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    30 Easy-To-Use Products To Help You Ease Into A Skincare Routine

    No skincare routine, no problem. These easy-to-use products will help you start one.

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A bottle of Garnier micellar water, a multipurpose liquid for any beauty newbies. It's a fantastic toner, gentle makeup remover (though you may need something tougher for waterproof mascara), cleanser (no rinsing necessary), on-the-go skin hydrator and refresher, and makeup brush cleanser. No matter how you use it, you'll love that it works for just about every skin type.

    A pair of hands that are half submerged in water holding a bottle of the micellar water.
    @garnierusa / Via instagram.com

    This is our low-priced pick for best makeup remover!

    Promising review: "This is around our ninth bottle. I use this to remove my makeup effortlessly. I was noticing I was buying a bottle quicker than I should be until my husband fessed up to using it to clean his face! He absolutely loves it to manage his oily skin which is funny because I have SUPER dry skin. It works for both of our skin types so we keep it stocked as much as we can and get the multipacks when they are available! This stuff is liquid gold." β€”Kendall Forsythe

    Get it from Amazon for $3.49+ (available in two sizes).

    2. A CeraVe foaming cleanser to remove dirt, oils, makeup, and other nasties from your skin without drying or stripping your face.

    Before and after of reviewer who used the cleanser showing that it evened their skin tone, improved texture, and made their skin glow
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    Promising review: "I bought this product on accident (I meant to get the Cetaphil facial cleanser) but I don't REGRET it. My skin has cleared up so much just from this soap. It makes my face feel soft and doesn't dry it out when I follow up with my serum or rosewater, and my moisturizer. My face feels refreshed and clean." β€”Micah

    Get it from Amazon for $13.10+ (available in two sizes).

    3. A vitamin C cleanser that'll wash away dry, flaking skin while penetrating deeply to leave behind hydrating oils. Vitamin C may help increase your skin's hydration by nourishing and reinforcing the skin's moisture-retaining barrier, so this is an easy way to take advantage of vitamin C's benefits without bothering with confusing serums and toners.

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    Promising review: "This is an amazing face wash!! I have super sensitive skin that is prone to one-a-month breakouts, and I work in a really dry environment so I struggle with moisture as well. This wash makes my skin feel like ACTUAL baby skin. I have had zero breakouts since I started using (~6 weeks). Before I do my makeup, I mix one pump of this face wash with a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and it makes an AWESOME exfoliating scrub. It makes all my flaky patches nice and smooth, and paired with a nice primer makes for flawless makeup application. No visibly textured patches β€” a HUGE plus when you are a bartender in the spotlight all night with people staring at your face!! If I could give three thumbs up I would, but I only have two thumbs!!" β€”Katie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in four styles).

    4. A gel-cream moisturizer because it hydrates and nourishes even the most sensitive skin. If you're someone who struggles with combination skin, ditch the myriad moisturizers that aren't working and try this! It's the only one you'll need β€” I promise.

    The purple pump bottle
    Amazon

    IMO this is a beautiful moisturizer whether you have sensitive skin or not. My T-zone is generally quite oily while my cheeks and chin are normal to dry depending on the day. I've tried thicker hydrating moisturizers but they were too heavy for my T-zone and caused breakouts on my forehead. The lightweight gel moisturizers helped with oiliness but left my cheeks feeling a bit tight and caused dry patches around my nose. Desperate to not pay $40 a month for a French moisturizer that I really liked and that seemed to solve the problem, I turned to this purple bottle, which had been sitting in my medicine cabinet for a few months. Boy do I wish I had tried this sooner! It's like the Goldilocks of moisturizers and gone are both the forehead breakouts and the tightness. Don't sleep on this cream, y'all!

    Get it from Amazon for $26.

    5. A soothing multipurpose oil blend so you can lock in moisture instead of using approximately 50 million products that say they hydrate your skin...and then don't. Its gentle formula won't irritate rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema, but it will help you say goodbye to dry skin and frizzy hair.

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    Promising review: "I brought initially on a whim because I was tired of buying the oils I needed separately and wanted to try something new. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. I have kinky, curly, dry hair and I dye/bleach it often. I use this for moisture and my hair loves it. I also add it to hair masks or a pre-poo. For my skin, I mix this with my lotion and my shea butter. My skin is moisturized all day and thriving. I also use it on my feet in the winter when I go to sleep and it helps a ton with cracked heels. For my face, one pump does more than enough. If my hands are damp, I can use one pump for my face and my neck. This is now a staple in my skincare routine. I've stopped having breakouts, my skin is glowing and thriving, my tone has evened up also. My sister is also now hooked on this as its one of the only moisturizers that have helped with her acne, tone and doesn't bother her sensitive skin." β€”Lo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. A CeraVe hydrating cleanser for folks with dry skin who don't want to faff around with a million different products.

