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    Jun 17, 2020

    26 Daily-Use Skincare Products That Are Definitely Worth Trying

    Moisturizers, toners, and serums galore.

    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 — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. 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
    Target

    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!

    2. Versed Press Restart Gentle Retinol Serum takes first-time retinol users under its wing, giving them the renewing, plumping effect that makes retinol so popular without the dryness and irritation it can often cause. It's even gentle enough to be used nightly, with or without moisturizer.

    Versed

    Promising review: "I am someone who has sensitive skin and will turn bright red like a stop light with many creams; however, when I applied this retinol no redness or irritation ever happened! More importantly, when I wake up my skin looks refreshed, skin tone is evened, and its not dry! Have absolutely loved including this in my nighttime routine and will continue to use for a long time." —Sunny310

    Get it from Versed for $21.99.

    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 the toner
    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 Thayers. 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 $8.75+ (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. 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. (It's currently backordered, but will ship in 10–15 days. According to reviewers, it'll be worth the wait!)

    5. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Cleanser fights acne with vigor but is gentle enough to use twice a day. The medicated formula targets problem areas and dramatically reduces excess surface oil, meaning it's both treating your current acne and actively preventing future acne.

    on the top a reviewer's forehead with bright red acne, on the bottom the same forehead with almost no breakouts
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    This cleanser is oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free, allergy tested, and dermatologist tested.

    Promising review: "When I was about 21, I switched to a birth control implant, and that thing wreaked havoc on my entire life. I suddenly had horrible cystic acne. Not only did it make me self-conscious and uncomfortable, but it was actually so painful — laying on my pillow hurt my face! I tried every skincare line on the market for about three years with no, or very little, results. I tried essential oils, raw honey, all-natural soaps and salves, but nothing helped. Finally, I found La Roche-Posay's skincare products. Within four days, the inflammation decreased, the redness was fading, and my skin felt less dry. By two weeks, my skin was practically clear! I have been using this product for about five years now and I haven't had a single outbreak, EXCEPT for the time I wanted to try a different product to save money. Huge mistake — one I will not make again. I get compliments on my skin regularly, and I feel confident not wearing makeup. Give this system a chance!" —LadyHawke

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    6. 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 almost all skin types, making it a verified cult-fave.

    Glossier

    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.

    7. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water gently cleanses *and* removes makeup, making your nighttime routine so much faster. A good skincare routine HAS to start with a makeup-free face, and this will absolutely get you there.

    hand holding large bottle of cleansing water
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    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 $6.74.

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review and see why it won best makeup remover in the lowest price category on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    8. Base Butter Radiate Face Jelly livens up dry and tired skin with balancing aloe vera, sebum-regulating lavender, disinfecting tea tree oil, and primrose, which boosts elasticity. The result? A super-powered product that will leave skin both refreshed *and* hydrated.

    Base Butter

    The moisturizer is paraben-free, vegan, cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "This is my new favorite moisturizer. The texture is so lovely! Has a lightweight feel that makes the skin appear bouncy and glowing. I like putting it in the fridge the night before to give a cooling feel once applied. Love the transparency of the ingredients and glass packaging. Will definitely repurchase." —Keyshae

    Get it from Base Butter for $21. (It's currently on pre-order, but is scheduled to ship by the end of June.)

    9. 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 a perfect products to get you on an easy ~serum journey~.

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    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.

    10. bareMinerals Poreless Clay Cleanser gets your skin feeling fully cleansed while still keeping it hydrated. If you're only down for a one step routine, this should be your go-to. I have it and love it for when I want to feel fresh without much fuss.

    Rachel Dunkel / Via BuzzFeed

    Most cleansers are too something for me: too exfoliating, too drying, too sticky. This one strikes the perfect balance. It fully cleanses without stripping your skin and lathers into a creamy foam that just feels great. TL;DR, I love it! It's paraben-free, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

    Promising review: "I've tried many cleansers over the years and can honestly say that this is one of the best. I am 48 with normal skin. This cleanser feels nice and leaves my skin bright and soft and CLEAN — not dry, not filmy. It leaves my skin looking good enough to go out without any makeup. And, yes, my pores are significantly smaller. I love this cleanser!" —KathyK71

    Get it from bareMinerals for $22.

    11. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream is lauded by reviewers with sensitive skin, thanks to its gentle, fragrance-free formula. It also comes in an enormous 19-ounce tub, meaning your fave new moisture source will last basically until the end of time.

    on the left reviewer with very red cheeks, on the right the same reviewer with much less redness
    amazon.com

    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.

