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    Apr 18, 2020

    25 Skincare Products Even People Who Don't Really ~Do~ Skincare Will Love

    ♫ Lazy skincare...is the skincare...for you and me. ♫

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    1. Shea Moisture African black soap, an oil-absorbing, exfoliating, and moisturizing bar made with shea butter that I personally recommend if you're looking for an amazing glow-up for only $6 (and who isn't?).

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    Full disclosure, I thought I'd start off this post with the two products that have basically been the beginning and end of my skincare routine for the past year. First off, I absolutely swear by this soap. I've never had major acne struggles, but I do get zits just like everyone else and am prone to nasty rashes (or could be a weird form of acne? My derm wasn't sure) on my forehead. I use this every morning in the shower, and while I'm not 100% free of pimples (as a person with bangs and who uses a roll-on essential oil stick for headaches, I can never really expect to be), I feel like this stuff makes my skin glow. I also don't get my flare-ups of dermatitis on my forehead when I use it daily. I really think this stuff has done wonders for my skin.

    Promising review: "This stuff is a GODSEND. I've had good skin for most of my life, with maybe an occasional pimple on my chin during that time of the month. However, over this last winter I had THE WORST breakout I've ever had. I had pimples all over my forehead, chin, and lips. Nothing was really working for me, so I bought this on a whim after seeing it all over Instagram. And Oh My God — when I tell you this stuff cleared my skin, I MEAN IT. If you have doubts about buying this, just go for it. It's only four dollars, and if it doesn't work for you, it still smells wonderful. Literally. If you have acne, you NEED this product." —Edie

    Get it from Target for $3.99.

    2. Supergoop! SPF 30 City Sunscreen Serum, a sunscreen, moisturizer, and antioxidant-filled serum all rolled into one. It's cruelty-free, paraben-free, odor-free, and seriously hassle-free, too. 🙌

    Sephora

    This is the other important fixture in my morning mini-routine. I love that it's not perfumey, and it's really light and easy. I'm very low-key, but what matters most to me is that I get some SPF on my face, plus some moisture so my skin doesn't feel all dry after blow-drying my hair in the morning. Slathering this on accomplishes both of those things and makes me feel like I have a fancy skin routine with just a couple pumps of a bottle.

    Promising review: "I might be the most minimalist Sephora shopper ever. In the morning I like to wash my face, then use one product. I'm looking for as many benefits in one bottle as possible, and this product delivers a lot in one package. I used the same lotion for years, but now that I'm headed toward the big 4-0, my skin has changed a ton. I've always had combination skin, but the dryness has increased and the oil and blackheads have decreased. This lotion isn't greasy. In about a month, I've seen an improvement in my overall skin tone and fine lines. I will buy again!" —skingvta

    Get it from Sephora for $42.

    3. Miraculous pimple patches capable of sucking all the pus and gunk out your clogged pores (and keeping you from picking at pimples) — no fancy serums or spot treatment creams required.

    Sarah Han/BuzzFeed, Cosrx

    Check out one BuzzFeeder's full review of these wonders.

    Promising review: "Love these pimple patches. By far they are the most affordable and best-working. I put one on and it just sucks out all the bacteria and oil and I always see great improvement the next morning. I definitely recommend!" —Dermstore customer

    Get a pack of 24 from Dermstore for $6.

    4. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water, a super-gentle solution that thousands of reviewers swear by. You can use this magical stuff as a cleanser in the morning and an amazingly effective makeup remover at the end of the day, because why buy a bunch of different skincare products when you can just buy one?

    Target

    This stuff is BuzzFeed Reviews' pick for the best low-priced makeup remover!

    Promising review: "I love this product. It removes all my makeup, and that includes the glue for my lashes. I find it very easy to use and I will continue to buy it. Also, it's a lot of product for the price." —Jenbunny

    Get it from Target for $6.49.

    5. The amazing Makeup Eraser, aka an endlessly reusable plush cloth that can remove EVERY LAST DROP of makeup with just water. It's so easy, it'll even get your lazy butt to actually wash your face at night. You may even get — *gasp* — excited do it, just to see it work its magic.

