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    29 Products To Try If Fall Is Wreaking Havoc On Your Skin

    The leaves are changing and so is your skin.

    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 multitasking plant-powered vitamin C serum with over 58,000 5-star ratings for anyone looking to lessen dark circles, sun spots, redness, and breakouts.

    A split photo of a face with some breakouts and the same face with the breakouts gone.

    Promising review: "This product changed my life. I now leave the house without makeup but feel confident because this serum gives me such glowing skin with an even complexion. This is must for me every morning after my cleanser and before my moisturizer. They use a good stabilizer because the vitamin C doesn't oxidate over time in the bottle. I'm now on my second bottle and plan to keep buying. I have normal to dry skin type for the record!" —Kaitlyn Evangelista

    Check out our TruSkin Vitamin C Serum deep dive for more info!

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99

    2. A mega-popular hydrating Cerave facial cleanser if you want no-nonsense skincare that's tough on acne but not tough on your sensitive skin.

    L: a reviewer with acne on their cheeks, R: the same reviewer with much of the acne gone

    Promising review: "Bought this from Amazon a few weeks ag. I had used Aveeno face wash before this; my skin isn’t oily & sometimes 'oil-free' face washes make my skin extra dry so I decided to give this a try and it has not dried or made me break out at all. I usually use between half a pump or a full pump and it’s plenty, very gentle on my sensitive skin. I recommend this to all of my family & friends. I won’t ever use another face wash again. I also use Cerave body wash & lotion!" —Jessica Rush

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

    3. Plus, this corresponding Cerave moisturizer to round out your routine with a top layer of hydration that's fragrance free and never feels too heavy or greasy.,

    Promising review: "I don't like greasy lotion. I don't like watery lotion either. I want lotion that doesn't have a scent, goes on smooth and easy, doesn't 'absorb' away, and actually hydrates the skin. I'm so glad I tried this lotion because it checks all of those boxes for me! I have normal skin and live in a dry climate. The older I get, the more important it becomes to me that I take care of my skin. I've tried a million lotions, from cheap to expensive and this one is now at the top of my list. If you're on the fence just buy it. It's worth every penny!" —Jennifer S.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.78.

    4. A pack of multipurpose dermaplaning razors because these teeny-tiny blades work double duty to safely remove peach fuzz and exfoliate skin so you can get back to glowing.,

    Promising review: "Took me a little while to figure out the right angle to use this effectively but once I did it worked like a charm. I’ve used it for shaping eyebrows and managing the little bit of blonde peach fuzz I have on my upper lip. I haven’t tried it anywhere else but no bad reactions or pain, and relatively easy to maneuver with a bit of practice." —Kelly G.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $4.99.

    5. A pack of 40 acne patches so you can stop that zit dead in its tracks with gunk-absorbing powers that speed up the pimple healing process without picking or popping.

    Promising review: "I ordered these on a whim after a long day of isolation and internet browsing and because I have a terrible habit of picking at spots on my face and making them into something much much worse. These magical spots are life-changing!!! Put them on before bed (or before work) on clean skin and FORGET about them. You don't notice they're there — unless you go to pick at something and then YOU STOP!! Leave them in place for at least six hours and then peel them off. They come off easily (but not so easy that they come off while sleeping) and the amount of 'bleck' they suck out is amazing!!! So a spot that was going to erupt into Mount Vesuvius ends up being NOTHING!!!! I've purchased six packages and will keep buying them. An amazing value!" —Jennifer Nothdurft

    Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $8.49 or an eight-pack of the large patches for $8.49.

    6. A pack of Skin1004's Zombie masks that'll deliver skin-tightening, fine line–reducing benefits at the small price of looking like an extra in The Walking Dead for 15 minutes. It'll just make that post-facial reveal that much more sweet!

    Reviewer before and after showing the mask made their skin look tighter and reduced the appearance of some wrinkles

    The kit includes eight Zombie Pack sets (powder and activator), plus one applicator brush!

    Promising review: "When you put it on, the smell hits you hard. As it is on your face the smell is not too bad and the mask tingles as it dries. Wash it off and reveal clean, smooth skin. Plus fun to take pictures looking like a cracked mess." —raine

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $30.92.

