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    Updated on Aug 31, 2020. Posted on Aug 12, 2020

    40 Skincare Products You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner

    Sure falling in love is cool, but have you ever watched all your makeup come off from one satisfying cleansing balm? Now you will.

    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 Pro DermaControl Purifying Clay Mask has already won the love of people who *swear* by this for helping with even hormonal acne — including those with sensitive skin! It's gentler than most bentonite clay masks, absorbs excess oil, and keeps tough breakouts at bay, making this a super simple yet effective acne care routine.

    Elena Garcia / BuzzFeed

    Elena Garcia, my colleague on the BuzzFeed Shopping team, swears by this! Here's a bit of what she has to say: "I've never, not once in my entire adult life, not had acne. I don't know a life without at least one little pimple friend. Through my many years, I've tried to treat, adapt, name it, in hopes of dealing with what manifests on my skin. But in the last few years, I've noticed my acne become something much more stubborn and much harder to treat — that was, until I found this mask. The difference in my skin — my sensitive, acne-prone skin — since using this mask is astonishing. My bigger, more painful pimples dried up almost instantly and my pores shrunk down so much! I went from having what looked like a strawberry for a nose to just a regular, smooth nose!"

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    To read her full review, check out "I'm Obsessed With Cetaphil's Purifying Clay Mask And, Honestly, I Just Want To Talk To Someone About It."

    2. Bomb'd Aesthetics Foaming African Black Wash lets you reap all the benefits of the popular soap bar formula, but streamlines the process to an easy-to-use pump. Not only will this be faster to use if you just want it for your face, but its shea butter will *also* leave your skin smoother. Clearer, softer skin with less effort? Yes. Please.

    The face wash
    Bomb'd Aesthetics

    In case you don't know, Bomb'd Aesthetics is a fantastic Black woman-owned brand that makes handcrafted, all-natural beauty products. Everything is vegan, cruelty-free, and made with sensitive skin in mind.

    Promising review: "It is very hard to find something that 'works' on my skin. I have eczema as well as oily areas on my face. This wash is gentle enough for eczema while also keeping me free of breakouts." —Denesha

    Get it from Bomb'd Aesthetics for $15.99.

    3. Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil requires merely a few drops to tackle redness, scarring, pimples, and everything in-between. Reviewers use this before bed and wake up to ✨glowing✨, healing skin! Nothing will get in your way of clear skin again...not on this bb's watch.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of broken-out cheek and then clear cheek with caption that says "just wow"

    Promising review: "This stuff is life-changing! I have incredibly oily skin that is acne-prone. Although it seems counterintuitive to put oil on my oily skin, it does wonders for keeping my skin clear and refreshed and gives it a healthy glow! I apply two to three drops each night after washing my face and sometimes use it as my moisturizer during the daytime as well." —RC

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95.

    To learn more, check out "This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems".

    4. Teddie Organics Rose Water Facial Toner Spray lets you treat your acne on-the-go and tell redness and oily T-zones to take a hike. You just have to spritz. The best part: it has a heavenly 🌹rose scent 🌹.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of red complexion and then matte and clear complexion

    It'll also restore your skin's pH balance and fade redness. It's everything you want your toner to do, except now you can use it WHEREVER. Plus it's organic and suitable for sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I have very acne-prone and sensitive skin that is pale with pink and red undertones. I break out very easily, and my skin is irritated even by the 'sensitive skin' brands and formulas. I have used EVERYTHING under the sun to aid in redness and sensitivity, and nothing has worked to calm flare-ups like this. I wake up and my skin is glowing and peachy pale, as opposed to red and blotchy. This rose water has not only improved my skin's redness and overall tone, but it has virtually eliminated any signs on acne. I use before I put on my redness moisturizer and before bed as a refresher. I also find myself spritzing at various times of the day, because the fragrance is so pleasant." —Kathy Pancake

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    5. Glossier Priming Moisturizer Balance helps you conquer SEVERAL goals with just a few swipes of your fingers. This'll control shine, blur pores, and best of all, provide a perfectly smooth base for your makeup. Or! Now your skin will look matte and even without a drop of foundation if you want to go makeup-free.


    Promising review: "I've been looking for a moisturizer to transition to with the weather changing and this has been the perfect solution. It's light and is a perfect base for my face. I haven't been wearing a lot of makeup since social distancing begins and this helps prevent shine during Zoom calls. It's a great fit for Atlanta's humid spring and summers." —Danielle

    Get it from Glossier for $25.

