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    33 Splurge-Worthy Skincare Products That'll Make Your Skin Look Like $$$$

    A little cha-ching for a LOT of clear, glowy skin days. 'Cause baby, you're worth it.

    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. 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 promotes firmer, clearer, and glowing skin (hello, chamomile and green tea!).

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    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 $29.50 (cruelty-free, PETA- and Leaping Bunny–certified).

    2. Glossier Solution is truly the ~solution~ (you knew it was coming) to your endless battles with acne- and dark spot–causing pores — we could wax poetic about the whole formula, but glycolic acid is the hero brightening and tone-improving AHA that breaks apart water bonds that attach dead cells to your skin. Your face = ✨✨✨.


    Promising review: "I am 47 and have some age spots/discoloration, as well as splotchiness and some monthly hormonal acne. This stuff is fantastic! From the first use I noticed a difference in my skin. My pores were tighter, my face was smoother, and makeup went on better. You do have to wear an SPF because of the exfoliation, but I wear one every day anyway. After a month of use, my skin is brighter, the discoloration has lightened, and even my hormonal acne decreased. If anyone has used the expensive and hard to find Recherche Biologique 1970 toner, Glossier solution works a lot like that, without the hefty price tag. I recommend this to anyone looking to achieve brighter, clearer, and healthier skin!" —KStern119

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

    Check out our full writeup (and reviews!) on Glossier Solution for more deets!

    3. Bliss That’s Incredi-peel Glycolic Resurfacing Pads are basically expert-grade peels filled with texture-improving ingredients like glycolic acid, Vitamin E, licorice root extract, calendula flower extract, and witch hazel — so you can reveal your smoothest skin EVER.

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    Promising review: "I worked as a rep for a cosmeceutical company, and this product is as good as many available only in a physician's office!" —Vickie

    Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $22 (cruelty-free, PETA-certified).

    4. Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm is basically a spa in a jar — its luxurious rose and mimosa waxes are infused with nine nourishing essential oils (Nine of them! Hello, elderberry!!) to gently lift away makeup and dirt, so your skin feels soft as a baby's bum.

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    Use it daily as a cleanser or weekly as a facial mask! The full size comes with a cleansing cloth that you use to wipe the balm off — while it's warm and damp of course! The photos are a before-and-after situation for the reviewer's first ever use — you can actually see how the balm brightened her face!

    Promising review: "I'm hooked! My skin is acne-prone, oily, and super sensitive. I usually alternate between Murad Clarifying Cleanser and Philosophy Purity Made Simple. I can use the aforementioned with the balm, or just the balm on its own. Using the cloth also makes it go the extra mile. Deep cleans, softens, and smooths the skin. Huge bonus: it smells like spa heaven!! I've been recommending to everyone! Even my husband loves it, and that's saying something!!" —Teeniebkln

    Get it from Amazon for $64 (cruelty-free).

    And check out our best picks for makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    5. Supergoop City Sunscreen Serum, true to its name, feels more like a serum or lightweight lotion than it does a sunscreen, which means you're way more apt to apply (and reapply!) it — because it just feels super nice, not chalky at all, and doesn't leave any white cast. Your skin thanks you for the protection.

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    Its lightweight formula contains Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, and Hydroviton 24 for ample hydration and conditioning. If you're spending the day outside, you can always up your protection to their 100% Mineral Sunscreen Stick SPF 45 or Everyday SPF 50!

    Promising review: "Finally an everyday SPF product that I like using! This product is lightweight, smells like the beach, and disappears into my skin without leaving a sticky feeling. My makeup goes on perfectly over this product. It seems to really protect my face and neck from the harsh Arizona sun. I have now bought this product twice and will continue to use it. Simple, easy, and non greasy = I love it!!!" —Pkster

    Get it from Amazon for $42 (cruelty-free, PETA-certified).

    6. Dr. Jart Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment 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 — so, um, does your moisturizer also make you feel comfortable wearing nothing else on your face? 😍

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    Promising review: "I have a super minimalist beauty routine and rarely invest in products, but let me tell you: This is the real deal. I recently set out to find a unicorn all-in-one product that would moisturize, reduce redness, didn’t feel like makeup, and would have the SPF my fair skin needs. A friend recommended this I can’t believe the instant effect on my skin! It’s light as air, has a beautiful finish, color-corrected my redness, and moisturizes to boot. I. Am. In. Love." —MLRRR

    Get it from Sephora for $52.

