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23 Splurge-Worthy Skin Care Products You'll Wish You Knew About Sooner

Your skin will take the investment all the way to the bank. The products in this post were updated in March 2018.

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.
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We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. Philosophy's exfoliating wash, to seriously scrub away all your dead skin.

Promising Review: "A little goes a long way. The scent is mild/faint and pleasant. The thick gel is loaded with tiny scrubbers that feel like beach sand and do a great job of smoothing and sloughing off dead skin. I noticed a difference in less than a week. My pores are smaller and the surface of my skin is much smoother. It also sped up the hyper-pigmentation scar healing from a bad outbreak. I use it morning and night." —sundayGet it on Amazon for $36.
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Promising Review: "A little goes a long way. The scent is mild/faint and pleasant. The thick gel is loaded with tiny scrubbers that feel like beach sand and do a great job of smoothing and sloughing off dead skin. I noticed a difference in less than a week. My pores are smaller and the surface of my skin is much smoother. It also sped up the hyper-pigmentation scar healing from a bad outbreak. I use it morning and night." —sunday

Get it on Amazon for $36.

2. Peter Thomas Roth's Rose Stem Gel Mask, a cooling treatment that offers intensive skin repair.

amazon.com, amazon.com

Promising Review: "I love this! Especially the smell! ❤️ I wear it at night. My face feels softer whenever I use this. I leave this in the fridge so when I come after a hot day outside it cools my face." —Shopaholic

Get it on Amazon for $38.

3. Clarisonic Mia 2, which helps get deep down into your pores and remove any impurities.

Promising Review: "I'm a nickel and dimer because I have to be, so this was a HUGE splurge for me. After seeing all the rave reviews, it totally was worth it! I've always had issues with my skin. I have oily, break-out prone skin. It's helped a lot with the texture of my skin, much more than the several exfoliants I've purchased in the past. Every time I've used it I have a glow and feel refreshed." —pinkjade23Get it on Amazon for $169. (Available in purple, pink, green, and white.)
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Promising Review: "I'm a nickel and dimer because I have to be, so this was a HUGE splurge for me. After seeing all the rave reviews, it totally was worth it! I've always had issues with my skin. I have oily, break-out prone skin. It's helped a lot with the texture of my skin, much more than the several exfoliants I've purchased in the past. Every time I've used it I have a glow and feel refreshed." —pinkjade23

Get it on Amazon for $169. (Available in purple, pink, green, and white.)

4. Juice Beauty Blemish Clearing Serum, to reduce breakouts, unclog pores, and even out skin tone with organic ingredients.

Promising Review: "I had issues with adult acne for years and this stuff changed my skin. If I have any acne starting to form, this will clear it up almost overnight. Even cystic acne is drastically better. It is also not overly drying. I have dry skin anyway, so many acne products were too drying." —LauraGet it on Amazon for $30.
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Promising Review: "I had issues with adult acne for years and this stuff changed my skin. If I have any acne starting to form, this will clear it up almost overnight. Even cystic acne is drastically better. It is also not overly drying. I have dry skin anyway, so many acne products were too drying." —Laura

Get it on Amazon for $30.

5. Suntegrity Skincare SPF 30, an all-natural and cruelty-free way to fight the sun's UV rays.

Promising Review: "This sunscreen won some awards for its ingredients being nontoxic, which I also looked into and verified, so I decided to try it. I really like it and it seems to work. It did not cause any breakouts on my sensitive skin. Just keep in mind that it is like a primer, so you have to really rub it in because it comes out pretty white. But other than that, it definitely holds up." —mermaidGet it on Amazon for $45.
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Promising Review: "This sunscreen won some awards for its ingredients being nontoxic, which I also looked into and verified, so I decided to try it. I really like it and it seems to work. It did not cause any breakouts on my sensitive skin. Just keep in mind that it is like a primer, so you have to really rub it in because it comes out pretty white. But other than that, it definitely holds up." —mermaid

Get it on Amazon for $45.

6. Perricone MD High Potency Amine Face Lift, a highly concentrated treatment that improves the appearance of your skin while minimizing the signs of sun damage.

Promising Review: "Only after a few applications, I could (and especially my boy friend) definitely notice a difference in my skin! Very highly recommended!" —SherbearGet it on Sephora for $110.
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Promising Review: "Only after a few applications, I could (and especially my boy friend) definitely notice a difference in my skin! Very highly recommended!" —Sherbear

Get it on Sephora for $110.

