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    37 Beauty Products Future You Will Be So Grateful For

    Great looking hair and skin is your destiny.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. 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. Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant improves the texture of flaky skin with a brightening formula of salicylic acid and soothing green tea, which deep dive into pores to unclog dirt and debris. *Hyperpigmentation, acne scars, and dead skin have all left the chat.*

    Reviewer's before and after showing the exfoliant dramatically reduced hyperpigmentation on their cheek and made the skin smoother
    Reviewer showing the effects of the exfoliant on their hyperpigmentation

    If you're new to chemical exfoliants, greetings! You'll definitely want to start off by applying this one or two times a week to take note of your skin's response. Beta hydroxy acid (BHA, also known as salicylic acid) mimics the natural exfoliation process of younger skin by shedding extra layers while *also* unclogging and clearing pores.

    Promising review: "Best exfoliant out there! Ditch the scrubs and start using a chemical exfoliant. I just revamped my entire skin care routine and added Paula's Choice exfoliant to it. I have extremely sensitive and dry skin and often struggle to find skin care products that are effective. When used correctly, this exfoliant helps to rid my skin of the ungodly White Walker looking sheets of skin that fall off my face in the winter without being too harsh on my skin. Plus I swear I have noticed less blackheads on my face!" —Tray and Celia Henderson

    Get it from Amazon for $11+ (available in two sizes).

    2. E.l.f.'s Poreless Putty Primer grips makeup for all-day wear — simply sweep the velvety-soft formula (that has 20,000+ positive ratings) over skin pre-foundation to smooth out uneven complexions and minimize the appearance of pores.

    reviewer with their makeup done
    reviewer holding the tin of beige colored primer

    Thanks to TikTok, this is constantly out of stock. Get this puppy while you can!

    Promising review: "Trust me, believe the hype with this primer! I have used a lot of different brands of primers especially the higher end ones and this one seems to take the cake over all of them. It goes on smooth and it's easy to apply. It covers your pores and makes your face matte for really easy foundation application." —Courtney

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    3. Elizavecca Collagen Protein Treatment revives and repairs all types of hair that have endured multiple dye jobs, intense heat tools, or sun damage. For your silkiest, shiniest, run-your-fingers-through-with-ease hair!

    editor's hair before and after two uses with much softer hair
    reviewer with soft and shiny ringlets after using the hair treatment
    reviewer with 4C hair holding one of their strands
    Bek O'Connell/ BuzzFeed, www.amazon.com, www.amazon.com

    Promising reviews: "This stuff is amazing! I saw this as a beauty recommendation on BuzzFeed as a dupe for Opalex (which I had tried and wasn't blown away by) so I thought I would give it a try....I'm so thankful I did! My bleached and heat damaged hair feels so soft, is more manageable, and looks healthier after each use. I agree with other reviewers that it seems like a big price tag for the size of the bottle but a little bit does go a long way and it is so worth it. I wish it came in a larger size bottle so I didn't have to reorder so quickly." —Carly S. Whitson

    "I have 4c hair and was looking for a protein treatment for my thin and fragile hair. I had recently used a product in my hair that had so much alcohol in it that it wreaked havoc on my hair, leaving it pretty damaged. I was very skeptical about this product because I have never seen anyone with my hair type use it. Boy was I wrong to doubt this product, it left my hair looking and feeling beautiful. I highly recommend it to anyone natural or with curly hair." —Therese-Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $7.90.

    And check out the full review of the Elizavecca CER-100 collagen protein treatment here (#1).

    4. Laniege Lip Sleeping Mask perks up your kisser overnight with an antioxidant-rich formula that intensely hydrates while you sleep. You can thank a berry mix complex featuring vitamin C that slowly releases moisture over eight hours ideal for banishing dull, dry winter lips once and for all.

    model holding the jar of product and smiling applying the lip mask to her lips with an applicator
    Sephora

    Antioxidants from a nutritious blend of raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, goji berries, and blueberries make up the Berry Mix Complex™.

    Promising review: "This product has saved my lips. My lips are usually dry and it has been hard to find a product to keep them hydrated and cute. I use this a.m./p.m. and works perfectly." —Sephora Customer

    Get it from Sephora for $22 (available in four shades).

