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    Updated on Jul 4, 2020. Posted on Jul 2, 2020

    26 Products Your Skin Will Probably Thank You For

    Let's get that glowing summer skin we all deserve.

    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. An oil-free (cruelty-free, and gluten-free) bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 to help you achieve a dewy glow while protecting your skin from the sun, and it hydrates your skin with plant-derived squalene.

    Four models of different skin tones with the sunscreen on their arm

    Promising Review: "I am almost finished with my first tube and plan to repurchase! I'm in college and have mostly hormonal, stress-induced acne. This covers it just enough to still let it breathe. My skin is more hydrated, and I am more confident going sans-makeup after using this. I truly believe that it does what it claims to, and I have noticed a more even complexion. Lasts me all day without a touchup and can be used without primer on quick 'natural' days. Additionally, this is build-able to a natural medium coverage. This is perfect summer makeup – just your skin but better!" —PurduePrep

    Get it from Sephora for $33 (available in 20 shades).

    2. A bubbly clay mask thousands of reviewers swear by for clearing out pores and getting smooth, glowing skin! It tickles as it works its magic on your face, but the results are totally worth it.,

    Promising review: "This is one of those products you have to try to believe. I am a huge Korean skin care convert, and I thought I would try this gem out because of the reviews, and it doesn't disappoint! Be aware that this will pull out any impending pimples you might have, so afterwards you might have a few spots that weren't there before, but with regular use it keeps your pores nice and clean so the pimples won't be there!" —Elizabeth M Briggs

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    3. A little octopus exfoliator friend who is here to make exfoliating easier than ever. I use this babe on my face in the shower, and it always makes my skin super soft. Byeee dead skin cells!

    Close-up of a reviewer holding the exfoliator shaped like an octopus

    Promising review: "After just two days of use, this adorable little octopus has done wonders for me, and smells great too. Here's how I used it: I wore down the stick just a little to where the texture from the salt is visible, scrubbed around on my face so there was plenty of product, then I used my fingers to gently massage all the gunk away. Rinse, pat dry, and enjoy the softness. Highly recommended for sensitive skin sufferers like myself." —LuckLocust

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50.

    4. O'Keeffe's Working Hands cream – it has over 9K reviews, and proves no pair of hands is too dry, cracked, or damaged to repair.,

    Promising review: "This stuff really works. I live in Minnesota, and it gets extremely dry and cold here in the winter. So much so that my fingertips and backs of my hands crack and bleed every year. My doctor recommended Aquaphor and I've tried other creams over the years, but nothing really worked. Within about four days of using Working Hands, the cracks were almost fully healed, and within a week, the pain was gone. I put it on after a shower in the morning, and before going to bed. THIS STUFF IS AMAZING!" —scientist guy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    5. Belif's aqua bomb moisturizer – you'll try it once and never want to put anything else but this herb-infused, oil-free, weightless moisturizer on your skin ever again.

    A hand holding the cream with lid off to show creamy texture

    Promising review: "LOVE this moisturizer. Putting this one feels like you are giving your skin a cool glass of water. My esthetician has even asked me which moisturizer I use because of how nice my skin looked. Recently I ran out of this and instead started using a couple of different moisturizer samples I had acquired, and I missed this enough so that I ordered some more before I was even all the way through the other samples." —curi0us

    Get it from Sephora for $38.

    6. A bottle of cold-pressed rose hip oil worth getting the camera out for some amazing before and after results. If you have dry, acne-prone skin, this just might be your holy grail!

    A set of images of the same reviewer with acne and blemishes on their skin dissipating over time

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this product!! I’ve recently struggled with acne all over the face, and while washing it every single night helped a bit, nothing was giving me truly clear skin. I bought this gem and very quickly that changed! I’m so pleased with this product and how well it has helped clear up my acne! My face always feels incredibly soft after using it, and the best part is that it doesn’t make my usually-oily skin look greasy when applied!! I’ve been recommending this product to everyone I know! It’s an absolute must have!" —Jennifer R Bennett

    Read our write-up of this facial oil.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    7. A radiate face jelly packed with aloe, primrose, and tea tree to help your skin stay moisturized, evenly-toned, and glowing all day! You can layer sunscreen or makeup right over this moisturizer.

