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    Updated on Jun 7, 2020. Posted on Jun 5, 2020

    23 Effective Skincare Products That Might Make You Think, "Why Didn't I Buy This Sooner?"

    Because they just work that well.

    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. A jar of Farmacy Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm because the sunflower and ginger root oils are here to help ~melt~ away the day's makeup, dirt, and grime. Goodbye, gunky sunscreen and tysm, Moringa extract.

    Jars of the product as a flatlay photo

    Promising review: "This product is truly a pleasure to use! I enjoy it as the first step in my evening double cleanse, and it really does an amazing job just melting away any makeup or sunscreen. It's gentle enough to use around the eye area, and it feels so nice to massage into my face. It cleans off easily in water, making it a great first step in the cleansing process. Also, this product smells GREAT — so fresh and clean. I normally don't prefer fragrance in my skincare products, but since this is a wash-off product, it's not a deal-breaker. I highly recommend it, and I will be re-purchasing!" —TheWittyKnit

    Get it from Sephora for $34.

    2. This Drunk Elephant Antioxidant Face Oil formulated with Marula seed oil to pump some moisture back into your skin after using so many ultra-stripping cleansers.

    A bottle of the Marula Facial Oil with the dropper top leaned against it

    Promising review: "This oil is sooooo good. I use it at night over my serum and moisturizer. It’s super lightweight and just locks in the moisture! I wake up with a glow and I usually never wake up with a moisturized glow despite my use of an ultra hydrating moisturizer!! I like to gently pat this product in and only use a small amount. It stays on all night and only a slight residue is left in the morning. It does not feel sticky or thick at all, which is great. I have combo, acne-prone skin that is on the sensitive side and this does not make me break out!" —kar100

    Get it from Sephora for $72 (available in two sizes).

    3. A customized skincare regimen with some products that'll help nourish your brother's or husband's skin because lately he's been complaining that it feels really dry and weird.

    Numerous bottles of Geologie skin products laid out

    But the regimen isn't *too* wild. It's doable stuff like cleanser, day cream, night cream, and eye cream — the basics. He can take a quiz about his routine (or you can take on his behalf because you know) and set up a trial for 30 days. Once the trial ends, he can choose to continue the subscription with a 90-day supply of his favorite products or cancel the subscription and only purchase one or two of the products he enjoyed most.

    Get a 30-day trial from Geologie for $37.

    4. This bottle of Tend solution to help you show those razor bumps and ingrown hairs who's boss. Just spread this lotion onto the irritated area twice a day until those angry, red bumps are cleared up, then apply the solution once a day after shaving.

    A close-up of an arm pit with large, red bumps on the left and a close-up of the same armpit without any bumps on the right

    It's also safe to use on your bikini area!

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. You would never believe it, but it works wonders. One of the worst parts of summer for me is razor burn and chafing/irritation, particularly at the beach when the hair follicles on my legs dry up from the saltwater. This stuff prevents ALL of that. No bumps, no pain, nothing. The best part? It doesn't matter when you put it on. Before you shave, after you shave, even when you're not shaving, going to the beach, getting back from the beach, etc. It just always works." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $14.79+ (available in three sizes and as a pack of two).

    5. A jar of CeraVe SA Moisturizing Cream that'll work hard to fight those pesky breakouts that have made an unwelcome guest appearance on your chest, back, and butt. First it exfoliates (thanks to the salicylic acid, niacinamide, and vitamin D) so the moisture can reach down deep and soothe irritated skin.

    A reviewer's chest looking red on the left and their chest looking much less red on the right

    Promising review: "I get back acne, but it's also extremely dry, itchy, and my skin is very sensitive. This cream is amazing! It has reduced my back acne significantly while also being incredibly moisturizing. It also makes my skin so soft! Five stars!" —RosaRoe

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes).

    6. This bottle of Versed Wash It Out Gel Cleanser because it's high time you kicked those stripping, over-drying cleansers to the curb. This one will oh-so gently cleanse and refresh your face without making your skin feel dry and tight.

    A bottle of the gel cleanser with a flip-open cap

    Promising review: "This is a simple cleanser, but it does everything I need a simple cleanser to do. It cleanses without stripping the skin, it doesn't leave any residue, and it is eye-safe. It is slightly peppermint-y, but it doesn't sting my skin or eyes, which is something I was definitely worried about at the beginning. Because it is so gentle, I typically use this as a second cleanse or my cleanser in the morning. Overall, it is such a great cleanser and I enjoy having it in my routine." —MOREBEVERLYCHERIE

    Get it from Versed for $12.99.