    5. Revlon Oil-Absorbing Volcanic Roller Stick tackles 4 p.m. T-zone shine, which means you can give your skin a quick roll with this once your face becomes more reflective than the screen you've been staring at all day. A bonus? No white cast leftover from setting powder and no extra makeup tools needed.

    Revlon oil-absorbing volcanic face roller
    Reviewer using Revlon oil-absorbing volcanic face roller

    Promising review: "This rolling device is like pure magic. You simply roll it around your oily areas and BOOM the oil magically vanishes into the ball, never to be seen again! This is an item that #tiktokmademebuyit for sure! I saw a video on TikTok and immediately went on the hunt only to be disappointed that this item was sold out everywhere! I eventually got added to a waiting list here on Amazon and once they had it in stock again, they charged my card and sent it my way! If you have the chance to purchase this and you have oily skin, get yourself on the waiting list if you need to and just kick it until it shows up. You will be pleased. Thank me later." —Veronica Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $8.90+ (available in two colors).

    6. Korean skincare exfoliating mittens slough away tired, dead skin to reveal visibly (and touchably) softer arms...legs...bums...literally wherever you want to use it!

    Promising review: "OK, I’ve used those five-finger exfoliating gloves and they’re too rough on my skin. I’ve been searching for something to help take the dead skin off for ages because every time I lotion up after showering, no matter what kind of body scrub or loofah I use, I always get gross skin. This thing did what it promises!! I was so skeptical but the tub photos are proof. I feel so soft and fresh and my skin doesn’t feel raw either. I’m a fan." —Elizabeth

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49 (available in packs of 1 or 2).

    7. Mighty Patch hydrocolloid pimple patches work to absorb pus and shrink zits ~head on~. For those who are not out of the maskne woods (me), these are great to prevent picking and, according to one of our editors, are an effective treatment to avoid scarring and hyperpigmentation.

    reviewer with a number of pimple patches placed on their cheek
    same reviewer with pimple patches on their face and showing some of them filled with pus 7 to 8 hours later

    Melanie Aman, an editor on our shopping team, tried these out and says: "These are hands down the best pimple patches I’ve ever used. Why? Because they actually work. I’ve tried some more cutesy patches that were great for Instagram photos but did nothing to shrink my breakouts. And the pimple patches that touted themselves as basically invisible were — but so were any results. While the Hero Cosmetics pimple patches are a little more visible (but really only noticeable if someone was standing really close to my face), the results are clear to see. (And JSYK, they also make an invisible version, but I have not tried it.)

    IMO they work best on whiteheads, drawing out the pus and preventing me from picking. Once all the fluids are drained (yum!), I plop a patch on what was once home to a very angry whitehead and replace it twice a day (once in the morning and once at night). In my experience, that has been the best treatment for preventing really noticeable hyperpigmentation and acne scarring, which my skin is really prone to after breakouts."

    Get 72 patches from Amazon for $21.99.

    You can take a look at the full review and see what other products the BuzzFeed shopping team are loving for more deets.  

    8. Live Tinted Hueguard protects your skin when you're venturing out but don't have the patience (or energy) to apply multiple products. With mineral SPF 30, this sunscreen and primer hybrid moisturizes and shields skin sans any annoying white cast. And yes, this works for all skin tones to leave your face with a beautiful dewy glow.

    A South Asian model applying the sunscreen
    Another model with a deeper skin tone wearing the sunscreen
    Live Tinted

    P.S. This is formulated with 18% Zinc Oxide. And yes, bbs, it's clean, vegan, cruelty- and fragrance- free, *and* it's reef safe!

    Live Tinted is a South-Asian woman-owned beauty brand founded by beauty blogger and entrepreneur Deepica Mutyala. Her brand is built around diversity and inclusion with phenomenal multitasking products that address skin concerns like hyperpigmentation. Just peep their top-selling color correcting Huestick.

    Promising review: "This has now become my favorite daily sunscreen/moisturizer/primer. They really do mean it when they say 'no white cast' and the product doesn't feel oily/doesn't block my pores. Love the consistency and that you can travel with it — plus it's a 3-in-1 so it saves me a lot of time. Highly recommend!" —Ulta Customer

    Get it from Ulta or Live Tinted for $32.

