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    29 Skincare Products That'll Give You Dramatic Before And After Photos

    Talk about a glow-up.

    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. Aztec Secret Healing Clay, a life-changing, fragrance-free mask capable of getting even the most deeply rooted gunk out of your pores.

    above, reviewer with a large pimple on their chin. below, the pimple flattened
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    People are obsessed with the powers of this clay mask — it has over 1,000 five-star reviews on Amazon. It works best when mixed with apple cider vinegar, which you can get here.

    Promising review: "I've only gotten to use this one time, but I have to say it's unlike any mask I've used before. I did the apple cider vinegar mix with it and it dried fast and extremely tight. You will hardly be able to move your face. I washed it off after 20 mins and was shocked to see my clogged pores were much cleaner and less congested. I barely touched my nose and blackheads were coming out, but they were dry and easily expelled from my pores. Sorry for the TMI but I've never experienced that with any product. It was so awesome and my face feels so clean and and free of oiliness. Also my skin looks brighter and smooth, not bumpy. This stuff really pulls the gunk out of your skin, I'm gonna use this once a week and pray it keeps working." —CAROL SILVESTRI

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    2. Baby Foot, a straight-up miraculous, cruelty-free, lavender-scented foot peel that will heal your cracked heels and help you shed gross dead skin like you're a damn snake.

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    This product is a dream come true for anyone who gets a kind of sick satisfaction from peeling off dead skin. (Let's face it, that's all of us, right?)

    Promising review: "This mask comes with two baggies, and you place each of your feet into its own bag and tape it up to avoid leaking. The moment you put them on, the jelly-type liquid travels all over your feet and in between your toes, and it's the most relaxing feeling ever. You can feel your skin drinking in the moisture and nutrients. While you do not see results right away, your feet will smell amazing for a whole day after the treatment. After six or seven days, all the dead, dry skin starts falling off, and your feet really do feel baby soft. I never thought I had dry feet, but oh boy, was I wrong!" —Melvika

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    3. Salicylic acid wart-removing adhesive bandages that are discreet enough to look like they're just covering up a paper cut or scratch, but are actually busy working their magic to remove even the most stubborn bumps.

    A set of four reviewer pictures: The wart turned white, the ward even whiter and starting to rise, the ward starting to separate, and the wart peeling off
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    Promising review: "This worked for me. Here's what happened. First bandage: Everything turned white. Second bandage: The top layer of the wart started disappearing and I could see the blood vessels that were inside it clearly. Third bandage: It started burning while wearing it. One day was REALLY painful, but now I think I just put the bandage on too tight. There was definitely burning though. Uncomfortable, not unbearable. Fourth bandage: The skin around the wart started to crack. Fifth bandage: The skin continued to crack and I could see the wart separating. Sixth bandage: Skin separating deeper. Wart was really soft but it wouldn't budge. Seventh bandage: The wart stuck to the medicine, so when I pulled off the bandage, the wart went with it. I'm left with some raw skin that's a bit sensitive but it feels fine. It looks like the entire wart came off, roots and all. Side note: It smells horribly. Make sure you put the bandage on tight enough to try and conceal the smell, but not so tight it hurts. Overall, not a horrible process. Make sure you follow the instructions and keep it on for 48 hours at a time. Two of mine were only on for 24 hours and I think that prolonged the process." —Chelsea Gipson

    Get a pack of 14 from Amazon for $6.96.

    4. A bottle of anti-dandruff shampoo to stop you from being a flaky friend, once and for all.

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    It's got over 5,000 positive reviews, and works for more than just dandruff. I get recurring bouts of fungal acne on my forehead, and I recently starting using this at the recommendation of the interwebs (its key ingredient is an antifungal). Every other day, I slather it on the affected area like a wash-off mask, let it sit for a few minutes, and rinse off. My forehead looks better the next day!

    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

    Get it from Amazon for $14.84.

    5. Or Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal and Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo, because your dry, flaky scalp is craving the same exfoliating scrub treatment you give your face.

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    The pics above are with just ONE wash!!! This stuff is cruelty-free and made with tea tree, coconut, and peppermint oils. Plus it's from a Black woman-owned brand! 🙌

    Promising review: "Totally amazing and beyond expectations. Chronic dry scalp for over a year, and with **one use**, super awesome results. My head feels fantastic and no more flaking. I'm going to buy a vat of this stuff and swim around in it! Really worth it." —Jana

    Get it from Amazon for $42.

