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    May 24, 2020

    23 Holy Grail Products To Have On Hand For Skincare Problems

    Acne, blemishes, and dry skin don't stand a chance.

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    1. Versed Skincare's Just Breathe Clarifying Serum gets to work on stressed out skin: Willow bark extract, niacinamide, and a zinc blend help minimize inflammation, acne, and clogged pores. Pimples are no match for this soothing formula.

    A blue bottle that says "Versed Just Breathe Clarifying Serum" with a dropper filled with transparent light blue liquid hovering over it
    Versed Skincare

    Promising review: "I was on a hunt for niacinamide serum and this hit a jackpot. Blemishes on my cheeks are fading after constant use (two times a day and it took about a week to notice the changes) and pores are looking smaller than before. This will be my holy grail and will be added to my daily routine for a long time!" —Versed Skincare

    Get it from Versed Skincare for $19.99.

    2. Peace Out's Acne Healing Dots tame pesky blemishes that take a toll on your complexion. Apply these babies anytime you need to treat breakouts or stop picking areas.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "I'm so bad about picking at my face, but thanks to these dots, it heals so much faster and it's also very satisfying to see how much gunk it pulls out of your skin. These have been a lifesaver and I've bought them at least four times." —Sephora Customer

    Get it from Sephora for $19+ (available in packs of 20 and 40).

    3. CeraVe's Hydrating Face Wash hydrates and cleanses without stripping the protective skin barrier. If you're over other makeup removers drying or irritating your complexion, look no further: It gets the job done and keeps skin so smooth, thanks to three essential ceramides.

    A woman with acne spots on her face and the same woman with an acne-free face
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "Coming from some one who always felt like I needed to buy high-end and expensive skin care products, I wish I would have tried this long ago. Truly in my opinion, nothing beats this stuff. My acne-prone skin loves this moisturizing cleanser. My skin has never looked healthier. I suffer from acne breaks outs with very dry surface skin, yet an oily t-zone. My skin looks better than it ever has. And my routine is cheaper than it’s ever been." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.79.

    4. Peter Thomas Roth's PRO Strength Niacinamide Discoloration Treatment fights skin discoloration, unevenness, and acne with niacinamide, tranexamic acid, and kojic acid. These ingredients will get to work on your face and leave you with buttery soft skin.

    A pink tube that says "Peter Thomas Roth PRO Strength Niacinamide Discoloration Treatment" with a white-colored formula next to it
    Sephora

    Promising review: "It works amazingly! I’ve been using it for two months now and dark spots have faded so quickly. It doesn’t irritate my skin or make it peel. It just brightens and evens my skin tone. That’s all I need! Definitely will be repurchasing!" —Sephora Customer

    Get it from Sephora for $88.

    5. First Aid Beauty's Facial Radiance Pads are a three-in-one treat for your complexion: They help brighten, tone, *and* exfoliate, so you won't have to worry about leftover makeup clogging pores or causing redness.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have keratosis pilaris and I've had flaky skin on my face my whole life; until now. It only took one week of using these pads and I have soft, smooth skin for the first time ever! I can put makeup on without it becoming an embarrassing flaky mess. It's very gentle too, it doesn't bother my rosacea. Thank you so much for saving my face!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $17+ (available in two sizes).

    6. Supergoop!'s Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 preps your pre-makeup face *and* protects your skin from sun damage. Cocoa peptides act like a barrier against blue light, while hyaluronic acid increases softness. Buh-bye irritation, sunburn, and redness.

    A white tube that says "Supergoop! Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40" with a buff-colored formula behind it
    Sephora

    Promising review: "So shook. I was very suspicious when I saw the tint and at first it seemed like this was going to be too greasy. But after I rubbed it in, it dried down to a stunningly natural radiant glow on my tan skin. Emphasis on natural. It makes the skin look like you just came back from hot yoga and drink your green smoothie daily." —Sephora Customer

    Get it from Sephora for $36.

    7. Sunday Riley's Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment is like a brightening cocktail for complexions: It helps reduce dark spots, pores, and redness. Use this treatment whenever your face needs some skincare S.O.S.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this stuff! Within only a few days, I noticed a huge difference in my skin tone, breakouts, and pigmentation. I have acne scars and other unmentionables on my face that drive me crazy. I did not experience burning or tingling, not even on the first use. If you are considering this at all, take my advice. Give it a go. It is saving my skin one day at a time." —Sephora Customer

    Get it from Sephora for $85+ (available in two sizes).

    Check out more skincare treatments in 38 Totally Investment-Worthy Skincare Products That Your Skin Will Probably Thank You For.

    8. Belif's The True Cream Aqua Bomb is like a water fountain for extremely dry skin and helps combat stubborn acne: This gel cream contains lady's mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris), ceramide 3, and glycerin, and absorbs quickly for a glowing, moisture-rich complexion.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "I have acne-prone skin and trust me I have tried every other product available for fighting acne in the stores. I started using this cream just two months ago and I am so thankful for this purchase. It gives just the perfect amount of hydration my skin needs and I have seen my acne reduced so much in just one month." —Sephora Customer

    Get it from Sephora for $38+ (available in two sizes).

