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    Take It From The Reviewers: Customers Swear By These 30 Skincare Products

    A top-rated vitamin C serum, bikini line sheet masks, and more skincare goods that reviewers love.

    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. These blotting papers absorb excess oil on your face. If your forehead is looking like a shiny disco ball due to oiliness, grab one of these tissues and dab it onto affected areas for a little relief. They also easily fit in a backpack or purse for on-the-go touch-ups!

    A customer review photo showing their forehead before and after using the blotting papers
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    Promising review: "I LOVE these oil-absorbing sheets! I tried them out a few years ago but haven't gotten around to writing a review until now. I have SUPER-oily skin (and cystic acne which I have the scars to show for) and this makes me feel sooo fresh and even calms down active pimples/acne. I went to the harshest lighting to REALLY show all the oil LOL don't judge me! (but if you're here you probably struggle with the same thing. Oil slicks unite!) But as you can see it truly removes all of the oil, and keeps it that way for several hours. Very cute design too and really easy to use and keep anywhere with you. Amazing price for what it does. If you're hesitating to buy it, just go for it!" —Noopur D.

    Get a 100-sheet pack from Amazon for $6.95 (available in two scents).

    2. This cult-favorite vitamin C serum is like a facial in a bottle: It'll help minimize hyperpigmentation, brighten dull areas, *and* soften skin. More than 48,000+ people on Amazon gave it a 5-star review for its jaw-dropping results.

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    Promising review: "I had read so many reviews about this serum and I was skeptical to buy and I am so happy that I did! This serum works wonders on my skin. I had slight hyperpigmentation on my face and I do have acne scars, my skin looked dull and lacked moisture; after I applied this serum everyday in the morning my skin looks so much better than before. My pigmentation is reduced, my skin looks fresh and moisturized. My acne scars are the same, but I think that I will use it for more months to see the difference. Overall the serum is not oily and it quickly absorbs my skin. I am very happy with my purchase and I highly recommend this to buy." —Kavita

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. Aria Starr Dead Sea Mud Mask draws out dirt, impurities, and dead skin, so your face can be free from pesky acne and blackheads. It's formulated with minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulphur, and zinc that'll exfoliate and deep clean areas around your cheeks, chin, and forehead.

    Reviewers also swear by this skincare treatment, which has 2,121 5-star reviews and a 4.4-rating! 

    Promising review: "I ordered this face mask right as I was finishing up finals week, as I always seem to break out from all the stress. I applied this mask with one of my silicone mask brushes and wow: I had visible results after the first use! I have combination skin and each time I've used this, my skin looks clearer and clearer and feels great. I usually wait until it's completely dry and then either rinse it off in the shower or rinse gently with a warm washcloth in circular motions. I've used this mask a few times now and I still have a lot of product left, which is also a plus because I hate buying a mask only to have to keep buying it over and over again." —Makayla Anfinson

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    4. Habit's skin mister provides great sun protection and requires no rubbing (I REPEAT, no rubbing). Spritz this SPF 41 mist on your skin and go about your day. Oh, and it smells so good thanks to its lavender, rosemary, and rose geranium scent.

    Model spraying the mist on her face
    Habit

    Habit is a Latinx-owned small business specializing in SPF-friendly skincare.

    BuzzFeed writer Nusrat Sultana owns this SPF mist and said: "I've been using this every day and I love it! It's so convenient to just spray it on over your makeup or once you're ready instead of adding another layer of lotion to your face. It's nongreasy so it doesn't get you oily; it only gives your skin a pretty, dewy look. Plus, touch-ups are super easy since all I have to do is spray again and there's no worry of disturbing makeup." 

    Get this mister from Habit for $30.

    5. Acure's Brightening Facial Scrub multitasks by exfoliating dead skin cells, clearing impurities, *and* brightening your complexion. If you want your skin to glow like a lightbulb, this scrub will get the job done. 💡

    Reviewers can't stop talking about this facial scrub, which has a 4.5-rating and more than 15,000 positive ratings!  

    Promising review: "I am in love with this facial scrub. I’ve had this for almost two weeks now and I love the way my skin is glowing! I have sensitive skin so I have to really be careful with the products I choose. Even after one use, you start to see a difference. It moisturizes, exfoliates, and leaves your skin smooth. I didn’t even need to apply a moisturizer afterward! Definitely a must-have!" —Mizza C.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.60.