    BuzzFeed

    As if that wasn't easy enough, it's also machine-washable! This wonder is BuzzFeed Reviews' pick for the best mid-price makeup remover.

    Promising review: "My skin is extremely finicky with products, so I have no other choice but to keep my skincare collection to a minimum. I have tried a dozen makeup removers in my life and they've all been really irritating to my skin/eyes. I'm so glad to have found an alternative that doesn't irritate my skin AND that takes all my makeup off!!! It's also super easy to wash, cost-effective, and not wasteful. I will definitely buy a couple for my friends/family in the future. It's a GAME-CHANGER." —hanakeserovic

    Get it from Sephora for $20 (available in two colors).

    6. The Foreo Luna Mini 2, a soft silicone cleansing brush that's a lazy person's dream. It uses sonic pulses to thoroughly (I'm talking eliminating 99.5% of dirt and oil) wash your face for you — in just one minute.

    Maitland Quitmeyer/BuzzFeed

    Just pair this waterproof wonder with your favorite cleanser and you're ready to go. It's got eight intensity settings and built-in technology to help you use it right, so it's totally foolproof — it'll light up and buzz when it's time to move it to another section of your beautiful face! And just when you thought it couldn't get any easier, you also NEVER need to replace the brush head! Check out one BuzzFeeder's review here.

    Promising review: "I started cleansing my face with this about three months ago and it's been my go-to ever since. The treatment is quick, but very enjoyable and it also solved most of my problems. My skin never feels irritated after using the brush and nothing burns or stings after the treatment. I've noticed a great difference in my skin and it's very satisfying." —Joanne Ross

    Get it from Dermstore for $119+ (available in five colors).

    7. Burt's Bees Herbal Complexion Stick, a roll-on tea tree oil, willow bark, and calendula blend so you can nix any zits and blemishes about as quickly as they appear. Yeah, you're on a ~roll~.

    Target

    Promising review: "I'm an older guy who still gets acne. However, when I use anything really strong, my skin dries and burns. This stuff, however, does really seem to accelerate the process of getting rid of zits when they occur." —prdfkia

    Get it from Target for $7.99.

    8. A subscription FaceTory, which will deliver a mix of refreshing K-beauty sheet masks to you every single month for under $20! It's an easy way to try out Korean skincare without breaking the bank or having to sort through the endless options yourself.

    FaceTory

    Promising review: "I have been receiving the Lux boxes for a few months now, and I love how each box has different products each time with a helpful description. There's a good mix of products and I feel like the team puts time and thought into their product." —David L.

    Get seven masks plus a bonus product every month from FaceTory for $19.90/month.

    9. Aztec Secret Healing Clay, a fragrance-free mask that'll feels so much like a spa treatment, you'll forget it's doing the serious skincare work of getting all the gunk out of your pores.

    BuzzFeed

    Check out what happened when four BuzzFeeders tried this bestselling mask here!

    Promising review: "Best face mask ever! If you're hesitant to buy this, don’t be!! It is absolutely worth it and the price is the best! I’ve seen results after just one mask! I have very dry skin — on my cheeks at least. My skin is already feeling softer, and my pores are looking better. I’ve mixed it with apple cider vinegar and sometimes I add a little water! I recommend putting this on before you shower. Makes cleaning it off easier! It comes with a lot for the price and should last a good amount of time! I have been telling everyone about it; I love it so much! I’ll definitely be buying more once I’m out!" —nadia

    Get it from Target for $7.99.

    10. The Skincare Set from cult-fave brand Glossier, which is basically a prepackaged, perfect skincare routine. Everyone who sees these products on your sink will be like, "damn, they really know what they're doing." In truth? All you had to do was hit "add to cart."

    Glossier

    The set includes the brand's Milky Jelly Cleanser (a pH-balanced daily face wash), Priming Moisturizer (which hydrates, plumps, and just generally leaves you glowing), and Balm Dotcom (an antioxidant-rich skin and lip salve available in different flavors and tints).

