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    29 Products To Tame Skin That Has Zero Chill

    I get that you're the body's largest organ and all, but, like, relax already.

    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 Sunday Riley nighttime retinol oil to help combat blotchy redness. I use this cruelty-free oil every night, and as someone with dry, sensitive skin, I can honestly say it hasn't given me any issues whatsoever. In fact, my redness started improving within a few days of using it. 🙌

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    If you're new to retinol products, you can layer the oil with moisturizer to lessen the intensity — this method works like a dream for me!

    Promising review: "LOVE this product. Gentle enough to use every night and not to flare up my sensitive rosacea skin. Has done wonders to even out my skin tone. Love the glow I have each morning. Got the small size and already reordered another bottle so I won’t have to go without it!" —asylvs

    Get it from Amazon or Sephora for $55+ (available in two sizes).

    2. A jar of Neutrogena moisture-boosting water gel that'll quench parched skin that's in need of some serious de-flaking. It's made with hyaluronic acid for hydration, is oil-free, and absorbs quickly to keep your face from feeling greasy.

    Reviewer photos comparing their clearer, more hydrated skin after using the water gel (left) and their dry, blotchy skin before using it (right)
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    Promising review: "It's very hydrating and smells lovely, too. I decided to try it because most moisturizers clog my pores, but I haven't had that problem with this one. It feels like water on my face, and it absorbs quickly without feeling heavy. I use it at night because I wake up with very dry skin, and this stuff leaves it so plump and dewy. I just wish more came in the little jar, but it does last you a while. You only need a little at a time." —Bowen

    Get it from Amazon for $16.39.

    3. A botanical pore serum to help control oil production without drying you out. It's made with glacial water to balance your skin's pH levels and reduce inflammation and sensitivity, along with ginger root and thyme extracts to protect and preserve elasticity. Apply all over your face (or wherever you're feeling oily), then lock it in with a layer of moisturizer.

    Model holding a bottle of the pore serum
    Peach & Lily

    Peach & Lily is an Asian- and woman-owned small business that makes Korean skincare products using natural, toxin-free ingredients.

    Promising review: "The serum smells wonderful and is not too overpowering. I can see my pores start to shrink. It also really helps with my oily skin — usually, most products will strip ALL the oil away, making my skin produce twice as much and making the whole problem worse. However, this serum works like dry shampoo — it just absorbs the oil and helps my skin regulate the oil production. I highly recommend to anyone with large pores and oily skin!" —Maelyn G.

    Get it from Peach & Lily for $35.

    4. An herbal butt acne lotion for taming those vexing bum bumps. It's made of pure plant extracts (i.e. no chemicals), making it gentle enough for any type of breakout-prone skin.

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    Promising review: "Wow, I truly cannot believe how well this worked. I had low expectations. I've used various cleansers and sugar scrubs with claims of effectiveness... nothing has ever worked. My skin was smooth when I woke up after using it the night before. I have strawberry legs and decided to try the lotion on the back of my legs as well. For the first time since I was eight years old, my legs are smooth! I will definitely purchase again, and I highly recommend." —Tiffani F.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    5. A box of Mighty Patch pimple, blemish, and zit patches to spot-treat those pesky skin eruptions that always seem to pop up at the most inconvenient times. Leave them on for at least six to eight hours, then remove once they turn white (aka filled with gunk). They can be used on any skin type, and are UV-sterilized, nontoxic, and allergy-tested.

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    Plus, they're all-natural, drug-free, cruelty-free, and vegan-friendly.

    Promising review: "I do not claim to understand the science behind these tiny miracles, but they have changed my life. I spent my workday looking forward to going home and putting one of these bad boys on my newly erupted Mt. Zit and the overnight results were shocking. Not only is it grossly satisfying, but it saved me several days of walking around with a bloody crater in my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick pick pick." — Adg

    Get a pack of 36 from Amazon for $12.99.

