Skip To Content

    21 Well-Reviewed Products From Dermstore To Pamper Your Skin

    Because it's not just hype 😏.

    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.

    Hello, folks! We'd like to formally introduce BuzzFeed Checkout, a tool that lets you purchase multiple items from our posts — all products get added into *one* shopping cart with no new tabs required.

    This process pulls free shipping info and automatic discounts, so you can rest assured you're getting the best available price. Customer service is run directly through us (us = the dedicated BuzzFeed Shopping team) and the shopping cart actually follows you from post to post *and* saves your items for later.

    1. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid 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.

    A person with deep fine lines and wrinkles before applying the product / A person with less fine lines and wrinkles after using the product
    SkinStore

    This product has a three-month shelf life.

    Promising review: "I've been using this for more than a month now and wow! I'm seeing such a difference in my skin already. I apply this before everything else during my morning routine (hyaluronic acid, moisturizer, and sunscreen), just wet my skin a little and pat dry before putting it on. My skin is evened out and appears brighter. I don’t even have to wear any makeup at all when I go out! All I need is sunscreen and my skin glowy. I also have sensitive, combination skin and didn't irritate it at all. I highly recommend to everyone to incorporate this into their skincare regime. It really is worth the money!!!" —Genevieve

    Price: $166

    2. SkinMedica TNS Advanced+ Serum tells fine lines and sagging skin, "You don't gotta go home but you gotta get the 👏🏾 off of my face." This luxurious product gently repairs skin to improve the appearance of wrinkles and lines.

    A reviewer's skin with wrinkles before using the product / A reviewer's tighter skin after using the product
    Dermstore

    Promising review: "This velvety serum is absorbed immediately, a tiny bit goes a very long way. Expensive, and well worth it to me. My face is refreshed, soothed, smooth textured, glowing. I have used many facial serums, never ever had such a distinct difference in my skin tone and texture. Recommended by my plastic surgeon, I am delighted with results." —Erma

    Price: $250.75

    3. 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.

    The product bottle
    Dermstore

    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 have medium-tan, oily, acne-prone skin, and my biggest skin concern is post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from previous breakouts (mostly on my cheeks and jawline).  I tried Good Genes as part of a sample in the 'Best of Dermstore' kit and put it on at night. It’s a very pleasant serum that absorbs, albeit leaves the slightest bit of tackiness when I put my moisturizer over top of it. I woke up in the morning and my results were insane! Rising pimples had receded. My skin was glowing, and sure, my skin was oily (as it always gets), but it was brighter! After about three to four days I began seeing the acne scars on my face fading. I’ve used it for two weeks so far and I’d say there’s been about a ~65% reduction in my scars. I never thought I’d be able to get this level of skin clarity and I feel confident that it will keep improving my skin. I already went and bought the biggest bottle!" —V

    Price: $122

    4. PCA Skin Clearskin came, saw, and conquered acne-prone skin. Just apply a nickel-sized amount of this niacinamide-infused cream regularly, and watch your complexion improve in tone and texture.

    A person with the product
    instagram.com

    This formula doesn't irritate or clog breakout-prone skin. It also has marigold, cucumber extracts, and vitamin A.

    Promising review: "I've repurchased this moisturizer several times because it is that great. I have combination, sensitive, acne-prone skin. Finding a moisturizer that doesn't break me out yet keeps my skin hydrated is like finding a needle in a haystack. But I found it and this is it! A little goes a long way. too." —Rebecca

    Price: $50

    5. iS Clinical Cleansing Complex wears at least three hats. First, it purges skin of any impurities. It also can be used for shaving and dissolving of makeup.

    The product bottle
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "First of all, I've been using this face wash for three years now, and it always lasts me right around six months (once a day — five pumps). The most gentle cleanser on the market, no strong fragrance, will never sting your eyes (seriously — I've put it over my whole face/eyelids and then opened my eyes and it doesn't sting at all). I'm not sure why grapefruit peel oil is in there, maybe for the smell? Regardless, it has never irritated my skin or caused any problems whatsoever (and I have a very strong aversion to fragrance). My face always feels fresh and moist after using — will continue to buy until I die or Goldfaden stops producing." —Maddy

    Price: $44

    6. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque lives in my mind, and on my face rent free. Every time I do a harsh chemical treatment, I use this mask to remoisturize my skin. It's so soothing, you might forget you have it on.

    The mask bottle
    Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/peterthomasrothofficial/p/BwwvmiXneW1/?hl=en

    This product was made for all skin types.

