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    34 Products To Try If You Want To Improve Your Skin

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    1. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is made with 100% calcium bentonite clay that'll work magic to deep clean your pores and help fight acne and blemishes.,

    This product is cruelty-free and formulated without additives or fragrances. There is a bit of mixing involved — you'll need to add some apple cider vinegar for it to do its best work. But trust us, it's worth it!

    Read our full write-up on this magical clay mask to learn more!

    Promising review: "It's an official holy grail product of mine. I ideally use it once a week, and it feels as if angels themselves have taken the time to delicately renew my skin with the magical touch of their wings. Ok, but really — I wear foundation daily, have combination and sensitive skin, and require hypo-allergenic products. I truly feel this product is a part of why I'm breakout-free week after week. I mix with equal parts water and vinegar and use the sensitive-skin time recommendation to avoid over-drying or any tenderness, moisturize afterwards, and I'm good to go! I also find it works WONDERS as a spot treatment for the pimples that appear every so often. I love this stuff, use it often, and it still lasts FOREVER. Literally the best mask I've ever used." —S.Nae

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    2. Acure Brightening Facial Scrub can detoxify, cleanse, and soften your face with sea kelp and French green clay.


    Promising review: "Yay! This stuff is a lifesaver. Recently my doctor put me on steroids to clear up my allergies, but as a side effect, I immediately started breaking out like I was 15 again. I didn't have a good exfoliator and this one had such good reviews that I decided to try it out. It really works! In eight days my skin was almost back to normal, and felt clean as can be! My dark acne spots were significantly lighter and all the little bumps I had were gone. Will be buying this from here on out." —Janelle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny and PETA certified).

    3. Glossier Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector gently removes dead skin through chemical exfoliation, giving you a fresh complexion.


    Read more about why several BuzzFeeders thinks Solution is totally worth your money.

    Promising review: "This was a first time try for me. I LOVED IT. I am 30 now and i started getting hormonal acne. I tried everything, creams, different face washes, treatments, etc. This has helped so much. First time use, I noticed a difference. The red bumpy hormonal acne was starting to calm down. I kept using it and it kept making my skin smoother and finally the other treatments were able to work. I really recommend this product for skin renewal and acne. Glossier products are fairly priced and the shipping came on time. HOLY grail product found!" —Helena K.

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    4. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser is a dependable daily face wash that'll gently get your makeup off, while still helping your skin retain moisture.

    Promising review: "I prefer to double cleanse with an oil or balm cleanser on days I wear makeup or sunscreen, but my skin was getting too annoyed with the foaming cleansers I was using afterward. Now that northern California is burning all around me and winter is coming, my skin needed this cleanser! This is like a mix between a milk and a gel, but it does not foam up. It has a lot of slip and feels cooling on my face. I love the big bottle size and for a slightly pricey brand, this cleanser is fairly priced. I will continue to repurchase this and I bought a bottle for my best friend who has the most sensitive, reactive skin ever, and she loves it too. :)" —gwangarang

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (also available in a purifying version for normal to oily skin).

    5. Avarelle Acne Cover Patches are made with hydrocolloid dressing, tea tree oil, calendula oil, and cica that'll suck the gunk right out of your zits and help them fade away overnight.,

    Promising review: "Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is ideal because you can easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back onto themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    Each pack comes with 40 round patches. Get one from Amazon for $8.50.

    6. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer is perfect for lazy people, because you can apply it while your skin is still wet, before you even step out of the shower. It saves a few minutes and will lock in the hydration your skin needs.


    Promising review: "I've always been one who didn't want to take the time to slather my skin in some lotion that took forever to sink in. I have found the holy grail of solutions!! This lotion has the consistency of conditioner. I turn off my shower and it only takes a minute to apply. I don't even pat it dry. I just throw on my robe and start applying my face. It absorbs quickly and it keeps my skin hydrated ALL day! Love it!" —Meagan

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    7. SheaMoisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a true multitasker that can help with eczema, remove makeup, and even help nourish your hair.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this! I use it all over, even my face! It's soft and leaves your skin soft after you rinse! The smell is mild, kind of smells sweet but the smell actually lasts!!! The scrub/moisture ratio is perfect! The only bad thing I have to say is I wish it came in a bigger container!" —MollyB

    Get it from Ulta for $15.99 (cruelty-free, PETA certified).

    8. O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream will really come in ~handy~ during winter as it helps to repair painful blisters and cracked skin.,

    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 it from Amazon for $5.99.

    9. Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum helps to reduce discoloration and blemishes by using a magical combination of vitamins C and E, ferulic acid, and hyaluronic acid.,

    It's vegan, cruelty-free, and contains organic argan oil and pomegranate seed oil, as well as antioxidant extracts such as sea buckthorn berry and goji!

