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    27 Effective Skincare Products You Should Probably Try ASAP

    It's time to give your usual skincare routine an upgrade.

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    1. Versed Game Over Acne Drying Treatment zaps breakouts as soon as they start to surface using bentonite clay, kaolin clay, and sulfur. I've never used a more effective overnight treatment — I put a visible layer over any budding pimples before bed, and usually by morning they're calmed and quelled.

    model dabbing treatment onto fingertip

    The cleanser is formulated without parabens, silicones, or sulfates and is vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "This was definitely successful in clearing up breakouts. It wasn't instant and took a few days of use, but it was effective in shrinking breakouts in two to three days. It also wasn't overly drying." —Rachel O

    Get it from Versed for $16.99.

    2. Hyper Skin Brightening Clearing Vitamin C Serum is packed full of 15% vitamin C and vitamin E that will work tirelessly to renew your skin's rough texture, lessen hyperpigmentation, and give you a fabulous overall glow.

    model holding serum bottle
    Hyper Skin

    This product is paraben-, sulfate-, phthalate-, and scent-free.

    Promising review: "I’ve been using Hyper Skin Vitamin C Serum for about a month and I’m literally obsessed! My dark spots have faded drastically and the overall appearance of my skin is hella bright and glowy." —Fatima B.

    Get it from Hyper Skin for $36.

    3. Thayers Alcohol-Free Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner invigorates and cleanses while also reducing redness, dullness, and breakouts. It will also make you smell like a fresh bouquet of roses, but at less than $10 is much cheaper than the real thing (and more helpful, too!).

    buzzfeed editor holding large bottle of product
    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I have been using this twice a day for about a month now. After I cleanse my face, I use a cotton round and apply it all over my face and neck. I noticed reduction in redness and spots within two weeks! Just last night my boyfriend asked 'Did you already take your makeup off?' I had just cleansed my face and applied my Thayer's. When I told him so, he said 'You look like you’re still wearing your makeup!' As someone who has always had some issues with acne and uneven skin tone, the reduction in redness is a godsend! Definitely worth the cost to try it if you’re even slightly intrigued by this product’s abilities." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $8.21 (available in three scents).

    Check out "This Highly Rated Witch Hazel Toner Is The Best Skin Care Product Under $10" for more info on why we can't get enough of this stuff.

    4. Avarelle pimple patches *sticks* it to your breakouts using tea tree oil, calendula oil and cica. It's simple pimple math: go to bed +1 sticker and wake up with -1 whitehead.,

    Promising review: "I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about 3 weeks now.) I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY'RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion, huge favor and have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin." —Caitlyn

    Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $8.50.

    5. Philosophy Purity One-Step Facial Cleanser sends dirt, oil, and leftover makeup right down the drain, leaving skin types of all kinds feeling clean and fresh.


    The cleanser has no parabens, phthalates, formaldehydes, or sulfates.

    Promising review: "I've used Purity before and I really love this facial cleanser. It really cleans the makeup off and gets waterproof mascara really well. It doesn't dry out your skin and it is left soft. I will always get this brand." —elizabethm9e15

    Get it from Philosophy for $13+ (available in five sizes).

    6. Black Girl Sunscreen is made for and by women of color who need a broad spectrum sunscreen that's ultra-sheer for daily use with absolutely no white residue. It's SPF 30, doubles as a moisturizing lotion with avocado and jojoba among its list of hydrating ingredients, and layers under makeup flawlessly!

    model squeezing the sunscreen into hands

    Black Girl Sunscreen is paraben-, fragrance-, oxybenzone-, octinoxate-, silicone-, and aluminum-free, as well as cruelty-free and vegan.

    Promising review: "Oh my goodness! This sunscreen is unbelievable! It goes on smoothly and leaves no purple/white residue on my skin. This is a game-changer! I put this on my face and almost could not believe the results. My son has EXTREMELY sensitive skin, and I have had no issues with him using this. Glides on smooth and feels lightweight. Love it!" —J9owens

    Get it from Black Girl Sunscreen for $18.99 or Target for $15.99. Also available in a kids version!