    6. Or, some vegan pimple patches that come in two sizes, so no zit is too big or small to zap away. Multiple reviewers say these adhered to their skin really well, so you shouldn't have to worry about them slipping off.

    Good Light

    Based in Brooklyn, New York, Good Light is a small business focused on "beauty beyond the binary." Their products are vegan, cruelty-free, nontoxic, and fragrance-free.

    Promising review: "Works for cystic acne! Usually hydrocolloid patches only help with true whiteheads, but these did an incredible job at helping heal my cystic bumps. I used them to avoid picking, and then finally when the bump surfaced my skin, the patch drew the bacteria and pus right out." —Olivia

    Get a pack of 24 patches from Good Light for $8.50 (also available in packs of two, three, and four).

    7. A Neosporin overnight lip protectant to cure chapped lips and restore them to their deliciously supple selves. It's made without preservatives or artificial flavors, and contains peptides and emollients to help strengthen your lips while you sleep.

    Reviewer holding a tup of the lip protectant
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    Promising review: "My daughter has constant chapped lips. It doesn't help that we live in Colorado with zero humidity and high elevation. Nothing was helping her, even Aquaphor. Tried this stuff at night, and the next morning her lips were healed and pink and perfect. Amazing. Do not hesitate to try this!!!" —Veruca's Salty

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.58

    8. A buttery hydrating mask for anyone with skin that's feeling thirstier than your recently-single BFF. It'll help soothe sensitive skin while providing a refreshing boost of moisture to improve dryness.

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    Follain is a Boston-based, woman-owned small business dedicated to making skincare products that "feel like a treat rather than a chore." Their offerings are EWG-verified, cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny-certified, synthetic fragrance-free, and dermatologist-tested.

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite Follain skincare products. I use it more as an overnight mask/serum because it just feels so good on my skin, and my skin feels so great in the morning." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.

    9. A Vanicream face cleanser that's specially-formulated to be gentle enough for sensitive, acne-prone skin. Use it to remove any residue left on your skin at the end of the day, and take comfort in the fact that it won't dry out your skin or cause blackheads. In fact, it's accepted by the National Eczema Association and can help put a stop to itching and irritation.

    A reviewer's before and after pictures which show their  once very dry skin is now hydrated and flake-free
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    Promising review: "I swear, I have the most sensitive skin on the planet. I've had combination skin my whole life, am acne-prone due to my sensitivities, and easily dry out with most cleansers or when the weather is harsh. I also have dealt with bouts of perioral dermatitis. This is the ONLY cleanser that has worked for me to combat everything I have just mentioned. I initially tried this cleanser thinking it might work to remove the residual redness and dryness around my mouth leftover from the bout with the perioral dermatitis. I literally washed my face with this one evening, and the NEXT DAY my skin had quieted down. So I kept at it, and now I have the clearest, smoothest, softest skin I have EVER had. And I've struggled with my skin for ages. No more constant breakouts. I'm just amazed by this stuff and I hope it's never discontinued. I HIGHLY recommend it!" —KPMT

    Get it from Amazon for $8.86.

    10. Some vegan Biossance lip balm to replenish moisture in dry, chapped lips for kissably-soft smoochers. Rose wax and wakame algae work together to plump and hydrate the lips, though you can also use it on your eyebrows and cheekbones. It's EWG-verified, cruelty-free, vegan, nontoxic, and synthetic fragrance-free.

    Biossance

    Promising review: "This product is like magic... I apply at bedtime and my lips feel baby soft in the morning." —Michelle C.

    Get it from Amazon or Biossance for $14.

    11. An overnight recovery face balm for anyone who thinks their red, irritated skin could benefit from some deep-breathing exercises (raises hand). Olive, almond, borage, and linseed oils help repair the skin barrier, and you can also use this cruelty-free formula on dry lips, elbows, and knees.