    9. OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Curl-Defining Cream gifts your tresses with a pillowy-soft formula you can comb through towel-dried hair. This = beautifully defined waves and spirals, sans leftover crunch and flyaways.

    reviewer with images of
    reviewer with big beautiful coils and curls who used the cream

    A bonus? This stuff is free from parabens and provides a sulfate-free haircare system. Translation: This is gentle for use on all curl types and textures to help bump up your hair's natural strength.

    My hair is the ~perfect~ combo of wavy, curly, and frizzy and this drugstore product has been a holy grail of mine for some time. I've found that it's the only formula that will give me soft, naturally curly waves come the a.m. and since I'm generally a nighttime hair washer, I have the perfect excuse to avoid blasting my hair with heat. Before hitting the pillow, I like to run my fingers through my towel-dried hair with a pea-sized amount of this, flip my mane over, and then give the ends a good scrunch. In the morn, my hair appears shiny with defined, wavy curls — we're not talking HD — but they have a nice, soft definition to them that doesn't require much styling.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this stuff! It's the one hair product I have to have. I rotate shampoos and conditioners but have never found anything to put on damp hair that I like as much as this. It says it's for curls, but works great on straight hair too. I have had super straight to very curly over the years and have loved this on all hair styles." —Bunco Queen of the Universe

    Get it from Amazon for $5.90.

    10. colossal foot file says "buh-bye!" to pricey pedis and reverses crusty feet epidermis back to its OG baby-soft state. If you want to let your hooves see the light of day, this miracle worker will gift future you with brand-new skin that you'll be proud to parade around.

    A reviewer's dry calloused heel
    The same reviewer's heel looking smooth and callous-free after using the file

    Promising review: "AMAZING!!! Seriously beyond impressed with this product. I've never had dry or cracked heels until recently, and I've tried everything I could find to get rid of them. This is all you need!!! I literally opened the box and did this in less than a minute! I'll never use anything else! Even better than professional pedicures!!!" —Kyla Jackson

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    11. L'Oréal Paris Infallible Fresh Powder Foundation promises up to 24 hours of transfer- and sweat-resistant wear in a neat compact formula (that was made famous on TikTok!). It covers like a liquid and mattifies like a powder for a smooth, shine-free, flawless complexion — even after a full day of meetings.

    reviewer before and after wearing the foundation
    reviewer photo of the compact open showing the product, with the sponge with product on it

    Promising review: "I swear, I'm straight shook! I never believe the hype on social media or even makeup in general, but this product lives up to it. It is lightweight and outperforms my expensive concealers and foundation. I did not receive this product as part of a promotion and I am not being paid to make this review, nor do I work in the makeup industry. This is the real deal." —mmix1423

    Get it from Amazon for $9.67+ (available in 20 shades).

    12. Girl+Hair Curl Cloud Hair Mask conditions naturally coily and kinky strands to not only redefine the texture of your hair, but redefine the relationship you have with your hair. This 5-in-1 formula treats split ends and tames frizz in 10 quick mins to reveal smooth, silky curls with scalp- and hair-loving oils.

    the cloud hair product sat about a before and after image of a user showing much more defined curls after use
    Amazon

    Girl+Hair is a Black woman-owned haircare biz that specializes in products that care for natural hair and also promote healthy growth while it's in protective styles, such as hair extensions, crochet braids, wigs, and weaves.

    With its whipped up blend of botanical ingredients, such as: pimiento oil (OK, antioxidant), tea tree oil (yes, anti-inflammatory), and castor oil (hellooo, hair growth), this hair mask promotes a healthy scalp and hydrates your hair follicles for touchably softer and more manageable tresses. Not to mention the star ingredients that your curls crave, like olive, coconut, and grape-seed oils.