    6. And to continue the exfoliation, Beauty Strike's papaya and pineapple sheet mask is a great pick-me-up for your complexion. This skincare treat gently removes dry skin and brightens dull areas. Baby-soft skin on your next day off *is* possible.

    Model applies clear papaya and pineapple face masks to their face
    Beauty Strike

    Beauty Strike is a Black woman–owned business with a vegan-friendly beauty and skincare line. They're known for soothing cleansers, toners, and face masks that smell heavenly *and* help alleviate stressed-out skin.

    Promising review: "I absolutely loved this sheet mask, it left my skin feeling so soft. I left it on for 10 minutes and washed off as soon as I felt my skin begin to tingle a little bit, and it didn't leave me irritated at all. My skin was glowing and clearer the very next morning!" —Beauty Strike Customer

    Get it from Beauty Strike for $6+ (also available in a five-pack).

    7. These dermaplaning tools effectively remove hair and help protect your skin from cuts, thanks to micro-guarded blades. They're so perfect for peach fuzz and shaping brows, you'll probably break up with your favorite pair of tweezers.

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    Promising review: "I loved EVERYTHING about this, I didn’t know what I’ve been missing. It removed every bit of peach fuzz from my face and so much dead skin it was unbelievable and kind of gross, but at least it’s gone now!" —Brittany Harley

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99+ (also available in a nine-pack).

    8. Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser gently cleanses dirt, impurities, and makeup from your face and will leave you with clearer skin thanks to its pH-balanced formula. Stubborn foundation, concealer, and blush don't stand a chance.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "I’ve been on the hunt for a new cleanser for a while, and when I found out about this product through an influencer, I immediately bought it! It has a gorgeous texture, thick and milky, and a scent that I wasn’t sure about at first but grew to adore, kind of rosy. After using it for months and nearly at the end of my first bottle, I can confidently say that my skin looks the most even I can remember it looking!" —Glossier Customer

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

    9. This pore vacuum extracts nasty grease, impurities, and oil from stubborn acne spots and blackheads. This gadget removes gunk with deep suction, as opposed to only treating the skin's surface. After you're done, you'll probably want to frame the results because they'll be that satisfying.

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    Three different suction levels (low for sensitive skin, medium for small blackheads, and large for pesky blackheads) and six interchangeable heads that span from strong suction to gentle suction enable you to customize your blackhead-removal experience with ease.

    Promising review: "One of the best things I have ever used! As a man with oily skin and large pores on my nose, blackheads, pimples, and oil are a constant struggle. This product pulls all of the gunk right out! I have no idea how I managed without this product, my skin looks better than ever!" —Kyle

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    10. Honeyskin Ultimate Face and Body Cream helps treat a myriad of skincare issues, including eczema, dryness, and redness. Formulated with superfoods (aloe vera and manuka honey), this cream quickly absorbs into the skin and helps nourish irritated areas on your face.

    reviewer pic of extremely inflamed patch of rosacea on cheek with raised rashes, then a  lightly pink look at the same cheek a week later, then an even lighter view of the cheek a month into use
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    If you have sensitive skin, you may want to test a small amount of this cream on your hand or wrist first before applying it to your face.

    Promising review: "I am absolutely blown away by the results from using this product. I have moderate rosacea made severe by pregnancy, and was at a major loss as to how to manage it. Unable to treat my rosacea as I normally would and with my sensitivity at an all time high (I couldn’t tolerate anything more than Vaseline), I decided to give this a whirl and could not be happier that I did. I think my picture speaks for itself, but within one week this cream SIGNIFICANTLY improved my rosacea and sensitivity and by a month my skin was completely smooth with minimal redness and scarring left from the months long flare I’d been having. Fan of Honeyskin for life here!" —LR

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97+ (available in three sizes).

    11. Mighty Patches absorb all the yucky gunk in your pimples while you sleep. When you wake up, you'll feel really satisfied when you see one of these babies lift pus from your zit that's basically the size of Mars. 

    pack of 36 circular Mighty Patches on a plastic adhesive strip
    reviewer with three puss-filled Mighty patches on finger

    Promising review: "I purchased these for my son who suffers from cystic acne. He is 15 years old and they has been a lifesaver. He puts them on the pimples at night and in the morning the pimples are dramatically reduced in size and his skin is 'flat' in his words. I highly recommend these to anyone who suffers from any type of acne. They were recommended by another mom on my son's basketball team. Her son was using them and I am so thankful that she shared how great the Mighty Patches are!" —Slade Salisbury

    Get a 36-pack from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. This Around the Bush bikini sheet mask soothes your bikini line that's prone to dryness, razor burn, and ingrown hairs. Honey extract, niacinamide, and witch hazel help hydrate skin and minimize irritation, so you can shave without saying "ouch" over and over again.