7. Glamglow YouthMud Treatment, for tighter-looking skin and minimized pores.

Promising Review: "It's worth it! I wish I was able to buy this more frequently, but as a broke grad student, I figured I'd try it once. I absolutely loved it. I have sensitive skin and am prone to allergic dermatitis breakouts, so I am always wary of trying new skin products. I loved the exfoliating feeling of taking off this mask. My color was more even and my skin was so smooth. I noticed the effects immediately." —Amanda BlakerGet it on Amazon for $44.78.
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Promising Review: "It's worth it! I wish I was able to buy this more frequently, but as a broke grad student, I figured I'd try it once. I absolutely loved it. I have sensitive skin and am prone to allergic dermatitis breakouts, so I am always wary of trying new skin products. I loved the exfoliating feeling of taking off this mask. My color was more even and my skin was so smooth. I noticed the effects immediately." —Amanda Blaker

Get it on Amazon for $44.78.

8. St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, to get that summer glow without any of that summer red.

amazon.com, amazon.com

Promising Review: "I was worried I'd look like an Oompa Loompa once this stuff dried, and I honestly didn't! I applied it mid-day to my legs and immediately got a nice tan/glow, (my skin tone is snow white). I will say I was a little surprised when I went to bed and woke up the next morning to see it was a LOT darker, but I wasn't necessarily disappointed. Now I need to apply it everywhere else so I can get an even tone! This product was recommended to me by a friend and I'm glad I purchased it!" —Hilary

Get it on Amazon for $42.

9. KYPRIS Antioxidant Dew, a vegan moisturizer filled with antioxidants to help bring your skin back to life.

Promising Review: "I was so nervous to purchase a bottle because it is very pricey but all the amazing reviews from every beauty site on the Internet persuaded me to part with my dollars. I usually use a wonderful face oil, but I wanted to try something different. I'm so glad I did! The packaging is to die for with a gorgeous bottle that looks lovely on the shelf or displayed near the sink. It's easy to portion out using the included dropper, and the scent is fresh and soothing. It looks like a milky liquid and absorbs into the skin so quickly. Feels nourishing and soft. No tackiness or slickness or lingering. Works great under my sunscreen and makeup. An excellent layering moisturizer. It keeps my skin soft and hydrated all day. I found it to be versatile and forgiving and gave my skin a very dewy look." —miaccbeeGet it on Amazon for $72.
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Promising Review: "I was so nervous to purchase a bottle because it is very pricey but all the amazing reviews from every beauty site on the Internet persuaded me to part with my dollars. I usually use a wonderful face oil, but I wanted to try something different. I'm so glad I did! The packaging is to die for with a gorgeous bottle that looks lovely on the shelf or displayed near the sink. It's easy to portion out using the included dropper, and the scent is fresh and soothing. It looks like a milky liquid and absorbs into the skin so quickly. Feels nourishing and soft. No tackiness or slickness or lingering. Works great under my sunscreen and makeup. An excellent layering moisturizer. It keeps my skin soft and hydrated all day. I found it to be versatile and forgiving and gave my skin a very dewy look." —miaccbee

Get it on Amazon for $72.

10. Clarins Double Serum, a treatment made with powerful plant extracts that deliver amazing results.

Promising Review: "I love this skin care product, because my dry and slightly aging skin just drinks it in. My husband says it gives me a pretty glow!" —Harmony BGet it on Jet for $52.22.
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Promising Review: "I love this skin care product, because my dry and slightly aging skin just drinks it in. My husband says it gives me a pretty glow!" —Harmony B

Get it on Jet for $52.22.

11. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Light Tinted Sunscreen, to get a healthy glow — and SPF 50 — on your face.

Get it on Walmart for $24.13.
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Get it on Walmart for $24.13.

12. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, for a makeup remover that'll completely dissolve all traces of dirt and cosmetics while nourishing your complexion.

