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    33 Products To Try If You Want To Improve Your Skin

    Want glowing, clear skin? Look no further!

    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. Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay isn't really a secret anymore, but it *is* a life-changing mask that pulsates the gunk right out of your deeply-clogged pores to reveal the clearer skin that's been lying underneath all along — acne, meet your worst nightmare.,

    Read our full write-up on this magical clay mask to learn more!

    Promising review: "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 hypo-allergenic products. I truly feel this product is a part of why I'm breakout-free week after week. I mix with equal parts water and vinegar and use the sensitive-skin time recommendation to avoid over-drying or any tenderness, moisturize afterwards, and I'm good to go! I also find it works WONDERS as a spot treatment for the pimples that 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.Nae

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    2. Cosrx Acne Pimple Master Patches totally live up to their acne-flattening hype — their hydrolloid dressing speeds up the healing process by covering your breakout with a protective layer (so it doesn't come into contact with bacteria or worse, your fingers), reducing redness and inflammation, and sucking up/absorbing that damn pus.

    Apply when your pimple is ~ripe~ and white pus is visible.

    Promising review: "These things are amaze-balls! Just pop your white head pimple a little, put this wonderful little patch on before sleep, and BOOM — it’s practically gone the next day. You won’t spend days trying to clear the gunk from your zit — these dry it out and you don’t have to worry about acne scars either, especially if you're a compulsive picker like me." —Amanda Jarvis

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $4.80.

    3. Acure Brightening Facial Scrub sweeps away excess oil, dirt, and the works with organic sea kelp, lemon, and French green clay — all while promoting cell regeneration, so you'll be on your way to a brighter visage in no time.


    Promising review: "Yay! This stuff is a lifesaver. Recently my doctor put me on steroids to clear up my allergies, but as a side effect, I immediately started breaking out like I was 15 again. I didn't have a good exfoliator and this one had such good reviews that I decided to try it out. It really works! In eight days my skin was almost back to normal, and felt clean as can be! My dark acne spots were significantly lighter and all the little bumps I had were gone. Will be buying this from here on out." —Janelle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.06 (cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny and PETA certified).

    4. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser is a no-fuss daily face wash that helps your skin retain the moisture it needs, while still removing every bit of makeup and dirt — it's very dependable, as you can probably tell.

    Promising review: "I prefer to double cleanse with an oil or balm cleanser on days I wear makeup or sunscreen, but my skin was getting too annoyed with the foaming cleansers I was using afterward. Now that northern California is burning all around me and winter is coming, my skin needed this cleanser! This is like a mix between a milk and a gel, but it does not foam up. It has a lot of slip and feels cooling on my face. I love the big bottle size and for a slightly pricey brand, this cleanser is fairly priced. I will continue to repurchase this and I bought a bottle for my best friend who has the most sensitive, reactive skin ever, and she loves it too. :)" —gwangarang

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (also available in a purifying version for normal to oily skin).

    5. Aveeno Positively Radiant Overnight Hydrating Facial locks in moisture while you snooze and repairs skin cells with a safe-for-sensitive formula that's oil-free, non-comedogenic, and hypoallergenic — thanks to a soy complex and hyaluronic acid, you can wake up to supple, lit-from-within skin.,

    Promising review: "Really helps reduce the redness I have in my cheeks with my mild rosacea and doesn't make me break out like other heavy night creams." —Chicago913

    Get it from Amazon for $13.29.

    6. Jergens Wet Skin Moisturizer is basically *the* moisturizer for lazy people who don't actually like moisturizing — you apply while your skin is still wet and wait a few minutes for it to sink it. Quick, easy, and no, no more crawling into bed sticky!


    Promising review: "I've always been one who didn't want to take the time to slather my skin in some lotion that took forever to sink in. I have found the holy grail of solutions!! This lotion has the consistency of conditioner. I turn off my shower and it only takes a minute to apply. I don't even pat it dry. I just throw on my robe and start applying my face. It absorbs quickly and it keeps my skin hydrated ALL day! Love it!" —Meagan

    Get it from Amazon for $6.84.