    Model holding the face jelly after applying it
    Base Butter

    Promising review: "My skin is thriving since using this product. My face feels moisturized, without feeling greasy. The lightweight gel-like moisturizer rubs in easily. The glow up is real! I love using it on makeup-free days or underneath make-up. Either way, my skin feels hydrated all day!" —Natilolo

    Get it from Base Butter on pre-order for $21.

    8. A pack of Patchology under-eye patches ideal for tired, puffy eyes. They come in easy to pack packaging as well, so you can have them on hand after a long flight or late night out.

    Close up of a model wearing the patch, which is teardrop shaped and translucent gold

    Promising review: "I'm always looking for new products that actually work – these eye patches are a staple in my bag. I use them before events, after a long night out, when I need a little pick-me-up, and I take them when I travel. Sometimes I even use them on the plane to freshen up if it's a super long flight. The individual patches are packaged compactly so you can easily toss them in your toiletry bag or purse." —Lovetoshop

    Get them from Amazon: a five-pack of the illuminating version for $15 or a five-pack of the rejuvenating version for $15.

    9. A pack of oil blotting sheets that are a generous size, so those of us with oily skin can get the serious relief we need.,

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oils blotting sheets because they're life savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. Great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. I used to use Clean & Clear sheets or knock offs of the same thing but I'll never go back. Give these a try — completely worth it." —Kelsey

    Get a 100-sheet pack from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in mutiple varieties).

    10. Thayer's witch hazel rose toner for anyone with sensitive skin in search of a more even skin tone, and an alcohol-free toner.

    Close up of BuzzFeed editor AnaMaria holding the toner after use
    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I have been using this twice a day for about a month now. After I cleanse my face, I use a cotton round and apply it all over my face and neck. I noticed reduction in redness and spots within two weeks! Just last night my boyfriend asked 'Did you already take your makeup off?' I had just cleansed my face and applied my Thayer's. When I told him so, he said 'You look like you’re still wearing your makeup!' As someone who has always had some issues with acne and uneven skin tone, the reduction in redness is a godsend! Definitely worth the cost to try it if you’re even slightly intrigued by this product’s abilities." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $8.21+ (available in three scents).

    Check out "This Highly Rated Witch Hazel Toner Is The Best Skin Care Product Under $10" for more info on why we can't get enough of this stuff.

    11. Farmacy's honeymoon glow night serum to hydrate and clarify combination skin as you snooze 😴. This babe is pricey, but reviewers say it works like magic!

    Close up of the serum

    Promising review: "There are so many reasons to love this product. First off, it smells divine, but more importantly, it works so freaking well! After one use, my skin was glowing. After a week, my forehead had cleared of all the little clogged pores. What witchcraft is this?!? I have a feeling this will obtain my holy grail product status." —kaesha

    Get it from Sephora for $58.

    12. A clarifying GlamGlow Supermud Charcoal Instant Treatment Mask to help purify your pores and improve complexion — as this mask dries, the impurities extracted from your pores stay dark so you can wash it off an feel refreshed.


    Promising Review: "I always steer clear of charcoal masks because I find that they generally dry out my skin. THIS mask is a GAME-CHANGER. It made me look poreless and my skin has never felt cleaner and more refreshed. I was so impressed with a mini sample that the next day I bought the whole jar. It felt gentle on my sensitive skin, but I also felt it working hard. No redness, no stinging, nothing but pleasant cooling and brighter, smoother skin as a result. This is the charcoal mask I've been waiting for. For those of you worried about sensitivity and harshness, this mask was made for you." —allthatglows

    Get a 1.7-oz jar from Sephora for $59.

    13. A pack of dark spot correcting patches that just may erase those pesky dark spots and acne scars for good.

    Close up of the patches

    Promising review: "The product worked well in a few of my dark spots! I had dark spots from picking at some pimples, and honestly, now they are basically gone! This product rocks!" —YoungChico69

    Get a 12-pack from Sephora for $28.

    14. A derma roller with a teeny tiny needle to get serums and skincare products deep into your skin for possibly better results — I am adding this to my cart riiiiight now 👀.

    Reviewer using the derma roller and the same reviewer's decrease in blemishes over time

    This derma roller has a suuuper small .25mm needle length that won't hurt your skin at all — it allows serums to sink deep into your skin for maximum effect!