    6. A giant foot file that'll make even the crustiest tootsies smooth — and that's no small feet.

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    This miracle worker has got over 3,800 positive reviews!

    Promising review: "This thing is pretty amazing. I was skeptical for sure, since I've tried all kinds of lotions, balms, and stone-based products, none of which helped my heels whatsoever. I've worn socks to bed for years, because if I don't the sheets hardly last a week before they have holes rubbed through them. My wife ordered this thing that looks like a mini cheese grater, lol, and after two minutes — two minutes!! — of rubbing it on my heel, it's a complete 180. I never would've believed it until I tried it myself. This is well worth double what it costs." —LBK

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two colors).

    7. Thayer's Witch Hazel, a multitasking toner that cleanses, moisturizes, fades blemishes, and helps restore your skin's natural pH.

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    It can do a hell of a lot of other stuff, too, like reduce redness, soothe irritation, heal cuts, and reduce oil and inflammation.

    Promising review: "I buy this when my other bottle is only half empty — that's how much I don't want to be without it. The smell is so good that even if it didn't work amazing wonders on my skin, I would use it just for that. But it does work! Because of this toner, my skin is brighter, more even, and just plain pretty. It feels moisturizing and clean, without giving your skin that tight feeling. I have pretty sensitive skin, but it doesn't burn at all. It tightens pores and helps with all skin needs, whether you break out a lot, are young or old, or have dry or combination skin — it's universal." —Gail Shelton

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95 (or $10.40 with the Subscribe & Save option; available in three scents).

    8. Possibly magical pimple patches that'll make zits do a vanishing act, and allow you to see the oh-so-satisfying amount of gunk they've pulled from your pores. No wonder they've got over 3,000 positive reviews!

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    These are my personal fave brand of pimple patch (having tried several), because of how they feel, how they stay on, and how well they work. I was literally just about to go put one on! Check out my full review of Nexcare acne patches.

    Promising review: "Okay, what is this sorcery?? I can't believe I never knew these existed. I seriously felt like a teenager again last weekend. Literally days after talking about how great my skin has been, this giant, painful, bulging zit was starting to form right in the middle of my chin. A week before my cousin's wedding, naturally. It was like it wouldn't stop growing, and spot treatment solution was doing absolutely nothing. It hurt so bad, and I couldn't help trying to pop it, but it refused. Then I heard about these. I placed one on my chin the second they arrived in the mail. After a few hours, I saw the white forming and I was curious and peeled it off. Then I put a fresh one on before bed, and come the next morning...HOLY COW, the entire dot of the patch was now a giant white blob. This zit was no joke. It's amazing how much fluid/pus had to get sucked out. Like I said, this is some magic. The zit completely went away within a day." —Heather R. Weather

    Get a box of 36 from Amazon for $4.40 (or $4.18 with the Subscribe & Save option).

    9. Beauty For Real Lip Revival Exfoliating and Hydrating Lip Scrub, a cruelty-free sugar and wax scrub to have you kissing those chapped, cracking winter lips buh-bye.

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    The sugar exfoliates your lips, while the wax leaves your pout feeling soft and smooth, with a hint of sheen — it may even help you favorite lip color last longer!

    Promising review: "I love this product! It's not too rough — it exfoliates well without irritating sensitive skin. It smells and tastes great and leaves your lips smooth. My only complaint is that it's SO wonderful, my mother decided to 'permanently borrow' my jar so I had to buy another one!" –Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14 (available in four scents).

    10. TruSkin Naturals Vitamin C Serum to heal sun damage and add some extra brightness and firmness to your epidermis. Your skin needs to take its vitamins, too!

    reviewer with redness and blemishes, then their face looking clearer
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    In addition to vitamin C, it also has skin-saving ingredients like vitamin E, witch hazel, and botanical hyaluronic acid. It improves the health of your skin overall, so it can also help with acne and other blemishes.

