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    22 Effective Skincare Products With Compelling Review Photos

    Cleansers, masks, treatments and more to help you get your glow on.

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    1. 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!).

    Promising review: "AMAZING product. I have had acne for years. I’ve tried so many things and even seen a dermatologist, changed my diet and nothing has helped. Within days after using this, I stopped getting as many breakouts and my redness got better. I also love this product because unlike other toners that burn and irritate my face, this one is very soothing and gets the job done naturally. Highly recommend!" —Timber Roland

    Get it from Amazon for $8.83 (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.

    2. 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 the bomb. I use this every night, 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 $17.07.

    3. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Acne Cleanser fights acne hard yet is still 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. An icon.

    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.

    4. 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!

    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 $20.85.

    5. SKIN1004 Zombie Pack Face Mask isn't just for the undead. In fact, it's for people who want to look more fresh and alive than ever! Made with albumin, it claims to help tighten pores, hydrate, promote elasticity, remove dead skin, and balance pH. The afterlife never sounded so luxurious.

    Promising review: "I own a salon and have worked in them for 19 years, and never in my life have I used or seen something so amazing. I have read all about the Hanacure facial but it is expensive and always on back order. This is the same thing AND IT WORKS. It doesn't smell bad at all. There is a veryyyy slight smell to it but hardly noticeable and not something I'd complain about. This has natural ingredients and boy does it work. It sucked every thing out of my pores and shrunk them, and all of the lines on my face are GONE. YES GONE. Usually I have to have Botox for my forehead. Well, not anymore, that's for sure!" —Aja Rieger Cooke

    Get a pack of eight treatments from Amazon for $25.

    6. Tend Skin Solution turns painful razor burn and irritation into a thing of the past. Applying a thin layer of Tend Skin after waxing, shaving, or any kind of hair removal lessens annoying redness and — most importantly — the demons that are ingrown hairs.

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. You would never believe it, but it works wonders. One of the worst parts of summer for me is razor burn and chafing/irritation, particularly at the beach when the hair follicles on my legs dry up from the saltwater. This stuff prevents ALL of that. No bumps, no pain, nothing. The best part? It doesn't matter when you put it on. Before you shave, after you shave, even when you're not shaving, going to the beach, getting back from the beach, etc. It just always works." —Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $13.29.

    7. Radha Rosehip Oil multitasks with the best of them 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?

    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 $14.95.

    8. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask has vacuumed out almost every pore across the universe. Whether you use it for spot treatments or as a whole mask, it will help smooth skin, reduce the appearance of pores, and even take a shot at cystic acne!

    Don't forget the apple cider vinegar you'll need for mixing!

    Promising review: "This product is AMAZING. It's an official holy grail product of mine. I ideally use it once a week, and it feels as if angels themselves have taken the time to delicately renew my skin with the magical touch of their wings. Ok, but really. I wear foundation daily, have combination and sensitive skin, and require hypoallergenic products. I truly feel this product is a part of how I maintain week after week breakout-free. I mix with equal parts water and vinegar and use the sensitive-skin time recommendation to avoid over-drying or any tenderness afterward, moisturize, and I'm good to go! I also find it works WONDERS as a spot treatment for the pimples that do happen to appear every-so-often. I love this stuff, use it often, and it still lasts FOREVER. Literally the best mask I've ever used." —S.L.P.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    Learn more about this cult fave in "This Clay Mask Basically Vacuums Out Your Pores, And BRB I'm Going To Bathe In It".

    9. Eucerin Sensitive Skin Redness Relief Soothing Night Creme calms angry redness using licorice root, even when it's caused by rosacea. Shhhh, skin. It's ok. Eucerin is here.

    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 $12.82.

    10. Aria Starr Dead Sea Mud Mask is packed with minerals like magnesium, calcium, sulphur, bromide, iodine, sodium, zinc and potassium to aid in cleansing and detoxification, which helps to thoroughly cleanse skin. RIP impurities, blackheads, and pores!

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of using this mask, because I feel like I've tried so many products with no results. This mask is amazing. I have only used it once and the difference in my skin is huge. It cleaned my pores and shrunk them. My skin is so smooth and soft. I don't even want to put makeup on because my skin looks great. I'm a believer. I let the mask dry for about 30 minutes and used a warm/hot washcloth to rub it off. I waited about ten minutes before moisturizing my face to let my face air dry and for my pores shrink back." —kathi weston

    Get it from Amazon for $19.85.

    11. TreeActiv Cystic Acne Spot Treatment puts painful acne in its place by using bentonite clay to help draw out toxins from ~sebaceous glands~. Not fun to say, but hey — whatever works!

    Promising review: "My son was having issues with cystic type acne on his forehead after he went camping for two weeks this summer. It was red, lumpy and painful. Washing his face and using regular acne treatment wasn't helping at all. I found TreeActiv on Amazon before heading to the dermatologist and was so glad I did! Saw results after one use. Redness is gone, lumps are gone, just working on clearing up red scars. Love this stuff!" —Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $23.70.