    7. A jar of First Aid Beauty radiance pads that'll give you brighter-looking skin in as much time as it takes you to grab a pad, swipe it across your face, and toss it in the trash. These rounds are infused with lactic and glycolic acids to speed up cell turnover, and cucumber, Indian gooseberry, lemon peel, and licorice root to leave your skin ~glowing~.

    Fingers lifting a pad out of the 60-pad jar

    It's alcohol-free and safe for sensitive skin!

    Promising review: "I started using this product months ago when I started noticing clogged pores and tiny bumps on my cheeks. This product has been a life-saver! Not only did this help eliminate my clogged pores, but it leaves my face glowing! I have very sensitive skin and haven't had any issues with it." —Melissa House

    Get a pack of 28 from Amazon for $17+ (available in two sizes).

    8. And an Eva Naturals face serum formulated with hyaluronic acid, retinol, aloe, salicylic acid, and niacinamide to work together to help solve your most annoying skin problems (I'm looking at you, dark spots and excess redness!!!).

    Three photos showing a reviewer starting with breakouts and ending with less inflamed skin after three and a half weeks of product use

    Promising review: "I have never felt more compelled to write a product review before. This stuff is INCREDIBLE. I have tried almost everything to improve my skin. I continue to get acne in my mid-thirties and literally everything else I've tried has not worked, including prescription topical cream and oral medication. This has saved my skin! I have had very few breakouts, and if anything pops up, this takes care of it quickly! My skin feels moisturized and looks smoother and healthier overall. This is truly one of the best purchases I've ever made. I'm thankful I stumbled upon this serum!" —J.C. Denton

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    9. This bottle of Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser that'll not only nourish your face while you wash it but also remove dirt and makeup on dry skin in a gentle, hydrating way.

    A close-up of a model's face with the cleanser slathered on

    Promising reviews: "This cleanser is great for cleaning off that layer of makeup and sweat after a long day and refreshing it in the morning. Most cleansers like this don't really work for me as I have oily skin, but this is so soft and moisturizing without excess oil." —olive

    "I have a friend who is absolutely obsessed with Glossier, and I was finally convinced to buy this (my first and, so far, only Glossier product). I was not disappointed! I have only been using this for three days and my skin has cleared and looks so glowy. You won't regret buying this!" —CL

    Get it from Glossier for $9+ (available in two sizes).

    10. A tube of Tatcha sunscreen you'll want to use as BOTH a sunscreen (SPF 35, baby) and a makeup primer so your foundation stays put all day long.

    BuzzFeed editor Maitland demonstrating that her arm with a different sunscreen was sunburned but her face with this one applied was not
    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "The best daily sunscreen I have ever used! It has improved my skins texture, blurs pores, absorbs in immediately and leaves my skin feeling great!" —ancanc

    Get it from Sephora for $65.

    11. These Mighty Patch pimple patches to help you zap zits with whiteheads practically overnight. You'll wake up and watch in awe as you peel off all the gunk that's been sucked out.

    A reviewer's face with the patch over a pimple on the left and the same patch showing that it sucked out white pus on the right

    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 bloody crater in my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick, pick, pick." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 36 patches from Amazon for $12.50.

    12. A CeraVe exfoliating cleanser reviewers say is gentle enough for their sensitive skin — even though it's tough on breakouts. The salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and vitamin D remove dead skin cells to prevent acne outbreaks — but don't worry, it won't leave your skin feeling super dry.

    A reviewer's jawline showing red breakouts on the left and the reviewer's jawline showing the breakouts have diminished in size and appearance on the right

    Promising review: "This is the best cleanser I have ever used!!! And believe me, I've tried everything. My skin feels really clean. I noticed a difference in my skin immediately! I like that it is foaming/sudsy and a little goes a long way. It never over-dries. Since I've become diligent about washing every night and morning, I have zero blemishes. This is a great cleanser for sensitive, sometimes dry, acne-prone skin. I also suffer from KP (keratosis pilaris) on the back of my arms and this cleanser has cleared it up almost completely. I will never buy anything else! This is my go-to, holy grail cleanser." —Mrs852

    Get it from Amazon for $11.60.

