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    29 Skincare Products You’ll Probably Be Glad You Bought Every Time You Use Them

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    1. A pack of A'PIEU Milk Sheet Masks to hydrate your skin with real milk protein. They're shaped like milk cartons and each one is a type of milk that targets a concern (coffee milk, for example, has coffee extract that helps firm). Plus, they all smell deliciously like their respective flavors!

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    These are the types of milk masks included:

    White milk (hydrates), coffee milk (firms, and is also my fave because it smells like coffee!), chocolate milk (smooths, and is my brother's fave!), banana milk (nourishes), strawberry milk (soothes), coconut milk (moisturizes), green tea milk (soothes).

    Promising review: "These masks are such a lifesaver. They smell amazing, they make my skin feel smooth, and the packaging is so cute too! The serum is really lightweight and doesn’t make me overly oily, which is great since I tend to have problem skin. There is plenty of it left in the package that you can use on the rest of your skin." —Angela McAlister

    Get a pack of seven from Amazon for $9.98.

    2. A Cannuka Calming Eye Balm because your eyes deserve to be treated like royalty! This rich balm is initially cool to the touch, then warms on contact to transform into a silky texture, helping moisturize, refresh, and protect your under-eyes. Dark circles, begone!

    the balm

    This is cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I use it twice a day, and a little can go a long way! Within a week, I was getting compliments on how great my skin looked. I have always had dark circles under my eyes. Well now, they aren't dark and I'm getting compliments on how 'well rested' I look. This stuff is awesome! No little laugh lines around my eyes and I love to laugh!" —Aubrey

    Get it from Cannuka for $38.

    3. A sensitive-skin-friendly Skinfood Black Sugar Mask to exfoliate away dead skin cells and fight dullness and dark spots with mineral-rich Brazillian black sugar. With weekly use, you'll see smoother, brighter skin. Everyone else will think it's the magic of the ~holidays~.

    the exfoliator

    Read my colleague's SkinFood Black Sugar Strawberry Mask review (which is the strawberry version of this wash-off mask) to see why it's so good!

    Promising review: "Amazing experience with this product. Not only did it help clear up any dark marks on my face, but it also gives me a natural, healthy glow." —Jus Solo

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A Missha Red Algae Treatment Essence that'll strengthen your skin and combat external damage with Irish moss (yep, no chemicals!), a red algae that's a powerful antioxidant. Daily use provides hydrated, glowing, supple skin, and the packaging is just so elegant!

    a before and after of two people, showing stages of the results; both with dull, acne-ridden skin before, and then slowly getting brighter and more hydrated after two, then four weeks

    Promising review: "This essence is amazing. So hydrating and leaves my face glowing. I have oily combination skin and this essence did not irritate my skin. I would highly recommend this luxurious product to anyone. I love it and can't wait to repurchase a backup." —Lori

    Get it from Missha for $39.

    5. A Neogen Bio-Peel Chemical Exfoliator because it's a physical and chemical exfoliator in one. With double-sided pads and powerful ingredients like glycolic acid (amazing for hyperpigmentation) and vitamin C, this helps fade scars, clears clogged pores, and reveals a bright, clean layer of skin. Um, OK. I’m sold.

    the green tea pads
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    This is one of my holy grail products for hyperpigmentation and has really helped brighten my skin and even my skin tone. Use once or twice weekly for results. Star tip: The pads are large so you really don't need one whole one for your face; cut them in half to make them last longer.

    Promising review: "I suffer from cystic acne and I turn hyperpigmentation due to the damage it causes. Using this coupled with my daily skincare routine has cleared up my skin and has helped the tone even out so I have a beautiful glowy look to my face! I have been using this exfoliant for about a year and I love the smell, the texture of the pads, and the overall results it has given me." —Miranda

    Get it from Amazon for $27.

    6. A moisturizing no-nonsense Glossier Balm Dotcom that'll act as a skin salve for everything from dry lips to chafed knees and elbows. It's filled with antioxidants and natural emollients like castor oil to ensure soft, soothed lips and skin. Use this for some good ol' skin-loving.


    This is hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, and cruelty free.

