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    37 Skincare Products For Low-Maintenance People Who Want High-Maintenance Results

    Because sometimes skin care routines seem better in theory.

    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 brightening serum with a healthy dose of vitamin C — because it does more than just boost your immune system! It'll help even out your skin tone and provide some extra antioxidant protection at the same time.

    Model applying CeraVe vitamin C serum to finger
    Reviewer showing results of using CeraVe vitamin C serum

    Promising review: "I have sensitive, dry, pale skin. My skin breaks out all the time and the red marks never seem to fade. I wanted to try a vitamin C serum to see if it would help with redness. Holy moly this stuff works! There's no strong fragrance and the serum absorbs into skin quickly leaving no residue. I apply a light moisturizer over before applying makeup in the morning. I have not even finished the entire tube and I can already tell my skin is softer and I have not had any breakouts. Old red spots are also fading. I know this isn't all in my head either ... My boyfriend actually noticed and commented that my skin was looking better totally unprompted. This dude doesn't even notice when I get a haircut so I consider this a big deal." —cmoney

    Get it from Amazon for $19.86.

    2. A tube of retinol night cream that puts in serious work while you sleep. It's powerful enough to plump and firm your skin, but gentle enough to use it every night. And seriously — retinol is basically a time machine in a bottle.,

    Promising review: "I cannot believe how well this is working! I've been using it consistently every night with moisturizer for one week and I'm already seeing drastic results to smooth out my cystic-acne scars on my cheeks! I'm so excited that I've found something that doesn't break out my acne-prone, eczema-prone, highly sensitive skin." —Emily H.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.98.

    3. A blackhead remover liquid with 4% BHA, which is essentially a powerful chemical exfoliator. You can slather it all over your "problem areas" after cleansing to reduce the size of enlarged pores and finally diminish those pesky blackheads that never seem to go away.


    Promising review: "This product does a fantastic job of keeping my large nose-straddling blackheads at bay. I use it as an exfoliating toner, and the texture is simply perfect — just the right amount of slip, liquidy enough to spread, and viscous enough to not run. Just three or four pumps is sufficient to cover my face, and the scent of the product is pleasing but not very noticeable." —Melody P.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    4. A tube of Mederma Scar Cream that will not only reduce the appearance of scarring in just a few uses, but also helps protect you from sun damage thanks to the inclusion of SPF 30.

    Reviewer showing before-and-after results of using Mederna Scar Cream

    Promising review: "I swear by this product! I have been a face picker for a decade and this has helped decrease scars. Even old scars from mountain biking and club soccer whether on my knees, shins, shoulders, hips, etc. I have used this on very dark deep purple scars that are a decade old and in one to two weeks you see obvious noticeable differences." —Hilary

    Get it from Amazon for $20.67.

    5. A tube of the celebrity-beloved Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré that has so many uses. You can slather it on as a moisturizer, use it as a smoothing makeup primer, or apply it as a nourishing face mask when your skin needs a good pick-me-up.

    Model applying Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré to other model's face

    Promising review: "Many have said this already, but this stuff is life-changing! My skin was getting dried out from a new retinol routine. I used this for the fist time before bed and woke up with a GLOW, no joke. I'm addicted, and now use it every night after I cleanse and tone, and every morning beneath my sunscreen." –JJSerge

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in two sizes and four packaging styles).

    6. A clay mask designed to soak up excess oil and wash off the bacteria that causes breakouts, so it's basically a must if you've been dealing with maskne for the past two years.

    BuzzFeeder holding bottle of Bolden clay face mask
    Daniel Boan/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "So far this has been a great product. I've only been using it for a month, but I like what it's doing for my skin and how my skin feels after using it." —shallor mcdonald

    Bolden is a Black-owned, woman-owned skincare brand.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.49.

