No Matter What Stage Of Life You’re In, This Post Will Have The Skincare Products For You

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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.”

A reviewer's skin before and after use, with reduced texture, acne, and redness after with five stars and text "bad texture and dull skin, you need this"


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Get it from Amazon for $29.50.

Promising review: “This stuff should be called a miracle in a bottle. When I use it on my (pretty dry) skin, it transforms it from congested, irritated, and bright red to calm, clear, and glowing overnight. Most of the people reviewing this are using it incorrectly. It’s an acid exfoliator. That means you should use it once a week, twice at the most (if your skin is oily and needs a lot of work.) Also, it should never be used during the daytime. BHA, or salicylic acid, interacts terribly with the sun. If you absolutely must put it on in the morning, follow it up with heavy SPF, but I wouldn’t do it. This stuff is like anything else — it only works if you know how to do it properly.” —Audrey Brock

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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.

The jar of the pink viscous mask, with a hand scooping some out with a tool


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Get it from Sephora for $45.

Promising review: “Miracle-worker. 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 in consistently baby-soft, I have sensitive skin but have no issues with this mask. It’s so good!” —Kresme

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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.


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Get it from Amazon for $34.

Promising review: “I hate putting on sunscreen. I have tactile issues and having lotion or sunscreen on my skin drives me crazy. I also have very fair skin so I need to wear something to prevent burns. I actually read up on sheer sunscreens to try and find something I can wear comfortably. This was on several lists. It’s kind of expensive. But it goes on so light and after it dries in a few minutes it actually felt really nice on my skin. So yeah, it’s expensive but it’s actually wearable, my skin feels better after wearing it, it works well, and while I don’t wear makeup apparently it can be used under makeup since it dries so sheer and non-greasy. You don’t need much, a chickpea-sized amount was enough to cover my face, ears and neck.” —Tara G


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Get it from Amazon for $34.

Promising review: “I hate putting on sunscreen. I have tactile issues and having lotion or sunscreen on my skin drives me crazy. I also have very fair skin so I need to wear something to prevent burns. I actually read up on sheer sunscreens to try and find something I can wear comfortably. This was on several lists. It’s kind of expensive. But it goes on so light and after it dries in a few minutes it actually felt really nice on my skin. So yeah, it’s expensive but it’s actually wearable, my skin feels better after wearing it, it works well, and while I don’t wear makeup apparently it can be used under makeup since it dries so sheer and non-greasy. You don’t need much, a chickpea-sized amount was enough to cover my face, ears and neck.” —Tara G

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*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.

Hands applying some of the sunscreen from the tube


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Get it from Target for $15.99 or Black Girl Sunscreen for $18.99.

Promising review: “I know as women of color we worry about that ashy/white cast type of look when we put on sunscreen or looking oily, but this sunscreen doesn’t cause either one of those things to happen. It blends into the skin very well immediately, it doesn’t have that sterling sunscreen smell and a little goes a very long way. I highly recommend!” —Kayla

Black Girl Sunscreen is a Black woman-owned brand based in Miami. The brand’s products are cruelty-free and formulated without parabens.

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Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask ~pulsates~ as it works its magic, banishing the toughest acne and deep cleaning your pores with calcium bentonite clay.


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Get a one-pound jar from Amazon for $12.90.

Promising review: “Wow. Just wow. I had no expectations for this product since I’ve been dealing with cystic acne since I was a teenager (I’m 24 now), so I went into this purchase not expecting much. I have very sensitive, reactive skin and have never seen any real improvement. After reading all the crazy reviews about this product I figured I would give it a try, again, not expecting much. However, I have been blown away by the long-term results of using this mask. I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply it several times a week when my skin is really bad, and it has never done anything negative to my skin – no irritation, no dryness, nothing. It always destroys every single pimple that emerges. It does bring underlying pimples to a head, and that can be a little disturbing at first, but it is so worth it for the end result. I was considering taking Accutane, a very strong and dangerous medicine, to finally cure my acne for good, and this product has made me completely reconsider.” —Heather E.


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Get a one-pound jar from Amazon for $12.90.

Promising review: “Wow. Just wow. I had no expectations for this product since I’ve been dealing with cystic acne since I was a teenager (I’m 24 now), so I went into this purchase not expecting much. I have very sensitive, reactive skin and have never seen any real improvement. After reading all the crazy reviews about this product I figured I would give it a try, again, not expecting much. However, I have been blown away by the long-term results of using this mask. I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply it several times a week when my skin is really bad, and it has never done anything negative to my skin – no irritation, no dryness, nothing. It always destroys every single pimple that emerges. It does bring underlying pimples to a head, and that can be a little disturbing at first, but it is so worth it for the end result. I was considering taking Accutane, a very strong and dangerous medicine, to finally cure my acne for good, and this product has made me completely reconsider.” —Heather E.