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    Promising review: "I recently went off of birth control and my acne is out of control. I needed something that would moisturize my skin after the effects of using retinol, but not break me out. I found this to seem very oily in the jar, and I was worried at first. Once I scooped some up, melted it with my fingers, and then applied to my skin, it was less oily and more balmy. Overnight wear. I woke up with supple skin and I haven't seen any after effects of acne after a few uses. Will purchase again!" —Awkward Allie

    Get it from Amazon for $49.

    12. A botanical face mask made with raw, organic ingredients to perk up dull skin and help soothe redness and inflammation. Apply with a makeup brush or applicator to keep your hands from getting sticky, leave on for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse off and follow with moisturizer.

    Skin Foodie / Etsy

    Skin Foodie is a woman-owned small business based in Dayton, Ohio that makes a variety of nourishing skincare products with a focus on organic ingredients.

    Promising review: "When I first used this mask, I was put off because it was sticky and messy and thought I would not be using it again. However, the next morning, my skin looked amazing — redness and acne much reduced. So I used it for three more days and my skin has never looked better. I highly recommend and don’t be put off by the texture." —Michelle

    Get it from Skin Foodie on Etsy for $28.

    13. A bottle of alcohol-free Thayers facial toner that has over 55,000 5-star ratings and can help reduce redness (yes please), brighten up dull skin, and tone down inflammation.

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    Check out what BuzzFeed Shopping Editor AnaMaria Glavan had to say in her full review of Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Toner.

    Promising review: "I've been using this every day for about nine months as a toner in my skincare routine and I've seen a tremendous difference. My dark marks and acne have gone away tremendously. I also dealt with fine bumps and textured skin and it greatly reduced that as well. My skin is almost clear. I'm almost on my third bottle of this. I'm never letting this go. I also use it after I shave my legs and 'down there' (not inside of it, just pat it on the perimeter) and it prevents any bumps or irritation that may occur. No complaints whatsoever. If you want an all-natural, multi-purpose, affordable toner product, this is for you." —Sue Craig

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six formulas).

    14. Tried and true Vaseline lip therapy cocoa butter jars for the most affordable yet effective chapping and cracking remedy you're sure to find.

    Package of lip therapy cocoa butter
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    Promising review: "If you're still on the fence about this lip balm, or are in search of the perfect one, these are the ones. I swear by this stuff; if my lips are cracked and chapped, and I put it on before bed, when I wake in the morning, my lips are almost completely better! No joke, it's great." —Jennie

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $7.36.

    15. Ingrown relief toner that'll proactively banish those painful bumps before they appear. After you shower, use a cotton pad to swipe the toner along your bikini line, underarms, or wherever you're prone to experiencing ingrown hairs so it can gently exfoliate these sensitive areas.

    Oui The People

    Oui The People is a Black- and woman-owned small business dedicated to making beauty products with a focus on empowerment rather than "perfection." Sustainable ingredients and packaging are used when possible, and products are free of phthalates, parabens, formaldehyde, petrolatum, and synthetic fragrances.

    Promising review: "I have struggled with ingrown hairs and razor bumps for years. I’ve tried other products, but nothing has ever worked for me — it’s honestly been a real confidence killer. I’ve been using this magic liquid for several weeks now, shaved multiple times, and I’m OBSESSED. I use it daily, sometimes along with a little ultralight moisturizer, and I have no more razor bumps at all. I get significantly less ingrowns, and when I do get them, they can be super easily and gently tweezed. I seriously cannot recommend this product enough; if you’ve got super curly hair and very sensitive skin, this is the stuff for you! Thank you so much Oui!!" —Aimee

    Get it from Oui The People for $25.

    16. Cetaphil redness-relieving night cream for anyone whose skin is on the dry and sensitive side. Licorice extract, allantoin, and caffeine help soothe, while the hypoallergenic, fragrance-free formula won't clog your pores.