    7. Bio-Oil fades away acne scars, surgery scars, stretch marks, sun burns, and helps deal with dermatitis and other skin conditions — it feels light, smooth AF, and not sticky, so basically just slather it all over!,

    Promising review: "Bio-Oil was recommended to me by my physical therapist after I had a knee replacement. I apply it twice a day and it feels great — and my scar is slowly fading, especially further down my leg. I use this on my elbows too, since they get rough and dry. I like the smooth feeling it leaves. I’d buy Bio-Oil again!" —Christy Davis

    Read our full writeup on this oil to learn more!

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92 (for the two-ounce; also available in a larger size)

    8. Dr. Jart Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30 turns from green to beige and masks redness/blemishes in a flash, all while also providing SPF 30 and a dust barrier to protect skin against environmental aggressors — what does your moisturizer do?

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    Promising review: "My face is pretty much always red for some reason. I also have some acne scars that are healing ever since I started seeing a dermatologist. This stuff is AMAZING. It really does neutralize all of my redness and scars. I haven't really worn makeup since I started using this stuff. Makes your skin hydrated and flawless!" —kt1709

    For more deets, read a BuzzFeeder's full review to learn more (#10)!

    Get it from Amazon for $50.80 or Sephora for $18+ (available in two sizes).

    But wait! There are other products in the Cicapair line: Tiger Grass Cream, Tiger Grass Re.Pair Serum, Tiger Grass Camo Drops, and Tiger Grass Nightly Re.Pair Mask.

    9. O'Keeffe's Working Hands Hand Cream repairs blisters, cracked skin, and whatever else your poor hands have been subjected to by boosting moisture levels and then ~sealing~ that same moisture in for dear life.

    @okeeffescompany / Via,

    Promising review: "Every winter, my fingers and knuckles crack and bleed. I've tried everything on the market to heal my hands. I received this hand cream yesterday and when I put it on, I could tell right away that this was better than anything I'd tried. This stuff started working immediately. I filled all the cuts and cracks on my hands with this cream, and today they are almost healed. I believe that this is the best hand cream ever made on earth." —Steve

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    10. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam uses real ~volcanic clusters~ to diminish excess oil and enlarged pores — hello to the deep clean our skin deserves (and needs)!


    Promising review: "One of the best foaming face washes I've used, and I've tried a lot. It really cleans your face well without being overdrying. I usually try to always remove my makeup first, but when I forget to or am just too lazy, this face wash still gets my face super clean!! It has also significantly reduced the congestion in my pores." —LLD180

    Get it from Amazon for $10.06+ (available in two sizes).

    11. Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum works amazingly on its own as a night treatment, but might even work better in conjunction with a moisturizer for maximum hydration to combat dry-as-a-desert skin.,

    It's vegan, cruelty-free, and contains organic argan oil and pomegranate seed oil, as well as antioxidant extracts such as sea buckthorn berry and goji!

    Promising review: "I've spent hundreds of dollars on products to lighten the dark spots on my face from acne scarring. This has been the only product that not only lightened the dark spots, but it didn't make me break out more! This is like liquid gold for me. I recommend this to anyone who has sensitive skin like me and is looking to get rid of their dark spots. I'm on my second bottle and I get compliments all the time that my skin looks like it's glowing. Also, for the first time in forever I leave out the house with only a tinted CC cream on my face and feel confident that my skin looks good! I will be a customer for life!" —Nenah

    Get it from Amazon for $27.19 (cruelty-free, PETA certified).

    12. Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant helps shed built-up layers of dead skin without any mess (you don't rinse it!) without feeling overly abrasive (it has a pH range of 3.5–3.9) — and it promotes firmer, clearer skin.

    Promising review: "This gel has completely changed the texture of my skin and is not too harsh like other chemical exfoliants I have tried. My combo/acne prone skin looks more even and feels super smooth. My makeup looks better too!" —Angie

    Get it from Amazon for $29 (cruelty free, Leaping Bunny and PETA certified).

    13. Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser has a skin-friendly pH of 5 so it won't anger your already-sensitive skin — it does its job, removing all the dirt and gunk, without making your skin feel like it's been stripped of moisture.

    Sarah Han,

    Read my full writeup "I Swear By This Highly-Rated Low pH Gel Cleanser To Clean Out My Pores" to learn more about why I love it so much!

    Promising review: "Finally something that doesn't strip my face!! I've noticed my skin looking better and a little bit brighter after a week and a half. I also notice my scars are looking much softer and better. Now I can't wait to try Cosrx's other products like the AHA/BHA toner and snail cream." —Musicman

    Get it from Amazon for $10.34.

