Skip To Content

    32 Holy Grail Skincare Products You'll Want To Add To Your Beauty Routine This Year

    Ready, set, glow!

    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. This tube of rich moisturizer that'll give your skin the hydration it needs. It’ll soothe irritated skin, so you can use it after shaving — and it can double as a primer or face mask, too. It has a light scent and is suited for all skin types.

    A tube of moisturizer lying on a bunch of small folded boxes
    @embryolisseusa / Via instagram.com

    Get it from Skinstore or $22.88.

    2. This container Mario Badescu silver powder that'll deep clean your clogged pores. It's made with a blend of calcium carbonate, kaolin clay, and zinc oxide to absorb excess oil and draws out impurities.

    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    "There's a slight tingly sensation as the product dries on the skin, but I didn't notice any irritation or reaction at all. My skin felt velvety soft, and my pores looked almost invisible, not to mention clean as a whistle. Application might be a tiny bit messy (I looked like I was covered in icing sugar about three minutes in), but it's 100% worth it." —Victoria Kuglin

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Mario Badescu Silver Powder (#3 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.70.

    3. This bottle of hyaluronic acid that'll give your moisturizer an extra boost by helping your skin absorb more water. Apply it before your moisturizer and give it a couple seconds to sink in, then follow up with your regular face cream.

    A small bottle of serum on a plain background
    @deciem / Via instagram.com

    Get it for $6.80 from Sephora Canada or $10.44 from SkinStore.

    4. This dual-ended jade facial roller that'll release all the tension from your face and promote relaxation. The textured end will exfoliate and tone your skin while the smooth end will calm your skin and reduce puffiness under your eyes.

    A person placing a jade facial roller against their cheek
    @provinceapothecary / Via instagram.com

    And if you put it in the fridge to cool, it'll make your skin absorb beauty products better.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $44.

    5. This Garnier sheet mask that'll keep your skin hydrated as heck, because it's packed with half a bottle of serum. It's also incredibly gentle, so it can be used on almost all skin types.

    @garniercan / Via instagram.com, Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    The mask contains hyaluronic acid, which is an impressive molecule that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water.

    I have oily/combination skin, so my cheeks and chin tend to be drier than the T-zone. Even after I remove the mask, there is so much product left on my skin and in the package that I use it the excess serum on my neck. I can immediately see brighter, smoother, and more hydrated skin after just 15 minutes on my face.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for for $2.79+ (as an add-on item). Available in nine scents.

    6. This Foreo Luna Mini 2 that'll cleanse your skin in 60 seconds with gentle pulsations (instead of intense scrubbing). The silicone bristles will also help exfoliate your skin, giving you a mini massage in the process.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    "Did I mention it's TOTALLY WATERPROOF?! Yep, you can use this in the shower and not worry about anything happening to it at all! My skin feels softer and (with the help of all my favorite products) clearer than ever. It changed the life of this girl with acne-prone, super sensitive skin, and it just might change yours, too!" —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Foreo Luna Mini 2.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $159+. Available in five colours.

    7. This bottle of face mist that'll hydrate and refresh your skin. You can use them before or after you apply makeup to give your skin a little pick-me-up.

    Three bottles of facial spray in a row
    @mariobadescu / Via instagram.com

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $11+. Available in two sizes and with green tea or lavender.

    8. A mud mask that'll help detox your skin and calm it down when it's breaking out. It contains kaolin clay that will help absorb excess oil on the surface of your skin, along with sea salt, ginseng, and aloe vera to balance out moisture levels.

    Seven tubes of face mask in a V-shaped row
    @pixibeauty / Via instagram.com

    Get it from SkinStore for $31.46.

    9. A soothing moisturizer for anyone with really dry skin. It's packed with oatmeal, shea butter and eucalyptus oil to hydrate skin and ceramides that'll help protect your skin from the elements. And it's so gentle, you can use it anywhere on your body to calm irritated skin.

