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    28 Skincare Products That Are Classics For A Reason

    Featuring a firming cream for your Bum Bum, a minty face mask for breakouts, and a magical ointment to solve basically all of your skin's problems.

    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. Cetaphil's Gentle Skin Cleanser — which proves you don't have to spend a fortune to get an effective face wash. It's super creamy and completely fragrance-free, so it's basically a no-brainer if you have sensitive skin., Amazon

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this cleanser. I have sensitive combination skin so my cheeks and the outer parts of my face are really dry while my nose, forehead, and chin are more on the oily side. This cleanser does an amazing job at cleansing my face and I always feel clean after using. it. It does a really good job at balancing the oil on my skin so my T-zone doesn't feel oily while my cheeks feel nourished. It's extremely gentle and leaves my skin so soft and not stripped, which is nice as some brands make my skin feel really tight after cleansing. I also appreciate that it is fragrance free because my skin can sometimes react and get irritated when using products that are heavily scented or have fragrance." —Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in various sizes and multipacks).

    2. A jar of Bum Bum cream with a special blend of caffeine and guaraná extract to firm and tighten the skin on your legs, stomach, arms, and of course, your "bum bum." Trust me, the pistachio-caramel scent is so delicious you'll want to slather it on everywhere.


    Promising review: "I bought it to try for the scent mainly, but I started using this product all over and have seen some pretty shocking results in moisture, appearance, texture, and even tightening." —Alex W.

    Get it from Amazon for $20+ (available in two sizes).

    3. 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. Oh, and did I mention it's under $10?!

    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 $5.95.

    4. The forever legendary Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum that helps boost collagen and lock in moisture, which will basically give your face a completely clean slate by the time you wake up in the morning.

    model holding the bottle of serum

    Promising review: "Great addition to my night routine. Beautiful application that just glides onto your skin. Plumps skin and makes me look refreshed in the morning. Worth it!" —Allie1219

    Get it from Sephora for $18+ (available in four sizes).

    5. 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.

    6. The extremely gentle, yet supremely hydrating It Cosmetics Confidence In A Cream that uses ceramides to support your skin's barrier, peptides to plump your skin, and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture. Do yourself a favor and start applying before the winter weather wrecks havoc on your face!


    Promising review: "It feels so nice as the finishing step in my nighttime routine. I use prescription Retin-A and this helps at preventing those little flaky bits that can come from the strong retinoid. The scent is mild and I don’t notice it once the product is on the face. I love it and I don’t foresee ever going without." —CynRo

    Get it from Sephora for $18+ (available in three sizes).

    7. A bottle of Aveeno's classic Daily Moisturizing Lotion, which is basically like a soothing oatmeal bath in moisturizer form. If your skin starts getting itchy once the cooler months roll in, you'll want this on your bathroom counter ASAP.

    Model pumping Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion into hand

    Promising review: "I was hesitant about trying this but when I saw the reviews for people getting great results with eczema I decided to try. After three days of using this twice a day on legs and hands I noticed a huge difference. My skin is no longer flaking or cracking. My heels are better. This is not greasy and absorbs well. I would definitely recommend." —llc

    Get it from Amazon for $8.68.

    8. A bottle of Vanicream facial cleanser, which dermatologists love for its extremely gentle oil-free formula. But don't worry — it still packs an impressive punch when it comes to breaking down dirt and excess oil.

    Promising review: "I bought this after much research and review-scouring, and I’m so glad I did. I have been trying to repair the moisture/lipid barrier on my face, and needed a cleanser with the right balance to aid in that process. Washing with Vanicream cleanser is great because it removes things like sunscreen and light makeup but it will not leave your skin feeling stripped or tight." —C. Hollz

    Get it from Amazon for $8.86.

    9. And don't forget the matching Vanicream moisturizing cream so you can lock in some extra moisture without any extra irritating fragrance or parabens.,

    Promising review: "This product is the best!! I have tried so many products for my neck and face and this is the only one that worked. I have an allergy to my cats that suddenly popped up after having them for years and nothing I tried would get rid of the dry, scaly skin. My neck also started to get really ‘crepey’ and I was at my wits end. I would apply layer after layer after layer of different products and nothing worked. I saw a dermatologist and was given different creams and took skin vitamins and I was still a mess. Then I tried Vanicream and it changed my life!! I know that sounds cliché but it really did bring my skin back to where it used to be. The redness, itching, scaling, crepe like appearance is all GONE and it looks and feels normal again. I am so happy with this product and can’t believe how good and inexpensive it was." —Mary M.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    10. 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 three packaging styles).

    11. A multitasking beauty balm you can apply to your lips, elbows, knees, or anywhere else on your body that needs a good eight hours of continued hydration. You can even use it in your hair to hide split ends and tame flyaways. Seriously, I dare you to find something this can't do.

    Model applying Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream to fingertip
    Elizabeth Arden/Instagram

    Promising review: "I purchased this after reading reviews and seeing Kim Kardashian's stylist use this on her face as a highlighter for a natural highlight glow. The product is great for lips, shaping eyebrows, smoothing skin around nailbeds, and as a highlighter. I find that using a tiny bit on the cheekbones after applying makeup makes the skin look so healthy. I also love that it is SPF. There is a lot of product, so it will last a long time. I would definitely agree with the other reviews that rate this product highly." —Amber

    Get it from Amazon for $22 (also available in a three-piece set).

