Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant (all of your favorite skincare TikTokers swear by it) unclogs pores, banishes dead skin cells, and evens out skin tone. It even works on my very allergy-prone sensitive skin. A whopping 70 reviewers used the word “miracle.”
Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask works like a facial WHILE YOU SLEEP — the breathable, oh-so bouncy formula is made with soothing watermelon (duh), hyaluronic acid, and AHAs to moisturize *and* resurface your skin while you snooze. Aaaand it won’t get all over your pillow.
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen (SPF 40) protects your precious face from harmful UV rays — without ever feeling greasy or leaving a white cast. *And* it protects against blue light too.
*Or* Black Girl Sunscreen (SPF 30) is made by women of color and designed to dry completely clear so you can get the sun protection you need without the chalky white cast you don’t. Plus it contains jojoba and avocado to soothe and moisturize — talk about a multitasker.
Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask ~pulsates~ as it works its magic, banishing the toughest acne and deep cleaning your pores with calcium bentonite clay.
Dr Dennis Gross Peel Pads are pricey, but are pre-soaked with a blend of gentle-but-powerful chemical exfoliants to diminish fine lines, refine texture, and reveal brighter, clearer, and healthier skin. Peep the over 900 reviews on Sephora that also swear by these bbs.
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream keeps your skin from ~flaking~ on you, helping restore your skin’s barrier to lock in moisture *without* ever turning greasy or oily.
*Or* CeraVe’s Skin Renewing night cream delivers on hydration and softness and protects your skin’s natural barrier. There’s a reason people can’t shut up about CeraVe on TikTok!
The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% brightens and improves skin tone, thanks to its antioxidant powerhouse formula. Azelaic acid is a buzzword in skincare right now, and this formula’s a great price.
Miznon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule harnesses all the moisturizing properties of the snail — with none of the s l o w n e s s. It has a super-concentrated 80% snail mucus for a powerful to improve your skin’s texture, appearance, and elasticity.
Biossance Squalene and Peptide Eye Gel reduces the appearance of puffiness and under eye circles with just a pea-size amount. Its niacinamide-rich formula is lightweight but reviewers say it makes a *visible* difference.
Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub says “buh-bye” to dirt and oil, with sea kelp and French green clay to soften and detox your skin without removing all the moisture.
Golde Clean Greens Face Mask is, as the brand says, basically a green smoothie…but for your face. It has chlorella, spirulina, and mango juice that not only look really cool when you mix ’em up and put them on but also makes reviewers’ skin feel soft and looks dewy and fresh. Ahhhhh!
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume Soothing Repairing Balm is your new BFF if you’ve ever dealt with irritated skin. Over-exfoliated your face? Got a peel but went too far? Skin way too dry and nothing is helping? Tried a new mask that did *not* turn out well? This balm has your back.
Peace Out Pore Treatment Strips absorb dirt, excess oil, sebum, and dead skin from deep within pores, clarifying pores to help reduce their appearance *while* preventing blackheads.
Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is like a big ole glass of OJ for your face — reducing discoloration, breakouts, and general dullness for a literal GLOW-up. And unlike many vitamin C products, is good to go on sensitive skin (like mine!).
Glossier Solution is an easy-to-use exfoliant chockfull of promising acids (AHA, BHA, and PHA, oh my!) that reduce acne and dark spots, brighten, improve skin tone and texture, unclog pores, exfoliate, and reduce signs of stress. Like, that’s a lot of stuff.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel absorbs quickly into your skin, moisturizing skin with hyaluronic acid (it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water!). Flaking skin, you have met your MATCH!
Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar refines the texture of skin with a blend of AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids, aka chemical exfoliants), three(!) forms of mega-hydrating hyaluronate, and Asian fruit extracts to boost your glow. That’s a lot of work for one jar.
Bolden Overnight Spa Treatment works overnight to stop pimples in their drafts. Just dot it on as needed and the sulfur formula kills bacteria and exfoliates to hasten the zit’s imminent demise.
Yes To Two-in-One Scrub and Cleanser Stick combines your cleansing and exfoliating steps into one (dare I say fun?) product. And it comes in two amazing varieties: energizing coconut and coffee (moisturizing and tightening skin) and charcoal (removing impurities and excess oil).
Fresh Petal Soft Deep Hydration Lip Balm conditions and softens your pout, delivering hydration for *24* hours. The silky smooth texture and rose scent reviewers love is really just the cherry on top.
Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask scrubs away blackheads and residue when you rub it in, while leaving lasting hydration, minerals, and nutrients with its rich black sugar formula — because your skin deserves a little dessert, too.
Tarte Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment wakes up the skin under your peepers with light-reflecting particle *while* hydrating with fatty acids, reducing fine lines and puffiness so your concealer never 👏 creases 👏 again 👏.
Honeyskin Ultimate Face and Body Cream absorbs quickly to soothe and rejuvenate skin — and can help address concerns like rosacea, dry skin, flaking, and acne. We’re talking key anti-inflammatory ingredients like manuka honey, Australian cehami, and shea butter.
Bare Minerals Skinlongevity Herb Night Treatment goes on like a gel-cream for a lightweight, non-greasy feel, but works hard while you sleep to strengthen skin’s barrier and reduce the appearance of lines.