    Promising review: "This is the best Glossier product IMO. I cannot live without it. I have had three tubes for nearly a year now and HAVEN'T LOST ONE! I have the coconut, rose, and birthday. I love the coconut the most. The first time I realized how useful the balm is was when a student of mine was having trouble trying to wipe mascara off with a rough, wet paper towel after having cried. She was rubbing hard and hurting her skin when I thought to offer the balm! We gently rubbed the coconut under and around her eyes and wiped it with a soft tissue and voila! Mascara cleared and skin soothed. Now I use it for that for my nails, my brows, or anywhere when I feel like my skin needs some TLC." —Sunny

    Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in nine flavors)

    7. A silky Missha Sun Milk if you, like everyone, hate the oiliness and white cast that sunscreens usually leave behind. This one has SPF 50 and no white cast, enhances skin tone and texture, and leaves a light, matte finish (perf for makeup). It's a star!


    Promising review: "I love everything about this product! Will never use anything else. The smell is wonderful and fresh. I love the feel of it. It goes on smooth and makes my skin just feel and look amazing. I always have issues with sunblock burning my eyes and I have no issues at all with this one. I slather it around my eyes. I have dark circles and sun damage the most around this area. It does not get greasy or look greasy, that is another issue I have with any facial sunblock I have used. I have combination oily and acne prone skin. My skin has never looked better." —Angelina Sarmiento

    Get it from Amazon for $13.

    8. A pore-refining Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam Cleanser that uses egg white to regulate excessive sebum, deep clean, tighten pores, and expel bacteria so you're always coming out with the freshest complexion. Plus, egg whites are naturally anti-inflammatory. It's an ~egg-cellent~ cleanser!

    the cleanser

    Promising review: "This is my second time buying Skinfood's Egg White Pore Foam because I really like how clean my face feels after using it! I only use this in the evenings after removing my makeup, otherwise I feel it may be a bit too much for the morning. I think it lives up to the 'deep cleansing' description. It leaves your pores SUPER CLEAN, and also has that kinda tightening feeling on your skin. I have COMBINATION skin, previously OILY skin, so I think this may feel too drying if you have dry skin. Affordable, and you only need a tiny bit, so it lasts a long time!" —Cat

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. A Klairs Vitamin E Sleeping Mask because it's lightweight but packs a heavy punch of antioxidants that'll help slow down cell aging, brighten, balance, and aid in skin regeneration. The cream is known as "shape memory cream," so it'll cling to skin and absorb easily. And it's light enough to be used as a daytime moisturizer for dry skin. Multi-tasking for the win!

    the cream and a swatch on hand

    This mask also helps protect skin from sun sensitivity after you apply any vitamin C products because vitamin E stabilizes C.

    Promising review: "Received a sample of this and liked it so much, I bought the full-size. I have combination skin, and found that it provides just the right amount of moisture, plus feels so refreshing. I apply it in the morning after a Vitamin C serum and use it as a regular moisturizer. I love it! The only way it could be improved is if it had sunscreen in it, but other than that, it is a great product! And the texture is unique and fun. Definitely recommend!" —LAURA OLIVER

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    10. A Neogen Green Tea Foam Cleanser that uses fermented green tea extract to brighten, calm, and hydrate, while balancing skin's natural oils. Got oily, combo, or acne-prone skin? This'll be just your thing — plus, the tea leaves brewing at the bottom will feel simply luxurious.

    the bottle
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    Promising review: "I love this stuff. I've also been using it for about two months and am still on my first bottle. Two pumps is more than enough to wash my face after I use my oil cleanser for step 1. I have very dry, sensitive skin, and so far I've had NO problems. No drying, no irritation, no clogged pores or breakouts. I've tried some other brands of foam cleanser that felt like they left a bit of a scummy residue, which is not the case with this at all. I also love the green tea scent — it's such a relief not to have a super sweet cloying scent in my cleanser!" —Cabell H. Gathman

    Get it from Amazon for $19 (available in four types).

    11. A bottle of Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum to achieve ~glass skin~ status, which means taking care of your skin care of your skin until it looks translucent, clear, and bright like glass. Ingredients like peach extract, peptides, and Asian mountain yam are up to the job!

    a drop falling onto a fingertip
    Peach & Lily

    This elixir also contains niacinamide and hyaluronic acid molecules that moisturize every layer of skin. Speaking from personal experience, though the bottle looks small, it lasts forever. I've had it for months and I do not hold back from using several drops a night and yet, somehow, it's still going strong and doesn't seem to be running out? Is it magic?