    Promising review: "I was the biggest skeptic of Glossier — I didn't trust the hype. Whenever I do wear makeup, it's a full face, and I don't have a super consistent skincare routine, so I figured this wasn't the company for me. However, I have friends that gave it rave reviews and the curiosity finally got the better of me. I decided to buy the skincare set to inspire me to get more consistent about my skincare routine. I've had this set for about five days now and I am completely shook by how good my skin looks. Acne scars that I thought were a permanent part of my face are fading and my skin feels baby soft! The milky jelly cleanser is one of the only cleansers I've ever used that doesn't make my skin feel tight after. The priming moisturizer goes on smooth and actually decreases the redness in my face. I got the rose balm dot com and I almost cried when I first put it, on it smelled so good. It goes on thick and stays on your lips for a while, and it feels moisturizing without feeling heavy. I immediately ordered three more in different flavors. I now understand the hype." —Sempervirine

    Get all three from Glossier for $40 (available with eight balm varieties).

    11. Olay Daily Facials 5-in-1 Clean Cleansing Cloths, aka textured, just-add-water wipes that can remove makeup, cleanse, tone, scrub, and even hydrate and refresh like a mask. One wipe >>> dealing with all those skincare steps.

    Target

    Promising review: "Such a time-saver! I was always really bad about regularly washing my face before bed because I'd always get water everywhere and it was just a headache. I love these because it’s all in one cloth. These leave my skin feeling clean and without soap residue left behind. They're very easy and quick to use." —Stac14

    Get a pack of 66 from Target for $11.99.

    12. Mario Badescu Facial Spray, a refreshing formula of aloe, herbs, and rosewater with basically endless uses — from setting makeup to hydrating your skin to even reducing hair frizz.

    Sephora

    The easiest skincare routine? Just keeping this on your desk/bathroom counter/bedside table and spritzing some on whenever you need a boost.

    Promising review: "I have been using this product religiously for about three years. I had really bad acne, and now it's totally clear, and this was the only product I was using. Now it doesn’t work for the acne as well, but it gives my skin the most amazing finish. It also smells very good!! Love this product!!" —JacquelineWelsh

    Get it from Sephora for $7+ (available in two sizes; find more scents here).

    13. A vegan cleansing butter that's not a regular makeup remover, it's a *refreshing* makeup remover that won't leave you skin feeling stripped and dry. It's especially great for sensitive skin!

    The Body Shop

    It's made by The Body Shop, a brand that's outspoken about opposing animal testing! 👏

    Promising review: "I've been using this product for just over three years now. For me, the biggest pro is it acts like a three-in-one. It's a cleanser, a makeup remover, and a moisturizer. This product basically makes up my end-of-the-day routine. As a cleanser, it leaves your face feeling very clean and soft. It doesn't leave any unwanted residue and I've had no issues with breakouts at all. As a makeup remover, honestly I would recommend this product for this one use alone. It works on everything; waterproof, long-lasting, fake eyelash glue, airbrush (I was in a wedding). It wont leave your eyes/lips dry and is easy to use. No cotton balls/Q-tips/pads required. Just lather it on and rinse and it takes everything off. As it is a butter, it also has moisturizing properties. I would recommend this for all skin types as it is a mild product." —Carriedto

    Get it from The Body Shop for $16.

    14. The Glossier Zit Stick, a miraculous spot treatment that can help acne start to fade in as little as THREE HOURS. Plus, it's invisible once you roll it on and the packaging is super cute, so you can easily keep it in your bag for whenever a skin-mergency strikes.

    Glossier

    It's cruelty-free and made with benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, and capryloyl salicylic acid (a form of salicylic acid that's not quite as harsh).

    Promising review: "This is a total game changer!! I've been using spot treatments for years and I've always found that they can prevent a pimple from getting worse, nothing more. The Zit Stick totally changed that. I had three zits the first time I used it, and by the end of the day they were all completely gone. It doesn't smell chemical-y or burn my skin, but it still works miracles. Absolutely amazing!!" —Sara

    Get it from Glossier for $14.

    15. A Bioré pore strips combo pack, because I don't care how *meh* you feel about skincare — everyone loves peeling one of these babies off and seeing all of the blackheads and ick that had been festering in their pores. And this set comes with different-shaped strips to get that same satisfaction on all of your face, not just your nose.