    12. Sephora's Brightening Eye Cream utilizes hyaluronic acid to revive under eyes and make those peepers look wide awake. Eye creams usually cost an exorbitant amount of money, so this is a great one to try before you go full Mr. Moneybags.

    bottle of brightening eye cream with a badge that says "clean at sephora"
    Sephora

    This cream is phthalate-free, paraben-free, and vegan!

    Promising review: "I’ve been using it for a month or so now and gotta say it’s worked exactly for what I need. It keeps my eyes hydrated and helps brighten my under eyes. Overall, if you’re looking to start getting into eye creams, try it —it’s good price and perfect to start out with. I’ll be buying it again!" —Lenababexoxo

    Get it from Sephora for $17.

    13. 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
    Glossier

    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.

    14. 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.

    15. Versed Weekend Glow Brightening Solution tones and smoothes uneven skin and post-breakout marks using kojic and azelaic acid, AHAs, bearberry extract, and of course vitamin C. Your skin deserves to *always* look as good as when you get a whole eight hours of sleep on a Saturday.

    model holding yellow solution bottle
    Versed

    This toner is paraben-, silicone-, and sulfate-free, as well as vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I have used this every day for about three months and DEFINITELY have seen a difference in my skin! I feel much more confident going out in public without any makeup on. My skin feels so much brighter and noticeably more even! I just ordered another bottle! I cannot recommend it enough." —Kerrie B

    Get it from Versed for $17.99.

    16. Radha Rosehip Oil multitasks by moisturizing dry skin, reducing the appearance of acne scars, and even assisting in the healthy growth of hair and nails. What CAN'T this glorious oil achieve?

    on the left reviewer with a few breakouts, on the right the same reviewer with no breakouts
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    Promising review: "This is LIFE-CHANGING! I'm 33 and have had dry skin my entire life. I decided to try this because the price was reasonable and the reviews were great. I was NOT disappointed. I cleaned my face the first night, applied a thick layer of rosehip oil, and went to bed. Eight hours later, I woke up to a new face. I have used this oil every night for about five weeks and it has completely changed my skin. My mom saw me one morning and remarked that my skin looked like it did when I was eight! I also love that you get a large quantity of oil for a super affordable price, and a little bit goes a long way. For the amount you get, it's SUCH a bargain." —TuffLuckCowgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    17. Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb blows most other moisturizers out of the ~water~ with its refreshing gel formula, long-term effect, and all around amazing feel. It's the skin equivalent of drinking a ton of H2O before bed to avoid a hangover after a night out — I personally could not recommend it more highly!

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed, Rachel Dunkel / BuzzFeed

    The moisturizer works for all skin types and is oil-, 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).

    18. No7 Triple Action Eye Cream firms delicate under-eye skin using hyaluronic acid and hibiscus and combats dark circles with brightening vitamin C. It's never too late to start treating your eyes to some daily TLC.

    model applying white cream under eyes
    No7

    Promising review: "I love this eye cream! It has made a real difference in the fine lines and bags under my eyes! I suffer with allergies so this time of year, I need the extra boost!" —Dea

    Get it from No7 for $22.99.

    19. Eucerin Sensitive Skin Redness Relief Soothing Night Creme calms angry redness using licorice root, even when it's caused by rosacea. Hmmm I was ready to banish licorice from the planet for tasting awful, but now that I know it can help your skin? It can stay.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I had what I would self-diagnose as rosacea. It started after I had my third child nine months ago. I had red huge bumps on my cheeks, and I always looked like some one had slapped me. I've been using this cream for about three weeks now and my skin is completely back to normal for the most part. I'm super happy because I would be embarrassed to go anywhere without makeup on. I would always get asked if something was wrong or if I was sick. I have a small amount of redness left, but it's fading. I use this every single night before bed. My hope is that it it will continue to last even when I'm done using this jar." —Erica Holizna

    Get it from Amazon for $10.91.

    20. The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 Serum delivers high-quality skin care at a shockingly affordable price. Dab a little on before your moisturizer and glow baby glow!

    buzzfeed writer holding serum
    Megan Paolone / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "My sensitive, rosacea-breakout-prone skin has been drinking this stuff right up. I put it on at night post-toner and pre-moisturizer, and in the morning before my moisturizer and under BB cream. I don’t think my skin has ever felt smoother in the morning after I wake up than when I use it." —Megan Paolone

    Get it from The Ordinary for $6.80.

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review for a full report (spoiler alert, it's ~glowing~).