    Promising review: "It truly makes your skin look poreless, smooth, and dewy! If you’re going to buy just one item from the collection, it has to be this serum. I use it every morning, and sometimes don’t even have to wear anything on my face (besides sunscreen) afterwards. It is that good. Plus it goes on smooth, absorbs quickly, doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin or have a strong smell, and the little bottle somehow lasts forever." —Victoria

    Get it from Peach & Lily for $39.

    12. A hydrating Acwell Licorice Cleansing Toner that'll help you acheive the much-coveted "honey skin," which is skin that's luminous and dewy in a healthy way. This'll help deep clean, balance, and brighten with peony, licorice water, and green tea. It'll also help reduce hyperpigmentation!

    the bottle
    Soko Glam

    Promising review: "I love this product! I haven't used any other toner since I started using this one. It's amazingly moisturizing and it smells so good." —Kimberly

    Get it from Soko Glam for $18.

    13. A decadent Peach & Lily Matcha Antioxidant Cream to drench your skin in antioxidants that form a barrier to fight free radical damage, pollution, toxins, and sun exposure. Ingredients like matcha, cape lilac, and niacinamide calm, brighten, and even tone. And that pudding-like texture is *chef's kiss*.

    Peach & Lily

    Promising review: "Very pretty mint green color and smells amazing. Not only does your skin feel refreshed, but it adds all the right kind of moisture! Love this. You can literally feel the antioxidants working into your skin. Very important step in my routine." —Amirah

    Get it from Peach & Lily for $40.

    14. A nongreasy Australian Gold Botanical Tinted Sunscreen that'll shield your skin from UVA and UVB rays with SPF 50, and even tone with a natural tint that prevents the dreaded ghostly white cast. It's rich with skin-loving botanicals like eucalyptus and red algae, and helps blur imperfections. Basically, this is THE tinted sunscreen.,

    The tint is universal and the sunscreen has a matte finish, meaning it'll keep oil at bay. Reviewers note that once it's rubbed in, it blends right into the skin. Which means it's formulated to work great under makeup. It's also plenty affordable. The sunscreen is water-resistant for 80 minutes and approved by the National Eczema Association! Check out more of the best tinted moisturizers here!

    Promising review: "I switched to this sunscreen because I wanted a tinted one that didn’t break my bank! It’s super easy to blend in, doesn’t clog my pores or feel greasy, doesn’t have that sunscreen smell. My sensitive skin loves it!" —Alisa

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    15. A soothing SMD Cosmetics Alogel Botanical to soften, hydrate, and cool troubled skin while reducing irritation. You can use this two ways: as a daily moisturizer or a nourishing face mask. With ingredients like aloe barbadensis leaf juice powder, mulberry, and fatty acids, this gel will speed up cell turnover rate to restore suppleness. It's perf for sensitive types!

    the bottle
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    This is paraben-free. This is one of my favorites! I could not get over how smooth and soft my skin felt after using this! It's great for skin texture. Plus, it really does feel cooling and soothing; it relieves things like tightness, dryness, redness, and breakouts in a gentle way. I like how it absorbs easily too — no stickiness! It's a good way to give your skin a break from other heavy products.

    Get it from SMD Cosmetics for $30.

    16. A rose quartz face roller and gua sha tool because it'll help reduce puffiness, tighten skin, and improve blood circulation so you can relax and treat yourself right at home rather than spending tons at the spa.

    the tools

    Promising review: "I love my rose quartz roller. It’s well made and has a decent weight to it and isn’t creaky at all. It has really cut down on the amount of product I use since it isn’t absorbed by my fingers. I’ve noticed my face is way less puffy in the morning when I use it and on evenings I like keeping it in the fridge and it’s so refreshing. It’s a good way to start my day and also to unwind at the end.I use it with serums, sheet masks and oils; this roller works well with all my skincare. I’m a bit of a jaw clencher and this really helps to relax my facial muscles. I’ve been recommending this to all my friends." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.98+ (also available in green).

    17. An Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Clay Mask to dig deep and clarify pores, exfoliate, and remove sebum with volcanic ash. The ash comes from mineral-rich hot lava clusters from volcanic eruptions in South Korea's Jeju Island — a rare ingredient your skin deserves!


    Reviewers mention that it helps immensely with blackheads and even has a cooling effect!