    7. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water gently cleanses *and* removes makeup, making your nighttime routine so much faster. You ARE taking off your makeup every night, right...?

    model's hand holding large bottle of the clear product

    I've tried some fancier combo makeup removers/cleansers, and this one is just better! It works for all skin types and is paraben-, fragrance-, sulfate-, and silicone-free.

    Promising review: "Holy grail of makeup remover! This stuff is ahh-mazing! Your dry skin will be no more. I have dry skin that it exacerbated by the dry, hot Texas summers and the cold, windy winters. Constant use of makeup wipes make my face dry and I don't like the feel of my skin after using them. Lately, I have been in love with liquid lipsticks. The use of the micellar water cuts my makeup removal time in half. My skin feels soft and my lips are kissable! You won't regret this purchase!" —Gr84lmom

    Get it from Amazon for $6.79.

    This product won best makeup remover in the lowest price category on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    8. Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream hydrates your parched skin for a full 24 hours. Glacial glycoprotein helps reduce water loss, and squalane (derived from olives) helps to strengthen skin's moisture barrier. All you olive-haters are gonna have to deal.

    small tub of moisturizer on olive leaves and branches

    This moisturizer is paraben- and phthalate-free and comes in recyclable packaging.

    Promising review: "This cream has saved my skin. I used to have cystic acne and my skin is very oily. This cream is the only cream that does not break me out and is hydrating in a non-greasy way. The big jar lasts me an entire year and I only use it in the morning. Best Buy!" —bripriya

    Get it from Sephora for $22+ (available in three sizes).

    9. Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips wouldn't even THINK about leaving a blackhead behind. Slap these babies on for a one way ticket to cleaner, clearer skin.

    reviewer's strip with tons of pokey blackheads pulled out

    You'll get a combo-pack for both nose strips and facial strips!

    Promising review: "I have scrubbed the center of my forehead for months but the 'field of black dots' just remained no matter what. So finally I decided to give this a try. I followed instructions exactly (removed after 10 minutes) and after I peeled it off I looked and not a dot in sight — until I looked at the strip! That looked like a forest with all those 'dots' standing up on end. Highly recommend!" —David G.

    Get a 24-pack from Amazon for $13.70.

    To learn more about these powerful strips, check out "These Amazingly Satisfying Pore Strips Are A Cult Favorite For A Reason".

    10. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is lauded by reviewers with even the most sensitive of skin, thanks to its fragrance-free and mega-gentle formula. It also comes in a big 'ol tub, which you'll be happy about once you realize you want to use it forever and ever.

    on the left reviewer with many breakout and redness, on the right the same reviewer with hardly any breakout and much less redness

    Promising review: "This cream changed my life!!! I had been suffering with severe hormonal acne after weaning my baby, and it just wouldn’t go away! After a week of this miracle cream, my face cleared up significantly! It’s mild and absorbs quickly. It never irritated my skin and leaves your skin nice and soft. It's perfect to wear under makeup. I wear it in place of a moisturizer and won’t switch to anything else!" —Tanner steveson

    Get it from Amazon for $16.08.

    11. Biossance Squalane and Marine Algae Eye Cream revitalizes skin by using its titular ingredients as well as paracress extract to hydrate and smooth your tender under-eye area.


    The eye cream is cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, and fragrance-free.

    Promising review: "This is perfect for my aging but also oily skin. It is light, feels great, hydrates enough for me without any oiliness. I've used it for 2 weeks and it agrees with my skin. Not scented. I love it." —Beverley S.

    Get it from Biossance for $54.

    12. Healing Solutions Tea Tree Essential Oil combats rosacea, redness, discoloration, and breakouts one powerful spot treatment at a time. Or if you need, go for the whole face! It's your skin, don't let me boss you about what to do with it.