    7. Skyn Iceland The Antidote Cooling Lotion douses your oily/stressed-congested/redness-prone skin in a cooling, minty dose of hydration that feels akin to standing next to an Icelandic waterfall — and I'm not just saying that, it actually contains Icelandic kelp in its formula (as well as aloe vera, meadowsweet extract, and white willow bark).

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    Promising review: "I am somewhat of a moisturizer junkie and have tried so many products. I received a sample of this and immediately knew I needed more. It has such a nice, cooling feeling and does not leave my skin feeling heavy or oily. My skin alternates between dry and oily (depending on the weather), and this product leaves my skin always feeling refreshed. It is on the more expensive side, but I feel that it's worth it. Also, a little bit goes a long way. One pump takes care of my whole face and neck. I've had this bottle for about a month now and still have about 60-70% left." —Sarah Myrna

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review of the Skyn Iceland The Antidote Cooling Lotion for more deets (#1)!

    Get it from Amazon for $45 (cruelty-free, PETA-certified).

    8. Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser fortifies your skin with essential proteins and amino acids, while honeysuckle and amaranth seed extract make sure your skin feels nothing but soothed after the fact — all while actually cleansing your skin (duh) and promoting an even skin tone!

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    You know what you and this cleanser have in common? You're both SNACKS.

    Promising review: "I had been a dyed-in-the-wool Yon-Ka fan until I came across this cleanser. I am 71, but this cleanser has taken about 10 years off my wrinkles!" —Barbara Foster

    Get it from Amazon for $26.

    9. TonyMoly The Chok Chok Green Tea Watery Cream is a ridiculously light gel-based cream that contains over 63% fermented green tea extract that retains moisture all day and night by forming a thin layer on top of dry skin — this is literally the key to dewy skin.

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    "Chok chok" refers to ~super dewy, bouncy skin~ in Korean! 💦💦

    Promising review: "This is my favorite moisturizer for many reasons. Even though it doesn't have a lot of fancy ingredients, it's gentle and the ingredients that are in it have low CosDNA (acne ingredient checker) scores. Its texture is really interesting as well; it's halfway between a jelly and a cream and it melts into your skin easily. I've been cutting down on the products that I use in my skincare routine because I've realized that more products does not necessarily equate to better skin. For me, it's better to optimize my routine so that it's short, but covers all the essential steps of skincare (cleansing, actives, and moisturizing). This is the ideal moisturizer for my oily, sensitive skin, so it's remained a staple in my routine." —Charlie

    Get it from Amazon for $25 (also available in toner simply called "skin," essence, and lotion).

    10. Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion helps shrink cystic pimples like no one's business with its potent blend of B vitamins, amino acids, and anti-inflammatory herbal extracts for fast healing — so no buggers can stop you from feeling 100%.


    Promising review: "I usually never write reviews, but I had to for this. I have been blessed with great skin all of my life until I stopped taking birth control last year. One day I woke up and my entire forehead broke out. I tried every remedy — including homeopathic — and nothing would help. It was making me very self-conscious and I just wanted my skin back. I randomly came across this on Amazon while looking for acne treatments and thought the reviews were too good to be true. I decided to try it and after a month my acne was completely gone, and it hasn't returned!! I am so satisfied with this product and will keep buying it for future breakouts." —Kayla McDuffie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.

    11. Mad Hippie Antioxidant Facial Oil works non-comedogenic, non-GMO, and vegan wonders on your skin by delivering ample hydration, minimizing the appearance of acne scars, neutralizing free radicals, and evening out your skin tone — mix it in with your moisturizer, and BAM, instant skincare magic!


    Promising review: "I can't gush enough about this antioxidant oil. It smells great and absorbs well when mixed with moisturizer (it takes longer to absorb just by itself). Because of issues with acne I use oil-free moisturizer, but that alone doesn't do the trick when my skin is really dry due to acne medication. I add four drops of this oil with my moisturizer day and night, and it helps keep my skin hydrated and smooth. My skin has a glow to it and it also seems to help with oil control. This oil has also not caused my skin to break out." —Jamie Lee

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (cruelty-free, PETA-certified).