    14. SheaMoisture 100% Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is the multitasking beauty product you need in your arsenal — it removes makeup like a damn dream, helps with eczema, and wraps your skin in a blanket of nourishment.

    Promising review: "I like to use these as an in-shower facial mask to break down oils on my super-oily skin! I've noticed my skin clearing up after I started using these. Also a great makeup remover! I have very sensitive skin, and haven't had any irritation." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (cruelty-free, PETA certified).

    15. Neogen Bio Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon has triple-layered threading technology that provides mild chemical exfoliation to deep clean your pores and prevent free radical formation — and the lemon extract delivers a burst of Vitamin C for visibly brighter skin!


    Start with the textured side and then follow up with the softer, padded side. You can also totally cut your pads in half to make your supply last longer, since you might not need that much product anyways.

    Promising review: "These pads are a must-have! I have oily skin and suffer from hormonal acne (occasional whites heads and cystic pimples). These pads calmed my breakouts immediately. They also smooth, plump, and moisturize." —Britt

    Get a container of 30 from Amazon for $23+ (available in lemon, green tea, and wine; cruelty-free).

    16. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion contains salicylic acid, sulfur, and calamine to spot treat and dry out pimples that have the dignity to show up to the party, which is your face — yeah, they're not invited, ok!


    Promising review: "I’m 24 and I have crazy dry skin, so I never really had acne on my face, but starting about three months ago I started getting horrible cystic zits on my forehead (possibly hormone-related). They were really painful and always came to huge whiteheads. I tried a lot of typical drugstore brand spot treatments, but none of them did much — then a friend recommend Mario Badescu’s dying lotion, and THANK THE DEAR LORD SHE DID. Over the course of two or three weeks I used the spot treatment as directed and it was extremely effective. It seems like it’s had a lasting effect because I’ve been cystic zit–free for about three weeks now! If you’re looking for a product that specifically acts as a spot treatment and not an overall face treatment, look no further. For real, buy it." —Christa Rose

    Get it from Amazon for $17.

    17. H2O+ Beauty Oasis Ultra Hydrating Cream quenches super dry, parched skin with a fast-absorbing water-gel proven that's clinically proven to double the moisture in your skin — plus, it's free of parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil.

    Water lily and sea grass extracts help condition and promote your skin's ability to retain moisture, and it also has illuminating pigments for a healthy glow. You could say it goes above and beyond the regular call of duty for a moisturizer.

    Promising review: "Moisturizes without clogging my pores! I have cystic acne and this is the best moisturizer Ive found — I use it before bed and in the morning to prep my skin before applying primer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $31.50.

    18. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Chamomile and Rosewater is your skin's secret (or not-so-secret) pick-me-up whenever your face is feeling dry, irritated, dull, or tired — it also works as a great setting spray!

    Mario Badescu

    Read my full review on this refreshing spray for more deets!

    Promising review: "I always have dry skin and this is one of my lifesavers. I keep spraying it on throughout the whole day, because why not? It smells great and makes my skin dewy and fresh all the time!!" —Mariel Nikki Olgado

    Get it from Amazon for $7+, or get all three scents (rosewater, cucumber, and lavender) for $21.

    19. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 makes putting on sunscreen less like a chore, and more like a skincare treat — it goes on weightless, colorless, scentless, and oil free for a velvety soft and matte finish that makes itself totally invisible but still adds the protection a sunscreen should., Sephora

    Promising review: "I have a medium-tan olive complexion, and it’s always difficult to find sunscreens that don’t leave a white cast. This sunscreen is clear! I couldn’t be happier about that. I have also suffered from terrible acne and even used Accutane, so I am wary of products that might irritate my skin. This sunscreen is so smooth, doesn’t irritate my skin, has a lightweight feel, and offers the protection my skin needs from the sun. I never liked using sunscreen because of the greasy/oily feeling and shiny outcome. The Unseen Sunscreen does not feel greasy AT ALL! And neither does it have that typical SPF smell that is off-putting. To sum it up: YES, PLEASE!" —dancebyrachana

    Get it from Sephora or Nordstrom for $32 (cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny and PETA certified).

    20. Amorepacific Treatment Enzyme Peel is a powerful (or should we say powderful?) yet gentle exfoliator that uses natural papaya enzymes to break down dead surface skin cells to reveal smooth AF skin, while green tea extract and allantoin help soothe skin.