    A before photo of a reviewer with lots of acne and acne scars around her chin and cheeks, and an after photo of the same reviewer with clear skin and basically no breakouts or scars
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was kind of hesitant at first because the texture is like lotion, but don’t let it fool you! It’s such a great face wash! I have struggled with my acne for years and have tried a billion different products and none of them worked like this one. It took about a month of consistent use but it made my skin look almost flawless. I’m not wearing makeup in either pictures." β€”Cassidy Cooper

    Get it from Amazon for $13.56+ (available in two sizes).

    7. An exfoliating water gel to loosen the dead skin on your face, because finding a chemical exfoliant that works can be tricky. Good thing we've done the hard work for you! Seriously, you'll be able to see little "beads" of dirt, debris, and dead skin go down the drain.

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    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim thinking it would be OK but not live up to the raves...was I wrong! Price is in line (or actually less!!) with high end makeup products, and shipping was incredibly fast. The product itself is fantastic. I squirted a half pump on my finger and massaged into my cheeks/forehead/nose/chin/neck applying a bit more where needed, rubbed it around, and had little white globs come off that I easily washed away, leaving no burning/redness/tenderness, just smooth skin. Used it again two days later, and noticed some recent acne scars already lightening (recent as in earlier in the week) but no real impact yet on some older darker spots. I will give it some time. Still smooth skin, but the overall level of 'brightening' wasn't as dramatic as the first time. Will likely use one to two times a week and cancel those appointments for facials. Seriously. β€”K. Welto

    Get it from Amazon for $38.

    8. A vitamin C serum that'll help protect your delicate skin from environmental damage while reducing dark spots (curse you, acne scars!).

    Infographic listing the benefits of the serum including that it brightens, protects, and fades dark spots
    Amazon

    This replaced a vitamin C serum that won't be named but that most definitely did not agree with my skin and was causing breakouts on my forehead. I really love this lightweight formula; it's surprisingly moisturizing and melts into my skin, leaving behind a delightful and subtle citrus scent. I also really enjoy the pump bottle, which lets me know just how much to apply. The last vitamin C serum I was using came in a dropper bottle and I often ended up applying too much and then I had to wait a while for it to absorb. We're at the point during quarantine that I've stopped wearing makeup for work calls, so I've been enjoying the glowiness this gives my skin on its own.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.25.

    9. An easy-to-use spot corrector if you're looking to target post-breakout scarring. This cream is infused with cica, white willow bark extract, and hyaluronic acid to help with skin cell turnover and hydration.

    Hand squeezing the product onto a finger
    Rael

    Promising review: "This product truly helps with hyperpigmentation. This has really helped even out my complexion by fading old acne scars." β€”Tenisha

    Get it from Rael for $20.

    10. A multi-tasking face oil so you can tell your angry, irritated skin to chill the heck out. It's made with jojoba oil (helps with moisture retention), vitamin E (repairs the skin), tea tree oil (anti-inflammatory ingredient that soothes swelling and redness), and argan oil (even skin tone).

    Before and after showing the oil helped get rid of user's red, irritated cheek breakouts
    AxV Beauty

    AxV Beauty is a Black-owned business started by Asata Evans and Vic Rose.

    Get it from AxV Beauty for $20+ (available in three sizes).

    11. A konjac body sponge for gently exfoliating your skin to help clear pesky breakouts, blackheads, and excess oil from your body.

    Comparison of the dry sponge versus a wet sponge showing the sponge expands in water
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    Promising review: "I have always used a netted poof type shower sponge and after this, will never go back! Feels so luxuriously smooth and lathers so well with just a small amount of soap." β€”Ashli P

    Get it from Beauty by Earth for $9.99.

    12. A Geologie subscription that'll customize your routine to fit *your* skin's personalized needs. What's the difference between retinol and niacinamide? Who cares β€” that's why you ordered Geologie!

    A styled shot of Geologie's face mash, eye cream, and night cream against a white background
    @mygeologie / Via instagram.com

    Get a 30-day trial subscription for $30.

