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    42 Totally Investment-Worthy Skincare Products That Your Skin Will Probably Thank You For

    Trust me, these *actually work*.

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    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. The buttery Priming Moisturizer Rich cream by Glossier locks in moisture with shea and murumuru butters. Expect to wake up with firmer, even skin, courtesy of ceramides and the formula's anti-redness complex.

    Glossier

    Promising Review: "WORTH THE DOLLARS Y'ALL. I am very cheap, but I will always spend the $$ for this moisturizer. I have dry skin that is very red, and this has significantly reduced my redness and improved the feeling of my skin. I only use at night (trying to make every drop LAST), but the lavender scent and thick formula are luxurious for my nighttime skin routine. Plus, it lasts!! I've had my most recent bottle for two weeks and I've barely made a dent. Ultimate 'treat YO SELF' purchase." —EricaMarie

    Get it from Glossier for $35.

    2. The spectacular Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Night Serum stays in my nighttime skincare rotation because it 👏🏾 works 👏🏾. I always wake up with hydrated, radiant skin and less noticeable scarring — especially when used with marula oil.

    Sephora, Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    It ushers away dead skin cells with a hydrating formulation of tartaric, lactic, and citric acids. If you have uneven texture or tone, dullness, and large pores you should try this.

    Promising Review: "I have struggled with scarring, hormonal cystic acne for the past three years. I’ve tried different strengths of retinol, antibiotics, and even spironolactone. I was about to go on Accutane when I decided to try this and I’m so glad I did. I use this every other night and I have seen a MAJOR change in my skin. Now, I have a few small blackheads here and there. My acne scars are fading and my skin has a glow to it. I am honestly so grateful for this brand and product because I truly think it is saving my skin. It’s a little on the pricier side, but ask anyone struggling with acne, and they will happily pay $90 for a product if it works." —christinferg

    Get it from Sephora for $90+ (available in two sizes).

    3. Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 literally goes ghost the minute you put it on — and that's why we love it. You'll be hard-pressed to find a scentless, invisible, weightless formula that blocks over 96% of harmful UV rays and blue light from your phone.

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    Promising review: "I’ve only been using unseen for a few days, but so far I’m really loving it. It’s truly a game-changer, especially for women with darker skin tones. It goes on so smooth and velvety, and leaves no white cast! Hopefully, it doesn’t make my acne-prone skin breakout *crosses fingers* or else it’s back to the drawing board." —Joy V.

    Get it from Supergoop, Sephora, or Amazon for $17+ (available in two sizes).

    4. Lightweight Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb has never done me dirty, and it won't fail you either. It's my favorite lightweight, water-gel day cream because it never leaves me too oily or dry.

    Sephora

    I have oily skin, and this product doesn't leave me looking like an oil slick. It's hydrating enough to keep my skin balanced all day. I've alternated between using this and Peter Thomas Roth's Cloud Cream for four years. Both are amazing, but Aqua Bomb works just as well for a lower price.

    Promising Review: "WOW!! MY FACE FEELS SO AMAZING!! One day I was like screw it, my face needs this! I bought the the Belif True Cream Aqua Bomb. After drying, my face would feel so soft and moisturized (also, it doesn't get sticky like other products)! I do recommend this product for people with any skin type!! Due to the the fact that it's a small moisturizer and it lasts a long time!!! It has also helped me clear my acne in a little over a month!!!! I 110% recommend this product!!" —KiarasStuff

    Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $38.

    5. The all-star Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment remains one of the most effective, gentle chemical exfoliants on the market. Although it can be used as a mask, just a pump of this is enough to improve your skin's texture by morning.

    Sephora

    The first time I used this, I was blown away by my skin the next day. Everyone I know who has tried this loves the results but hates the price.

