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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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~.

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.

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

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

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.

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!

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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