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    25 Beauty Products From Amazon You Might Want To Buy For The Before-And-Afters Alone

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    1. A Paula's Choice 2& BHA liquid exfoliant that is a skincare cult-favorite, and for good reason, too. This chemical exfoliator contains salicylic acid that works to whisk away dead skin cells from the surface, revealing a texture-free glow underneath.

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    Promising review: "I have every skin issue you can think of. Rosacea, acne (hormonal, cystic, whiteheads, blackheads), dehydration, excessive oiliness, redness, all of it. I’ve spent probably thousands on a multitude of different products, trying to find one that would at least make a dent. I’ve had many procedures, many trips to the dermatologist. Nothing I’ve ever used, nothing I’ve ever done, has made such a profound difference in the appearance of my skin. Having rosacea, my face often felt hot, bumpy, and burned. While my complexion is naturally fair and pink, this has seriously covered all my bases in a gentle and effective way. I’ve been trying to turn my skin around for YEARS!! This was the product that did it. If I could give it 100 stars, I would. It has seriously changed my life!" —hc

    Price: $29.50 (or Subscribe & Save for $28.03/month)

    2. A Differin 0.1% adapalene gel to clear up acne and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and even smooth out the appearance of fine lines. I've used this gel in the past, and my skin was baby-smooth after getting over the inevitable first few weeks of dryness.

    a before and after shot of a person using differing gel for acne
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    Be aware: always make sure to wear sunscreen when using this product.

    Promising review: "This is the only product that has ever cleared up my acne and I have tried many, including prescriptions. It took about six to eight weeks to see a difference, and it got worse before better, but it works. It has made my skin look so much better. It also doesn't dry my skin out like every other product." —Ash2008

    Price: $12.88 (or Subscribe & Save for $12.24/month)

    3. A Maybelline brow tint pen, because whether you have many brow hairs or not, you will surely want to pick up this pen for drawing in realistic-looking brow hairs that will last all day.

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    Promising review: "I have found my new favorite eyebrow pencil. I can't believe the difference! It really does look natural. I have a lot of gray in my eyebrows and have always used brow liner with a fine tip that I can "feather" on, but this does all the feathering. It's so easy! And it stays on a couple of days." —clynch

    Price: $7.49 (or Subscribe & Save for $7.12/month; available in four colors)

    4. A Nizoral anti-dandruff shampoo to tackle dandruff and protect your scalp from flaking. This product contains 1% ketoconazole, an ingredient recommended by dermatologists for minimizing dandruff and restoring scalp health.

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    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely amazing. I was one step away from going to the dermatologist. I had severe dandruff that was so bad I could shake my head and it would come off. With just a few uses per week, I got rid of all of my flakes. My scalp also stopped burning from dryness. My hair has never been healthier." —Moo Moo

    Price: $14.84 (or Subscribe & Save for $14.10/month)

    5. A Derma-E acne spot treatment, because although we can't zap our zits away, we can at least use amazing spot treatments like this one by Derma-E. Here is why this product works so effectively — it contains salicylic acid to exfoliate the blemish, tea tree oil to dry it out, and aloe vera to hydrate the skin and diminish redness in the site. Basically, it works hard so you don't have to.

    before and after one week of using the acne treatment
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    Promising review: "I have struggled with acne for what seems like my entire life. I have tried so many products I've lost count. Nothing has ever worked for me like this. I've been using it every day along with the other acne products that Derma E has and it has done WONDERS for my skin. I have FINALLY found what works for me!! And I love that it is all-natural! The top pic is before and the bottom is after only one week of using it." —Rachel

    Price: $14.98 (or Subscribe & Save for $14.23/month)

    6. A tub of Aztec Secret clay mask that's another industry favorite, and for great reasons. This mask works amazingly to soak up excess pore-clogging sebum, effectively reducing the appearance of acne. Pro tip: mix in ACV and honey into your mask to add in some anti-microbial effects to this at-home spa day.

    before and after photos of a person with acne
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    Promising review: "I’ve been meaning to try this for a while after reading so many great reviews about it. It definitely surprised me. I have really sensitive skin so I tried it with water first instead of vinegar and followed it with Dr. Thayer’s Witch Hazel Toner and the results are amazing. I’ve had acne-prone skin my whole life and I’ve never had a product work so well." —Lacey Ann

    Price: $14.95

    7. A Shea Moisture African black soap to renew your skin as easy as 1, 2, 3. I have been using this cleanser for years, and I can firmly say that it is the only cleanser that keeps my skin clear and glowing all at once.