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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.

The box and individual tear packets of the pads


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Get it from Sephora for $88 (for a pack of 35 pads)

Promising review: “I have literally tried every mask and peel that Sephora has and this is my holy grail!!!! I suffer from skin that is dry and sensitive and I ironically get breakouts, sometimes the severe cystic kind. This peel has literally transformed my skin; I wake up with dewy and glowing skin with no acne!!!!” —megank16

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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.

A reviewer's chin before/after use with reduced dryness and flakiness


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Get it from Amazon for $16.08.

Promising review: “I have oily but flaky skin in winter. It’s really annoying, no matter how much I exfoliate or moisturize, my cheeks get flaky. I can’t even wear foundation or powder because it will make the flaky texture more obvious… Anyway, out of pure desperation and tired of spending money on scrubs and moisturizers, I purchased it and started using this a few days ago. It has kept me flake-free! It doesn’t leave a greasy film, it sinks right into my skin. I even wore it with makeup today and my skin was smooth and flake-free. My makeup stayed nice all day. I wish I had tried that sooner, I have the same problem every winter! I apply it from head to toe. It’s awesome and you get so much product for the money.” —MLK77

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*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!


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I’ve been using this CeraVe night cream for almost the whole year, and I have loved it the whole time. I have sensitive, combination skin that’s also acne-prone (especially when I get stressed or don’t get enough sleep so….thanks 2020). I loved it right away, noticing the plumping, soft, hydrating effect it gave my skin after the first use — without any greasiness or overpowering fragrances. And after getting an allergic reaction to a different product, this cream got me THROUGH. TL;DR: CeraVe night cream really is fabulous, whether you have dry winter skin, combo skin, or your skin just needs some hardcore TLC after something goes awry. And for under $15 a jar, you’re getting quite a lot of skincare bang for your buck

Get it from Amazon for $13.98.


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I’ve been using this CeraVe night cream for almost the whole year, and I have loved it the whole time. I have sensitive, combination skin that’s also acne-prone (especially when I get stressed or don’t get enough sleep so….thanks 2020). I loved it right away, noticing the plumping, soft, hydrating effect it gave my skin after the first use — without any greasiness or overpowering fragrances. And after getting an allergic reaction to a different product, this cream got me THROUGH. TL;DR: CeraVe night cream really is fabulous, whether you have dry winter skin, combo skin, or your skin just needs some hardcore TLC after something goes awry. And for under $15 a jar, you’re getting quite a lot of skincare bang for your buck

Get it from Amazon for $13.98.

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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.

The tube of product


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Get it from Skinstore for $8.40.

Promising review: “Within a week of using, I noticed I had an even complexion with almost zero hint of redness from (what was) my ever present rosacea. An even complexion was nothing more than a dream before I met The Ordinary’s Azelaic. Miracle in a bottle!” —Aprilpop

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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.

A reviewer's forehead in two images: on top with more pronounced wrinkles, on the bottom with reduced lines


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Get it from Amazon for $15.89.

Promising review: “I have been using snail products for a few years now and they have definitely helped my fiftysomething, sun-damaged, rosacea-plagued skin. I was curious about this serum and decided to go ahead and try it. The first week of use I had a small breakout, but it could have been because it was a particularly stressful week so I decided to stick with it. After another week I could see where the rosacea was much more calm and the sun-damaged parts (fine to moderate lines) were improving as well. After full month of daily use I absolutely LOVE this product!! My breakouts are fewer, my fine to moderate lines are slightly improved and the skin tone itself is also improved. With visible improvements like this in only one month I can’t wait to see what six months of daily use will look like!” —hear it live

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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.

The pump bottle of gel


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Get it from Biossance for $54.

Promising review: “I was a bit skeptical that an eye gel would actually do all the things they claim, and actually make a visible difference. I use this every morning as part of my morning routine, and the efficacy can be seen in real time! I use it as a morning ritual to give my eyes some self-care massage, and my eyes feel and looked more nourished, awake, and the skin around my eyes are smoother.” —Margarita

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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.

A reviewer's face  in a before/ after with reduced acne, redness, and more glowing skin


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Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (also available in rejuvenating and skin-clearing formulas).

Promising review: “Yay! This stuff is a lifesaver. Recently my doctor put me on steroids to clear up my allergies. I immediately started breaking out like I was 15 again (it was one of the side effects. I should’ve read the pamphlet they give) and being 25, that doesn’t really happen anymore. 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 it 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

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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!

The cofounder of Golde in the green mask


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Get it from Golde for $34.

Promising review: “This face mask is hands down one of the best I’ve ever used and I’ve used A LOT! It makes my skin glow and soothes any breakouts I’m experiencing at the time, I cannot recommend this mask enough!! 🙂 I’ll never be without it!” —Taylor H.