Promising Review: "This is the ONLY facial cleanser I've found gentle enough for my dry, sensitive skin, and I've tried plenty: Cetaphil, CeraVe, Lancôme, Clarins, Estée Lauder, etc. These are good products but my skin is so sensitive and dry that most of these products only served to further dry my skin. I'm happy to share that I LOVE THIS CLEANSER! IT ROCKS! It leaves my skin soft, supple, smooth, hydrated, and cleansed." —RachelGet it on Amazon for $28.
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Promising Review: "This is the ONLY facial cleanser I've found gentle enough for my dry, sensitive skin, and I've tried plenty: Cetaphil, CeraVe, Lancôme, Clarins, Estée Lauder, etc. These are good products but my skin is so sensitive and dry that most of these products only served to further dry my skin. I'm happy to share that I LOVE THIS CLEANSER! IT ROCKS! It leaves my skin soft, supple, smooth, hydrated, and cleansed." —Rachel

Get it on Amazon for $28.

13. Shiseido face concentrate, which helps your skin bounce back from daily stresses and toxins.

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Promising Review: "I got a sample of this at the mall and was a bit skeptical because I was a LOYAL customer to Estée Lauder for years! I felt like I was ready for a change. Once I tried this infusing concentrate on my skin, I was amazed! My skin is illuminated, gives it a healthy glow. I am addicted to it, can't go a day without it in my morning and evening regimen. Didn't take me long before I switched over to the entire skin line. My lines were minimized within a few days." —SunnyAZ

Get it on Amazon for $49.30.

14. Bee Friendly Skincare Face and Eye Cream, an organic solution to deal with fine lines and wrinkles.

amazon.com, amazon.com

Promising Review: "It is a denser moisturizer than I am used to using, so my first thought was that I wouldn't love it, but I do and a little goes a long way! It has a wonderful light, natural honey scent. I have very sensitive skin and I'm also a contact lens wearer so sometimes harsh, strong perfumes and chemicals can bother me. It goes on a bit greasy, but quickly absorbs, and has left my skin soft and brighter, my eyes less puffy, and reduced the fine lines around my eyes and forehead! I use it two times a day, morning and night. I love the natural ingredients, smell, and how my skin looks — this is a great cream!" —Momof5kiddos

Get it on Amazon for $24.99.

15. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask, to get smooth and fresh-looking skin.

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Promising Review: "Best mask ever! I love that it is all natural — and so effective!! So glad I found this product!" —Jessica Whiteside

Get it on Amazon for $58.

16. 3LAB Perfect BB, for protection, brightness, and restoration of your skin...with just a hint of color.

Promising Review: "Great coverage and it's a product that doesn't cause my rosacea to act up. Expensive but it lasts well and has a good spf rating." —buyer 2012Get it on Amazon for $105.
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Promising Review: "Great coverage and it's a product that doesn't cause my rosacea to act up. Expensive but it lasts well and has a good spf rating." —buyer 2012

Get it on Amazon for $105.

17. Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads, for exfoliation that uses botanical extracts to ensure that your skin is being protected.

amazon.com, amazon.com

Promising Review: "I've been using this only a week and already I've seen a huge difference. My skin is smoother and large pores on my nose are nearly invisible. I had been using a special primer under my makeup due to the large pores, but I didn't use it today and I can barely see the pores. My face is much smoother." —Kim McDonald

Get it on Amazon for $25.53.

18. TATCHA Classic Rice Enzyme Powder, a water-activated enzyme powder made of rice bran, papaya, and bioactive complexes to uncover your skin's natural shine.

Promising Review: "This rice powder is very expensive but worth every penny. It leaves my skin radiantly smooth and never irritated. A little goes a long way. It turns to a foamy creamy paste when mixed with water so you don't feel anything scratching you. When you rinse it off you're complexion glows like a pearl. Love this stuff. I use it every morning. I have acne-prone skin so have to be very careful of the products I use but this has never broke me out or irritated my skin. Trust me, you need this in your life!" —arachneGet it on Amazon for $64.46.
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Promising Review: "This rice powder is very expensive but worth every penny. It leaves my skin radiantly smooth and never irritated. A little goes a long way. It turns to a foamy creamy paste when mixed with water so you don't feel anything scratching you. When you rinse it off you're complexion glows like a pearl. Love this stuff. I use it every morning. I have acne-prone skin so have to be very careful of the products I use but this has never broke me out or irritated my skin. Trust me, you need this in your life!" —arachne

Get it on Amazon for $64.46.