    12. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo Dual Action Acne Treatment Cream fights acne like a dang superhero with a potent, oil-free formula of benzoyl peroxide and micro-exfoliating LHA (lipohydroxy acid) to penetrate clogged pores and clear all of those pesky blackheads and whiteheads. Cystic acne, who?, @larocheposayusa / Via

    Promising review: "I've been using this product for several years, and I've never been disappointed. It diminishes pimples gently over a few days, and my skin never gets flaky or dry. For reference I'm 46 with oily skin, but my skin can get dry using regular benzoyl peroxide. In addition, if left to its own devices, my face will break out with cystic acne. Not a lot, but enough. This product keeps my face smooth and pimples to a minimum. I know, because when I run out and try to use something else to save money, I inevitably break out once again. When I start using it again, I do use it morning and night to get the breakout under control, and then I can go back to nightly application. As long as you're not sensitive to BP, which is why some may have not had good luck with this product, this cream really does help mild to moderate acne." —josephine517

    Get it from Amazon for $36.95.

    13. Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream is like adding a protein shot to your skincare smoothie concoction — it seriously works when it comes to improving the tone, texture, and firmness of your skin so it always stays lookin' fresh (and less like it's taken a beating from the sun, stress, lack of sleep, and overall time).

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    Promising review: "I'm a huge skincare junkie. I'm all about anti-aging and want to start young, and Protini just took the cake. I have normal to dry skin with breakouts. The contour of my cheekbones are extremely dark and it always made me insecure. When I put this on, it erased any darkness in the contours, firmed and plumped my skin, and made it look more alive and clarified. I don't know how a moisturizer can make your skin look like it is 'clarified' but it's insane what this moisturizer does. It has a gel-like texture that soaks right into the skin. I would compare it to Belif Aqua Bomb, but less 'gel' like and absorbs way better. If you have dry or combination skin, I can see this working on both sides of the spectrum. It is just SO good. The price point is high, but for what it does, I'm all for it. One pump is just enough for the face and I also do half a pump for my neck. It has no scent to it whatsoever and just feels nice and cooling once applied on the skin." —melody1738

    Get it from Sephora for $68 (cruelty-free, Leaping Bunny–certified).

    14. Foreo Luna Mini 2 Facial Cleansing Brush keeps your face looking fresh by digging deeper and gently scrubbing ~all~ of the gunk off of your face — plus, it just feels so damn satisfying, so it's really a win-win situation.

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    Promising review: "I'm in my late thirties and am still struggling with cystic (hormonal) acne. I needed three to four products to hide the suckers, but after a couple days of using the mini, my skin looked better. A few months later and my skin looks and feels more amazing. It's soft and smooth. I still get breakouts, but they're smaller and heal within a day or two. I've got a whole cabinet full of skin products and makeup that I just don't need anymore. Yes, I agree that it's pricey, but think of how much you'll save on other skincare products that you won't need anymore!" —M Gannon

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review of the Foreo Luna Mini 2 for more deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $139 (available in six colors).

    15. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask starts soothing and intensely hydrating as soon as you apply it, and works well into the night and the next morning overnight — plus, it basically lulls you to sleep with its Calming Sleepscent™, which is infused with relaxing ingredients like orange flower, rose, and sandalwood. Cheers to waking up with still-plump skin!

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    This mask feels soooooo good — I love the gel-like consistency, and I feel like my skin drinks it up immediately!

    Promising review: "This is one of my most favorite beauty products ever! The consistency is beautiful, it dries with a softness, which makes it lovely to sleep in. My skin always feels refreshed and replenished after each application." —chongo

    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    16. Peach & Lily Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser lathers into a ridiculously soft, milky foam that hugs your skin and leaves it feeling exceptionally clean, crazy soft, and smooth — I use this following an oil-based cleanser every day and my face has never felt tight afterwards.

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    Read my full review for the Peach & Lily Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser for more deets (#2)!

    Promising review: "I am so in love with this cleanser. All other cleansers (water-based, second step cleansers) I've used before have all been marketed as super gentle, pH-balanced, etc., for sensitive skin/dry skin, but they would still leave my skin feeling tight after being rinsed off and dried. I didn't have particularly high hopes for this cleanser — just a blind trust at minimum that it would do a good job of cleansing. Which it does. It also leaves my cleansed skin looking supple, and I love the texture of the gel on my face. It's the most gentle cleanser I think I've tried that I can also trust to take off the day's filth (I live in New York, so there's plenty of that...)." —Sylvia

    Get it from Ulta or Peach & Lily for $28.

    17. 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+ (cruelty-free but not certified; their website says, "We never test on animals and do not use ingredients sourced from animals.").

    18. 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 — heads up, you won't be able to stop touching your skin or staring into the mirror.

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    Just start with dry hands, flip the top open, dispense a pre-measured dose of powder, add a bit of water, work into a lather, and then massage onto your face for cleansed, glowing skin!

    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 status!" —kjebeauty

    Get it from Sephora for $60.

    19. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream instantly (and long-term) relieves dry, stressed skin with its super-soothing blend of colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, allantoin, and ceramides — it's even safe to use on children and babies, so you can rest easy knowing you're actually treating your skin.

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    Promising review: "Moving to Colorado and coming from a humid city was a rude awakening for my skin. I was breaking out like I was a teenager, having itchy skin from dryness and needed something for my face that wouldn’t make the breakouts worse. This product, along with my acne care treatment, has made my face the healthiest/clearest my skin has ever been! I use it every morning and night and my girlfriend even started using this after seeing how well it worked and how much I loved it. I tried a bunch of moisturizers, but my skin was always so sensitive. This has literally made my skin healthier than its ever been. 100% worth it. " —Edjaniel Torres

    Get it from Amazon for $30 (also available in a face-specific moisturizer version).

    20. Coola Mineral Face SPF 30 Sunscreen Matte Tint protects your lovely face with a whipped mousse-like formula that *fully* rubs in, doesn't leave a white cast, and dries down to a matte, never-greasy finish that's perfect for any makeup you might put on afterwards — and it's especially clutch if you're sensitive to chemical-based sunscreens, so apply (and reapply) away! Summer days are no sweat, literally.

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    Promising review: "Over and over again I try to find a cheaper zinc-based facial sunscreen, and I always come back and spend all my money on this one. The texture of this sunscreen is DIVINE and I have yet to find another sunscreen like it. You have to shake it well for the first few weeks, but it comes out like a light whipped mousse and feels velvety to the touch as you apply it. My most common problem with zinc-based facial sunscreens is that the ones that rub in nicely enough to not leave you white and chalky always made my face way too greasy. This is not the case with this sunscreen. It has a true matte finish and primes my face perfectly if I am adding another layer of tinted moisturizer/foundation. I have a photo allergy to most chemical-based sunscreen ingredients, so I am therefore limited to physical sunscreens like zinc and titanium dioxide. It is really, really hard to find ones that rub in fully, don't leave a white cast, and don't contain nano-particles (which don't have enough research on them for me to trust). This one is the only one I have found that does it all for me." —Kayla B.

    Get it from Amazon for $36 (available in Unscented and Cucumber; cruelty-free, PETA-certified).

    21. Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask exfoliates with pumpkin enzyme, AHA, and aluminum oxide crystals so you get not only one method of exfoliation, but three — manual, chemical, and enzymatic. Three is the magical number...for baby-soft skin, that is!

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    Promising review: "First if all, this smells like a delicious dessert! I am 62 years young and have the typical mouth lines and crows feet, yada yada. My skin looks and feels so smooth after using this, and my wrinkles are not as pronounced." —chickchick

    Get it from Amazon for $58.

    22. Patchology FlashPatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels and Restoring Night Eye Gels are infused with caffeine and hydrolyzed collagen and only take five minutes to deliver intense hydration and reduce puffiness and deep-set fatigue — hello, wake-up call!

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    Promising review (for the Rejuvenating Eye Gels): "Don't think they'll work miracles. They won't get rid of your bags 100%, but they sure as hell will help massively! I'm so pleased. Even my mum has noticed a difference. People always say they won't notice them until I mention them, which is fine, however when something gets on your nerves so much, you want to see a change yourself. I certainly have and will continue to use them indefinitely! I keep the pot in the fridge then pop them on for about half an hour in a morning — or as long as it takes for me to get ready. It says five minutes will do the trick though. I then put my makeup on over the top as usual. Fab!" —Rachael

    Get it from Amazon for $50 (Rejuvenating) or $60 (Restoring Night). Cruelty-free.