    13. A cruelty-free and vegan AHA and BHA toner because it's a 7-in-1 tonic that will do it all without introducing a lot of difficulty to your beauty routine. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydoxy acids (BHAs) gently exfoliate and remove dead, dull skin so your complexion is bright, even, and smooth.

    The bottle
    Ren Skincare

    If you're just dipping your toes in the liquid exfoliant pool, I highly recommend giving this a try. I find it gentle enough for daily use (I don't have sensitive skin though so you'll have to find the right frequency for yourself!), and it really helps keep my skin smooth. If I don't exfoliate for a few days, I can feel the difference in my skin texture, and my complexion looks dull.

    This is an updated version of the Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic, which has a different scent. Having tried both, I can say that I prefer the Summertime Limited Edition version because 1. the scent is nicer IMO (my partner compares the smell to a Pimm's Cup; if you haven't had one, I'd say the scent is cucumber forward) 2. it doesn't leave behind a sticky residue on my skin and 3. the packaging makes the product easier to use.

    Get it from Ren Skincare for $39.

    14. A multi-use skincare oil if you gave up on lightening your acne scars ages ago. This should do the trick, plus it may help get rid of stretch marks and treat an uneven skin tone. Reviewers say it absorbs into the skin fast so you won't feel greasy.

    A before photo of a reviewer's scar, which is red and a little raised, and an after photo of the same reviewer's scar, which is now the same color as their skin and barely noticeable
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    Promising review: "If I could give this product more than five stars, I would. Let me tell you my story. A few months ago I bought a new product made with charcoal (won't mention the brand or name) and it was formulated to minimize pores. It BURNED my skin. My cheeks, chin, and forehead were on fire. My skin was cracked, red, itchy, swollen, and EXTREMELY dry. I tried using moisturizer, aloe vera, Vaseline... EVERYTHING was hurting my skin even more. A friend told me about Bio-Oil and I decided to give it a try. Immediately after the first application my skin felt so much better. As I was massaging the oil into my skin I could feel the peeled skin coming off. My face wasn't feeling itchy anymore, and the dryness disappeared immediately. It only took two applications of this oil to make my skin heal almost completely. Now I use it on a daily basis, two times a day (morning and night) and my skin has never felt so healthy. This is the best product I've ever tried, and trust me, I've tried A LOT." β€”Natalia Vazquez

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92+ (available in six sizes).

    15. A box of pore-tightening, skin-lifting face masks so you can get the results of multiple products with just one face mask. It'll truly terrify you because 1. it makes you look like a zombie when it sits on your face, and 2. it's so darn effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

    reviewer with some visible wrinkles and dry looking skin, then the same reviewer with skin looking much more moisturized and plumped up
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    Promising review: "Smells great! This face mask does exactly what it says. My skin is nice and lifted, hydrated, noticable reduction in fine lines, improved texture, reduced my pore size, and eliminated some newly developed rough patches forming around the hairline. Couldn't be more satisfied with this product! I have pretty good skin for 37, but this mask has really helped take my skin to the next level." β€”Samantha

    Get a box of eight masks from Amazon for $20.84.

    16. A pack of soothing and depuffing cucumber eye masks for fooling everyone into thinking you got eight restful hours of sleep.

    The cucumber eye mask
    @sephora / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "I love the cucumber scent it has to it and my under eyes are SO depuffed after using one. Sephora has the best eye masks and I would not use any other ones." β€”Pablothedog

    Get it from Sephora for $3.50 (available in four styles).

    17. A bottle of squalane oil to hydrate parched skin and lock in moisture to keep your epidermis feeling soft, smooth, and plump. It may also help even your complexion, reducing redness and irritation.

    Hand pumping the clear oil from the bottle
    Biossance

    Promising review: "I'm skeptical of using oils because I'm acne-prone, but I also have pretty sensitive and super dry skin, so I decided to give this a try. I also suffer from eczema, and knowing I could use this all over my body and not just on my face was a contributing factor. A little of this going a LONG way. I use barely even half a pump for my entire face. I get very dry in the space between my eyebrows, and this has helped clear it up. Also I had a pretty gnarly patch of neck and chest eczema that I couldn't get to go away, and I put this on after my shower last night, then put my usual moisturizer on top of it, and woke up to clear skin! I'll definitely be repurchasing once my bottle runs out, but I think it'll take a while." β€”Basia

    Get it from Biossance for $8+ (available in three sizes).

