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    27 Products That'll Make Your Skin Glow In 2018

    Leave pimples, dryness, scarring, and sadness in 2017.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A brightening scrub made with argan extract and chlorella. This'll gently remove dirt AND restore your skin cells.

    Promising review: "Who'd have thought you could get excited about a facial scrub? I love this stuff! The ingredients are natural β€” nothing synthetic! It doesn't dry out my skin, and my cheeks are always baby soft after using it. This is my third time ordering this tube of green scrubbing greatness!" β€”BBQ222

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    2. A rosewater spray guaranteed to give your face the perfect pick-me-up. Hello, hydration! My skin needs you.

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    This spray (which contains herbal extracts, rosewater, and aloe) can be used to hydrate your face without ruining your makeup.

    Promising review: "I love this product! It's amazing to use in the morning, at night, or any time during the day β€” it helps my face feel fresh and moisturized. Plus, it smells amazing. This is my second time buying this product and I'll continue to buy it in the future." β€”Madalyn

    Get it from Amazon for $7 (4 oz).

    3. A foaming cleanser with a rich lather designed to get all the gunk out of your pores. It's egg-cellent.

    This face wash contains Albumen (AKA egg whites) which helps naturally tighten your pores.

    Promising review: "Just a tiny bit of this wonderful cleansing cream is all you need for the foaming magic to begin. The scent has nothing to do with eggs at all; it has a fresh lovely scent, and it leaves my skin feeling clean, not dry or oily. It's just perfect. I'm so happy with my purchase." β€”Nina Catanese

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A mint and lemon clay mask not intended for people who like oversized things. This will tighten up your pores, after all.

    It also controls sebum build-up and keeps breakouts at bay.

    Promising Review: "I have oily/combo skin that is prone to the occasional stubborn breakout, and I do believe this helps my skin. It makes it look brighter and feel so soft afterward. It feels really refreshing, and my skin looks great afterward." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.92.

    5. A vanilla cocoa face cream made with soothing aloe vera, Vitamins E and C, coconut, and shea butter.

    This organic, hypo-allergenic moisturizer will leave your skin feeling nourished, soft, and supple.

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the best moisturizer I've ever used, and I have tried them all β€” from the high-end stuff to the drug store brands. This moisturizer nourishes the drier parts of my skin, and I've noticed a huge overall difference in my skin tone almost immediately. Plus, it makes an outstanding base to wear under your foundation." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    6. An alcohol-free witch hazel toner to remedy all your skin problems. Be gone, acne, redness, unevenness, and dullness!

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    Psst, this aloe vera-packed toner has over 10,000 (!!!!) reviews.

    Promising review: "Holy cow! This stuff is incredible! I even have my boyfriend using it. This actually hydrates my face, makes it smoother, and cleans the remaining dirt and debris from my pores. Nailing it, Thayers!" β€”Kristina A Muskewitz

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99. Also available in a cucumber and lavender scent.

    Read our full review here.

    7. A face cream designed to moisturize your face without declaring a greasy war on your t-zone. It just melts right into your skin.

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    This stuff also has an anti-redness complex and won't make your skin look like a tomato, plus it's infused with lavender oil AKA it smells divine.

    Promising review: "This stuff is delicious: from the way it smells, to the melt-in factor, to the way it makes my skin look. It's as good as the much-more-expensive creams I've tried in the past. It's a total winner."

    Get it from Glossier for $35.

    8. A micellar cleansing water that promises to remove makeup without any harsh rubbing required. Plus, this won't dry out your skin. Hooray!

    Promising review: "My new HG facial cleanser. I've been loyal to Philosophy Purity for years but wanted something for a quick refresher in the mornings. This stuff is fabulous β€” so fabulous that I've been using it in the evenings and mornings, and have all but retired Philosophy. It is so simple and fast to use. I love that I don't have to pull my hair back and inevitably get my hair wet when I wash my face. Anyway, I use this with a facecloth and to help do some light exfoliating. It dries quickly and once it does my skin is silky smooth and clean. Best of all, my pores are literally gone and so tiny that I rarely even wear foundation any more." β€”Mrs. Warren

    Get it from Amazon for $6.17.

    9. Pimple patches you put on a spot overnight and β€” BAM β€” pus and oil will be drawn out, and inflammation will go down.,

    Promising review: "Love these! If you catch your pimple early on and slap one of these bad boys on, it will significantly decrease the duration and size of your pimple. If you have a big zit though, you might have to put new patches on it for a little while. I get cyst-like pimples occasionally and these patches helped fade those gnarly beasts better than anything I've ever tried before." β€”Cynthia Anne Robinson

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $4.44.