Avarelle Acne Cover Patches are formulated with tea tree oil and calendula oil (to heal and shrink zits faster) AND come in two shapes — classic circular patches and large, square patches so you can easily treat and shrink clusters of pimples all at once.
Biossance 100% Squalene Oil is plant-based and delivers instant hydration, reducing redness and irritation and leaving skin incredibly soft to the touch. If you’re looking to try oils but don’t want something too heavy, this is a great option.
Nip + Fab Daily Cleansing Pads contain 2.8% glycolic acid for gentle chemical exfoliation, revealing brighter and clearer skin every day — plus hyaluronic acid for moisture and witch hazel to tone and soothe.
Milk Makeup Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Hydrating Face Mask is a great option if you’re looking for mess-free application. Just swipe the stick applicator over your face, leave it on to five to ten minutes, then rinse for calmer, gently exfoliated skin.
Radha Rosehip Oil has over 9,000+ positive reviewers who say it not hydrates their skin, but also reduce redness, fine lines, AND breakouts, thanks to the rich blend of fatty acids and antioxidants.
Crabtree & Evelyn Sunbean Glow Drops combine the glowing effect of highlighter with hydrating and nourishing skincare ingredients (like shea butter and seaberry seed oil) so you’ll be ~good to glow~ in just a few drops.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial lives up to its name, functioning as an at-home, ~facial-style~ treatment that gently exfoliates and resurfaces with a potent but gently blend of 25% AHA and 2% BHA. It’s pricey, but a bottle is still cheaper than just one “real” facial.
CeraVe Retinol Serum is a great retinol option to try if you haven’t gotten into it yet or are worried about irritating your skin — this gentle but effective serum lives up to the CeraVe name and uses *encapsulated* retinol to reduce the appearance of scars and pores without flaking or redness.
Peach & Lily Glass Skin Refining Serum has over 1,000 reviews touting its ability to give that crystal clear mythical “glass skin” with powerhouse actives like niacinamide (a personal favorite) and hyaluronic acid, and frankly delicious-sounding ingredients like peach and East Asian mountain yam.
First Aid Beauty’s Fab Pharma Relief and Rescue mask is a mega-moisturizing and healing treatment for your driest, most irritated skin. Bye flaking! Bye redness! Just leave it on and let the arnica and calendula work their calming magic.
Foreo Luna Mini 2, a silicone face-cleansing brush, washes and exfoliates, scrubbing every drop of makeup, dirt, and oil from your face with each vibrating pulse so you know you’re getting a *thorough*, pore-clearing clean — in just 60 seconds. It’s great for all skin types and ages!
Beauty Pie Japanfusion Urban Air Purifying Moisturizer is chock-full of antioxidant-rich ingredients that protect skin from environmental stressors, maintain skin’s elasticity, and keep an even skin tone.
Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick makes taking care of your skin while traveling so much easier. No suitcase spills, no taking up tons of carry-on room. Just swipe the stick all over damp skin, and the blend of 13 natural oils will breakdown cosmetics while the bits of green tea leaf gently exfoliate. Hello brighter, clearer skin!
Schick Silk Touch-Up Multipurpose Tool shapes eyebrows, trims/removes facials hairs, and exfoliates skin as a dermaplane (have you watched as many dermaplane facial vids as I have??) — all with one little tool.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream has cult-status for a reason. You can use it day or night to lock in moisture, improve your skin’s barrier, and even out texture — it’s lit’rally designed to continue to absorb moisture from the air.
Ultra Sexy Lip Scrub exfoliates your lips with coconut and sugar, but immediately provides lasting hydration and moisture, thanks to avocado, jojoba, and sweet almond oils. Pucker up — that winter chapping has met its match!
Weleda Sensitive Care Calming Oil blends together skin-friendly fatty acid-rich oils with soothing arnica to make sure moisture stays *in* your skin — and uncomfortable tightness stays *out*.
Laneige Water Sleeping Mask absorbs into your skin while you sleep, combatting dryness, dullness, stressed skin, and uneven texture without clogging your pores, thanks to its calming gel formulation. Sleeping just got even *better.*
Avène Eau Thermale spritzes right on to quench your parched skin and help reduce irritation and provide antioxidant protection. Reviewers with psoriasis, eczema, and sensitive skin are leaving ~glowing~ reviews.
Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich contains a blend of shea and murumuru butters, plus ceramides and fatty acids to lock in moisture — p l u s Glossier’s ~Anti-Redness Complex~ to help improve texture and help your skin look less stressed.
Skinfood Egg White Pore Foam tightens skin and pores, thanks to protein-rich albumen (that’s the egg white) so your skin is ridded of oil and impurities, leading to fewer breakouts and surprise clogged pores in the long run.
Bioderma Micellar Water is perfect for your double cleansing routine — it removes allllll your makeup and excess oil without harsh scrubbing or irritating sensitive skin. Now you’ll know you’ve actually removed your sunscreen and makeup before bed — without having to use those aggressive makeup wipes.
Alba Botanica Hawaiian Pineapple Enzyme Facial Cleanser removes impurities and buffs away dead skin while nourishing with a potent blend of pineapple and papaya enzymes. A tropical vacation away from acne or dull winter skin? Sign me up!
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil absorbs instantly into your skin, with its namesake powerhouse ingredients working quickly to fight signs of stress and pollution, including dullness, fine lines, and redness. Basically it gets a *lot* done WHILE moisturizing your skin.
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