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    31 Self-Care Products That'll Make You Look Like You Just Left The Salon

    Color depositing shampoos, miracle-working eye creams, and other things to help you feel your best.

    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. A pack of Avarelle pimple patches so slurping the gunk out of your pores becomes utterly painless. These spot treatments work overnight so you can wake up pimple-free. If you have a habit of picking blemishes, these could help you change that.

    A reviewer's hand showing the patches: a large square one, and two round ones, both with absorbed pus from pimples

    A lot of reviewers who have also tried Cosrx and Nexcare patches prefer these!

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a Whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now.) I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal, because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    Get the box of 40 round patches from Amazon for $7.22. Or try their large, rectangular size to tackle multiple pimples at once. Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $8.49.

    2. Dual-action Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment, which 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.


    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).

    3. A hydrating eye gel cream because bags belong on your arm, not under your eyes. It uses hyaluronic acid, licorice extract, and a vitamin complex to help brighten and smooth skin.

    Promising review: "Incredible! I was having some serious redness and flaking skin around my eyes. Nothing helped, other “natural” products burned and made it worse. After researching online, I came across this product and the consistently 5-star ratings. And bonus, it’s a fraction of the price of prestige beauty brands. I saw results within hours. Photos below are within 24 hours of each other. The gel is light-weight feeling, smooth, doesn’t sting/burn, and has no scent. New lifetime consumer of this product! Can’t wait to see the long-term results!" —SierraSue

    Get it from Amazon for $12.29.

    4. A resurfacing serum to 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

    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.

    5. A bottle of liquid exfoliant that'll erase past skin transgressions and scarring without being too irritated. Make sure you wear SPF after using this!,

    Promising review: "I have every skin issue you can think of. Rosacea, acne (hormonal, cycstic, whiteheads, blackheads), dehydration, excessive oiliness, redness, all of it. I’ve spent probably thousands on a multitude of different products, trying to find one that would at least make a dent. I’ve had many procedures, many trips to the dermatologist. Nothing I’ve ever used, nothing I’ve ever done, has made such a profound difference in the appearance of my skin. Having rosacea, my face often felt hot, bumpy, and burned. While my complexion is naturally fair and pink, this has seriously covered all my bases in a gentle and effective way. I’ve been trying to turn my skin around for YEARS!! this was the product that did it. If I could give it 100 stars I would. It has seriously changed my life!" —HC

    Get it from Amazon for $11+ (available in two sizes and a set).

    6. A microwavable deep-conditioning cap so you don't have to sit under a dryer to achieve pillowy curls. It's so soothing, I fall asleep every time I use it — especially on a cold day.

    Glow By Daye

    My hair has been consistently soft since I began using this. If you heat it in the microwave for three minutes, it'll stay warm for up to half an hour. My roommate and I find every excuse to use these.

    Glow By Daye is small, Black woman-owned business founded by Ranay Daye and based in Los Angeles. She sells a variety of bonnets, as well as silk pillowcases.

    Get it from Amazon for $37.96 (available in seven colors) or from Glow By Daye for $36.96.

    7. A foaming facial cleanser for people with sensitive skin looking for a gentle, yet effective daily cleanser for under $20.

    Promising review: "I've had bad acne for the last six-plus years of my life. I've gone through dozens of prescription medications and two rounds of Accutane. However, I haven't tried a single new cleanser since finding this. The wash is gentle and won't over-dry your skin but is also still clearly rigorous enough for a deep and complete cleanse. It will strip your face of oils and given you a slightly tight feeling, which I look for as a sign of effectiveness, so should be paired with a moisturizer. However, this wash gives that perfect amount of stripping without hurting your face. I do recommend the foaming version over alternatives. I had no problems with the scent." —jvonnie

    Get it from Amazon for $13.11+ (available in two sizes).

    8. A protein treatment that brought my fragile curls back to life after months of being limp. Heat-activated proteins and magnesium repair the hair structure so it's balanced: AKA less prone to breakage.

    A person holding the product bottle
    Christine Forbes / Buzzfeed

    I love this treatment because I can immediately feel a difference in my hair. I have a terrible habit of over-moisturizing my fine 4c hair. So I use this every six weeks after shampooing to balance it out. My curl pattern returns as soon as I rinse. Even my roommates have noticed my hair looks much healthier.