    6. Pacifica Beauty Super Flower Rapid Response Face Oil is loaded with rose and blue tansy oils, vitamins A and C, and fatty acids to not only soothe irritated skin and reduce redness, but also make sure your complexion never *wilts*. You know what else won't? Your bank account.

    The serum

    Promising review: "This is the second time I've bought this product. I love the blue tansy. I seriously wish I could bathe in this. My dry skin absorbs the oil, it plumps my skin, fills in fine lines, and makes my skin soft. They need to sell a body oil version of this!" —Gre

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    7. Differin Acne Treatment Differin Gel is essentially one of the strongest spot treatments that you can get without a prescription. Its *super* strong retinoid formula regulates skin cell turnover (aka reveals a new layer of skin) to reach inflammation deep within the breakout. Translation: there's nowhere for that darn pimple to hide.

    This is *very* strong and reviewers say that while it works, it might make your skin sensitive and dry while it adjusts (much like Accutane). They recommend that you always moisturize after using this, and to use it at night while you're out of the sun.

    Promising review: "It definitely works. I was on a prescription retinoid and benzoyl peroxide combo cream (it’s double the price) + spironolactone pill for my hormonal acne before and it worked. I had to stop both for a while for personal reasons, after several months my hormones started acting up again. I had a really bad breakout, so I asked my doctor if I can at least get back on the cream, my doctor advised me to try this instead. Any active pimples heal very fast, scarring and texture is also improving. And I don’t even have to bother with prescriptions anymore." —LC

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

    8. Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask helps all of us enjoy a *treat yourself* moment that'll leave your skin brighter, smoother, and clearer. Its natural ingredients like aloe vera, pumpkin, and vitamin C are gentle enough for everyone — basically if you want a night in and glowing skin, you just found your new favorite mask.

    The orange mask

    Promising review: "I've used the mask a couple times so far and I really do like it. I can mostly tell the next morning after using it, when my skin has a nice glow (which I haven't had in years due to acne and troubled skin). This product is really gentle!" —Jane Freeman

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    9. Moon Juice Milk Cleanse feels super soothing on your skin, thanks to its gentle, creamy formula, but is *tough* on makeup. You'll enjoy its milky bubbles while its coconut ferment, silver ear mushroom, and vitamin E formula washes away any makeup and deeply nourishes your complexion.

    The face wash
    Moon Juice

    Promising review: "I am on my second bottle of this face cleanser. It is mild and does not dry out my skin. I've been using this every day and even twice a day. My skin is smooth and glowing for some reason. I will continue to use this as long as my skin stays this way." —Katrina V.

    Get it from Moon Juice for $32.

    10. Seoul Ceuticals Day Glow Serum nourishes all skin types with a powerful blend of hyaluronic acid and vitamin C. It'll take care of just about everything: reducing pores and breakouts, targeting discoloration, and making your overall complexion ~brighter~. I think this serum is already more productive than I'll ever be.,

    Promising review: "My dermatologist has had me on the nearly $200 Skinceuticals for a couple of years and I have bought it several times. I have tried to get off of it, but it does do something to my skin. So imagine when I find out about this product, Seoul Ceuticals? First I felt like a total chump — I can't believe I had paid so much in the past. Then I thought, it won't possibly work? Then I thought, hey, what do I have to lose? I've had it for about a week now and it is wonderful! I seriously think it might work better than the other product. My skin felt more smooth within just a couple of days." —M. B. Shaw

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    11. Tony Moly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream boosts your skin with a dose of antioxidants and naturally fermented green tea. It's designed to help your skin retain moisture without feeling heavy or sticky, meaning it's gentle enough for all skin types. Reviewers with oily AND dry skin swear this makes their faces feel smoother and softer!

    The face cream

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by this. It's wonderful. My skin feels so soft and hydrated. I am usually particular about moisturizers and I am not easily pleased, but the minute I tried this I loved it. This is worth the money and I will keep this in my facial regimen. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. It's worth every penny." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.75.

    12. Etude House Air Masks are already a favorite in Japan, but are now one click away from replacing your overpriced skincare. Each formula is packed with natural ingredients to address different goals (i.e. pomegranate to help you glow, strawberry to brighten, and aloe to hydrate). And! They're super lightweight so you never feel sticky — just refreshed.