    Reviewer before photo showing their face with red, blotchy skin next to an after photo showing their more even complexion
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    Promising review: "I have a lot of redness, so I was unsure if this would actually help, but I'm a fan of the brand so I decided to try it, and it rules. The first time I used it, the next morning all of the redness was gone. I wish the bottle was a little bigger, but it lasted a solid month or two and a little goes a long way. One pump can cover your whole face in a thin layer. It's not the most moisturizing, but it really helps with redness and I have SUPER dry skin, so for someone with average/oily skin, I'd imagine it would be just right." —Aeryn

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    17. That old standby Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion to slather all over your body when it's feeling straight-up scaly. Its soothing oat formula absorbs into skin quickly, and it's unscented, in case you're sensitive to fragrance.

    Model pumping Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion into their hand
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    Promising review: "I was hesitant about trying this, but when I saw the reviews for people getting great results with eczema, I decided to try. After three days of using this twice a day on my legs and hands, I noticed a huge difference. My skin is no longer flaking or cracking. My heels are better. This is not greasy and absorbs well. I would definitely recommend." —llc

    Get it from Amazon for $8.68.

    18. Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque for anyone with oily, acne-prone skin looking to soak up some of that shine and clean out those pores. Just apply to your face and neck, let it dry for 15 minutes, then rinse off for softer, smoother-feeling skin.

    Reviewer holding bottle of Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque
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    Plus, it's got a refreshing minty scent, and is cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I've been using this product since I was a preteen (I'm now 30), and it's one of the only masques that works on my acne. I have combination skin, and even when I use it on the dry part of my skin, my skin feels soft after I wash it off. I love how it shrinks my pores, too, and makes my skin feel clean. It makes my pimples much smaller and go away much faster than when I don't have any on hand. What's funny is that I don't even like mint, but it has a pretty good smell, and the minty scent isn't overpowering in my opinion." —Wayfaring Stranger

    Get it from Amazon for $5.91.

    19. A bottle of Tend Skin Solution you can apply post-shave to help tame razor bumps and ingrown hairs for a smoother appearance with less redness.

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    P.S. It's cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I have sensitive skin and this has helped tremendously! I’m a woman who unfortunately started shaving my chin 20 years ago to get rid of peach fuzz. I’ve had stubble ever since and have to shave everyday. I get rashes on my chin due to shaving. My skin is now less sensitive and my rash is almost gone!" —Angela

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    20. A cool-as-a-cucumber Peter Thomas Roth gel mask for a super-gentle in-home facial to pamper yourself with when your skin's feeling less than optimal. Cucumber, papaya, and chamomile extracts soothe and nourish skin that's spent a little too much time in the sun or is experiencing some irritation after a spa treatment.

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    Promising review: "I have been using this mask for years and I love it. I usually leave it on as an overnight treatment, and wake up with glowing skin the next day. But I've recently found another use for it: sunburn! I'm a pretty religious sunscreen user, but when my friend missed a spot on my back I was left with a nasty and painful burn that definitely looked like it was going to peel. I didn't have any aloe, so I put some of this mask on thinking it would be nice and cooling at least. And it was, but it also helped my burn! After a few applications, my red spot turned pink and eventually turned to a tan, and my skin never peeled! I have recommended this mask to my friends for their own burns and they've sent back rave reviews! It's great! Not only is this product a must-have in your weekly skincare routine, but it's now a must-have for summer sun!" —Kathryn

    Get it from Amazon for $51.70.

    21. PanOxyl Acne Foaming face wash to lather on daily if you're looking to kick breakouts to the curb. Not only does it help get rid of existing blemishes, it'll also unclog pores to prevent any future skin eruptions from popping up.

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    Some reviewers say it can have a drying effect, and recommend following up with a moisturizer after using it. 