    Promising review: "I'm a natural hair girl! I often struggle with finding a product that helps me manage and keep my hair safe for the next styling. Although I wear protective styles, the in-between time really counts, so this mask is a lifesaver. I love to see the hydration of my natural curls and I feel this product gives them the love they truly deserve! This product has helped me redefine my hair experience. Love it!" —Ashley Jennings

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    13. Elizabeth Mott Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer laughs in the face of oily lids and creases, since its paraben-free formula features a sebum-controlling powder that locks in eyeshadow and liner. Translation: Your before-work selfie will look *just* as flawless as your clocking-out one.

    reviewer showing her eyeshadow at 8:30am
    same reviewer at 6:30pm with same flawless eyeshadow

    And you're not going to want to skip out on this step if you're looking for your pigment to really pop. Plus it's cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "My greasy eyelids swear by this stuff. If I don’t use this before applying my eyeliner, I almost immediately get that lovely crease. But with this magical substance, I can go to work in a warehouse and sweat all day without a worry! Also back when nightclubs were a thing, it always kept my eyeshadow fresh and looking great throughout the madness. PS: I've used this product for YEARS!" —Koko

    Get it from Amazon for $13.75.

    14. Revlon One-Step Hairdryer and Volumizer Brush has taken the title as number one most-wished-for beauty product on Amazon many times — and for good reason. This, the blow-drying brush of your dreams, handles two jobs in one go and cuts your routine in half so you can achieve silky smooth, frizz-free locks in ~30 minutes.

    A hand holding the brush that has bristles all around it.
    A woman showing her frizzy hair.
    The same woman showing her hair straight and frizzless.

    Folks, one of my favorite quarantine purchases has to be this godsend from Revlon. I've never been much of a blow-dryer — I never had the patience, energy, or the technique for that matter. But then in swoops this two-in-one tool to give my hair the glam of Jackie O in just about 20 minutes. I have relatively thick, wavy, shoulder-length locks and I've never enjoyed witnessing a transformation quite like the one I'm able to achieve with this styler. Giving myself a quick, ~salonworthy~ blow out for morning meetings has been my new way to feel a little less disheveled for the day.

    Promising reviews: "I have very thick, wavy hair. I can never blow out my hair because it's too hard to hold the round brush and hair dryer in the right spots. THIS!! It is everything all in one and the oval shape makes it so easy to use. It gets really hot. It is a little loud on high, but I've found if my hair is already a little dry then I can just use it on low. I used a blow-dry primer spray to accelerate the drying time and protect my hair. I'm in love! The flat iron always flattens my hair and makes it look dry. This straightens and retains the volume and gives it a soft, non-damaged look." —SAHM2011

    "I have 4c African American kinky-coily hair. This dryer cuts my drying and straightening time to just 20–25 minutes! I part my hair in four sections, apply my heat protectant, and use this dryer and in no time my hair is straightened! This hairdryer is comfortable and practical to use. Highly recommend for Black/AA or textured hair!" —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $34.88+ (available in two styles).

    15. Bio Oil gently treats uneven complexions — along with a myriad of other skin concerns. It's so effective, more than 100,000 people love it. It's also noncomedogenic, which means it won't clog pores and — *jumps for joy* — can be used on the face to eradicate acne scars, too.

    Psst! Bio-Oil contains retinol, which accelerates skin turnover but can make you more sensitive to the sun — so don't forget your sunscreen!

    Promising review: "I swear by this product. Very effective on discolored skin due to scarring. I had shingles on my face brought about by stress because we were moving. It ravaged the lower right side of my face and I was pretty sure it was going to leave hideous scarring. I bought this and started applying it when I started scabbing and still haven't stopped using it until now. I had my shingles in April and it's August now. It works. Scars are now gone." —twitch

    Get it from Amazon for $8.47.

    16. L’Oréal 8 Second Wonder Water Lamellar Hair Treatment works like a treat in eight, yes, you read that correctly, EIGHT seconds to transform fine to curly textures. Think: mirror-like shine and softer-than-soft locks in less time than it takes to say "arriverderci to you, frizz!"

    brown bottle with the text
    to the left, an image of brown hair with the text
    @lorealparis / Via www.instagram.com, @lorealparis / Via www.instagram.com

    Apply this directly to wet hair, avoiding the roots, massage it in for eight seconds, then rinse. Effort required = practically zero. You can use one dose for fine- to medium-textured hair, two to three doses for thick- to curly-textured hair, and add one more dose if you have long hair.

