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    42 Effective Skincare Products That May Be Better Than What You're Using Now

    There are several new skincare sheriffs in town.

    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. An Eva Naturals face serum because adult acne is garbage and according to reviewers, this stuff truly helps. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, aloe, salicylic acid, and niacinamide work in harmony to solve your most annoying skin problems from acne and dark spots to dehydration and redness.

    Promising review: "I have never felt more compelled to write a product review before. This stuff is INCREDIBLE. I have tried almost everything to improve my skin. I continue to get acne in my mid-30s and literally everything else I've tried has not worked, including prescription topical cream and oral medication. This has saved my skin! I have had very few breakouts, and if anything pops up, this takes care of it quickly! My skin feels moisturized and looks smoother and healthier overall. This is truly one of the best purchases I've ever made. I'm thankful I stumbled upon this serum!" —J.C. Denton

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    2. A Garnier gel-cream for some sweet, sweet relief for all of your dry skin problems. A blend of vitamin c and fruit water antioxidant complex delivers oil-free moisture that feels deceivingly lightweight on your skin, but actually packs a powerful punch of moisture (and has a brightening effect).


    Promising review: "I used to use Clinique's Moisture Surge but found this when looking for a more affordable alternative. The formula feels almost identical but this is about 20% of the cost of the Clinique product. That makes this an excellent bargain in my book! I have fairly dry skin, and I'll put this on every night and also as needed during winter days if my skin is feeling particularly dry. It makes my skin feel instantly moist yet doesn't feel sticky or greasy. Love it!" —Amanda R.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.62.

    3. A Cosmedica hyaluronic acid serum for hydrating, non-greasy hydration that your skin will basically drink right up. It's super moisturizing, won't clog up pores, helps combat acne, and will balance out combo skin for anyone sick of dry patches and oily t-zones.,

    This vegan, oil-, paraben-, dye-, and fragrance-free serum has over 8,500 positive reviews.

    Promising review: "This serum is wonderful! It doesn't burn, it doesn't have a funny smell, and it doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky. My skin is pale, sensitive, combination, and I have some issues with oiliness in my t-zone, but it drinks in this serum! After just one use, I had a noticeable softness to my skin and it just felt rejuvenated. I've also began to notice a reduction in the beginnings of lines that were starting to form on my forehead, my complexion is brighter, and my skin isn't ashy." —DamnTheTorpedoes

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in three sizes).

    4. A non-greasy Australian Gold face lotion packed with SPF50 (which you should already be WEARING EVERY DARN DAY). Not only is this hypoallergenic sunscreen also oil-free, dye-free, and reef-safe, but it also contains an antioxidant-rich blend of kakadu plum, eucalyptus, and red algae that won't make your skin betray you via a ginormous breakout. / Via @australiangold

    This is also fragrance-free and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes.

    **adds to cart immediately**

    Promising review: "Wow! This sunscreen lives up to every positive review I have read. I use sunscreen every single day, and this performs better than most. This tinted version works with my fair skin, and the finish is soft, natural, and not shiny. Plus, it's more affordable than many other sunscreens." —Susan Hardee

    Get it from Amazon for $8.68 (available in three shades).

    5. A daily face (and body!) Cerave moisturizing cream that is a miracle product for dryness, redness, and breakouts. This hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, fragrance-free face cream is made with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to provide nongreasy 24-hour hydration.

    Promising review: "If you are doubting this product, stop what you are doing and buy it right now. It WILL change your life. I had SEVERE eczema on my face and it was incredibly painful: I had red, inflamed, itchy, flaky, and disgusting skin. I tried everything, from organic to high-priced products, and nothing worked until I picked up a $2 sample of this at Walgreens after reading the reviews online. Well, it is a miracle product. My face feels amazing. I use it twice daily, and my eczema is gone. It has also diminished my acne breakouts by 98%. I also want to add that I didn't get anything for free or was asked to do this review, I just honestly needed to share my experience." —Susana Rodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $15.06.

    6. Tony Moly pore strips that act like magnets for trapped gunk and deep-rooted oil. These amazingly satisfying strips use eggshell powder and charcoal to reduce the appearance of blackheads and remove a significant amount of them after ~just~ one use.