Golde is a Black-owned brand based in Brooklyn making skincare and wellness products based on the idea of ~superfoods~. Their papaya exfoliating face mask is also super popular!

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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.

A smear of the cream with info about the ingredients that's matte, reduced the appearance of dry skin


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This cream is formulated with panthenol to soothe rough skin, shea butter to visibly decrease signs of irritation. And it’s free of parabens, fragrance, and lanolin!

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

Promising review: “I used this after an overzealous micro-dermabrasion facial left part of my face scraped raw. Seriously, it looked like I had face-planted on concrete. And I am a slow healer. After tons of frantic internet research, I stumbled upon this cream. It accelerated the healing process to a few days and without scars or complications. Love the cream.” —Ljtrue

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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.

A before/after showing the difference after using the strips for four hours, with less visible pores after and fewer blackheads


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And unlike Bioré strips, these don’t yank out sebaceous filaments — they absorb oil and dissolve blackheads. I’ve used these during quaran-time, and they’re really great!

Get a pack from Sephora for $19+ (for a pack of eight, four pore strips and four nose strips).

Promising review: “First product I ever used to clean my pores. I never really noticed issues in this area but my friend loved them so much, I decided to use one. I was shocked with how much it pulled overnight. They were easy to wear and worked great with my sensitive skin. Definitely need to get more.” —SammyJo11

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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!).


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Vitamin C can cause sun sensitivity and I am already SUPER SENSITIVE to the sun, so make sure you also put on a good sunscreen in the morning! After just a couple weeks, the pigmentation on my cheeks definitely reduced, and some pesky rough texture on my chin and nose faded away. I definitely noticed glow-ier and plumper skin when I woke up in the morning. The acne marks on my cheeks are basically totally gone, and my skin feels brighter than ever. And no breakouts or sensitive reactions! Just a few drops a night is all it takes!

Get it from Amazon for $27.19.

Promising review: “Bought because Penn Smith recommended it. It is so fantastic for my sensitive skin. I highly recommend this product. It’s moisturizing without being heavy or sticky and it doesn’t break me out. The ingredients are high quality and have done wonders for my aging (55-year-old) skin. I’m a product junkie and have tried so many different products claiming to do what this product does and they failed miserably. I’m hooked on this product! But it you won’t regret it!!!” —Kelly Budde


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Vitamin C can cause sun sensitivity and I am already SUPER SENSITIVE to the sun, so make sure you also put on a good sunscreen in the morning! After just a couple weeks, the pigmentation on my cheeks definitely reduced, and some pesky rough texture on my chin and nose faded away. I definitely noticed glow-ier and plumper skin when I woke up in the morning. The acne marks on my cheeks are basically totally gone, and my skin feels brighter than ever. And no breakouts or sensitive reactions! Just a few drops a night is all it takes!

Get it from Amazon for $27.19.

Promising review: “Bought because Penn Smith recommended it. It is so fantastic for my sensitive skin. I highly recommend this product. It’s moisturizing without being heavy or sticky and it doesn’t break me out. The ingredients are high quality and have done wonders for my aging (55-year-old) skin. I’m a product junkie and have tried so many different products claiming to do what this product does and they failed miserably. I’m hooked on this product! But it you won’t regret it!!!” —Kelly Budde

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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.

A before/after of a model with reduced acne and mroe glowing skin


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In a clinical trial, three-quarters of the users reported cleaner + softer skin after 24 hours, and after four weeks of use, seven-tenths of the users said their skin looked TRANSFORMED.

Promising review: “I have been struggling with acne for as long as I can remember and Solution has SAVED my skin. Haven’t had a pimple since I started using this last month. My usually oily skin has been so soft and glowing and my years of acne scars are vanishing. 100% worth every penny.” —MRB

Get it from Glossier for $24.

We *also* love solution — learn why several of my BuzzFeed Shopping colleagues love it in Here’s Why The Mega-Popular Glossier Solution Is Totally Worth Your Money.

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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!

The jars of moisturizer


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And if you’re sensitive to fragrances, try the extra dry formula, which is fragrance free!

Get it from Amazon for $14.51

Promising review: “This is the moisturizer I have been waiting for my whole life. I have tried moisturizers from what feels like every brand, from the drugstore to the high-end expensive stuff at Sephora. This stuff feels incredible on my skin — it feels like a relief to put it on. It’s not even remotely greasy, absorbs almost instantly, and has the lightest, cleanest fragrance. Other, heavier moisturizers left me with tiny clusters of new blemishes every morning (so frustrating), but this hasn’t clogged my pores at all, and my skin feels soft and plump. I also use this moisturizer to cut my CC cream/foundation to make it lighter (in body, not in pigment). LOVE!” —meems

Check out a truly ~glowing~ review of this Neutrogena moisturizer.