    Promising review: "This is the best serum I've ever used! My face is smoother than when I was in my 30s (I'm 49) and my sun spots have faded! I noticed improvement on day three, I kid you not! It absorbs quickly and is easy to apply. I love it!" —Gina Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    11. Elizavecca Milky Piggy carbonated bubble clay mask, a top-rated, blackhead-banishing, and just plain F-U-N mask that starts to bubble once you apply it. You'll want to take selfies while it's working *and* after, since it'll leave you so dang glowy.

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    It has over 5,000 (!!!!) positive reviews and comes with an application spatula.

    Promising review: "Wow! I purchased this on a whim after seeing one of my favorite Youtubers try it out. I didn't expect a lot from it. I tried it out and was shocked!!! The mask was simple (and fun) to use. I wasn't sure I felt a lot happening while it was on, but it was pretty cool how the bubbles started to grow off of my face. Upon inspection after using this mask I was completely amazed. My face felt cleaner than it has in a very long time AND my pores looked amazing! I don't remember a time when I felt like my pores looked great before using this mask. I would highly recommend this mask to anyone. It's also so much cheaper than the GlamGlow ones I have been using (and didn't see near these results from)." —K. Textor

    Get it from Amazon for $11.54.

    12. Tend Skin Solution, which is basically a potion with the magical ability to make you forget razor bumps and ingrown hairs were ever a thing.

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    Promising review: "I think this is one of the best inventions, other than Velcro, in the last 30 years. It solves so many problems. I've been using it for as long as I can remember and I can't live without it! I use it for razor bumps on my bikini line and underarms, and I've even been known to use it on a breakout. It's an amazing product!" —RP

    Get an 8-ounce bottle from Amazon for $22.98.

    13. Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter, a rich shea butter and vitamin E cream made just for fading and preventing stretch marks.

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    Plus, it's fragrance-free, so it won't odor-whelm the noses of sensitive moms-to-be.

    Promising review: "I've only applied the cream once, and I already see results! I included the before and after photos from my first application above. You can already see that the redness from my stretch marks has faded slightly. I'm looking forward to seeing how much the marks continue to fade! This is an awesome product." —Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $11.16 (or $10.60 with the Subscribe & Save option).

    14. Mederma Scar Cream, which Taylor Swift should write a song about — it'll leave you breathless as it gets rid of a nasty scar.

    eight reviewer photos, four photos each per scar, showing the process of them drastically fading
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    It works on everything from acne to surgical scars, and also has SPF 30 to protect that beautiful skin of yours even further.

    Promising review: "I used an acne spot treatment that left me with a bad burn on my face. After it began healing, I was left with a fairly dark scar. After two weeks of using Mederma, the scar had already improved so much! After about eight and a half weeks, you couldn't even see where the original scar was anymore. —Jordan B.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    15. A bottle of Glossier's miraculous Solution, a gentle chemical exfoliating formula that truly seems to be the ~solution~ to skin woes from acne to redness, plus helps skin look smoother and softer. Talk about a glow up.

    On the top, text "before solution" and a model with acne on their cheeks and chin. On the bottom, text "after 4 weeks" and the same model with the pimples largely faded and just some flat spots remaining
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    It's cruelty- and paraben-free and vegan!

    Promising review: "This stuff is incredible!!! I don't usually leave reviews, but this chemical exfoliator does exactly what it claims and has really helped, especially with the texture of my skin. I've noticed a difference within a week of daily use, as it's gentle yet effective and hasn't dried out my skin. It's helped fade acne scars and the fragrance of the product is mild but pleasant. EVERYONE AND THEIR GRANDMAS NEED THIS!!!!" —R

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    16. O'Keefe's Working Hands cream, the ultimate savior for cracked knuckles that over 9,000 Amazon reviewers swear by.

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    Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth." —Steve

    Get a 3.4-ounce jar from Amazon for $7.99.

    17. Humane Acne Wash, a strong, 10% benzoyl peroxide cleanser that's totally vegan-friendly — the only thing it's cruel to is acne.

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    Promising review: "This is a miracle product for adult acne! I've spent so much money on different products and prescriptions throughout the years, and nothing has consistently worked. To my great surprise I started seeing improvements to my face within the first three days of using this. Three weeks later, I could cry because I'm so happy with how my skin looks!" —Frances25

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95 (or $19.76 with the Subscribe & Save option).

    18. Baebody Eye Gel, a depuffing, hydrating, and firming serum that's great for your whole face and neck, too.

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    It contains skin care expert–favored ingredients like hyaluronic acid and aloe.