    Promising review: "Holy mother of pearl, you should see what these things pull out of my husband's nose. He has rather large pores on his nose and uses these about once a month. (He should really be doing it more often.) Wash your face first, exfoliate a little bit and make sure you get your nose and the strip adequately wet. Then be prepared to see dirt from your elementary school playground get pulled out of your pores." —Debbie in WS

    Get it from Amazon for $6.50.

    7. A hypoallergenic Bioderma foaming gel begging to become a part of your world (or at the very least, part of your nightly skincare routine). This cleanser will actually help feel all that built-up oil, dirt, and miscellaneous gunk be exhumed from your pores.

    Psst, this cleanser is available in a pump and a tube bottle!

    Promising review: "This is the best face wash I have ever used. My skin has always had issues with oiliness, and you can feel your face healing when you use this — like you can feel the oil being lifted away! It's awesome. My skin has never looked better, and I've even made it through law school final exams without any stress blemishes." —Jsal

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    8. A Pond's cold cream cleanser that is *the* definition of tried-and-true. This inexpensive gem of a product is hypothetically the only item you'll need to stash in your skincare travel bag: a few quick swipes will dissolve makeup and give your skin a hefty dose of moisture.


    Promising review: "This is my favorite cleanser of all time. I have EXTREMELY dry skin and even the most 'gentle' cleansers will make me dry up like a lizard and peel. However, I discovered Pond's a few years back and it is a miracle worker. A little goes a very long way and because it's a cream, it applies like a lotion that sits on the skin, and is super easy to remove without tugging at my skin. And the best doesn't dry me out. It also works EXTREMELY well to remove makeup. I hate liquid eye makeup removers because they always leave me feeling greasy, but this stuff removes even the hardest of liners, foundations, you name it, but is still gentle enough to use around my eyes." —HaleyDanielleReviewer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.29.

    9. A Yes To facial cleanser that (thanks to an effective trio of charcoal, tomato extract, and salicylic acid) kicks the derrieres of acne, blackheads, and excess shine.

    Promising review: "This stuff is MAGIC. I saw drastic results literally overnight. I thought I had outgrown my acne problems, but then I switched to a new birth control and started breaking out in tiny, stubborn pimples all over my forehead. After wrestling with it for a couple weeks by using the cleansers and scrubs I had on hand, I decided to order the Yes To Tomatoes balancing moisturizer and this cleanser. The cleanser arrived before the moisturizer so I used it by itself, and the very next day the acne was all but gone." —blackmallow

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    10. A cruelty-free Awake Human moisturizer packed with aloe, jojoba, green tea, shea butter, sweet almond oil, and... not much else. This vegan product prides itself on being free of icky chemicals that you probably (in my case, definitely) can't pronounce, and is even available in an unscented formula if you've got a sensitive nose.

    Promising review: "I have combination skin that's really sensitive to synthetic ingredients. This is the first moisturizer I've found that does a great job keeping my skin hydrated with natural ingredients without it feeling greasy or like it's sitting on top of my skin. It's also great under makeup! It seems to help my makeup look great all day." —Oliveberry

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    11. A Neutrogena gel cream to help skin that is #thirsty. This fast-absorbing, oil-free formula feels like a tall, hydrating glass of water for your face thanks to a moisturizing dose of hyaluronic acid.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    This fragrance-free moisturizer is packed with hyaluronic acid to improve dryness, and promises to provide ~ultimate~ hydration for up to 48 hours. DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG 48 HOURS IS? Wow.

    Psst, pro tip if you have extra dry skin: apply this formula to damp skin, let it dry, and then use your daily moisturizer to really lock in the effects.

    Promising review: "I have dry skin, and this is my holy grail PM moisturizer and lip mask. If my face is extra dry on a particular day, I'll use this in the AM, too. I will continue to buy this forever!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    Check out one BuzzFeeder's review of this Neutrogena moisturizer.