    Target

    Just apply one of these to damp skin, wait 10 minutes, then peel it off for the most satisfying sight ever — all the dirt and blackheads it's extracted from your skin!

    Promising review: "I used these a few times and they work as intended. They do a pretty good job, however I kind of wished the longer rectangular strips were bigger to cover more area. Otherwise, the nose one is perfect and using two of the rectangular ones to cover a larger area is okay too. I would recommend this product if you want to clear your pores and get the satisfaction of looking at the gunk left on the strip when you rip it off." —Tona

    Get a box of 24 (12 nose strips and 12 face strips) from Target for $14.59.

    16. And some equally satisfying Winky Lux matcha blotting papers anyone with oily or combination skin will always want to have on hand for an instant oily-to-matte makeover.

    Target

    My work wife and fellow BuzzFeed Shopping editor Yi Yang has these at her desk, and back when we were working in the office instead of from home I would mooch them off her on the reg. She's someone with fairly oily skin and uses these for blotting pretty much every afternoon, while my skin has oily days and dry days. Still, sometimes I'll use one of these and go "OMG" when I see how much oil it's gotten off my face. So effective and so satisfying. Plus, they're vegan, cruelty-free, and PRETTY!

    Get a pack of 100 sheets from Target for $8.

    17. It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ cream, a foundation whose name really says it all. It gives a super-natural look with full coverage and color correction, SPF 50+ (!!!), and a smoothing and hydrating effect. You (and your face) are gonna fall in love.

    Sephora

    Wait, it has more amazing features? Hell yeah. It's made with skin superstar ingredients like collagen, hyaluronic acid, vitamins, and antioxidants and is paraben- and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "This is an excellent foundation for low-maintenance people. It provides great coverage, sinks in to look like your own skin, and all with an SPF of 50+. I'm over 40 and it does not make me look older, which is a key selling point. You know how some days you don't want to do the whole makeup routine but would like to have your skin evened out? And if you put on foundation (and maybe concealer) by itself, it looks funky? Like you didn't finish your face? This product is the solution to that problem. I don't like to wear makeup everyday. I can put this on as sunscreen with the added benefit of evening out my complexion without looking like I have makeup on. All I do is pat it all over my face before gently rubbing it in, the same as I would sunscreen. If I add a dab of concealer here and there before it sets, it all melds into the skin and looks like I didn't do a thing. It definitely sets as more 'dewy,' so if you have oily skin this may not be the product for you. I have combination skin, oily/normal in the summer and normal/dry in the winter. I set it with a light dusting of powder and setting spray in the summer, but in the winter it's just fine for me." —PrettyApple

    Get it from Sephora for $39.50 (available in 12 shades).

    18. Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream, a non-greasy, wrinkle-fighting, super moisturizing lotion that'll make skincare so easy, you could do it in your sleep — literally.

    Target

    It's paraben-free!

    Promising review: "This is the first skincare product of which I used every last drop. I usually get frustrated from something not working as expected and give up to try something new. From day one, I saw the results I wanted and I have used it every day since. I have terribly dry skin in the winter. I used to use the thickest, most hydrating cream I could find at night and then still have to moisturize pretty heavily in the morning, and my skin would still get flaky before the end of the day under my makeup. But when I started using this cream every night before bed, I didn't have to reapply in the morning and my skin didn't flake at all. My makeup stays put and my skin looks healthy and nourished. Even in the summer, this product is still great, never greasy. This product changed my life, no joke." —Rachel

    Get it from Target for $11.69.

    19. Glossier Futuredew, a cruelty-free and vegan oil and serum all rolled into one. I don't know, something just told me you'd be interested in looking all glowy for up to 12 hours without going through a 107-step skincare routine.

    Glossier

    Promising review: "Every aspect of this product is so lovely. I don't wear makeup to school, but I will put on a pump of Futuredew. it makes me look hydrated and well-rested. I don't even wear highlighter anymore (that's money saved!) because Futuredew gives me the perfectly supple, smooth glow that I've been trying to achieve with highlighter for years." —Angela

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    20. A vitamin C sea salt scrub that is also formulated with aloe vera and argan and jojoba oils and will get rid of problem spots FAST. Because tbh, you're very busy and don't really have time to deal with dry, irritated skin.