    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 (originally $19.99).

    13. Burt's Bees Aloe and Coconut Oil After Sun Soother brings you some relief when your skin is less "sun-kissed" and more "sun-made-out-with."

    PLEASE still wear sunscreen! I beg of you! This lotion contains no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS.

    Promising review: "Best product ever for sunburns! No peeling or itching. Simply amazing! The photos are four days apart." —Carrie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.30.

    14. 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 $8.08.

    15. Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask has foamed its way into the hearts of beauty-lovers by lifting dirt and oil out of pores while detoxing using green tea, pomegranate, and charcoal powder extract. You'll be left with taught, clean skin and some excellent selfies.

    Promising review: "This mask is simply amazing. When I first opened it, I was a little disappointed by the size. Surely this isn't enough to last, but I soldiered on, applying little dabs with the convenient paddle. I discovered a little goes a VERY long way. I let it settle for five minutes and it began to bubble! I looked like a little gray pig — oink! Then I massaged with tepid water, rinsed well, and wow! My pores were unclogged and my skin was baby soft. I use products more expensive than this little jar, but it achieved and exceed those same results! So impressed. My skin is oily in my t-zone and super sensitive. This did not overly dry my skin or irritate at all!" —Sam l. Holloway

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95.

    For more on Milky Piggy, check out "This Bubble Face Mask Is $10, Will Give You Perfect Skin, And Make You LOL, You're Welcome."

    16. 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.


    ^Look at that absolute GLOW!

    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 $4.35.

    17. Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule brings ~snail mucin~ to the party to moisturize and soothe acne-prone skin while also giving your face a little bit of a plump to smooth texture. Say what you will about snails, but they do have an undeniably dewy finish.

    Btw, snail mucin for this product is collected in a cruelty-free environment!

    Promising review: "My holy grail product. I have really sensitive skin that is fair and dry. I have a lot of trouble finding products that won't irritate my skin. This serum is amazing, I have no irritation and it pumps my skin hiding my fine lines! And the price is wonderful also, it's hard to find great products in this price range! I am so happy and will buy it again." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $13.89.

    18. 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.

    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 $13.53.

    19. Bye Bye Blemish Acne Treatment Drying Lotion inspires people everywhere to sing its name to the tune of "Bye Bye Birdie" in joy after it nips breakouts in the bud. (Oh, that's just me singing? Ok.) Just apply to a pimple before bed and it'll suck the life right out of it. Goodnight, pimple! 😈

    Promising review: "Literally my favorite product. I know so many people who pay triple the price for 'higher-quality' brands that have this exact same drying lotion. It does dry out skin so I wouldn't recommend using every single night, but it is great to use during flare ups and also before acne breaks the surface. I see significant results every morning when I wake up." —Olivia

    Get it from Amazon for $7.75.

    20. Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Mask uses its titular clay, along with mangosteen, kelp, pomegranate, witch hazel, and kakadu plum to detoxify, brighten, and minimize the appearance of pores. This mask works WAY harder than I ever have, and I'm not afraid to admit it.

    The mask comes with an application brush! Rad!

    Promising review: "I really do love this product. I have had cystic acne since reaching middle age, and this has helped a ton. It really does make your skin brighter and pores smaller. I sometimes use it overnight, just putting a dab on a problem spot and it stays on while I sleep, too. I'm very happy I made the investment and I've re-ordered. Give it a try. Also, putting on mask with a brush was new for me, and now I'm obsessed. It's very lovely." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $46.55.

    21. Christina Moss Naturals Facial Cleanser ~naturally~ removes makeup, dirt, and oils, leaving you feeling fresh and free. It's perfect for anyone who just wants clearer skin. Oh that's basically everyone? Cool, cool.

    This cleanser is great for people with sensitive skin and is free of chemical preservatives, SLS, SLES, propylene glycol, PG derivatives, parabens, sulfates, dyes, and synthetic fragrances

    Promising review: "After stopping birth control, which I was on for two years, my hormones were completely unbalanced and I was breaking out so heavily. It was painful, red, swollen, all around just terrible. I purchased this facial wash after seeing so many great reviews. I use it once a day with the Olay ProX Facial brush that I purchased at the same time. The combination of the two has completely stopped my breakouts. After two weeks of using these together, all of my breakouts are healing and my skin is glowing. I am so thrilled. I was using masks, face wash, blemish spot treatment, everything. But this has stopped me from breaking out completely. I don't even need spot treatment anymore. I still do a mask once a week and I use blotting sheets for oil control in conjunction with the wash and the brush. This product is amazing!" —Shoe Maven

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    22. 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. A hint of menthol also cools and soothes. face feels relaxed just hearing about it.

    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 $6.19.

    Glow baby, glow!


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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