    12. A vegan and cruelty-free Pacifica sheet mask you'll want to apply after a stressful day/night fueled by sangria pitchers. Yes, your skin experiences hangovers. Yes, it needs extra hydration. Yes, this coconut, green tea, and caffeine formula will provide that.


    Promising review: "When I only get a few hours of sleep, my skin looks absolutely terrible-- dry, patchy and pale. I was searching for a mask or moisturizer with caffeine, and this one works wonders! I put it on in the morning before putting on makeup and it brought a lot of life back to my face. This is the only mask I've ever tried that actually does what it claims on my skin, and I think that has a lot to do with the caffeine. To be fair, there is a bit of burning in the first minute or so of wearing this mask, but that goes away quickly and to me it's worth it for the effect I achieved." —TEP

    Get it from Amazon for $3.49 (available in four formulas).

    13. An oil serum here to deliver some SERIOUS glow, the kind you'll say ~I dew~ to after about .5 seconds of wear. A blend of nourishing oils, fruit extract, and sugarcane squalane offer hydration and visibly brighter skin while light-reflecting minerals give your complexion that "I drink a TON of water" radiance.


    This bottle of magic is also hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, vegan, and non-comedogenic.

    Promising review: "I swear, I feel *happy* when I put this on. I put one drop on my fingers, warm it up, then pat all over my face and neck. My skin instantly feels refreshed, hydrated, and most important of all, healthy. It's easily absorbed but I don't lose moisture over time. My skin stays bouncy and plump throughout the day, even when inside an air-conditioned office. The glass skin look you get with this is just the cherry on top. Excellent product and unlike anything I've ever seen out there. Great job, Glossier!" —K

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    14. A Radha rosehip oil currently negotiating a movie deal with Marvel — this little bottle of magic is a superhero worthy of its own franchise. This 100% pure rosehip oil moisturizes your skin without making it greasy, evens out scarring, and (of course) helps keeps the evil pimple monsters away.

    Promising review: "This oil is amazing!! It has evened out my skin tone, balanced my oily and dry patches, and cleared up my blemishes — all in only two weeks of use. This is the best my skin has ever looked, and even my friends and coworkers are noticing." —Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    Read one BuzzFeeder's review of this Radha rosehip oil.

    15. A Banila Co cleansing balm that is to makeup what water is to the Wicked Witch of the West — it'll have your foundation, mascara, and lipstick melted off your face with just a few quick swipes. This transforms from a solid balm to an oil and is free of any artificial fragrances or alcohol, which means it's perfectly safe to use on even the most sensitive skin. / Via @banilacousa

    Promising review: "This amazing solid cleanser takes all the makeup and dirt out of my face. I love how it just melts on my skin and leaves it feeling supple and clean. It also smells great!" —Sabah M.

    Get it from Soko Glam for $24.

    16. An oil-free La Roche-Posay micellar water that is tough on makeup but gentle on sensitive skin, meaning you won't experience extreme dryness/a sudden acne outburst whenever you take off your foundation pre-zzz's.

    Promising review: "This is by far the best Micellar water I've ever used. I was previously using different brand and while both were ok, this removed all my waterproof makeup, cleaned all the dirt on my face, and left my skin feeling soft and ready for makeup. Plus, no oily residue!" —Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    17. A Mario Badescu mild toner packed with aloe vera to soothe irritated skin and (*important*) contains no alcohol, meaning this will even out your sensitive complexion without causing extreme dryness or flare-ups in the process. / Via @mariobadescu

    Promising review: "This the only toner I've used that didn't break me out, so I love it. This is currently my fifth bottle and it has been crucial in my skin care regimen, especially when recovering from (and clearing up) allergic reactions to other products." —Yvette

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    18. A concentrated O'Keeffe's moisturizing cream ideal for dry, cracked hands in desperate need of some TLC. This water, glycerin, and paraffin formula is used (and loved) by everyone from construction workers to people with eczema.

    Promising review: "Does this product need another five star review? Nope. But I had to. This is truly a miracle product!! I have the driest skin in the winter, to the point where I will look down at my hands and notice that they're bleeding from all the various cracks. This product made a major difference after just one use! Here I am weeks later and my hands have no cracks, look younger, and are no longer red." —P. Neuber

    Get it from Amazon for $7.29.