    Hannah Loewentheil / BuzzFeed

    You'll get 13 formulas: collagen (to moisturize), pomegranate (to glow), strawberry (to brighten), snail (to smooth and firm), Manuka honey (to moisturize), lemon (to energize), ceramide (to deeply moisturize), green tea (to calm), aloe (to hydrate), tea tree (to moisturize and clear), hyaluronic acid (to hydrate), peal (to brighten), and damask rose (to recharge).

    Promising review: "These sheet masks are so light and thin, but so effective with their essence. The essence isn't sticky at all and there's so much of it which you can apply to your neck, hands, knees, etc. for deep moisturizing. These don't have any irritating ingredients that can trigger sensitive skin and acne. I highly recommend these sheet masks — I stock up on them, honestly." —Yasmine V.

    Get a pack of 13 from Amazon for $14.50.

    To learn more about why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves this, check out her review in "These Etude House Sheet Masks Are My Absolute Favorite Skincare Product."

    13. Versed Skin Cleansing Balm literally dissolves your day's worth of makeup and buildup, all while you enjoy its heavenly eucalyptus and clove leaf oil fragrance. Plus its light, gentle milk formula will leave your face so. darn. soft. every single time.

    Model's hand holding a jar of the cleansing balm

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the BEST makeup remover I've ever used. I use it in the morning to get any greasiness off my face and at night to take my makeup off before my cleanser. The smell is amazing and my face has never been SO soft. I think this balm is so much better than all of the 'higher-end' ones I've used. It's well worth the price because a little goes a long way. This is definitely a must-have." —DC

    Get it from Versed for $17.99.

    14. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel tackles dry skin and overspending ~head on~ thanks to its water-gel and hyaluronic acid formula that soothes even the most irritated skin. Not to mention it's great for wearing under makeup — so long, foundation dry patches. Tl;dr: you're about to flake on designer brands.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed, Neutrogena

    My BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves this! Here's a bit of what she has to say: "It has this incredible silky feel to it and makes my face feel so freakin' soft — like I just laid a satin blanket on my face and fused it to my skin. On extremely dry days or during times when my face could use the extra hydration, I use this as a pre-moisturizer, let it dry, and then apply my regular face cream. I've noticed the best results when I do this process in the evening because it soaks into my skin overnight and I wake up looking and feeling rejuvenated."

    Get it from CVS for $23.49.

    To read her full review, check out "I Found The Best Face Moisturizer Out There, And It's Only $15."

    15. PleasingCare Natural Bamboo Charcoal Oil Absorbing Tissues confront midday shiny T-zones immediately by absorbing excess oil, controlling shine, AND soothing irritated complexions with bamboo charcoal. Blotting has never been so satisfying.

    Reviewer holding the blotting tissue that's covered in oil

    They're even all-natural! They're made from 100% natural linen fibers with organic bamboo charcoal to keep you nice and fresh all day.

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oils blotting sheets because they're life savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. They're a great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. I'll never go back to other brands. Give these a try — they're completely worth it. They work well and are easy to use. I have no negative things to say at all." —Kelsey

    Get a pack of 100 from Amazon for $6.60.

    16. Tend Skin Care Solution nixes ingrown hairs and razor bumps ~in the bud~. When applied before waxing or shaving, it drastically reduces redness, irritation, and bumps — even in the bikini area!

    Reviewer's before-and-after of armpit with razor burn and then smooth armpit

    Reviewers say you can also use this after shaving!

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. You would never believe it, but it works wonders. One of the worst parts of summer for me is razor burn and chafing/irritation, particularly at the beach when the hair follicles on my legs dry up from the saltwater. This stuff prevents ALL of that. No bumps, no pain, nothing. The best part? It doesn't matter when you put it on. Before you shave, after you shave, even when you're not shaving, going to the beach, getting back from the beach, etc. It just always works." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $14.79+ (available in two sizes).

    To learn more, check out "This Magical Product Will End Ingrown Hairs And Razor Bumps For Good."

    17. Breylee Acne Treatment Serum employs tea tree oil and plant extracts to nourish broken-out skin back to clarity. It's gentler than salicylic acid (aka traditional acne treatments), but every bit as effective at telling pimples to stay away.