    Promising review: "This is a great product! I've been being using this the past two weeks to reduce acne and it really works! You can see the change from one day to another: it reduces the color and the bumpiness of your acne. At night I apply it directly to each one of the breakouts. It not only helps with the acne you have, but also helps preventing any more breakouts." —Cliente de Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    13. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb blows most other moisturizers out of the ~water~. It's the skin equivalent of drinking a ton of H2O before bed to avoid a hangover after a night out, and I could not recommend it more highly.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed, Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    The moisturizer works for all skin types and is phthalate-, paraben-, and sulfate-free.

    Aqua Bomb moisturizer is easily my desert island skincare product. Although I have dry-leaning combination skin, I hate most moisturizers because creamy formulas feel heavy and just yucky to me, especially under makeup. Aqua Bomb's gel-like consistency absorbs like a dream. It's soothing to stressed out skin in the winter and cooling through the heat of summer. I recommend it to friends of all skin types because it gives your skin that bouncy hydration it craves without feeling oily in the slightest. I've put it on every night and most mornings for years and have no plans of stopping anytime soon!

    Get it from Sephora for $22+ (available in three sizes).

    14. Versed Keep the Peace Cleanser calms acne without drying your skin or stripping your natural oils, making it perfect for twice-daily use. Salacylic acid, blue tansy, and apple extract are the magic ingredients that has made this my favorite cleanser, and the only one to make a real dent in my hormonal breakouts.

    model squeezing tube of blue cleanser

    The cleanser is formulated without parabens, silicones, or sulfates. I really can't get enough of this cleanser. It makes my skin feel squeaky clean but not too dry. After using it, I feel like my face is the perfect canvas for serums, treatments, and moisturizers to be maximally effective.

    Promising review: "I have been waiting for Versed to come out with more acne care and, goodness, they did not disappoint. I am guilty of not being very good about washing my face every night (I am getting better), but my skin is ALWAYS happier after I use Keep the Peace and once I get better at my routine my skin will be flawless after using this. It has a lovely smell and hand feel." —Anonymous

    Get it from Versed for $16.99.

    15. Glossier Solution chemically exfoliates using AHA, BHA, and PHA acids to fight breakouts, reduce acne, unclog pores, exfoliate, and diminish dark spots and discoloration. It also works for *all* skin types, making it a verified cult fave.


    Promising review: "I only realized how much Solution has improved my skin when I looked at a photo of my unedited skin from six months ago. I have normal skin — slightly dry in winter, slightly oily in summer — and used to have hormonal breakouts pretty much constantly. Now I rarely get spots, even the week before my period. Before I bought it, I was worried that Solution would be too harsh, because I don't like the feeling of stripping my skin. But it really is gentle enough to use every day and I love the fresh, clear, healthy skin glow it gives. I was skeptical that a product could be this good, but it really is worth the hype." —Beth

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    To read more about Solution's many benefits, check out "Here's Why The Mega-Popular Glossier Solution Is Totally Worth Your Money."

    16. InstaNatural Vitamin C Serum partners with hyaluronic acid and plant stem cells to help reduce sun spots, discoloration, redness, hyper-pigmentation, and dark spots without drying you out. Paired with a good moisturizer, InstaNatural serum is fantastic. I have this, and the dropper makes me feel like a beauty scientist.

    Promising review: "I've tried multiple vitamin C serums, but this one is by far my favorite. The smell is lovely and it goes on very light. My skin has been looking brighter and clearer since using this. I also love that the bottle is protected from light. I purchased another serum product where you could tell the product went bad as the smell changed. I researched later and learned that proper storage for vitamin C serum must be in bottles that block out the light, as that retains all the qualities of the minerals and vitamins in the product. I am purchasing this again for the second time now. Highly recommend!" —Serena

    Get it form Amazon for $17.97.

    17. Beauty Strike Vitamin C Cleanser brightens tired skin, boosts collagen production, strengthens skin's natural repair mechanisms, and lessens hyperpigmentation, all while cleansing and removing makeup and residue. Name a product that works harder...I'll wait.

    bottle of cleanser
    Beauty Strike

    Promising review: "Oh my this cleanser is wonderful! Brightened my face and neck in a couple of uses and even have lightened my acne scars. It has a low lather and smells wonderful. It’s a gentle exfoliant which to me is dope! A little goes a long way. The beads I find do linger if you don’t throughly wash with cool water, which is my only con. Otherwise, this a great product!" —Janice

    Get it from Beauty Strike for $20.

