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21 Skincare Products That'll Make Your 2018 Glow Up Inevitable

Your glow up should, obviously, involve glowing skin.

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1. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution Mask

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It's a pretty terrifying sounding (and looking) face mask that's super effective at exfoliating your skin that's won numerous awards. Don't worry, you won't actually peel, though it might tingle! Use it once a week for 10 minutes for clearer and smoother skin.

Get it on Cult Beauty for £6.30 or in the US from The Ordinary for $7.20.

2. Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads

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These little pads are soaked in a concentrated blend of acids – gently wipe them on your face in circular motions and you'll notice your complexion get brighter.

Get them on Superdrug for £14.95 or in the US from Amazon for $11.94.

3. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Facial Clay

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This is a cult product that anyone prone to acne and blemishes swears by. Mix the powder with apple cider vinegar and leave it on for 10-20 minutes, and you'll be left with clear, soft skin.

Get it on Amazon for £9.88 or in the US from Amazon for $9.29.

4. Olay Regenerist 3 Point Firming Anti-Ageing Night Cream Moisturiser

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This is a super-moisturising, gentle night cream that's perfect for the colder months when your skin is at its driest. This is particularly good after using a purifying mask that might leave your skin dry, like the Aztec Secret Clay.

Get it on Amazon for £13.99 or in the US from Amazon for $23.74.

5. Radha Beauty Vitamin C Serum

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This is a light serum with powerful antioxidant properties that absorbs quickly. Apply it in the mornings to immediately brighten your skin and protect it throughout your day.

Get it on Amazon for £9.95 or in the US from Amazon for $14.94.

6. Innisfree It's Real Squeeze Sheet Masks

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These sheet masks are soft and super moisturising, as well as very affordable. They're perfect for plumping up and thoroughly moisturising your skin before a big event or if you just fancy feeling a bit pampered.

Get a pack of 16 for £16 on Amazon or a 10-pack in the US from Amazon for $12.50.

7. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

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Do you ever get a spot that goes away fairly quickly, but leaves a horrible red or purple mark that just refuses to fade or disappear? This solution is for you – though it doesn't actually reduce acne, it reduces the stubborn blemishes that acne leaves behind, giving you a much brighter complexion.

Get it on Asos for £5 or in the US from The Ordinary for $5.90.

8. Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum

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These are a cult product that your mum has probably been using for years, and for good reason. It's a super-potent serum that comes in individual capsules to ensure you never use more or less than you need to. Use it at night, and the serum restores your skin's glow and firmness overnight.

Get it on Cult Beauty from £39 or in the US from Elizabeth Arden for $78.

9. Odacité Eye Contour Serum Concentrate with Baobab and Sarsaparilla

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This is a totally vegan, cruelty-free serum designed specifically for the sensitive, thin skin around your eyes. Not only will it keep the skin under your eyes soft and hydrated (helping to prevent wrinkles), it'll make under-eye makeup so much easier to apply.

Get it on Cult Beauty for £39 or in the US from Nordstrom for $42.

10. L'Oreal Pure Clay Detoxing Masks

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These masks are just as effective as higher-end detoxing charcoal/clay masks but at a fraction of the price. Combine them in any way to suit your skin's needs.

Get the Detox mask on Asos for £7.99, or try three at once with this play kit, or in the US from Amazon for $9.28.

11. The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

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This is fantastic for when you've spent an evening rewatching Up and bawling your eyes out, as caffeine is proven to reduce puffiness almost immediately. Pair it with a vitamin C serum to get rid of under-eye darkness, and you'll look so much more awake.

Get it on Cult Beauty for £5.80 or in the US from The Ordinary for $6.70.

12. Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel Original Formula

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I got a free sample of these little pads to try out and didn't expect much, but immediately after using these, I was hooked because my pores looked like they'd actually been airbrushed. Use the step-one pad first, wait a few minutes, then apply the step-two pad in circular motions. Use them in the mornings and you'll notice how much smoother makeup application is!

Get them on Cult Beauty for £70 or in the US from Sephora for $88.

13. INIKA Certified Organic Enriched Rosehip Oil

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Not only does this oil have the most stylish packaging, but it's organic and infused with several plant oils and vitamin C to ensure the most brightening, smoothing effect on your skin.

Get it on Amazon for £10.17 or in the US from Ecco Verde for $25.41.

14. La Roche-Posay Anthelios Comfort Sun Lotion SPF50+

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This is a super-light SPF that doubles as a moisturiser and a primer! It absorbs quickly, doesn't leave you feeling greasy, and is affordable to boot.

Get it from Boots for £14 or in the US from Dermstore for $35.99.

15. NUXE Nuxellence Eclat

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Apply this serum in the mornings and you'll instantly have a brighter, clearer complexion.

Get it on Cult Beauty for £44 or in the US from Feel Unique for $64.79.

16. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion

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Okay I know I've talked about the Ordinary a lot here, but the products are so effective and affordable that it's hard not to, and this serum is no exception! It's super gentle and soothing, and won't cause irritation like many other retinoid products. It'll help the overall condition of your skin – from hydration to reducing blemishes.

Get it on Cult Beauty for £8 or in the US from The Ordinary for $9.80.

17. Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

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Skincare shouldn't just stop at your face, and even your bum deserves to be pampered. This super-rich cream is a cult product and will keep your skin soft and taut. Just like your bum.

Get it on Cult Beauty from £18 or in the US from Amazon for $45.

18. & Other Stories Fig Fiction Body Soufflé

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This rich body cream absorbs quickly and leaves every part of you feeling soft but not greasy. The smell is amazing, too – similar to Philosykos by Diptyque, it's a subtle, sophisticated, and not-too-sweet scent.

Get it on & Other Stories for £10 or in the US from & Other Stories for $17.

19. O'Keeffe's Working Hands

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This unassuming and very utilitarian-looking product is actually a miracle – it can make the driest, flakiest of hands soft and supple once more.

Get it on Amazon for £10.33 or in the US from Amazon for $6.49.

20. Ilsci Apricot Gel Mask

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This mask smells absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, it's not edible. Fortunately, it's wonderfully moisturising, completely organic, and leaves you smelling just as good.

Get it on Cult Beauty for £34 (shipping available to the US).

21. Caudalie Glycolic Peel

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If you want to try an exfoliating peel but you're a bit scared, this mask is perfect for you. It won't sting or irritate and is super gentle, but still leaves your skin much smoother and clearer. This is also perfect for those with drier skin as it doesn't leave your face feeling tight or dry.


Get it on Cult Beauty for £22
or in the US from Sephora for $39.