    Promising review: "This product is awesome. It's cool and refreshing and makes my skin look great. Unfortunately, I have a bad addiction to tanning at the beach. I know it's bad, but what can I say, I love the beach. I apply this mask in the evenings, especially after a day at the beach, and my skin looks hydrated and supple. I keep it in the refrigerator to make it even more refreshing. I tried this as a sample, and now I'm back to purchase the full size. I highly recommend this mask for anyone with any type of skin." —Helene

    Price: $55

    7. Obagi Hydrate Facial Moisturizer isn't a regular lotion, it's a cool lotion. Beyond moisturizing, it increases skin's water retention throughout the day.

    The product bottle
    Dermstore

    Promising review: "I’ve used Obagi products on and off for almost 30 years. I came back to the whole routine this year after using several luxury lines that just weren’t doing what I needed. I’m 64 with Mediterranean skin and I spent my first 40+ years proud of my deep tan. I’ve used Absolue lotion as my moisturizer for years, but this year I needed more, thanks to a year of more medications and infusions than I can count. When I added the Daily Hydrating drops, I ordered the moisturizer to top it off. I can already tell that a lot of those little wrinkles are missing — and some new dark spots are almost gone. Since I had cancer 26 years ago, I’ve fought the dark 'mask of pregnancy' ever since. Dermatologists’ prescriptions did not help — but the Obagi products like this that I’ve been using the last few months have made a difference. Even my husband asked me if I was having anything 'done' to my face because I look so young! I told him it was just my wild-child wholesome lifestyle! My Obagi bottles are right there on the counter in clear sight. I swear by them." —Leslie

    Price: $51.50

    8. 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 help reduce acne scars and blemishes.

    The peel
    instagram.com

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

    Promising Review: "I love these peel pads! They give an immediate super glow. I have used the regular strength and extra strength. The extra strength definitely feels like more of a burn than a tingle, but I prefer it because it gives a much better glow and I only use it two to three times per week. I think if you are looking for everyday use the regular strength would be a better option for most people. Packaging is convenient for travel and for reducing contamination but terrible for the environment." —Anonymous

    Price: $150

    9. Eminence Organic Skin Care Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum comes to the rescue with plant-derived hyaluronic acid to hydrate and wheat protein to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. There's also honey and aloe for an extra boost of pure radiance.

    Th product dropper bottle
    Dermstore

    Promising review: "I absolutely LOVE this product. The Aphrodite of all Hyaluronic Acid serums. You know that dry, tight feeling your skin gets when underhydrated? This product resolves that in one use. Incredibly hydrating, in the way all those *other* products promise. I'm currently on Accutane and this product is a godsend for my dry, flaking, shedding skin. It also smells amazing. After applying, my face is a dewy strawberry field. Highly recommend. HIGHLY RECOMMEND." —Ella

    Price: $48

    10. Cerave Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM takes your skin from flaky and fried to smooth and supple. It's dermatologist recommended and ultra-nourishing.

    The product bottle
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "This will probably always be a staple in my skincare. Very light and easy to layer with other skincare. Great for my sensitive rosacea-prone skin, and doesn't give me whiteheads like many moisturizers I have tried. I only wish they made a hyaluronic acid–free version as this product can cause dryness in the skin in low-humidity climates. In that case, definitely recommend a hydrating serum beneath. Otherwise, great for daily a.m. and p.m. use." —Anonymous

    Price: $15.99

    And check out our full review of the Cerave Moisturizing Cream.

    11. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil should be the first step in your cleansing routine — especially if you regularly wear makeup. Oil-based cleansers remove makeup easier than water-based cleansers ever could.

    The product bottle
    Dermstore

    Promising Review: "Have tried other cleansing oils and I keep coming back to this one. I found it’s the best — simple, natural ingredients, no strange smell, gets the job done, a reasonable price, and simply makes your face look and feel even cleaner than if you just use cleanser/soap. I simply cannot be without my cleansing oil!" —J

    Price: $14+ (available in two sizes)

    12. Dennis Gross Pro Facial Steamer opens your pores to make serums, exfoliants, and extractions more effective. Doing weekly steams with this can help you save money on facials.

    The steamer
    instagram.com

    After months of contemplation, I finally got my hands on one of these steamers. It's been a crucial part of my skincare routine ever since. Steam is great for opening pores for deep cleanses, serum application, and exfoliation. Using this steamer has saved me so much money on aestheticians. All I need to do to nail a basic extraction between facials is this steamer and a pore vacuum. Since I test a lot of products, I found my skin relatively dry. Luckily, this steamer wonderfully hydrates my skin and wakes me up in the morning. The smell some reviewers have mentioned goes away after a few uses. It's definitely a splurge, but steaming has helped my skin a lot.