    21. Humane Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Treatment Body and Face Wash punches acne in the face, metaphorically and...kind of literally. Reviewers say using this cleanser has cleared up their acne for the first time since puberty. You can't get in a time machine and give this to 15-year-old you, but you can start using it now!

    on the left reviewer with many breakouts, on the right the same reviewer with significantly lessened breakouts
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am 27 and have struggled with severe adult acne for nearly two years. I have tried hundreds of products, went to an esthetician monthly for chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments, tried different forms of birth control and antibiotic treatments, and was put on spironolactone in January. The spiro helped lessen the amount, but I was still stuck with several cystic spots on my cheeks and jawline. I’ve been using this product twice a day for the last two and a half weeks and I only have one, very tiny pimple left on my cheek. I typically wash it on with warm water and let it sit on my skin for a few minutes before washing it off. At night, I follow with vitamin C serum or rosehip seed oil and retinol cream, which has really improved my scarring." —Ashton Williamson

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

    22. Glossier Invisible Shield Sunscreen protects your skin from the sun's harmful UV rays with SPF 35. But, this isn't just an average sunscreen — it has a water-gel formula that's transparent and applies like a serum, meaning it won't feel heavy and leaves no white cast!

    Glossier

    The sunscreen is vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "It works with all skin tones and really is for me. I hate sunscreen and the feel it leaves on my skin. Normal sunscreen also leaves my skin oily/shiny. This is so different — it is breathable and light. Sometimes I have to ask myself if I remembered to apply it!" —Not A.

    Get it from Glossier for $25.

    23. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer uses hyaluronic acid to get your face as hydrated as possible. "Hyaluronic acid" sounds kind of scary, but surprise — it's naturally occurring in the skin! This moisturizer just gives your natural levels a little boost, leaving your skin smooth as can be.

    the moisturizer in its blue pot
    Amazon

    This moisturizer is the noncomedogenic and oil-, dye-, alcohol-, and fragrance-free.

    Promising review: "THIS PRODUCT ACTUALLY WORKS. If you know me you would know I had the toughest face to battle. I had oily skin and a lot of acne — and nothing worked. But since I started using this, my face has cleared up TREMENDOUSLY. My face is soooo SMOOTH! My dermatologist recommended it and I’ve never looked back. I don’t even write reviews but I had to for this product. Don’t hesitate, go buy it now!" —Thecla Bethel

    Get it from Amazon for $15.18.

    Learn more about this moisturizer's celebrity status in "I Found The Best Face Moisturizer Out There, And It's Only $15".

    24. Versed Skin Soak Moisture Cream will leave dry skin shook as algae extract, vitamin E, and squalane work to hydrate hydrate hydrate. People prone to dry skin can use this in the a.m. and p.m., and those with oilier skin and treat themselves to this product as a night cream.

    Versed

    This moisturizer is paraben-, silicone-, and sulfate-free, as well as vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "Super hydrating! Plumps up and creates healthy supple skin! Is not greasy at all. Refreshing clean feeling! Highly recommend." —Les is More

    Get it from Versed for $17.99.

    25. Burt's Bees Soap Bark and Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream employs chamomile, aloe, and soap bark to gently calm your skin like a good friend. You're a real pal, Burt.

    amazon.com

    This cleanser is paraben-, phthalate-, and petrolatum-free. Heads up that this product is only available for Amazon Prime members.

    Promising review: "I have been suffering from a mild case of perioral dermatitis for some time now and have tried all kinds of face washes, moisturizers, etc. I am pregnant with my second child now and every morning I have been waking up with horrible red patches that burn if I put anything on them, even tinted moisturizer. I finally came across this amazing face wash which is free of parabens and silicones, and after a week of using it my face is like completely clear! All the red patches are gone and my face looks so vibrant and fresh! I love how this face wash smells and tingles after I used it. I'm soooo, sooo happy I finally found something that works!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.69.

    26. Clinique's three-step skincare regimen is a classic and comes with a mild facial soap, clarifying lotion, and moisturizing gel. This is a great option for people new to skincare, as it has everything you need to get started and achieve a healthy glow!

    the three step kit in front of its box
    Sephora

    I remember using my mom's Clinique kit as a teenager. I loved it so much. It made me feel like a grown up, and I really could tell it made a positive difference in my skin.

    Promising review: "A couple of months ago I was in a crisis, my skin was breaking out and I had no idea what to do. It seemed to be all over my face and nothing was really working. So I decided to haul it over to my nearest Sephora to find a solution. The lady there recommended this kit because it set a routine for my skin and would really help with the oiliness I usually have. She was right! I loved it so much I ended up buying the full set and use it twice a day every day and can tell a difference! I love it and would recommend it to anyone who has oily/breakout prone skin." —MaryBBenson

    Get the oily combination mini set from Sephora for $28.

    The mini set is also available in formulas for oily skin and dry combination skin.

    Get ready for compliments on your glowing skin to start rolling in!

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