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    24 Effective Skincare Products That Might Make You Think, "Why Didn't I Buy This Sooner"

    Because they work that well.

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    1. Mighty Match Pimple Spot Treatment battles blemishes and stops you from picking at your face, which just causes further inflammation and more bacteria. These grab the goo out of your zit while you binge Netflix or get some beauty rest: simply apply the sticker to the pimple and in six hours, your uninvited guest will have reduced in size (or disappeared altogether).

    Reviewer before and after photo using patches

    Promising review: "I do not claim to understand the science behind this 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 it from Amazon for $12.50.

    2. Prima Enlightenment Serum with Niacinamide + 100mg CBD is infused with antioxidants, vitamins, and niacinamide to provide all skin types with a burst of hydration. The lightweight fluid can combat uneven tones, enlarged pores, and dryness leaving you with flawless skin.

    the serum

    Promising review: "I really liked this serum. It really made a difference on my skin. It contains vital nutrients which have visibly brightened my skin, refined my pores, and evened my skin tone. It diminished my large pores which is a huge issue for me. Plus, this serum is vegan, cruelty-, and gluten free which means it's safe for all skin types. I would definitely recommend this serum to everyone I know." —lilkimmys

    Get it from Sephora for $18.

    3. Bamboo Charcoal Oil Blotting Sheets absorbs shine in seconds. Dab these rectangular papers over any greasy areas of your face and prepare to be amazed (and matte!), plus the tiny design makes it easy to take it on the go. You also won't run out quickly because you can use both sides before tossing the paper out.

    Reviewer holding up a blotting sheet with grease marks on it

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oil blotting sheets because they're life savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. They're a great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. I'll never go back to other brands. Give these a try — they're completely worth it. They work well and are easy to use. I have no negative things to say at all." —Kelsey

    Get a pack of 200 sheets from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in three formulas).

    4. ExfoliKate® Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment contains glycolic and salicylic acid that will get down in your skin and get all the gunk out. It can help give you that year round dewy glow *and* even out your complexion in the process.

    Kate Somerville

    Promising Review: "I use this twice a week in the shower and have noticed a difference in the texture of my skin. A little goes a long way! Definitely worth the purchase." —Jessica

    Get it from Kate Somerville for $88.

    5. Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula face oil is a holy grail beauty product that's chock-full of antioxidants and omegas perfect for great all skin types (oily, dry, and combo). It truly delivers on its promise of a healthy glow.

    Reviewer holding product in their hand
    Buzzfeed/ Christine Forbes

    Promising review: "This oil is pretty thick, and that's why I like it. I have oily skin, so I only use it after I apply drying products. It's nonirritating and absorbs quickly. A single drop goes a long way, believe me. I would definitely repurchase this since I love using it with the night serum." —Christine Forbes

    Get it from Amazon for $40.

    6. Glossier Invisible Shield uses a fast absorbing water gel formula to help you get in the habit of applying your sunscreen every day. Say bye-bye to white-cast because this is translucent and melts right into your skin.


    Promising review: "I had never used sunscreen as part of my daily routine before. I always knew I needed to, but I could never find one that I didn't find to be too greasy underneath my makeup. This sunscreen is amazing. It is super light and smells amazing, but it actually works! I used this for a week-long beach vacation and my skin was very happy. Would highly recommend." —Anna

    Get it from Glossier for $25.

    7. Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm enlists the help of sunflower oil, ginger root oil, turmeric, moringa extract, and papaya enzymes to give your skin a deep cleanse. The liquid helps remove waterproof makeup and any other product you slathered on that day without leaving your skin feeling dry.

    Jars of the product on mint green background

    Promising review: "This product is truly a pleasure to use! I enjoy it as the first step in my evening double cleanse, and it really does an amazing job just melting away any makeup or sunscreen. It's gentle enough to use around the eye area, and it feels so nice to massage into my face. It cleans off easily in water, making it a great first step in the cleansing process. Also, this product smells GREAT — so fresh and clean. I normally don't prefer fragrance in my skincare products, but since this is a wash-off product, it's not a deal-breaker. I highly recommend it, and I will be re-purchasing!" —TheWittyKnit

    Get it from Sephora for $34.

    8. Ancient Greek Remedy Oil contains vitamin e, olive, lavender, almond, and grapeseed oils that can be used from head to toe for combatting dryness, dandruff, itching, redness, irritation, discoloration, and acne. On lazy days, this one bottle can act as your full hair and body moisturizer.