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    Promising review: "I love this product. People say it helped with cystic acne. And I don’t have that but I was breaking out a lot, especially from the masks! But within a couple weeks of using this and moisturizing with oil, my skin has cleared up so much!" —Jess

    Price: $3.86 (or Subscribe & Save for $3.67/month)

    8. A Hero Cosmetics rescue balm that I use on my post-adult-acne dark spots that seem like they'll never go away. This formula has panthenol that will hydrate the area while beta glucan works overtime to diminish the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

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    Promising review: "This product is amazing! I’ve been using it on my chin for two nights for scarring from hormonal breakouts. The scars are almost gone! I had a red spot from picking that is barely visible also. Love this stuff." —Saige Against The Machine

    Price: $12.99

    9. A Seoul Ceuticals marine mineral plump and glow essence, because essence is a K-Beauty secret to glowing, glass-like skin. Incorporate this essence into your routine after your toner and before your serums to deliver a surge of water to your skin.

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    Promising review: "My skin texture has improved a lot, and my acne scars have let up majorly! I’ve used this along with this brand’s daily serum as I’ve been doing a 10-step skincare routine." —Deziree

    Price: $18.49 (or Subscribe & Save for $17.57/month)

    10. Rael's pimple patches that I use whenever I feel a zit coming on. These pimple patches work to bring acne bumps to their head quicker, which means healing time is quicker, too. It also creates a seal that makes it impossible for you to pick, which is so important because you should never pick your pimples!

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    Promising review: "I have never had this happen in my life until recently, but there’s a spot on my chin where I’ve had recurring acne. I had heard about this product before and was so excited to try them. I was very skeptical, but after one try I LOVE these!! When I removed the patch from my problem area, I could see on the spot itself had something on it! The swelling had gone down significantly, and there was no longer a visible head on my zit. I was seriously shocked." —Sean M.

    Price: $13.59 for 96 patches

    11. A Sky Organic castor oil to help grow any sparse areas along your hairline, in your scalp, and even between your eyebrows and lashes.

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    Promising review: "I had an allergy in my scalp last 10 months ago that made the back of my head bald. I was really desperate to try some hair growing product to bring my hair back. I read most of the articles in Google and found out castor oil is one of the greatest products for hair growing but there are lots of castor oil brand. I tried this product because of the good reviews, and ingredients because my scalp was really sensitive. And I didn’t expect the outcome of this product. Check out the photos (above)! Aside from the outcome, my hair became softer than before and thicker, and 1 bottle of this castor oil lasted almost a year." —Amazon Customer

    Price: $16.95 (Subscribe & Save for $15.26/month)

    12. A Davines' curl conditioner that I have been using for months now, and I can firmly say that it is my holy grail conditioner for restoring the shape of my natural curls while adding an intense shine to them. Plus, I've noticed that the results are cumulative, so every time I use this conditioning mask is better than the last. My love letter to this product is endless, but here are just a few more reasons why I'm completely enamored — it lasts forever, smells like a spa sent from above, and looks super chic in my bathroom.

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    Promising review: "I've been using this product for a couple years now. I've tried other hair products and they really don't deliver the way this one does. This is the only shampoo and conditioner that hydrates my naturally curly hair while maintaining bounce. My hair looks healthy and less frizzy. Love it." —Christine

    Price: $33

    13. A Dermablend matte powder foundation so that you can go on about your day in the spring heat not having to worry about your foundation running down your face. This formulation is particularly matte, making it great for those with oily skin to even out skin tone, and minimize the appearance of pores.

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    Promising review: "I love this product and i'm not one to wear much makeup at all. It looks and feels very natural and gives me a smooth and polished look without feeling caked on or heavy. I live in New Orleans and it gets HOT and HUMID down here. I can still wear this without feeling sticky and gross at the end of the day." —Fix-It With Fran

    Price: $34 (available in 13 shades)

    14. A Maybelline glass spray to seal your makeup in for hours while providing you with that coveted glass-skin glow.

    a dry, flaky hand before the setting spray, a moisturized, luminous hand after the setting spray
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    Promising review: "I love setting sprays and always have different kinds in my makeup drawer: matte finish, dewy finish, shimmery finish, etc. I was afraid that this 'glass' spray would create an oil slick on my already oily face but it’s actually not that bad! The spray still sets your makeup but leaves a moisturized and dewy finish." —Sarah

    Price: $9.98 (or Subscribe & Save for $9.48/month)

    15. A Maybelline volumizing mascara that will make it look like you got a lash lift in seconds. The best part? It costs under ten bucks. Cha-ching.

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    Promising review: "I had chemo four years ago and my lashes grew back very thin. I am constantly buying mascara for fullness or length. This mascara made my lashes soooo long. Even my husband noticed!" —Dana S.

    Price: $8.98 (or Subscribe & Save for $8.53/month)

    16. A Bedhead hair waver to make your hair look as if you just spent your day at a seaside paradise. This product is essentially 2021's version of a crimper — but elevated to fit your beachy style.

