyes. Highly recommend!" —Tony Moly Customer

Get it from Tonymoly for $22.


31. Aztec Secret's Indian Healing Clay Facial Treatment deep cleans your pores and minimizes irritation caused by acne and blemishes. Treat yo'self to an at-home facial without dropping $$$ at the spa.


Read about why four BuzzFeeders swear by this skincare treatment in We Tried The Aztec Healing Clay Mask And It Really Made A Difference.

Promising review: "Best face mask ever! If you're hesitant to buy this, don’t be!! It is absolutely worth it and the price is the best! I’ve seen results after just one mask! I have very dry skin — on my cheeks at least. My skin is already feeling softer, and my pores are looking better." —Target Customer

Get it from Target for $7.99.

And check out 25 Skincare Products Even People Who Don't Really ~Do~ Skincare Will Love for more masks that are easy to use.

32. The Body Shop's Peppermint Intensive Cooling Foot Rescue softens and moisturizes your feet. Enjoy the cooling sensation of this formula and say goodbye to cracking, peeling, and rough spots.

The Body Shop

Promising review: "I’ve been using this foot cream for years. It’s really great for overnight but can be used daytime as well. If you wear sandals a lot this will really make your feet look great." —The Body Shop Customer

Get it from The Body Shop for $18.


33. Isle of Paradise's Self-Tanning Drops let you get that sun-kissed look *without* uneven application and streaks. Just add this formula to your favorite moisturizer for a skin illuminating boost.


Promising review: "I have never self-tanned but if you’re on the verge of buying this go for it! It gives that glowy look without makeup and helps me look evenly tanned. I apply once a week and I’ve felt more confident skipping foundation." —Sephora Customer

Get it from Sephora for $29 (available in three formulas).

34. Patchology's Blemish Buster 2-Step Breakout Care Kit is like armor for pesky acne and pimples. A sheet mask soothes your skin with tea tree and willow bark, while salicylic acid dots help prevent future breakouts.

Urban Outfitters

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $10.


You, after stocking up on new skincare goodies:


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