    7. An invisible Supergoop sunscreen with SPF 40 for top-notch sun protection that's scentless, weightless, and goes on clear meaning you won't have to deal with any pesky white cast. I'm here to let you know that you need to wear SPF in every season — even the cold ones.


    Promising review: "Best sunscreen ever! Been using this sunscreen for years and I highly recommend this for my fellow Black and brown girls who have had to deal with white cast from sunscreens in the past. This formula is completely invisible!' —Steph217

    Get it from Sephora for $34.

    8. A powerful 2% BHA salicylic acid exfoliant if harsh scrubs haven't done your skin any favors. It helps to clear skin and unclogs pores by gently sloughing away dead skin to reveal the texture-free glow hiding underneath.

    Promising review: "This product helped clear my skin after I struggled with many other products. I was struggling with what I thought was milia on my forehead. I have tried exfoliating with all sorts of different products. I read a review on Reddit and though I would give it a try. So glad I did. I put this on and saw results in on night. I honestly love how well this product worked for me." —Nicola

    Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in two sizes).

    9. A water tumbler to tackle your dryness issues from the inside. Colorful bands make it easy to track each time you finish the bottle so you can smash those hydration goals and feel your body sigh with relief that you're giving it water and not another iced coffee.

    Samantha Wieder / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    This 20-ounce bottle is made of durable BPA-free plastic and is top-rack dishwasher safe. But don't stick it in the microwave!

    Promising review: "My husband thought it was ridiculous to spend $17 on a water bottle, but I have used it every single day since I bought it and he has conceded that it was a good purchase. I went from drinking hardly any water to more than 100 ounces per day and as a breastfeeding mom, it is essential to keep hydrated. I used to use apps on my phone but I would always forget to update them. Easy to clean, however, I use mine strictly for water. I don't know that cleaning the straw would be as easy if was putting anything else in there. The only thing I am worried about is losing a band, which I haven't yet after four months!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in two colors).

    10. A coconut facial-toning mist with a shea butter base and active botanicals that's an anytime solution for a dry, irritated complexion. Give it a spritz morning, noon, night, or whenever your skin could use a refreshing reset.

    a bottle of the facial spray next to bits of solid turmeric
    @alaffia / Via

    Alaffia is a Black-owned small biz creating clean, plant-based, and cruelty-free beauty products that give back. Alaffia is a social enterprise that uses the money generated from its products to invest back into West African communities. 

    Promising review: "This toner is the first and only skin product that I have used in my adult life that has made my skin look radiant, healthy, even-toned, and moisturized! I love this product so much and the smell is energizing and comforting. I also spray it in my hair in between washes. Can not recommend this product enough!" —Nicole 

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98

    11. A wildly popular Bio-Oil because real-life magic (aka science) has gifted us this powerful blend of nourishing oils and vitamins to help fade scars and lock in moisture without feeling heavy on the skin and clogging pores.,

    Promising review: "After just about three weeks of use I’ve seen such a positive change in both the evenness of time and of the texture of my skin. Melasma and acne scarring have faded pretty dramatically — I don’t even bother putting on foundation when I do my makeup in the morning. The oil is so lightweight and doesn’t exacerbate my already oily complexion." —L T C

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92+ (available in three sizes).

    12. A milky glow serum so you can get luminous, dewy skin with the pure power of nature — not highlighter. It's cruelty-free, absorbs quickly, and doesn't leave behind any sticky residue so your skin looks *and* feels touchably soft.

    Credo Clean Beauty, Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed

    Launched in 2019, Wldkat is a small biz founded by Amy Zunzunegui, the woman behind some of your favorite Urban Decay products. Her latest venture is a tight line of CBD-infused skincare that's cruelty-free, vegan, and beautifully transparent about what is and isn't in their products. All of their products are made in the USA at factories powered by renewable energy.

    A skincare product has never so quickly impressed me like this serum did. One pump, day and night, and within a few days I was catching a makeup-less cheekbone glow in the mirror that *definitely* never was happening before. But then I started taking my new juicy skin for granted. When I ran out I debated if I needed to order more, but my skin quickly told me that wasn't an option. Within a week I was looking dry, dull, and my cheeks started feeling more textured. I ran back to this serum and it welcomed me back with open arms. Now I plan to never be apart ever again.

    Get it from Credo Clean Beauty for $25.

