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    43 Things For Anyone Who’s Tired Of Anti-Climactic Skincare Products

    These products actually live up to the hype.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. 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. Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub says "buh-bye" to dirt and oil, with sea kelp and French green clay to soften and detox your skin without removing all the moisture.

    A reviewer's face  in a before/ after with reduced acne, redness, and more glowing skin

    2. Glossier Solution is an easy-to-use exfoliant chockfull of promising acids (AHA, BHA, and PHA, oh my!) that reduce acne and dark spots, brighten, improve skin tone and texture, unclog pores, exfoliate, and reduce signs of stress. Like, that's a lot of stuff.

    A before/after of a model with reduced acne and more glowing skin

    3. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen (SPF 40) protects your precious face from harmful UV rays — without ever feeling greasy or leaving a white cast. *And* it protects against blue light too.

    Author holding the tube and showing a tab of the clear sunscreen's texture

    4. *Or* Black Girl Sunscreen (SPF 30) is made by women of color and designed to dry completely clear so you can get the sun protection you need without the chalky white cast you don't. Plus it contains jojoba and avocado to soothe and moisturize — talk about a multitasker.

    Hands applying some of the sunscreen from the tube

    5. Miznon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule harnesses all the moisturizing properties of the snail — with none of the s l o w n e s s. It has a super-concentrated 80% snail mucus for a powerful to improve your skin's texture, appearance, and elasticity.

    A reviewer's forehead in two images: on top with more pronounced wrinkles, on the bottom with reduced lines

    6. Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant (all of your favorite skincare TikTokers swear by it) unclogs pores, banishes dead skin cells, and evens out skin tone. It even works on my very allergy-prone sensitive skin. A whopping 70 reviewers used the word "miracle."

    A reviewer's skin before and after use, with reduced texture, acne, and redness after with five stars and text "bad texture and dull skin, you need this"

    7. Bolden Overnight Spa Treatment works overnight to stop pimples in their tracks. Just dot it on as needed and the sulfur formula kills bacteria and exfoliates to hasten the zit's imminent demise.

    The dropper bottle

    8. La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume Soothing Repairing Balm is your new BFF if you've ever dealt with irritated skin. Over-exfoliated your face? Got a peel but went too far? Skin way too dry and nothing is helping? Tried a new mask that did *not* turn out well? This balm has your back.

    A smear of the cream with info about the ingredients that's matte, reduced the appearance of dry skin

    9. Biossance 100% Squalene Oil is plant-based and delivers instant hydration, reducing redness and irritation and leaving skin incredibly soft to the touch. If you're looking to try oils but don't want something too heavy, this is a great option.

    Hands pumping the bottle of oil

    10. CeraVe Retinol Serum is a great retinol option to try if you haven't gotten into it yet or are worried about irritating your skin — this gentle but effective serum lives up to the CeraVe name and uses *encapsulated* retinol to reduce the appearance of scars and pores without flaking or redness.

    A reviewer's before/after with reduced texture and scarring

    11. Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum has over 1,000 reviews touting its ability to give that crystal clear mythical "glass skin" with powerhouse actives like niacinamide (a personal favorite) and hyaluronic acid, and frankly delicious-sounding ingredients like peach and East Asian mountain yam.

    12. Schick Silk Touch-Up Multipurpose Tool not only shapes eyebrows and trims/removes facial hairs, but it also exfoliates skin as a dermaplane (have you watched as many dermaplane facial vids as I have??) to reveal soft, glowy skin free of those dead skin cells that were just hanging around.

    A reviewer showing how much peach fuzz it removed with glowing skin after

    13. Golde Clean Greens Face Mask is, as the brand says, basically a green smoothie...but for your face. It has chlorella, spirulina, and mango juice that not only look really cool when you mix 'em up and put them on but also makes reviewers' skin feel soft and look dewy and fresh. Ahhhhh, refreshing.

    The cofounder of Golde in the green mask

    14. Weleda Sensitive Care Calming Oil blends together skin-friendly fatty acid-rich oils with soothing arnica to make sure moisture stays *in* your skin — and uncomfortable tightness stays *out*.

    The bottle of oil

    15. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream has cult-status for a reason. You can use it day or night to lock in moisture, improve your skin's barrier, and even out texture — it's lit'rally designed to continue to absorb moisture from the air.

    A model applying the cream with text 24/7 nonstop moisture

    16. Bioderma Micellar Water is perfect for your double cleansing routine — it removes allllll your makeup and excess oil without harsh scrubbing or irritating sensitive skin. Now you'll know you've actually removed your sunscreen and makeup before bed — without having to use those aggressive makeup wipes.

    Hands pumping the top of the bottle onto a cotton round

    17. Acaderma Barrier Booster is a great go-to if your product-trying ways haven't been the beeeest for your moisture barrier. This reduces irritation immediately and builds your protection back up thanks to its soothing, antioxidant rich powerhouse ingredients.

    18. Alba Botanica Hawaiian Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser removes impurities and buffs away dead skin while nourishing with a potent blend of pineapple and papaya enzymes. A tropical vacation away from acne or dull winter skin? Sign me up!

    The bottle of cleanser with tropical fruits

    19. Peace Out Pore Treatment Strips absorb dirt, excess oil, sebum, and dead skin from deep within pores, clarifying pores to help reduce their appearance *while* preventing blackheads.