    23. Eau Thermale Avène Skin Recovery Cream calms your skin THE HECK DOWN whenever it's feeling sensitive and irritated — its fragrance-free, non-comodogenic, and hypoallergenic formula powered by thermal spring water works wonders on any bad skin situation you can think of. No wonder people swear by French beauty products!

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    Promising review: "This is a holy grail product for me, I don't know what I would do without it. It is perfect for my ultra sensitive skin! I have over 30 contact allergies and this is the only product that works for me and keeps my skin from drying out and flaking." —Bridget

    Get it from Amazon for $35.

    24. Dr Roebucks Tassie Anti-Pollution Serum packs in the antioxidants to protect your skin from natural elements, and it's infused with a boatload of natural ingredients: myramaze, blueberry extract, aloe vera, and amino acids to rejuvenate and strengthen stressed skin — hellooo, skin reset!

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    Promising review: "I'll admit I used to avoid serums for fear I'd break out (my skin is more sensitive than a John Mayer album), but this one isn't over-moisturizing at all and my face really feels refreshed, as if I hadn't spent the day walking through what I imagine the rainforest would feel like if it also emitted carbon dioxide 24/7. It also feels a little tighter (in a good way!), as if my pores are literally learning to close themselves off to smog. Plus, I love that you ~pump~ out the formula, so it lasts longer — instead of eyeballing how much to squeeze out like a traditional serum (I'm guilty of over-applying)." —Emma McAnaw

    Read our full review of the Dr Roebucks Tassie Anti-Pollution Serum to learn more about it (#7)!

    Get it from Amazon or Sephora for $60 (Dr Roebuck’s doesn't test their products or ingredients on animals.)

    25. EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 gives sensitive, acne-prone skin a healthy dose of sun protection without feeling thick, greasy, or overall unpleasant — and over 3,000 reviews (with 75% being five-star) don't lie.

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    Promising review: "I found this gem on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) website. Do you know how hard it is to find a skin product that is safe from dangerous chemicals, gentle on sensitive skin, and that despite all this, still works effectively? It's even harder to find a higher SPF sunblock that meets these criteria. Well, Elta MD has not only delivered on these promises: They offer all this in a formula that looks so natural that it doesn't leave you looking like a ghost or mime. It also applies smoothly to work well under makeup. On top of this, it does not clog my acne-prone pores or dry out my face. It even comes in a tinted version and is made in the U.S.A. What more do you want?? This is my sun protection product for life." —Liz T.

    Get it from Amazon for $33.

    26. Glow Recipe Pineapple-C Bright Serum transforms dull skin into bright, evened out goodness — thanks to a potent yet lightweight blend of hero brightening products like Vitamin C, AHA, and pineapple juice. Sensitive skin types, have no fear, because chamomile will keep your face extra happy, so all you have to do is show off your ~glow~.

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    Promising review: "My skin usually acts up when the seasons change but this serum has me looking like a MF MANNEQUIN! In a good way lmao, my skin is so smooth and bright and stays hydrated. I love love love this stuff!" —SaitlynKribner

    Get it from Sephora for $49.

    27. Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask foams up and cuddles your face in bubbly bliss, which means oxygenating cleansing agents are lifting all the dirt, makeup, and oil off your face — plus, like the picture suggests, there's stable Vitamin C and natural almond extract to help brighten and soothe skin upon getting rid of the preliminary gunk.

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    Promising review: "This mask is so perfect that I struggle to find words to describe just how much I love it. I've been using it weekly for about a month now, and it has done everything it promised and then some. First of all, it smells wonderfully almond, which I love. It's not perfume-y, just rich and aromatic. It goes on easily and starts working immediately. It tickles, but nothing you don't get used to and actually sort of anticipate after a few uses. My skin has responded so well to this product that I will be purchasing it again and again. My pores are clearly and appear smaller, and my skin is smoother and softer. I'm 43 with combo skin and it's just lovely." —K. Nystrom

    Get it from Amazon for $46.