19. Nia 24 Skin Strengthening Complex, to get visibly firmer and more even skin tone and texture.

Promising Review: "I have really sensitive skin, tried more face lotions than I care to count, and this is the best! I used to have a couple of stubborn dry patches that I could not get to go away until I tried Nia. They are now gone. With sensitive skin you usually can't have a lotion with any kind of fragrance, something I miss. Not with Nia. It has a very light, clean and fresh scent that I just love. My face is never greasy." —Raquel C.Get it on Amazon for $93.
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Promising Review: "I have really sensitive skin, tried more face lotions than I care to count, and this is the best! I used to have a couple of stubborn dry patches that I could not get to go away until I tried Nia. They are now gone. With sensitive skin you usually can't have a lotion with any kind of fragrance, something I miss. Not with Nia. It has a very light, clean and fresh scent that I just love. My face is never greasy." —Raquel C.

Get it on Amazon for $93.

20. Natura Bisse Diamond Extreme, an award-winning formula that uses your skin's own defense mechanisms to repair and protect from harmful aggressors.

Promising Review: "This cream is not cheap but you do get 1.7 oz., which lasts a long time. The smell is divine and I love the way it feels on my skin. I don't use during the day, particularly in the summer as it is a little heavy but for night is is bliss!" —Jennifer MullenGet it on Amazon for $355.
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Promising Review: "This cream is not cheap but you do get 1.7 oz., which lasts a long time. The smell is divine and I love the way it feels on my skin. I don't use during the day, particularly in the summer as it is a little heavy but for night is is bliss!" —Jennifer Mullen

Get it on Amazon for $355.

21. Perricone MD Face Finishing Moisturizer, an antioxidant formula that helps hydrate and nourish your skin for an incredible glow.

amazon.com, amazon.com

Promising Review: "I have been using Dr. Perricone's products since I was 37, I am now 50 years old and would not use any other product line. I apply the Face Finishing Moisturizer it in the morning after washing my face and in the evening. It glides on effortlessly, is not greasy, has a light rose aroma which I find to be pleasant, and leaves my face hydrated, dewy and as soft as satin. Over time, the results are firmer, softer skin with more clarity, less pigmentation, a marked decrease in wrinkles and fine lines and increase in elasticity. Since I have been using this product for about 13 years now I'm including a picture of what Dr. Perricone's products have done for me over time (I have never had any cosmetic procedures, plastic surgery, chemical peels or even a facial in my life)." —Kris500

Get it on Amazon for $41.95.

22. La Mer The Eye Balm Intense, a potent concentration of rich minerals that'll penetrate your skin's surface and reduce puffiness, lines, and wrinkles.

Promising Review: "I love this stuff! Hate the price, but it's worth it. A little bit goes a long way. For months my left under eye would get insanely dry, and dry looking eyes make you look older. I went to the dermatologist who prescribed cortisone, tried that for a while, did nothing, tried like five other moisturizers, baby oil, Vaseline and nothing worked, I would still have ugly dry patches under one eye. I bought this as a sample and within two days my under eye dryness was completely gone! I'm a product junkie and this is one of the only expensive product that's actually worth the cost!" —ChelseaGet it on Amazon for $205.
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Promising Review: "I love this stuff! Hate the price, but it's worth it. A little bit goes a long way. For months my left under eye would get insanely dry, and dry looking eyes make you look older. I went to the dermatologist who prescribed cortisone, tried that for a while, did nothing, tried like five other moisturizers, baby oil, Vaseline and nothing worked, I would still have ugly dry patches under one eye. I bought this as a sample and within two days my under eye dryness was completely gone! I'm a product junkie and this is one of the only expensive product that's actually worth the cost!" —Chelsea

Get it on Amazon for $205.

23. La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Cream, for help improving your skin’s elasticity and tone using a protein-rich caviar extract.

Promising Review: "The La Prairie Luxe Cream is the very best I've ever used. I have tried other creams in the past, but always go back to the Luxe Cream. No other can compare, and people always remark what beautiful skin I have. P.S. I'm 70 years old." —Judith AnnGet it on Amazon for $443.
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Promising Review: "The La Prairie Luxe Cream is the very best I've ever used. I have tried other creams in the past, but always go back to the Luxe Cream. No other can compare, and people always remark what beautiful skin I have. P.S. I'm 70 years old." —Judith Ann

Get it on Amazon for $443.

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