    Promising review: "BUY THIS NOW. I have genetically bad skin. I have huge pores, discoloration, acne, and acne scars. I am a 21-year-old and I go to Mayo Clinic Dermatology. They said my only hope was having laser treatment to fill my scars and pores. My friends showed me a video of a derma roller and I spent months doing research. I finally decided to take the plunge and order this product. I have used this about eight or nine times and my skin is looking considerably better. I still have acne, obviously, but this is helping to heal my old scars and shrink my monstrous pores. I love it. I haven't combined the roller with any special treatments for better absorption. My skin looks tighter, healthier, and better than it has in many, many years." —Jennifer Beranek

    Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

    15. And a vitamin C serum for anyone who doesn't have a serum in their skincare arsenal yet — reviewers swear by this one for soft, radiant, red-spot free skin!

    A reviewer with hyperpigmentation and the same reviewer with very few hyperpigmentation spots left

    Promising review: "The results are unbelievable. I was a bit skeptical because all the reviews were from Caucasian women. I was slightly worried that my skin would not respond as well but I was quite mistaken. With or without makeup, my skin is bright, smooth and my spots are disappearing. One other result I am sure a number of people have not noticed is that your palms get softer, too. I guess the residue on the palms makes them soft and supple." —Mayowa O.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    Thirsty for more info? Check out "This Vitamin C Face Serum May Give You The Best Dang Skin Of Your Life."

    16. An acne spot treatment with the highest amount of sulfur available in over-the-counter products, so it can zap zits away before they even have a chance to appear.

    Close up of the spot treatment bottle

    Promising review: "I am VERY pleased with this. I have been having random adult acne. I have tried everything from the drugstore and none of those products worked as effective and quick as this treatment! It has changed my skin in less then a week. Now I'm just trying to get rid of the scars." —Maria29

    Get it from Sephora for $26.

    17. Fluide's universal gloss so you can indulge in a vegan, cruelty-free, sparkly gloss on your eyes, lips, or as a light-weight highlighter to glam up your look.


    Promising review: "New favorite! I absolutely love this gloss and how versatile it is! Can't decide where I like it best; on my lips or cheekbones for a subtle glow; or as an eyeshadow. It is more sparkly than the photos show a little goes a long way." —Joanne

    Get it from Fluide for $15.

    18. A 16-pack of K-beauty sheet masks perfect for anyone who wants to give their face some must-needed moisture without breaking the bank!

    A reviewer using the mask and the same reviewer's results after use with their skin tone evening out over time

    Promising review: ""I have extremely sensitive skin. I look at oil and break out. I am careful about how I cleanse and how I moisturize, as one misstep means weeks of recovery. I threw caution to the wind with these, and I am obsessed. I have so many of these now. I do them about five times a week. They feel great, moisturize, and smell amazing. They are delicate and lovely." —inexpensive sheet masks.

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 3 color sets).

    19. Jergens wet skin moisturizer for anyone who maybe forgets to lotion their entire body after a shower on a regular basis (me). This incredible stuff makes the process sooo much easier, because you can apply it to wet skin and it'll soak right in!

    The moisturizer bottle and a close-up of the product's thick texture next to it

    Promising review: "This lotion is absolutely phenomenal! I have always had dry skin, but I have always hated having to apply lotion. Most of the time I forget to put it on, or I simply don't want to put lotion on. I hate the way that regular lotion feels on my hands and skin. This wet skin moisturizer has turned that completely around. All you do is apply it to your wet skin right after you turn off the shower and then dry off with your towel as usual. It is 100 times more pleasant to apply than traditional lotion. There is no greasy or oily feeling at all with it and it smells amazing. In fact, when you're applying it you don't really feel anything at all. My skin is so soft and smooth after applying it. Not only is it so much better to apply than regular lotion, but it also moisturizes better than any other lotion I have ever used." —Arjun Patel

    Get it from Amazon for $6.79 (available in six varieties).

    20. Mario Badescu rosewater spray that's here to help two of the most annoying problems your poor skin ~faces~ — oily in the summer and dryness in the winter! Treat yourself to a midday spray and watch the results roll in.,

    Promising review: "This product helps to not make my freshly showered face a greased up mess by misting a light moisturizer that absorbs into my overly active hormonal sweaty skin. I can rehydrate my flaky nose, lip line, and brows while not having to towel it off. Once it dries I can mist again all over to give another boost of hydration, and move on with my day." —Porsha

    Get it from Amazon for $7+.