    13. An ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid serum that plumps, smooths, and softens skin for an overall brighter, bouncier complexion. Like the beauty filter on TikTok, but real life.

    A two-paneled reviewer photo showing a face with red acne on the cheeks on the left, and a face with a clear complexion on the right.

    Promising review: "Amazing product! It has kept my skin tight and I'm slowly seeing results for my fine lines. I have been using it for two months now and I've stopped expecting overnight results with a skincare product. Nothing will show you progress within a week. I loved this product so much that I bought a second bottle since I’m a little past halfway on the first one already. Update: Six months later, I’m on my third bottle and I will not trade it for anything else! I use it in my 10-step Korean skincare routine and it has helped transform my skin!" —CM

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in three sizes).

    14. A whisper-quiet mini humidifier for combating parched morning skin and hair. Let it run overnight on your bedside table or treat yourself to a misty morning facial that'll help to reduce redness and leave skin damp, maximizing the absorption of serums, oils, and creams.

    Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed, Hey Dewy

    Hey Dewy was cofounded by Cindy Kang, a Korean-born entrepreneur who spent 15 years in dry, stale offices before dreaming up a portable humidifier that could be used anywhere.

    The 10.8-ounce humidifier can run for up to eight hours straight and is powered by an included USB cord.

    This baby humidifier has genuinely made my life SO much better! For months, I would wake up with my nose and lips painfully dry until I started setting this little guy up on my nightstand while I sleep, and plugged into my laptop on my desk while I work. Not only are my skin hydration levels waaayyy up, but I really enjoy leaning over to feel the cool mist on my face for a few deep, cleansing breaths throughout the day. It's incredibly refreshing and I already know is going to be a lifesaver for traveling. Dry plane and hotel room air is a thing of the past!

    Get it from Hey Dewy for $39.95 (available in three colors).

    15. Or a cool-mist humidifier that holds a full gallon of water if you've got a big, dry room made inhabitable by a furnace that's constantly running. On low, this quiet little gadget can run for 30 hours so you won't have to make constant trips to the sink for refills.

    This humidifier has a smart timer to help develop an effective humidifying schedule. There's also a built-in night-light, sleep mode, and auto-shutoff feature.

    Promising review: "I love this humidifier. I recently moved to a new house and it's super dry here so I've had this on 24/7 since I got it about a week ago and it works perfectly. I no longer have dry skin or dry lips, and it reduced static around the house by about 95%. I've never had a humidifier before, but this is now an essential household item for me and is really money well spent. Because I always have it on high, I have to refill once every 18 hours or so. It's easy to refill and clean, and is just so practical and minimalistic. I also like the sleep mode it has, and the fact that it barely makes any noise except for a low soothing steaming sound. Buy it!" —Evelyn

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    16. A nourishing hydrating bodywash for giving your whole body that cleansing and moisturizing treatment it needs. No, your shower shouldn't end with you feeling stiffer and dryer than when you went in.

    a reviewer photo of the body wash pump bottle

    Promising review: "My son and daughter have very sensitive skin! It would get irritated, red, and very dry no matter how much I lathered them in lotion. I bought so many different kinds that were supposed to be really good and they literally did nothing. Went to the doctor thought maybe I needed prescription-grade stuff and she said to use this, and pair it with Cetaphil nonscented lotion. That was three years ago! I haven't turned back since! In the summer I don't even have to use the Cetaphil lotion anymore cuz this moisturizes their skin enough! It's been amazing!" —Alicia Pineda-Galvan

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99

    17. A creamy hydrating mask if your thirsty skin needs an extra-super shot of hydration. Slather it on for 20 minutes or wear it as an overnight cream (it dries clear, so no pillow stains) and wash it off in the morning for smoother, softer skin.

    Danielle Healy / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Follain is a woman-owned small biz with a commitment to creating luxurious yet highly effective skincare solutions without any harmful ingredients. To back it up they are verified by the Environmental Working Group, Leaping Bunny certified, and dermatologist tested!

    This mask has a luxurious, whipped texture and a light, essentially nonexistent scent. Sometimes I use it as an overnight treatment, sometimes not, and I feel like my skin's overall hydration levels are drastically improved every time. No more flaky dry patches in the morning! The jar is small, but I promise a little goes a long way.