    7. A peel-off mask that's basically the textbook definition of gross but soooooo satisfying. Just apply a layer to your problem areas (or your whole face!) then peel it off after 20-30 minutes.,

    Promising review: "This product has helped my skin a lot with getting all those pesky little blackheads off my nose. It's kinda gross to see the blackheads all come off my skin and stuck on the mask but awesome at the same time cuz now the blackheads are out of my skin! Just make sure to wash your face afterward to clean out those now open pores and then apply moisturizer to your face." —Maddy

    Get the mask and an application brush from Amazon for $13.79.

    8. A three-step pore strip kit that is waaaayyyy more powerful than the ones you usually buy from the drugstore. The first step will help open up your pores, the second step sucks everything out, and the third step helps soothe your newly squeaky-clean nose.,

    Promising review: "My nose is probably the most difficult area of my face. It gets bumpy with dead skin and all sorts of junk. Scrubbing it doesn’t even help. These strips do. It doesn’t leave you sore or feeling red after. For me personally, my nose gets gunk in it easily, so I use these strips one to two times a week. I can already see a difference in the amount of junk coming out since I’m doing it frequently." —Jaden L.

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three styles).

    9. A super-gentle yet hydrating Cerave eye cream to perk up your puffy eyes and fool people into thinking you got a full eight hours of sleep last night. It contains hyaluronic acid for extra moisture and three essential ceramides to protect the delicate skin around your eye. 

    Reviewer showing results of using CeraVe eye cream
    Reviewer showing results of using CeraVe eye cream

    Promising review: "I've been embarrassed for years about the bags under my eyes, but with two preschoolers at home, stress, and mild insomnia, I didn't see a way out. This is like a little miracle tube. I use it before bed and then in the morning too. I use it even if I didn't wash my face. I've gone from looking like there are bruises under my eyes to looking normal again. I no longer feel the need to use concealer under my eyes on a regular basis. I highly recommend!" —Amber J.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.74.

    10. Or a tube of eye cream and concealer all wrapped into one — because who has time to apply both?! It's packed with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and de-puff and it has the perfect amount of tint to cover those pesky dark circles.

    Reviewer's under-eye area before and after using L'Oreal concealer

    Promising review: "I was surprised by how much I loved this. I’ve been trying to find a concealer for a long time. I have dry skin and a lot of concealers made the skin under my eyes look crepey and settled into my fine lines. This one out of several I’ve tried has not done any of that! I use as minimal product as possible to cover my dark circles, and so far so good!" —Liz

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98+ (available in 14 shades).

    11. A set of patches you can slap right over your pimple and go about your day while the hydrocolloid pulls out impurities and reduces the size of your blemish. And let's face it, they're so adorable you might be tempted to put one on even when you don't have a breakout.

    Pack of NanoLuaShop Pimple Patches in various shapes and colors

    Promising review: "WOW, I honestly didn't think pimple patches could work so well. I've used other cutesy-brand ones in the past and they've done an OK job but these are *chef's kiss.* For real, I tried them on both an old maskne zit and a freshly budding maskne zit and both were nearly flattened and completely gone when I took the patches off four-plus hours later." —Alana M.

    NanoLuaShop is a small Etsy shop based in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Get a pack of 12 from NanoLuaShop on Etsy for $5.24+ (originally $6.99, available in four shapes and colors).

    12. A moisturizing and lightly exfoliating cream you can apply to particularly stubborn areas you just know are about to break out, or simply smooth it all over your face as an extra preventative measure.

    Cedar Creek Essentials/Etsy

    Promising review: "I've been using this moisturizer for about three weeks and it is the best one I've ever had. It makes my skin silky smooth, and has really helped with my acne and scarring. It's great for under makeup, and I will be purchasing this again and considering other products in this shop!" —Nailah

    Cedar Creek Essentials is a small Etsy shop based in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.

    Get it from Cedar Creek Essentials on Etsy for $6.49+ (available in two sizes).

    13. A facelift in a bag, which unlike a real cosmetic procedure, will only run you about $22. You'll get two full facial treatments to target the forehead, under-eye area and smile lines.