    21. Neutrogena's hydrating face gel moisturizer to make dry, flaky skin a thing of the past, and make your makeup go on super smooth!

    Amazon, Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "After doing tons of research on the best moisturizers, I kept coming across Neutrogena's Hydro Boost gel-cream. It's only $15 — which is significantly cheaper than other skin care products I've used — so I figured it would be worth a try. SPOILER: It's a godsend. I actually use it twice a day: once at night after washing my face, and in the morning before applying my makeup. No lie, the results are immediate. My matte foundation goes on smoother than ever, and there are ZERO skin flakes!!!" —Kayla Suazo

    Read our full review of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Face Gel Moisturizer.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.63+.

    22. An activated charcoal scrub that'll moisturize and exfoliate at the same time, so you can rub away dead skin cells and dirt minus the redness and dryness from ~lesser~ scrubs.

    Close-up of the black scrub with the lid off to show sand-like texture

    Promising review: "I am in love with this charcoal scrub. It is very gentle on the skin for being a 'scrub' and it leaves a very moisturizing feel when rinsed off. I have noticed that my skin appears more even toned and there are SIGNIFICANTLY less blackheads then before. I've been using about once a week (sometimes two) along with my regular skin care routine and I've gotten several compliments for how well my makeup looks and how healthy my skin looks, but I’m not wearing any! That shoes how much more even and clear my skin looks!" —Elicia Cano

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    23. Sun Bum sunscreen – it's lightweight, cruelty-free, and will hydrate your skin just as much as it protects it from the sun so you can live your best, care-free life!

    Four bottles of Sun Bum of various SPFs in the sun
    Sun Bum

    Promising review: "I don't have enough good things to say about this sunscreen. It goes on silky (not oily) and has a matte finish. It moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking wonderful all day long. Surprisingly a little bit goes a long way. This sunscreen with change your life. Period. It's the best smelling sunscreen I've ever smelled like coconuts, Hawaii and tropical forest in a bottle. The smell isn't even the best part, it's vegan! No animal testing, it's hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. So, not only does it not test on animals, it doesn't have all the horrible chemicals in it and it STILL works 100% better than big name brands out there. Magic in a bottle." —Crazydogcatlady

    Get the 30 SPF from Amazon for $15.99 (available in two sizes).

    24. A pack of Mighty Patch acne spot treatments designed to suck the gunk out of your pores overnight. These are also great if you compulsively pick your skin during the day, because now you can cover zits with patches and let them work their magic instead of fighting the urge to pick all day!


    Promising review: "If you have issues with acne (especially those nasty whiteheads) but can't afford all the fancy step by step treatments out there, you at least need to buy these. This truly worked in minimizing my pimples, sucking up the wound and keeping big pimples from getting worse. It really does draw up the puss to the patch! I leave one on overnight and just slowly peel off and then wipe away any remaining puss. I even let my mom who was visiting try it on her pimple and she loved them, so I had to order more!" —Megan Meehan

    Get a set of 36 from Amazon for $12.50+.

    25. Lucuma's bright face mask (vegan and cruelty-free) – it's ideal for anyone in need of a new, gentle exfoliator. This mask is made with100% pure, edible superfoods like turmeric and papaya, and it's safe for those of us with sensitive skin.

    The golden-colored mask as a powder before mixing next to the mask mixed with water

    Just mix 1 tsp of the powder with a little bit of water for a gel consistency and your mask is ready to use.

    Promising review: "I have struggled with hyperpigmentation and overall unevenness on my face for MONTHS and this Lucuma mask is already helping reduce the appearance of my spots! Most definitely a new staple to keep in my arsenal of skincare products 😄." —Kamilah K.

    Get it from Golde on pre-order for $34.

    26. And an apple butter lip mask featuring a blend of nine oils high in vitamins A, C, and E to help lock in moisture and take those lips from chapped to luscious in no time!


    Promising review: "I have suffered from severely chapped lips for a long time. I have ten or more lip balms that I put through a rotation to try to keep my lips hydrated. I tried this product and loved it immediately. It is now part of my nighttime routine. I just scoop a tiny amount onto the spatula and spread it on my lips prior to bed. In the morning, I wake up with soft and hydrated lips that last all day. I will definitely re-order when needed, but that may be a while because a little goes a long way with this product." —Brianna

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

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