    Promising review: "This has done wonders for my hair. I do have some tips for when you use this treatment. 1. Make sure you wear an old T-shirt 👕 when using this. 2. Put the product in a spray bottle for better distribution. 3. don't touch while drying the treatment on your hair. 4. After you rinse your hair it is very important that you do a deep condition on your hair or your hair may become to brittle and break. Doing these steps will leave your hair happy." —Cicely Neal

    Get it from Amazon for $6.35+ (available in two sizes).

    9. A biotin shampoo to help with shedding by depositing biotin, a naturally occurring vitamin, where it's needed — your hair. This person used the product for almost a year, and it made a world of difference 😱.

    A reviewer's thin hair / A reviewer's significantly thicker hair after using the shampoo for a year

    Promising review: "My hair has been thinning lately, when I took a shower there would be so much hair in the drain, and I have been watching thinning. I couldn't imagine that a cure for this horrific problem could be so easy. I washed my hair immediately the day I got it in the mail. There was NO hair in my hair catcher in my drain after I washed my hair. It has now been less than two weeks, I've used it like three or four times, and I have NEW HAIR SPROUTING like new grass in my thinning spots. I just ordered a Biotin leave-in serum to keep the ball rolling. Anyone who is on the fence as to whether they should try this shampoo, should! I will NEVER stop using this shampoo." —bridget langston

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    10. A solution exfoliator for improving the appearance of skin by minimizing acne, redness, and scarring that has salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids.


    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 for $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.

    11. A conditioning spray that has biotin, castor oil, and vitamin E that'll keep your hair moisturized without causing product buildup.

    A reviewer holding the leave-in spray
    Buzzfeed / Christine Forbes

    Promising review: "I love the Daily Leave-In, I use on my sister locks as a moisturizer and my hair feels great and healthy." —Vern

    Rucker Roots is a Black woman-owned family business that launched in 2015. They create shampoos, conditioners, and stylers designed to celebrate naturally curly hair.

    Get it from Target or Rucker Roots for $13.99.

    12. A serum so you can rehab the most sensitive skin from UV damage and breakouts without irritation. Plus it has ferulic and tranexamic acid which layer well under moisturizer and sunscreen.

    A person holding the serum

    Promising review: "I use this daily. It has made such a huge difference in brightening my skin and reducing some of the hyperpigmentation around my jaw line from sun damage and acne. My skin is in the best shape ever thanks to Beauty Pie." —chrisvee

    Get it from Beauty Pie for $90 (members pay $13.57).

    13. A marula facial oil 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.

    The dropper bottle

    I have oily skin and I love using this after applying the Glycolic Night Serum. It seals my skin without making me break out or look like a grease spot.

    Promising review: "This is my absolute favorite product in my skincare routine for the past few years because it directly reduces dry patches and adds a natural glow with very little product (I personally use just one drop for my entire face, any more and it looks oily). A very viscous face oil compared to others I’ve tried with a faint nutty smell that does not last once it is applied. The only downside is the price but a mini bottle lasted me for longer than expected. If you have dry skin and nothing works, I would definitely recommend!" —Hypox702

    Get it from Sephora for $38+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A face steamer because it'll open your pores for a deep clean and maximum product penetration.

    Promising review: "After having seen my aesthetician for a few months, I asked her for a facial steamer she'd recommend for home-use. She suggested this one and I have been using it nightly since receiving it. It is VERY user-friendly and certainly is making my skin look healthy and therefore, makeup looks better when I go out for the evening, etc. I highly recommend this product and as I use it with a towel over my head in order to keep the steam more focused on my face, it's a complete joy and immensely relaxing." —Antonia O.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.94.

    15. A bottle of Olaplex No. 3 because it should be the first thing you reach for after you do something drastic to your hair, I don't make the rules. It'll help your hair recover from harsh chemical treatments like dyes or perms.


    Leave this on your hair for 10 minutes, or however long your stylist recommends, and then shampoo it out.