    This blend of extra virgin olive oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, lavender essential oil, and vitamin E can also be used to moisturize cuticles, strengthen nails, and can be used on dry, itchy scalps that have begun to flake.

    Promising review: "I have combination skin on my face, my scalp gets dry, and I get mild eczema on my ankles, calves, arms and hands, AND my hair is oily at the root and dry on the ends. However, after using this product for three months, ALL of those problems are gone!!! I have clear and healthy skin on my face. No embarrassing flakes on my shoulders. No combination oily/dry skin anywhere. It smells GREAT. It's gentle and free of harmful chemicals and parabens. My hair is NOT oily, and the ends are nourished and healthy. It's safe to use on my children and my boyfriend's daughter who has severe eczema. I could go on and on about this product. I really could. I wish there were more stars to give them. Everyone that uses this (at my house) raves about it as well. Try it out and I swear you will NOT be disappointed." —Crystle D

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    9. Mario Badescu Spritz Mist Trio comes with calming lavender, soothing cucumber, and healing rosewater facial sprays that are perfect for hydrating and cooling down flushed complexions in an instant. Plus, reviewers swear that these are fantastic for setting *and* refreshing makeup throughout the day!

    Three spray bottles

    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 skincare lovers." —Anon

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $21.

    10. Skin Scrubber Skin Spatula provides a spa-like facial in the comfort of your own home. This affordable gadget removes dirt, oil, and gunk from your pores while massaging your skin, plus it comes with two silicone covers — one to assist with tightening and one to give your complexion a deep clean.,

    Promising review: "I never write reviews but I could not pass this one up. I have been fighting with my skin for years! After my last pregnancy, I started developing cystic acne, my skin was congested with oil, whiteheads, blackheads, you name it. All those years of desperately doing my own extractions, trying every mask, cleanser, device, my skin was left scarred and discolored - I hated the texture of my skin. I impulsively bought this and tried it the day it was delivered. I was amazed at how well it extracted all the gunk I could and couldn't see lurking under my skin. I use it every night to cleanse, then apply my serum and moisturizer. I am finally happy with the way my skin looks and posted a selfie without a filter for the first time since I can remember. Just try it!" —Marlena H.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    11. 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.

    12. Dermal Korea Collagen Essence Full Face Facial Mask Sheet16-piece Set come 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 $9.99.

    13. Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 provides your skin with protection from UVA and UVB sun rays. The solution dries to a matte finish and blurs pores, plus it's packed with silk extract and wild rose to combat redness and make your skin feel as soft as a cloud.

    BuzzFeed editor Maitland demonstrating that her arm with a different sunscreen was sunburned but her face with this one applied was not
    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "The best daily sunscreen I have ever used! It has improved my skins texture, blurs pores, absorbs in immediately and leaves my skin feeling great!" —ancanc

    Get it from Sephora for $65.

    14. Versed Wash It Out Gel Cleanser gives sensitive skin a thorough cleaning with a soothing blend of rosewater, mint, and seaweed extract. It's the perfect first step in your a.m. or p.m. skincare routine before moving on to sunscreens and serums.


    Promising review: "This is a simple cleanser, but it does everything I need a simple cleanser to do. It cleanses without stripping the skin, it doesn't leave any residue, and it is eye-safe. It is slightly peppermint-y, but it doesn't sting my skin or eyes, which is something I was definitely worried about at the beginning. Because it is so gentle, I typically use this as a second cleanse or my cleanser in the morning. Overall, it is such a great cleanser and I enjoy having it in my routine." —MOREBEVERLYCHERIE

    Get it from Versed for $12.99.

    15. Tend Skin Solution tackles razor bumps and ingrowns leaving you with impeccably smooth skin. After applying this, no one will be able to tell whether you chose laser or razor — it can even eradicate redness that occurs after waxing and electrolysis.

    Reviewer photo of before and after using Tend Skin solution on underarms

    Promising Review: "I have been having a terrible problem with ingrown hairs on my bikini area. I have tried several products, including a topical prescription from my dermatologist. The topical from the dermatologist helped a little, but not to my satisfaction. I found Tend Skin while scrolling through Amazon. I did not have high hopes, but figured it could not hurt to try. Within one week, I have no ingrown hairs whatsoever. I am honestly amazed by this product." —Cheri R

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    16. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream replenishes dry skin with essential ceramides so you can 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 $16.14.

