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36 Skincare Products Our Readers Loved In 2020

Our readers have you covered from head to toe with their ~favorite~ skincare items from 2020.

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. Biossance Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm is packed with ceramides, wakame algae, squalene, and hyaluronic acid to help to replenish and rejuvenate — aka super smooth and moisturized lips are yours for the taking.

Lip Balm in water

The balm is also vegan, cruelty free, non-toxic, paraben free, synthetic fragrance free, and PEG free.

Promising review: "I impulse bought this lip balm after dropping my old (cheaper) one of the floor. I was not expecting much, as lip balm is typically a temporary fix for my extremely dry, sensitive lips, but this stuff is MAGICAL! My lip are truly smooth all the time WITHOUT rashes, like I get with other lip products! I love this so much, and I can’t wait to purchase again." —Whitney

Get it from Biossance for $18.

2. Bliss Pore Patrol Clay Cleanser which magically transforms from clay to foam to achieve squeaky clean skin sans dryness. The willow bark and clay formula draws out oil and dirt, making your pores look significantly smaller.


Promising review: "I like the formula of this product. I was trying to find a more affordable dupe for my Epionce Lytic Gel cleanser. And so far I'm liking it. The tiny little exfoliating beads were a surprise to me but I love how they exfoliate my skin so I have a good fresh, clean canvas for my makeup." —Madeleine P.

Get it from Bliss for $12.

3. The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Night Mask uses salicylic acid and tea tree oil to help clear up your complexion overnight for the ultimate sense of ~beauty sleep~. The mask is 100% vegan and developed especially for those with oily skin.

Hand digging into green jar of product / Via @thebodyshop

Promising review: "This is a great product before bed. I use after I wash and tone but before I moisturize. Never causes a reaction to my skin, the tea tree scent is not too overwhelming like it sometimes can be, and this leaves me skin feeling soft and helps reduce redness and acne." —Cristina

Get it from Amazon for $22.

4. A salux bath cloth – it uses a nylon texture to exfoliate and banish dead, dull skin. These come in a three pack and you can use 'em in the shower as a body scrub for a smoother complexion.,

Promising review: "I can't get over how baby soft my skin is after using this. I usually lather up soap and just use the whole thing everywhere on my body, avoiding sensitive bits and my face. Its really managed to even out my skin tone as well. I also have really dry skin and it gets rid of all the flakey problems too. I scrub pretty hard but before no matter how much I loofah'd, I could still always scrape off some dead skin. Now with this, I can never scrape anything off of my body and I like how squeaky clean I feel. After showering, I'll apply body butter and my skin feels so delicate! It's so amazing, I can't live without it." —Emily F

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

5. E.l.f. Calm Balm made with a relaxing blend of hemp and sunflower seed oil to nourish and hydrate lips, leaving them with a subtle shine.

Model applying balm to lips

Promising review: "I bought this as my profession currently requires me to wear face masks and I felt my lips were suffering from dryness a lot. This balm is soft and smooth and I feel it hydrated my lips well. Would highly recommend this product and will definitely be buying another when my current one is finished." —CatEyES11

Get it from e.l.f. for $5.

6. Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask bids blackheads adieu! This unique mask goes on like clay and dries to a cloudy foam finish. According to reviewers, the mask takes about seven minutes to dry — once it's nice and puffy, that means its captured the oil and dirt from your pores and its time to rinse off.,

Promising review: "I have had blackheads on my nose for over twenty years and have been to dermatologists and aestheticians to try to get them resolved. They would extract them with limited success and recommend various cleansers, masks, strips, etc. However, my blackheads persisted and I thought I was stuck with them. After trying this mask one time my blackheads were completely dissolved; I couldn't believe it! This is the first beauty product I have ever used that produced such immediate results." —MyBeachyLife

Get it from Amazon $13.90.

7. Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore Refining Toner Serum addresses three major skin concerns with one fabulous product. This two-in-one toner serum minimizes pores, brightens dark spots, and evens tone while also adding some hydration. Its even cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegan!

Fenty Beauty

Promising review: "Love love love! This is my favorite part. I look forward to cleansing with Fenty cleanser and then using this Fat water every morning! There was a visible reduction in my pores by the third day." —MOMMATIGRESS92

Get it from Fenty Beauty for $28.