    A before/after showing the difference after using the strips for four hours, with less visible pores after and fewer blackheads

    20. Elizavecca's Milky Piggy Bubble Mask has over 10,000 5-star reviews that speak to its satisfying foaming action *AND* how soft and clear it makes your skin.

    21. Glossier Future Dew works *now* to give your face an instant dose of dewy, bright hydration for a whopping 12 hours, AND works over time to help your skin appear brighter longterm.

    A hand holding the bottle dropper of product

    22. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel absorbs quickly into your skin, moisturizing skin with hyaluronic acid (it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water!). Flaking skin, you have met your MATCH!

    The jars of cream

    23. Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream goes a long way with just a small amount (use it no more than four times a week!). The gold application ~bends~ to massage the product into the delicate skin under your eyes to brighten and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    The tube with flat applicator tip

    24. Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask ~pulsates~ as it works its magic, banishing the toughest acne and deep cleaning your pores with calcium bentonite clay.

    25. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream keeps your skin from ~flaking~ on you, helping restore your skin's barrier to lock in moisture *without* ever turning greasy or oily.

    A reviewer's chin before/after use with reduced dryness and flakiness

    26. Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is like a big ole glass of OJ for your face — reducing discoloration, breakouts, and general dullness for a literal GLOW-up. And unlike many vitamin C products, is good to go on sensitive skin (like mine!).

    27. Lapcos Sheet Masks take your typical at-home spa night to the next level. Not only do they feel great like the other ones you've tried in the past, but reviewers actually swear by them for glowier skin.

    Several of the sheet masks with a glass of wine

    28. Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask scrubs away blackheads and residue when you rub it in, while leaving lasting hydration, minerals, and nutrients with its rich black sugar formula — because your skin deserves a little dessert, too.

    29. e.l.f. Holy Hydration Face Cream is a great budget-friendly option if you're looking for a squalene formula but fragrance is *not* your friend — this bb has peptides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid too to plump up and brighten your skin with no irritation in sight.

    30. Cosrx Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser reduces breakouts and gently removes impurities without harshly stripping or drying out your skin (aka potentially causing new acne in the process).

    31. Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment wakes up the skin under your peepers with light-reflecting particle *while* hydrating with fatty acids, reducing fine lines and puffiness so your concealer never 👏 creases 👏 again 👏.

    The jar of eye cream

    32. Nip + Fab Daily Cleansing Pads contain 2.8% glycolic acid for gentle chemical exfoliation, revealing brighter and clearer skin every day — plus hyaluronic acid for moisture and witch hazel to tone and soothe.

    The jar of pads

    33. Avarelle Acne Cover Patches are formulated with tea tree oil and calendula oil (to heal and shrink zits faster) AND come in two shapes — classic circular patches and large, square patches so you can easily treat and shrink clusters of pimples all at once.

    34. *Or* E.l.f. Acne-Frighting Spot Gel Treatment rolllllls right over any pimples you've got going on, reducing the redness, and overall size *and* killing bacteria to reduce any potential spread, thanks to its witch hazel, aloe, and green tea formula.

    The roller ball applicators

    35. Human Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Treatment packs a punch with the maximum dose of benzoyl peroxide — aka it's NAHT for sensitive skin — so it's a great (and cruelty-free) option that'll clear pores and kill bacteria to give you long-lasting results for the most stubborn acne.

    A reviewer's face before/after showing reduced acne and redness

    36. Radha Rosehip Oil has over 10,000+ positive reviewers who say it not hydrates their skin, but also reduce redness and breakouts, thanks to the rich blend of fatty acids and antioxidants.

    A reviewer's skin in a before/after with reduced acne

    37. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial lives up to its name, functioning as an at-home, ~facial-style~ treatment that gently exfoliates and resurfaces will a potent but gently blend of 25% AHA and 2% BHA. It's pricey, but a bottle is still cheaper than just one "real" facial.

    The pump container

    38. TreeActive Invisible Acne Treatment goes on CLEAR so you can wear it under makeup or on its own — no one will know the peppermint and tea tree oil formula is going to town on your zits, reducing size and redness.

    39. Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich contains a blend of shea and murumuru butters, plus ceramides and fatty acids to lock in moisture — p l u s Glossier's ~Anti-Redness Complex~ to help improve texture and help you skin look less stressed.

    The jar of thick cream

    40. Versed Just Breathe Clarifying Serum works to de-congest pores, control excess sebum production, and reduce inflammation (thanks, niacinamide, zinc, and willow bark extract!). Pro tip: apply to your skin while still damp for better absorption.

    The dropper-style bottle of serum

    41. LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream Moisturizer multitasks with its powerful blend of hyaluronic avid, retinol (obv!), green tea, and jojoba oil — reviewers swear by it to help fade acne scarring, reduce fine lines on the face and neck, and stop breakouts in their tracks. Hello soft, moisturized skin; goodbye irritation that often comes with retinol products.

    A reviewer with decreased acne and more glowing skin between photos taken in november and january

    42. Honeyskin Ultimate Face and Body Cream absorbs quickly to soothe and rejuvenate skin — and can help address concerns like rosacea, dry skin, flaking, and acne. We're talking key anti-inflammatory ingredients like manuka honey, Australian cehami, and shea butter.

    43. Ultra Sexy Lip Scrub exfoliates your lips with coconut and sugar, but immediately provides lasting hydration and moisture, thanks to avocado, jojoba, and sweet almond oils. Pucker up — that residual winter chapping has met its match!

    The jar of scrub

    When you finally find the perfect product that works for *YOU*: