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    21 Things That'll Make Your Face Feel Fresh And Clean

    Cleansers, toners, masks, silicone brushes, serums, and facial sprays that are the skincare equivalent of a York Peppermint Patty. #yum

    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 cruelty-free mint julep clay mask that will firm and harden with time, acting as a vacuum for excess oil and pesky pores that you KNOW are about to turn cystic.


    And, as the mint would imply, this will feel extremely refreshing. Like a fluoride-free toothpaste, but for your skin!

    Promising review: "I have been experiencing mini breakouts in the last year around my time of month, and none of the products I was using were drying out my blemishes (besides tea tree oil, but the results are much slower). I purchased a mask from Sephora for around $60, and did not find it to be the right fit for *me*. But this mask was exactly what I was looking for! The minty smell is really light and refreshing, and as soon as the mask began to dry, I could literally feel it tightening up and drying out my blemishes. I had visible results after the first use, and now use it weekly." β€”Modupe A.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.33.

    2. A cooling facial spray infused with green tea, cucumber, and peppermint essential oil to perk up tired skin. Plus, this can set and refresh your makeup, give foundation a dewy appearance, and help keep breakouts at bay. / Via @mariobadescu

    Promising review: "This is so refreshing! I use it as a toner and also as a refresher throughout the day. I spray it over my makeup throughout the day, and it rehydrates my skin during the dry season. Plus, it smells delightful!" β€”Jennifer Riley

    Get it from Amazon for $7+.

    3. A silicone massage brush that boosts the effectiveness of your daily cleanser by adding some gentle exfoliation Γ  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)." β€”Michael Schiffmiller

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A hyaluronic acid serum with over 7,000 (!!!!) positive reviews. I guess you can say that this hydrating, non-greasy concoction is what the cool kids would call a cult-favorite... / Via @cosmedica_skincare,

    Your skin will drink this vegan, dye-free serum right up! It's super hydrating, doesn't leave behind a film of gross grease on your face, and will balance out combination skin with the snap of your pretty little finger.

    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." β€”DamnTheTorpedoes

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    5. An herbal blemish stick that destroys blemishes (and the awful discoloration they cause) practically overnight. I don't like to use the word ~magic~ too often, but when I do? It's in reference to this zit zapper.


    These sticks contain a hefty dose of juniper oil, willow bark, and calendula to naturally treat blemishes and gently exfoliates the spot to remove all the dead skin residing on it.

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this stuff. I had breakouts occasionally on my cheeks and, even though I know better, I picked and popped. This of course has left me with a few dark spots on my face. I wash my face morning and night, pat dry, and apply this to my problem areas β€” cheeks, forehead, and nose. Stings a little, but I would liken it to the sting of mouthwash. Just cool and refreshing. I have NOT had a new, full-on breakout since I've started this stuff, and my blemishes have lightened so much that I am confident if I keep at the routine, I will be back to totally even skin tone soon. I fully regret not taking 'before pics' to show results. I am near the end of my 2nd stick and WILL be buying a third." β€”dl_for_fit

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. A fast-absorbing face moisturizer because oily skin STILL NEEDS MOISTURE β€” and this provides lightweight, non-greasy hydration thanks to the aloe vera and hyaluronic acid formula. / Via @lorealskin

    Promising review: "This is the absolute best facial moisturizer I have ever bought. I generally do not like facial moisturizers because they end up feeling oily and making my acne worse, but not this! It's an ice gel texture that melts into your skin and it does not leave your face feeling greasy. I love this stuff so much! It has a great fragrance and I can see a notable difference in the mirror!" β€”coupleofnerds

    Get it from Amazon for $9.11.

    7. A red clay cleanser that β€” thanks to an impressive blend of rosemary leaf oil, glycerin, and bisabolol β€” 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!" β€”Chelsea H.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.

    8. A gentle cream cleanser to remove 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." β€”P.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    9. A vegan probiotic cream you'll want to slather on (hello, much-needed dose of moisture) after a night fueled by sangria pitchers. Yes, your skin experiences hangovers. Yes, it needs extra hydration. / Via @pacificabeauty

    This cruelty-free cream contains coconut water, probiotics, vitamin e, and hyaluronic acid that will boost hydration for a glowy, dewy complexion. Eight hours of beauty sleep? HECK YEAH you got that last night! **nervous giggle** **checks bank account** **remembers ordering eight hard ciders**

    Promising review: "This stuff is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! As always, Pacifica products do what they promise, and this one is not an exception. Excellent for those who sleep just a few hours per night due to demanding lives. The lotion is ultra smooth and non-greasy, absorbs quickly, and leaves the skin feeling nourished and pampered. I use it as a night cream and wake up feeling like it really worked. My face loves it! Plus, it is 100% VEGAN and CRUELTY-FREE and smells amazing." β€”MDDM

    Get it from Amazon for $7.31.

    10. A cooling textured mask that looks, smells, and feels like (*le gasp*) 🍦 ICE CREAM 🍦. This mint chip tub, which should be placed in the fridge before use, will cool and refresh your skin in the vein of a soft serve cone on a hot summer day.


    Get it from Bliss for $15.

    11. A cooling foaming cleanser packed with aloe vera leaf extract, which naturally soothes (and hydrates) even the most moisture-deprived of complexions. Dry patches on my nose, you are so 2018.


    Promising review: "This face wash lathers so nicely and feels very refreshing and hydrating. I have sensitive and dry skin, but am able to use this daily without any issues. I always follow up with a moisturizer!" β€”Tara

    Get it from Amazon for $5.90.

    12. An organic rose water that will hydrate your skin, absorb excess oil, and brighten your complexion β€” without triggering any Rosacea. CHA CHING.,

    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 β€” 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." β€”JmeF

    Get it from Amazon for $17.49.

    13. A gel cream to help skin that is #thirsty. This fast-absorbing, oil-free formula will feel like a tall, ice cold, hydrating glass of water for your face. / Via @neutrogena

    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!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    14. A witch hazel toner infused with rose petals (how romantic) that will give your skin a healthy, luminous glow. PLUS, apply this with a cotton ball and marvel at how much foundation your cleanser left behind. / Via @mariobadescu

    Promising review: "This smells amazing and fresh, the rose hip is calming and cleansing, and it makes my skin feel soft, smooth, and fresh." β€”Mira G.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.

    15. A tried-and-true cold cream cleanser that will make your foundation go *poof* while still being ultra hydrating. Just rub, wipe, and BAM! You're now squeaky clean. / Via @ponds

    Promising review: "I have been using this cold cream for a little less than a year now, but I've watched my grandma use it my whole life. It really is a great product! It has a light, clean fragrance, is a great makeup remover, washes off easily, and leaves my skin feeling fresh. Plus, I have sensitive skin and it doesn't irritate or break me out at all." β€”MsScott

    Get it from Amazon for $2.97.

    16. A three-in-one wash, scrub, and mask formulated with kaolin clay and tea tree oil. This magical combo is heaven for acne-prone complexions, as it will mattify your skin and reduce blackheads to zilch. / Via @thebodyshop

    This cleanser, scrub, and mask trio also comes in a set complete with a tea tree oil serum, also amazing for blemish-prone skin!

    Promising review: "This stuff saved my face. I've been suffering from adult breakouts for the past year or so and been trying everything I could get my hands on. Nothing really helped! I've been using this for only 10 days and it's made such a huge impact on my skin, it seems unreal. My chin (where my breakouts always appeared) is now totally blemish-free and smooth. No signs of breakouts or clogged pores! My skin hasn't looked this good in forever. Plus it doesn't dry me out and the serum absorbs quickly. It's magic!" β€”Shannon S.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.19.

    17. Glycolic and hyaluronic acid cleansing pads that exfoliate like MAD to reveal brighter, smoother skin. These will fade acne scars, prevent future acne, and witch hazel will keep your skin calm throughout the process. / Via @nipandfab

    Use the textured side of these pads to exfoliate, and then FLIP! The opposite side will polish and smooth your skin. Then just wash it away! Easy peasy.

    Promising review: "I am new to the world of AHAs and glycolic acid, so I'm not sure how this product measures up to others similar to it. But I'll never go back to NOT exfoliating. I've noticed my stubborn acne scars fading drastically after only a week of using these nightly. My recurring acne in those areas seem to be dying down, and my overall skin tone seems to be brightening. I am really impressed so far!" β€”Mitzy McMillion

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $8.96.

    18. A weekly mud mask that acts as a vacuum for all the pesky gunk trapped in your pores. YOU KNOW, the kind of gunk that leads to blackheads, enlarged pores, and *gasp* cystic acne.


    This mud mask contains Dead Sea mud, aloe, chamomile extract, vitamin a, sunflower seed oil, and jojoba oil to gently exfoliate your skin and absorb excess oil. Oily t-zones? Consider those a thing of the unthinkable past.

    Promising review: "Can't live without this! I use this on my face once a week, I never have pimples anymore and it's cleared my face of discoloration and large pores. I also use it on my sons who are going through puberty and it works great them. Screw you, expensive creams! This is a must-have." β€”Janelle Norris

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    19. Cleansing cloths perfect for sensitive skin. This will remove dirt, trapped oil, and makeup β€” I'm looking at you, waterproof mascara β€” without simultaneously stripping your face of moisture.


    Promising review: "I love these cleansing cloths! They don't irritate my sensitive skin and they aren't heavily fragranced (if at all). They take away all traces of my 'waterproof' mascara and leave my skin feeling soft and not parched. Plus, there's no stinging sensation that I sometimes get around the eyes with other brands. I've already reordered these several times!" β€”lisa swood

    Get a pack of 50 from Amazon for $8.54.

    20. A three-in-one cleanser, toner, and makeup remover formulated with plant-based ingredients (HI THERE, cornflower) to soothe and remove the ickiness found in your skin. / Via @kloraneusa

    Promising review: "I chose this because it is not full of glycerin (very sticky finish) or silicone (super slippery finish). This has the nice, clean texture of a simple floral water, is virtually scentless, removes make up quite effectively (including eyeliner), and doesn't leave behind an oily residue. I use it daily and this bottled has lasted me seven months! Best of all is the unique bottle and one-handed dispenser: you flip up the lid and simply press the cotton pad across the top. It pumps the liquid upward!" β€”Rainy Days

    Get it from Amazon for $24.

    21. A foaming scrub that is the skincare equivalent of a York Peppermint Patty β€” in other words, this stuff will make your face feel unbelievably minty fresh. You'll find yourself wondering how you managed to live without it. / Via @neutrogena

    This glycerin-fueled exfoliating cleanser transitions from a gel formula into a bubbly foam, removing every trace of dirt, oil, and makeup as your continue to lather.

    Promising review: "I have used this face wash for over 10 years and it is the ONLY product that has consistently and successfully controlled my oil and kept my breakouts to the minimum... without over drying my skin. I love the tingling sensation and exfoliating beads. The formula also changed to make the beads biodegradable, so it is better for the environment." β€”HLT

    Get it from Amazon for $4.65.

    *me, disappointed in myself for not having used all of these products already*


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