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

    Why pay $$$ when you could get these results at home for $ 😏?

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    1. A hydrating eye gel cream because LV 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: "I stumbled upon Cetaphil’s Hydrating Eye Gel Cream nearly 5 years ago, during a sale and jumped at the opportunity to try it. Well, I love love LOVE this eye gel-cream!! This very soft, fragrance-free eye cream isn’t oily, goes on smooth and absorbs fast. It softens fine lines and wrinkles. It hydrates and brightens the skin around and under my eyes, looking and feeling refreshed & hydrated! Definitely the best eye cream if you’re looking to hydrate & moisturize. Plus the deep hydration really helps my sensitive skin." —jcali

    Get it from Amazon for $12.22.

    2. 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.

    3. A bottle of liquid exfoliant to 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 $10+ (available in two sizes).

    4. 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 a 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 $32.96+ (available in seven colors) or from Glow By Daye for $39.96.

    5. 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 $15.99+ (available in two sizes).

    6. 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 tee 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 $7.99+ (available in two sizes).

    7. 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.

    8. A night treatment because it goes to work 💼 while you go to sleep. This gel-based moisturizer helps prevent free radicals and stress from doing a number on your face.

    Bare Minerals

    Promising review: "I have been using this product for only a week and I’ve already noticed a dramatic difference in the texture and tone of my skin. I usually wake up with my skin looking dull and tired and this formula has completely changed that —my skin looks radiant and so smooth. I‘ll be purchasing the eye cream too!" —KAITW

    Get it from Bare Minerals for $42.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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).

    12. 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: "I’ve bought endless amounts of high-end luxury oils and serums. This one takes the cake. I’ve stopped using printers and multi-layer lotions and creams before makeup and replaced them with this single product. Legit face wash, toner, vitamin c serum and now this oil before applying foundation. It’s added life to my face (which is typically very dry) and keeps my makeup fresh all day. It is a cult follow item and deserves endless recognition. Say goodbye to primers and precursors to makeup. This oil is a true treasure." —VPP

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

    13. 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 $49.95.

    14. 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 for $28.

    15. 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 esthetician 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 esthetician 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.

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

    The bottle of cleanser

    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.

    17. 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.

    18. A jade and rose quartz Gua Sha facial tool set that helps relieve tension to 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 $17.99+ (available in four designs).

    19. 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 $15.97+.

    20. A jar of hair cream for the children (and any adult looking for a less scented version of of Curly Buttercreme). The reviews speak for themselves, expect moisturized curls for about a week — with minimal refreshing.

    The product jar
    Miss Jessie's

    Promising review: "I have been trying for years to figure out which products work best for my hair. Finally, I tried baby buttercream and now I’m hooked. For the first time that I can remember my hair actually feels soft and moisturized when dry. Usually once my hair dries, so does the product. But not anymore the struggle is finally over." —Alissa

    Miss Jessie's is a Black-woman owned business founded in 2004 that makes moisturizers, stylers, and deep conditioning treatments for naturally curly hair.

    Get it from Miss Jessie's for $32.

    21. A purple shampoo so you can 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 $11.57+ (available in three sizes).

    22. 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 $21.75 (originally $29).

    23. An argan oil heat protectant that might be the only thing standing between you, your flat iron, and the hair 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 $15.55.

    24. And a bottle of facial cleanser that serves at least three purposes. First, it eliminates impurities in the skin. It also removes dead skin cells and gets rid of makeup.

    The cleanser pump

    Promising review: "Love this product! Easily removes makeup with this clear gel cleanser. I don't think this product stripped my skin and I was left feeling clean and hydrated. Very gentle on the skin, I really like it." —Nik

    Get it from Skinstore for $35.

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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