    Promising review: "I pretty much don't use conditioner anymore, I use this instead. I have lost a lot of hair in the past few months going from very thick hair to more normal hair and I find a lot of conditioners weigh my hair down/cause buildup even after taking care to not get it near my roots. You can use a ton of this and it dentagles the hair effortlessly without causing any buildup. It is very watery and runs out fast if you have thick/long hair. But at the same time I feel like it's easier to distribute through the hair. I'm gonna be on my third bottle." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $9.99.

    17. Maybelline Great Clear Lash Mascara ups the effectiveness of your routine, since it grooms and separates lashes in preparation for a coat of color, or it can be used alone to build length and define naked lashes. Bonus here: This clear formula can also be used as a pomade to tame frizzy hair and flyaways, or even as a brow gel!

    reviewer showing before, after, and the next morning after applying the mascara
    reviewer holding the tube of clear mascara

    Promising review: "The multitasking mascara! This clear mascara is the only mascara I use. It organizes my eyebrows and eyelashes for the whole day. That way, I don't have any problems with smudges from colored brow gel or flaking from black mascara — both of which can be hard to get off at the end of the day, along with taking brow hairs or eyelashes with them! The Maybelline Clear Mascara is amazing and is always with me, no matter what continent I'm on. Lastly, it doesn't make my eyes tear, as other mascaras do, and removes easily with water, in the shower. Altogether a perfect cosmetic!" —Mary T. Graffeo

    Get it from Amazon for $3.75.

    18. Bawdy Butt Mask redefines the meaning of self-care for le derrière thanks to natural, plant-based ingredients. Future you can slap on some moisture and tone every inch of your booty-ful self, one cheek at a time.

    The mask packaging
    A model with the two sheet masks on their but, one which says

    They're available in four varieties:

    * Slap It (pictured; retexturing and detoxifying with caffeine)

    * Squeeze It (brightening and rejuvenating with citrus)

    * Shake It (firming and illuminating with marine algae)

    * Bite It (hydrating and toning with plant-based collagen)

    Promising review (for "Bite it"): "I LOVED this mask. I was incredibly skeptical and figured it'd be more of a novelty mask. It's safe to say my expectations were low. Regardless I was blown away with the outcome. I'm so happy I purchased. As it's summertime I spend a lot of time in bikinis with my bottom showing, and I just felt like a hydration recharge and a little life added back into my skin. I took a shower and when I got out, I put the mask on and left it on longer than the recommended amount of time. I felt the end result visibly made my skin look hydrated as well as smooth. Not only that but I felt the next morning I could still visibly see the results, so I was extra happy in my bikini that day. I know everyone's skin and shape is different so results will always vary but I can definitely say this booty mask is no gimmick, and extra kudos to this company for making a booty mask that covers big booties! Also side note: The packaging is adorable." —CC

    Get them from Amazon for $11.

    19. Hairbrella's 100% Waterproof Satin-Lined Cap lessens the burden Mother Nature can take on your tresses, which also means it lessens the burden your hair can take on your life. (Honestly, it's like this cap has magical powers!) This'll ensure your just-done look never holds you back again — and rain, snow, and humidity can take a hike since this preserves your 'do, winter through summer.

    Reviewer wearing black flexible cap with small plastic visor on their head
    Model pouring water on another model's head while wearing the hairbrella, then taking it off to show hair perfectly styled and dried

    Hairbrella is a Black-owned small business established in 2016 that specializes in hats combining fashion and function to protect against all types of weather.

    Promising review: "Awesome hat, a must-have for hairdos. I get my hair done often and don’t want to destroy a great hairdo. I have been out in a rainstorm and taken it on the log ride into the splash down, hair stayed nice and dry. Love it so much I fold it up and keep it in my purse! It even has a ponytail pouch hidden in it." —applekoolaid

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in nine colors).

    20. Curie Whipped Body Wash makes traveling with your essentials a breeze since it's made with a frosty, non-liquid (aka TSA-approved), looks-good-enough-to-eat soap. Now you can pass on the hotel cosmetics and lather this all over your bod, or use it on the areas you choose to shave (since it doubles up as a shaving cream!) for your most moisturizing vacay shower yet.

    hand holding jar of the body wash in the shower