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    30 Skincare Products That'll Make You Feel Like You Spent Way More Than You Actually Did

    Under $25 for spa-level luxury? Yes puuuhleaaase.

    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. I Dew Care Sugar Kitten Mask comes formulated with hyaluronic acid to douse your skin with hydration so you can shine bright like the diamond you are.

    Model wearing the shimmery mask while talking on the phone

    PLUS IT'S SHINY AND SHIMMERY! What more could you want?!

    Promising review: "I really, really like this mask. When you apply the mask to your face it looks like shimmering pearls. What I really like about the product is that it is a peel-off mask. Depending on how thickly you put the product on your face it only takes 20-30 minutes to dry. That sounds like a long time but it is worth the wait. When you peel this off your face and then do a final rinse your face feels and looks wonderful. I then follow with a moisturizer (that's just me). I use this product once a week. I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants younger- and better-looking skin." —Grandma Fran

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    2. Versed Just Breathe Clarifying Serum addresses stressed skin and breakouts caused from excess pore-clogging sebum. This gentle formula is made with a zinc blend, willow bark extract, and niacinamide to calm inflammation, redness, and congested pores.

    The dropper from the bottle with a bit of serum coming out and falling into the bottle

    Promising review: "I’ve been putting this on every morning that I’ll be at work or out of the house to prevent breakouts from wearing a mask. Even in the hottest depths of heck (summer in the south) not a single bump or zit popped up after I started using this. I’m all about prevention rather than trying to get rid of problem skin after the fact and this does the trick! Maskne? What maskne?" —Diandrae

    Get it from Versed for $19.99.

    3. Tarte Shimmertime Body Oil hydrates skin with its macadamia seed, safflower seed, and sweet almond oils — *and* adds a touch of sparkle. It's like magic in the bottle.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product. It smells amazing and definitely has a glitter look to it. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and silky, not oily." —Jennifer D

    Get it from Tarte for $22.

    4. Good Juju Herbal Scrub gently exfoliates aways impurities, while being soft enough to use on your face. Formulated with high antioxidant oils, primrose oil, and calendula petals, this exfoliant works delicately on sensitive skin.

    Person pouring out the scrub into their hands
    Three Region Photography / Good Juju

    Good Juju is a woman-owned company on a mission to provide actually natural skincare products free of compounds and unnecessary chemicals, so be sure to check out the rest of its heavenly products.

    Promising review: "Skin feels amazing after using this! I’ve tried a few different exfoliating scrubs over the years and this by far is above them all. Can’t wait to be 100 years old looking 30 because of this!" —Kayla Bynum

    Get it from Good Juju for $22.

    5. Cocokind Tumeric Spot Treatment comes packed with *just* five organic ingredients known to rid skin of acne-causing bacteria, so you can feel just as good about what you're putting on your skin as your skin feels.

    The spot treatment in a tube that looks like a Chapstick tube on top of a pile of tumeric and other ingredients
    Free People

    Promising review: "This treatment works like a charm! I have struggled with pigmentation and breakouts, and I tried product after product. I've noticed evening of my skin tone and texture for the first time since I started using this regularly! Minimizes bumps and breakouts almost instantly! I've recommended this to all my friends who love it just as much!" —fpSaraNJ

    Get it from Free People for $8.99 or Amazon for $10.95.

    6. Glossier Solution Exfoliating Skin Perfector does exactly that — gently exfoliates skin, reduces redness and large pores, and targets blackheads and acne. Instead of simply exfoliating the surface, this solution actually removes dead skin to reveal a fresh complexion within weeks of use.


    Promising review: "I have been struggling with acne for as long as I can remember and Solution has SAVED my skin. Haven't had a pimple since I started using this last month. My usually oily skin has been so soft and glowing and my years of acne scars are vanishing. 100% worth every penny." —MRB

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    We *also* love solution — learn why several BuzzFeed writers love it in Here's Why The Mega-Popular Glossier Solution Is Totally Worth Your Money.

    7. Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer glides onto skin like silk (trust me on this), creating the perfect canvas for the rest of your makeup.