8. Glossier Solution puts physical exfoliants to shame. This chemical exfoliant combines three acids (AHA, BHA, and PHA) that go below the skins surface to help you shed dead skin and get a major glow without any irriation.


Promising review: "I have acne-prone skin, and this is one of the only exfoliators that worked for me. I used it for three years, and my skin really cleared up/felt softer. Other brands that I have used before were too harsh on my skin and left dark spots on my skin/inflamed it, and this is the only exfoliator that I know that is gentle yet super effective." —Devanshi

Get it from Glossier $24.

9. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream provides a barrier of moisture for your skin that won't budge thanks to its blend of glacial glycoprotein and olive-derived squalane. The nongreasy formula melts like butter into skin, leaving it supple and hydrated for a full 24 hours.

the moisturizer

Promising review: "I bought this to protect my face while out walking in the Winter weather. This is amazing I will not be wasting money on anything else this is the best ever. Well done. I’m going walking in Scotland and this is my savior. I bought it on Saturday and I can see the difference already 10/10." —beachborder

Get it from Kiehl's for $32.

10. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is destined to become your holy grail mask — and with over 29,000 + reviews, you won't be alone. Just mix this 100% natural calcium bentonite clay with apple cider vinegar for a clean that digs deep into pores to remove impurities.,

Promising review: "This is the best mask! Used it back in the day for my acne and now that I’m almost 30 I’m using it for age prevention! I have a lot of dry skin issues including psoriasis and this works wonders! Tid bit: a little goes a long way. Don’t over pour or you’ll end up with a lot of face mask left over!" —Rachel Jones

Get it from Amazon from $12.79.

11. A foot file – it's ideal for dry, cracked heels that need some extra TLC. The stainless steel grater gently removes dry skin and callus from your foot in one quick motion. Get ready for spa-like results at a fraction of the cost!,

Promising review: "Y'all got $8? Buy one of these. For a decade I thought smooth feet belonged only to wealthy weekly nail salon clientele but this little cheese grater has taken me from paltry peasant wench to a silky smooth 'show my feet in public' rich woman. Yes oh yes! My pile of feet scrapings on the floor took me two trips with the dustpan, and if I hadn't of stopped after I lacerated my hand, hell it probably would have taken three! So if any of you rough footed people out there are suffering from those 'summer shoes blues,' then buy it." —Jerni

Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

12. Avarelle hydrocolloid pimple patches infused with tea tree oil, calendula oil, and cica to stop acne in its tracks. These go on top of blemishes and pull out excess oil and dirt, plus these prevent picking which cause further inflammation and scars.,

Promising review: "OH MY GOD!! This product is god send seriously, I almost canceled a first date that I planned for tonight because I had a few huge pimples that popped up. These little patches worked their magic overnight! They actually do pull all the gunk out!" —Megan

Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

13. OleHenriksen Banana Bright Eye Creme vanquishes fine lines, dryness, and dark circles with a helpful serving of vitamin c. More impressively, this formula was developed with concealer and powder in mind so its a match made in heaven. Dab this creme under eyes before makeup for a flawless application.

the eye cream

Promising review: "This product is amazing!! I always have dark circles under my skins and my skin looks dull and tired..this did just the trick! First I got it as a sample and then bought the full size, just finished and will DEFINITELY be purchasing again ASAP!" —AbbySC

Get it from Sephora for $39.00.

14. A body brush – use it for wet or dry massaging exfoliation that will leave you with soft, glowing skin. The handy strap allows the brush to fit comfortably in your hand without slipping while the bristles gently do the work. Brush in slow circular motions to promote new cell growth, collagen production, and less ingrown hairs.,

Promising review: "I literally use this dry brush EVERY SINGLE DAY. It is my best friend. I have a lot of cellulite on my thighs because that's where all my weight goes to, and I dry brush then exfoliate when I'm in the shower and OMG I've seen a HUGE difference in my skin! It is EXTREMELY soft, my boyfriend compliments how soft my skin is all the time, and I can see a huge improvement with the cellulite, I believe because of the dry brushing mostly." —MC

Get it from Amazon for $11.57.