    Promising review: "I've spent hundreds of dollars on products to lighten the dark spots on my face from acne scarring. This has been the only product that not only lightened the dark spots, but it didn't make me break out more! This is like liquid gold for me. I recommend this to anyone who has sensitive skin like me and is looking to get rid of their dark spots. I'm on my second bottle and I get compliments all the time that my skin looks like it's glowing. Also, for the first time in forever I leave out the house with only a tinted CC cream on my face and feel confident that my skin looks good! I will be a customer for life!" —Nenah

    Get it from Amazon for $27.19 (cruelty-free, PETA certified).

    10. Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant removes dead skin and revitalizes surface skin without feeling too abrasive. This can help with everything from uneven skin texture to fine lines to firmness.

    Promising review: "This gel has completely changed the texture of my skin and is not too harsh like other chemical exfoliants I have tried. My combo/acne prone skin looks more even and feels super smooth. My makeup looks better too!" —Angie

    Get it from Amazon for $29.50 (cruelty free, Leaping Bunny and PETA certified; available in two sizes).

    11. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask uses hyaluronic acid and AHAs to help give you a skin-smoothing and radiance-boosting overnight facial.


    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review of this heavenly-smelling sleeping mask (and its matching, but more lightweight, moisturizer!) for more deets (#8)!

    Promising review: "This mask is amazing. Even after the first use, I woke up to baby-soft, even toned skin. Not to mention it smells like heaven! After extended use, I don't need to exfoliate as often and my skin is consistently baby-soft. I have sensitive skin but have no issues with this mask. It's so good!" —Kresme

    Get it from Sephora for $45 (available in two sizes; not certified, but their website states that they do not test on animals, nor do they curate brands who do).

    12. Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is formulated with tea tree leaf oil to deep clean pores and bring out your natural glow, without stripping your skin.

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    Read a BuzzFeeder's full writeup "I Swear By This Highly-Rated Low pH Gel Cleanser To Clean Out My Pores" to learn more about why we love it so much!

    Promising review: "Finally something that doesn't strip my face!! I've noticed my skin looking better and a little bit brighter after a week and a half. I also notice my scars are looking much softer and better. Now I can't wait to try Cosrx's other products like the AHA/BHA toner and snail cream." —Musicman

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    13. Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon uses triple-layered threading technology to provide mild chemical exfoliation, which gives your pores a nice deep cleaning and leaves your face looking brighter than ever.


    Start with the textured side and then follow up with the softer, padded side. You can also totally cut your pads in half to make your supply last longer, since you might not need that much product anyways.

    Promising review: "These pads are a must-have! I have oily skin and suffer from hormonal acne (occasional whites heads and cystic pimples). These pads calmed my breakouts immediately. They also smooth, plump, and moisturize." —Britt

    Get a container of 30 from Amazon for $22.95 (available in lemon, green tea, and wine; cruelty-free).

    14. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 protects your face from the sun, primes your face before applying makeup, and it's oil-free. Basically, it's a daily must-have., Sephora

    Promising review: "I have a medium-tan olive complexion, and it’s always difficult to find sunscreens that don’t leave a white cast. This sunscreen is clear! I couldn’t be happier about that. I have also suffered from terrible acne and even used Accutane, so I am wary of products that might irritate my skin. This sunscreen is so smooth, doesn’t irritate my skin, has a lightweight feel, and offers the protection my skin needs from the sun. I never liked using sunscreen because of the greasy/oily feeling and shiny outcome. The Unseen Sunscreen does not feel greasy AT ALL! And neither does it have that typical SPF smell that is off-putting. To sum it up: YES, PLEASE!" —dancebyrachana

    Get it from Sephora for $32 (cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny and PETA certified).

    15. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion dries out pesky pimples in a flash with a combination of salicylic acid, sulfur, and calamine.


    Promising review: "Actually works great. I've applied on areas where it felt like something was growing, like a pimple or sweat beads, and it literally either goes away the next morning or reduces the size significantly. Super excited that I found something that doesn't make me break out and actually works." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.45.

    16. H2O+ Beauty Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream uses a water-gel formula to moisturize even those super duper dry patches of skin.

    Water lily and sea grass extracts help condition and promote your skin's ability to retain moisture, and it also has illuminating pigments for a healthy glow.

    Promising review: "Moisturizes without clogging my pores! I have cystic acne and this is the best moisturizer Ive found — I use it before bed and in the morning to prep my skin before applying primer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $42.

    17. Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is a powder-to-foam exfoliant that uses natural papaya enzymes to break down dead surface skin cells and reveal the silky smooth skin underneath.


    Just start with dry hands, dispense a pre-measured dose of powder, add a bit of water, work into a lather, and then massage onto your face before rinsing everything off!