    10. A shimmery peel-off mask that'll make you feel like you're lathering your skin with diamonds.

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    This formula is made with pearl powder to illuminate and brighten your complexion, while diamond powder gets rid of all the gunky stuff residing in your pores. Goodbye, dullness.

    Promising review: "I love this! It didn't break me out, goes on and off without a problem, and my skin was super soft and not oily at all." β€”Tesa

    Get it from Ulta for $18.40 (originally $23).

    11. An organic lotion made from vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, and calendula flowers to soothe and hydrate dry, parched skin.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE this stuff. I use it on my face every single morning. I am now well into my fabulous fifties and this stuff gives me better skin than what I had in my thirties! It's quite thick and will leave a sheen, but that is part of the magic. I have had several estheticians tell me that I have amazing skin and I credit this product. I have tried all of the fancy, super-pricey skin care lines, but I keep coming back to this because nothing else gets the job done quite as well." β€”KAB from AK (to CA)

    Get it from Amazon for $10.82.

    12. Sheet masks to turn your bedroom into a fancy schmancy spa. One equipped with Netflix.

    These Dermal face masks (made with Vitamin E and collagen) are the perfect way to unwind after a long, stressful day and brighten your skin at the same time. Each mask has a unique fragrance, including wine, green tea, and pomegranate.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these sheet masks! They are an incredible steal: the pack will last you a long time, and you can't beat the price." β€”Linda W.

    Get a pack of 16 from Amazon for $12.99.

    13. A cleansing foam sure to make your skin say "I lava you." Why? It's made from volcanic clusters proven to deep clean your pores.

    Promising review: "One of the best foaming face washes I've used, and I've tried a lot. It really cleans your face well without being overdrying. I usually try to always remove my makeup first, but when I forget to or am just too lazy, this face wash still gets my face super clean!! It has also significantly reduced the congestion in my pores." β€”LLD180

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    14. A multi-use oil for anyone with stubborn scarring. This hypoallergenic formula will even out your skin without clogging your pores.,

    Promising review: "I had this product in my 'save for later' cart for months. Hesitant to purchase yet another skincare product, I finally took the chance and bought it. Do you know what I dislike about it? That I didn't buy it SOONER! This product has changed my skin. I've been using it now for two months (daily), and I still have the original 4oz bottle that I purchased. It absorbs into my skin nicely, creates smoothness, and doesn't feel greasy. I suffer from adult acne, and this helps to keep my skin clear and soft. This is now a product that I cannot live without. Best skincare purchase I have EVER made!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.79.

    15. A facial moisturizer that is like a tall drink of water for your face AKA is super duper hydrating.

    AND it'll have your skin looking smoother, plus the collagen and elastin proteins help reduce the appearance of fine lines.

    Promising Review: "I have dry skin β€” or should I say, HAD?! Ever since I've started using this product, my skin has been as soft as a baby's bum and super hydrated! This moisturizer is inexpensive and so worth it β€” I'm sticking with it for life. Thank you, St. Ives; never, ever discontinue this product!" β€”JOanny

    Get it from Amazon for $5.44.

    Read our full review of this product here (# 3).

    16. A black sugar mask to exfoliate AND hydrate your skin at the same time. Plus, this sucks blackheads right out.

    Promising review: "Okay, this stuff smells SO GOOD! The sugar in this mask is gentle enough so that it exfoliates my sensitive skin without irritating it. I leave it on for about 10 minutes, and my skin feels soft and moisturized after!" β€”Krissy C.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

    17. A spot treatment made with sulfur and Zinc Oxide to karate chop the crap out of stubborn pimples β€” overnight!

    Promising review: "Whenever I feel a cyst coming, I dab this on and leave it on either the entire day or overnight. I've honestly had times where the acne was reduced within an hour or became completely flat within a day! This item will forever be a staple in my skincare cabinet!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.

    18. A moisturizing cream you cannot eat, despite the fact that it's made with Greek Yogurt. I'm sorry. Stick to Chobani.

    You can, however, apply this cruelty-free concoction to your skin on the daily: it is rich in protein and probiotics, and will soothe, smoothen, and strengthen your skin.