    Promising review:" Truly love. It has helped my skin tremendously. So far my experiences with this tea tree serum has been amazing. I have extremely sensitive, olive skin with hyper-pigmentation and acne scars. I've felt my complexion has been dulling in my 30's. After using this serum for two bottles, I am amazed. My skin has been so even, I've stopped getting the cystic acne that's been a constant for me, and my skin has a glow again. I will seriously never stop using this product." —Halsey Nicole

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    18. Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream feels luxuriously ~rich~ on your under-eyes, and leaves them looking brighter and totally refreshed — even if *someone* was on TikTok until 3 a.m. You have its formula of squalane, marine algae, and paracress extract to thank for your newly well-rested appearance.

    The eye cream

    Promising review: "I love this eye cream. Keeps my eyes hydrated all day and it has brighten my under-eyes." —Shar S.

    Get it from Biossance for $54.

    19. MediHeal Ampule Masks come in a slew of formulas to target specific skin goals — they're quick, effective, and most importantly, cheap! We're talking tea tree oil (to clear acne), collagen (to lift and firm), an intensive hydrating formula (to deeply moisturize), and more. These + 15 minutes = happy, happy skin.,

    Promising review (for A.C. Dressing): "I rarely find sheet masks meant to treat acne. I was recommended these at a brick and mortar beauty store in Boston and repurchased them on Amazon. I don’t know what is so special about these but they absolutely help with my acne. Each mask has a little sticker-style image on the cheek. This has the added bonus of helping you figure out which side of the sheet mask is meant to touch your skin. Helpful!" —Author Sable Sylvan (Heather Davies)

    Get them from Amazon for $9.95+ each (available in 11 formulas).

    20. Jivi Moisturizer enlists the help of exclusively all-natural ingredients to not only provide all-day hydration thanks to shea butter, cucumber peel, and aloe vera, but also protect you from the sun with SPF 12 mineral sunscreen. I guess this means we can call ourselves multitaskers now.,

    This bb is vegan and cruelty-free! AND it's non-greasy and lightweight so you don't have to worry about unwelcome breakouts.

    Promising review: "I’ve noticed a BIG improvement in my skin since I started using this product. My skin seems less oily, more evenly toned, less irritated and red, more calm, and less acne-prone. I’m not usually passionate about all-natural things, but this product is making me re-think that. Maybe it’s about time I started using more natural products like this to improve my skin. I really like this stuff and it has improved my skin a lot. I will be ordering it again." —Janell

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in two formulas).

    21. Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner rewards you for remembering this important extra step. It hydrates your skin with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera extracts, stimulates collagen regeneration (which helps make your complexion bright and bouncy), and speeds up the healing of acne scars. Two extra minutes = big payoff.

    The face toner

    Promising review: "This is my third bottle of this amazing toner. My face has gone from oily to a nice balanced clear skin that is oh-so-soft and hydrated. I can't recommend this toner enough. I have had skin problems and a very oily complexion my entire life. I can hardly believe the amazing results." —Lori R

    Get it from Amazon for $18.89.

    22. Aveeno Eczema Therapy Daily Moisturizing Cream soothes dry, itchy, and irritated skin with nothing more than oat, soy, kiwi, and blackberry extracts. A few swipes of this > expensive sessions of trial-and-error.

    Promising review: "I'm absolutely amazed at this stuff. I had a terrible allergic reaction and broke out with eczema all over my face (I have suffered with it for years, just never on my face). My eyes were completely swollen shut and red, and my face was peeling, in pain, inflamed, and DRY, DRY, DRY. I tried everything, and I mean everything. I ordered this and nearly instantly felt and saw results. These two pictures (above) are LESS THAN 24 HOURS APART. I've been using it now for three days and my face is 100% back to normal. I really like that this product is a cream versus a lotion, I feel like it helps soak in better and KEEPS the skin hydrated. I 100% recommend." —Kelsey Coultrip

    Get it from Amazon for $11.67.

    23. Philosophy Hyaluronic Glow Moisturizer sinks into tired, thirsty skin FAST and gives you a quick boost of hyaluronic acid and pineapple extract to deeply hydrate. *And* you'll be left with brighter, dewier skin. Win, win.

    The moisturizer

    Promising review: "Began using this product one month ago, morning and night, and love it. There's a cool fresh feeling when this product goes onto your skin. Love the smell." —Nicole00

    Get it from Philosophy for $39.

    24. CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion includes SPF30 so you can FINALLY start including this very, very important step in your beauty routine. Sunscreen matters, people! Plus, its formula *also* leaves your skin feeling nice and soft, thanks to hyaluronic acid and ceramides so you're more motivated to wear it.

