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    33 Skincare Products That’ll Make You A Real ~Glow~-Getter

    "I woke up like this" — you and Beyoncé.

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    1. Colourpop's The Glow Must Go On trio includes a jelly cleanser, glycolic acid toner, and brightening moisturizer all formulated with vitamin C in order to leave your skin absolutely radiant. 🍊

    the cleanser, toner, and moisturizer trio

    Get it from Colourpop for $39 ($44 value).

    2. Laneige's Glowy Makeup Serum not only gives you an incredible glow when applied before your foundation, but it also keeps oil in check so you don't look like you rolled around in Vaseline 15 minutes after you leave the house.


    Promising review: "This is super hydrating and makes my skin super glowy without looking too shiny. I live in a desert climate so I need as much hydration as possible and this gets layered on with two other serums under my moisturizer. Really am pleasantly surprised!" —bklynmakeup

    Get it from Sephora for $32.

    3. Sunday Riley's Luna Retinol Sleeping Night Oil supports your natural skin elasticity with retinol while also soothing surface redness with blue tansy. Massage three to four drops in nightly after cleansing and you'll develop your glow in no time.


    Promising review: "I first got the biggest size on sale and I didn’t think much of it I just saw it was a popular product and had a form of retinol (I am in my early 30s) and I liked how my skin was glowy the morning after using so I kept on using it. Fast forward 11 months and now I know what people mean when they label something a ‘holy grail’. I no longer have any small bumps along my hairline, I have no more random breakouts, texture is bare minimum and I get told I have 'good skin,' and it’s in huge part thanks to Luna oil, I will never be without it. I wish I had been paying better attention to when I really started seeing these changes but I do know it took a bit, I’d say months, also the large bottle lasted me almost 9 months and that’s with every night use. Some nights I like to layer A+ or Good Genes over it, these products work!" —AlexandraFM

    Get it from Sephora for $105.

    4. Tarte's Sugar Rush Squeezy Clean Face Wash removes impurities and wakes up skin with an energizing citrus scent that smells *just* like OJ.

    the yellow bottle of face wash

    Promising review: "My FAVORITE face wash! Makes my skin even, glowy, and soft. I originally got it as a sample and I had to buy it right away it is amazing." —Kianna C.

    Get it from Tarte for $19.

    5. Volition Beauty's AM/PM Duo promises ☀️ radiant ☀️ skin with a two-punch Strawberry-C Serum and Hibiscus Unspottable Oil. Apply the first in the morning for some instant glow, and then use the latter at night for extra dark-spot correction.

    Volition Beauty

    Get it from Volition Beauty for $63 (originally $91).

    6. Pixi's Rose Tonic minimizes redness and helps balance your skin's pH without any harsh alcohol that way you're left with a healthy flush.

    the bottle of rose tonic

    Promising review: "WOW! I think I’ve finally found my holy grail toner in this rose tonic by Pixi. I use it after I cleanse, as a second step before a chemical exfoliant, a retinoid, and then rose hip seed oil to moisturize. it helps my serums absorb better and has made my skin even more even in glowy in just a week of use! I am honestly very impressed." —River

    Get it from Target or Pixi for $15+ (available in two sizes). 

    7. Versed's Triple Threat Serums Bundle addresses dullness, inflammation, and breakouts with three vegan formulas packed with retinol, niacinamide, vitamin C, and other powerhouse ingredients.

    Versed, Versed Skincare

    Promising review: "I bought this a month ago and I have seen so much improvement in my skin. My skin looks so alive, flushed, and glowy since using this." —Isabella D.

    Get the set of three from Versed for $49.99 ($62 value). 

    8. Hero Cosmetics' Superfuel Serum Stick cools your skin on contact and leaves you glowing thanks to key ingredients like green microalgae, lactic acid, and elderberry fruit extract which keep oil under control and give your skin a big ol' boost of antioxidants. 

    the green serum tube
    a model twisting the tube open
    Hero Cosmetics

    Promising review: "I really like how it feels on my skin! I have tried a couple of stick form products and they don't feel that great because they are oily or to sticky. Also love the glow it gives!" —SGWN

    Get it from Urban Outfitters or Hero Cosmetics for $12.99.

    9. Bolden's Brightening Glycolic Acid Toner combines glycolic acid and antioxidants to target dark spots, uneven texture, and fine lines. The brand says it's ideal for oily skin, blemish-prone skin, and those dealing with hyperpigmentation.