    Promising review: "I'm 57 years old and have been looking for an effective, reasonably priced eye treatment for a long time. It's important to me that this product has natural ingredients, is manufactured in the United States and is cruelty-free. It almost sounded too good to be true. But after using this twice a day for a couple weeks, I was delighted with the results. Upon immediate application, the gel soothes my puffy eyes as effectively and gently as cucumber slices, but without all the mess. It minimizes the dark circles under my eyes and the results get better over time. Plus, over the past month of use, the fine lines under my eyes are less noticeable. I have to say that the results are the best I've experienced and I've used a lot of products, including some that cost well over $100." —ederath

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (or $22.46 with the Subscribe & Save option).

    19. Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, because there's absolutely nothing more satisfying than peeling off one of these babies and seeing all the dirt it's extracted from your skin.

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    Promising review: "Want to feel disgusting about your previous self from five minutes ago and better for the next couple of weeks? Wet down your schnoz and toss one of these babies on there. It will transform from malleable and comfortable to a stiff sticky pad on your face. After your five minuets of waiting is up and you are ready to see what disgusting things have been cratered in your nose, pull this baby off. Nice and slow, from one side to the other. Feel the rush of excitement as your nose has its blackheads ripped from their pores and you feel cleaner than you do after a shower. Then, flip it over and inspect it closely to see how many nasty blackheads were previously calling your nose home. Take a pic or show to a friend, preferably both. Then crumple it up and throw it away and begin the countdown until the next extraction." —r0bdawg11

    Get a box of 14 from Amazon for $7.52.

    20. The Lip Bar's Skin Serum Foundation, which has so many amazing attributes that'll probably make it the best foundation you've ever tried. It's made with hyaluronic acid so it's like a serum and foundation in one, it's cruelty-free and vegan, and it comes in so many shades that you're sure to find your perfect match.

    On the left, a model's bare face. On the right, the same model wearing the foundation, with their skin looking even and glowy
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    And I can't get over the super easy built-in brush pen design — just click the top to dispense product onto it! Yeah, I know, it's a lot of goodness to take in. And there's one more awesome thing — it's from a Black woman-owned business!

    Promising review: "I’m very impressed. As someone who knows nothing about makeup, I found this super easy to apply. I used the shade matcher on the site and it matches me PERFECTLY. I can hardly tell I’m wearing makeup. Plus I wore it on a super hot day where I was sweating a bunch and my face was unbothered. By the time I made it home that evening it was still looking good!" —Shaquilla B.

    Get it from The Lip Bar for $28 (available in 26 shades).

    21. Magical makeup remover cloths that can remove basically a whole face of makeup (a *key* part of your skincare routine) with JUST WATER. Sorry, disposable wipes — you've been cancelled.

    On top, a reviewer's eyelid with gray shadow, liner, and mascara. On the bottom, the same reviewer's eye with the makeup almost entirely removed, with just a few specks of glitter left
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    They've got over 2,000 positive reviews and are machine washable so you can use them again and again!

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even totally dry, they do a pretty impressive job of taking off all my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." —RachelM

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $5.49.

    22. Or the Makeup Eraser, a cult-fave makeup removing plush cloth. One side is made for removing product and the other for exfoliating, and you can wash and reuse it over and over and over. Remind me why you spent so much money on other cleansers and removers again?

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    The reviewer in the photos above said it took off waterproof lipstick, liquid foundation, blush, eyeshadow, and coverup powder!

    Promising review: "I LOVE makeup. Specifically, eye makeup. Love a good cat eye and layering eyeshadow. I've always had to bleach my towels to get the remnants of my mascara and eyeliner off. I hate every eye makeup remover that I've tried because it either stings or makes my eyelids oily (y tho?). This thing has seriously changed things for me. It gets my makeup COMPLETELY off in less than one minute without harsh scrubbing. I no longer have to buy any kind of cotton balls or cotton pads that will end up in a landfill. I can actually buy new towels and demote the stained ones to cleaning towels. My skin is clearer because it is makeup-free before I wash it and my eyes no longer burn! GETTTT ITTTT." —Cori A.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.