    K-Beauty brand Touch In Sol's "No Poreblem Primer

    I loooooooove this magical potion of primer-y goodness. A little goes such a long way, and the second it's spread out across my skin, my face feels like silk. It evens everything out so makeup goes on flawlessly.

    Promising review: "As someone with dry skin, I have struggled to find a pore-filling primer that works for me. This goes on smoothly, smells nice, and doesn't dry out my face further or sit on top and add texture. The areas I apply it to look smoother!" —Ariana1975

    Get it from Sephora for $18.

    8. Radha Beauty Rosehip Oil tackles (and DEFEATS!!!) your skin's biggest frustrations: Dryness, flakiness, redness, breakouts — you name it. They don't stand a chance when ~faced~ with this.

    Promising review: "I was in desperate need of something to help my skin because I was breaking out like crazy (graduating college senior moving between three different states during this global pandemic-what can I say?😂) I started using this and noticed my skin was breaking out a little bit. My first thought, 'Great. Another product that didn’t work for me.' But, I was committed to seeing if it was just going to get worse before it gets better. I was right. I have been using this religiously for a month straight at night and I have seen my hormonal acne improved drastically. Don’t be afraid if your skin gets a little worse like mine did. It was just hidden potential." —Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    Read our complete write-up on this Radha Rosehip Oil!

    9. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizers gives you that just dumped your head into a bucket of soft, silky water — if that's even a thing kinda feeling. It's truly heaven-sent for overly dry, flaky skin.

    Neutrogena's Hydro Boost moisturizer in gel cream and water gel options

    I. Swear. By. This. Stuff. Seriously, read my entire review on it if you want to hear more. And it's not just me, it has over 10,600 positive reviews on Amazon!

    Promising review: "Neutrogena Hydro Boost is nothing short of miraculous. I've never been more pleased with a facial moisturizer. I was impressed with how smoothly it went on and how it's completely invisible. Even better, my skin didn't feel tight or coated. Then the miracle: A couple of hours later, I looked in the mirror, and surprise, no dry, flaky skin. I assumed it just hadn't had time to get back to its dry condition, but this morning it still looks as smooth as it does in the summertime." —robynseggblue

    Also! There are two kinds: A gel cream suitable for extra dry skin, and the water gel for moderately dry skin.

    Get the gel-cream for 16.40 and the water cream for 15.63, both from Amazon for $15.80.

    10. The Ordinary High Strength Vitamin Formula is created with 10% niacinamide to target discoloration and belmishes, and 1% zinc for regulating sebum production. Honestly, you won't believe what power you can get from this $6 bottle of wonders.

    Bottle of the formula balanced on a large crystal

    Promising review: "I noticed a big difference in my skin ever since the first time I used it. It truest helps with acne scarring, evening out skin tones, and much more. Also I have very sensitive acne-probe skin and it definitely helped with all of that. I would definitely recommend anyone to this product." —Kaylee

    Get it from Skinstore for $6.40.

    11. Tend Skin Liquid Solution frees your skin from irritating razor burn, ingrown hairs, and rashes. Apply after shaving, waxing, or laser treatments, it's that simple!

    Before/after pic of reviewer's armpits with significant razor burn and bumps. The after photo shows smooth skin with no bumps or irritation.

    Promising review: "This product has worked GREAT on my armpits where I had big, painful, gross, inflamed and embarrassing hair follicles for YEARS! I use a dollar shave razor now, changed every couple of weeks with Tend Skin after every shower and before deodorant. Miracles!" —A User

    Get it from Amazon for $14.02.

    12. Witty Rose Quartz Roller and Sculpt Tool helps tighten skin and reduce puffiness so you can skip the expensive spa trip and give yourself the ultimate facial at home.

    Reviewer image of the roller styled on a marble counter

    Promising review: " I have used it consistently for two weeks, and even had my husband use it. It has held up. The roller's most useful benefit IMHO is the fantastic way it distributes products! My face serum usage is easily halved. Without it absorbing into my skin of my fingers during application, it will be saving me a lot of money. After storing it in the fridge, I noticed how it reduced slight swelling and general puffiness. I liked it so well I bought another in the jade color." —A. Olsen

    Get it from Amazon for $20.97 (also available in green).