    Promising Review: "I absolutely LOVE this stuff!!! Within only a few days, I noticed a huge difference in my skin tone, breakouts, and pigmentation. I have acne scars and other unmentionables on my face that drive me crazy. That is really why I am using this product. I have not found another product out there that ACTUALLY as effective at decreasing hyperpigmentation. Good Genes is the answer. I did not experience burning or tingling — not even on the first use. If you are considering this at all, take my advice. Give it a go. It is saving my skin one day at a time." —maeganash0314

    Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $85+ (available in two sizes).

    6. Solution may be a really vague name for a chemical exfoliator, but don't let that deter you. It's got salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids that are great for erasing acne scars.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "Although results may be different for everyone, this has worked wonders for my skin. I had been doing my skincare like normal but it really just wasn’t doing much. Until I found this! Even after just two days, half of my bumps and pimples on my face were gone! It is quite strong though so I would recommend starting with using it one to two days a week and working your way up. Personally, I found that three times a week has worked best for me." —Siena R.

    Get it from Glossier $24.

    Still not convinced that this cult-favorite product is worth the money? Read this article on Glossier's Solution to learn why it definitely is.

    7. The ultra-moisturizing Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask showed me how soft my lips could be. At first, I was ashamed to spend almost $30 on a lip product — but this one is worth every cent.

    The lip mask and spoon
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    My ex used to kiss me just to get some of this mask. It's that good. I recently put my roommate onto this and she fell in love. Now, she swears by it. This mask was originally introduced in a box set, but Tatcha started selling it individually because there was such huge demand.

    Promising review: "Best lip product I’ve ever gotten the pleasure of buying for my dry a** lips. My lips always tend to crack and chap really badly especially in the winter/fall time. So I started looking into lip masks and chapstick sand this once is the only one I’ve noticed to make a big difference. It says night mask but I use it more as chapstick cause it’s so addicting and not gross feeling when applied to the lips. This product is amazing I definitely recommend it I’ve gotten my mom and best friend hooked on this and they love it just as much as I do too!" —rissarose

    Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $28.

    8. Kate Somerville Recovery Cream comes to the rescue after you go overboard on the treatments or completely strip your skin of all that is good in this world. Peptides, ceramides, and ginger root are here to calm reddish skin.

    A reviewer's jar of the product
    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    I love that it's thick because I apply it after rinsing off the Babyfacial or The Ordinary's Peel when my skin is completely raw. My skin is oily, but I use this during winter because the air is so dry.

    Promising review: "I use this as my night cream because it’s thick and it would be to heavy to use twice a day. This was a game-changer for me. When I wake up in the morning my skin feel great. I would recommend if you have dry skin. This is cream gold for us dry girls!!" —CarolinaGerck

    Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $70 (available in two sizes).

    9. The luxurious Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops shield your skin from the nasties lurking in polluted air. Reviewers also like to mix this with their moisturizers for a sunkissed glow ✨.

    The squeezable product bottle
    Sephora

    Promising Review: "Wow wow wow! This is a total game-changer for me. I've been addicted to foundation since my middle school days, dealing with cystic acne in my T-zone. I just got tired of my addiction to foundation a few months ago. So I bought this to darken my tinted sunscreen. OMG!! My skin has not looked this good in a long time!! This sits on my skin way better than the tinted moisturizer I was using. And it doesn't cake like foundation does. It's sheer, but also evens out my skin tone. This is great! I love how healthy this makes my skin feel and look. I'm so excited. My new HG!" —elcee8

    Get it from Sephora for $36.

    10. Kate Somerville Lifting Eye Cream is super hydrating and gentle. Crafted in the spirit of Kate's in-office age repair treatments, it has ceramides and algae that help smooth fine lines and reduces dark circles.

    A reviewer with the product on their forearm holding the bottle
    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    This product contains peptides, algae, and vitamin C to improve the appearance of skin. Mind you, I don't usually reach for "anti-aging" products because everyone's skin is technically "aging." However, this cream is really hydrating, and I use it in rotation once a week.