    Just start with dry hands, dispense a pre-measured dose of powder, add a bit of water, work into a lather, and then massage onto your face before rinsing everything off!

    Promising review: "This has transformed my skin. Like previous reviewers, I use this in the morning in the shower. It sloughs dead skin off gently, removing impurities and creating a smooth canvas for makeup application. No primer needed! It has cleared up my persistent acne and is starting to fade existing acne scars. Earns MVP!" —kjebeauty

    Get it from Sephora for $22+.

    21. Pond’s Cold Cream Cleansing Balm or Cold Cream Cleanser is the OG makeup remover — they're 50% moisturizer, so they leave your skin feeling clean but also extremely hydrated. Win-win.,

    Promising review: "Amazing drugstore alternative to high end or K-beauty cleansing balms! This lightweight balm melts into the skin, while gently but effectively removing makeup, dirt, and oils. Rinses away easily and leaves no filmy residue. I love to double cleanse with it at night, but I also use it to gently refresh and awaken my face in the mornings. The formula is lightly fragranced — not overwhelming or lingering — which just adds a touch of luxury each time I use it." —anju8776

    Get the Cleansing Balm from Target, or Walmart for $9.99 or the original Cold Cream Cleanser from Amazon for $6.48+.

    22. Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion absorbs quickly, doesn't clog pores, and leaves your skin feeling extra plump and bouncy — it's the perfect pre-moisturizer step to seal in extra hydration whenever your skin needs it!


    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely amazing. It is definitely a weird texture to get used to since it spreads more like a gel than a lotion, but it dries quickly and feels amazing on my face afterwards. I have psoriasis and chronic dry skin, but with my new regimen (which includes some Mizon snail ointment), I never have problems with dry skin. It was life-changing for me really." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $14.79.

    23. iS Clinical Active Serum contains a boatload of pharmaceutical-grade botanicals, like mushroom extract and sugarcane — which to you means effective results, increased cell turnover, improved skin texture and tone, and an overall healthier complexion over time!

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    Promising review: "HOLY GRAIL of skincare, almost as good as a retinol. Keeps breakouts at bay, heals existing ones. It also assists with smoothing out your complexion — just use it consistently and you will see results." —Paul

    Get it from Amazon for $84+ (not certified, but its website says, "We never test on animals and do not use ingredients sourced from animals.")

    24. Yes to Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Facial Wipes one-ups your average makeup wipes and treat your face with a dose of salicylic acid to keep skin clear from blemishes and redness.

    Yes To

    Promising review: "My skin never feels overly oily but I am very prone to clogged pores and big, painful acne spots. I'm a tired, lazy mom of a one-year-old boy and I never have the energy at the end of the day to actually cleanse my face the way I should, so my complexion is always gross. I tried these as a way to at least do SOMETHING for my skin. Let me say, I am very impressed. These wipes do huge things for getting my acne under control. I can have a super big, deep painful angry blemish, wipe my face down before bed, and wake up to that blemish being significantly smaller and on its way to healing. I'm very happy with these and would buy them again once I run out." —Lou Lou

    Get one pack (30 tissues) from Ulta for $5.99.

    25. Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask boosts your skin's radiance overnight with a magical combination of soothing watermelon extract, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and super gentle AHAs — time to wake up looking like a baby!


    Read my full review of this heavenly-smelling sleeping mask (and its matching, but more lightweight, moisturizer!) for more deets (#8)!

    Promising review: "This mask is amazing. Even after the first use, I woke up to baby-soft, even toned skin. Not to mention it smells like heaven! After extended use, I don't need to exfoliate as often and my skin is consistently baby-soft. I have sensitive skin but have no issues with this mask. It's so good!" —Kresme

    Get it from Sephora for $22+ (not certified, but their website states that they do not test on animals, nor do they curate brands who do).

    26. Nature Republic Real Nature Sheet Masks target different skin concerns — like aloe for soothing, honey for radiance, etc —and smell like your very own facial farmer's market. Perfect excuses for a treat yourself night.


    Promising review: "At the price you really can't go wrong. I use one very other night and leave the mask on for about 15 min right before bed and then wake up to softer skin. They improved my fine lines and wrinkles." —Brady Brady

    Get a set of 10 from Amazon for $9.44.