    A model holding the 7.5-ounce bottle of toner

    Bolden is a Black- and woman-owned beauty brand that creates products that work well for and empower women of color. They also offer a handful of other skincare solutions from moisturizers and cleansers to night serums and spot treatments.

    Promising review: "This is my second time purchasing the Toner I love the way it has my face glowing. I have noticed that my skin has a brighter tone or complexion. I highly recommend it." —Latonia J.

    Get it from Bolden for $19.50.

    10. Patchology's green tea-infused Perk Up Eye Gels depuff and brighten with one of *my* fave ingredients (in skincare and otherwise) — caffeine!!! 🍵 Just pop 'em on while you watch your fave Bravo show and sip a glass of Chardonnay (for good measure) while they work. 

    a model wearing the green under eye patches
    the green packaging

    Promising review: "I absolutely adore these patches, they are like the #1 product that I repurchase again and again because I just can't get enough of them. They're the perfect pick-me-up in the morning and the best wind-me-down at night before bed after taking my makeup off. I leave them on for way longer than the recommended time because they just feel so good that I don't wanna take them off. The jelly-like texture of the patches is so satisfying and it has the most amazing cooling, refreshing sensation, it's almost menthol-like but it doesn't irritate my eyes at all. You HAVE to try these, I recommend them to everyone any chance that I get!" —Ulta Reviewer

    Get a pack of five from Ulta Beauty for $15

    11. Peach Slices' Citrus Honey Aqua Glow delivers an instant wave of hydration with a silky formula that goes on more like a serum. The clean, fragrance-free product also calms, brightens, and evens out skin tone with the aid of annatto seeds, grapefruit, and honey.

    A gif of a model squeezing the moisturizer out of the bottle and onto their hand
    Peach Slices

    Promising review: "This moisturizer has become my FAVE! It really makes your skin glow without looking greasy. It's so hydrating but lightweight. I can NOT believe this moisturizer is so inexpensive! I would buy this again over any of the $50+ moisturizers I've tried." —beatsbylizzie

    This is my go-to moisturizer. I use it morning and night and love how lightweight and nonsticky it is. I have super sensitive skin and this has never broken me out or clogged my pores. It gives me a subtle glow and really seals in all of the serums and facial oils I use beforehand. You also can't beat the fact that it's $12!

    Get it from Ulta Beauty or Peach & Lily for $11.99.

    12. Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant helps scrub away dead skin cells leaving behind such clear pores and a bright complexion, that people will assume you get regular $100+ facials!  Apply it morning and night (after your cleanser and toner) and it'll leave ya lookin' as radiant as Ben Affleck when caught by the paps holding a whole tray of Dunkin' iced coffees.

    the black bottles with white caps
    reviewer before and after photo of fine line and pimple on left and visibly less fine lines and pimples on right

    Promising review: "Definitely one of my favorite new purchase! Not only has my skin been glowing, but my dark marks are really starting to lighten. If you’re thinking of purchasing this product PLEASE BUY IT because it will definitely change your skin care game." —morissalane

    Get it from Sephora or Paula's Choice for $29.50.

    13. Bliss' Mint Chip Mania is a hydrating mask that creates a cooling sensation as it reduces redness and irritation and detoxifies your skin. Reviewers say it looks and smells just like ice cream. 😋

    The white 1.7-ounce tub of product
    the mint-colored face mask
    Bliss, the mint-colored mask / Via Bliss

    Promising review: "I adore this mint chip mask. Everything about it is perfect. You get a massive amount in the package for a fair price. The mask itself is pretty and it smells great. I love the mild cooling effect, and it’s an exfoliant, which is huge for skin like mine! You look perfect and glowing after this mask!" —Charlin F.

    Get it from Bliss for $11.

    14. Saturday Skin's Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel erases dull, patchy skin leftover from winter. The papaya, pineapple, and aloe vera formula not only leaves your face softer and smoother, but smelling downright incredible!

    the pink bottle of exfoliator with papaya and pineapple in the background
    Saturday Skin

    Promising review: "This product is a holy grail. It's so effective, but so gentle, I use it every other day in the shower. It literally eats up all the dead skin from your face to reveal beautiful smooth skin! I use a facial oil after and my face glows! A+++" —mzghost

    Get it from Sephora or Saturday Skin for $28.