    Promising review: "Best Hair EVER! Olaplex No. 3 is a MIRACLE! The only word I can use is AMAZING! After two applications, I could IMMEDIATELY feel a difference in my hair. I color my hair and use heat daily to style so it is very dry at the ends. After using the No. 3, my hair was silky and felt healthy. LOVE THIS PRODUCT!" —DHuff

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

    16. A bottle of vitamin C serum may be the best splurge item you ever buy. Why? Ferulic acid. You'll be hard-pressed to find an ingredient that's as good at fending off UV rays and free radicals that break down skin.

    The SkinCeuticals dropper bottle and a chart that shows a person's reduced wrinkles, even skin after 16 weeks of using the product

    This product has a three-month shelf life.

    Promising review: "I had an amazing aesthetician recommend this product to me among many others. After purchasing other skincare products from her, at a hefty price, I decided to look elsewhere for a more affordable vitamin C serum. Huge mistake! The one I ended up purchasing had great reviews online but when I received the serum and put it on my skin, it was absolutely awful! It felt as if there were a thin mask over my face. I quickly returned it and bought this item. I will never second guess my aesthetician again! This serum makes my skin feel so amazing and I've only used it for about a month or so. You most definitely get what you pay for. I will be sure to never run out of this product, ever!" —Krys1018

    Get it from Skinstore for $166.

    17. A foaming cleanser that'll help acne-prone skin because it has just enough salicylic acid to unclog those pores without causing inflammation.

    A person dispensing the product

    This product contains 2% salicylic acid.

    Promising review: "I typically don't write reviews of a product until I've used it for at least three to four weeks, but this cleanser is so remarkable that after one week of use I'm inspired to sing its praises. I have aging combination skin and monthly breakouts that are stress or hormone-induced. The breakouts usually consist of two to three deep, cystic pimples. They are the red, angry kind that have their own pulse. I have used topical treatments, exfoliators, and masques, but nothing (besides time) seemed to shrink them until I began using this cleanser. After just two days of use at night, I saw my breakouts reduce by at least half and they all but cleared up completely by the end of the week. This is by far the best acne solution I've found in a long time. Not only that, but it did a great job of cleansing my skin of oil and make-up without overly drying. After use, my skin feels so tingly, clean, and ready for my night product regimen." —withcheese

    Get it from Skinstore for $40.50.

    18. A curl stimulator so your curls can pop like Rick James's in the '80s. My roommate's curls last for a week without chipping after using this product.

    Uncle Funky's, Target

    Promising review: "Great for 2b thick hair! So I have always had natural waves in my hair but I never knew how to keep them in my hair without damaging heat tools and chemicals. I even tried heatless curls and my hair fell out more times than I could count. Then I was finally recommended this. Washed my hair, ran this product through my strands, scrunched and plopped my hair and voila! My hair is now back to its wavy self and not only that, but it is so soft and not weighed down at all! I can't even tell that there is product in it." —Kara G

    Unkle Funkys Daughter is a Black woman-owned business led by Renee Rhoten Morris that creates paraben, sulfate-free cleansers, conditioners, moisturizers, curl definers and stylers.

    Get it from Target for $16.79 or Uncle Funky's Daughter for $24.99.

    19. A jade and rose quartz Gua Sha facial tool set that helps relieve tension to help naturally lift the face.

    A reviewer's Gua Sha in its packaging

    Promising review: "I use these great little tools for facial and foot massages about every day, it helps me wake up in a relaxing and calming way and get my circulation going. I notice my face de-puffs and de-congests after using. I use the pink rose quartz for my face, and the green jade for my feet! There are a ton of benefits to using Gua Sha therapy, I'd recommend watching some videos on the traditional Gua Sha methods and technique before using these tools." —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three shapes).

    20. A jar of Hair Rules No Suds Cleansing Cream to help normalize oil production, reduce irritation, and cleanse hair without leaving it bone dry.

    The jar of cleansing cream
    Hair Rules

    I decided to try this because Anthony Dickey, the founder of Hair Rules, is brilliant. His approach to hair is so unique, but I wasn't completely sold. Nevertheless, I figured this product would be a good place to start. It did not disappoint. My hair is substantially less dry, fragile, and hard after I use this shampoo. Additionally, I like that it comes in a jar rather than a bottle so I can truly use every drop of product.