    Models with the oval sheet masks on their bikini lines
    Oui the People

    Oui the People is a Black-owned business known for their amazing skincare products. If you're looking for a better shaving experience sans nicks or irritation, you'll want to try their razors, Hydrating Body Gloss, and Sugarcoat Shave Gel-to-Milk.

    Promising review: "I will be ordering more! Exactly what I needed for an extremely sensitive bikini line. Using these in between lasers is so soothing for the area." —Whitney Carson

    Get a single pack from Oui the People for $8.

    13. This colossal foot file sloughs away cracked, dead skin from your heels that need a little pampering. You'll be ~walking on sunshine~ once you have super-soft feet again (and you don't have to spend $$$ on a pedicure).

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    Promising review: "OK, yes, it looks like a cheese grater and, yes, it is darn sharp, so I was a little nervous about it. But I gotta say, this is a great foot rasp. I'm one of those people who runs around barefoot as much as possible and my feet get pretty dry and calloused as a result. This rasp worked like a charm to remove all the dead skin and have my feet looking and feeling better in no time. Follow the directions and don't push too hard, let the rasp do the work, then there are no worries about cutting yourself or removing too many layers. The fabric storage pouch is a nice touch — helps you store the rasp without worries of hurting yourself or damaging other items in your drawer. I would highly recommend this rasp." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    14. LilyAna Naturals Eye Cream kicks dark circles and puffiness to the curb. Even if you were up late scrolling through Instagram or TikTok, this gentle formula will help you look less tired and nourish delicate under-eye skin.

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    Promising review: "Love this eye cream. I've been using this product a little over a month and notice a significant difference. It has help reduce the puffiness around my eyes and also fine wrinkles. Love the way it moisturizes, leaving my skin smooth. I was a bit skeptical at first, but I've noticed the effects. I'm very happy I gave this product a try." —A Ford

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

    15. LaBeautyologist cleansing cuffs act as a soft barrier between wet hands and sleeves when you wash your face. These comfy wristbands prevent water from dripping down your sleeves, so you can enjoy your skincare routine without getting drenched.

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    My sweatshirt sleeves ALWAYS get wet when I wash my face. It's really tricky to keep them dry because I use creamy cleansers that require a little more rinsing than other products. I decided to try these cozy cuffs and they make such a difference in my skincare routine. They protect my sleeves from getting drenched and make self-care time a little more fun. They're also machine washable!

    Nayamka Roberts-Smith, aka @LaBeautyologist on Twitter, is known for her 60-second-rule (cleansing with fingers for a minute to allow your cleanser's ingredients to get to work on your complexion). Follow her on Instagram for more skincare tips and shop her full product lineup here.

    Get them from LABeautyologist for $23 (available in four colors).

    16. Differin Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment ~hits the spot~ for treating clogged pores and stubborn blemishes. It helps prevent acne from making a return to your cheeks, chin, and forehead *and* halts breakouts in their tracks, thanks to its noncomedogenic formula.

    bottom right to top left: series of before-and-after photos showing reviewer's acne-covered face on Sept. 21 and a much-clearer face on Jan. 2 after using the treatment for a few months
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    Promising review: "Don’t give up on it! I started using this product two months ago because I still struggle with breakouts even after most of my acne cleared. But this baby took me to the next level. My skin tone is evening out. My scars are less visible. I will never stop using this product and I love the pump version." —Shelbs

    Get it from Amazon for $12.88+ (also available in packs of two and a 45-gram size).

    17. Glossier's Futuredew gets your skin ~glowing~ with nourishing oils (evening primrose, grape-seed, jojoba, and rose hip oils) and botanical-based extracts.  Rub a tiny bit onto your cheeks and forehead if your tired, dull complexion needs a little boost. 

    Pink and clear bottles of Glossier's Futuredew hybrid serum
    model wears Futuredew on cheeks
    Glossier, Glossier

    With a 4.3 rating and tons of positive reviews, this serum is great for anyone who wants a dewier, more radiant look and is easy to add to any skincare regimen.