    13. This bottle of Versed Weekend Glow Daily Brightening Solution to target those post-breakout dark spots that'll otherwise stick around for months on end. And, it's formulated with AHAs, kojic acid, and bearberry extract to encourage exfoliation and reveal brighter looking skin.

    A model holding up a bottle of the brightening solution

    Promising review: "During quarantine, I decided I wanted people to see a noticeable difference in my skin once we are able to come back together. I researched the best options for skin that is dull and needs work on texture. Versed came up as a big winner. I have been using this every morning for the past two weeks, as well as the Stroke of Brilliance Brightening Serum and the Shortcut Overnight Facial Peel. I am always worried about my sensitive skin, but I didn't need to. My skin is brighter than it's ever been and it's so soft to the touch. The texture of my nose is noticeably smoother. The prices can't be ignored, either; I was willing to pay much more if reviews told me I needed higher priced products. Versed is affordable and really works. I'm a Versed convert!" —JOYOUS202

    Get it from Versed for $17.99.

    14. A Mario Badescu facial spray infused with relaxing lavender and chamomile for a quick boost of hydration. Not only is the aroma soothing, but it's also nonirritating (aka, it WON'T upset your skin when you spray it on to combat dryness).

    A hand holding a bottle of the facial spray / Via @mariobadescu

    Promising review: "This is a worthwhile indulgence and great value for a luxury beauty product. The smell is exquisite and not overbearing or overly floral. I purchased this because I find the scent of lavender very soothing and it helps me manage stress. The added bonus is that this actually feels as though it moisturizes and soothes my dry winter skin." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    15. This bottle of Ancient Greek Remedy facial oil because it'll probably become your new skincare staple thanks to all of its ~amazing~ uses: This stuff softens skin, helps heal acne, aids in ridding scarring and stretch marks, and provides a large dose of much-needed moisture.

    This blend of extra virgin olive oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, lavender essential oil, and vitamin E can also be used to moisturize cuticles, strengthen nails, and can be used on dry, itchy scalps that have begun to flake.

    Promising review: "I have combination skin on my face, my scalp gets dry, and I get mild eczema on my ankles, calves, arms and hands, AND my hair is oily at the root and dry on the ends. However, after using this product for three months, ALL of those problems are gone!!! I have clear and healthy skin on my face. No embarrassing flakes on my shoulders. No combination oily/dry skin anywhere. It smells GREAT. It's gentle and free of harmful chemicals and parabens. My hair is NOT oily, and the ends are nourished and healthy. It's safe to use on my children and my boyfriend's daughter who has severe eczema. I could go on and on about this product. I really could. I wish there were more stars to give them. Everyone that uses this (at my house) raves about it as well. Try it out and I swear you will NOT be disappointed." —Crystle D

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    16. A tube of Glossier Balm Dotcom Skin Salve that's thick enough to smother your lips (and any other dry problem areas) in delicious-smelling hydration.

    Three tubes of the skin salve with pink, nude, and violet swatches

    Promising review: "I got the birthday balm dotcom after my friend recommended it! I love it so much! It's not sticky and it smells nice too! I even got my mom hooked! She loves it too! I will definitely be ordering more!" —Jensen

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight scents, five of which are either shimmery or tinted).

    17. This tube of Bliss Jelly Glow Peel so you can literally SEE the dead skin cells lift away. We all deserve skin softer than a baby's butt — and the papaya and pineapple enzymes work hard to make sure we get closer to the smooth skin of our dreams.

    Sarah Han / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This stuff is great! You can actually feel the dead skin it pulls up, which is kinda gross but 100% awesome! I have super sensitive skin so I was worried that I would react badly to this peel, but it’s so gentle. I only use it two times a week max but it always makes me look like I’m glowing when I get out of the shower." —Jackie H 93

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    18. A jar of Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask made using sweet almond oil, licorice root, lemon fruit extract, and hyaluronic acid to up your skin's moisture levels and even out the skin tone.

    A hand holding a jar of the mask

    Plus, the added honey and aloe keeps the skin feeling soothed.