    Get it from Sephora for $120.

    11. Youth To The People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser delivers cold-pressed antioxidants derived from kale, spinach, and green tea that easily remove makeup, dirt, and help rebalance skin's pH.

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    This product is vegan, clean, and works for all skin types.

    Promising Review: "I am obsessed with this cleanser! It smells incredible, and does an amazing job taking off makeup. The ingredients are amazing and natural. Every time I use this cleanser it makes my skin feel so clean and so soft! I have bought this cleanser two times and I don't think I'll ever stop. I am an avid collector in skincare and makeup and am always trying out new products, but I can confidently say this is my FAVORITE cleanser." —ErinaG

    Get it from Sephora for $12+ (available in three sizes) or on Amazon for $39.

    12. Invisible Shield is literally that: invisible. Your skincare routine basically means nothing if you're not using sunscreen. Google "before and after sunscreen" and you'll be relieved this product exists.

    A model dispensing the product into their rist from the pump bottle
    Glossier

    It's a chemical sunscreen aka dark skin-friendly.

    Promising review: "I have been looking for ages for a face sunscreen for my medium-to-dark skin that doesn't leave a white cast and also is kind to my very sensitive skin and dehydrated skin and I've finally found it! The packaging is a little plasticky for the price-point (I'm a bit worried the pump will break because it doesn't seem that sturdy) but the actual product is a dream. It doesn't leave a cast on my skin, doesn't feel like it's clogging my pores, hasn't made me react; it smells nice and clean and has a really nice gel-like texture. I'm really impressed and will be trying more Glossier stuff now, too!" —Pawan

    Get it from Glossier for $25.

    13. Erno Laszlo Firmarine Night Cream contains bio-actives, vitamins, and other great oils to nourish skin. I love this cream because it's not too oily, yet heavy enough for me to wake up with hydrated skin.

    A person with the product on their fingers alongside the jar
    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    Promising review: "Firmarine Night Cream has made my self-confidence improve greatly! I received a sample of this and thought “It’s a nice size sample but surely I cannot see results with this amount,” but I DID! I only used a small amount nightly on my neck and lower jaw area and have seen quite an improvement, especially in my neck area. It looks firmer and feels more soft and smooth in just a couple of weeks. It goes on smoothly, not a lot of product is needed. It is not greasy or heavy feeling and absorbs beautifully. I apply it at bedtime and it works through the night. I cannot wait to buy this after my sample is out. Def my go-to from here on out." —STEPHER70

    Get it from Erno Laszlo for $132 or Amazon for $100.

    14. Vegan Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel comes through with some amazing results. These pads are drenched with seven acids that'll reduce acne scars and blemishes.

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    I've purchased these before and definitely noticed an improvement in my scarring.

    Promising Review: "I did not want to love these, but I have become obsessed. I was worried my sensitive skin would freak out, but it was totally fine. My skin has never looked this good, and I've been getting so many compliments. I owe it all to these. I cut the pads in half to get double the use — it works just the same!!! I noticed a reduction in pigmentation from acne scars, my skin tone is more even, I have no blackheads on my nose, and it even helped with crow's-feet around my eyes. Texture-wise, my skin is soft and smooth and radiant!!!" —kgdeezy

    Get 30 treatments from Sephora or Amazon for $88 (also available in five or 60 treatments).

    15. The lightweight, vegan Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum packs 20% percent vitamin C and 10% AHAs to deliver noticeably softer, even skin after every use. Those who struggle with hyperpigmentation or dark circles should certainly peep this 👀.

    The serum, an apple, an orange, a grapefruit, lemon, and more
    Sephora

    This product was formulated for all skin types. Plus it's vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

    Promising Review: "100% WORTH IT! I’m 35 with some sun spots on my cheeks and under-eye area and a pregnancy mask that I have been working on for years trying to erase. I’ve had chemical peels in a spa, and I’ve used other products in the past. I’m super diligent about my skincare routine and using quality products. I will say NOTHING has worked like this TATCHA Violet-C Brightening Serum! I’ve been using it night and morning for a week, and my skin has visibly fewer spots (almost none), and it looks smooth and even. I highly recommend this product!" —jjewels01

    Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $88.

