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    35 Skin Care Products That Actually Do What They Say They Will

    These tried-and-true products will have you saying "bibbidi-bobbidi-boo" to every single one of your skin issues. (Yes, this includes that evil pimple that has taken residence on your chin.)

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

    1. A lightweight TruSkin moisturizing cream packed with a healthy punch of vitamin c, which is here to naturally run the dark spots and acne scars (grrr) right off your face.

    This cruelty-free brightening blend contains 15% vitamin c, vitamin b, organic jojoba oil, and green tea!

    Promising review: "My dark spots are disappearing rapidly, my skin feels soft and a lot less oily, and even my wrinkles that I was starting get on my forehead are going away. It's perfect for me! I was using a much more expensive product before and it did nothing compared to this moisturizer." —Jennifer S Grybowski

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    2. A cruelty-free Pacifica face wash made from 100% vegan ingredients: coconut water, sea algae complex, and antioxidants, y'all! Plus, it smells like the beach and will take off allllll your makeup. / Via @pacificabeauty

    Promising review: "This product deserves more than five stars! I am a skincare lover, and I usually remove my makeup with coconut oil. But wow, this cleanser really removes all my makeup, leaves my skin soft, and smells amazing. Plus, no need to remove any leftover mascara after washing. I cannot believe this face wash is so inexpensive!" —S & D

    Get it from Amazon for $4.93.

    3. 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 helps keep 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 our full review of the Radha rosehip oil.

    4. A coconut + coffee Yes To cleansing stick you'll want to add to your AM routine. This stuff will ~wake up~ your skin like a cup of caffeine and is super hydrating, meaning your foundation will GLIDE on, I tell ya! / Via @yesto

    This gentle scrub and cleanser stick efficiently gets rid of impurities, while the coconut, avocado, and meadow foam seed oils work to leave your complexion feeling hydrated and supple.

    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.

    5. A vegan cold-pressed 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.

    Promising review: "A lady once told me that quality body oil is the secret to youthful skin and I can now see why. I’m on my second bottle and can truly notice a difference! It leaves my skin moisturized without feeling greasy the way that coconut oil, almond oil, shea butter, and/or cocoa butter can. This is also very convenient in that it works for everyone in our household (myself, husband, toddler, and 8-month old). It’s even helped calm down an angry patch of baby eczema." —Elle

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. A cucumber Mario Badescu toner lotion with a non-drying, non-irritating formula to disinfect your pores, prevent excess shine, and reduce icky bacteria — the kind that causes angry pimple apocalypses.


    Promising review: "This toner was a serious game-changer for my face. I originally received a small sample from the company about a month ago, and I had to buy more before I ran out. Before using this product, my face was both oily and dry. I suffered from extreme cystic acne and eczema on the lower portion of my face, while my t-zone and forehead was like an oil slick. Within DAYS of using this, the redness in my face completely diminished, and any existing acne I had disappeared without a trace. While I still have a few cystic acne spots, my skin would not be how it is now without this toner." —lbest

    Get it from Amazon for $15+.

    7. A Teddie Organics rose water here to hydrate your skin, absorb excess oil, and brighten your complexion — without triggering any unwanted Rosacea. CHA CHING. The power of 100% pure and organic rose water, folks...,

    Promising review: "I have suffered from rosacea for about two years now, and most recently, it has turned into acne rosacea. Unfortunately, I have tried oral antibiotics, prescription creams, over-the-counter creams, etc., without any results. After a horrible flare-up that was requiring me to cover my face in green makeup to mask the redness, I decided to try rose water. I like the fact that this product is 100% distilled rose water — no other chemicals or ingredients. My face is ultra sensitive and EVERYTHING causes inflammation, so I wasn't sure how I was going to react to this product. I am pleased to say that after only using this for one day, my redness decreased by about 40%. The acne began to dry up, but my skin did not! Day two and I am at a 60% improvement in redness and my acne is almost completely gone! I HIGHLY recommend this product for anyone suffering with Rosacea." —JmeF

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    8. A sea algae Alba Botanica enzyme scrub free of parabens, phthalates, and harsh sulfates. This cruelty-free concoction slathers away dullness with the help of (a gentle) walnut shell powder.


    Promising review: "At 63-years-old, I have finally found a product that cleans my skin effectively and gently. I've been using it for almost a year now, and my face has never felt so soft or smooth! Even though my skin is dry, this scrub does not dry out my complexion." —BeckySue

    Get it from Amazon for $6.57.

    9. 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.

    10. A coconut sugar Handmade Heroes lip scrub to prep your pout for bold lipstick. This will give you smooth, moisturized lips free of any flakes — and not the delicious, breakfast cereal kind.