    BuzzFeed Shopping reviewer wearing the lotion to show its light texture
    Rebecca O' Connell / BuzzFeed

    My BuzzFeed Shopping colleague (above) loves this! Here's a bit of what she has to say about it: "You know how everyone is always on your case about wearing sunscreen EVERY SINGLE DAY? And maybe you're wondering how you could possibly fit yet another item into your packed skincare routine? The solution is simple: a moisturizer with SPF 30. This lazy and economical option means you can continue your usual routine and just sneak in the SPF, kinda like how parents sneak vegetables into their kids' food. I have ultra-sensitive skin — like truly diva-level, gets-red-from-everything kind of skin — and I have never had a problem with any CeraVe products. In conclusion, this is a non-irritating, affordable option for non-fussy people who just wanna tear through their skincare routine and get out the door."

    Get it from Amazon for $13.47.

    Check out the rest of her review (and more of our favorite sunscreens!) in "If You're Looking For An Everyday Sunscreen, Here Are 11 Glowing Recommendations."

    25. Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patches drain 👏 those 👏 zits 👏 so you can avoid picking or any of the other lovely benefits of a usually longer-lasting breakout — did I mention they're available in ~extra large~ patches?! Both are gentler than acne cream, speed up recovery to practically overnight, and do all the ~heavy lifting~ for you.,

    Promising review (for the regular patches): "I do not understand the science behind these tiny miracles, but they have changed my life. I spent my work day looking forward to going home and putting one of these bad boys on my newly erupted Mt. Zit and the overnight results were shocking. Not only is it grossly satisfying, but it saved me several days of walking around with scars on my face, because my previous method of dealing with them was to pick, pick, pick." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon: a pack of 36 regular patches for $12.50 and a pack of 10 extra-large patches for $17.99.

    26. CeraVe SA Body Wash needs only a few ingredients to cancel rough and bumpy skin: essential ceramides to restore natural hydration and salicylic acid to exfoliate and soften. The best part? It's all achieved with a few good lathers in the shower. Farewell, inexplicably expensive body washes. It's down the drain for you.

    The body wash

    Promising review: "I recently moved and the climate change was wreaking havoc on my skin. I had bumps on my skin from the heat and dryness and my keratosis pilaris was resurfacing for the first time in almost 10 years on my arms and back of my legs. No moisturizer or 'hydrating' body wash was working. I was truly miserable; I was itchy and bumpy and embarrassed to wear shorts and tank tops. I decided to buy CeraVe SA body wash and have never looked back. It's light, fragrant-free, and literally worked after two showers. I love this stuff!!! In all seriousness, this stuff worked for me and it might work for you. For the price you can't go wrong." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    27. TruSkin Tea Tree Clear Skin Serum combines a powerful blend of 20% vitamin C, retinol, niacinamide, salicylic acid, and hyaluronic acid to unclog stubborn pores and deeply nourish irritated skin — which is a nice way to say it tells breakouts to get the hell out of here.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of their cheek acne and then almost fully clear cheek with minimal scarring

    Basically, anything with retinol resurfaces new skin so deep pimples can be brought to a head, leaving your complexion clearer, glowing, and moisturized.

    Promising review: "The stuff is seriously unbelievable. I’ve had terrible skin my entire life including a long stent with Accutane in my teens. After reading a lot of reviews, I finally decided to pull the trigger with this product and I’m really happy I did. After I put on some witch hazel and then apply the stuff, my skin feels a little tingly/burning, but it only lasts for 30 seconds then it feels amazing. I’ve been doing this for less than three weeks and my skin has changed dramatically. The cystic acne that I’ve had for almost 20 years is gone. The sallow skin color and red spots are completely gone. This product is worth it in every way — go buy it now." —Missy Moore

    Get it from Amazon for $24.79.

    28. Paula's Choice Pore Normalizing Cleanser employs ever-dependable salicylic acid to treat breakouts, reduce redness, and treat uneven skin tones by gently removing excess oil and dirt. Basically, as long as you remember to wash your face, you're on a ~clear path~.

    The face cleanser

    Promising review: "I'm happy to say that this face cleanser is doing a lot for my skin! I've had long standing adult acne and skin irritation ever since I entered my 20s and have gone through so many face cleansers and acne treatment products that I can no longer count all of them. I've had this product for almost a week now and I use it in the morning and at night in the shower. Every single time I've used it my skin feels clean, but not dry at all! My acne, scars, redness, and irritation has all starting to slowly disappear, and I can't wait to see what my skin will look like in a month or two!" —Alliethealligator

    Get it from Amazon for $13.