    16. The Re-Energizing Four-Step Skincare Kit decongests pores and soothes inflammation to support healthy skin. I love that this set left my skin feeling perfectly balanced and hydrated.

    The cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer
    Skinergy

    The set includes a cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer. I like using these when my skin is feeling really sensitive.

    Skinergy is a Latinx-owned, small business owned by Priscilla Jiminian. She formulates each product to cater to many skin conditions like dullness, uneven skin tone, hyperpigmentation, and dryness. They sell cleanser, toner, serums, creams, and other skincare accessories.

    Get it from Skinergy Beauty for $128 (originally $158).

    17. Highly-concentrated Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Serum maintains skin by reinforcing the microbiome complex. Use this to protect your skin from damage, irritation, and redness.

    The product bottle
    Sephora

    Promising Review: "I’ve struggled with redness and enlarged pores (nose, forehead, chin and cheeks) for about five years now. I don’t have rosacea or acne, it’s more like inflamed pores. I got this serum after reading the reviews, and I’m so happy that I did! My skin is back to PERFECT! Pores so small and redness completely gone! And I mean completely gone! If you’re struggling with redness and enlarged pores this is for you! I highly recommend!" —NalleKatt

    Get it from Sephora for $47.

    18. Tatcha Violet-C Radiance Mask is made with Japanese beautyberries (yes you read that correctly). It multiplies the strength of vitamin C and contains antioxidant protection to avoid UV damage.

    The product jar
    Tatcha

    Promising Review: "This mask is so great, from the gorgeous purple color to the amazing smell! But most amazing of all is how hydrated and healthy it makes your skin feel. It truly makes you feel as though you have done something great for your skin. I originally got it as a sample and loved it so much my wonderful mom went and bought me the full size! I love masks and though it is pricey I do feel the brightness and great ingredients your skin is getting makes it worth it! It doesn’t burn or itch, doesn’t make your skin feel tight or irritated like some masks. It simply feels decadent! And you see results, which is the most important!" —princessmirina

    Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $68.

    19. Biossance Squalane + 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum can dramatically reduce scarring and acne with the power of squalane and lactic acid while you get your beauty rest.

    A person with acne and clogged pores before using the serum / A person with less acne and clearer pores after using the serum for two weeks
    Biossance

    Promising review: "I've used up entire bottles of Sunday Riley's Good Genes and Drunk Elephant's Framboos Glycolic Resurfacing Serum, and Biossance's version is superior! I've been using this product for three months, every other night, and I can see a noticeable difference in my overall skin texture and smoothing of age spots. If you have sensitive skin, use this product once every few nights and gradually build up to every other night or nightly. I have combination/sometimes sensitive skin and I apply every other night. Sometimes I feel a slight tingle, but it fades within a couple of minutes post-application. Also, this product is less expensive than the comparable Sunday Riley and Drunk Elephant products." —Tiana C.

    Get it from Biossance or Sephora for $62.

    20. Overnight Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate features a powerful blend of botanical oils that'll protect and restore your skin all night.

    The product bottle
    Sephora

    Promising Review: "Wow. So I used it for the first time, yesterday. My mom, sister, and I all bought a bottle as a treat to ourselves. Anyways, I suffer from acne blemishes, sunspots, and rosacea. I just woke up after my first night of using it and, I swear, my skin tone is more even, far less red, and I look even healthier. I'm so excited." —bsgbowee

    Get it from Sephora for $52 (available in four sizes).

    21. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturizer is an ultra-lightweight cream that attracts water to your skin! This product is filled with antioxidants, star fruit extract, lotus, and Vitamin E.