    Promising review: "I have had horrible back acne ever since beginning testosterone replacement therapy. I’ve tried everything to clear up my back to no avail. I have used this product for two weeks and my back is completely, completely, completely clear. I still have noticeable scars, but as far as oily bumps and acne: completely gone. I can’t vouch for this product enough. I’m not embarrassed to take my shirt off at the pool or beach anymore. Thank you!" —Rocco

    Get it from Amazon for $9.48 (available in two sizes and intensity levels).

    22. A bottle of Mario Badescu Drying Lotion for targeting zits and surface blemishes overnight. It contains calamine to soothe, zinc oxide to absorb oil, and salicylic acid to clean out those pores. To use, apply the pink formula to problem spots with a cotton swab (don't rub it in!), then get some shut eye and rinse off in the morning.

    Reviewer time-lapse photos showing breakouts on their face (top), the lotion applied to the blemishes (middle), and clearer skin after using the lotion (bottom)
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    Promising review: "Honestly, I assume that this dainty bottle is powered by some sort of magic, because this stuff is truly ah-mazing! Not long ago, I had a deep pimple that was building to a slow crescendo of awful (important to note, I usually have clear skin), and my mother-in-law recommended this stuff to me. She promised that it would drastically reduce the pimple, if not zap it altogether, overnight. I was weary, but I also had a business trip coming up and I was worried that the tender mound was going to blossom into a third eyeball by the time I stepped off the plane for client meetings. I dabbed a tiny amount of this stuff on the zit after my nightly facial routine (it kind of looks like calamine lotion) and went to bed not expecting much. No joke, this miracle elixir managed to shrink the nasty little sucker so much, that the tenderness had gone away!" —Caerley Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $17.

    23. A tub of beloved Aztec Secret Indian Bentonite Healing Clay to give those clogged pores a deep cleaning they'll never forget. It's made with 100 percent natural calcium bentonite clay, which draws out impurities to leave you with fresh, smoother-feeling skin. For best results, mix up a paste using apple cider vinegar, apply to your skin and let it harden for 5 to 10 minutes, then rinse off with warm water.

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    Promising review: "Works amazing! I primarily used this for detoxing my armpits (sounds weird, right? But you should seriously look into it). I also slathered it on my face to pull out the impurities! I am 100% satisfied with this product!" —Happy Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in two sizes).

    24. A tube of Differin acne treatment gel you can use daily to clear up acne and proactively prevent new pimples from forming.

    Reviewer before-and-after photos of acne around their chin, followed by the acne cleared up after using the gel
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    Note that while this is an OTC product, it contains a retinoid and is meant to deliver prescription-strength results. With that in mind, it could result in some dryness and irritation at first. 

    Promising review: "It definitely works. I was on a prescription retinoid and benzoyl peroxide combo cream (it’s double the price) and spironolactone pill for my hormonal acne before and it worked. I had to stop both for a while for personal reasons, and after several months my hormones started acting up again. I had a really bad breakout, so I asked my doctor if I can at least get back on the cream, and my doctor advised me to try this instead. Any active pimples heal very fast, scarring and texture is also improving. And I don’t even have to bother with prescriptions anymore." —LC

    Get it from Amazon for $12.88+ (available in three sizes). 

    25. A Gold Bond overnight body lotion with seriously impressive moisturizing capabilities — especially given that it costs less than $10! Hyaluronic acid helps lock in moisture as you snooze, resulting in skin so soft, it'll give babies a run for their money.

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    Promising review: "I have extremely sensitive and dry skin with a history of eczema. My hands, of course, suffer from cracking, peeling, and resulting pain. I've used a wide variety of creams and ointments, including prescription medications with some effect, but nothing that lasts. I have been very pleasantly surprised by this lotion. I rub a good amount of it into my hands at bedtime. In the morning, my hands feel like I'm wearing velvet gloves. It's as if it both penetrates and coats my skin. Even with the constant hand washing and sanitizer applications, my hands are doing far better than I ever expected. The application of a small amount during the daytime renews the comfort." —Ferber

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97 (also available in a pack of two).