    18. A Nivea sunscreen that'll protect your skin without feeling like it's clogging your pores. A good sunscreen is a skincare must and is an easy last step (or only step!) before you head outside.

    Melanie Aman / BuzzFeed

    As someone who grew up in the Sunshine State, I have a love-hate relationship with sunscreen. I have distinct memories of slathering goopy white sunscreen on my face before rowing practice in high school and hating how thick and greasy it felt on my face. TBH that's been my experience with most sunscreens; they're heavy, extremely oily (even the ones that claim to sink in quickly), and they always leave behind a white cast. Or they absorb quickly but dry out my skin, making any dry patches extremely noticeable.

    This sunscreen has raised the bar, which honestly was like an inch off the ground because of how much I've been burned by sunscreens in the past, for what a sunscreen should feel like. It's lightweight but not runny, and it sinks into my skin so quickly without leaving a white cast. (Reviewers with darker skin also echo me here!) I am prone to those annoying little forehead bumps but this hasn't triggered any in the four-ish months that I've been using it. Plus, it hasn't set off any cheek maskne, which I experienced with other thicker sunscreens. At ~$14 it is a steal and I will buy all of it on Amazon if you don't snag a bottle for yourself.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.36.

    19. A tub of brightening, firming, and rejuvenating eye cream if you're looking for an effective solution to illuminate your hereditary dark circles (thnx Mom!).

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    Promising review: "I would give this product 100 stars. I see a dramatic difference in my skin. This is by far the best skincare product I have ever used. I actually use it for my whole face. It makes my skin feel clean and give it a matte appearance. It even helps my face stay clear. I love the smell and I love the way it feels when applied. This is a truly amazing product." β€”William B Michel

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in three sizes).

    20. An easy-to-use acne patch so you can de-gunk those pimples that always seem to pop up at the *worst* possible moment. Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil are gentle on the skin while still drawing out fluids and pus from your pimple.

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    Our in-depth review of Avarelle's acne patches gets into the nitty-gritty β€” why they work, how to use them, and why 25,000+ 5-star reviewers can't stop raving about them.

    Promising review: "Where have these been all my life? I had a zit that wouldn't pop or heal. I found these and after four days it was gone. They stay on very well and come off when you want them to. Perfect item. I also used some to help reduce the swelling from a scar my partner got on his face; now it's just pink. Highly recommend" β€”Cindy Treece

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.49.

    21. A multi-use dark spot corrector for stubborn acne scars, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation. Reviewers say its magical skin-brightening abilities even work on their bikini area and their underarms.

    Before and after showing the cream helped get rid of most of user's angry cheek acne and dramatically brightened their scarring
    Skinergy Beauty

    Skinergy Beauty is a Latina-owned business started by Priscilla Jiminian, who struggled to find skincare that catered to skin like hers. After a trip to the Dominican Republic, her parents' country, she jumped into the skincare industry with the goal of creating products that were inclusive of all skin types.

    Promising review: "I suck at not picking my pimples and of course it tends to leave a dark spot. This cream will seriously work within days! It’s truly mind-blowing. I cannot thank the CEO enough for bringing this cream into my life! I’ve been using it for years and recommend it to everyone I can. I have yet to hear anyone tell me they hate it." β€”Areidy M

    Get it from Skinergy Beauty for $54.99.

    22. A set of 16 sheet masks to pamper your skin and help you ease back into your skincare routine if you've recently let it slide.

    A photo of all 16 face masks
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I use these masks once a week to moisturize my skin and focus on a little self-care. I am sensitive to some facial products, but I have had no issues with these masks. They are great for moisturizing, and I can see a visible difference in brightness under my eyes/on my forehead after use." β€”Millie Simmons

    Get a set of 16 from Amazon for $11.97+ (available in three sizes).

    Check out our full review of Dermal collagen essence sheet masks.

    23. A clarifying face mask that'll detox your pores in just five minutes. Could it be any easier? Activated charcoal, zinc oxide, and sulfur mud absorb all the gunk in your pores while regulating oil production so your skin looks glowy, not greasy.

    Alder New York

    Alder New York is a woman-owned and queer-owned gender neutral skincare brand that makes vegan, easy-to-use products for everyone.

    Promising review: "I have tried around 30 or so clarifying masks over the years and hands down this is my favorite. The texture is smooth, easy to apply, and has a lovely cooling effect. It left my skin clearer yet still supple without drying it out. Most importantly, it did not affect my rosacea, which was a big win in my book. " β€”Dana D.