    Promising review: "I have been using the yogurt cream for almost a year and I am nothing but elated. I am a stickler for all-natural and non-comedogenic products β€” this is the best of both because it is not easy to find something that works this well for my face (I am normal to oily in my T-zone)." β€”zirka

    Get it from Sephora for $36.

    19. An facial oil with argan oil, pomegranate seed oil, and hemp extract to combat dryness and protect your skin from sun damage.

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    This all-natural, antioxidant-packed oil is also vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "This is my go-to facial oil: it's so light and it soaks right into my skin. I can actually feel the natural actives firm and revive my face. Plus, it smells good, is totally natural, and a little goes a long way. I love it!" β€”LauMaur

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    20. A daily moisturizer that will have your skin saying, "yes, I AM positively radiant. Thanks for noticing.",

    This soy complex moisturizer has SPF 15 and promises to even out skin texture and tone.

    Promising review: "I use this daily. I love that it moisturizes and protects my skin from the sun, but also absorbs quickly and never leaves my face oily. I haven't had a breakout since using this product." β€”T. Serrano

    Get it from Amazon for $12.80.

    21. A exfoliating scrub made with tea tree oil and volcanic pumice that yells "sayonara" to dead skin. Psst, this is also great for body acne!

    ...and it smells like mint. Win.

    Promising review: "This tea tree scrub has been a lifesaver in reducing my blocked pores and oily skin problems. Taking a generous amount, polish the scrub into your skin and then give yourself at least 5 minutes to bake. You'll know it works when you feel that eucalyptus-like chill that comes with VapoRub. After a month of use every other day, I've seen fantastic results. No more spots or blemishes, and definite improvement on oil control." β€”Isolde

    Get it on Amazon for $14.70.

    22. A gentle cleanser that dissolves dirt, oil, and makeup while maintaining your skin’s PH balance. Because it's all about balance, people.

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    Plus, this cleanser is made with avocado oil and squalene to make sure your skin stays hydrated.

    Promising review: "I love this cleanser β€” it's my absolute favorite! It's super gentle, yet effectively removes dirt and oils." β€”gifac

    Get it from Sephora for $19.50.

    23. A fragrance-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer perfect for everyday use. Plus, it has SPF30 β€” goodbye, harmful rays!

    Promising review: "I have extremely sensitive skin β€” I once tried a drugstore mask and looked like I was burned in a fire! I know I need sunscreen but I have a hard time because everything I try gives me blotches and redness. My dermatologist gave me a few samples of this Eucerin lotion, so I tried it. It goes on smoothly and doesn't have any greasy feeling, and most importantly, it doesn't break me out! I've used Clinique and other high-end brands, but this is way more affordable." β€”DawnAzon

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74.

    24. An aloe vera gel known to say things like "calm down" to red, parched skin. This stuff is sooo soothing.

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh, I'm addicted to this stuff!! It heals practically anything and has evened out my scars!!" β€”Jenny wright

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94.

    25. A deep pore cleaning clay mask made with calcium bentonite clay to prevent pimple apocalypses. Be gone, cystic acne.,

    Dilute this mask with either apple cider vinegar and water for the best results!

    Promising review: "Cystic acne: the bane of my dermatological life, and maybe yours too? This clay has helped immensely in keeping it at bay. I do a treatment once a week (since it is a bit time-consuming), but I haven't had any of those awful underground, takes-two-weeks-to-surface pimples since I've started using the clay. Combined with apple cider vinegar, it's immensely helpful for oily, cystic acne-prone skin. My skin's been so much happier since I've started using it. You need this. Right now." β€”Rebecca Shady

    Get it from Amazon for $8.90.

    26. A tea tree oil serum guaranteed to have all the blemishes on your face yelling "have mercy." Uncle Jesse style.

    Promising review: "This cleared up most of my blemishes and skin imperfections just as advertised! I have a couple of difficult spots that aren't completely healed yet, but they're getting much better. The price is a little high but I'm definitely seeing results." β€”Paul Campau

    Get it from Amazon for $20.08.

    27. A daily moisturizer with a hint of foundation that provides sheer coverage.,

    Promising review: "After searching for a moisturizer, a line tamer, and an age spot reducer, I found all three in Olay Total Effects Cream! After three weeks, my facial lines have diminished, my age spots have faded considerably, and my skin is moisturized all day and night. This is truly a wonderful product β€” so much so that I repurchased eight more bottles after using this product for only one week!" β€”Mary T. Graffeo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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