    Sephora

    Promising Review: "I can not stress enough how AWESOME this moisturizer is! I have bought it three times and haven’t found one that compares. I even recommended it to my brother, who has very dry skin, and he loved it. I have combination skin, and it doesn’t make my face oily at all. It just soaks in and moisturizes. Whether I use it once or twice a day, it always does it’s job. It’s worth the price!" —Mjj223

    Get it from Sephora for $50 (available in two sizes).

    22. Olehenriksen Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum fades scarring with the help of bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol alternative. It also has edelweiss stem cells, and hibiscus flower extract to shrink pores.

    The serum
    Sephora

    Promising Review: "I wish I had known about this one sooner! This is by far the best serum I have ever used! I love the light, creamy texture, and how smoothly it sinks into my skin. The lavender tint is amazing, and it gives me a nice glow! I've never seen such great results with my fine lines from any other products, and I was surprised by how quickly I saw the transformation in my skin. I've even gotten compliments on my face looking so bright and glowing! Don't overthink this one, just try it." —Raidermom79

    Get it from Sephora for $58.

    23. A Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Serum hydrates and clarifies skin so you don't need to buy several excess products. It's got honey and hyaluronic acid, which are great for all skin types.

    A reviewer holding the serum
    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    This serum has never burned or broke out my skin. It has a slight scent but nothing too overwhelming. It pairs nicely with the oil too!

    Promising review: "I’ve been using this serum for about two years now and I can honestly say it’s changed my skin. I love this stuff and cannot go without it! I use to use the Drunk Elephant serum with the pink top but this one just makes the biggest difference... I felt like the Drunk Elephant one just wasn’t doing anything so I switched and I’d never go back. Highly recommend. I have oily/combo skin and I use this with the Farmacy lightweight moisturizer and the new Farmacy toner in the green glass bottle, great combo!" —MrsSettle221

    Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $58.

    24. Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream can help you achieve the healthiest skin of your life. It's all thanks to Japanese purple rice, an Okinawa algae blend, and more.

    Tatcha, Sephora

    This product is cruelty and gluten-free.

    Promising Review: "It's a heavy price tag but worth every dollar! The cream is luxurious and moisturizing, and it made my skin look like it was glowing and healthy. My makeup went over it like a dream and lasted well. I even had friends comment on how glowy my skin looked. No reactions, no sensitivities which all in all is a win!" —sv222

    Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $68 (available in three sizes).

    25. Peach-tinted Olehenriksen C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer brings a whopping dose of vitamin C and all-day moisture you can feel.

    The product jar
    Sephora

    I like this moisturizer because I often wear vitamin C serums during the day. It absorbs very quickly and helps control my oily skin. Plus, I've heard vitamin C products layer well under SPF.

    Promising Review: "This completely changed my complexion. I have very sensitive, combination skin and am extremely cautious about the products I use. Holy cow, am I glad I tried this. My skin looks visibly brighter and smoother when I use this product. I recently got a facial and even the esthetician commented how smooth my face was — all due to this product. Overall a great product!" —AK91

    Get it from Sephora for $46.

    26. Purity Made Simple Cleanser by Philosophy upgrades your skincare routine by lifting the dirt and oil from every pore.

    The product bottle
    Sephora

    Promising Review: "I've been using this cleanser for a little over two years. I was trying to look into Korean cleansers for a change, but the ingredients in this one are the best in my opinion, so I ended up just sticking to it. Definitely a holy grail item for me! I love using this with a foam net to make it a nice marshmallow foam! It saves a lot of product and helps cleansing even better! I highly recommend you skincare lovers try it out!" —lovelyghost

    Get an eight-ounce bottle from Sephora for $25 (available in four sizes).

    27. The Milky Jelly Cleanser + Futuredew dynamic duo covers two of the most important steps in your skincare routine: cleansing and moisturizing. These nourishing products are ideal for any time of day.