    9. Glossier's Balm Dotcom adds a lil' extra moisture to parched lips and doubles up as a skin moisturizer. Apply this smooth formula and say goodbye to drying, peeling, and cracking.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "Amazingly moisturizing! Although I have generally oily skin, some areas can get extremely dry. I use this on my lips, elbows, cuticles, and anywhere that just needs a little extra moisturizing." —Glossier Customer

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight scents).

    Read more about affordable skincare essentials in 24 Cheap Skincare Products That Actually Work.

    10. Aztec Secret's Indian Healing Clay Facial Treatment deep cleans your pores and minimizes irritation caused by acne and blemishes. Ninety-five percent of Target customers say they would recommend this formula and swear that it works wonders for their complexion.

    On the left, BuzzFeed editor Sarah Wainschel's face before using the clay mask. On the right, Wainschel's face with less acne after using the clay mask
    BuzzFeed

    Read about why four BuzzFeeders love this skincare treatment in We Tried The Aztec Healing Clay Mask And It Really Made A Difference.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I was so skeptical at first until I tried it and I have sensitive skin. Honestly, I didn’t have any redness after five minutes of washing it off just as the product said, and all the blackheads on my nose disappeared! Not to go without mention my face was so soft afterwards. Would recommend to anyone!" —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $7.99.

    And check out 25 Skincare Products Even People Who Don't Really ~Do~ Skincare Will Love for more masks that are easy to use.

    11. Glow Recipe's Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask smells so good and takes care of your face while you catch up on ZZZs. Hyaluronic acid packs in moisture, AHAs remove dead skin cells, and watermelon soothes trouble spots. Won't it be great to wakeup with a bright complexion again?

    A bottle that says "Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask" with an applicator scooping a pink formula above it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The Glow Recipe stuff is just the solution for giving my skin a rest. I wore a full face of makeup every day, got no sleep, no rest, ate bad food, and I was very stressed out and I swear my skin never looked better, thanks to this stuff. It’s like rest in a jar. I put it on and wake up glowing. I don’t normally seek out stuff to spend money on, but I’ll be trying other products from this skincare line." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.

    12. Teddie Organics' Rose Water Facial Toner Spray quenches thirsty skin and helps minimize red spots. Your face's pH balance will finally be back on track and get the hydration it deserves.

    On the left, a woman's face before using the toner spray. On the right, the same woman's face after using the toner spray
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "My face is ultra-sensitive and everything causes inflammation. I wasn't sure how I was going to react to this product. I am pleased to say that after only using one day, the redness decreased by about 40%. The acne began to dry up, but my skin did not! Day two and I am at a 60% improvement in redness and acne is almost completely gone! My skin is soft and I spray a few times and let my face "air dry" before applying makeup." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    Read more about affordable skincare savers in 31 Cheap Skincare Products That Actually Deliver Results.

    13. Tonymoly's I'm Real Sheet Mask wants to tackle a bunch of skin concerns, like acne, breakouts, dryness, and irritation. Apply it whenever your face is having a mini freak-out and you'll be on your way to smoother, hydrated, and blemish-free skin.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I ordered this for my friend a while back for her birthday and she said she loved the product and bought five more for herself. She said it smelled very nice and her dry skin patch actually faded a bit." —Urban Outfitters Customer

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $3 (available in 12 formulas).

    14. FOREO's Luna Mini 2 elevates your daily skincare routine with a deep-clean that'll leave your face glowing. No more makeup residue, acne, or oily zones after using this tiny gadget, which uses gentle pulsations and movements to get the job done.

     BuzzFeed editor Maitland Quitmeyer cleanses her face with FOREO's Luna Mini 2. She says "Makeup, dead skin cells, excess oil, grime, etc. all gone in 60 seconds
    Maitland Quitmeyer/BuzzFeed

    One of our BuzzFeed editors tried this skincare gadget and loved how it made her skin clearer and smoother.

    Promising review: "If you are looking to step up your skincare routine or are looking to invest in your skin, get this. I’ve had mine for six months now, and it has definitely delivered on so many levels. My skin feels clean and soft after using, I’ve also seen improvements in my skins texture, brightness, and less breakouts! I bought one for my brother and he loves it as well!" —Sephora Customer

    Get it from Sephora for $119 (available in five colors).

    15. Origins' GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream wakes up tired eyes with coffee beans, panax ginseng, and magnolia extract. Dark circles, puffiness, and dryness don't stand a chance with this energizing formula.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "This eye cream is fantastic. It seriously reduces dark circles, that's for sure. I put it on first thing in the morning, and my under eyes are still gorgeous in the evening. It's also insanely hydrating. I never noticed any irritation either, Origins usually has fragrance in their products, but this has none. Definitely a fantastic eye cream." —Sephora Customer

    Get it from Sephora for $25+ (available in two sizes).