    15. Radha Beauty's Rosehip Oil addresses all sorts of skin concerns (think: blemishes, fine lines, age spots, and scarring) thanks to its natural vitamin-, antioxidant-, and essential fatty acid-filled formula. If you're trying to combat more than one issue and want to keep your routine simple, try this baby out!

    the bottle of rosehip oil

    Promising review: "I read about the benefits of rosehip oil and thought I'd give it a shot. What can I say besides I'm blown away at the almost immediate change in my complexion. My face feels so hydrated and I have a healthy glow. I'm even thinking of buying some for my mom. Great product all around. I'll definitely be purchasing more!" —Leticia

    Get it from Radha Beauty for $9.95+ (originally $15.95; available in two sizes) or Walmart for $15.95.

    16. First Aid Beauty's Facial Radiance Pads exfoliate, tone, and brighten with a gentle combination of lactic and glycolic acids, cucumber water, Indian gooseberry, lemon peel, and licorice root. These ingredients work hand in hand to leave your skin bright, even, and refreshed. 

    the container of exfoliating pads
    a model using the exfoliating pad
    First Aid Beauty, Sephora

    Promising review: "My go-to skin care when my face seems dry and dull. It helps in removing the dullness and it makes my skin glow." —Amielle

    Get them from Sephora or First Aid Beauty for $18+ (available in two sizes).

    17. Tula's Brightening Vitamin C Serum erases dullness and dark spots and leaves your skin ☀️glowing.☀️ If the last year has gotten you really into minimal makeup (or no makeup at all), this is all you need.

    a model holding the serum bottle and dropper
    the teal bottle and dropper with a bit of serum coming out

    Tula is a woman-founded skincare brand from Dr. Roshini Raj, a practicing gastroenterologist and alumna of Harvard and New York University. The brand's products heavily feature probiotic extracts and superfoods.

    Promising review: "I am no sucker for really expensive skin care, but after having my son my skin was horrible. I tried everything and it was no better. I walked into Ulta for some makeup and I saw Tula was in there. At first, I walked by and said 'Wow, yeah, I don’t know about that price.' But I love, love, love this! I pushed myself to do it because my skin tone was so uneven and not smooth. It’s been a week now and I have glowing, vibrant skin. When I'm able to get my mind around it, I'll buy the other expensive stuff and have a full face of Tula. I can’t wait!!!" —Brooke B.

    Get it from Tula for $48.

    18. Dermalogica's Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator clears pores and addresses uneven texture while keeping your skin's protective barrier intact. If you're a "I need to know the ingredients!" type of person, it utilizes gentle cleansers like salicylic acid, colloidal oatmeal, and gingko.

    model pouring product from white bottle into hand
    model with visible acne on left; moderate acne in middle; and almost no acne on right

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this exfoliator.!!!! I was thinking about buying the full size, but decided to purchase the mini size instead to see how my skin will react to it first. For the mini size the price is right, because it has enough for you to start seeing results. I started seeing result after using once a day for 6 days now. My skin is softer after each uses and my old acne blemishes started clearing up not completely, but getting to the point where I noticed my skin is glowing and a lighter complexion. I will continue to use this product with the Tatcha deep cleanse. Both works very well as a combination for acne skincare." —Lov3ly24

    Get it from Sephora for $15+ (available in two sizes).

    19. Glossier's Futuredew moisturizes skin and leaves you radiant with or without makeup. Just swipe on two pumps of the hybrid serum/oil after applying your regular moisturizer, serums, and sunscreen.

    a model wearing the serum
    a model holding the pink bottle of serum

    Promising review: "Love this product! Makes my skin glow like nothing else. I layer it on my high points as a highlighter. My perfect skin, no-makeup routine is priming moisturizer, concealer, then futuredew." —Melissa

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    20. Glow Recipe's Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask smoothes your complexion and refines pores to reveal glowier skin by removing dead surface cells. Just slap some on before bed and you'll wake up — in the words of Beyoncé — flawless.

    the pink face mask

    Promising review: "Works wonders on my skin! I’ve used this products for a few weeks now, roughly two times a week. It stays on the skin for five minutes, it’s so easy to pop some self care into my schedule with this mask! It leaves my skin glowing and clear! Smells good! It does take a lot of water to get off but that’s fine, it does it’s job!" —TheRitzC

    Get it from Sephora for $22+ (available in two sizes).

    21. Hey Dewy's Portable Facial Humidifier gives your skin a nice lil' glow do you can use it right before a Zoom meeting (or during — it's that quiet) to give coworkers the impression you *did not* just wake up from a nap 30 seconds before this started. 