    19. A vegan and cruelty-free nügg lip scrub to rid your pout of dead cells and flaky skin by way of a cocoa butter, jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed wax, and sugar formula. It also has a delicious chocolate mint scent which reminds me to remind you that no, this product is not edible.


    Promising review: "LOVE LOVE LOVE this lip scrub! Seriously could not find anything that worked on my chapped lips, but I used this a few times and it worked like a charm!" —Jesse Kerr

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two flavors).

    20. A daily Cuccio oil you'll want to keep on hand if you're a gel manicure connoisseur (which, let's face it, destroys nail beds one acetone soak at a time). This blend of safflower, sunflower, and cotton seed oils works OT to strengthen your nails and hydrate your cuticles.

    This formula is available in two scents: milk and honey and pomegranate and fig. Both are equally delicious in scent.

    Promising review: "I really like this product! I try to take breaks from getting my nails done (hard gel, usually) since my nails get very thin and brittle between each set. This helps to make them look strong, smooth, and natural! It also keeps my cuticles looking fresh and adds a nice little shine to my nails!" —NMC

    Get it from Amazon for $6.38.

    21. A LilyAna Naturals serum dubbed by one reviewer as ~liquid gold~. This non-comedogenic formula enlists the help of hyaluronic acid, vitamin c, and vitamin e to tackle all of your skincare concerns ranging from dark spots and acne to dullness and dryness.

    Promising review: "This is liquid gold. I've been using this stuff for about three weeks now and this stuff is AMAZINGGGG. I have combo, acne prone and sensitive skin...the worst combination. I was hesitant to use it because anything new breaks out my skin. Fortunately, this didn't and my skin LOVES it! I haven't had a single breakout (even during that time of the month) It really helped with some previous acne scares and evened out my skin tone. Friends and family have commented on how clear and fresh my skin looks. I will most definitely be purchasing this again. It would be incredible if they made a giant one for your whole body!" —Zena Huam-Ko

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    22. The Body Shop cleansing butter with a rich chamomile-scented consistency that transforms removing your makeup into a luxurious process. This gets rid of every trace of product on your face (including that stubborn waterproof mascara) with no harsh rubbing or scrubbing required. / Via @thebodyshop, / Via @thebodyshop

    Promising review: "A great size and inexpensive! The chamomile scent is amazing and it takes my makeup off like a pro. I especially love how easily it takes off my mascara (I don’t have to keep rubbing) and not to mention that it really helps moisturize my skin in the dry season." —Alexis

    Get it from Amazon for $14.93.

    23. A KOSE oil cleanser that may confuse you at first ("But why would I put more oil on oily skin!" "That makes no sense!"), but bear with me — your skin is overproducing oil because it's in desperate need of moisture. This stuff? It'll remove all traces of makeup and built-up gunk while still giving your complexion a dose of hydration needed to halt all that excess sebum.


    Promising review: "This is a holy grail cleanser that saved my skin from cystic acne and blackheads. A full bottle of this cleansing oil lasted me about a little over seven months. For reference, I have super oily skin that is also very sensitive and acne-prone. Although this particular brand does contain mineral oil, I didn't have any reactions to it since I was able to lightly rub the oil onto my entire face and gently take off all of my makeup at once! It emulsifies into a milky wish liquid upon contact with water. I recommend only using 1-3 pumps and gently sweeping in wiper-blade motions, not rubbing too hard on your skin. Since this is oil, it miraculously lifts and pulls on the dirt and debris trapped inside my (huge) pores and made my blackheads nearly invisible for most of the time after cleansing." —SAPfan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.85.

    24. An Ancient Greek Remedy facial oil that is truly a skincare jack-of-all-trades. This stuff softens skin, helps heal acne, aids in ridding scarring and stretch marks, and provides a large dose of 🗣️MOISTURE. This blend of extra virgin olive, almond oil, grape seed oil, lavender essential oil, and vitamin e can also be used to moisturize your cuticles, strengthen your nails, and can be used on dry, itchy scalps that have begun to flake.