    26. A CeraVe body wash to gently exfoliate and smoothen rough, bumpy, acne-prone skin. It's made with salicylic acid and niacinamide to soften and calm, and is paraben- and fragrance-free.

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    Promising review: "It feels like I have tried everything for my stubborn chest and back acne. Nothing has worked. I have been using a few other CeraVe products and thought I’d just give this a try. I was not at all expecting results like this! It’s been about a month using this daily and it has completely cleared up my acne on my chest and back. There are no active breakouts. I haven’t seen my skin like this in years!! If you struggle with body acne you need to give this a shot. I appreciate that it foams up into a nice lather, does not leave your skin dry or tight, it’s unscented so it’s perfect for sensitive skin, and the amount of product for the price is insane!! A little bit goes a long way. I love this product and will most definitely repurchase." —Mahri

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49

    27. Or, Paula's Choice Clear Back and Body acne spray, so you can target those pesky body bumps without even having to jump in the shower. It can also help prevent new breakouts and calm redness, and contains salicylic acid to deeply penetrate and cleanse pores.

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    Psst: it's also fragrance- and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "This is literally one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. I was skeptical of the reviews because I’ve tried EVERYTHING for eleven years and nothing has ever worked. Lately, my chest has broken out like it never has before. I tried this spray, and I haven’t seen anything since. Literally nothing. I don’t have to hide my chest and back or put makeup on them anymore!!! One of my favorite parts too was that it didn’t have a 'purging period' where it gets worse before it gets better. The acne literally just disappears. I have no idea what’s in this that sets it apart from all the soaps, lotions, astringents, and prescriptions I have tried in the past, but I think God himself touches these bottles. If you have body acne that affects you and your self confidence, PLEASE GET THIS!! You won’t regret it!!!" —Haley

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    28. A tube of Burt's Bees After Sun Soother, because as much as we all know how important it is to wear sunscreen, sometimes our friends miss a spot on our backs and we need some relief STAT. Luckily, this aloe and coconut oil lotion helps recondition the skin to keep burning sensations at bay. It's also formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, or SLS, and is cruelty-free.

    Reviewer before-and-after photos showing badly burnt skin, followed by skin that's much less red with no peeling
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    An Amazon "Climate Pledge Friendly" product. While this lotion can deliver relief and hydration to sunburnt skin, it's not a sunscreen replacement, and serious burns should be examined by a doctor.  

    Promising review: "Whenever someone I know has a sunburn, I become that super annoying product-pusher friend. I tell everyone about the sun soother! Really, Burt’s Bees should pay me. It rubs into skin like lotion so you don’t feel greasy and can immediately put on clothes after application. A little goes a long way! It smells good without being overpowering (and I’m picky about scents!). Most importantly, it works! I’ve had everything from slight burn to looks-like-a-lobster-feels-like-fire and this sun soother has eliminated the pain/itch and drastically reduced the eventual peel. Highly recommend!" —Jessie Patterson

    Get it from Amazon for $7.01.

    29. And, a lightweight maskne face spray you can take on the go to give your skin a refreshing mist while soothing and reducing inflammation. It'll also help protect your skin from free radicals, which can cause damage due to exposure over time.

    Model holding a bottle of the spray and a face mask
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    Founded by Camille, a woman who's no stranger to breakout-prone skin, Averr Aglow is a small business dedicated to making all-natural skincare products. 

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of my purchase at first thinking, Nah, it'll be like all those other 'pick me up' type face sprays. It's NOT! It's actually very refreshing, and I don't know about you, but as I age (46/7/8/9), I wake up with puffy eyes and sometimes a puffy face! This stuff works first thing in the morning to calm my skin down. It works so well I'm not even putting on any makeup afterwards. The only thing I hate is that it's in such a small bottle! I need like, the industrial size. That would be good. Give it a try!" —Gina Vega

    Get it from Amazon for $19

    Reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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