    12. A multipack of Burt's Bees lip balm so you can keep this classic in every room in your home. Come for the nourishing beeswax and vitamin E, stay for the tingly peppermint goodness.

    Reviewer holding tube of Burt's Bees lip balm

    Promising review: "I have been using this for well over a decade. I've tried many many other lip balms and treatments but continue to go back to this, my holy grail! It has a thick consistency and stays on much longer than others. The refreshing peppermint is soothing when my lips are cracked and painful. This multipack is the best value I have found. I keep one in my bathroom, bedroom, purse and kitchen. I use it every single night before going to bed and wake up with improved lips. They get very chapped during the winters. Can't be without it!" —Jhall626

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in various variety packs).

    13. 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 $16.22.

    14. 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 $14.45.

    15. A bottle of Tend Skin Solution to help you finally say goodbye to razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Shaving is annoying enough as it is — nobody needs a painful reminder afterward.

    Promising review: "I have sensitive skin and this has helped tremendously! I’m a woman who unfortunately started shaving my chin 20 years ago to get rid of peach fuzz. I’ve had stubble ever since and have to shave everyday. I get rashes on my chin due to shaving. My skin is now less sensitive and my rash is almost gone!" —Angela

    Get it from Amazon for $19.51.

    16. An outrageously popular Differin gel that has compelled over 28,000 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 $12.26+ (available in three sizes).

    17. A gross but oh-so-satisfying exfoliating foot mask to remove all the dead skin that's lurking on your feet. Simply slip the booties on and let the fruit acid and 17 types of natural extracts get to work while you kick back.

    @babyfootusa / Via, @babyfootusa / Via

    Promising review: "My feet used to be horribly dry, itchy and cracked with thick calluses. I started using Baby Foot every couple of months a year ago and my feet are now soft and smooth. Make sure to soak your feet before using and then again at least once a few days later. I leave the booties on for longer than the instructions, usually around two hours. It doesn’t burn or irritate my skin. A few days later the top layer of skin starts peeling all over. It’s REALLY gross-looking so make sure you don’t need to show your feet for about two weeks! The results are amazing so it’s totally worth it! Calluses improve dramatically with one treatment but bad calluses may need a couple of treatments to go away. Make sure to wait at least two weeks before using again. I’ve recommended to all my friends and family. Seems to work for all skin types." —Mostly Maven

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    18. A jar of super moisturizing cream that will basically give you brand new hands. Its blend of beeswax and glycerin will get your skin back to normal if increased hand-washing has wreaked havoc on your hands.

    For best results, you should apply the cream after washing your hands, after showering, and at bedtime.

    Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday, and when I put it on, I could tell right away that it was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth." —Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $6.61 (available in packs of two or 12).

    19. A jar of the ever-popular O'Keeffe's Healthy Feet foot cream, which has impressed over 36,000 Amazon reviewers. The thick cream not only hydrates, but also forms a protective barrier to keep your feet looking their best over time. Don't be shocked if they basically transform right in front of your eyes.


    Promising review: "I have battled problems with my feet for over 25 years. Due to my obsessive running, I had infections and cracked feet that were painful and ugly. I have spent thousands of dollars with doctors trying to heal my feet. After the doctors did all they could do, my feet were better, but I could not completely eliminate the dryness and cracking. I have tried dozens of creams, pedicures, rasping, wrapping, and on and on. After one month with this cream, my feet look normal. Because of my schedule, I put the cream on after my morning shower and then put my socks on for the day. After 25 years, I have normal feet! I wanted to share this information with others like me who have struggled with their feet like I have. Give it a try!" —E. H. Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $6.41 (also available in multiple pack sizes).

    20. Aztec Secret Indian Bentonite Healing Clay to extract dirt and oil from your pores and keep your skin feeling its absolute best. It's basically like a reset button for those times when your skin needs a little extra attention.,

    Promising review: "Works amazing! I primarily used this for detoxing my armpits (sounds weird, right? But you should seriously look into it) I also slathered it on my face to pull out the impurities! I am 100% satisfied with this product!" —Happy Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in two sizes).

    21. 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 $18.99 (available in two sizes).

    22. 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 cremes 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 $7.06.

    23. 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 $15.28.

    24. 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).

    25. 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 Thayer's 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, multi-purpose, affordable toner product this is for you." —Sue Craig

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49+ (available in six formulas).

    26. 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 re-styling!

    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 closer look for more on this amazing facial spray!

    Get it from Amazon for $12 (available in five sizes).

    27. 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 used an acne spot treatment that left me with a bad burn on my face. After it began healing, I was left with a fairly dark scar. After two weeks of using Mederma, the scar had already improved so much! After about eight and a half weeks, you couldn't even see where the original scar was anymore. —Jordan B.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.35+ (available in two styles).

    28. And a bottle of La Mer Créme de la Mer Moisturizer, which if you couldn't tell from its fancy name, is basically the holy grail of facial moisturizers. The luxurious cream tackles redness, fine lines and wrinkles thanks to its blend of algae extract, lime tea, and sesame seed oil.

    Sephora, La Mer

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many other less expensive options and keep coming back to La Mer. This cream blends perfectly with all sunscreens and foundations I use and doesn’t ever look like there is too much product build up or leave a cakey look. My skin is super dry in some areas (around the nose or mouth) and oily in others (forehead) and this moisturizer seems to even everything out. After using the cream consistently for months, I also noticed a scar on my face start to improve, especially the redness." —Cassie1189

    Get it from Sephora for $95+ (available in three sizes).

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