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    37 Skincare Products That Actually Do What They Say They Will

    Things that actually work = true bliss.

    1. PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash screeches "get out" to pesky pimples thanks to a hefty helping of benzoyl peroxide — this bottle contains a whopping 10%, to be exact. Consider acne good as gone when placing this maximum strength formula in your medicine cabinet.

    2. Handmade Heroes Vegan Coconut Lip Scrub preps your pout for the bold lipstick you plan on wearing to brunch in the morning. This delivers on its promise of smooth, moisturized lips thanks to ingredients like sugar, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and more.

    a hand holding the lip scrub jar

    3. Skinfood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask delivers an immediate brightening effect thanks to an ingredient trio of black sugar, strawberry seeds, and strawberry seed oil. And did we mention that the scent is divine? Because it is.

    4. Skin Scrubber Spatula makes for an at-home facial that *feels* like a splurge. Dead skin cells, leftover makeup, blackheads, and whiteheads will be sloughed away thanks to high-frequency vibrations that replicate all the ~slightly gross yet extremely satisfying~ TikTok videos that have taken up an alarming amount of your time.

    5. Dry Skin Body Brush costs less than $7 and is designed with a stretchy handle that makes scrubbing a breeze. Before hopping in the tub, ~brush~ your body with the bristles below to promote lymphatic drainage and exfoliation.

    the brush

    6. Differin Adapalene Gel Acne Treatment consists of a strong retinoid formula that promotes cell turnover and is *the* strongest thing you can purchase without a prescription. In English: This affordable tube helps reveal a new layer of skin and swoops deep into your pores to penetrate that painful zit at its root. Get ready to remove the word "cystic" from your vocabulary.

    reviewer showing week 1, week 4, and week 12 using product with acne becoming visibly less apparent in each picture

    7. Bliss Jelly Glow Peel exfoliates sensitive skin cc: gentle ingredients like papaya and pineapple enzymes. This gently sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal a canvas smoother than any baby's bottom, so talk about leaving only the good stuff ~behind,~ eh?

    8. Bawdy Slap It! Butt Mask enlists the help of caffeine to detoxify and improve texture on your *ahem* derrière. This even has aloe leaf juice to improve butt-ne and orange leaf for exfoliation.

    plus size model wearing the mask on their butt cheeks

    9. Sdara Skincare Derma Roller combats scarring and cystic acne indentations with a few simple strokes. This specific model is more affordable than other rollers on the market (we’re talking an $80 difference) but equally as effective. #bless

    10. I Dew Care Cake My Day Mask smells (and looks!) as delicious as a Funfetti slice. Sending me birthday cake skincare with moisturizing hyaluronic acid and squalane > an actual birthday cake, and I mean that with every ounce of my being.

    the mask with positive reviews pasted on top

    11. Esarora Ice Roller helps nix puffiness and swelling (did someone say lymphatic drainage?), as well as redness and inflammation caused from things like, say, an eyebrow wax. So in the wise words of a prophet: go ahead and ice ice baby.

    12. Baby Foot acknowledges that your hooves need serious attention, like, yesterday. Slip these mitts on for about an hour, take 'em off, and marvel at allll the dead skin that will shed from your feet for the next few days.

    13. NeoGen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine uses red ~vino~ extracts in single-use exfoliating pads because dead skin and week-long pimples that refuse to evacuate the premises = the worst. These pads use a potent lactic acid capable of reaching deep into your pores for built-up oil and gunk (aka scream so long and farewell to the chin zit that will have no choice but to disappear).

    the red wine pads

    14. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm is a multi-purpose balm suitable for face, body, lips, and hands. A non-sticky combination of shea butter and glycerin soothes irritated skin in a jiffy... and despite how moisturizing it is, reviewers swear that it doesn't cause breakouts. Not all heroes wear capes.

    before and after photo of reviewer on left with visibly red skin labeled "8:41pm" and on right, visibly less red skin labeled "10:47pm"

    15. Skinfood Peach Sake Toner goes beyond the call of an oil-blotting sheet: This stuff attacks excess oil and *keeps* it away thanks to Japanese sake extracts. Enlarged pores and greasy T-zones have just met their maker.

    the toner in a white glass bottle

    16. Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask hits 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 — just apply a face mask two or three times a week.

    17. Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence takes dull, tired skin and leads it greener pastures (*insert idyllic farm image here*). Hyaluronic acid and panthenol provide ultimate hydration, and drumroll por favor — it absorbs quickly! No grease. No stick. Apply this before moisturizer to make sure all that goodness gets locked in.

    two clear bottles of the essence with black cap

    18. Hero Cosmetics Hydrocolloid Mighty Patches prevent picking and ~drain~ those zits at maximum speed. In addition to the fact that they just truly work, these transparent stickers also won't leave behind any residue on your pillow (unlike traditional goopy spot treatments).

