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    32 Skincare Products That Actually Do What They Say They Will

    From breakouts to dryness, these prods are the definition of tried-and-true.

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    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. 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

    3. 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).

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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.

    7. Lift Off Pore Strips act as a vacuum for the stubborn gunk that has so rudely decided to take residence on your nose. And while built-up dirt and oil will be removed with one satisfying pull, aloe vera extract will be left behind to soothe your complexion.

    model using the pore strip

    8. Holy Hydration! Eye Cream provides your peepers with peptides and hyaluronic acid — meaning you dark circles and fine lines will begin to be gone. Luxe eye creams usually cost around a trillion dollars, so finding a holy grail item like this for ~$10 is basically like striking gold.

    the eye cream

    9. 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

    10. Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment takes about .5 seconds of your time (massage for 30 seconds and leave on for two minutes) while a blend of enzymes, extracts, silica, and vitamins reveal a smoother, brighter surface. It's also packed with lactic and salicylic acid that truly turn your complexion into a blank canvas for allll the other steps in your nighttime routine. Translation: Your skin is about to fully absorb that pricy hydrating serum.

    bottles of treatment

    11. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Balm is a multi-purpose balm suitable for face, body, lips, and hands. A nonsticky 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"

    12. Milky Oil seamlessly removes waterproof makeup, but the magic of this squeezable bottle lies within what it does not do: irritate your skin. A conditioning formula of comfrey root extract, micellar water, and pro-vitamin B5 won't leave behind puffy red under-eyes in the name of mascara removal.

    the makeup remover

    13. I Dew Care Plush Party Lip Balm addresses chapped lips once and for all. This functions as a sleeping mask — apply this shea butter, cocoa butter, hibiscus flower extract, and vitamin C mask formula before bed and wake up to a nourished pout. No flakes. Ever again.

    the pink lip balm with reviewer text that says "this has saved my lips"

    14. 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

    15. Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 protects your complexion against the suns rays *and* blue light, doesn't leave behind a white cast, and won't break you out. It's no wonder so many reviewers consider this a holy grail.

    hand holding white bottle of sunscreen with product on hand with text "that's the sunscreen on hand"

    16. 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.

    17. Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum enlists the help of bakuchiol and chlorophyll, making it gentle enough for sensitive skin (retinol = some pretty powerful stuff). This tackles dullness and fine lines with a vengeance but is *super* unique because it doesn't leave behind redness or irritation.

    model holding pink bottle

    18. Neogen Real Fresh Cleansing Stick is a breeze when it comes to application: simply remove the cap, swipe on some goodness, and rinse. No product wasted on your hands. No crud covering your sink faucet. Ease and portability aside, this uses green tea leaves for deep cleansing and gentle exfoliation — I never thought I'd swoon over skincare, but here we are.

    the green tea cleansing sticks

    19. 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.

    20. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pad make dewy skin as easy as grab, swipe, and toss. These rounds are infused with lactic and glycolic acids to speed up cell turnover (hello, exfoliation) while ingredients like cucumber, Indian gooseberry, lemon peel, and licorice root truly deliver on their promise of glow.

    model taking white pad out from the blue and white tub

    21. 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"

    22. Hypoallergenic Milky Jelly Cleanser because you'd love to double cleanse, but who has the time?* This gentle-but-effective cleanser will literally ~melt~ makeup, oil, and gunk off your face — just add a few pumps to wet skin, cue mini facial massage, rinse, pat dry, and go to sleep. Only about .5 seconds have passed.

    23. La Roche-Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair has heard our prayers for nongreasy, intense hydration that doesn't end in backne outbreaks — and boy oh boy, it sure does deliver. Reviewers swear it's safe for sensitive and acne-prone skin, plus it's great for streamlining your skincare routine because it's allegedly fantastic for face and body.

    the white bottle of moisturizer with blue pump

    24. 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

    25. Mediheal Intensive Hydrating Mask promises luxury spa results — no getting up from your Ikea couch required. This cotton liner mask is infused with hyaluronic acid, amino acids, and water-binding sugars deliver dewy and refreshed skin ~15 minutes; glass of vino to enhance the experience strongly encouraged.

    the sheet mask

    26. Nooni Appleberry Lip Oil provides a lovely flush of pink *and* non-sticky moisture thanks to vitamins a, c, and e. It's even packed with apple water and raspberry extract to slough away the dead skin that would inevitably result in a chapped pout.

    27. Prima Afterglow Deep Moisture Cream justifies the high price tag with hyaluronic acid, broad-spectrum hemp extract, and naturally occurring CBD. This splurge-worthy treatment manages to balance oily *and* dry spots, reduces the appearance of fine lines, and soothes redness.

    the cream

    28. Weekend Glow Daily Brightening Solution acknowledges that it's not *just* acne that can be frustrating — the scars it leaves behind is equally as irksome. Just a daily swipe of this four-acid complex will lead you to greener pastures (the greener pastures = lightened dark spots, no more dullness, and a more even complexion overall).

    model holding yellow bottle of brightening solution

    29. 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

    30. 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.

    31. 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.

    32. Daydreamer Face Wash accomplishes what we once thought impossible: washing your face without having to experience that uncomfortable, overly tight feeling. Soothing plant extracts even pack in some ~plumping~ effects while the calming scent of lavender means you'll blissfully drift off to sleep with ease.

    hand holding the white bottle of face wash

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