    Promising review: "I’ve used this mask every night for about a week and it has made my skin super moist and plump. My skin both looks and feels so healthy. My skin sometimes flares up and is kinda sensitive, but it LOVES this mask. I will keep buying this forever!" —April

    Get it from Glossier for $22.

    19. A bottle of Murad InvisiScar Resurfacing Treatment to improve the look of dark acne marks and the depth of facial scars — no, seriously! Once I started using this in conjunction with the infamous Indian Healing Clay Mask, my skin looked smoother and my acne marks began fading.

    A before and after photo showing how a person's face progressed from multiple red post-acne marks to the marks looking almost completely faded

    Promising review: "My favorite skin care product! I'm on my third bottle now. It has really helped diminish the look of my old acne scars, and instantly smooths the skin once you put it on. I wish it wasn't so small though." —ohmygodshelly

    Get it from Sephora or Murad for $35.

    20. This pack of 16 sheet masks that contain vitamin E for some intense nourishment. You can probably already hear your dry skin thanking you.

    A reviewer with a sheet mask on their face holding the mask packet to the camera

    And when you're done, you can just pat the excess mask serum into your face.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these face sheets. They are an incredible steal — can't beat this price! The pack will last you a long time. I love all of the sheets for different reasons. I love that it comes in a variety pack to revitalize your skin in different ways depending on the sheet. My favorite is the Q10. I can feel it working after I take it off. I would advise everyone to read the instructions. Normally, I would wash off my face after a face mask but with these sheets you should just simply dab off the excess. This way, your skin will soak up the collagen and whatever added vitamins/ingredients are on that particular sheet. Leaves your skin looking radiant throughout the day — love it!" —LW

    Get a set of 16 from Amazon for $9.99.

    BTW, Sam, a BuzzFeed writer, loves these masks for her ultra sensitive skin! I don't wanna give away too many details, but check out her full review of these sheet masks to learn more.

    21. A pack of all-natural green tea oil-absorbing tissues so you can control any excess oil that just loooves making an appearance on your nose, cheeks, and forehead. Plus, the green tea formula is here to calm down already-irritated skin.

    A reviewer holding up a blotting sheet with grease marks on it

    Promising review: "I've had oily skin my whole life and have used countless types of oil blotting sheets because they're life savers. THESE ARE AMAZING. They're a great deal, big sheets, and they pull out one at a time so easily. I'll never go back to other brands. Give these a try — they're completely worth it. They work well and are easy to use. I have no negative things to say at all." —Kelsey

    Get a pack of 200 sheets from Amazon for $11.95+ (available in three formulas).

    22. A bar of African black soap to fight breakouts ALLLL over (hello, surprise butt pimple) before you have time work yourself into a lather. Its combo of shea butter, vitamin E, and coconut oil work together to quickly wash those unwelcome zits down the drain.

    A set of photos showing a reviewer's gradual progress using the soap where the marks look dark at first but become much lighter

    Promising review: "I started taking medication that breaks my skin out pretty badly. I have tried medicated acne products to eradicate this unwanted side effect to my oral medicines. At first they seemed to work; but I had to stick with them for several days in order to see results. The very first time I used this brand of black soap, I could immediately see and feel how clean my skin got. I was consistent with washing my face with this soap every day for the first two weeks but slacked off for the past two weeks; however, my skin is mostly clear of pimples. The dark spots are also lightening. My overall complexion has improved noticeably and I am grateful." —BajanMarge

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    23. And this tube of Versed Overnight Facial Peel because you're tired of looking in the mirror to find dull, rough skin. This combo of glycolic acid, lactic acid, and vitamin A work to gently exfoliate and brighten your face and neck literally while you sleep.

    A model applying dabs of the peel to their face

    Promising review: "I cannot describe how amazed I am by this product. I was very skeptical at all the claims that this would work overnight, but I am here to tell you it really, truly does. After my most recent hormonal breakout, my skin was looking dull, irritated, and my jawline was full of healing blemishes. Not expecting much, I put this on before bed. Upon touching my face when I woke up, I immediately noticed how smooth and soft my skin felt. I started examining every angle of chin, cheeks, and forehead because all my breakouts were gone (few very minor marks here and there) and my skin was completely soothed and looked fresh as a daisy! I've slowly started replacing my skincare routine with Versed products and they play really well together. This overnight treatment is no exception!" —Whoopitsk

    Get it from Versed for $19.99 (available in two sizes).

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