    Promising review: "I have combination skin on my face, my scalp gets dry, and I get mild eczema on my ankles, calves, arms and hands, AND my hair is oily at the root and dry on the ends. However, after using this product for three months, ALL of those problems are gone!!! I have clear and healthy skin on my face. No embarrassing flakes on my shoulders. No combination oily / dry skin anywhere. It smells GREAT. It's gentle and free of harmful chemicals and parabens. My hair is NOT oily, and the ends are nourished and healthy. It's safe to use on my children and my bf's daughter who has severe eczema. I could go on and on about this product. I really could. I wish there were more stars to give them. Everyone that uses this (at my house) raves about it as well. Try it out and I swear you will NOT be disappointed." —Crystle D

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    25. A cult-favorite Embryolisse creamy lotion that gets rid of dry patches in a jiffy, but also works like a charm as a primer and sits beautifully under makeup. Let's get a huge round of applause for products that boast ~versatility~. / Via @embryolisse

    Get it from SkinStore for $18.

    26. A Yes To cleansing stick you'll want to add to your morning routine, as this stuff works to ~wake up~ your skin as effectively as a cup of caffeine. This gentle scrub and cleanser efficiently gets rid of all icky impurities, while the coconut, avocado, and meadow foam seed oils work to leave your complexion feeling hydrated and supple. / Via @yesto

    Promising review: "LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! Removes makeup, softens skin, smells invigorating. And I love the rollup dispenser!" —Kelly Rogers

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74.

    27. A bottle of Glossier Solution for a powerful chemical exfoliant that bids adieu to dead skin. This cruelty-free concoction uses several acids (AHA, BHA, and PHA) to unclog pores, fight acne, and do away with dark spots — all while moisturizing, conditioning, and exfoliating your skin. HOORAY!

    Kyle Davis / BuzzFeed, Glossier

    Promising review: "I was really skeptical about buying this, but I'm so happy I did! I started using this about a month ago: I first noticed that my skin texture was WAYYY smoother, and then I noticed that all of my active acne fully went away. This product has also been a lifesaver for diminishing dark spots! I use this product every night, follow it up with rosehip oil, and it's perfect." —Alexa

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    Read more about why we love Glossier's Solution so much.

    28. An oil-free, non-greasy, fast-absorbing Olay eye cream here to reduce puffiness, fine lines, and dreaded dark circles. An impressive blend of vitamins b and e work overnight to make sure of it!


    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I have a VERY hard time finding something i can use with my VERY sensitive eyes, but this cream is wonderful. No burning or irritation at all. My under eye puffiness is going away and my skin feels great!" —sherri newman

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    29. A travel-sized TULA cleanser you'll want to bring along on your next trip. This foaming gel is rich in probiotics, basically working to vacuum up all the oil, gunk, and makeup from your face while leaving behind a hydrating surface. The days of your face feeling tight or dry whilst on a tropical getaway? Long gone.

    Promising review: "Best facial cleanser I have ever tried! It works well, doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, and smells great! A small amount goes a long way because it foams up quite a bit which means that one tube can last quite a while. This product is worth the price and I will be using this exclusively for now on!" —Catherine DeRocchi

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (available in three sizes).

    30. A La Roche-Posay gel cleanser with a favorite five-letter word: C-L-E-A-R. This salicylic acid wash targets (and destroys) blackheads and whiteheads while ridding surface oil by up to 47%, which basically translates to clear complexions ahead.

    It's also surprisingly gentle enough to use twice a day, meaning you'll be able to attack acne in the AM *and* the PM without making your complexion overly dry.

    Promising review: "I was lucky enough to have clear skin in high school so I never understood how awful acne really is. When I was about 21-22 years old, 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! To top it all off, my skin was also dry, and irritated. I tried every skin care line on the market for about two to three years, with no, or very little, results. Finally, I found La Roche-Posays 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 four to 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." —LadyHawke

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    31. Bliss makeup wipes you'll want for those nights in which you are way too tired to cleanse, tone, and moisturize. These oil-free wipes contain aloe, chamomile, and marshmallow root to both cleanse *and* hydrate your face at the same darn time. (If you have sensitive skin, you'll want to try these ASAP.)