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    Promising review: "I love the speed with which I can do my hair with this waver. Using a traditional curling iron takes me much longer and often gives my hair that overstyled, helmet head look. This gives me loose beach waves that look just messy enough to come across as natural. I have short hair and it's great for my length." —BeckyfromBama

    Price: $39.99

    17. The iconic Baby Foot peel mask that uses exfoliators to slough off every last dead skin cell from the soles (and heels!) of your feet. I use this mask every few months, and the peeling experience is always just as satisfying as the soft and supple results.

    a foot before and after the peel mask
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    Promising review: "It took about three to four days before it started to peel. For a minute, I almost thought it wasn't going to work but when it did it came off in sheets. All the rough spots that make you go get multiple pedicures are gone. I got a pedicure after using this and they could barely find anything to take off. Definitely a must-have for beach and sandal season." —MA

    Price: $25

    18. A Organys lash and brow booster serum to help grow your lashes so that you will never have to wear falsies again. This serum also works well at growing out any sparse areas in your brows that are still recovering from your days of over-plucking.

    a person before and after using the lash serum
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    Promising review: "I was skeptical about using this product because I felt like it wouldn't work. After reading a bunch of reviews on it I decided I would try it. I got lash extensions and that truly ruined my lashes. So I was desperate thinking nothing would help. I saw this product and tried twice a day. Literally, in less than one month, I started to see a HUGE difference. I am not one to write reviews about this, but I know how much reviews always help me and this is such a good product that I want people to know about it." —Amazon Customer

    Price: $25.95

    19. A Matrix silver color-depositing shampoo that will whisk away any brass or copper tones from your blonde hair or highlights, and make your color last until your next toning session. Plus, this shampoo works great at amplifying natural gray hair, too!

    a person before and after using the shampoo in their brassy hair
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    Promising review: "If you have gray hair and want it to look silvery/shiny beautiful, this is for you. Don't be a dull frizzy head who has given up on your hair because it is gray. Great product!" —Karen

    Price: $11.50

    20. A Revlon one-step hair dryer and volumizer hot air brush for those of you who love the look of a blowout, but only have about 10 minutes to spare in the morning on your hair. This brush combs through every strand of your hair for a voluminous and shiny finish.

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    Promising review: "Absolutely love this hot air brush. I was so torn on which brand that I wanted to buy and after I narrowed it down to Revlon, I didn’t know which product from Revlon that I wanted. I’m glad I chose this one. It is a little larger than I expected, but it was still light and super easy to use. My hair is thick and I have layers...it only took me 15 minutes to dry and style my hair. To say I’m impressed is an understatement." —Amazon Customer

    Price: $43.99

    21. A Elizabeth Mott mattifying face primer to lock your foundation in place all day while effectively minimizing the appearance of pores or uneven texture.

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    Promising review: "Love this stuff. It's soft and goes on like a silky primer, and is slightly pigmented that you could even wear it on its own if you wanted. It holds my shadows well. The first photo was after applying, the second is after a 12-hour night shift at the hospital (above). Quite impressed." —Kristen

    Price: $15 (Subscribe & Save for $13.50/month; available in three formulations)

    22. A Color Wow root cover-up powder, because there are ways to cover up roots and greys without going to the salon every few weeks! Consider this product for any sparse areas in your roots between coloring.

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    Promising review: "100% better than the sprays. I use to use coverup spray but would have to spray everyday to cover up. You have to read the instructions. Pat it into the hair like eyeshadow and it lasts beyond first day. It looks 100% real." —Amazon Customer

    Price: $34.50

    23. An Elevate the Beauty brow and lash lamination set that will up the curl on your natural lashes while adding fluffy volume to your brow hairs. There's no wondering why this product is a fan favorite amongst TikTok users.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of filling her brows in
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    Promising review: "Got this product today and got started right away! I did both my lashes and eyebrows and omg! I love the small change! Saved me some money and was not hard whatsoever! Just curl your lashes before and your good to go!" —Buyer

    Price: $42.99

    24. An Olaplex hair-repairing treatment to repair the cuticle damage you might be experiencing thanks to processing and treatments. If you, like me, have virgin hair, you can definitely still use this product to boost hydration and tighten curls.

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    Promising review: "I swear this stuff is made from unicorns. I was doubtful, given that I have tried the gamut of hair conditioning treatments (yes, yes, I know this is NOT a conditioner, but a bonder) and all I have to say is WOWZA! After some really harsh processing (got my hair from dark dark brown to very very blonde so I could add funky colors (currently pink), my hair more closely resembled hay than it did actual hair and as the weeks went on, the breakage started getting worse. I tried this at my last feeble attempt to salvage my locks after a friend recommended it and I am BLOWN AWAY by the results! It really does work. I won't lie and tell you my hair is back to its normal state, but it is SIGNIFICANTLY improved. It is smoother, softer, and even has some of the weight back! This was just after one application (I left it in for an hour as the website suggested for my level of damage)." —shel.b.phd.

    Price: $28

    25. And a St. Tropez self tan bronzing mousse, because although summer is almost here, it's not quite here yet. Consider this self-tanning mousse as your saving grace from winter paleness until the beaches open back up.

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    Promising review: " have used many tanning lotions drugstore and high-end and this continues to be my favorite. When applied correctly it never leaves me orange or streaky, it has a green tint which creates gorgeous color. It is very expensive but it is worth it to me. I have fair-ish skin and think it works very well." —amy faulkner

    Price: $42

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