    Amazon, Daniel Boan/BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Every item in this bag is so soothing and cooling. The eye gels are the best part, they bring down puffiness and really hydrate my under eye area so my makeup goes on more smoothly. Will definitely be repurchasing this!!" —Shana

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    14. A highly-rated micellar water so you can quickly wipe off everything from full-coverage foundation to waterproof mascara with just a few simple swipes.,

    Promising review: "This is awesome stuff, seriously I hate washing my face in the winter because my faucet takes 10 minutes for the water to turn warm (we have old pipes in our building) so washing it with cold water sucks in winter. Yeah this stuff saves me from doing that plus it really does take your makeup off." —Andromeda

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99+ (available in two sizes and a pack of two).

    15. A luxuriously creamy facial cleanser for anyone with excessively dry skin. It feels just like a lotion when you apply it, but it magically breaks down dirt and oil as you work it into the skin. If your skin is constantly flaky and sensitive, this one's for you!


    Promising review: "I was kind of hesitant at first because the texture is like lotion, but don't let it fool you! It’s such a great face wash! I have struggled with my acne for years and have tried a billion different products and none of them worked like this one. It took about a month of consistent use but it made my skin look almost flawless." —Cassidy C.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two sizes).

    16. A two-in-one facial serum and oil hybrid to hydrate and give you that glowing (but not greasy!) "glass skin" look we've all been trying to achieve. It just might become your new staple for no-makeup days.


    Promising review: "This product is THE BEST thing I have bought skin care or beauty wise possibly...ever? My skin feels soft and smooth all day and I'm still glowy by the evening. When I first applied it I thought it would be too shiny, but it melts into the skin after a while and definitely gives you that post-skin care-glow. For me, the lasting power is just the icing on the cake." —Plumshower

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    17. A pack of highly rated facial-cleaning wipes for the days when you need to fool everyone into thinking you did your full skincare routine. They're powerful enough to remove stubborn waterproof mascara yet gentle enough for sensitive skin.


    Promising review: "These wipes work great when I am too tired or lazy to wash my face. I've used other wipes in the past (and also the wet washcloth method) and in my opinion, these wipes are the best. My face actually feels clean to the touch after I use them." —Annie

    Get a two packs of 25 wipes from Amazon for $10.79 (also available in a pack of three).

    18. CeraVe's face and body moisturizer that uses hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and MVE technology to transform your skin from flaky to smooth for 24 hours after you apply it.

    Promising review: "I have only used this moisturizing cream for about a week and a half and I have to say, it has been amazing for my skin! Fall/winter usually takes a toll on my skin and makes it very dry. From day one of using it, I could already tell a difference. It doesn't leave you feeling greasy. It's great for sensitive skin, as it has no fragrance. I use it at least once a day but really try to use it twice a day. My skin has done a complete turnaround!" —candace chavez

    Get it from Amazon for $16.08.

    19. A tub of Aquaphor Healing Ointment, which can basically do everything ever in the history of the world. Try some on your cracked elbows, chapped lips, roughed-up feet, over-washed hands — this magical potion has you covered. You can even dab it on your cheekbones as a highlighter! ✨

    Jar of Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment

    Psst: Try it on new tattoos to keep the color from fading while they heal! 

    Promising review: "Awesome!! I’m on Accutane so I use this for my lips to keep them from getting super chapped and they really help! It’s super moisturizing and I love that it’s in a big tub so I don’t have to keep repurchasing! If you have chapped lips I definitely recommend, it’s super moisturizing and hasn’t caused any breakouts around my lips so far." —M

    Get it from Amazon for $13.74+ (also available in a two-pack).

    20. An easily-portable salicylic acid stick you can rub directly on your pimples to stop breakouts before they have a chance to ruin your whole weekend.


    Promising review: "I bought the Stryke Stick in preparation for my brothers wedding and it worked like an absolute charm to keep all my pimples at bay. I love the easy, no mess application aspect of the stick and it never dries out my skin. Would 100% recommend for anyone dealing with acne." —Josie

    Get it from Target for $19.99.