    Hair Rules is a brand owned by celebrity stylist and active industry influence Anthony Dickey.

    Get it from Hair Rules for $32+ (available in two sizes).

    21. A microneedling tool so you can literally help roll fine lines and acne right off your face. The tiny needles stimulate cell turnover for refreshed skin.

    A reviewer with fine lines and acne before using the roller / A reviewer with lessened fine lines and no acne

    Promising review: "After only one use I can already tell a major difference in my face! I have had acne scars my whole life and this has been the only thing that has helped them. I followed up with Sdara vitamin C serum and was wonderfully surprised at the results this morning. I can't wait to see how my skin progresses over the next few weeks. The photo on the left was taken before bed and the photo on the right was taken in the morning." —KamKake

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    22. A purple shampoo you can use to keep brassy tones at bay, thanks to a little color theory. Purple cancels out yellow, which is why professional colorists swear by this stuff.


    Promising review: "I'm not one to leave reviews... but this product deserves it! Holy cow! I was going to go into the salon to brighten my hair up, but after discovering this product I cancelled my appointment. I'm totally in love! This shampoo is not drying at all and just after two washes I achieved my desired results! I can't recommend it enough!" —Rachael

    Get it from Amazon for $9.80.

    23. A bottle of Beauty Strike Rosewater Toner rebalances and hydrates your paper-tight skin. And when you're done, recycle the bottle for 15% off of your next BeautyStrike purchase.

    A person holding the bottle of toner
    Beauty Strike

    My skin was about as tight as Kim K's Mugler dress when I decided to switch to this toner. It's non-irritating, and I love that the spray bottle doesn't require me to touch my face.

    Promising review: "I love the rose water & glycerin toner. It leaves my skin moisturized, dewy and soft. I just had to get used to how the spray comes out. It’s literally a fine mist which isn’t an issue but I do find myself spraying more to cover my whole face. Other than that it’s amazing." —Ariel G.

    Beauty Strike is a Brooklyn-based small business founded by Emani Mone Jeter, a third-generation beauty professional and licensed esthetician. She creates natural cleansers, toners, treatments, moisturizers, and more that are recyclable.

    Get it from Beauty Strike for $14+ (available in two sizes).

    24. An intense foot cream to perform miracles for anyone whose feet catch on their sheets and tear holes in pantyhose.

    The foot cream

    Promising review: "This is my first Ahava brand product purchase and based on my experience with this product I will definitely be purchasing more from them in the future. Does what it says without being greasy or having a bad, pungent, artificial, perfume-y or medicative smell. I coupled the use of this product with the ANSR Sole system, and in TWO10-minute uses every other day, every last little prickly bit of dry skin is completely GONE. I had rough patches on the ball of my foot, but the heel was where it was the worst — very stubborn, hard-to-rid patches where lotions would have no effect. I know the ANSR did a lot of the heavy-duty work, but I know for sure that the smoothness and silkiness comes from the use of this product. If you suffer from dry, cracked heels, I highly highly recommend the use of this product, along with the ANSR, depending on your needs." —nightrose

    Get it from Skinstore for $29.

    25. An argan oil heat protectant that might be the only thing standing between you, your flat iron, and the hairstyle of your dreams. It'll shield your hair from heat exposure up to 450 degrees F.

    A reviewer's curly hair before using the product / A reviewer's pin-straight hair with the product

    Believe it or not, you can have completely straight hair without compromising your curl pattern. How? This heat protectant.

    Promising review: "There are a million great things that I can say about this product, but I'll let my photo sum it up! The first photo is when I first woke, the second is after brushing this product through dry hair, and the third is after straight ironing. It works wonders and the effects last all day! In addition, this stuff smells AMAZING! So much so that my 4-year-old requests to have this sprayed into her just to smell it!! And it sprays so easily and evenly. I love this!!!Rachael D

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    26. An apple cider vinegar shampoo and conditioner set to address your scalp and hair needs by clarifying and softening at the same time. It's rich with essential keratin proteins and vitamins B5 and E to help fortify hair.