    Promising review: "This has transformed my skin. Like previous reviewers, I use this in the morning in the shower. It sloughs dead skin off gently, removing impurities and creating a smooth canvas for makeup application. No primer needed! It has cleared up my persistent acne and is starting to fade existing acne scars. Earns MVP!" —kjebeauty

    Get it from Sephora for $60 (available in two sizes).

    18. iS Clinical Active Serum can help renew your complexion, brighten your skin, and more with its combination of pharmaceutical-grade botanicals, including mushroom, bilberry, sugar cane, and white willow bark extracts.

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    Promising review: "HOLY GRAIL of skincare, almost as good as a retinol. Keeps breakouts at bay, heals existing ones. It also assists with smoothing out your complexion — just use it consistently and you will see results." —Paul

    Get it from Amazon for $84 (available in two sizes).

    19. Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser is a classic beauty favorite that dissolves makeup while simultaneously moisturizing your skin.

    Promising review: "I have been using this cold cream a little less than a year, but watched my grandma use it my whole life. It really is a great product and works as it says it does (and as my grandma said it did). It has a light, clean fragrance, it's a great makeup remover and daily wash, it washes off easily, and leaves my skin feeling fresh. I also have sensitive skin, and it does not irritate or break me out. I highly recommend this!" —MsScott

    Get it from Amazon for $5.22.

    20. Nature Republic Real Nature Sheet Masks target different skin concerns (aloe for soothing, honey for radiance, etc.) making them the perfect way to indulge in some easy self-care when your skin really needs a little extra TLC.


    Promising review: "At the price you really can't go wrong. I use one every other night and leave the mask on for about 15 min right before bed and then wake up to softer skin. They improved my fine lines and wrinkles." —VanessaJuliaLutz

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $7.76.

    21. Pixi Glow Tonic is a budget-friendly toner for exfoliating and soothing skin, without drying it out.


    Promising review: "I used to roll my eyes at people making claims like 'I noticed a difference after one use' and thought there's no possible way. But seriously, after ONE USE of this, I actually could see a difference. My breakouts shrunk down and inflammation decreased, my post-acne marks lightened, and my skin overall just looked fresh. This is the only face product I've repurchased in years, and I'm not sure how I survived without it." —Erica

    Get it from Target for $15 (available in two sizes).

    22. New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask can work as a daily acne treatment by using its natural mineral-infused ingredients to gently purify and clean clogged pores.

    Promising review: "This is great! Leaves my face feeling smooth and my pores much smaller. Doesn’t dry out your skin either. Also I have very sensitive skin and there hasn’t been any irritation!" —Kate

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in three scents).

    23. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate works as a nourishing night serum that hydrates skin for a smoother-looking complexion, leading to a radiant morning glow.


    Promising review: "This stuff is magic. I study math all day until I reach a zombified state, at which point my skin looks dull and I swear it radiates a grayish hue. But then I put this on at night as the last step in my regimen before my moisturizer, and I somehow wake up looking like a well-to-do Korean woman. The oil penetrates deep into your skin's surface, and then the tiny oil molecules go all Julian Michaels on your skin cells." —SLC

    Get it from Sephora or Kiehl's for $49 (available in four sizes).

    24. The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion uses a gel-lotion texture infused with pure tea tree oil to provide light hydration for blemish prone skin throughout the night, while also minimizing excess oil.

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    Promising review: "This product worked wonders for me. I've been having bad acne problems for more than two years. I've used everything that my dermatologist told me to use but to no avail. I was about to give up, but after reading up on the reviews about this product, I gave it a try. After three months of using it, my face cleared up — no more scars and no more cystic-like acne." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19 (cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny and PETA certified).

    25. Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence is fragrance-free and uses 93% naturally fermented ingredients that'll help make skin look plumper, brighter, and more hydrated.

    Soko Glam

    This legit feels amazing when tapped/patted into your skin. I'll go with three or more layers usually!

    Promising review: "I have sensitive skin so I'm a bit apprehensive when introducing a new product to my skin, but my skin didn't have a bad reaction with this product. It's light and doesn't feel heavy on my skin. Also, I live in an area with dry weather, and this still kept my skin soft and moisturized." —Tammy

    Get it from Soko Glam for $38.

    26. Dermalogica Age Smart BioLumin-C Serum has vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, making it perfect if you're looking for something to assist you with fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and dullness.

    Promising review: "This serum was recommended to me after my facial by my esthetician. I can honestly tell you this is the best skincare product I have EVER purchased. My skin immediately looks so much smoother and almost 'plumped.' Makeup goes on like a dream and I need less of it because my skin tone has completely evened out and looks ridiculously radiant! Worth every penny; it's a game-changer." —Shlee

    Get it from Ulta or Dermstore for $87 (available in two sizes; cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny and PETA certified).

