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    Updated on Jul 30, 2020. Posted on Jul 27, 2020

    27 Skincare Essentials You'll Probably Want To Keep In Your Cabinet

    Get a blemish-free, glowing, and hydrated complexion with these skincare savers.

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

    Model applies Differin's Adapalene Gel 0.1% Acne Treatment on their hand
    Amazon

    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." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.66.

    2. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay goes deep into your pores to remove unwanted gunk and minimizes irritation caused by acne and blemishes. Amazon reviewers swear by this anti-breakout facial, which will leave you with clearer skin in minutes.

    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

    Mix this formula with apple cider vinegar to get a clearer complexion.

    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 is the second time I’ve bought this! You can feel it pulling the oil and dirt out of your skin. When you wash it off I can see that my pores are visibly smaller. This pulls all the oil and funk out of your pores. It does not over dry the skin! It feels amazing!" —Dawn Muse

    Get it from Amazon for $13.60.

    3. Acure's Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil calms your skin while you sleep (gasp). This light formula gets to work on redness, irritation, and breakouts without clogging your pores and smells heavenly (thank you, blue tansy and rose)!

    Pink and white box that says "Acure Seriously Soothing Blue Tansy Night Oil"
    Acure/Instagram / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I can't stand oils which sit on top of my skin, I get a claustrophobic feeling as if it is suffocating my skin. But not this one, it is light but strong on effect. I have rosacea and it calms my skin wonderfully. Plus the packaging is beautiful and practical at the same time." —zsuzsa

    Get it from Amazon for $12.61.

    4. 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.

    On the left, reviewer's face covered in acne spots. On the right, the reviewer's face with less acne spots after using CeraVe's Hydrating Face Wash
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "Coming from someone 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 breaksouts 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 $14.64+.

    5. Pholk Beauty's Honeysuckle Rose Face Mist hydrates thirsty skin with botanical-based ingredients, so you can kick dry spots to the curb and get your complexion glowing again. Spritz it on whenever your face needs a moisturizing pick-me-up.

    White spray container that says "Pholk Honeysuckle Rose Face Mist"
    Pholk Beauty

    Get it from Pholk Beauty for $20.

    6. Ebanel's Acne Spot Treatment Drying Lotion lifts gross gunk out of blemishes, cysts, and zits and clarifies your complexion (buh-bye irritation)! Apply this soothing formula overnight and wake up in the morning with breakout-free skin.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this product! I've been having some bad cystic acne breakouts and after five times of using this drying lotion over the last two weeks, the bumps and dark spots have improved a lot! The scent can be strong but I've gotten used to it already. It's amazing how the texture of my skin and the reduction of oil have changed to make my skin appear much cleaner." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    7. FOREO's Luna Mini 2 elevates your daily skincare routine with a deep-clean that'll leave your face glowing and very clear. 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: "I love this scrubber! I had never used something similar before, but I don't think I could ever go back to just a washcloth. This makes my skin feel so soft and for the first time in my life, my skin is noticeably brighter and clearer. I tend to have splotchy skin and after a month of using this in the evenings before bed, the splotchiness is gone. I seems silly, but a little extra scrubbing goes a long way! This is gentle and has never bothered my skin." —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $119 (available in eight colors).

    8. Thayers' Rose Petal Witch Hazel Facial Toner doubles up as a cleanser and toner that combats acne, inflammation, and redness. This skincare saver will leave your complexion looking radiant, moisturized, and blemish-free.

    Amazon, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Customers can't get enough of this effective formula, which has received more than 3,000 5-star reviews on Amazon.

    Promising review: "This is the holy grail of skincare for me. I use it twice daily on my face and neck, it considerably cleared up my skin and gives me a great glow. It really seems to have evened out my skin. I rarely post reviews for skin care items because so many don’t live up to their word, this is one everyone should be using. Super affordable and effective." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    9. Bolden Skincare's SPF 30 Brightening Moisturizer acts as a shield against UV damage *and* gives your skin a gorgeous 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 Skincare's SPF 30 Brightening Moisturizer
    Bolden Skincare/Instagram / Via instagram.com

    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 Skincare for $28.

    10. 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 at the same time.

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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 $9.99.

    11. Handmade Heroes' Vegan Coconut Lip Scrub gently exfoliates chapped lips with coconut and sugar and locks in moisture, so you can rock your favorite gloss or lipstick, sans flakes.

    Hands hold clear container of Handmade Heroes' Ultra Sexy Scrub for lips
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Never tried a lip scrub before so I wasn't sure of what to expect. This lip scrub is excellent though. My lips dry out really quickly, but since I started using this, they feel much softer and I don't need to glob on tons of lip balm anymore. Very pleased with it, and it tastes delicious too!" —kokorocloud

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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

    Amazon / Via amazon.com, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    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." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Check out more soothing moisturizers in 23 Effective Skincare Products That Might Make You Think, "Why Didn't I Buy This Sooner?"

    13. I Dew Care's Disco Kitten Illuminating Diamond Peel-Off Face Mask gives your complexion a major glow up with oat extract and exfoliating gem powder. Just paint the mask on, let it sit for 20 minutes, and gently peel it off for potentially brighter *and* clearer skin.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com, I Dew Care/Instagram / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "One of the best peel-off masks I have used. My skin definitely looks brighter and more radiant after use and it actually peels off very easily! There is probably enough for about 10 total applications. Will absolutely be purchasing again!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    14. Versed Skincare's Vacation Eyes Brightening Eye Gel combats dark circles and gives your under eye skin a *glow-up,* thanks to vitamin C, ginseng root extract, and coffee seed extract. Just dab before applying moisturizer and you'll be good to go.

    yellow tube spits out clear gel-like liquid
    Versed Skincare

    Promising review: "I usually have pretty dark marks right on either side of my nose near the inner corner of my eye and holy cow, that discoloration has almost completely gone away. I am also a makeup wearer and can safely say that I don't have any issues with this underneath my makeup. Love the environmentally conscious packaging, it's easy to travel with, and it checks all the boxes for me." —Versed Skincare Customer

    Get it from Versed Skincare for $17.99.