    27. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate replenishes your skin like clockwork and lets you wake up to glowy skin that totally masks how little you've slept.


    Promising review: "This stuff is magic. I study math all day until I reach a zombified state, at which point my skin looks dull and I swear it radiates a grayish hue. But then I put this on at night as the last step in my regimen before my moisturizer, and I somehow wake up looking like a well-to-do Korean woman. The oil penetrates deep into your skin's surface, and then the tiny oil molecules go all Julian Michaels on your skin cells." —SLC

    Get it from Sephora or Kiehl's for $46.

    28. The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion is formulated with Community Fair Trade tea tree oil grown in the foothills of Mount Kenya and controls excess production of oil and sebum on blemish-prone skin.

    The Body Shop

    Promising review: "This product worked wonders for me. I've been having bad acne problems for more than two years. I've used everything that my dermatologist told me to use but to no avail. I was about to give up, but after reading up on the reviews about this product, I gave it a try. After three months of using it, my face cleared up — no more scars and no more cystic-like acne." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12 (cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny and PETA certified).

    29. Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence makes skin visibly more hydrated, plumper, and brighter with 93% naturally fermented ingredients — its fragrance-free formula contains 17% birch juice to add hydration and 9% rice extracts for that sweet, sweet illumination from within.

    Soko Glam

    This legit feels amazing when tapped/patted into your skin. I'll go with three or more layers usually!

    Promising review: "I have sensitive skin so I'm a bit apprehensive when introducing a new product to my skin, but my skin didn't have a bad reaction with this product. It's light and doesn't feel heavy on my skin. Also, I live in an area with dry weather, and this still kept my skin soft and moisturized." —Tammy

    Get it from Soko Glam for $38.

    30. Pixi Glow Tonic is an affordable fan favorite that exfoliates, brightens, and smoothes skin with lovely ingredients like aloe vera, ginseng, and botanical extracts.


    Promising review: "I used to roll my eyes at people making claims like 'I noticed a difference after one use' and thought there's no possible way. But seriously, after ONE USE of this, I actually could see a difference. My breakouts shrunk down and inflammation decreased, my post-acne marks lightened, and my skin overall just looked fresh. This is the only face product I've repurchased in years, and I'm not sure how I survived without it." —Erica

    Get it from Target for $15 (3.4 oz) or Anthropologie for $29 (cruelty-free).

    31. Dermalogica Age Smart BioLumin-C Serum has your back if you're looking for a product that'll reduce the appearance of fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and free radical damage — it's packed with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, is lightweight, and melts right into the skin for the perfect daytime dose of radiance.

    Promising review: "This serum was recommended to me after my facial by my esthetician. I can honestly tell you this is the best skincare product I have EVER purchased. My skin immediately looks so much smoother and almost 'plumped.' Makeup goes on like a dream and I need less of it because my skin tone has completely evened out and looks ridiculously radiant! Worth every penny; it's a game-changer." —Shlee

    Get it from Ulta or Dermstore for $87 (cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny and PETA certified).

    32. Son & Park Beauty Water literally does it all, from removing makeup, post-cleansing toning, to gentle exfoliation — it'll be your go-to for just about all of your skincare needs.

    Promising review: "I am absolutely obsessed with this product. I have very sensitive skin prone to breakouts and it has helped me clear my skin, brighten it, and keep it clean. Looking at the dirty cotton pad after swiping it on my face makes me so happy because I know it is catching everything that my cleanser isn't. It has such a pleasant lychee scent and the beauty water feels refreshing. This is now a permanent fixture in my otherwise constantly-changing skincare routine." —chocominty

    Get it from Soko Glam or Sephora for $30.

    33. Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum and T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum both have pHs at or less than 4, so their formulas are both potent *and* gentle and work overtime to protect your skin against environmental stressors and use AHAs and BHAs to repair dull or clogged skin, respectively.


    Promising review (for the night serum): "After a few months of keeping up with it, I have no more breakouts and everything is smooth. I don't even wear foundation or powder anymore — and let me tell you, it is so liberating. A little goes a long way: I just do one pump and spread it around on my face and under my jaw line before bed. Such a great product." —Mrs. Incredible

    Get the C-Firma Day Serum from Sephora for $80 and the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum for $90+ (available in two sizes).

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