    13. Truly Dew You Love Me Jelly Face Mask combines retinyl, vitamin C, glitter, and a little love to give your skin a TLC refresh.


    Promising review: "I just started using this, but I'm already blown away by the results. It hydrates my face without making my skin feel or look oily — I have gone all winter long without any dry patches because of this! I am one super happy user!!!!" —Steffy

    Get it from Truly for $19.

    14. Mario Badescu Rosewater and Green Tea Facial Spray Duo wakes up and refreshes skin with a healthy dose of calming ingredients that smell just as good as you feel.

    Two bottles: one of the cucumber, aloe, and green tea spray and one of the herbs and rosewater

    Promising review: "I’m so surprised at the effect this has had on my skin. The two are similar but I’ve been using the green spray after the shower or whenever I need to feel cooled down (it’s in my bag at work for a refresher, etc.) and I’ve been using the rose spray to set my makeup and in place of toner if I forego my typical toner. I have absolutely noticed softer skin in just a few days, which I am so surprised about!" —Jennifer Jacob-Freese

    Get the set from Amazon for $14+ (available in two sizes).

    Read a BuzzFeed editor's review on the rosewater spray (#1)!

    15. Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser you can use on dry skin as a makeup remover, or on wet skin as a hydrating face wash. Either way, sorry to your other skincare products that'll never see the light of day after you bring this baby home.


    Promising review: "Love this stuff so much! Since I have sensitive skin, it's always been hard for me to find a good cleanser. But this stuff is awesome. It's so gentle and feels so nice when you massage it into your skin. Its texture is amazing and better than any other gel cleanser I've tried. I can tell that my skin has improved after using this stuff. A bonus is the subtle rose smell, which is thankfully not from any artificial fragrance. This cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin." —glitter

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

    16. Versed Weekend Glow Daily Brightening Solution — surprise! — brightens skin thanks to its four-acid formula like kojic and azelaic acid, AHAs, and bearberry extract. This sunny bottle of magic targets dark spots, post-acne marks, and uneven skin tone.

    Bottle of the Brightening Solution with a press-down pump

    Promising review: "I purchased this a couple of weeks ago and swear I can already see results. I'm not a skincare junkie – I generally have a hard time sticking with any skincare regimen because it feels over-complicated and not worth it. I genuinely feel like this is brightening my skin a bit and I enjoy using it. Really enjoy the push pump feature instead of having to turn the bottle upside down, too." —Moxmoxmox

    Get it from Versed for $17.99.

    17. Elizavecca Milky Detoxifying Clay Mask foams up for possibly the most hilariously satisfying spa session. It helps reduce the appearance of blackheads *and* gives ya a good laugh. What more could you want from a mask?!

    This mask works best when applied with an applicator as water, oil, and air can begin the foaming process and ruin the mask.

    Promising review: "Literally made my boyfriend's blackheads disappear! Made our faces feel so clean. I'm a mask junkie and have gotten masks from all the top brands both drugstore, Lush, and Sephora or Ulta. This is one of my new favorites! Also so much fun to watch it bubbles up, feels like a spa treatment." —Katie Mitchell

    Get it from Amazon for $8.86.

    18. Sephora Collection's Makeup Wipe assortment has tons of different types of wipes each designed with a special benefit (like cleansing or exfoliating) so hopefully you can go to bed with a refreshed face, and not an overly irritated one.

    A variety of Sephora's makeup wipes stylized on a bright table with fake fruits

    Here's what some of the wipes claim to do:

    • Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes: Cleanse while soothing, relaxing, and softening.

    • Rose Cleansing Wipes: Cleanse while brightening and providing ultra-hydration.

    • Yuzu Cleansing Wipes: Cleanse while revitalizing and toning.

    • Green Tea Exfoliating Wipes: Matiffy and fight the appearance of blemishes while cleansing.