    Glossier

    The cleanser is pH balanced and has five conditioners, so your face won't be tight and irritated. Use it dry to remove makeup or just use it wet, either way works. Futuredew is a plant-based oil serum hybrid. It can be applied on top of makeup and sunscreen for extra dew.

    Promising Review: "Holy Grail MUST-HAVES! I could not be more obsessed with these products. On vacation a friend recommended the Milk Jelly Cleanser to me, and now I can never live without it. This cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean, soft, and glowy! It melts my makeup off as well. Game-changer. I use the Futuredew as the last part of my skincare routine in the morning and night. I also add it as the final step on top of my makeup for a natural glowy healthy skin look. It melts into my skin. I've honestly never received more compliments on my skin. Like, a stranger has come up and complimented me. So if you're on the edge or not sure about this product think no further and buy it! I promise you won't regret it!" —Stephanie

    Get the pair from Glossier for $34 (originally $42).

    28. Vegan, multitasking, oil-free (plus, cruelty-free and gluten-free) BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 is a beloved tinted moisturizer that'll give your foundation a run for its money. First of all, it actually has the [shade] range! It also conatins olive-derived squalene to help you glow from the inside out. Looking to nail a "no-makeup" look and protect your skin? Buy this.

    Several people with swatches of the tinted moisturizer
    Sephora

    Promising Review: "I am almost finished with my first tube and plan to repurchase! I'm in college and have mostly hormonal, stress-induced acne. This covers it just enough to still let it breathe. My skin is more hydrated, and I am more confident going sans-makeup after using this. I truly believe that it does what it claims to, and I have noticed a more even complexion. Lasts me all day without a touchup and can be used without primer on quick 'natural' days. Additionally, this is build-able to a natural medium coverage. This is perfect summer makeup – just your skin but better!" —PurduePrep

    Get it from Sephora or BareMinerals for $33 (available in 20 shades).

    29. The clarifying GlamGlow Supermud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask digs deep to empty pores with a six-acid blend and activated-x charcoal. Tip: don't wash it off until the mask is completely dry.

    Sephora

    Promising Review: "I always steer clear of charcoal masks because I find that they generally dry out my skin. THIS mask is a GAME-CHANGER. It made me look poreless and my skin has never felt cleaner and more refreshed. I was so impressed with a mini sample that the next day I bought the whole jar. It felt gentle on my sensitive skin, but I also felt it working hard. No redness, no stinging, nothing but pleasant cooling and brighter, smoother skin as a result. This is the charcoal mask I've been waiting for. For those of you worried about sensitivity and harshness, this mask was made for you." —allthatglows

    Get a 1.7-oz jar from Sephora for $60 (available in four sizes).

    30. Enriching, vegan Youth To The People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask bears the gift of the most antioxidant-dense fruit: maqui. It helps with oxidative stress, dull skin, and dryness.

    Sephora

    Promising Review: "One of my favorite masks by far! I love the ingredients and love using it every night to wake up with hydrated, moisturized, and glowing skin. A little goes a long way. I would repurchase and recommend to others especially if you have dry skin." —ConsciousAlisa

    Get it from Sephora for $15+ (available in two sizes) or Amazon for $48.

    31. Uber-absorbable, vegan Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Antioxidant Face Oil works well for sensitive skin that needs a little extra something to stay balanced and moisturized. If you're seeking a clean product to reduce fine lines, redness, and blotchiness, this is it.

    Sephora, Buzzfeed/ Christine Forbes

    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.

    Promising Review: "A huge component in my skincare is using this oil. My skin is prone to clogged pores and dehydration, but I’ve never had any issues with this. This oil is light enough to use during the day under moisturizer and sunscreen, and it makes my skin very glowy and soft. I get compliments on skin several times a week, and, when people ask what products I use, this is one I always mention! I do think the price is high, but I think the quality is better than others I’ve tried." —HaleyM11

    Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $40 (available in two sizes).