    21. A ridiculously popular serum from L'Oréal featuring the magic of hyaluronic acid — which is a must for anyone with dry skin. It's designed to attract moisture and even has vitamin C to help brighten your skin the more you use it.,

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical of this as I've tried so many products to help my skin and they never work. This was the last one before I would be forced to accept that I look 10 years older than I am. After about two weeks of using this regularly, as directed, my skin is so much smoother and less oily. The lines and dark bags under my eyes have significantly lessened. I've started receiving compliments on how I'm 'glowing' and how my skin tone is even. For the price, it’s definitely worth it especially when combined with the other products in the line." —Sheryce

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97+ (available in two sizes).

    22. A powerful blackhead vacuum you can use to suck all of the gunk out of your pores. You'll be horrified yet intrigued by all the nastiness that was living in your face.

    Reviewer holding pore vacuum after using it

    Promising review: "Let's be honest. Nobody likes blackheads. We either squeeze them out, put those strips on them to yank them out, or just hope that nobody is looking that close. This device helps fight the gross ways we have to deal with these blemishes. It's fairly simple to use. You just put it on your face and move it around. There's a constant suction power, so when you're done your face isn't looking all red, spotty, and squeezed. My face feels much smoother already!" —Stuart D.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in two colors).

    23. The outrageously popular Differin gel that has compelled over 29,000 Amazon reviewers to leave a review as glowing as their skin. It's a prescription-strength retinoid that gets deep down in your pores to promote skin turnover, so you'll basically have a brand-new face after a few uses.

    Reviewer photo showing results of using Differin gel over 12 weeks

    Promising review: "I don't have too much of an issue with acne, however I do have hormonally based pimples once a month, with a few pimples that break through every now and then. I really purchased because it is a retinoid that you don't have to go to the doctor for and I wanted it to help with some sun damage on my face and fine lines. I've only been using this for a month, but I can honestly say that within the first week I could see a change in my skin. I have absolutely had not one break out of any kind and my skin is so smooth. I sincerely believe that the discoloration and hyperpigmentation on my skin is beginning to fade." —Catattack

    Get it from Amazon for $12.88+ (available in three sizes).

    24. An herbal potion you can quickly roll directly under your eyes to instantly de-puff and brighten thanks to the coffee infusion and organic olive oil. It's basically an espresso shot for your skin.

    Bottle of Under Eye Potion by Rooted Earth
    Rooted Earth

    Promising review: "I used my under-eye potion, and let me just say it works!! I have pretty dark circles and I have had them all my life. I used so many eye creams and so many products and nothing worked. I gave this a try and WOW. My under eyes are completely lighter. I do put it on twice a day. I definitely will be buying more." —Sage Mama

    Rooted Earth is a small Etsy shop based in Casco, Maine.

    Get it from Rooted Earth on Etsy for $14.99.

    25. The extremely beloved Mario Badescu Drying Lotion that looks like a tiny science experiment, but acts like a magical acne potion. Simply dip a cotton swab down into the pink solution, then dab it over any pimples to watch them shrink in just a few hours.

    Two bottles of Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

    Promising review: "Honestly, I assume that this dainty bottle is powered by some sort of magic, because this stuff is truly ah-mazing! Not long ago, I had a deep pimple that was building to a slow crescendo of awful (important to note, I usually have clear skin), and my mother-in-law recommended this stuff to me. She promised that it would drastically reduce the pimple, if not zap it altogether, overnight. I was weary, but I also had a business trip coming up and I was worried that the tender mound was going to blossom into a third eyeball by the time I stepped off the plane for client meetings. I dabbed a tiny amount of this stuff on the zit after my nightly facial routine (it kind of looks like calamine lotion) and went to bed not expecting much. No joke, this miracle elixir managed to shrink the nasty little sucker so much, that the tenderness had gone away!" —Caerley Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $12.75.