15. Versed Daily Brightening Solution blasts hyperpigmentation into oblivion with a blend of kojic and azelaic acid, AHAs, vitamin c, and bearberry extract. Best of all, it's gentle on skin and can be used for head to toe brightening — your face, neck, chest, back, and even your ~behind~.


Promising review: "I’ve been using this toner consistently in the PM for the past several months and have absolutely noticed an improvement in my skin tone as a result. Even my chickenpox marks (which have always been an insecurity of mine) have lightened quite a bit. This toner also helps wipe away excess dirt/make-up which makes my skin feel even more fresh and clean. Bonus points for how smooth it leaves my skin feeling afterward as well!" —Kathryn T.

Get it from Versed Skin for $17.99.

16. Peace Out Pores strip sheets contain hydrocolloid polymer and vitamin a to remove oil, dirt, and dead skin from your pores. Just apply it to your nose and remove after its fully dried to see major results.

Peace Out

Promising review: "This product is just amazing. not only can you see a difference in the morning on your skin but you can see all the nastiness that came out of your face! So satisfying yet gross lol. These are great i’ve gotten about three boxes now and will continue to repurchase!" —dnjd

Get it from Sephora for $19.

17. Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream is a delightfully smelling face moisturizer made with natural ingredients. Rose hip, avocado oil, and shea butter treat your skin to a dose of hydration that won't cause any irritation.

Bottle of cream on brown table / Via

Promising review: "This moisturizer is a dream. I have dry, sensitive skin and this cream melts into my skin and soothes my skin. I haven’t found anything as great as this, and the amazing smell of roses is an added bonus. Definitely recommend." —IL

Get it from Dermstore for $45.

18. Philosophy Renewed Hope in A Jar Facial Moisturizer is designed to bring your glow back. The whipped formula is light as a feather but yields powerful results. The blend of AHAs and fruit extracts improve your skins textures and minimize pores.

the face cream in white jar

Promising review: "This is the only facial moisturizer that can handle my dry skin in the winter and prevent me from getting milia and clogged pores. I have mostly dry skin on my face with some slightly more oily areas on my nose and this product works great! It goes on easily absorbs into the skin easily." —phdddd

Get it from Sephora for $39.

19. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion targets acne with just a tiny dab of solution. The pink liquid dries whiteheads and pulls out oil and dirt overnight — just apply the solution with a cotton swab before bed and rinse it off in the morning.,

Promising review: "This stuff is as great as everyone says it is. The second you feel a zit coming, pop a little dab of this on the area and it will stop the zit from even surfacing! I do not get a lot of acne, but when I have a breakout here or there, this stuff is my go-to!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.

20. A frighteningly powerful zombie face mask treats eight of the most common skin concerns in under 15 minutes. A blend of albumin and aloe vera extract work overtime to reduce fine lines, lift skin, clear acne, reduce pores, moisturize skin, improve texture, balance pH, and give you a glow. Reviewers say this is also an affordable dupe for higher-priced brands!,

Promising review: "Easy to wash off and I have been using these for about over a month now. My face is so much smoother and it leaves my face feeling clean and soft. When I first put it on I love that it has a brush and the brush is easy to clean too. I just mix it up real good and brush onto my face and let it set and it will get really tight but then that means it’s almost time to wash it off. I don’t think it’s has a bad smell at all, I see a lot of people staying that. I think it’s mild scent and this zombie mask is so awesome and I just use it twice a week! Going to be ordering another one soon." —Lacy Mead

Get it from Amazon from $23.40.

21. Biossance 100% Squalane Oil packs a powerful full body moisturizing punch in a bottle. This weightless oil instantly absorbs into the skin in seconds, plus it's made from Brazilian sugarcane known to seal in moisture and reduce redness.

the jar of oil / Via @biossance

Promising review: "I have a very sensitive, acne-prone and dry skin. My skin usually tends to get very flaky during winter. I purchased this product on a whim and I kid you not, I LOVE IT. It keeps my face hydrated all day long and has reduced dullness that usually comes with living in colder dry states. I highly recommend this squalane oil if you suffer from dull dry skin. This product lives up to its expectations and bonus point for it being plant sourced and non-sticky!" —P

Get it from Biossance for $32.