    16. Glossier's Futuredew gets you glowin' with a nourishing, plant-based formula. Apply it after you cleanse and moisturize your face for a dewy and well-hydrated look.

    A model holds a bottle that says "Glossier Futuredew Oil Serum Hybrid" in her hand
    Glossier

    Promising review: "Future dew is amazing! I am not one to wear a lot of makeup but have always envied those with fresh dewy faces. But with a small squirt this gets the job done! So easy for a novice makeup person, I love it! I've had multiple comments on my skins glow since using it!" —Glossier Customer

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    17. Elizavecca's Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask makes tackling stubborn blackheads fun: Reviewers love this foaming mask, which unclogs pores *and* foams up on your face. Plus, who wouldn't want to add a tiny bit of excitement to their skincare routine?

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    Promising review: "First? It's weird. Second. It's awesome. I use this every few days to keep the dead skin from building up on my face, even with washing, I get a lot of clogged pores and my skin is very dry to begin with. This smooths out my skin texture a bit and takes off a lot of the dead layers. In combination with collagen masks and rosewater spray, this has become a regular part of my skincare routine and my skin is so much happier now." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    18. Drunk Elephant's D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops doubles up as a bronzer and shield from environmental stressors. Platinum peptides, chronocyclin, and cocoa extract work together to give you a sunkissed look and help protect your skin from pollution.

    A white tube that says Drunk Elephant's D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Serum" in front of a brown background
    Sephora

    Promising review: "One of the best products I have bought. This has been perfect for my no makeup days! My face is naturally a lot lighter than the rest of my body so this has been perfect to even me out. I have been loving wearing this with some under eye concealer and bronzer and looking as if i’m wearing foundation!" —Sephora Customer

    Get it from Sephora for $36.

    19. Neutrogena's Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Water Gel locks in moisture and won't get in the way of your makeup regimen. If your skin is super dry and needs a hydration boost, this formula will absorb quickly and combat irritation.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "My face is always dry. If I don’t moisturize every day, I’ll start to notice dryness on my forehead and the sides of my cheeks. Especially when I use foundation. I was using a really awesome cream before but it would be oily and take forever to dry. This dries quickly and leaves a soft feel immediately. I’ve waited a couple weeks to leave a review and have not had a bad reaction. It’s really helped my dryness and clear up my blemishes." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.63.

    20. Mario Badescu's Vitamin C Serum and Seaweed Night Cream Duo minimize your nighttime skincare routine with antioxidants, bladderwrack extract, collagen, elastin. Think of all the time you'll save when you can clear up *and* moisturize your complexion before the morning.

    On the left, a circular bottle that says "Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream" filled with a green formula. On the right, a green bottle that says "Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum" next to an applicator with clear liquid
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "This serum makes my skin glow! Whenever I feel like my face looks dull, I apply the serum at night and wake up with healthier-looking skin! It also doesn’t make your face greasy as your skin absorbs the product. I will continue to buy it!" —Urban Outfitters Customer

    Get both from Urban Outfitters for $45.

    21. I Dew Care's Plush Party Lip Mask works overnight to nourish chapped lips. This p.m. lip treatment will help you get a soft and flake-free pout while you sleep.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I actually really like this product! When I tried this the first night, I was skeptical. I woke up with normal lips but as the day went on, I noticed the difference and I must say I liked the results. I used it again in the afternoon and then as a mask before bed. I’m hooked! My lips aren’t peeling like they usually do and I am chewing on my lips less. Overall it’s a great product and a little goes a long way." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    22. Dermora's Foot Peel Mask removes dead skin, so you can have baby-soft feet. Lavender and papaya extracts do the dirty work and minimize cracking, drying, and roughness. Put these on while you're binge-watching TV or reading a book and say goodbye to cracked heels.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Love, Love, this product. Saw a major difference in my feet within a few days after using your foot mask. All of a sudden the dead, hard, dry skin started peeling away from my feet. It felt like I was being released from a cocoon. Lotion soaks in immediately and my feet feel very smooth and soft." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $32.99.

    23. INN Beauty Project's Power Up Dual-Phase Face Mist answers the call for simple skincare maintenance: Spritz this three-in-one powerhouse formula on your face whenever you need to tone, hydrate, and brighten your skin. You're welcome.

    A clear bottle that says "INN Beauty Project Power Up Dual-Phase Face Mist" in front of a pink background
    Credo Beauty

    Promising review: "This has worked wonders on my skin! I use it as a part of my skincare routine and let it fully absorb into my skin prior to my cream both morning and night, as well as a setting spray for my makeup." —Credo Beauty Customer

    Get it from Credo Beauty for $22.

    You, after tackling all your skincare problems with the best cleansers, moisturizers, and toners:

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