    This vegan and cruelty-free scrub is formulated with avocado oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil for the ultimate dose of hydration.

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim and I have no regrets! It smells delicious — like toasted almonds and almond cookies! I use the lip scrub before bed, and I could immediate tell the difference. My lips are smoother and softer, and my chapstick lasts much longer on my lips. I made my husband use it once, and his lips were also much smoother and super soft after just one use!" —Cowie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.90.

    11. A gentle La Roche-Posay cream cleanser that easily picks up makeup and impurities...all while maintaining your natural pH balance/not stripping your complexion of moisture. People with dry-to-normal skin, break out the party hats because it's time to REJOICE. / Via @larocheposayusa,

    This daily cleanser contains prebiotic thermal water, ceramide-3, niacinamide, and glycerin.

    Promising review: "This is very gentle on my sensitive skin. My face feels very clean after I use it without being overly tight or dry. This one is working out really well so far after several months of daily use." —P.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    12. A rosewater Mario Badescu facial spray with so many uses, it's hard to keep track of 'em all! This can set and refresh your makeup, give foundation a dewy appearance, add refreshing hydration to dull-looking skin, and help keep breakouts at bay. / Via @mariobadescu

    This facial spray is packed with aloe, herbs, and rose water to give a glowy, dewy look that will make even a full face of foundation look au naturale.

    Promising review: ""The redness on my cheeks has gone way down and I have a much more even complexion after just four days. I've been lightly spraying this on my face after cleansing with the Mario Badescu Rice Milk Carnation Cleanser and again first thing upon waking. It smells very nice and magically fixes skin problems — even my acne has cleared up! I'm very impressed." —Terryoke

    Get it from Amazon for $7+.

    13. An SPF 25-infused Jack Black lip balm made with beeswax, green tea leaf extract, shea butter, and cocoa seed butter to provide intense, long-lasting moisture to even the most chapped of pouts. / Via @getjackblack

    Promising review: "This is genuinely the best lip balm I’ve ever tried. I’ve had severely dry, cracked lips since I was a teenager, and basically everything I’ve tried in the past has failed me on one level or another. I’ve been using these Jack Black balms for the past six months or so, and my lips have looked soooo much better. I used to have cracks, and the layer of skin would constantly peel away. I had light scarring and discoloration due to years of dryness and peeling, but not anymore! This even kept my lips protected during a very cold winter in the Midwest. I have six of these floating around my house/purse/work backpack. And I don’t ever see myself using another lip product." —Cara

    Get it from Amazon for $8 (available in five scents).

    14. A chamomile-infused Body Shop makeup remover to get rid of all the mascara that's STILL lurking on your eyelashes — even after double cleansing and toning with passion.


    Promising review: "This is the only eye makeup remover I have used for the past 30 years! It's perfect for sensitive eyes, has never caused any irritation, and is actually soothing because of the chamomile. Plus, one bottle of this lasts me for months." —NCMama

    Get it from Amazon for $14.69.

    15. A deep pore-cleaning Aztec Secret clay mask with a powerful calcium bentonite clay to karate chop the crap out of cystic acne. If you're trying to keep breakouts at bay, this tub is guaranteed to become your new go-to.


    Be sure to dilute this mask with either apple cider vinegar or water for the best results! AND! You can apply it with this golden facial mask brush.

    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." —Rebecca Shady

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    Read our full review of the Aztec clay mask.

    16. A detoxifying 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. / Via @yesto

    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 $6.99.

    17. Solaroil to banish the bane of your existence — weak and brittle nails with cuticles that look like they were mauled by an animal. This formula is so effective, I guess you can say it really nails it. Eh?

    Just massage this oil into your nails and cuticles every night before going to bed. With daily use, your nails will begin to grow and strengthen (seriously, just read the overwhelmingly positive reviews) and your ripped-up cuticles will begin to heal/not look completely terrible.

    Promising review: "HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT. All my life, I've had super weak and brittle nails that would instantly break the second they grew out a tiny bit. This oil has changed EVERYTHING!! I’m shocked. I noticed after about a week of nightly use that my nails are growing (fast) and not breaking." —K. Black

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    18. A vegan Acure brightening scrub made with argan extract and chlorella to gently remove dirt AND restore your skin cells. This will get rid of all the sneaky, remaining makeup that REFUSED to be slowed with your face wipe. / Via @acurebeauty

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

    Promising review: "Who'd have thought you could get excited about a facial scrub? I love this stuff! The ingredients are natural — 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!" —BBQ222

    Get it from Amazon for $8.47.