    Promising review: "The other day I stopped as I was passing a mirror and realized I was...glowing. Then I realized it must have been the fault of Futuredew, as I had never looked that good before and it was my first day wearing the serum. My skin is sparkling, and soft, and the glow shows through even after I apply makeup." —Glossier Customer

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    18. Handmade Heroes Vegan Coconut Lip Scrub exfoliates dry skin from your lips and help them stay moisturized thanks to avocado oil, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil.

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    Promising review: "I stumbled upon the lip scrub from a BuzzFeed article about highly rated affordable Amazon beauty products. I am so glad I did! This little product is amazing! It has just the right number of ingredients and the texture and consistency is perfect. A little bit does the trick and goes a long way. I just wish there was an option to buy a larger amount." —Marisol Harris

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. Bolden Skincare's SPF 30 Brightening Moisturizer protects skin from UV damage and gives your complexion a subtle glow. When the sun's out and you're enjoying the great outdoors, you won't have to worry about dark spots and sunburns.

    Model opens green and white tube of Bolden's SPF 30 Brightening Moisturizer
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    Bolden is a Black-owned business specializing in skincare products, including acne treatments and cleansers, that'll help streamline your routine. 

    Promising review: "I have acne-prone skin and usually very sensitive to products containing SPF, however this product hasn't broken out my skin, my dark scars are fading. I use this cream daily especially on my 'no makeup' days and it gives a slight glow to the skin. I definitely highly recommend this product." —Bolden Skincare Customer

    Get it from Bolden or Amazon for $28.

    20. These hydrating face masks help tighten your pores, clear minor breakouts, *and* combat dryness. Don't be alarmed if you start to look like a zombie when you put it on, it's just the mask getting to work on your skin! Once you take it off, your face will feel brighter and more moisturized.

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    Promising review: "Smells great! This face mask does exactly what it says. My skin is nice and lifted, hydrated, noticeable reduction in fine lines, improved texture, reduced my pore size, and eliminated some newly developed rough patches forming around the hairline. Couldn't be more satisfied with this product! I have pretty good skin for 37, but this mask has really helped take my skin to the next level." —Samantha

    Get a box of eight masks from Amazon for $30.92.

    21. Sol by Jergens Deeper by the Drop Self Tanning Drops combines with your go-to moisturizer to give your skin a sun-kissed glow that's subtle and customizable. It's oil free, lightweight, and doesn't leave noticeable streaks when you apply it to your arms and legs.

    reviewer pic with pale skin before using the tanning drops, then same leg looking more golden tan
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    Promising review: "Works better than all the high-end products I have tried. Would definitely recommend!! It does have a strong 'self-tanner' smell, but I personally don't mind that. This picture is after letting it develop overnight." —Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    22. AxV Beauty face oil repairs the skin *and* soothes irritated areas on your cheeks, chin, and forehead. Jojoba oil, vitamin E, tea tree oil, and argan oil work together to boost hydration and combat stressed-out skin.

    Before and after showing the oil helped get rid of user's red, irritated cheek breakouts
    AxV Beauty

    AxV Beauty is a Black-owned business founded by Asata Evans and Vic Rose that sells handmade skincare products. You'll find body butters, serums, and more amazing goods for your routine.

    Promising review: "I suffer from rosacea and it has not irritated my face at all. I have been using it consistently and it has provided the right amount of moisture to my face without leaving me greasy. Will definitely repurchase again!" —AxV Beauty Customer

    Get it from AxV Beauty for $30+ (available in two sizes).

    23. BodyGlide's Anti-Chafe Balm prevents skin rubbing issues, so you can comfortably wear sports bras, shorts, and compression leggings. This formula works to keep your pores unclogged and doesn't contain lanolin, mineral, or petroleum oils. 

    Model rubs anti-chafing stick onto thighs
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    Promising review: "Holy sh*t! This product is amazing! I never thought I would be able to wear shorts, skirts, or dresses comfortably in warmer weather until now! Typically within the first few minutes of walking around or doing anything in the hot and humid summers of Illinois, I want to die. I’ll wear long pants at any chance of long periods of walking, no matter how hot. Never. Again. It goes on like deodorant, has no scent, and is clear on the skin." —Bridget C. Shaw

    Get it from Amazon for $8 (also available in a two-pack).

    24. Cerave Moisturizing Cream hydrates the most sensitive skin with its gentle, fragrance-free formula. Reviewers love it too (it has 4,932 positive reviews and a 4.8-rating!), because it absorbs quickly and contains ceramides that help strengthen the skin barrier and diminish dry areas.