    Get it from Amazon for $34 or from Follain for $34.

    18. A stainless-steel foot file so you can scrape off all the dried, cracked skin keeping you from being the foot model you were born to be.

    Before image of a cracked foot with an after image of the skin smooth

    Promising review: "I keep this in my shower and give my soles and heels a quick rasp every day. It really keeps the calluses/dead skin under control with almost no effort. I've had it for almost a year now and it hasn't rusted or anything in the shower. I've never accidentally hurt myself in any way with it. Tip: If you're starting with significant calluses (or whatever condition you're addressing), don't expect to get rid of it all in one day. Work on it a little every day for several days. Also, don't apply a whole lot of pressure to it, or you'll just grate your healthy skin off. Instead, gently but firmly rasp areas that need it." —lona

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    19. A pH-balanced Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser that'll ~gently~ unclog pores, remove makeup, and is 100% safe to use around the eyes, so your waterproof mascara and this cleanser can duke it out without irritation.


    The cleanser is cruelty-free and vegan.

    Fellow BuzzFeed writer Sam Wieder personally loves this cleanser. In her own words:

    "I have extremely sensitive skin, and back in fall 2019 I experienced a sudden onset of cystic acne all over my face, went on birth control for it in December, and now six months later, my skin is completely clear and I finally want to try all of these skincare products I was too scared to use. As someone who was using Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser for YEARS, I was nervous to make the switch to Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, and full expected I'd try it once and have to retire it. Quite the opposite actually. This cleanser is truly SO gentle. Rather than leaving my skin feeling hot and irritated like some skincare products do, this leaves my skin with a cooling sensation and I actually really look forward to washing my face in the morning and at night rather than dread it. I haven't worn makeup much lately, but the few times I have since buying this cleanser, it's done an excellent job of removing my makeup, and I can go to sleep with peace of mind that my pores aren't clogged up."

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (also available in a travel size).

    20. A tub of rejuvenating eye cream for tightening, brightening, and lifting those tired eyes and making it look like you actually got enough sleep and didn't stay up late rewatching The Office...again.,

    Promising review: "I never ever write reviews. I have tried every eye cream out there. Not one does what is says. This was immediate! I saw softening of my wrinkles and crows feet. It’s amazing. I will be buying this again and again." —melisa delaney

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes).

    21. This Korean exfoliating mitt if you love the delightful feeling of disgust that comes with seeing dead skin slough away right before your eyes and knowing that you're going to feel SO SMOOTH after.,

    Promising review: "Right out of the box I could tell these mitts were going to be exactly what I needed. Excellent quality and easy to use! I’ve tried them twice already and my skin is now incredibly smooth! After I scrubbed my arm, I looked at the mitt and saw it was covered with dead skin cells. I’ll be buying more of these as gifts for girlfriends (in a fun spa gift basket)!" —Danielle Gill

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49.

    22. A cruelty-free lip balm with SPF 25 to take even chronically irritated lips from dry and cracked to hydrated and smooth while protecting them from future damage.

    a split image of a reviewer's lips before and after using the balm

    Promising review: "This little $8 tube has changed my life. For going on 12 years I've had almost nonstop chapped, cracked, and peeling lips. It doesn't seem to matter the season or even be related to time spent outdoors. I'd just learned to live with it and cringe when I'd see close-ups of my face. I happened upon a post in a women's hiker forum and this brand was heavily recommended. For the first time in many years I can smile without my lips hurting and can eat without them burning. It stays on even after brushing my teeth. It's so nice to feel soft lips again after all these years." —Bluebearee

    Get it from Amazon for $8 (available in six flavors). 

    23. A whipped herbal body cream because it's packed with powerhouse ingredients like restorative hemp seed oil, nourishing shea butter, and soothing aloe to hydrate skin without the greasiness you've come to know (and hate) from other brands.

    the moisturizer pump bottle next to slices of peach and grapefruit

    Promising review: "I've avoided lotion like it's my job, almost my whole life. I always hated that greasy feeling left on my skin, and especially my hands! I had received a mini version of this lotion in an Ipsy bag, and love it so much that I bought this larger size! Once it absorbs into the skin, there's no greasy feeling! My dry skin is finally happy to be living that moisturized life." —Amazon Customer 

    Get it from Amazon for $15.49 (also available in a travel size). 