    27. Son & Park Beauty Water can remove makeup, tone, and gently exfoliate your skin, while also helping with uneven skintone and texture. Some of its lovely extracts include papaya, green tea, rose flower water, and more.

    Promising review: "I am absolutely obsessed with this product. I have very sensitive skin prone to breakouts and it has helped me clear my skin, brighten it, and keep it clean. Looking at the dirty cotton pad after swiping it on my face makes me so happy because I know it is catching everything that my cleanser isn't. It has such a pleasant lychee scent and the beauty water feels refreshing. This is now a permanent fixture in my otherwise constantly-changing skincare routine." —chocominty

    Get it from Sephora for $30.

    28. Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser is great for gently washing away daily makeup and grime, leaving your face feeling healthy and soft.


    For more, read why a BuzzFeeder also loves this cleanser (#2!).

    Promising review: "I have combination skin, which is super sensitive to certain products. I was leery of trying a new cleanser but, figured this one may be gentle enough. Not only is it totally not irritating to my skin, it is significantly improving my skins evenness of tone. I would seriously recommend this to anyone with my kind of skin. It's a life changer." —Heather

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in two sizes).

    29. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum both work to protect your skin against environmental stressors and use AHAs and BHAs to repair dull, uneven skin.


    Promising review (for the night serum): "After a few months of keeping up with it, I have no more breakouts and everything is smooth. I don't even wear foundation or powder anymore — and let me tell you, it is so liberating. A little goes a long way: I just do one pump and spread it around on my face and under my jaw line before bed. Such a great product." —Mrs. Incredible

    Get the C-Firma Day Serum from Sephora for $80 and the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum for $90 (available in two sizes).

    30. Skin1004's Zombie Pack Mask helps minimize fine lines, remove dead skin cells, deeply hydrate, and clear up acne. Plus, you can totally act out The Walking Dead while you have it on!

    Promising review: "I own a salon and have worked in them for 19 years and never in my life have I used or seen something so amazing. I have read all about the Hanacure facial but it is expensive and always on back order. This is the same thing AND IT WORKS. It doesn't smell bad at all. There is a veryyyy slight smell to it but hardly noticeable and not something I'd complain about. This has natural ingredients and boy does it work. It sucked every thing out of my pores and shrunk them and all of the lines on my face are GONE. YES GONE." —Aja Rieger Cooke

    Get it from Amazon for $24.98.

    31. Tarte Deep Sea Collagen Super Serum is made with vegan marine plant collagen, which is used to hydrate your skin and make it look firmer.


    I use this serum almost every day and it always make my face feel so fresh. It plumps and brightens my skin and makes it feel totally rejuvenated. I have oily skin and I can usually get away with using this instead of a moisturizer.

    Promising review: "So amazing, leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth. It smells amazing too." —Elizabeth C

    Get it from Tarte for $39.

    32. Bliss Lemon & Sage Soapy Suds Body Wash works to hydrate and soften your skin with aloe leaf extract and glycerin. Plus, it's 100% vegan.

    Promising review: "Lightly scented lather that rinses clean and leaves skin feeling hydrated. The scent is not obvious 10 minutes after using the product, so you can use your favorite scented body lotions and perfumes without conflicting aromas. Product arrived in perfect condition with pump already in place. Pump works flawlessly. This product would be the perfect addition to a gift basket of self care items." —Scots-Irish Lass (terri)

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two sizes).

    33. TruSkin Vitamin C Serum is a cult-favorite that uses a plant-based formula and antioxidants to help brighten and firm skin and leave you feeling like you just got a professional facial., Amazon

    Read this full review of the serum for more info.

    Promising review: "This product saved my skin. I seldom write reviews but just had to review this product. I’ve been struggling with acne for YEARS. I have very acne-prone skin. I get a new pimple almost every day and it seemed like there was never a time I didn’t have a pimple on my face. Acne leaves super dark blemishes/scars on my face. I’ve tried all different types of moisturizers and cleansers. Nothing worked. However I bought this serum on a whim. Omgggg. Guys. Literally my face stopped flaring within 3 days. I was PIMPLE FREE FOR MORE THAN 48 hours (a new record). Blemishes have faded DRASTICALLY and I have no active breakouts. This hasn’t happened in years. I truly and honestly think it is due to this product. If you are hesitant, don’t be BUY IT!" —Brandon

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    34. InstaNatural Vitamin C Facial Cleanser uses organic and natural ingredients, such as aloe vera, coconut water, and green tea extract, that can result in wrinkle reducing and clearing up breakouts., Amazon

    Promising review: "I love this facial cleanser! It’s gentle enough to use daily but still safely removes any buildup/oil. I have combination oily/dry skin and this product works great for me. It smells great and feels soft and supple against my skin." —Sara Woldai

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

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