    Asutra

    It's non-toxic, all-natural, paraben-free, and not tested on animals! Note that if you decide to use it while showering, reviewers say it can make the shower extra slippery — so be careful!

    Promising review: "My first time using a scrub and I love it! I have been using lotion post-shower for decades, but this stuff is so moisturizing that I am able to just pat dry and go! Also, it’s recommended to not use after shaving (which makes sense), however I use it prior to shaving and after rinsing the salt I can just shave as normal using only the oils left on my skin from the scrub!! It’s not greasy at all, smells great, and my skin looked and felt smoother after just one use!" —Laury B.

    Get it from Asutra for $22.99 (available in nine scents)

    21. Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet, a super hydrating moisturizer that's luxe but lightweight and made specially for sensitive skin, so you can put your freshest face forward.

    Caudalie

    Promising review: "Holy grail? I have tried so many moisturizers in search of something that will make my face feel moisturized, not cause breakouts, and not make me shiny by lunchtime. Most other moisturizers I’ve tried have filled one or two but never all of those requirements for me. This sorbet makes my face feel so smooth, so moisturized and so clean." —JODHAIRA

    Get it from Caudalie for $39.

    22. Refreshing and brightening charcoal hydrogel under-eye patches for anyone who loves to pamper themselves but hates overpriced skincare. Eye feel you.

    elf

    They're cruelty-free, paraben-free, and vegan!

    Promising review: "I don’t get much sleep now that I have a baby. I realize there's nothing that replaces getting a full night of rest, but I hoped this product would help with the puffy bags under my eyes. I’ve only tried it once and I was pleasantly surprised that it appeared to brighten and tighten the skin under my eyes! Although the effect was temporary, it made me look a little more rested." —4lecoco

    Get three pairs from e.l.f. for $8.

    23. A set of fun and LOL-worthy Disney Princess or Villain face masks you'll be hype to try even if you don't really know or care too much about the benefits of ingredients like green tea and cucumber. Suffice it to say they'll have your skin looking ~shining, shimmering, splendid~.

    Firebox

    Promising review (for the princess set): "The packaging was super cute and the masks were high quality and really showed me a whole new world (shameless Disney pun). AMAZING." —Firebox customer

    Get a set of four princess masks for $12.99 (originally $17.99) or three villain masks for $17.99, both from Firebox.

    24. Beautifully scented Rosebud Salve sure to become your new best ~bud~ because it's so all-purpose. Dry lips, hands, cuticles, elbows, and pretty much any other area of your body? It's got them (literally) covered.

    Anthropologie

    Promising review: "This salve is amazing! It doesn’t give your lips a sticky or tacky feeling. Long-lasting moisture with a very delicate scent. Highly recommend. I am a medical aesthetician and have tried many. This is amazing. It’s a must-buy." —MadeleineGF

    Get it from Anthropologie for $6 (available in two scents) or Sephora for $7.

    25. Benefit Total Moisture Facial Cream, which is exactly the kind of thick, rich, luxurious lotion your dry skin has been dreaming of.

    Benefit

    My mom has this on her vanity and I always use some when I'm home and have "forgotten" my toiletry kit (or rather, intentionally left it behind so I could raid my parents' cabinet). It's soooo nice. It's definitely rich, so I don't think it would be a good everyday choice if you're prone to breakouts, but dang, is it a nice treat. You know when your skin is so dry that you fantasize about jumping into a bathtub full of lotion? Is that just me? Well anyway, this is what I'd want that bathtub to be filled with.

    Promising review: "BEST EVER! I have extremely sensitive skin, to the point that I can only use one other moisturizer and limited sun creams otherwise my whole face starts stinging and feels like it's burning. However, this cream does none of this. I can apply as normal and I wouldn't even know I've put it on (other than my face feeling extremely moisturized). So if you have sensitive skin or are just in need of a good cream, I would 100% recommend this one to you." —Amy

    Get it from Benefit for $42.

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