    Get it from Alder New York for $6.

    24. A rich moisturizer because you don't need a thousand different moisturizers β€” you just need this one. It's made with hydrating squalane oil, vitamin E, and algae extract so you can kiss dry patches goodbye.

    Hand holding the tub
    Versed

    Get it from Versed for $17.99.

    25. A hyaluronic acid serum if you're looking for a simple, surefire way to inject your face with intense hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it draws in moisture from its surroundings. The result = plumper, softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.

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    Promising review: "First review I've ever written for a product goes out to this gem. Made such a difference in my skin! My forehead is no longer covered in those gross bumps, my skin is smooth, wrinkles are less pronounced, and my skin looks glowy and feels hydrated. Will absolutely continue to use. Highly recommend!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in three sizes).

    26. A refreshing Mario Badescu rosewater facial spray so you can start your skincare stash with something you basically can't use incorrectly. It revives and hydrates your skin anytime, anywhere, whether that's after a grueling workout or three hours on the couch.

    @mariobadescu / Via instagram.com

    Read my colleague's review on the Mario Badescu spray to learn more about why she loves it so much! (#1)

    Promising review: "I will admit that I am not the best when it comes to knowing what skincare products to buy (and that the only reason I chose this one was because I heard that the Kardashians use it), but I swear by this stuff. I even find my boyfriend stealing it from me. It gives your face the perfect day look while setting your makeup. I always feel so much more refreshed with just a spray or two of this. I keep a travel-size version in my purse for mid-day work spritz ups." β€”Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $7+ (available in a variety of size packs).

    27. Balm Dotcom, a hydrating lip balm for those days when you have the energy to apply lip balm before bed and that's it, that's your skincare routine (and that's fine!). This one's made with castor oil, lanolin, and beeswax to lock in moisture and create a protective barrier.

    Model wearing berry-tinted lip balm
    Glossier

    Promising review: "As a professional lip balm collector, I would like to go out on a limb and say that this is probably the best balm I have used. It stays forever, doesn't wipe off with food or drinks or life, and is super nourishing. It's also really good value for money and lasts forever." β€”Aayushi S.

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight styles).

    Check out my colleague's Balm Dotcom review for more deets! (#1)

    28. CeraVe's face and body moisturizer to enjoy 24 hours of head-to-toe hydration with like 10 seconds of effort required on your part. It contains three ceramides, which are lipids that help the skin retain its moisture, plus hyaluronic acid, another ingredient known for keeping skin plump and hydrated.

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    Promising review: "I have only used this moisturizing cream for about a week and a half and I have to say, it has been amazing for my skin! Fall/winter usually takes a toll on my skin and makes it very dry. From day one of using it, I could already tell a difference. It doesn't leave you feeling greasy. It's great for sensitive skin, as it has no fragrance. I use it at least once a day but really try to use it twice a day. My skin has done a complete turnaround!" β€”candace chavez

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in two styles).

    My coworker swears by this cream. Check out her CeraVe Moisturizing Cream review (#22) for more deets!

    29. An alcohol-free Thayers toning mist you'll look forward to using because it's so freaking quick. It's anti-inflammatory, meaning you may be able to kiss your redness goodbye. Plus, it's an astringent meaning it helps tighten your pores and dries up excess oils.

    Spray bottle of witch hazel with aloe vera
    @thayersnatural / Via instagram.com

    Promising review: "This leaves your skin feeling so refreshed and clean. I use it before moisturizer in the a.m. and p.m. Wait till it is soaked into your skin and put moisturizer on top and your skin will be glowing!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.48+Β (available in three styles).

    30. A cruelty-free brightening facial scrub because consistently exfoliating is just good skincare 101. A combo of sea kelp, lemon peel, French green clay, and Madonna lily can slough away the dry, flaky dead skin cells and de-gunk your pores to help reduce breakouts.

    Before and after showing the scrub evened reviewer's skin tone and helped get rid of breakouts on their cheek and chin
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I swear your skin can NOT get any cleaner after using this glorious product. I even have my boyfriend using it, when he previously just used soap on his face, ugh. But this exfoliating cleanser is perfection! You can feel an instant difference and no wonder why Allure rated it one of their best and highly reviewed beauty products. You can't lose with this stuff." β€”Brian Shocklee

    Get it from Amazon for $7.19+ (available in three colors).

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