    32. The leave-on Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask doesn't just protect your lips, it nourishes them. How? Vitamin C, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and a Berry Mix Complex.

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    This product introduced me to the world of non-drugstore lip balms. I lowkey used it for the smell alone. Plus it left my lips incredibly supple. You can't go wrong with this, it makes an excellent gift.

    Promising Review: "I absolutely love this product! I have been using it for over a year now, and it makes my lips feel amazing! It smells fantastic and even comes with a little applicator, so you don't need to shove your fingers into the pot. It is a total must-have for the winter months and is great to use after sun-exposure in the summer. Apply to your lips and go to bed. That easy. It will still be hanging around on your lips in the morning. It is very budget-friendly. I love it so much." —Sephora Customer

    Get it from Sephora for $22 (available in five flavors) or Amazon for $14.99.

    33. Luxurious Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque made this list because it's amazing for kicking out anything lingering in your pores like impurities, dirt, and excess oils with the power of Amazonian white clay and aloe.

    Sephora

    Promising Review: "Absolute treasure of a mask. I’ve been a convert since my freshman year of high school and have ben addicted ever since. The mask is a smooth texture making application easy. The real beauty comes in your skin after using it: smooth, vibrant, lifted, glowy, and gorgeous! On top of that, it does wonders for acne. It’s got a mild concentration of salicylic acid, so beware that it will bring any pimples that haven't yet come to head to the surface. It also lasts quite a while, I usually go through only two jars a year. Given that I use a lot and do it frequently, it should last even longer than that. This mask is like that one friend who pushes you through the bad times and exalts you during the good times. Get it, you won’t regret it." —Georgesxo

    Get it from Sephora for $38.

    34. Vegan Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream with Ashwagandha + Reishi immediately goes to work, soothing and relaxing your skin with ashwagandha (an herb) and fermented reishi (a mushroom).

    The cream
    instagram.com

    Promising Review: "This cream has been a game-changer in my beauty routine. It's amazing after a long night out when your face is feeling dry and deflated. This cream instantly re-hydrates my skin, making it feel super refreshed. I also use this cream when my skin is starting to feel inflamed from breakouts. It calms my skin overnight and significantly reduces the redness. I'm in love!!!" —LV459

    Get it from Sephora (available in two sizes) or Amazon for $58.

    35. Water-activated La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Cleanser lathers away all the icky things lurking in your pores and causing skin issues.

    Dermstore

    Promising Review: "Can't believe the difference that a quality product makes. I honestly believe there is nothing better for my face. I've suffered with a horrible complexion since I was 12 years old. I tried going without it when my budget took a hit, but I just couldn't stand it. Now that we are back together I will never suffer through without it again." —Dermstore Customer

    Get it from Dermstore for $23.99.

    36. Rich, vegan First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is quite literally a lifesaver for your skin. Tell your flakes and dry patches, "BE GONE" with this oatmeal and shea butter-infused cream.

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    Promising Review: "I absolutely LOVE this moisturizer. I’m a total beauty addict and there isn’t much I haven’t tried in the way of skincare. This product really stands out! It has an amazing, thick texture, and a lovely scent. I was blown away when I put this cream on my face. It felt so soothing and took away the redness! I can’t recommend this moisturizer enough to anyone who has sensitive skin, has a skin condition like eczema, or is like me and uses strong skincare products. Plus, it’s insanely moisturizing. That being said, it is not one of those moisturizers that you use and it instantly soaks right into the skin. This cream does actually feel like a cream, but I wouldn’t say that it feels greasy. I will always have a big tub of this stuff around for sure. It really does work wonders on dry skin!" —ilamarie10

    Get it from Sephora for $36 (available in two sizes).

    37. Lovely Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Peel Cleansing Powder uses plant-derived enzymes to slough away old cells standing in the way of the young, healthy skin underneath.

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    Promising Review: "This is going to be a staple in my facial routine. I saw the difference it makes after my first use, and after that I was hooked. My cheeks look like a baby's after this powder. I have dry, dry, dry-as-a-bone skin but, idk how, this dredges up the moisture in my skin. I've also noticed smaller pores with continued use, along with brighter and smoother skin. Highly recommended, 10/10." —elleme

    Get it from Sephora for $60 (available in two sizes).

    38. The potent La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Acne Treatment drains the angriest whiteheads and most persistent blackheads to clear your complexion in a snap.

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    Promising Review: "Works great! I have very stubborn oily skin, with closed commodore acne — not white heads just bumps really. This works AMAZINGLY! It’s the best product I’ve used for spots! It doesn’t dry my skin out but really helps tackle inflammation. Results are not instant, but I apply once a day, and the pimple goes down/away within three days. If you are more aggressive and apply it twice or three times a day, you will notice a difference overnight!" —Dermstore Customer

    Get it from Dermstore for $29.99 or Amazon for $19.99.

    39. All-in-one Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment is pretty much everything you'll need to reduce redness, even skin tone, and ward off UV rays. The Centella Asiatica Complex protects from environmental stressors too!

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    Promising Review: "This goes on green and, after rubbing it in, ends up becoming the color of my skin but better. I never wear foundation because I don't like the feeling of heavy makeup on my skin, and I like this more than any of the tinted moisturizers I've tried in the past. It's not traditional makeup, but it acts like it. It's not heavy-duty color, but it's outstanding for everyday wear. It's light, moisturizing, color correcting, and I still feel like it's my skin that shines through." —Erinfrances07

    Get it from Sephora for $19+ (available in two sizes) or on Amazon for $25.99.

    40. The Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream — which everyone raves about — because it's full of helpful proteins that improve skintone, texture, and increase firmness. Your thirsty skin will love its peptides (hence, the name), pygmy waterlily stem cell extract, and other vegan ingredients that nourish and rehydrate skin.

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    Promising Review: "LOVE. This cream is heavenly. It layers on so nicely over serums or by itself. I have VERY oily skin, and this seems to help keep it at bay. It layers under makeup well, but I usually just use it to plump up my skin before running errands when I don’t feel like putting on makeup. My skin looks brighter, plumper and more even when I put this on. And I may be crazy, but, after continued use, it has helped my skin achieve those things when there’s nothing on it. Amazing product. Highly recommend!" —rhibee7

    Get it from Sephora or Amazon for $68 (available in three sizes).

    41. Dual-action Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment relies on lactic acid, fruit enzymes, and vitamin E to shimmy the dead cells and scarring off of your skin. Start unclogging your pores with this treatment so you don't break out.

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    Promising Review: "This product is amazing! I have never used an exfoliating product that changed my skin after one use! Before I get into that, I am obsessed with the way this product smells, and the dark green color of the product makes my heart happy. I first used this in the shower, when I didn’t have any makeup to remove. The next day when I woke up, I was eager to check out my face. My skin was SO smooth and the texture along my jawline was almost completely gone! I am so amazed. I never would have believed if I was told this product would get rid of my texture so quickly. Now, I don’t know that I can be without this exfoliator! Don’t try this unless you want to fall in love — it’s pretty much guaranteed!" —PammyPajammie

    Get it from Sephora for $24+ (available in three sizes) or Amazon for $25+ (available in two sizes).

    42. Banana powder-inspired Olehenriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème undoes all those nights you stayed up a little too late binge-watching TV or caking with bae. This potent eye cream reduces dark circles and dryness so your eyes don't look like the undead.

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    Promising Review: "This product is amazing. I have been using this eye cream for more than two months now, and I love it!! I had dark circles and started seeing results in two to three days. My dark circles are reduced and slowly going away completely. I just got another bottle yesterday. This cream is a savior, really." —PallaviSharma

    Get it from Sephora for $39.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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