    Four tubs of moisturizer on a plain background Two are open and filled to the top and two are closed and lying on their backs
    @firstaidbeauty / Via instagram.com

    Get it for $21+ from Sephora Canada (available in two sizes) and $51.48 from SkinStore.

    10. This face mask that'll gently exfoliate and hydrate your skin overnight, so you wake up with brighter and softer skin. Reviewers say that it improved the texture of their skin and worked wonders on dry spots.

    A small glass jar with a sleeping face mask pouring over the side
    @glowrecipe / Via instagram.com

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $29+. Available in two sizes.

    11. This tube of lip balm that'll react to the PH level of your skin and tint your kissers a unique shade of peachy pink. And it's still really hydrating thanks to vitamin E, shea butter, and sunflower oil.

    BuzzFeed's Crystal Ro showing the before/after using the lipstick. The after pic shows pinker, more hydrated lips.
    Crystal Ro / BuzzFeed

    "I legitimately thought it was just a lip balm — mostly because the yellow looked…waxy? When applied, the color turns out a pretty, shimmery, pink. It’s not too thick, in fact it's quite sheer, so it could easily be worn as an everyday lipstick. However, if you apply a few coats it definitely gets stronger, so if that’s more your ~look~ I say go for it!" —Crystal Ro

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Lipstick Queen balm (#26 on the list).

    Get it from SkinStore for $37.75.

    12. This game-changing face mask that'll treat all those pesky skin issues like acne and blackheads. Clay masks are a great way to detox your skin, and this one uses bentonite clay to deep clean your pores.

    Alice Prendergast/BuzzFeed, BuzzFeed / Via buzzfeed.com

    "Using it is simple: you mix the powdery clay with equal parts water or apple cider vinegar (I like to do a combo of the two), and apply it to your face as you would any other face mask. When this stuff starts to dry you are in for an experience. It freezes your face in place and tightens up every pore, and makes you seriously look like a lizard queen (see above photo for reference). I’ll be honest with you, the feeling is not that pleasant, but hold on – the end result is worth it. You can also just do spot treatments if you don't want to cover your whole face." —Alice Prendergast

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.99.

    13. This facial steamer that'll add moisture to your dry skin, increase blood circulation, and reduce congestion. The steam will open your pores to allow for a deeper penetration of your skincare products later on.

    A person leaning toward a small steaming machine on the table in front of them
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    The steamer comes with a five-piece extractor kit and a hair band.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $49.99.

    14. This bottle of facial oil that'll give you a dewy summer glow all year long. It'll sink into your skin quickly, so even people with oily skin (it me) can use it every day, without feeling greasy.

    @biossance / Via instagram.com, Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $95.

    15. This vegan facial scrub that'll help naturally brighten your skin as it gently removes dead skin and encourages cell growth. It's inspired by the ocean, and will soften your skin with its natural blend of sea kelp and green clay.

    A tube of facial scrub with a small swatch of the product beside it
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    It's suited for all skin types who are looking for an extra dose of ~vitamin sea!~

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $18.98.

    16. This jar of rich gel cream that’s packed with hyaluronic acid to give your dry skin the hydration it needs. It’s an oil-free formula, making it a great moisturizer for all skin types.

    @neutrogena / Via instagram.com, Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed

    "I typically get dry patches of skin on my forehead and nose year-round, but if I am diligent about applying this gel-cream, they go away rather quickly. It also makes my face look bright and glow-y, and I feel radiant on the days when I'm secretly dead-exhausted. And because I tend to deal with dry skin throughout the entire year — even in the summer — I plan to keep this in my regimen." —Kayla Suazo

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizer.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.81+.

    17. This facial roller that'll render your blotting sheets obsolete. The volcanic stone will help absorb excess oils on your skin, leaving you with a flawless matte finish. Plus, the rolling action will give your face a mini massage, which is always a bonus.

    A person rolls the facial roller over their face, leaving it looking smooth and oil-free
    @revlon / Via instagram.com

    When you're ready to clean it, pull out the stone and wash with a cleanser. Let it air dry before you pop it back in.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.99.