    Promising review: "This cream changed my life! I had been suffering with severe hormonal acne after weaning my baby, and it just wouldn’t go away! After a week of this miracle cream, my face cleared up significantly! It’s mild and absorbs quickly. It never irritated my skin and leaves your skin nice and soft. It's perfect to wear under makeup. I wear it in place of a moisturizer and won’t switch to anything else!" —Steveson

    Get it from Amazon for $15.28.

    25. Holy Snails' Shark Sauce doubles up as a skin hydrator *and* brightener. This formula, which is shark free and suitable for multiple skin types, was designed to combat dullness and hyperpigmentation. If you're experiencing dark spots or want to achieve a glowing complexion, this serum will help you cut your routine in half.

    Holy Snails' Shark Sauce container with graphic of smiley shark on a pile of seashells
    Holy Snails

    Holy Snails is a woman-owned company that sells handmade skincare goods inspired by K-Beauty. You'll find everything from serums to face oil to lip balms for your skincare regimen.

    Promising review: "I don't think I've ever used a product that gave me such immediate results! In two weeks I looked in the mirror and my acne scars looked lighter and less prominent and I felt like I only had to spot conceal when normally I'd use a medium-/full-coverage foundation. I'll continue repurchasing forever!" —Holy Snails Customer

    Get it from Holy Snails for $9+ (available in three sizes).

    26. Tend Skin's Razor Bump Solution reduces the appearance of inflamed ingrown hairs that won't budge. Apply this solution after shaving and your underarms will thank you.

    Reviewer's inflamed armpit area with ingrown bumps in first photo, reviewer's cleared up armpit skin after using the solution in second photo
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    Promising review: "This product has worked great on my armpits where I had painful, gross, inflamed, and embarrassing hair follicles for years! I have noticed less of a difference on razor burn and ingrown hairs in other areas." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    27. Blume acne oil helps minimize face breakouts without sacrificing hydration. Packed with blue tansy, black cumin seed, rose hip, and tamanu oils, this skin treatment reduces the appearance of acne scars and acts as a shield against future pimples.

    Blume

    You can use this oil on individual acne spots *or* mix it with your daily moisturizer to treat acne spots on larger areas like your cheeks, chin, and forehead.

    Blume is a female-founded business known for their eco-friendly skincare and period-care products. From wellness boxes to cute heat packs, Blume offers soothing self-care essentials that'll help you relax at home.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this oil. Have tried so many things over the years for hormonal acne on my chin. This has just about cleared up my skin, and when I do get a blemish it looks so much better the next morning. Goes away much more quickly. Miracle product." —Elane M.

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

    28. Yes To's Watermelon Light Hydration Super Fresh Jelly Mask boosts moisture and tones your complexion at the same time. This ~juicy~ skincare treatment helps reduce dry spots, dullness, and irritation, thanks to its watermelon-based formula.

    Model holds green and clear tube of Yes To Watermelon Light Hydration Super Fresh Jelly Mask in their hand
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is wonderful for humid climates and/or hot summers. I personally love the smell, and I love that it's clear and doesn't dry sticky or stiff; sometimes I put this on and forget it's there and go run errands. My face looks normal and my skin is bright, calm, and moisturized but not greasy or oily.Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.75.

    29. Biossance Squalane + Lactid Acid Resurfacing Night Serum makes your nighttime routine a breeze, because it'll exfoliate dead skin, reduce the appearance of pores, *and* smooth your complexion.

    before image of customer's cheek with redness and bumps, and after image showing less redness and bumps
    Biossance

    Promising review: "This stuff has been a literal game changer for me. My skin could never be smooth enough and harsh, abrasive exfoliants always made my skin worse...like sensitive and broken out. Plus my skin never looked clear or uniform enough to go without makeup. This cream has given me my dream; I frequently skip makeup now and can't get over my complexion being so smooth and even-toned." —Anonymous

    Get it from Biossance for $62.

    30. And Ancient Greek Remedy's Moisturizer calms cystic acne, breakouts, and uneven patches while giving your complexion a hydration boost. Clear and smooth skin is coming your way.

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    It can also be used to add a lil' moisture to your cuticles and scalp!

    Promising review: "So I've only been using this for six days, and my mind is absolutely blown! I've been using it on my face, body, and hair. My hair has been super soft, it's helped clear up some eczema, rashes, and razor burn, and my acne has started to clear up as well! I would 100% recommend this to everyone! It smells fantastic and absorbs in very quickly so you don't feel oily all day or night." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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