    Promising review: "I frequently use face masks and after years of trial and error, the Innisfree mask is still one of the best masks I've ever tried. My skin is very oily and acne-prone. I use this after cleansing and keep it on until it's completely dried (20-30 minutes). This mask does an incredible job of keeping the oil production down AND removing all the clogged up dirt, grime and other impurities that has built up in my pores. My face is markedly clearer after one use and many if not most of my blackheads have disappeared. I do find it a little drying so I don't use it every day (more like once a week), but I frequently use it on my T-zone area. I highly recommend folks with similar skin to try! It's my holy grail mask." —Mel

    Get it from Amazon for $13.80.

    18. A Son & Park Beauty Water because it's super versatile; this cleansing water tones, mildly exfoliates with willow bark and papaya, cleans away grime, refreshes and soothes with lavender and rosewater, and resets the skin's natural pH level. You'll see brighter skin, smoother texture, and easier absorption of other skincare. What a ~beauty~ indeed.

    the bottle
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    I never go anywhere without this. Its scent is subtle but divine, and the bottle's so huge it lasts forever.

    Promising review: "This is my fourth bottle, and I don't think I'll be switching toner any time soon. It's an amazing toner and makeup remover all in one — super easy and convenient! I can tell this is a great product by the way my skin feels afterward: clean, light, and not dry at all. I swear by this toner!! You won't be disappointed, I promise." —Lindsay

    Get it from Soko Glam for $30.

    19. A light and creamy Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser that'll balance, smooth, and soften skin with ingredients so gentle it's even safe for your eyes. You'll never have to deal with that tight, stripped feeling that's common after using a face wash. Sounds like a dream but it's totally real.


    This is hypoallergenic, dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, paraben, sulfate, and cruelty free, and vegan.

    Promising review: "My skin is super sensitive and I've had trouble finding cleansers that don't make my skin feel super stripped and dry after using them. This cleanser is SUPER gentle while still actually cleaning my skin. Just using it makes my skin feel super nourished and soft. I don't have very much acne, but when I do break out, this helps gently treat it without drying it out and making it itchy. Note: this cleanser doesn't make suds when you use it (which I really like). It almost feels like a moisturizer that you wash off. I was a little confused at first, but that's just how the product is!" —Erin

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in two sizes)

    20. A set of silicone face mask brushes to apply your face masks and skincare products that you would have to dip your fingers into. No more bacteria-ridden fingers? Your skin will thank you.,

    Promising review: "I love these silicone brushes; they helped me keep bacteria definitely to a minimum on my face, which is the goal when you don't want acne. It also makes the products that I use last way longer, because I can get everything out of the jar and I can spread the products on my face so much more evenly." —Marisol Porrata-oviedo

    Get the face brushes from Amazon for $3.98.

    21. A whipped Marshmallow Face Mask that focuses on brightening and reviving dull skin with marshmallow root extract, vitamin C, and olive leaf. Meanwhile, citrus, eucalyptus, and pine oils tone and remove toxins. It helps you get back that luminous, even-toned complexion you were born to rock.

    the whipped pink cream texture

    This is vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free.

    Promising review: "I have a lot to say about this face mask. I’ve never tried a brightening mask before; I decided to because my skin was looking a bit dull and dry. I’m so happy I gave this mask a try because it goes on so easily, has a very nice whipped creamy texture. The mask dries in about 15 minutes, easy to wash off, and does not leave my skin feeling dry. I notice my skin is glowing after each use and A LOT smoother. Sometimes I can’t stop touching my face because it’s so soft. It’s a great addition to my skin care routine. I use it twice a week." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    22. A cult fave SkinCeuticals Vitamin C Serum for delivering advanced protection with a powerful antioxidant blend that reduces wrinkles and environmental damage, and brightens and firms, with benefits that last over 72 hours.

    before and after of a person with deep mouth wrinkles before use, and diminished wrinkles after use

    Promising review: "No matter how many vitamin C serums I try, I always go back the Skinceuticals! It’s the best, absorbs in immediately, and is a great protective base under my moisturizer and sunscreen." —Happybuyer

    Get it from Skinstore for $166.

    23. Or a slightly lower-priced Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil that'll make you feel luxurious with its super lightweight texture, soothing damascus rose petal, and the pretty pink bottle. The brightening, firming, and hydrating benefits are just the cherry on top!


    Promising review: "Miracle hydration in a jar! I absolutely loved it! This oil made my skin firm, bright, and smooth. All things it promised to do. I typically have combination skin, but lately it’s been on the dry side. Nothing had worked to keep my skin hydrated, however, putting this little beauty on day and night helped tremendously. A few drops was all I needed after my moisturizer. I’d even add more after applying my foundation to give a dewy complexion. It made my skin look and feel radiant. The smell of soft rose petals was an added bonus." —Anissa

    Get it from Biossance for $32+ (available in two sizes).