    19. A lightweight Clinique cleansing balm that transforms from a solid balm to oil to milk. This cleansing balm is to makeup what water is to the Wicked Witch of the West — it'll have your foundation, mascara, and lipstick melt. / Via @clinique

    Promising review: "I used to always tug at my skin with makeup remover wipes because it was so difficult to remove it. Now that I use this balm, I just rub it all over my face and it breaks down my makeup in a matter of seconds and removes most of it with one swipe using a makeup remover!" —Deanna863

    Get it from Sephora for $9.50+ (available in two sizes).

    Psst, this product is a WINNER! Check out our full review on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    20. A Glossier chemical exfoliator designed to transform your skin in just one (!!!) month. In fact, 94% of users with acne-prone skin said their skin was cleaner.


    This cruelty-free chemical exfoliator 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!

    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.

    Check out our full review of the Glossier Solution.

    21. A Garnier gel-cream specifically formulated for people with combination complexions. This will give the dry patches on your skin some sweet, sweet relief, alllll while balancing out the excess oil on your t-zone.


    This formula (packed with vitamin C and antioxidants) feels super cool when it goes on your skin, and is non-comedogenic so it won't clog your pores.

    Promising review: "LOVE this stuff and I have for years, and I'll admit I'm not a fan of most Garnier products. This moisturizer doesn't feel greasy in the slightest, yet it is immediately soothing and it feels like your skin is drinking it in. You can wear it under makeup during the day or at night. I can't say enough good things about this product! I'm 43 and still get hormonal acne every month, and this product has never made it worse, and has actually helped clear it up when my skin, despite the pimples, has gotten too dry due from astringents and other facial cleansers for oily skin." —Maria

    Get it from Amazon for $6.29.

    22. 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.

    23. 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 $18.73.

    24. A tinted Australian Gold face lotion that contains SPF50, which you should already be WEARING EVERY DARN DAY. This hypoallergenic sunscreen is also oil-free, dye-free, reef-safe, and adds sheer coverage for a flawless complexion. / Via @australiangold, / Via @australiangold

    This sunscreen is made from an antioxidant-rich blend of kakadu plum, eucalyptus, and red algae that won't make your skin betray you via a ginormous breakout. PLUS! It's 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 tint 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 $8.54.

    25. An Origins toner lotion packed with alcohol-free, nutrient-rich ingredients. World, say hello to ermented chaga and coprinus mushrooms — they can do everything from calming cystic acne to fading scarring.


    A few reviewers have also used this for body acne, with truly wonderful results!

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I have very sensitive skin, cystic acne, and rosacea. This has significantly calmed my SUPER problematic skin. I noticed a significant difference within hours of applying it — I just pat this in with a dampened cotton pad." —KarenLouise23

    Get it from Sephora or Origins for $34.

    26. A Lancôme eye makeup remover that any smoky eye, waterproof mascara connoisseur should seriously consider investing in. This stuff gets rid of everything.


    Promising review: "Love this product! It's the only thing that gets my fake eyelashes (and all the glue) off after a show or photoshoot. I have very sensitive skin/eyes, and this product removes all my eye makeup without causing any allergic reactions . I bought my mom a bottle and now she's hooked, too! I can't recommend this stuff enough." —lazerlibby

    Get it from Sephora for $15+.

    27. Vegan and cruelty-free Acure facial oils, each with a different skin concern in mind — marula oil to correct signs of aging, rosehip to feed and restore cells, and argan to improve texture and tone. / Via @acure

    Promising review: "As a makeup/skin care enthusiast, I have to admit that I'm always looking for the holy grail of products. I recently became interested in marula oil, but spending $50 on a more expensive product is way too much for me. Saw this and, because it's organic, got great reviews, and is affordable, I was sold. My skin absolutely looks like it's glowing. My lines are less noticeable, the annoying small bumps under my eyes are slowly disappearing, and a little does go a long way!" —michelleh

    Get it from Amazon for $9+.

    28. A silicone massage brush that works to *boost* the effectiveness of your daily cleanser by adding some gentle exfoliation à la BPA-free bristles, which ensure your pores have been stripped of all remaining makeup.


    This silicone cleanser dries quickly, meaning it doesn't act as a breeding ground for germs and bacteria (you know, the kind that can cause pimples and other havoc).

    Promising review: "This is awesome. I'm a licensed esthetician and know a thing or two about skincare, but unfortunately, I have such sensitive skin that most exfoliants I've tried really irritate my skin and can end up triggering eczema or psoriasis flares. This is a gentle enough way to exfoliate that it gets the job done for me without irritation. As a plus, the massage-like effect it has would aid in microcirculation and probably aid cell turnover (as exfoliation does in general)." —Michael Schiffmiller

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.99.