    Promising review: "I had steamer before buying this. This is sooo much better! I have told every one of my close friends to buy this! One friend actually copied me after she tried it out herself during a sleepover." —Anonymous

    Price: $149

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

    The squeezable product tube and a flower
    instagram.com

    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

    Price: $29.99

    14. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is quite literally a lifesaver for your skin. Tell your flakes and dry patches, "BEGONE," with this oatmeal and shea butter–infused cream.

    A person with a swipe of cream on their face
    Dermstore

    Promising Review: "I've been using this moisturizer since the end of 2016 and have stuck with this since. The consistency is thick and it is very moisturizing without the heavy feeling. I have oily skin and this doesn't make my skin any oilier. I've found that it really keeps my skin protected especially during the colder months but I use this year-round." —Tiffany

    Price: $36

    15. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser lathers away all the icky things lurking in your pores and causing skin issues.

    The cleanser bottle
    instagram.com

    Promising Review: "I love that it comes in a pump bottle. I love so much about this [product]. I used to use a heavier cleanser that would dry out my skin and strip it but this cleanser is perfect for everyone who has sensitive skin. My first LRP product and it won't be my last!" —Janell

    Price: $11.99+ (available in two sizes)

    16. Obagi Clenziderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser is beloved by those with acne because it has just enough salicylic acid to unclog those pores without inflaming your tender skin.

    A person dispensing product
    Dermstore

    This product contains 2% salicylic acid.

    Promising review: "This seems to be the only face wash that truly works for my acne! I still will have occasional breakouts, but this works so fast at clearing them up. I highly recommend this for anyone who has stubborn acne!" —Kelly

    Price: $40.50

    17. Fan-favorite EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF shields skin from harmful rays, which is why it's often recommended by dermatologists, especially for those with rosacea. Did I mention, there's no white cast 😏?

    The sunscreen
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "I use this sunscreen just about every day and it works wonderfully for me. I have super mild rosacea and combination skin, and I do not wear any foundation or other skin makeup on top. No stinging or irritation and it protects well. I wish they made a sport version or a sport stick for on the go, as it does sweat off." —Virginia

    Price: $37

    18. Or another popular choice, Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40. It 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, courtesy of broad-spectrum SPF 40. If you can't put down your phone, there's blue light protection, too.

    instagram.com, instagram.com

    Promising review: "Can't overstate my love for this sunscreen. I am my mid to late 20s with combo skin prone to acne, so finding a good sunscreen that I can wear every day that does not congest my skin and cause breakouts is not easy! Enter: Supergoop! This sunscreen is seriously silky and oil free. It does not feel like sunscreen at all. It is so light, it goes on clear so you don't have to deal with any streaking or white residue. I use lots of AHAs and BHAs in my routine so my face is definitely more sensitive and likely to burn but I have never had an issue using this sunscreen. I only have praise for this product. Buy it! You won't regret it and your skin will thank you." —Jen

    Price: $34

    19. CosRx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence adds some much-needed hydration to your routine and preps your skin for serums. I love that the snail mucin makes my skin look dewy and rehydrated. It's also great for layering during winter.

    The essence and other CosRx products
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "I loved this product for hydration even as someone with oily skin. It is extremely thick and a little goes a long way, providing an effective hydrating layer under moisturizer. My bottle lasted me well over three months with daily use. I didn't find that it has any effect on the evenness of skin tone as advertised, but given how hydrating the product is I can't mark it down for that." —Brandon

    Price: $25

    20. ORA Face Microneedle Dermal Roller System is a physical exfoliator that promotes cell turnover and peak product penetration. My skin improved dramatically when I used one of these for a few months.

    The tool
    Dermstore

    Promising review: "I have had several microneedle rollers and I absolutely love this one. I had been using a 0.25 size before this and I definitely notice the difference in needle size. The other didn’t feel adequate to fully absorb more product but this one does the trick on my face and other areas of the body, including reducing stretch marks left from pregnancy. As long as this holds up for a while I will be a continued customer." —Jessica

    Price: $30

    21. PCA SKIN Nutrient Toner has a winning lineup of enzymes and amino acids to revitalize skin and prepare it for serums. It helps refine pores by removing dead skin cells.

    A person dispensing the toner onto a cotton pad
    instagram.com

    Promising review: "This is a great toner that I use in combination with other PCA Skin products. This is the only product in my skincare routine that has a scent, but I don't mind it one bit. It smells like cinnamon and spices without being overpowering. Once it absorbs into the skin, the scent disappears. It's gentle, but I can tell that it's doing good work for my skin." — Claire

    Price: $40

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Need A Shopping Buddy?

    Get great products - from pros in the fine art of buying stuff online - delivered to your inbox!
    Newsletter signup form