    18. St. Ives Renewing Collagen and Elastin Moisturizer conditions skin and uses safflower seed oil to get you looking bright and fresh-faced. It's also dermatologist-tested, paraben-free, and non-comedogenic, meaning it *won't* clog your precious pores.

    reviewer holding big tub of white moisturizer

    Promising review: "I got this on a whim when I saw other great reviews. I just want a good moisturizer, because it’s winter in western Michigan and I’m hella dry. Before this I used a general moisturizer with salicylic acid to ward off my T-zone acne, but I always had some kind of blemish anyway. Since I started this I have not had a single blemish and my skin has been SO soft and clear. I was afraid to try this because it’s a huge tub and I didn’t want to waste it. Honestly, I will never use ANY OTHER moisturizer again. A little goes a long way and it has a clean, subtle scent." —Kitty G

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    19. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream calms irritated skin with a winning combination of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, and allantoin. If you have eczema, rashes, or other skin conditions, this just may be your holy grail.

    model holding tub of cream

    This cream is paraben-, phthalate-, and cruelty-free, as well as vegan.

    Promising review: "To all my oily skin girls! This moisturizer is a must-have! My lifelong struggle was finding a moisturizer that was light weight but actually moisturized without making me oily and this is definitely it. I've noticed that I don't get oily throughout the day anymore, and my foundation actually stays on. I'm so used to it being an oily mess just after a couple of hours, but that no longer happens with this moisturizer. I also had no problems with it breaking me out, and I have oily acne prone skin. I also feel like its doing wonders in evening out my complexion and making my acne scars less red. Totally in love with it." —leilabeauty

    Get it from Sephora for $14+ (available in three sizes).

    20. La Roche-Posay cream cleanser maintains your skin's natural protective barrier and pH while removing impurities and makeup. Honestly, so nice and thoughtful of it to do that, tysm cleanser.,

    Promising review: "I have found the HOLY GRAIL of face wash for sensitive skin. This product cuts through a full face of make up with just one pump and lather and leaves my skin smooth and soft. I have had less acne since using this for a month or so. This entire bottle has lasted me for three months (one pump per day)." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (also available as a foaming cleanser).

    21. Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask works all night long to hydrate your skin with juicy watermelon extract. It also gently resurfaces and removes dead skin cells using AHA to reveal all that bright, glowing skin you've been hiding.

    model dipping a tiny spoon into the thick pink mask in a glass pot

    The mask is phthalate-, paraben-, and sulfate-free, as well as cruelty-free and vegan. I have it and absolutely adore it. In the morning, my skin feels plumped, refreshed, and — not to brag — but I simply glow.

    Promising review: "Although I only used a sample-sized portion of this mask, I got a full feel for its capabilities by stretching out my sample over five uses. And WOW was I pleased with the results. For starters, it smells delicious--like real watermelon. Every morning, I woke up with bright, luminous skin that didn't seem like it needed makeup. My skin was smoother and more supple than it's felt in years in spite of the harsh winter air and drying hotel conditions to which I was subjecting my skin at the time. Another note: in the morning, I usually feel a strong compulsion to wash my face because my moisturizer from the night before was too heavy or simply felt like it needed to be cleansed. With this sleeping mask, though, my skin just felt healthy and plump and didn't feel grimy or weighed-down at all. LOVE THIS and will definitely be purchasing the full size soon." —izzypop

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

    22. Mikacare's rose quartz roller and gua sha set will ~rock~ your world by helping to reduce puffiness and dark circles, improve circulation, and even skin tone. Try putting these products in the fridge before use for maximum skin-soothing pleasure.

    reviewer's double-ended roller and curved gua sha

    Promising review: "I LOVE this product. I keep it in the fridge for cooling and then use it to soothe my skin after applying serum to my face. The serum seems to soak in better. It reduced puffiness under eyes, helps with sinus issues, and made my skin glow! This will be part of my daily routine." —h48371d

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99 (available in two colors).