    29. Glossier Solution clears breakouts faster than you can say "pop" thanks to this exfoliating blend of alpha hydroxy acid, beta hydroxy acid, and polyhydroxy acid. Reviewers l-o-v-e this for fading acne scars and treating active breakouts.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this! I've wanted to try it for the longest time after seeing what it did to a friend's acne. I've only been using it for a week, but I'm already blown away but the results. I use it at night and when I wake up in the morning my normally oily and red skin is smooth and even, and any pimples from the night before are just gone. I can't recommend this product enough this is a must-have!" —Katie

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    To learn more, check out "Here's Why The Mega-Popular Glossier Solution Is Totally Worth Your Money."

    30. I Dew Care Plush Party Lip Balm refreshes your pucker (whether seriously chapped or just in need of a lil' TLC) with a rich buttery formula of cocoa butter, hibiscus flower extract, and vitamin C — all you have to do is sleep. Welcome to a world of waking up to wonderfully smooth lips.

    Reviewer's picture of the lip mask to show smooth texture

    It comes with a lil' spatula so you don't have to use your fingers.

    Promising review: "I was struggling really badly with chapped lips and just could not find a product that helped enough. I bought this based on the reviews and I'm so glad I did! It has not disappointed me! I use it at night before going to bed and I wake up and can still feel the product on my lips. It's very thick and a little goes a long way. The little spatula that it comes with is nice to help get the product out of the jar without getting it all over your hands. I have seen a very noticeable difference in my lips since using this product. My lips are so much softer and not at all chapped anymore! I will definitely continue using this product!" —Caitlin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.40.

    31. The Seaweed Bath Co. Body Cream combines the power of argan oil, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, and aloe to not only hydrate parched skin, but also dramatically replenish lacking nutrients with bladderwrack seaweed. Think of this as the ultimate green smoothie for your body. Can designer lotions do that? I think NOT.

    The body cream

    Promising review: "This stuff is fantastic. I have psoriasis and eczema and have tried many, many products over the last 20+ years for it, including Rx stuff with corticosteroids, and some of the ingredients that are in this product like kukui oil. This is the ONLY thing I've ever found that produces noticeable results both in appearance and in symptom relief (itching, scaling, etc.). I tried it after reading a reviewer who mentioned similar issues, and I am very pleased with it. Some plaques have completely disappeared and have not returned, which has never happened before. For those of you with similar issues, it's worth a shot. I've noticed a pretty drastic reduction in itchiness which keeps you from scratching and making things worse. Psoriasis can be awful,and this has been a welcome relief." —JR

    Get it from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in four scents).

    32. Bolden Skin-Clarifying Cleanser addresses multiple goals at once while you lather — its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties treat breakouts, while antioxidants renew and heal irritated complexions. People with oily skin, this is especially great for you!

    Hand holding the facial cleanser

    By the way, Bolden is a great Black women-owned company whose mission is to create responsibly-sourced beauty products that help people embrace their natural beauty, and to design skincare that inspires more inclusive standards of beauty.

    Promising review: "I’ve been using Bolden products for about two months. My face looks amazing, I’ve haven’t see my face this clear in a while and I love it. My partner even noticed how clear my face is! Must-buy." —Chemise M.

    Get it from Bolden for $16.50.

    33. TreeActiv Invisible Acne Spot Treatment takes a more *incognito* approach to treating les pimples if you want something you can apply both day and night. This goes on CLEAR during the day so you can wear it under makeup and treat breakouts with tea tree oil and peppermint oil, but come nighttime its message won't be so ~transparent~ to pimples. Its message is basically this: BEGONE.

    Promising review: "This spot treatment really works! My random bursts of acne (usually around when I get my period) have never been so controlled. As soon as I see a pimple, I put it on twice a day and the size of my pimple reduces significantly! I put it one once during the day, and overnight. Let me tell you this. I hardly wear makeup now. That's how smooth my skin has been looking since I've been using this. It smells really good too, which is definitely a plus!" —Mars

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    34. Biossance Squalane Oil feels weightless, but deeply hydrates your complexion by locking in natural moisture (something everyone needs). Not only will your skin feel softer and smoother from this one powerful ingredient, but any redness you may have will fade. People with sensitive skin especially love this!

