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21 Life-Changing Products That Can Actually Make Your Skin Better

Basic needs: food, water, SKIN CARE!

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Which is why BuzzFeed Life asked a bunch of beauty gurus about their favorite skin products that you should totally try in 2016...

1. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength

Irene Khan

"I constantly say that these things saved my face! These peel pads not only helped me get my adult acne under control, but also helped even out my darker complexion which is more prone to hyper-pigmentation."—Irene Khan, Irene Sarah

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2. Tula Revitalizing Eye Cream

Kara Manos

"I always apply Tula Revitalizing Eye Cream when I wake up and before I go to bed. The formula is super thick, yet hydrating and works as a good base for applying product. Hello, smooth under eye; bye-bye, dark circles!" —Kara Manos, Politics of Pretty

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3. Body Cosmetics Facial Oil

Ambrosia Malbrough

"I am an oily girl and I've battled with eczema and slight discoloration. It sounds crazy that I have oily skin and moisturize with an oil, but it's tamed and toned my skin so much. I instantly fell in love with Body Cosmetics Facial Oil; it has been miraculous."—Ambrosia Malbrough, xoBrosia

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4. Kao Biore Makeup Remover Perfect Oil

Mizu

"I've been using this cleansing oil for five years now, and it has helped me so much in removing makeup and improving my skin over the years since I have acne-prone skin. It cleanses really well compared to normal face wash."—Mizu, Mizuchan

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5. E45 Dermatological Moisturising Lotion

Zeinab Mursal

"E45 moisturiser is my favourite all-purpose, perfume-free moisturiser for dry and sensitive skin! A light and non-greasy emollient, leaving skin soft and supple and locking in moisture. E45 has been a staple product I come back to again and again, and it never fails!"—Zeinab Mursal, Naturally Zeze

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6. Goldfaden MD Doctor's Scrub Advanced

Alexis Wolfer

"This is hands-down the best exfoliating scrub I've ever used. Not only because it uses ruby crystals to scrub away dead, pore-clogging skin cells (and who doesn't want jewels on their face?!), but also because you get to fully control how aggressive of an exfoliation you get since it's a powder that you add water to (or mix with your favorite cleanser). I travel a lot between NYC and LA, and this is always the first product I reach for after a long flight, or any other long day!" —Alexis Wolfer, The Beauty Bean

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9. Clarisonic Radiance Brush Head

Danielle Gray

"I'm a HUGE fan of Clarisonic and have used the various sonic brushes over the years. It gets my skin six-times cleaner than manual cleansing, and in turn, all my other skincare products work better. I especially love the Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Brush along with the special illuminating cleanser and peel wash in the Radiance series because like most women of color, the second I get a pimple I can expect annoying dark spots to come right after. I use it three times a week, and along with my regular regimen, I'm able to effectively fade any dark spots."—Danielle Gray, The Style and Beauty Doctor

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10. Perfect Image Salicylic Acid 20% Gel Peel

Will Cook

"I love the Perfect Image 20% Salicylic Acid Peel because it is what totally changed my acneic skin. It—in addition to good eating habits and a cleansing routine—has resurfaced my skin, getting rid of my acne scarring and preventing future breakouts."—Will Cook, The Beauty Breakdown

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12. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser

Jessica Lewis

"I am a huge fan of Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple One Step Facial Cleanser. I use it twice a day, in the morning and before I go to bed. It tones and cleanses my skin in one step. The thing I like the most about this product is the fact that it does not dry my skin out whatsoever. I can use this product and my skin will feel baby smooth after I am done. I also like to pair it with my Clarisonic to effectively remove dirt and makeup. I have noticed an improvement in the texture and tone of my skin since using the cleanser. I am a fan for life! "—Jessica Lewis, Mahogany Curls

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13. Revision Teamine Eye Complex

Karuna Chani

"The first signs of aging begin around the eyes, so this is the one area I take very seriously. I am diligent about using this product regularly to keep any wrinkles and lines at bay. I'm 40, but I want to stay looking as young as possible for as long as possible!"—Karuna Chani, KC-Makeup by Karuna Chani

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14. Vanity Planet Revive Professional Ice Roller

Kenneth Senegal

"The Vanity Planet Revive Professional Ice Roller is a wonderful tool I use daily to close my pores after washing or exfoliating my face! It calms redness, minimizes breakouts within minutes, and so much more!! I LOVE It!"—Kenneth Senegal, HeFlawless

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15. Black Up Bi-phase Cleansing water Face and Eyes

Yemisi Dada Seriki

"I am currently loving Black Up Bi-Phase Cleansing Water Face and Eyes. I love the way it takes away all the make-up and impurities from my face. All I do is soak a cotton pad in Bi-phase and it cleanses and tones my skin without leaving an oily film. I don't even have to rinse it off."—Yemisi Dada Seriki, Misykona

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17. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5

Stephanie Villa

"The La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 has become my favorite moisturizer this season because it helped my sensitive skin adapt to so many different conditions. In the last few weeks I traveled to Montreal, Iceland, Miami, and back to Los Angeles. Usually when I travel my skin gets flakey dry patches or break outs, but while using this moisturizer, my skin remained calm. I will never travel without this stuff!!"—Stephanie Villa, Soothing Sista

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18. Clarisonic MIA 2

Sarah Diouf

"I asked my aunt (who has the most amazing skin ever!) for beauty products and tricks she thought I should start using. She recommended this Clarisonic cleansing face brush that I bought two months ago. I use it twice a week, and it cleanses my skin deeply. I have observed immediate results within two weeks: my skin is less oily, with a softer touch, and it is pore-refining. It works, for real!"—Sarah Diouf, Ifren Media Group; Tongoro

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19. Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Overnight Detox Oil

Jovita George

"I am a huge supporter of great natural cruelty-free brands, and Caudalíe fits in the description perfectly. It is an amazing way to hydrate and nourish your skin. This overnight detox oil does just that. I wake up in the morning with my skin feeling fresh, nourished and taken care of. I love it!"—MrJovitaGeorge

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20. Sanítas Skincare PeptiDerm Anti-aging Serum

Deysi Lomeli

"I love this product because it stimulates skin-firming fibers, such as collagen and elastin. It slows the effects of aging by firming and tightening the skin while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles."—Deysi Lomeli, DeysiDanger

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21. Glam Glow Super Mud Clearing Treatment

Joseph Chiarenza

"Having acne-prone skin, this face mask has become my lifesaver. This mask fights all skin concerns including breakouts, discoloration, black heads, razor bumps, and in-grown hair. The active charcoal in the mask visibly draws the dirt and impurities out of your skin, which is kind of cool and kind of gross at the same time. You'll wake up the next day with major improvements in your skin."—Joseph Chiarenza, The Bad Boosh

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