    26. A post-blemish rescue balm, because even though you know you really shouldn't pop that pimple, sometimes you just can't help yourself. Just drop a little dab on that popped blemish to add moisture, reduce irritation, and prevent scarring.


    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I’ve been using it on my chin for two nights for scarring from hormonal breakouts. The scars are almost gone! I had a red spot from picking that is barely visible also." —Saige Against The Machine

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    27. A pack of cooling, hydrating eye gels with hyaluronic acid and collagen you can put on 15 minutes before that early morning weekly meeting, then toss off right before you click on the Google Meet link.,

    Promising review: "First of all, amazing deal for the price! Secondly, they work amazing!! I have issues with tired eyes and I used the patches for about 30 minutes after I washed my face, while I was in the shower, then took them off when I did my makeup, and my under-eye was so moisturized and rejuvenated!" —Tiara Baker

    Get a pack of 20 pairs from Amazon for $12.27.

    28. A medicated gel cleanser that uses the power of salicylic acid to banish breakouts and reduce excess surface oil by 47% — so you'll be looking matte and breakout free in no time. It also contains lipohydroxy acid to lightly exfoliate any dead skin, so this is basically like a brand new face in a bottle.

    Reviewer holding bottle of La Roche-Posay medicated gel cleanser
    Reviewer's before-and-after results after using the La Roche-Posay medicated gel cleanser for over a year

    Promising review: "I have been using La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Face Wash for cystic/hormonal acne, and it has seriously been the best product I have tried so far. I have very sensitive and dry skin, so I also follow up with an eye cream and moisturizer (because this product can be drying if you don't). This cleansing gel has completely changed my skin in just 10 days; it is more clear, smooth, and even toned. I think this product is great for all skin types that struggle with acne, as long as you follow up with the proper moisturizer/skin regimen according to your skin type." —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    29. An easy-to-use eye balm stick with a refreshing cooling sensation that will instantly wake you up and smooth out the look of tired eyes. Nobody will suspect you only got three hours of sleep after doing a deep-dive into the #FreeBritney movement.

    Model applying Tula Skincare eye balm
    Tula Skincare

    Promising review: "My new must-have!! It instantly brightens my face and the cooling balm feels wonderful. I don’t leave home without it and have been telling everyone in my family that they need this." —Amy C.

    Get it from Tula Skincare for $28.

    30. An all-natural pimple potion with a super-convenient roller-ball applicator so you can quickly swipe it over your skin the second you feel a breakout occurring.

    Bottle of Pimple Potion from RootedEarth

    Promising review: "My hormonal acne is pretty bad. Applied pimple potion at 4:30 p.m. and it went down dramatically by 7:30. This stuff is MAGICAL." —Rosemary Perez

    RootedEarth is a small Etsy shop based in Casco, Maine.

    Get it from Rooted Earth on Etsy for $14.99+ (also available in a pack of three).

    31. A bottle of Bio-Oil Multiuse Skincare Oil to help reduce the appearance of pesky scars thanks to a special blend of vitamin A, chamomile, sunflower, lavender, and vitamin E oils.


    Promising review: "I swear by this product. Very effective on discolored skin due to scarring. I had shingles on my face brought about by stress because we were moving. It ravaged the lower right side of my face and I was pretty sure it was going to leave hideous scarring. I bought this and started applying it when I started scabbing and still haven't stopped using it until now. I had my shingles in April and it's August now. Check the 'before' and 'after' pics. It works." —twitch

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92+ (available in four sizes and various packs).

    32. A pack of oil-absorbing sheets that will tackle the shiniest of foreheads and have you looking instantly matte without ruining your makeup. These are a must on the days when you're already running late and have no time to wash your face.

    Promising review: "I LOVE these oil-absorbing sheets! I tried them out a few years ago but haven't gotten around to writing a review until now. I've tried other blotting sheets and they've either broken me out or just did not absorb all the oil. Every time I come back to these I realize they are truly the best. I have SUPER-oily skin (and cystic acne, which I have the scars to show for) and this makes me feel sooo fresh and even calms down active pimples/acne." —Noopur D.