    29. A daily Vanicream moisturizer ideal for both your face and body! If you've ever struggled with eczema, you need to try this paraben-, formaldehyde-, dye-, and fragrance-free formula ASAP — over 2,000 people swear by it.


    Psst, this has over 2,500 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "I have struggled with very persistent eczema for years and this product has been a godsend. I have never had any irritation from this lotion and it has gone miles towards healing my rashes and open wounds. I have used this religiously for about two years now and I am never going back!" —Lauren B.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.76.

    30. A hydrating Summer Fridays cream face mask created to give tired, dull, stressed skin some serious pampering. Serious moisture and serious glow? Pass that marriage certificate because I ~dew~. / Via @summerfridays

    This cult-favorite mask is packed with vitamins, ceramides, antioxidants, and gently exfoliating extracts to give you a dewy complexion that every ~no makeup makeup~ guru would envy.

    Reviewers have used this as an eye mask, a moisturizer, an overnight mask, and as a primer for makeup in the AM!

    Promising review: "This has been the most amazing face mask I have ever tried, and I suspect that it will replace all other masks in my collection. It is amazing for my sensitive skin! I love how it leaves my skin feeling so hydrated, and it even seems to gently exfoliate my skin when I wipe it off. I have been taking this everywhere with me and I've been using it on an almost daily basis. This is a holy grail product!" —rayla311

    Get it from Sephora for $38.

    31. A red clay First Aid Beauty cleanser that — thanks to an impressive blend of rosemary leaf oil, glycerin, and bisabolol — acts as a facial detox. Consider this a must-have weapon to fight blackheads, enlarged pores, excess oil, and acne.


    Promising review: "This face wash is the only one that doesn't break me out or irritate my rosacea-prone skin. Yes, it is a little pricy compared to other face washes, but a little goes a long way. Literally just a pea-sized amount does your whole face. I use this every single day and only need to purchase two tubes a year. I'll keep buying this product for as long as First Aid Beauty makes it!" —Chelsea H.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.

    32. A Proraso shaving cream containing eucalyptus and menthol, which work overtime to tone, purify, and refresh skin. Razor burn? Consider that a thing of the past. ANCIENT HISTORY, I tell ya!


    Psst, this shaving cream has over 2,000 (!!!) glowing reviews on Amazon.

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the best shaving cream I have ever used. First of all, the smell and feel is incredible. Second, it lathers up incredibly. Finally, the fact that it's in a toothpaste-style tube is nice since you can squeeze out every drop, plus it's easier to travel with than an aerosol can." —M. Johnson

    Get it from Amazon for $8.46.

    33. A splurge-worthy Estée Lauder renewal serum that is basically a bottled version of the Harry Potter "Lumos" spell. This will give your skin glowing, healthy luminosity like a charm. / Via @esteelauder

    This serum also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps even out skin tone, and fights dryness.

    Promising review: "This is the best serum I've ever used, hands down. I've been using this serum for about three years now, and I really see results. My skin doesn't break out and it looks tight, plump, and radiant. I even use this under my eyes and I get no dark circles. For the price and results, this serum is definitely worth it compared to the other expensive serums out in the market. Love!" —flawlessangel

    Get it from Sephora for $16+ (available in three sizes).

    34. Tony Moly sheet masks available in 23 scents, all of which serve a different skin purpose. Want some dewy glow? Go for the lotus scent. Need nutrition and overall TLC? Add the avocado option to your cart. / Via http://@tonymoly.us_official

    Promising review: "My skin is really sensitive and acne-prone, and I've has some bad experiences with sheet masks in the past. I tried this sheet mask last night after washing, exfoliating, and toning. It was really nice. The lavender smell wasn't too strong, and the mask left my skin feeling really soft and hydrated." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $3+ (available in 23 scents).

    35. A gel-like Glossier cleanser that'll have your waterproof mascara quivering in fear. This gently dissolves all the makeup and grime on your face, no harsh rubbing required. / Via @glossier, Glossier

    Psst, this cleanser is made from cleaning agents found in contact solution!

    Promising review: "I had been using micellar waters for years to remove makeup. I got this cleanser as a gift, and I've been really pleased with the results! The micellar water used to dry my skin out (even if it was super gentle), and it also took a lot of rubbing and cotton pads to remove heavy makeup. But this milky jelly cleanser cuts through a full face almost instantly! It's very calming on my acne-prone skin, smells lovely, and it hasn't caused any breakouts or dryness on my super sensitive skin!" —PeebyKo

    Get it from Glossier for $9+ (available in two sizes).

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