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    23 Skincare Products That Are As Gentle As They Are Effective

    I know you're tired of having tight skin after cleansing your face. These will help.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Mario Badescu Facial Spray contains herbal extracts and rosewater to refresh and hydrate really tight and dry skin.

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    Promising review: "I have combination skin. During the summer, it gets oily very fast and during the winter it is extremely dull and dry looking. My skin is sensitive and most of the time has a pinkish red color to it when it is dry and irritated. However, after using this spray, my skin is much healthier looking and has a dewy, fresh look. It even helped calm down the redness. I haven't had this for a full week and I'm head over heels in love and can't wait to order more of this stuff. Holy grail in my skincare routine now!" β€”Halyey O.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    2. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser smoothes your complexion by gently lifting extra dirt, oil, and makeup to prevent future breakouts.


    Promising review: "I've been using this cleanser for almost two years now and I love it! It's so gentle on the dry parts of my skin and doesn't irritate my face when I get acne! Never mind that fact that it smells amazing! I love it so much I nearly panicked when I left my nearly empty bottle of it in a hotel." β€”Olivia

    Get it from Glossier for $18.

    Check out our full review of Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (#2).

    3. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser replenishes your skin with natural jojoba oil while charcoal deeply cleanses your pores without drying you out!


    Promising review: "I love this stuff! It smells amazing and is relatively gentle on my skin compared to other 'acne' face washes. I'm a huge believer in charcoal soaps too so this is the best of both worlds." β€”Gabby Winfield, PRIME MEMBER

    Get it from Amazon for $9.52.

    4. And after the cleanser, Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mud Mask draws out oil from your face with a blend of tomato, aloe, and good ol' charcoal.


    Using both Yes To products might actually be the dream team of skincare, just sayin'.

    Promising review: "I have excema, skin allergies, and extremely sensitive skin, which limits me from a lot of face products. I have tried almost every non-prescription brand out there, and this one is by far my favorite. I am able to use not only this product but the entire brand without damaging my skin. It does not irritate my skin, it also smells good and leaves it feeling soft and clean. I also have bad acne and this does help clear it. I use this along with a Cetaphil face wash. This mask is much easier to remove than most masks, and besides the mess, there is nothing to complain about it." β€”Ivy

    Get it from Ulta for $15.99.

    5. Thayers Witch Hazel Toner with rosewater prevents breakouts and will pacify your skin for a fresh-looking face.

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    Promising review: "It really softens and brightens the skin, and the rose fragrance is amazing. Because there is no alcohol, my skin isn't left feeling dry or irritated." β€”Afshan

    Get it from Amazon for $9.29.

    Check out our full review of Thayers Witch Hazel Toner here.

    6. Embryolisse Lait-Creme Moisturizer keeps your beautiful face hydrated for up to 24 hours and respects the skin's natural balance, encouraging the rebuilding of the top layer of your skin.

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    Promising review: "This moisturizer is perfect for putting on after you do your face cleansers and serums in the morning. It just takes a pea-sized amount and after I spread it over my face it soaks up quickly without any leftover residue. It doesn't make my face oily in the day, and it leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth. Seriously, I would implore you to try out this product. I know you will love it." β€”Robin

    Get it from Walmart for $22.21.

    7. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is a dermatologist go-to because it hydrates and softens your skin while it effectively removes dirt with its creamy formula.


    Promising review: "My mom purchased this cleanser for me when I was younger. I didn't realize how AMAZING it was until purchasing it many months ago as an adult. It's great on sensitive skin, and it truly works!" β€”Nessamaries

    Get it from Walmart for $9.52.

    8. Laneige Water Sleeping Lip Mask has a berry mix complex to soothe the cracks in your lips overnight so they can be completely kissable by morning.

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    Promising review: "I have really dry lips that peel every day! I think I found the perfect solution with this. It comes with a cute handy applicator, and I use it every day and night, and my lips are improving every day. They are almost normal now. Been using it for about 1.5 weeks, even under lipsticks and my lips look so much smoother and better. I know its a sleeping pack to be used at night, but I have such dry lip issues, I'm using it all the time. It really does stay on, unless you have a meal, then it needs to be reapplied. Nice fruity smell and a hint of sweetness. I'm just in love with this." β€”Happy Shopper :)

    Get it from Amazon for $12.63.

    9. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads contain the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to tone and brighten all skin types!

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    It's also cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I have pale, sensitive, combination, and acne-prone skin. I recently underwent a six-month cycle of Accutane, which cleared up my acne, but left me with hyperpigmentation and scarring. I have been using these pads for over week now, and I cannot believe how well they have reduced the pigmentation and scarring. They don't have a scent, and are gentle, yet effective." β€”emilyrose88

    Get a pack of 60 pads from Sephora for $16.

    10. The Body Shop Night Lotion is infused with pure tea tree oil and absolutely lightweight, so you can control excess sebum without weighing down your face like most creams.


    Promising review: "I have sensitive skin that is prone to allergies and rashes. This soothes my skin and takes the rashes and bumps away. Love!" β€”JG

    Get it from Amazon for $14.

    11. Etude House Sun Milk is a non-sticky, UV-protecting moisturizer with aloe vera that'll keep you from getting a horrible, scathing sunburn while you're out and about.