    • Charcoal Exfoliating Wipes: Purify and detoxify with charcoal, which draws out impurities and pollutants like a magnet.

    Promising review: "The coconut water wipes are AMAZING! I was hesitant to try them at first because they are a little more $ than the regular drugstore brand wipes, but I fell in LOVE! Soothing and hydrating for my sensitive skin, and the smell is pleasant but not overwhelming. It gets all my make up off with no oily residue! Completely worth the money you pay for them! I will never use another brand again!" —LaceyPDX

    Get them for Sephora for $8 each (available 10 six types and two sizes).

    19. Biossance Squalane and Rose Lip Balm is made with hyaluronic acid to moisturize, ceramides and squalane for protection from environmental aggressors, and wakame algae to plump up the appearance of lips. This = everything you'd want in a wintertime balm.


    Promising review: "It's really hydrating and gives you a very subtle plump. I saw changes in my chapped lips the very next day." —Maytheli M.

    Get it from Biossance for $18.

    20. Dermal's Sheet Masks are packed with a variety of ingredients, like collagen and vitamin E, that skin can't get enough of. And this set comes with 16 (!!) masks, so you'll be set for some much needed R and R.

    The sixteen masks next to one another showing the different scents and types

    Promising review: "I bought these to send to my daughter as part of a care package. I tried one and they are amazing. They make your skin texture noticeably smoother and hydrated. This is not a fake review, I am just a random 45-year-old mom." —Nina B

    Get a set of 16 from Amazon for $9.94.

    21. Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner is a super mild, non-drying option that even the most sensitive skin will love — whether you pat it on or use a bottle to give yourself a spritz, it's super refreshing.

    Bek O'Connell

    "I have pretty finicky skin so I've been on the hunt for a toner for a while. Originally I was using Mario Badescu's Rose Facial Spray, but eventually my skin decided it didn't like it, leaving me with big blotchy redness. After some trial and error, I found a toner so mild, even my dry and very sensitive skin likes it. Kiehl's calls their Cucumber Herbal Toner the 'mildest of all our toners,' and I can definitely believe that.

    "This calming and gentle solution leaves my face feeling refreshed and soothed. This toner is non-drying, alcohol-free, and has just a hint of a cucumber smell. I like to put this in a glass spray bottle and give my face a spritz after washing my face in the morning and at night. If you have dry, sensitive skin and need a good toner, this is a great option!" —Bek O'Connell

    Get it from Sephora for $20

    22. The Saem Iceland Hydrating Eye Stick instantly cools your under eyes, boosting circulation to reduce puffiness instantly and ~chill~ down any discoloration. It's like a mini arctic vacation in just one swipe.

    Two Saem ice stick with a lid that looks like a polar bear

    Promising review: "Holy cow. I was not expecting something so simple to be so amazing. I read another reviewers comment about how they kept theirs in the fridge and tried this as well before trying it. After cleansing my face, I took this out and rubbed some under my eyes and it was the most cooling and refreshing feeling! Not only that, but the next day I visibly noticed lightening of my dark circles and the skin under my eyes looked brighter and well-moisturized. I really enjoyed the scent of this as well and will definitely keep using this in the future because I actually look forward to taking my makeup off and using this every day!" —Amelia

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    23. La Roche-Posay Gel Acne Cleanser is a salicylic acid formula that will STRONGLY encourage breakouts and excess oil to ~clear out~. In fact, they won't really have a choice.,

    It's gentle enough to use twice a day — and specifically works to target and control oil, and then treat blackheads and breakouts so their skin is left clear, clear, and clear.

    Promising review: "I was lucky enough to have clear skin in high school so I never understood how awful acne really is. When I was about 21-22 years old, I switched to a birth control implant, and that thing wreaked havoc on my entire life. I suddenly had horrible cystic acne. Not only did it make me self conscious and uncomfortable, but it was actually so painful — laying on my pillow hurt my face! To top it all off, my skin was also dry, and irritated. I tried every skin care line on the market for about two to three years, with no, or very little, results. Finally, I found La Roche-Posays skin care products. Within four days, the inflammation decreased, the redness was fading, and my skin felt less dry. By two weeks, my skin was practically clear! I have been using this product for about four to five years now, and I haven't had a single outbreak, EXCEPT for the time I wanted to try a different product to save money. Huge mistake, one I will not make again." —LadyHawke

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    24. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion has salicylic acid, calamine, and other quick-drying ingredients for shrinking ugly whiteheads virtually overnight, meaning it'll be a bathroom cabinet staple for years to come.