    28. Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel revitalizes and clears your skin in three (!!!) ways: as a physical peel to remove the outer layer of dead skin using exfoliating molecules, a chemical peel to penetrate deep into skin for in-depth exfoliation using multi-fruit AHAs, and a facial treatment promoting brightening and firmer skin using pomegranate enzymes.

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    Promising review: "I love this stuff! I bought it first at a store in the local mall and when I ran out I repurchased from Amazon. Quality was the same as first time I bought, which I was scared wouldn’t be. You do have to follow the directions or it won’t work as well (apply to dry skin), and I noticed people were rating it lower based on not using it correctly. My skins looks and feels so much younger and fresher. It’s the second year of my adult life that I haven’t had flaky skin on my face. I’m so thankful the lady at the mall recommended this to me over lotion." —Tearose81

    Get it from Amazon for $34.

    29. Klorane Floral Water Makeup Remover's star ingredient is cornflower water, which soothes and gently decongests your skin — so your face isn't left red/aggravated/tight, especially if you go in with a water-based cleanser afterwards — while leaving behind zero residue. And of course, it's alcohol-, paraben-, and fragrance-free!

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    Promising review: "I have super sensitive, acne-prone skin with clogged pores and occasional hormonal breakouts. This takes off all my makeup, gently, and hydrates beautifully. I use it as a makeup remover in the evening, before I wash with my foaming cleanser, and I think it has made a huge difference to the texture of my skin. Any acne or red spots I have are instantly soothed and less inflamed. I usually love trying new things, but I'll never stray from this product. I've been using this product for two years now!" —TigerLily

    Get it from Amazon for $24.

    And check out our best picks for makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    30. Pür Dirty Girl Detoxifying Mudd Masque uses calcium bentonite clay to seriously unclog pores, salicylic acid to gently exfoliate your face, and cucumber extract to keep skin looking soothed and calmed — people will think you just walked out of a spa treatment!

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    Promising review: "Previously, I bought less expensive masks from Sally's and Walmart and I can't remember what made me try this mask, but I'm glad I did. The old adage 'you get what you pay for,' applies here. My pores are smaller and my complexion is smoother following a single use of this mask. It tightens quickly and dries fast, so you don't lose a lot of time waiting for it to work. I would suggest using it once a week if your skin is dry, and twice a week if you're oily. I tend to be drier during the winter, so I use it less often when it's cold outside. If I skip an application, I can tell because my skin begins to lose its luster." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29 (cruelty-free, PETA-certified).

    31. Tatcha Dewy Skin Cream is The Cure for dry skin — if you're ready to let Japanese purple rice, an algae blend, and hyaluronic acid to plump up your skin to its fullest, healthiest glow, look no further. Slather your face in this now!

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    Basically this bb replenishes your skin's natural moisture reservoir and protects it from future moisture loss, so you look like a dewy dumpling now until forever!

    Promising review: "I never write reviews but I base my purchases heavily on them. I bought this cream at my local Sephora store and this is literally the most amazing cream I have ever tried. I have spent/wasted so much money over the last couple of years trying to find a cream that was moisturizing, doesn't break out my sensitive skin, and doesn't make my face look oily. I was hesitant to buy it with the price tag, but it is so worth the money and will be buying more Tatcha products in the future." —Makeupp4Lyss

    Get it from Sephora for $68 (cruelty-free; PETA-certified).

    32. Sunday Riley Good Genes is your all-in-one skincare hero: it's a lactic acid treatment that helps to exfoliate dull skin, unclog pores, and make skin look smoother and fresher — there's a new skincare sheriff in town!


    Promising review: "This product is truly amazing! My oily skin feels balanced and much smoother after just a few uses. It's expensive, but there are much more expensive products out there that don't work half as well. Not to mention you will never have to waste $$ on a bunch of products that, when used all together, don't work as well. Good Genes is a game changer!" —Kelsy

    Get it from Amazon for $105+ (available in two sizes; cruelty-free).

    You can also pick up their Game Changer Kit, which comes with full-sized versions of Good Genes *and* Ceramic Slip Cleanser, for $112!

    33. 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.

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    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 I've found — I use it before bed and in the morning to prep my skin before applying primer." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $42 (cruelty-free).

    The results will have you like:

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