    A model holding the white miniature humidifier
    The pink mini humidifier
    Hey Dewy

    The 10.8-ounce humidifier can run for up to eight hours straight. Just hook it up to your computer with the included USB cord and let it go as you works.

    Hey Dewy was co-founded by Cindy Kang, a Korean-born entrepreneur who spent 15 years in dry, stale offices before dreaming up a portable cordless humidifier that could be used anywhere.

    Promising review: "Loving this and was told my face was glowing today one week in! :)" —Elizabeth D.

    Get it from Hey Dewy for $39 (available in three colors).

    22. Noto's Natural Deep Serum is formulated with a laundry list of nutrient-dense natural ingredients including marula, rosehip seed, and wild carrot. Together they not only hydrate and nourish skin and heal skin via cell rejuvenation.

    The 2-ounce bottle of serum which has a dropper

    Noto is a queer womxn-founded brand from Gloria Noto. The company's products are vegan, cruelty-free, and inclusive. A percentage of sales on the brand's Agender Oil are also donated to community organizations like Planned Parenthood, Black Mama's Matter, and the LA LGBT Youth Center.

    Promising review: "This is officially my new fave serum. It’s so light yet so nourishing. Other serums have always sat on my face and made me look oily but this makes me glow. I am a forever fan." —Nicole

    Get it from Noto for $56.

    23. Tower 28's SOS Daily Rescue Facial Spray uses just three workhorse ingredients — good ol' H2O, sodium chloride, and hypochlorous acid — to put redness and dullness in its place. 🥊 Used faithfully a.m. and p.m., it'll leave your complexion even and glowing.

    model holding the clear spray bottle with white cap labeled
    Before and after shot of user with less facial acne after using the spray

    Tower 28 is a Santa Monica-based clean beauty brand specializing in nontoxic, nonirritating vegan and cruelty-free makeup and skincare. Amy Liu, the founder and CEO, worked for 15+ years as a beauty exec before leaving to create products that would suit her sensitive eczema-prone skin.

    Full disclosure: Many reviewers say the SOS spray's scent isn't super pleasant (think: chlorinated pool water) BUT it has helped them with hormonal breakouts and rosacea.

    Promising review: "This is a holy grail product. I swear I have glass skin now thanks to this spray. My texture, pores, skin tone, hydration, everything seems better. I love how it looks, how it smells, and especially how happy it makes my skin. I’ll be buying this for the rest of my life. I’ve already repurchased it twice. Worth the hype." —Sephora reviewer

    Get it from Sephora or Tower 28 for $12+ (available in two sizes).

    24. Bella Skin Beauty's Eye Serum targets under-eye bags and dry skin with a handful of silky oils including: jojoba seed, grape seed, almond, evening primrose, and baobab. Just dab on a single drop (between both eyes) and follow with your go-to serum. 

    The black bottle which comes with a built-in dropper
    Bella Skin Beauty

    Bella Skin Beauty is a small, woman-owned clean beauty brand from mother-daughter duo Diana Shneider and Alexandra Bella. 

    Promising review: "I’ve been on the hunt for an eye serum that not only provides moisture but also brightens/makes me look alive. THIS IS IT! I love that I only need a drop for both eyes and it absorbs into my skin nicely. The skin under my eyes looks so good! I don’t need eye cream anymore! So glad I found this serum!!!" —Melanie

    Get it from Bella Skin Beauty for $62.

    25. Farmacy's Honey Grail Hydrating Oil rejuvenates dry skin with honey, sea buckthorn, and a five-flower oil blend that absorbs instantly so your face doesn't look like an oil slick.

    the bottle of facial oil which has a dropper

    Farmacy is a clean and cruelty-free skincare brand that works with family-run small farms in southern California and northeast Brazil to source their ingredients. Use the facial oil alone or combine it with your go-to moisturizer for some extra hydration. You can also run some through your hair to tame flyaways.

    Promising review: "Seriously my holy grail for dry skin! I aim for a hydrated, glowing, natural, makeup look as much as possible so this helped me get my look on point. It’s very beautiful on the skin simply! I’d wear it without makeup also. Beautifully made!" —lesapls

    Get it from Sephora or Farmacy for $48.

    26. Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser gently melts off makeup so your pores don't suffocate overnight. The pH-balanced formula is also easy on sensitive skin since its main ingredient is poloxamer — a mild cleansing agent — instead of traditional soap.

