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    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.

    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.

    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

    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"

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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.

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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

    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

    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.

    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.

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