22. A 16-piece facial mask set – the masks are soaked in vitamin e, minerals, collagen, and essence to hydrate dull, dry skin. The mask formulas include pearl essence, cucumber, green tea, and many more — and for under $11, spa night is about to become every night.,

Promising review: "I have dry, sensitive, eczema skin. My face is so flaky that I literally 'snow' everywhere. That's where these lil babies come in. I use one every day after I shower at night and my face started to clear up in a couple of days." —hanatsuki

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

23. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream replenishes dry skin with three essential ceramides — say goodbye to dry, flaky, itchy skin in just four weeks. It's great for all skin types and is suitable for face *and* body!


Promising review: "I am a doctor. Not a dermatologist though. In our world when it comes to dermatology issues we have a saying: "if the skin is too wet, then dry it; if it is too dry then wet it; if this doesn't work, then use steroids!". I have struggled with a dry skin for a long time and have used a lot of different emollients and moisturizing creams. My face was often red, and would peel off. I really though I had some autoimmune condition, and tried a course of steroids. I tried this cream, and did wonders for me." —Mounir Errami

Get it from Amazon for $16.08.

24. Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask transforms lips overnight with just a single use. This moisture packed mask comes in seven delicious flavors (gummy bear, berry, vanilla, apple lime, sweet candy, lemon sorbet, and sweet choco) packed with antioxidants and vitamin C to give you the lips of your dreams.


Promising review: "This lip sleeping mask is very good. I know it's for 'sleeping' but I wear this all the time. It is borderline a lip gloss, and one of the best ones I've tried. It makes you lips look so juicy and smoothly. Keeps them hydrated for a long time. I would call this an elevated lip balm/lip gloss. Love it, should be in everyone's beauty cabinet, such a staple." —niki746

Get it from Sephora for $22 (available in five scents).

25. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water gently removes makeup that won't budge. Not only does it wipe away waterproof makeup, but it also gets rid of dirt and excess oil to leave you with clean skin sans residue.


Promising review: "I switched from using make-up pads and make-up remover for environmental purposes, and switched over to re-useable make-up cloths and micellar water. This has been my favorite, as it removes make-up and cleanses skin. I have very sensitive skin, so I just use this on my face at night and follow up with a light moisturizer. This combination has done wonders for my skin, and I keep on coming back to this one by Garnier because I've had no negative side-effects." —Claire

Get it from Amazon for $6.34.

26. Bliss Jelly Glow Peel might replace your current morning skincare routine. The peel gets deep down into pores to provide major exfoliation, moisture, and a deep clean. Plus its 100% cruelty free and made from trusted ingredients like fruit enzymes, coconut fruit extract, vitamin B5, and niacinamide.

the pink exfoliating scrubs / Via @bliss

Promising review: "It’s important to exfoliate your face so that when you use your serums, oils and creams they can all be absorbed properly. This product is amazing. Immediately my dead skin was balling up and after washing off, my skin was glowing! Blackheads were removed and my dry skin patches smoothed. I slept with a moisture mask and in the morning I was like a new woman." —Alexandra L Plazas

Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

27. Cocokind Turmeric Spot Treatment simultaneously eliminates bacteria and brightens dark spots with a calming blend of five all natural ingredients — turmeric, beeswax, sunflower oil, ginger root, and tea tree oil.

Spot treatment bottle laid on top of herbs
Free People

Promising review: "I have tried many acne treatments, this is very effective at targeting spots, reducing redness whilst also hydrating the area as a lot of spot treatments are very drying." —alicesayles

Get it from Free People for $8.99.

28. The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Cream works just like your morning cup of joe for under eyes. The hydrating cream tackles fine lines, dryness, and under eye bags thanks to a blend of caffeine and peptides.


Promising review: "I’m giving this 5 stars because it does exactly what it says it will do and it’s such a good price. I put this on twice a day and I feel like my dark circles are a little better and my eyes are nice and bright." —Makaylee9875

Get it from Sephora for $9.99.

29. Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment will remove any evidence of your late nights and lack of sleep. This creamy avocado moisturizer is a miracle worker de-puffs and brightens under eyes, plus it's helpful for anyone who spends all day staring at a screen because it helps prevent blue light damage.