    These wipes are also vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "These are the best makeup removing wipes I have ever tried! I have sensitive skin and most other wipes burn my skin when I use them, but these are actually soothing." —gunterje

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $5.99.

    32. A non-comedogenic, fragrance-free Cerave moisturizing cream here to fight body breakouts and painful irritation with a vengeance. "You can run, BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE!" —you to your chest, back, and butt acne.

    This formula contains salicylic acid, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin d that exfoliates dead skin cells. The result? Now that said dead skin cells are out of the way, the actual moisturizing properties of the cream will able to really seep into your skin for ultimate hydration.

    It's also SUPER effective at combatting (and calming) psoriasis outbreaks! Proof in the photos above.

    Promising review: "I get back acne, but it's also extremely dry, itchy, and my skin is very sensitive. This cream is amazing! It has reduced my back acne significantly while also being incredibly moisturizing. It also makes my skin so soft!

    Five stars!" —RosaRoe

    Get it from Amazon for $17.28.

    33. A pink clay Sand & Sky pore-refining mask to hit the reset button on grease and blemishes (this includes both scarring and all those painful, emerging zits) with an impressive blend of Australian botanicals. ✨ Smoother, brighter skin ✨ is at your fingertips — and all you'll have to do is apply a face mask two or three times a week. / Via @sandandskyaus

    This vegan and cruelty-free clay mask also includes an application brush!

    Promising review: "BEST MASK EVER! This is the only mask that has ever helped heal my hormonal breakouts! This really helps control excess oil without drying out my skin." —makeupdivah

    Get it from Sephora for $49.

    34. A cream-to-foam Korres cleanser that uses the benefits of Greek yogurt (hello, generous heap of protein) to do exactly what it's supposed to: clean your face of oils, built-up gunk, and makeup in one simple step.


    Promising review: "This is the BEST cleanser for dry and sensitive skin. Absolutely love this product and have used it faithfully for a few years. I developed sensitive dry skin and struggled to find a facial cleanser that actually cleaned my skin without leaving a residue or being irritating. This gently cleans your skin, the scent is mild, foaming isn't excessive, and it won't dry your skin out. Can't recommend this product enough." —D. Mitrevski

    Get it from Amazon for $26.

    35. A L'Oréal Paris oil-free moisturizer because PSA — oily skin STILL NEEDS MOISTURE! And thanks to this aloe vera and hyaluronic acid formula, you can prepare for lightweight and non-greasy hydration that won't result in more excess sebum (or acne). / Via @lorealskin

    A lot of people don't realize that, YES, even if you have oily skin, moisturizer is still a crucial step in your skincare routine. Just be sure to opt for formulas that are oil-free.

    Promising review: "This is the absolute best facial moisturizer I have ever bought. I generally don't like using a facial moisturizers because it ends up feeling oily and makes my acne worse, but not this one! It's like an ice gel that melts into your skin without making it feel greasy. I love this stuff so much." —coupleofnerds

    Get it from Amazon for $9.11.

    36. A vegan Acure brightening scrub made with argan extract and chlorella gentle enough to exfoliate acne-prone skin without causing further inflammation or redness. It's also an absolute 🌟 superstar 🌟 at fading scars and brightening your skin.

    Psst, this cult-favorite and cruelty-free product has over 2,000 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "Are you kidding? Why didn't I find this sooner? THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. I'm 34, and never had a blemish... until I hit 30. Hormonal cystic acne has plagued my chin and neck for years. I've tried everything from washes, scrubs, microdermabrasion, facials, masks, even antibiotics as a last resort. NOTHING cleared my skin like this! I've been using this product for only two weeks and my skin is clearing beautifully, plus my old acne scars disappearing. People are making comments about how fresh, young, and healthy my skin looks. Its a small tube, but you only need a pea-sized amount really." —emhart16

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    37. An Elizavecca facial serum for anyone who is ready to break up with enlarged pores and excess oil. Just dab a few drops of this hyaluronic acid blend onto your skin pre-moisturizer and et voila! A smooth, hydrated, matte complexion is yours for the taking.,

    Promising review: "I've been using this for about a month now and I have super oily skin, redness, and large pores. I love this stuff! I noticed a difference the first day where my skin looked more even in tone, and I have noticed that my foundation isn't collecting in my pores as much either because they are less noticeable. Definitely a staple in my skincare routine now." —cannibal

    Get it from Amazon for $6.90.