    If you're feeling skeptical about rollers, head to "Turns Out, Jade Rollers Are Pretty Legit" for a jade roller review from a BuzzFeed writer and former-skeptic herself.

    23. Mario Badescu facial sprays double up to meet all of your luxurious skincare needs. The aloe, cucumber, and green tea mist invigorates skin, and the aloe, herbs, and rosewater mist hydrates. Ahhhh, my skin feels better just writing that.

    reviewer's bottles of the green and pink spray

    Promising review: "I've been buying Mario Badescu products for over a decade. They are top of the line and if they claim their product does it, you can guarantee it does what it says! I use the cucumber spray on my yoga clients as a refreshing mist while practicing outdoors. My clients always ask where I got this spray. It’d be a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer." —Chrystal

    Get them from Amazon for $14.

    24. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen is a makeup primer with SPF 40 whose red algae-, frankincense-, and meadowfoam seed-packed formula will protect your skin from harmful UV rays without ruining your ~lewk~. Sun protection is the ultimate form of skincare, don't @ me.

    the bottle next to sheer sunscreen

    The sunscreen is vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect sunscreen. It goes on silky smooth. There is no smell to it. It has absolutely no color and I really appreciate that. When I use the wrong sunscreen, it makes my dark skin glow white — I look like a ghost! Supergoop got it right. I could use this product forever." —CaReese

    Get it from Sephora for $34+ (available in two sizes).

    25. Foreo Luna Mini 2 vibrates as it scrubs away makeup, oil, and dirt. During its 60 second program, it buzzes and lights up, telling you to move to a different portion of your face. A friend, indeed!

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    The Luna is made of waterproof silicone, making it an enemy of bacteria and germs, and its vibrations allow it to cleanse beyond just the ~surface~ of your skin.

    Promising review: "I have very dry skin and when I exfoliate too vigorously my skin gets dry patches. I've been using this regularly for the past four months and I can honestly say, my skin has never looked better. I use both sides for a total of two minutes with a mild cleanser. I've only charged this device once and I'll moderate the intensity as needed. Overall, I love this device and am so happy that I bought it." —Charles and Jenn

    Get it from Amazon for $89.25 (available in seven colors).

    Read more about the Luna in "This 60-Second Face Cleansing Device Is A Game-Changer For Your Skin Care Routine."

    26. Nivea Crème isn't just for grandmas anymore. This all-purpose product delivers some serious, lasting moisture to the face and body, relieving uncomfortable cracking and dryness.,

    Promising review: "I was under the impression that cremes like Nivea are extremely oily and sticky. But dude, I love this. I was in Philadelphia and it was really cold there, so my skin ended up getting extremely dry. I stayed with a friend who had this, and I tried it out because I couldn't find any other moisturizer​ in her bathroom. And boy oh boy, my skin was rejuvenated after just one use. Like, I am not kidding — my skin immediately felt super hydrated and moisturized, almost like the moisture had reached to the deepest of layers my face! The immediate effect is slightly sticky, but just give it some time to absorb. Please give it a try, you won't regret it." —A. K. Singh

    Get it form Amazon for $5.39.

    27. Glossier Futuredew Oil Serum Hybrid instantly gives you the dewey glow you've been after, with or without makeup. Simply apply this magic glowy potion as the last step in your morning skincare routine and look forward to a whole day of sheer luminescence.

    hand holding pink futuredew bottle

    Futuredew is vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "This stuff is gold! I cannot believe how flawless and dewy my skin looks, both with and without makeup. This makes me look like I drink 50 water bottles a day, eat all my greens, and work out five times a week. Literally my skin dreams come true! BUY THIS AND GLOW BABY, GLOW." —Loretta

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    Ugh, look at you glow!


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