    15. Admire My Skin's 2% Hydroquinone Dark Spot Corrector Remover combats dark spots and acts like a lightbulb for your skin by boosting brightness. Say hello to a clearer, smoother complexion after using this 2% hydroquinone, salicylic acid, and azelaic acid formula.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff here is a lifesaver and miracle in a bottle. My face has been loaded with acne bumps, comedones that was in my skin for years, and black marks that wouldn't go away. But this stuff here has brightened my marks, my acne has dried out, and 90% of my marks are gone. Give it a try." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    16. Glossier's Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector sweeps away dead skin cells, so your face can be free from acne and redness. Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), and Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) get to work on trouble zones and leave your skin feeling clean and fresh.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "I bought this based on reviews and I am so glad I did. My skin was uneven, acne-prone and just felt rough. After first use there was an improvement straight away and after two weeks, using daily just once, my skin is soft, smooth and clear. So happy!" —Glossier Customer

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    Read about why BuzzFeeders swear by this exfoliator in Here's Why Glossier Solution Is Totally Worth Your Money.

    17. Black Girl Sunscreen with SPF 30 protects your face and bod from the sun and dries completely clear, so you won't have to worry about an annoying white cast. You can also layer it underneath makeup in case you need a lil' UV shield before heading outside.

    Model applies tube of Black Girl Sunscreen With SPF 30 on their hands
    Target

    Promising review: " I searched online for a great sunscreen that was not harmful to the environment, and didn't leave my face greasy, sticky, or with a purple/white cast. This was the answer. It is lightweight, doesn't leave me feeling greasy (I am acne prone), and *zero* white residue. Such a great product!" —Target Customer

    Get it from Black Girl Sun Screen for $18.99 and Target for $15.99.

    18. 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.

    19. NOTO Botanics' Resurface Scrub feels like a mini spa treatment: Its packed with plant-based ingredients and glycolic acid to exfoliate dead skin and leave your face feeling so dang soft.

    Model applies NOTO Botanics' Resurface Scrub on their face
    NOTO Botanics

    Pro Tip: Make sure to apply sunscreen and limit your time in the sun whenever you use this scrub because it contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA).

    Get it from NOTO Botanics for $32.

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

    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    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 $14.79+ (available in two sizes).

    21. Mighty Patch's Hydrocolloid Acne Pimple Patch Spot Treatment sucks gross puss out of whiteheads when you're catching up on ZZZs. This overnight treatment will shrink bad pimples and leave you with a clearer complexion in the morning.

    On the left, reviewer places a Mighty Patch on their face. On the right, same reviewer shows Mighty Patch lifting puss out of acne spot on their face
    Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I do not claim to understand the science behind this tiny miracles, but they have changed my life. I spent my workday 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 a crater in my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick, pick, and pick." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 72-pack from Amazon for $21.99.

    22. Atahana's Jade Roller and Gua Sha set helps stimulate blood flow around your cheeks, chin, and forehead for super soft skin. Roll this baby around your face during your next self-care day and say goodbye to puffiness.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’ve been wanting to try a jade roller for a long time. After the first use, my skin had already felt smoother and plump. It literally feels like you’re giving yourself a face massage. No mess at all if you like to dip your roller in moisturizer or serum. I will continue to use this." —Talya D

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    23. Botanicals Beauty's Green Tea Body Oil treats your skin with lavender-infused oil and matcha green tea after you take a chill shower. It'll feel so refreshing and add extra moisture to your skin, which may need some love after a long day.

    Clear dropper tubes filled with Botanicals Beauty's Green Tea Body Oil in front of a floral background
    Botanicals Beauty

    Get it from Botanicals Beauty for $10+ (available in two sizes).

    24. These facial applicator brushes make applying skincare treatments a breeze. With soft bristles and a sturdy handle, you'll be *painting* masks and serums on your face like a pro without creating a mess.

    Amazon / Via amazon.com, Amazon / Via amazon.com

    Promising review: "I no longer dread putting on my face products. I was using my fingers to apply the product to my face, it was so messy and it got in my nails too. When I came across these silicone brushes, I knew I had to have them. I use my facial products more often because I'm no longer worried about the annoying mess. The silicone brush is very flexible and spreads the product on my face nicely." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $4.50.

    25. Melaku Aromatherapy's Spiced Chai Bath Soak helps alleviate sore muscles and pampers your skin with pink Himalayan salt, cinnamon bark, and mineral-based ingredients. Your bathroom will smell heavenly *and* you'll feel super smooth after soaking for 20 minutes.

    A clear container of Spiced Chai Bath Soak filled with a pinkish mixture
    Melaku Aromatherapy/Etsy

    Get it from Melaku Aromatherapy on Etsy for $12.36.

    26. Yes To's Watermelon Light Hydration Super Fresh Jelly Mask boosts moisture and tones your complexion at the same time. This ~juicy~ skincare treatment will 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 its 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 $12.99.

    27. No7's Radiant Results Micellar Cleansing Water gently removes makeup and impurities from your cheeks, eyes, and lips without drying your skin. Have eyeshadow or concealer that won't budge? They're no match for this skin essential, which will get your face squeaky clean.

    No7

    Get it from No7 for $8.99.

    You, after adding more skincare treats to your bathroom cabinet:

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