    The squalane oil

    Promising review: "I love this oil!. It's amazing for my skin hydration and helps balance too much of my own body oil production (I have dry spots and overly oily spots my body likes to make)." —Biossance Customer

    Get it from Biossance for $32.

    35. FaceTory Artemisia Balancing Light Facial Creme calms redness and inflammation with its gentle combo of vitamins A and C, as well as artemisia extract. Not to mention, it *also* brightens your complexion so you're glowing in no time.

    The lotion

    Promising review: "After only a week of use, my fiancé asked, 'What have you been doing to reduce the red spots on your face?' and honestly, that is all I needed to hear to know this was working! I have very dry skin that easily breaks out, and this — along with the toner sprayhave done true wonders in only a week! For the first time in my adult life, it is the week of my period and I AM NOT BREAKING OUT! This product has not only prevented breakouts, but had eased the appearance of acne scars! I’m hooked!" —Juliapaulette

    Get it from Amazon for $9.91.

    36. Wonderfully Natural Organic African Black Soap fights breakouts ALLLL over (hello, surprise butt pimple) before you have time work yourself into a lather. Its combo of shea butter, vitamin E, and coconut oil work together to quickly wash those unwelcome zits down the drain.

    Promising review: "I started taking medication that breaks my skin out pretty badly. I have tried medicated acne products to eradicate this unwanted side effect to my oral medicines. At first they seemed to work; but I had to stick with them for several days in order to see results. The very first time I used this brand of black soap, I could immediately see and feel how clean my skin got. I was consistent with washing my face with this soap every day for the first two weeks but slacked off for the past two weeks; however, my skin is mostly clear of pimples. The dark spots are also lightening. My overall complexion has improved noticeably and I am grateful." —Marge

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    37. Hanalei Sugar Lip Scrub Exfoliator helps you wish flaky, dry lips adieu by gently scrubbing chapped puckers with Hawaiian raw cane sugar *then* moisturizing with nourishing shea butter. I suppose you'll want to kiss this.

    The lip scrub

    Promising review: "This works so, so well for me. I have struggled with dry, chapped lips forever. I have had breakouts of perioral dermatitis that has affected my lips. I am also an anxious lip-biter. Lately I have been trying to take better care of my skin, lips included. This is the first lip scrub I have ever tried. First of all, this stuff smells incredible and doesn't leave a bad taste on your lips. It is super easy to use. And I never see any dry skin on my lips after using it. I have actually been able to wear lipstick multiple days in a row which I NEVER do, because it always used to dry my lips out and look flaky. I will definitely continue to use this." —Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    38. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser both gently refreshes your face in the morning, and completely melts away makeup at the end of the day. It's soothing, nourishing, and perfect for sensitive skin — AKA dewy skin is just around the corner.

    The cleanser

    Promising review: "I have fairly 'normal' skin. It definitely gets dry in the winter. The wash doesn't sud, but you still feel so clean afterwards, even in the hot summer months. There's not the tight pulling feeling of dryness — you will be glowing. My skin is dry in the winter, and this leaves me feeling clean, not dry. Love. Love. Love." —Deann K.

    Get it from Glossier for $9+ (available in two sizes).

    Read why a BuzzFeeder recommends this in "Just 9 Glossier Products We Really Love."

    39. Alba Botanica Maximum Strength Deep Clean Astringent combines the power of 2% salicylic acid, witch hazel, and willow bark solution to effectively treat those annoying active breakouts quickly and easily. Any last words, pimples? Too late.

    Promising review: "This stuff is an absolute life-saver. I have extremely sensitive skin and this stuff gets rid of spots without breaking me out further. It also feels really good on the skin. It's a little tingly, but in a good way. I don't go anywhere without this stuff, it is the best!!" —Piper Foulon

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    40. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter ends your day on a luxurious note by removing even waterproof makeup while simultaneously refreshing your complexion with a rich chamomile formula. It turns out you *don't* need to drain your savings to feel smooth as silk.

    Promising review: "I'm really happy with my purchase. Usually I use coconut oil as an inexpensive and natural makeup remover and this product does the same trick, but it's a lot less messy and a little goes a long way! I highly recommend if you are looking for a quick and easy makeup remover that won't strip away the natural oils in our face or make it too greasy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.86.

    When you finally watch your skin get the ✨glow-up✨ it deserves:


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