    18. This bottle of vitamin C serum that'll banish your dark spots once and for all. It also has PHAs to even out your complexion and hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate your skin, so you won't have to layer other serums on top.

    A bottle of face serum on a wooden table with a stack of folded blankets behind it
    @olehenrikson / Via instagram.com

    This serum is pretty potent (it has 15% vitamin C), so you should definitely patch test before applying to your face.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $86.

    19. These acne patches that'll treat even the largest pimples overnight, so you'll wake up with clearer skin. They're lined with hydrocolloid to help draw out oil and bacteria, without irritating your skin.

    A person wearing a small acne patch on their cheek
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Get two packs from Amazon Canada for $13.45.

    20. An exfoliating face peel that'll gently remove dead skin cells from your face, without irritating it. Reviewers like using this as an alternative to physical exfoliants, which can be a little rougher on skin.

    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    "I try to exfoliate my skin a couple times a week and this peel is the easiest and gentlest way to do it. I just rub it onto my skin in circular motions and watch as it lifts all the dead skin from my face. It takes less than a minute to work and my skin feels so smooth afterwards. It’s kind of gross and also really satisfying to watch. I've been using it for a couple years now and it's completely changed the texture of my skin." —Kaysey Davis.

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of The Body Shop's Drops of Youth Liquid Peel (#2 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $25.

    21. A bottle of super-gentle micellar water that'll dissolve and remove all the dirt, oil, and makeup on your skin without having to rub aggressively or prep with a cleansing oil. Plus it's alcohol free, so it won't leave your skin feeling tight or dry.

    Three bottles of micellar water floating in water
    @garnierusa / Via instagram.com

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $6.29 (as an add-on item).

    22. This bottle of Aveeno moisturizer that's packed with SPF to protect it from harmful UV rays. It’s an oil-free formula that won't clog your pores and it's suitable for all skin types, especially for anyone looking for a lightweight, daily moisturizer.

    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    "I started using this moisturizer in my teens, when my skin would freak out at the drop of a hat. It smells great and absorbs right into the skin, so you're never left with a greasy or tacky feeling on your face. Even though I sometimes change up my moisturizer, I inevitably come back to this one, and within a week, my skin always (ALWAYS) looks good enough that I feel confident going makeup free." —Victoria Kuglin

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cream (#11 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.54.

    23. This bottle of alcohol-free toner by Kiehl's that'll help prep your skin before you apply your moisturizer. If you have dry, sensitive skin, it'll help soothe redness and irritation with a healthy dose of calm and refreshing cucumber extract.

    Bek O'Connell

    "I have pretty finicky skin so I've been on the hunt for a toner for a while. After some trial and error, I found a toner so mild, even my dry and very sensitive skin likes it. It leaves my face feeling refreshed and soothed. I like to put this in a glass spray bottle and give my face a spritz after washing it 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

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal Alcohol-Free Toner (#21 on the list).

    Get it from Kiehl's Canada for $25.

    24. These face brushes that'll gently, but effectively cleanse your skin. The soft bristles will help remove dead skin, without irritating your face, and it has a little handle on the back that'll make it easy to hold it when it's wet.

    A person holding a flat silicone face brush
    Amazon / Via amazon.ca

    Reviewers say they're a great way to exfoliate their skin without irritating it.

    Get a pack of four from Amazon Canada for $10.99.

    25. This nightly face mask that'll sink into your skin, leaving it look plump, hydrated, and glowy as heck. It absorbs very quickly, so you can use it right before you go to bed, without worrying about it rubbing off on your pillow.

    Sephora / Via sephora.com

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $34+. Available in two sizes.

    26. These gilded eye masks that'll give your under-eyes a little TLC. They're packed with powerhouse ingredients like vitamin C, rose oil, and hyaluronic acid that’ll help reduce fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness in 15 minutes.