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $6.95 (available in two formulas and various pack sizes).

    33. Queen Helene's Mint Julep Masque, because it's a slumber party staple for a reason — it 👏 just 👏 works. It'll stop breakouts in their tracks and the tingly minty sensation will have your skin feeling instantly refreshed.

    Reviewer holding bottle of Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque

    Personal tip: If you have a pimple coming in, dab this on top and let it sit overnight — it'll shrink by the time you wake up!

    Promising review: "After turning 33, I was blessed with painful cystic acne, worse than I ever had in my teens! I tried numerous creams, washes, toners, spot treatments, and finally found my way back to this mask that was a staple during my teen years. It is the ONLY thing I have found that works, and it works well. I use it whenever I feel a zit coming on, and find the blemish is very reduced and less painful the next day. It takes about 10 minutes for the mask to dry, and I used a wash cloth to take it off. I sincerely hope they never stop making this product!" —Vicki

    Get it from Amazon for $5.91.

    34. The impressively multitalented Mario Badescu Facial Spray to refresh your skin, perk up your makeup, and have you looking glowy and hydrated all day long. You can even spritz some in your hair when it needs a quick restyling!

    Model holding Mario Badescu Facial Spray
    mariobadescu / Via

    Try storing it in the fridge for an extra pick-me-up on hot days — it's a game changer!

    Promising review: "I enjoy the refreshing, cooling sensation this gives when sprayed on the face; it gives a boost of hydration before my moisturizer, and also works well as a setting spray. But the best benefit I've gotten is from spraying it in my hair! My limp, thin, baby-fine hair has never looked better or felt stronger." —Laura B

    Check out this BuzzFeeder's Mario Badescu Facial Spray review for more info!

    Get it from Amazon for $5.25+ (available in two sizes).

    35. A bottle of facial toner that proves products for acne-prone skin don't have to be overly harsh to be effective. This smooth potion uses a blend of witch hazel and aloe vera to control excess oil, tighten pores, and reduce irritation and redness.,

    Check out our full review of Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Toner.

    Promising review: "I've been using this every day for about nine months as a toner in my skincare routine and I've seen a tremendous difference. My dark marks and acne have gone away tremendously. I also dealt with fine bumps and textured skin and it greatly reduced that as well. My skin is almost clear. I'm almost on my third bottle of this. I'm never letting this go. I also use it after I shave my legs and 'down there' (not inside of it just pat it on the perimeter) and it prevents any bumps or irritation that may occur. No complaints whatsoever. If you want an all-natural, multipurpose, affordable toner product this is for you." —Sue Craig

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in six formulas).

    36. Or a tub of blemish-clearing pads from the same brand behind everyone's favorite affordable toner. These little exfoliating wipes are alcohol and fragrance free, so you can swipe away to your heart's content without irritating your skin.


    Promising review: "I have very acne prone skin and these are amazing. I use these throughout the day especially with wearing a mask often now, and I feel my breakouts have been less frequent and less harsh." —Blingger07

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $9.99.

    37. And a jar of the reliably nourishing Nivea Crème to provide some love to the driest areas of your face and body. You can even use it as a creamy makeup remover instead of constantly buying those wasteful cleansing wipes all the time.,

    Promising review: "I was under the impression that crèmes like Nivea are extremely oily and sticky. But, dude, I love this. I was in Philadelphia and it was really cold there, so my skin ended up getting extremely dry. I stayed with a friend who had this, and I tried it out because I couldn't find any other moisturizer​ in her bathroom. And boy oh boy, my skin was rejuvenated after just one use. Like, I am not kidding — my skin immediately felt super hydrated and moisturized, almost like the moisture had reached to the deepest of layers my face! The immediate effect is slightly sticky, but just give it some time to absorb. Please give it a try, you won't regret it." —A. K. Singh

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    Now go get some beauty rest until your low-maintenance skin care goodies arrive.


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