    19. And! Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Surface Patches treat cluster breakouts (cc: that special time of the month in which your jawline is shown no mercy) with the same medical-grade hydrocolloid formula. All you'll have to do is peel and stick.

    reviewer photo of the patch

    20. The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum lets you try a holy grail ingredient for cheap. Hyaluronic acid = a unicorn tears blend that plumps, hydrates, and soothes. This cruelty-free product is suitable for all complexion types (normal, oily, dry, combo) and requires just a pea-sized amount pre-coffee and pre-Zzzs.

    the black and white bottle

    21. Korean Exfoliating Bath Washcloths described by one reviewer as a solution for back-of-the-arms bumps. It's about time we retire that mesh loofah and move on to greener pastures — the pastures in this context being a green washcloth capable of revealing a smoother, softer surface with a simple few swipes. You are about to shed so much dead skin.

    22. Vanicream Facial Moisturizer believes less is more, aka this no-frills product is free of dyes, fragrance, parabens, and other "how do I pronounce this..." ingredients that give sensitive skin the ick. Pray tell, what does it use instead? Ceramides, hyaluronic acid, squalane, and glycerin.

    the moisturizer

    23. Mighty Patch Rescue Balm requires but a dab for post-pimple problems (it reduces flaking, redness, uneven texture, and scarring). But the real winner here? It won't sting or cause irritation, which is truly what separates this from other spot treatments on the market.

    24. Bioderma Hydrabio Tonic Lotion takes your nighttime routine from drab to fab with just one extra step and a mere seven seconds of your time — just soak this on a cotton pad and swipe it on post-cleanse. Toners tend to err on the strips-skin-of-moisture side, but *this* wonderful option uses glycerin to guarantee extra TLC in the form of hydration.

    the blue bottle of toner

    25. Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil is currently negotiating a movie deal with Marvel: this little bebé is truly a superhero worthy of its own franchise. It delivers on its promise of glowing skin by morning, tackling redness, scarring, dehydration, and acne whilst you sleep.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of broken-out cheek and then clear cheek with caption that says "just wow"

    26. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream reaps a ton of praise from ye old TikTok gods for being both hydrating and fast-absorbing. That's right, folks. No more waiting — checks watch — a full half hour before slipping on your pajamas and crawling into bed.

    reviewer holding the bottle

    27. Aveeno Eczema Therapy Daily Moisturizing Cream uses an ultra gentle-yet-effective quartet of oat, soy, kiwi, and blackberry extracts, so you can finally wave au revoir to itchy and irritated skin. And you know what else wins? Your bank account — because the only thing we love more than an effective product is one that doesn't cost one million dollars.

    28. Korres Greek Yoghurt Probiotic Superdose Face Mask tackles redness with a vengeance. Quality ingredients like Greek yogurt, lactic acid, and a microbiome re-balancing technology help nourish your skin's natural protective layer (the kind ruined by never-ending stress and deliciously greasy food), plus improves overall texture.

    the mask

    29. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser earns all the overwhelmingly positive TikTok praise it gets. This is moisture-balancing, has a lotion-like consistency (which is *chef's kiss* for sensitive skin), and is packed with ceramides and hyaluronic acid — aka your complexion is about to take a ride on the moisture-sans-pimple train.

    reviewer with visible acne and redness on jawline on the left and visibly less acne on the right

    30. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter turns removing makeup into a luxurious bedtime ritual thanks to a rich, creamy chamomile formula. This scoffs in the face of stubborn mascara, removing every last drop of product from your face with ease... now put down the makeup wipes. We're better than that.

    31. The Seaweed Bath Co. Exfoliating Detox Body Soap combines bladderwrack seaweed, coffee, charcoal powder, and a blend of oils for a luxurious deep clean — one that won't leave your complexion feeling ~I need immediate moisture~ dry right out of the shower.

    the soap bar

    32. Paula's Choice CLEAR Acne Spray wards off body breakouts with a spray applicator that can cover those hard-to-reach spots. This innovative formula enlists 2% salicylic acid to tackle the pimples that have so rudely taken residence on your back, chest, and butt.

    the blue spray bottle

    33. Eucerin Redness Relief Night Creme contains a major superstar ingredient: licorice root. Slather this on pre-ZZZs to soothe your complexion and wake up to healthy, glowing skin that doesn't resemble the shade of a tomato. "Who invited you?" —this cream to your natural blush.

    34. Biossance's Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil reaps the benefits of vitamin C, Damascus rose extract, and Chios crystal oil; the result being a lit-from-within-glow that dupes the world into thinking you drink a ton of water. Brightness and hydration are yours for the taking.

    Pink dropper bottle of Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil next to orange slices

    35. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Mini genuinely ~peels~ off dead skin cells with just one swipe. Salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids work in harmony to tackle all of the following skincare concerns: dullness, fine lines, dark spots, and uneven texture. Your face is about to feel so. darn. smooth.

    36. Vanicream Gentle Body Wash is a gentle wash raved about by those with sensitive complexions — because the heavily perfumed suds you've been using are irritating and drying, ergo, the time has come to *finally* swap in this dye-, fragrance-, and sulfate-free bottle (it's super moisturizing, to boot).

    white and blue body wash bottle

    37. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is considered a holy grail of drugstore finds thanks to how rapidly it delivers long-lasting hydration. If you're looking for a ~tall glass of water~ to quench your face thirst, look no further than this fast-absorbing and oil-free formula.

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