    Glossier, / Via @glossier

    Promising review: "I have sensitive skin and this product is amazing. No breakouts or rashes and people always tell me how my skin glows!" —armvickie

    Get it from Glossier for $9+ (available in two sizes).

    27. Isle of Paradise's Self-Tanning Drops lend your complexion a natural glow. If the bottom half of your face is a different shade from months of mask wearing, mix a couple drops in with your moisturizer to even things out.


    Promising review: "Sun-kissed glow is right! Nothing but compliments the first time I tried it! I used two drops with my moisturizer and it went on smoothly, and washed off of my hands leaving no streaks. I have already recommended to several friends and family! I like that the ‘light’ drops don’t make my face look orange. Just enough that I can wash my face, and it doesn’t completely fade and I can build from there each time I moisturize. I use two to four drops at a time, and it works great!" —LLHains

    Get it from Sephora for $29 (available in three shades).

    28. Wishful's Thirst Trap Juice 🧃 keeps skin healthy, strong, and bouncy with THREE types of hyaluronic acid and firming peptides.

    A model applying the liquid serum to their hand
    Huda Beauty

    The ultra-moisturizing serum comes courtesy of Huda Kattan, the Iraqi-American makeup artist and entrepreneur behind Huda Beauty, Kayali Fragrances, and — now — Wishful.

    Promising review: "I love this serum. I am new to serums, but I watched a video review of this product and decided to give it a try. My normally dry skin soaks this up and LOVES it. I use it every morning and night directly after my toner and I have noticed a huge difference in hydration and dewiness that we all crave." —MaggieMayTrout

    Get it from Sephora for $47.

    29. Olehenriksen's Lemonade Smoothing Scrub exfoliates skin, reduces the size of pores, and polishes your complexion with a mix of AHAs, sugar, and a spring-appropriate scent: lemon peel extract. 🍋

    the blue bottle of scrub next to a bunch of lemons

    Promising review: "I have recommended it to so many other people who also love it as much as I do. I scrub my face for about 2 minutes and leave it on for 20. Once I wash off the scrub and dry my face, I see an instant glow, unbelievable softness to my skin, and no dryness at all. It is literally the holy grail scrub for your skin!! Buy! Buy! Buyyy!!!" —Sephora reviewer

    Get it from Sephora for $32.

    30. Youth to the People's Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask is packed with four ultra-hydrating ingredients: squalane, hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and betaine. PLUS maqui and prickly pear — two super fruits that fend off free radicals and eliminate redness.

    The 2-ounce mask container which shows the formula is yellow
    Youth to the People

    The rich, creamy overnight mask is great fit for combination, dry, and "normal" (lol wut), skin so give it a go!

    Promising review: "This saved my skin. It is so nourishing and easy to put on before bed. My skin is hydrated and glowing! I can’t live without it." —Shannont48

    Get it from Sephora or Anthropologie for $48.

    31. Moon Juice's Plump Jelly perks up skin with nutrient-dense silver ear mushroom and — if you've made it this far — one of our obvious faves: hyaluronic acid.

    The glass bottle which has a white pump
    Credo Beauty

    Promising review: "When I first started using this product, I just enjoyed the intoxicating aroma of the essential oils that are in it. However, after a few days of using it, I noticed my skin glowing like crazy in the dead of winter!" —Acola1

    Get it from Credo Beauty for $58.

    32. Glo Skin's Hydra-Bright AHA Cleanser gently exfoliates, purifies, and hydrates with blue lotus, lactic acid, and carnosine — an amino acid compound that's naturally produced by the body and helps boost plumpness.

    SkinStore, Glo Skin Beauty

    Promising review: "I have combination skin and this face wash is my absolute favorite. Just enough exfoliation without damaging your skin and leave you feeling fresh and airy." —Brittany

    Get it from Glo Skin Beauty or SkinStore for $36.

    33. Fenty Skin's Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer SPF 30 Sunscreen addresses dehydration, discoloration, and dark spots no matter your complexion. Plus, it's reef-friendly!

    A model applying the sunscreen to her hand
    Fenty Beauty

    Promising review: "A moisturizer with spf is already a cheat code, but the fact that this leaves the skin glowing as opposed to a white cast is chefs kiss…I never leave home without this." —Destinie G.

    Get it from Fenty Beauty for $35.

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