    24. An intense COSRX Snail Mucin Power Essence with 96% snail secretion filtrate for extreme repair and hydration that'll still be gentle. It helps prevent and repair damage, dryness, acne, and hyperpigmentation until your skin's elasticity and healthy glow is at its best! Sometimes I have nightmares they'll stop selling this 😳.,

    This is my holy-grail product! Plus, it's great for all skin types.

    Promising review: "I love this stuff, I think I finally found my HG! The texture is amazingly silky and soft, feels great on your skin and absorbs quickly. I've really noticed a difference in the brightness and moisture of my skin." —SusieQ

    Get it from Amazon for $14.35.

    25. A tub of Banila Co Cleansing Balm that'll start off as a sherbet-like balm and transform into a silky oil on skin. It'll gently melt even the most stubborn makeup, while brightening with vitamin C-rich acerola extract, and mildly exfoliating. This one's true holy-grail status, people.

    the tub
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    Promising review: " I absolutely love this product I recently started wearing Long wear makeup and this definitely helps take everything off. This is my first step in my two step cleansing process. It really melts and breaks the makeup down so when I use my gentle cleanser I don’t have to scrub too hard. I have purchased this for the third time now from Amazon. I love that it’s a solid because it makes it easy to travel with as well. Great product for my dry skin." —Janice Chatha

    Get it from Amazon for $17.80 or Soko Glam for $19 (available in two sizes).

    26. A gentle Versed Overnight Facial that'll exfoliate and brighten with glycolic acid and use calming ingredients to hydrate and soothe so that you wake up with super glowy skin.

    model putting on the mask
    Versed Skin

    This is vegan and recyclable.

    Promising review: "I have not stopped using this. This product has completely transformed my dry rough skin to a soft new face. This is a great beginner's overnight peel if you are looking to recover your dry or uneven skin. It’s super moisturizing and doesn’t leave your skin oily in the morning. I love this peel so much!!" —CMoanskin

    Get it from Versed Skin for $19.99.

    27. A Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Sleeping Mask to gently exfoliate, refine pores, moisturize, and boost your glow. With watermelon, hyaluronic acid and AHAs formulated with lactic acid and glycolic acid, this mask will prevent dryness, unveil a fresher complexion, soothe, and smooth. I'm already making heart eyes.

    the tub
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    This is vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I've never been the type of person to leave reviews, but with this, I have to. I've been using this for almost a month. When I have breakouts I apply this at night, and the next morning I wake up and the breakout has shrunk tremendously or is almost gone. Not to mention, it's made my face so much brighter and softer! I use this religiously and have found a little goes a long way. I love this product so much. Even with my oily skin, it doesn't cause my skin to feel oily. It is PERFECT." —kaitykaitt

    Get it from Sephora for $22 (available in two sizes)

    28. A nourishing Acwell Licorice Essence Mist for granting you that coveted dewy glow and refreshing your look during those midday slumps — but wait! With its balancing blend of nutrients, including licorice, bamboo water, and hyaluronic acid, it brightens, soothes, *and* gives dry, dull skin a dose of moisture. Need I say more?

    the bottle
    Soko Glam

    This spray is so versatile, you can use it as a setting spray, essence, toner, mix it with your daytime or nighttime moisturizer for added hydration, or spray it on your body! Due to its hydrating ingredients, skin won't feel tight after using. Licorice and hyaluronic acid brighten, bamboo water locks in moisture, and centella asiatica leaf soothes your skin.

    Promising review: "Extremely brightening and hydrating. Absorbs quickly without being sticky or oily and is a great midday boost for tired skin." —David

    Get it from Soko Glam for $24.

    29. A Versed Clarifying Serum that'll let your skin rest while it does all the work. This serum will help clear acne and excess sebum, decongest pores, and soothe redness with willow bark while niacinamide brightens!

    a drop from the stopper falling into bottle
    Versed Skin

    This is vegan and recyclable.

    Promising review: "I love the application of this serum. The consistency is not thick, almost watery like an essence, and lightweight. It absorbs into your skin quickly and smoothly without feeling dry or sticky. It definitely is helping with keeping my skin clear, soft, plump, and pores minimized." —Anonymous

    Get it from Versed Skin for $19.99.

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