    Promising review: "I really was hesitant to try this but I decided I would take the plunge anyways and I have to say after using it for a few weeks now I'm pleasantly surprised! My hair is so soft and shiny and lightweight! I love how bouncy it is after using this plus it smells amazing. Not vinegar-y at all. My daughter has been using this as well for her oily hair and dandruff (after trying tons of super-expensive salon products) and so far this is the only thing that has been working for her! Her dandruff is gone and her hair is noticeable less oily by the end of the day. We will definitely be buying more." —kindlemom1

    Promising review: "I've now used this combo twice. The first time...I immediately noticed extreme softness, but not much else. The second time, I applied it exactly as indicated....and I'M AMAZED by the difference in my hair. My thick 4c hair was frizz anywhere...and silky soft and shiny. Wow!!! Before I bought this, I was just using apple cider vinegar and water for a final rinse...but THIS STUFF is the holy grail. I actually used the shampoo twice in one week...and my hair isn't dried out. Instead, my hair is moisturized...soft...and beautiful. I will be purchasing this combo on a regular basis." —Karla Harley

    Get the set of shampoo and conditioner from Amazon for $25.95.

    27. A foot peeling liquid mask so powerful, it took many reviewers' feet from ghastly to glowing. Try using it with some socks so it can really get in there.

    Promising review: "Holy peel! These work great — just the same as the more expensive ones you see out there. When I put the bags on my feet, I actually put a pair of socks over them. That helps to make sure the solution is touching all parts of my feet and really doing its work. Within about five days, my whole foot looked like it was dipped in acid and is coming off. It's super gross shedding for about a week, but then silky smooth after. It's definitely worth the flakes." —Megan Pinnell

    Get it from Amazon for $13.50 (available in two sizes).

    28. An African black soap bar that could be the organic solution to your skin woes. Black soap has antifungal properties that are perfect for addressing acne, eczema, and athlete's foot.

    Black soap is extremely concentrated and water-soluble. So, a little goes a long way. If you have sensitive skin, proceed with caution.

    Promising review: "This product right here has become an essential in my skin care routine! Has definitely cleared up my face COMPLETELY and gave me back the confidence I needed to go about my day! My skin is oily, ALL OVER. T-zone and cheeks. My acne was HORRIBLE, to the point where even dermatologists didn’t know what to recommend. Or even if they did recommend me topicals or diet change, NOTHING would help. I decided to do my own research and look into organic products and I have finally found my regimen (all organic products) to help clear my skin. I bought this soap for the first time on June 20th, received it around the 23rd, and by August I noticed a major change in my skin. However, being that I was using the soap every day, the skin around my nose became irritated. I don’t know if it was the tea tree oil I was using but even after stopping the use of tea tree oil the irritation continued. I decided to lay the product off for one to two days and the irritation was minimized. So for me, it’s not the best idea to use the soap every day, but at least every other day or two." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    29. An easy-to-use nose wax kit because why get it professionally done when this does a spectacular job for less than $20? Exactly.,

    The kit includes 100 grams of nose wax beads, 30 wax applicators, 10 mustache protectors, a measuring cup, and 15 paper cups.

    Promising review: "I highly recommend this product. The instructions were super easy to follow and it worked perfectly! I was a little nervous to pull the sticks out once the two minutes were up, however it didn't even hurt. I expected it to hurt momentarily and my eyes to water, but neither was true! If you wanna get rid of them pesky nose hairs...snag this product!!!" —Julie J.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.29.

    30. An ultra-moisturizing Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask, which 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

    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 (available in two shades) or Amazon for $28.

    31. A Rosen Skincare citrus serum that uses vitamin C and mulberry extract to minimize discoloration and fight acne-causing bacteria. If you have acne-prone skin, you should definitely try this.

    The product bottle
    Rosen Skincare

    Promising review: "At first I was very skeptical because it just smelt and felt like you were rubbing lemon on you face. I have very (OILY) skin. This product has lightened my acne scars and controlled acne! I LOVE IT AND WILL BE ORDERING AGAIN! I will post results." —Ilyasha Eiland

    Rosen Skincare is a small business on a mission to make the acne space a cleaner, more enjoyable place to shop. Every product is informed by research.

    Get it from Rosen Skincare for $18.

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