Two bottle of eye cream next to avocado in a bowl

Promising review: "I have been using this for a few years now and it's amazing. I use it morning and night and it keeps the area around my eyes hydrated. I used to suffer from sore eyes and dry flaky skin around the eye area but this avocado eye cream has solved all that. I wouldn't be without it." —KittyKat233

Get it from Kiehl's from $50.

30. Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Sunscreen makes white cast a thing of the past. This invisible sunscreen feels light as air on skin while blocking harmful rays, brightening dark spots, and providing major moisture. Its perfect for use under makeup and promises not to pill or ball up.

model applying the sunscreen
Fenty Beauty

Promising review: "My sister had been looking for a moisturizer that is spf and doesn't pill under makeup for AGES. I decided to send her this one after reading reviews and she LOVES it. She says it smells amazing and she has had zero issues and nothing negative to say about it. Super pumped that it comes with refill options too!" —JILL WILL

Get it from Fenty Beauty for $35.00.

31. Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant clears skin and unclogs pores by slowly sloughing off dead skin with a gentle 2% BHA (salicylic acid). Apply twice daily, no rinsing needed, for bright and radiant skin.

Bottle of exfoliant on brown table / Via @paulaschoice

Promising review: "This product does what it claims to do. I have tried so many other products only to be disappointed in their performance. It is really a wonderful product and has reduced the size of my pores as well as has soften the texture of my skin. Last of all, the appearance of fine lines are gradually disappearing only after a short time of using this product. This definitely helps with my rosacea. I am permanently hooked, no ifs ands or buts!" —texas2step

Get it from Nordstrom for $10+ (available in two sizes).

32. The Ordinary Buffet acts as a full course meal for your skin. It's perfect for normal, combo, oily, and sensitive — TL;DR: this multi-peptide serum works in tandem with hyaluronic and amino acids to diminish dryness, fine lines, and uneven tone.

Bottle of serum next to box

Promising review: "Best serum I have tried in years! I am really amazed by how quickly I saw my skin tone and texture improve. This serum is fast becoming my favorite and the price point is just the cherry on the cake." —PocaExpress

Get it from Sephora from $14.80.

33. Mario Badescu Spritz Mist Trio comes with a calming lavender, soothing cucumber, and healing rosewater facial spray. Refresh dry skin in an instant with these sprays and keep one handy in your purse, at work, and at home. Reviewers even mention that these affordable sprays are great for setting makeup!

the sprays

Promising review: "They are much better than other facial sprays I've used in the past. This made a big difference in my skin. It has more glow and it's evened out my complexion. I use the rose spray after washing my face in the mornings. I use the green tea spray as a setting spray after applying makeup. I use the lavender spray after washing my face in the evening. This is a must-have for beauty and skin care lovers." —Anon

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $21.

34. Bio-Oil works like a magician to help make scars and marks go ~poof~. It's packed with essential oils and vitamins to deliver long lasting hydration to all skin types without the sticky feeling.,

Promising review: "This product has changed my skin forever. I’ve been using it for a year and a half and my skin is better than ever. I mix mine with tea tree oil to treat my acne. It’s light, it smells great, and it treats existing skin damage. If you have sun damage, small wrinkles, discoloration, or acne scars you should give this six months and see if it works for you." —Tricia Beck-Peter

Get it from Amazon for $8.89.

35. E.l.f. Charcoal Gel Under Eye Masks brighten dark circles, plus soothe and plump under-eye skin thanks to a mix of soybean seed, green tea, and lavender extract. Late nights don't stand a chance against this multifaceted mask!

Model wearing eye masks

Promising review: "I bought this and it’s by far one of my favorite under-eye masks. Put on in the morning, and lets me go out barefaced without looking like I haven’t slept. Absolutely love them." —Princess_Purplek

Get it from e.l.f. for $8.

36. Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve is a lifesaver for dry, cracked hands that needed a little extra moisture. This cream will repair and keep skin soft all day long.

Hand cream laid on rope

This ultra hydrating salve includes a blend of shea butter, sesame seed oil, squalane, avocado oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, and aloe leaf juice.

Promising review: "I really love this product. I have severely dry and chapped hands in the winter to the point that they bleed. This salve leaves my hands soft and has limited the dryness so much. I have tried other hand lotions in the winter but nothing compares to this one!" —mpc323

Get it from Kiehl's for $24.

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