    24. A vegan exfoliating body scrub so you can buff away bumps by combining the benefits of a chemical peel and microdermabrasion treatment into one gentle, at-home treatment. If you struggle with persistent KP, a condition that's known to get worse in the winter, this scrub is for you.

    a split reviewer photo of their arm before and after using the body scrub

    Promising review: "So I have keratosis pilaris on my bum and have been always super self-conscious about it. I’ve used this product five to eight times and they are seriously like GONE. It’s soooo smooth now and I’m super happy. It does say to use once a week but I’ve just been using it every time I shower (which is almost every day LOL). I only use a dime-size amount and it’s able to cover my bum and some of my legs. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who also has pesky bumps on their body. Also, this product has no scent, which is a plus for anyone who has sensitive skin!!" —Ang M

    Get it from Amazon for $17+ (available in two sizes). 

    25. A pair of satin pillowcases that naturally improve overall skin and hair hydration for one less thing to worry about when your head hits the pillow.,

    Promising review: "I have very sensitive skin that more and more seems to dislike any fabric on my face. Makes it very difficult to lay on a pillow when it itches your cheeks! I switched to satin (I can't afford silk) and my skin is so much happier. My face can just glide along the pillow with no itchiness! I really like that it has a zip closure. Never had any snags with it so I'd say it's a good quality. The satin does get sort of scratches in it fairly easily from my earrings but I don't care enough to take them out before bed. If you want the pillow to stay perfect looking then take your earrings out!" —Rebecca

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.97 (available in three sizes and 24 colors).

    26. The ever-reliable O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream for anyone whose dry, cracked hands need something a little stronger than the average moisturizer. This famous formula locks in moisture, while creating a protective barrier to prevent future moisture loss.

    A split image of a hand with dry, cracked cuticles on the left, and the same hand looking healthy and hydrated on the right

    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 this 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 $7.33

    27. A top-selling acne oil if you're tired of acne treatments that leave your skin dull and dry. This breakout-busting formula is packed with hydrating oils that fight breakouts (not cause them). Use it as a spot treatment or mix it with your moisturizer for full-face coverage.


    Blume is a POC-owned small biz cofounded by sisters Taran and Bunny, who wanted to create a line of transparent, eco-conscious self-care products that destigmatize and demystify the shame-centered talk around periods and puberty.

    Promising review: "The Meltdown acne oil saved my skin. Literally, my skin was so dry it was peeling and flacking but it is also acne-prone. Traditional acne products would dry out my skin even more. I’m so happy I found an oil that actually helped my acne and acne scars while hydrating my skin. Skincare Essential for dry skin!" —Cassandra C.

    Get it from Blume for $28 (save 20% when you subscribe).

    28. A bottle of nail and cuticle care oil you apply like a clear coat of polish to give your nails all the cuticle-softening, nail-strengthening nourishment they've been craving.

    A split reviewer image showing a hand with brittle, chipped nails and dry cuticles on the left, and the same hand with healthy-looking nails and cuticle on the right

    Promising review: "I had peeling, weak nails for years. Tried everything. I bought this in February. This size bottle lasted a bit more than a month with me religiously applying it two to three times a day. I was really seeing great improvement, so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. I then bought the big 4-ounce refill bottle because I never want to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!" —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50+ (available in three sizes).

    29. Some paraben-free body butter with shea butter, grape-seed oil, and candelilla wax that ~melts~ into the skin, locking in moisture for a soft and supple surface.

    Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    Butter by Keba is a woman-owned small business founded by Makeba Lloyd and based in NYC. Their plant-based formulas are made with natural organic essential oils, phthalate-free fragrance, and are paraffin, petroleum, and mineral oil free.

    Fellow BuzzFeed writer and product tester extraordinaire Rachel Dunkel tried this body butter for herself:

    "I've been using this body butter for over six months and simply adore it. It goes on in such a perfectly smooth, hydrating layer and soaks into skin quickly while moisturizing literally all day. I have it in the scent 'La Vera,' which is delicately light and fresh. One of the things I like most about the body butter is the level of scent — it's not too overwhelming but is definitely present, and, most importantly, subtly lasts all day."

    Get it from Butter by Keba for $22+ (available in two sizes and nine scents).

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