    38. A cruelty- and fragrance-free One Love Organics balm consisting of plant-based, cold-pressed extracts (think coconut oil, mango butter, jojoba, and chia) that can be used as a makeup remover, brow tamer, moisturizer, leave-on mask, and leave-in conditioner. For a skincare routine that feels eerily similar to a facial, you'll want to try out this splurge-worthy blend ASAP. / Via @oneloveorganics

    Promising review: "I got introduced to this balm at a facial and liked it so much that I ordered it to have at home. I use it as my morning cleanse and first cleanse at night. I wipe it off with a warm washcloth and then do the rest of my skin care. I have really dry skin especially in MN winter, and this is moisturizing, plumping, and doesn't clog my pores. Highly recommend!" —Verified Purchaser

    Get it from Dermstore for $19.

    39. A Mario Badescu lip balm that will melt into your lips (think ~the Wicked Witch of the West meets water~) and leave behind a soft, non-sticky surface that won't trap any of your stray hairs. / Via @mariobadescu

    This little tube of goodness contains cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, and vitamin e.

    Promising review: "This is the best, most hydrating lip balm ever. I can use it once a day (which is important because so many lip balms have ingredients that dry out your lips so that you use up the product and buy more), and my lips feel and look great all day." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.

    40. A Nivea intensive cream capable of ~duping~ you into thinking it's a much more expensive brand (alas, it is actually affordable). This rich formula melts into your skin and is the perfect overnight treatment for anyone with dry, patchy skin.

    Promising review: "I was under the impression that cremes like Nivea are extremely oily and sticky. But dude, I love this. I was in Philadelphia and it was really cold there, so my skin ended up getting extremely dry. I stayed with a friend who had this, and I tried it out because I couldn't find any other moisturizer​ in her bathroom. And boy oh boy, my skin was rejuvenated after just one use. Like, I am not kidding — my skin immediately felt super hydrated and moisturized, almost like the moisture had reached to the deepest of layers my face! The immediate effect is slightly sticky, but just give it some time to absorb. Please give it a try, you won't regret it." —A. K. Singh

    Get it from Amazon for $7.12.

    41. Tend solution because ingrown hairs and razor bumps are truly the pits. Just spread this lotion onto whichever body part you plan on waxing/shaving (and yes, it's safe to use on the bikini area...I know that's the question haunting your pretty little mind) and POOF! All skin irritation and bumps will vanish.

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. You would never believe it, but it works wonders. One of the worst parts of summer for me is razor burn and chafing/irritation, particularly at the beach when the hair follicles on my legs dry up from the saltwater. This stuff prevents ALL of that. No bumps, no pain, nothing. The best part? It doesn't matter when you put it on. Before you shave, after you shave, even when you're not shaving, going to the beach, getting back from the beach, etc. It just always works." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    42. Bioderma micellar water that tackles both makeup and excess oil in the laziest way possible: with just a few swipes of a cotton pad. Not only will this gentle formula leave your skin feeling refreshed, but it'll *also* prevent excess shine from creeping in mid-afternoon (at about the same time you're in desperate need of caffeine). / Via @biodermausa

    Promising review: "I know micellar water is usually advertised for taking makeup off, but this has been the best thing I've found at keeping my oily skin at bay — and I've tried a lot of stuff! My skin is so oily that by 6PM, I have visible shine and go through about three oil-absorbing wipes just to get rid of it. This has made a remarkable difference! I use it once at night before bed and in the morning before applying moisturizer. I'm addicted. Also, I should note that I am acne-prone and this does not bother me." —BoyWonder

    Get it from Amazon for $5.90+.

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