    17. Geologie Dark and Puffy Under-Eye Cream tackles a tired persons worst enemy — dry and puffy dark circles. With a blend of hyaluronic acid, kojic acid, caffeine, peptides, and antioxidants, you'll be able to officially toss out that under-eye concealer.

    Eye cream in a grey bottle with push top

    Promising review: "The bags under my eyes have decreased dramatically and there is something extremely satisfying about specifically targeting the area around my eye that makes this enjoyable to use." —Nicholas G.

    Get it from Geologie for $59.

    18. Honey Dipped Essentials Skincare bundle includes a bentonite rose clay mask to cleanse and detoxify your skin, a cranberry and perilla facial serum to moisturize, and a rose quartz facial roller to help promote lymphatic drainage. Basically, you'll get spa level treatment at home whenever you want it.

    Honey Dipped Essentials

    Honey Dipped Essentials is a Black woman-owned business founded by Ashli Goudelock, that sells home, body, and skin care products. They specialize in all-natural and organic products. All Honey Dipped Essentials products are organic and handmade. Some of their most popular items are bath soaks and body oils.

    Get it from Honey Dipped Essentials for $90.

    19. Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask lets sweet almond oil, squalane, honey, aloe, licorice root, lemon fruit peel, and hyaluronic acid work their magic. It's the perfect overnight solution for a dull complexion and you'll wake up with brighter and more hydrated canvas.

    Model holding a jar of the mask

    Plus, the added honey and aloe keeps the skin feeling soothed.

    Promising review: "I’ve used this mask every night for about a week and it has made my skin super moist and plump. My skin both looks and feels so healthy. My skin sometimes flares up and is kinda sensitive, but it LOVES this mask. I will keep buying this forever!" —April

    Get it from Glossier for $22.

    20. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads uses lactic and glycolic acid to provide gentle exfoliation. The circular sheets are doused with cucumber, indian gooseberry, licorice root, and lemon peel which can help brighten dull skin and give you a dewy year-round glow.

    Model lifting a pad out of the 60-pad jar

    It's alcohol-free and safe for sensitive skin.

    Promising review: "I started using this product months ago when I started noticing clogged pores and tiny bumps on my cheeks. This product has been a life-saver! Not only did this help eliminate my clogged pores, but it leaves my face glowing! I have very sensitive skin and haven't had any issues with it." —Melissa House

    Get a pack of 28 from Amazon for $18+ (available in two sizes).

    21. Eva Naturals Vitamin C Serum packs retinol, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and salicylic acid into one bottle. Just a few drops can moisturize, slough away dead skin, and eradicate bacteria in one quick swoop.

    reviewer before/after pic with before photo showing acne scars and after photo with significantly less scarring and dark spots

    Promising review: "This product is just perfect for my skin type! I’m using it every night and it’s helping me a lot with my post inflammatory hyperpigmentation problems caused by my last acne outbreak. I have been using this product for 1.5 months and the results are visible. My skin looks more hydrated and the dark spots have cleared. (I’m also using benzoyl peroxide based acne treatment to control my acne while I’m using this product)." —Desiree

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

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

    Lipgloss on green background

    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 $14.

    23. 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.

    24. Versed Weekend Glow Solution contains all the ingredients needed to get you the ~glass skin~ that every Insta-famous skincare guru has been raving out. It's made with kojic and azelaic acid, AHAs, vitamin c, and bearberry extract which can significantly reduce dark spots and blemishes. TL;DR: add this to cart to ensure your glow up journey starts now!

    Model holding up a bottle of the brightening solution

    Promising review: "During quarantine, I decided I wanted people to see a noticeable difference in my skin once we are able to come back together. I researched the best options for skin that is dull and needs work on texture. Versed came up as a big winner. I have been using this every morning for the past two weeks, as well as the Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum and the Shortcut Overnight Facial Peel. I am always worried about my sensitive skin, but I didn't need to. My skin is brighter than it's ever been and it's so soft to the touch. The texture of my nose is noticeably smoother. The prices can't be ignored, either; I was willing to pay much more if reviews told me I needed higher priced products. Versed is affordable and really works. I'm a Versed convert!" —JOYOUS202

    Get it from Versed for $17.99.

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