    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed, @graceandstella / Via instagram.com

    "I am never not tired, so I am a sucker for any product that helps wake me. These are a great alternative to holding cold spoons under your eyes and are a treat for your skin. When I peel off them off, my under-eye area feels moisturized and plump. They actually stay in place pretty well, so I don't have to be fully horizontal for twenty minutes while they work their magic." —Alice Prendergast

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of Grace & Stella Anti-Wrinkle + Energizing Gold Collagen Eye Masks (#1 on the list).

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon Canada for $24.

    27. This Laneige skincare set that'll keep your skin hydrated as heck. You'll get a full-sized moisturizer, along with a mini-sized essence and sleeping mask, so you can try them out before deciding which ones you want to keep using.

    A small bottle of essence, a container of moisturizer, and a small container with a sleeping mask next to a box they came in
    Sephora / Via sephora.com

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $51 (originally $56).

    28. This organic body scrub that'll reenergize your skin and soul with a blend of Arabica coffee, sweet almond oil, and vitamin E. You'll fall in love with the grainy texture and intoxicating scent of this exfoliant, and it's gentle enough to use anywhere on your body.

    A bag of coffee body scrub lying half open on a table with coffee beans mixed in
    @basdbodycare / Via instagram.com

    This body scrub can get a little messy, but the combination of coffee and mint is so nice that I couldn't stop using it. It has a gritty texture that exfoliates my skin without being too harsh. I also really like that I can use it on my entire body. It's made with natural ingredients, so I can use it on my face without worrying about it irritating my skin.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.99. Available in two scents.

    29. This tube of Fenty Beauty lip gloss that'll make your lips shine bright like a diamond. You can wear it alone or swipe it over your favourite lippie to create a colourful and shiny lewk.

    A person puckering their lips and holding up a tube of lip gloss
    Rachel Dunkel

    "This is absolutely my go-to lipgloss. Its formula doesn't feel heavy and gloopy like most high-shine glosses, and it doesn't leave my lips feeling tacky at all. I have the color 'Diamond Milk' (which is described as a shimmering pearl) and wear it by itself for a more "natural" look (by gloss standards)." —Rachel Dunkel

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Fenty Beauty (#14 on the list).

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $25. Available in six shades.

    30. This ice roller that'll work quickly to reduce puffiness, promote blood circulation, and alleviate migraines. You can keep the roller head in the freezer so it’s always ready to go, or just pop it in for 15 minutes before you’re ready to use it.

    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

    "It's great for cooling down when it feels like a sauna outside, it helps wake me up in the morning, and it saves me when I have a migraine. Unlike jade and quartz rollers, the roll-y part is made of gel, so when you pop it in the freezer it actually gets cold and stays cold for a loooooong time. It's also a lot larger than those doodads, so you can cover larger parts of your body, like your thighs and stomach (not just your under-eye area)." —Alice Prendergast

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Latme Ice Roller (#3 on the list).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.97+. Available in six colours.

    31. These Kiehl's gel sheet masks that are a relaxing and quick way to give your skin an extra boost of moisture. They're soaked in a nourishing blend of coconut and cold-pressed oils and come in two pieces, making them easier to apply and more comfortable to wear.

    A couple of sheet masks on a pile of clothes
    Kiehl's / Via kiehls.ca

    Get a pack of four from Kiehl's Canada for $45.

    32. And finally, this cult-favourite moisturizer that's loaded with a ton of plant-based ingredients like calendula, chamomile, and beeswax to nourish skin. The formula is incredibly rich and can be used as daily moisturizer for your face and body.

    A person squeezing cream from a tube into their hand
    @weleda_usa / Via instagram.com

    Some reviewers noted this moisturizer can be a little fragrant, so people with sensitive skin should definitely perform a patch test before using regularly.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $23.08.

    You @ yourself:

    VH1

    Looking for more great Canadian shopping deals? Check out these home organization products, the best planners for 2021, and cleaning products for your home.