    Bottle of the drying lotion with the contents spread out and styled on a table

    Promising review: "It’s cruelty-free and gets rid of my whiteheads overnight and it doesn’t dry my skin out too much, just enough to get rid of those pesky period zits." —Gaunkle

    Get it from Amazon for $17.

    25. Frank Body Peppermint Coffee Body Scrub is great for a post-workout exfoliation so you don't have to ~sweat~ over unwanted breakouts. It's packed with natural and anti-bacterial ingredients to give your skin a ridiculously fresh feeling.

    Model using scrub on shoulders and arms
    Frank Body

    Promising review: "I adore this scrub, it feels so fresh and clean after I’ve been to the gym, and it makes my skin softer than ever. I’ve been using other scrubs for years and this one is my favourite by far!" —Miss w.

    Get it from Frank Body for $18.95.

    26. Aveeno MaxGlow Peel Off Exfoliating Face Mask lifts up dead, built-up skin so your complexion looks brighter. I mean, amazing results aside, this just seems fun to use:,

    Promising review: "I can't believe how well it works. Makes my skin look fantastic! Follow the directions! Wash your face first, apply fairly thick, and LET IT DRY. It pulls right off for me." —Bill

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97.

    27. Bawdy Butt Masks offer up a range of benefits. You can select between four masks so whether you want to hydrate, tone, detoxify, or rejuvenate, there is something here for your sweet cheeks.

    Hand holding up the Bite It butt mask for hydrating and toning

    They're available in four varieties:

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

    * Squeeze It (brightening & rejuvenating with citrus)

    * Shake It (firming & illuminating with marine algae)

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

    Get them from Amazon for $9.95 each.

    28. Laneige Sleeping Mask is made just for your lips, which I know could use some backup as they face the wrath of this upcoming winter and its unforgiving, frigid winds.

    Model applying the mask onto lips with a mask applicator

    All you have to do is apply a bit of this before you hit the sheets, and the moisturizing ingredients will do the rest of the work as you sleep.

    Promising review: "I love this lip mask! I have always struggled to find a lip product that would keep my severely dry lips at bay and this is the product! I have been using this for the past few weeks and I have never had such plush smooth lips. I wear it at night and sometimes during the day depending on what I am doing. If you struggle with dry lips, I highly recommend you give this a try." —Holly2176

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

    29. Colonial Dames Vitamin E Cream a BuzzFeed reader swears by because her mom used it her entire life, and now she does too <3. It moisturizes and helps smooth out fine lines and wrinkles to give you glowing, radiant skin.


    Promising review: "Colonial Dámes Vitamin E cream. My mom has been using it FOREVER and her skin looks amazing, even at 60. I swear this is her secret. It’s this luxurious, thick cream that is great for applying just before bed, and I’ve started using it regularly myself. I’ve never heard of it from anyone else other than her, and she’s ecstatic that she can now buy it on Amazon!" —mirandaheaney

    See more things our readers recommend in: Incredible Products People Love And Swear By Because Their Parents Used Them

    Get it from Amazon for $8.25.

    30. Noxzema Deep Cleansing Cream rejuvenates skin and removes the day's built-up dirt and grease while also leaving your face soft and hydrated.

    A jar of the Noxzema cleansing cream in an in cube

    Promising review: "My mom had the most beautiful clear, soft skin. She used original Noxzema every day since she was a teenager in the '70s. When I was a teenager I tried all the trendy face washes and acne products, but now in my thirties I use original Noxzema and it smells like my mom. She passed away seven years ago so it's partly ritualistic I'm sure, but I will use it every day until they stop making it." —katiedwm

    Get it from Target for $3.99.

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