    23. Mario Badescu Facial Spray for a fresh-smelling spritz of aloe, herbs, and rosewater that'll hydrate and balance your skin.

    photos marked day 1, 3, and 4 of a reviewer's redness fading and their face looking dewy and more even
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    It can be used in myriad ways, including as a makeup base or frizz-preventing hairspray.

    Promising review: "I have combination skin. During the summer, it gets oily very fast, and during the winter it's extremely dull and dry-looking. My skin is sensitive, and most of the time it's a pinkish-red color from being so dry and irritated. 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 even had this for a full week and I'm already head over heels in love. It's the holy grail of my skincare routine now!" —Haley O.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    24. Clinique Acne Solutions BB Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40, to protect your skin, reduce oiliness, and give you a glowy natural look all in one fell swoop.

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    Promising review: "I’ve had pretty bad cystic acne for the past eight years and have tried everything to get rid of it. I decided to give this a try, and let me tell you, IT CHANGED MY WHOLE LIFE. Not only does it look more natural than a regular foundation, it literally PREVENTS new zits from forming on your face. I’ve only been using it for three weeks and I already see a significant improvement in my complexion. Even if you don’t suffer from acne, I cannot recommend this product enough. It’s super lightweight, prevents oil buildup, and keeps you covered all day long." —Sarah Wainschel (Check out Sarah's full review here.)

    Get it from Clinique for $39.50 (available in three shades).

    25. L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Peel Pads, AHA exfoliant wipes that peel away damaged skin to even your complexion and reveal the glow you knew you had underneath all along.

    a before and after of a reviewer's face with red blotches then more even
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    Since they are a chemical exfoliant, they're way gentler than rough scrubs.

    Promising review: "These pads are miracle workers. They really exfoliate my skin, leaving it brighter, smoother, and all-around healthier- and younger-looking. The best part is how easy they are. So many glycolic peels have more than one step, but with these you just wipe your face and you're done!" —Katherine

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    26. A massaging, exfoliating, and blood flow-increasing scalp brush over 5,000 (!!!) reviewers swear by for caring for their scalp and helping with dandruff and buildup.

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    It can even help encourage hair growth!

    Promising review: "I have suffered from dry scalp and dandruff for years. I recently shaved my head and realized just how bad my scalp really was. Red irritated spots everywhere that became very easy to see with my short hair. After using this product along with a coconut oil moisturizer for three days, my scalp is already healing. The product is easy to hold, easy to clean, and feels great on an itchy scalp. I also don’t have dandruff flakes at all anymore. Trust me, you won’t regret purchasing this product!" —Britt

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in three colors).

    27. Aria Starr Dead Sea Mud Mask, a wash-off mask perfect for those with oily and combination skin who want to minimize pores and combat all forms of acne.

    a reviewer's face with lots of pimples dated Dec. 2016, then their face with the pimples largely faded labeled feb. 2017
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    It includes a combination of shea butter, aloe vera, and jojoba oil that cleanses and exfoliates, so you'll look like you just left the spa.

    Promising review: "I've had bad combination skin all my life and tried dozens of products on my breakouts with limited success. I'm also allergic to basically everything, so trying something new is always an adventure. So far, this mask has worked and felt the best for me. My skin got worse before it got better, but now, after a month of biweekly use, I have no more breakouts." —Staff Sgt. Max Fightmaster

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    28. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum, a lightweight moisturizer that plumps, firms, and is basically a scarecrow for crow's feet.

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    Promising review: "This is a fabulous serum and a long-time favorite of mine. It contains many vitamins to provide anti-aging properties, moisture, and collagen stimulation. You don't need to use too much, which makes this little bottle last a very long time. The product also has just a bit of sheen that looks very nice when blended into the skin, and it should work great under makeup, too." —Mermaid Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $19.26.

    29. Asutra Vitamin C Scrub for full-body exfoliation and some relaxation courtesy of citrus essential oils.

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    It's made from Himalayan sea salt, is all natural and organic, and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.

    Promising review: "This scrub has been a MIRACLE for my skin. I've had three psoriasis patches, on my elbows and behind one ear, for over 14 years. I've tried dozens of different things to keep it under control, but nothing even remotely helped until this product. Within four days, you could hardly see that I have a grapefruit-sized area of psoriasis on each elbow. Now I don't have flaky skin or redness, and most importantly, it no longer itches!" —James Butchart

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in nine scents).

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