    Promising review: "This is my first Korean sunscreen purchase. It is hands down better than any Western face sunscreen I have used. I like the thin consistency and how quickly it absorbs." β€”Bryana Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $9.17.

    12. Honest Beauty Gentle Gel Cleanser creates a gentle foam made of chamomile and calendula that'll cleanse and calm your skin everytime you use it.

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    Promising review: "I was looking for a gentle face cleanser to use with my Clinique exfoliate brush that wouldn’t dry me out or irritate my skin and this is exactly what I needed. I feel fresh and clean and using the honest deep moisturizer afterward leaves my skin soft and beautiful." β€”Megan H.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    13. Vivant Cleansing Milk contains grape seed and mineral oils to specifically be gentle on sensitive skin by dissolving dirt that clogs pores without leaving it parched and in need of additional moisture.


    Promising review: "I have sensitive, dry skin and have to be very careful when trying new products. After reading the ingredient list, I decided to try Vivant cleansing milk. It is gentle yet effective in removing makeup. My skin did not feel dry as it does with some of the other brands of facial cleanser. Vivant rates an A+." β€”cynthia520

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    14. Alpha Skin Care Refreshing Face Wash restores your skin to your natural pH level and leaves your face feeling refreshed without being overly drying.


    Promising review: "It's gentle on my face and definitely got rid of whiteheads and blackheads without drying my skin out terribly." β€”Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    15. Skinbuzz Cleanser Pack is an all-natural and cruelty-free brand that'll effectively prevent any and all breakouts with its botanical and organic ingredients.


    Includes cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and charcoal face mask.

    Promising review: "I have not found a better moisturizer out there. It works great for my daughter's skin and mine!" β€”Juilie R.

    Get it from Skinbuzz for $42.

    16. Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Cleanser deeply purifies your skin by washing away dirt, oil, and makeup while retaining and locking in moisture so your skin isn't tight or dry.


    Promising review: "My skin is dry, sensitive, and acne-prone. This cleanses my skin without stripping it of its moisture barrier (which is difficult to maintain for me), and there are no added scents that could irritate my skin. I wear very little makeup, and this removes what I do wear completely." β€”Abby

    Get it from Amazon for $11.67.

    17. Olehenriksen Sheer Transformation Perfecting Moisturizer delivers weightless hydration that's formulated with licorice and pea extracts to even out your skin tone.

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    Promising review: "This is my second jar and I am loving the skin I'm in! My hyper-pigmentation is virtually gone, my glow is back, and I don't have any dry patches. My sensitive skin flare-ups are a thing of the past; now I can touch my face during the day without worrying about a rash or hives. My skin looks better than it has in a long time." β€”glamaddictnyc

    Get it from Sephora for $12.

    18. Paula's Choice Exfoliant gently unclogs pores and gets rid of blackheads without being too abrasive on sensitive or aging skin.


    Promising review: "This is a skin GAME CHANGER!!! I have combination skin, both oily and dehydrated. I was suffering from cystic acne (the little bumps under my skin). NOTHING helped until I used this! My skin seems less dehydrated and overall just looks healthier! I saw results very quickly. I like that the product doesn't feel oily but isn't drying either. It is scentless and colorless. I like the packaging in that the top allows you to control how much, or how little, of the product dispenses unlike some that just pour right out. I would recommend this to anyone!" β€”Sarah Briggs

    Get it from Amazon for $29.50.

    19. Avène Thermal Spring Water restores the natural balance of your skin, and it's so gentle that it can even help with diaper rash!

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    Promising review: "I bought this for my husband because he has a very sensitive neck. Every time he shaves he would always get bumps all over his neck. He has tried different moisturizers, shavers, shaving cream, and nothing helped. A friend gave us a sample of this, and the first time he used it after shaving there was a huge difference. The bumps completely went away, and now he uses this daily." β€”Nichol Gomez

    Get it from Amazon for $18.50.

    20. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash is made with rosehip, chamomile, and passion flower to properly calm and cleanse your face.


    Promising review: "This is my go-to face wash. Others have made me break out but this seems to be the perfect level of gentleness that can still get the daily job done." β€”Mo

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    21. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream contains hyaluronic acid and provides intense moisture for extra dry skin with its oil-free and fragrance-free formula, perfect for people with sensitive skin.


    Promising review: "I got a sample of this moisturizer from my dermatologist and I love it. I looked for the best price to buy a bottle and Amazon beat out CVS and the other drug stores. I have bought two so far. It makes my skin feel soft all day and gives it a nicer look." β€”bonnie murray

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97+ (available in five sizes).

    Check out our full review of Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream.

    22. Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water effectively washes away the heavy makeup from your face while moisturizing and adding brightness without all the irritation.


    Promising review: "I have super sensitive skin and eyes and have never found a makeup remover that doesn't also cause problems somewhere else. I love this stuff! There is no film or residue, no need to scrub eyes or face, and it sucks everything off my skin with no irritation." β€”Amanda Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $6.26.

    23. Specific Beauty Skincare Kit brightens discoloration and hyperpigmentation with its three-step formula that won't irritate sensitive skin.


    Includes a cleanser, skin brightening serum, and daily moisturizer.

    Promising review: "Great, great product. I have been using this product for a couple of months and all my dark spots are gone. Wonderful." β€”shirley halstead

    Get it from Amazon for $40.

    Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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