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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.

The jar of cream


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Get it from Sephora for $39+ (available in two sizes).

Promising review: “I have been using this since September and it has been a blessing for my combo skin (cheeks dry from New England weather, but maintaining oily T zone). So many of my friends have become hooked after using it at my house. It’s lightweight, absorbs quickly, and doesn’t look shiny! I put it on after washing my face and let it sit for like five minutes before applying my makeup.” —hotmesshailey

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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.

The dropper bottle


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Get it from Bolden for $14.50.

Promising review: “This product has worked wonders since I’ve recently began using it. Use it in the night, and by the morning I can tell my acne has decreased in size, inflammation, etc. Can’t complain!” —Bridget A.

Bolden is a Black women–owned brand making (cruelty free!) products that work really well with people of color in mind.

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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).

A model using the stick


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Just scrub it all over your face to remove dead skin cells and get to work — then rinse! This is also a PEEERRRFECT cleanser for traveling (no worrying about liquids to spill!)

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

Promising review: “Amazing!!! I have been using this product twice a day for the last two weeks. The blackheads on my nose are completely gone! It also has shortened and prevented several pimples that have tried to pop up. My face has never felt softer and is super moisturized. I’m purchasing another one for my husband.” —LJA

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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.


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Get it from Sephora for $24.

Promising review: “Omg.. this is the BEST lip balm. I have extremely dry lips due to living in a cold climate and being on accutane as a teenager which completely dried out my skin and lips. This rose balm is a savior. The smell is define… smells expensive, rose-y, and just beautiful. This balm is extremely moisturizing and conditioning. I put it on every day right before bed and first thing in the morning. This is a game changer product in my routine and I’m so thankful I discovered it!” —makeupluver84

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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.


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Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

Promising review: “This exfoliator is great! It works very well on my sensitive skin and pairs especially well with my skin when it is extra sensitive after using Tretinoin cream. I like that you can utilize it as a basic exfoliator or turn it into a mask just by leaving it on. It has an awesome scent (light and citrus-y — reminds me of the original Fresh lip balm in the brown tube). I especially appreciate that the granules of sugar dissolve when washed away, unlike some other exfoliators that have non-dissolving particles that end up lining of the bottom of my tub and sink. I really enjoy this product and would highly recommend it.” —LindsayRoseEliz


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Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

Promising review: “This exfoliator is great! It works very well on my sensitive skin and pairs especially well with my skin when it is extra sensitive after using Tretinoin cream. I like that you can utilize it as a basic exfoliator or turn it into a mask just by leaving it on. It has an awesome scent (light and citrus-y — reminds me of the original Fresh lip balm in the brown tube). I especially appreciate that the granules of sugar dissolve when washed away, unlike some other exfoliators that have non-dissolving particles that end up lining of the bottom of my tub and sink. I really enjoy this product and would highly recommend it.” —LindsayRoseEliz

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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 👏.

The jar of eye cream


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Get it from Tarte for $38.

Promising review: “I cannot rave enough about this product. If I had to choose only one Tarte product to buy, this is the one. Ever since I began using it the dark circles under my eyes have improved dramatically. No other eye cream has given me results this good ever. I can get away with lighter concealers or even no concealers now. I used to have to wear full coverage just to hide them but this eye treatment is a godsend. Please never stop making this Tarte!” —Janice R.

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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.


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Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

Promising review: “Simply the best healing, refreshing cream anywhere. This cream is simply magic. I have some rosacea and since I have been using it, I seldom have any breakouts on my face. I had mild psoriasis on my elbows and it is all but gone. One day I got a sunburn and put this on and all the stinging was gone immediately and it never peeled. I have tried many top-of-the line products before this. This is simply fabulous. A friend told me that he had been recommended this by his dermatologist and it was wonderful. I believed him! Glad I got it.” —Carole Ciraulo


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Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

Promising review: “Simply the best healing, refreshing cream anywhere. This cream is simply magic. I have some rosacea and since I have been using it, I seldom have any breakouts on my face. I had mild psoriasis on my elbows and it is all but gone. One day I got a sunburn and put this on and all the stinging was gone immediately and it never peeled. I have tried many top-of-the line products before this. This is simply fabulous. A friend told me that he had been recommended this by his dermatologist and it was wonderful. I believed him! Glad I got it.” —Carole Ciraulo

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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.


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Get it from Bare Minerals for $42.

Promising review: “I bought this wanting a night cream. I love it, I love the feel of it as it goes on your skin and waking up to smoother skin!It has a nice, but not strong scent, usually I avoid all scents and took a chance a bought this product. I have no reactions to it! I’m thrilled!” —Julie60


Bare Minerals

Get it from Bare Minerals for $42.

Promising review: “I bought this wanting a night cream. I love it, I love the feel of it as it goes on your skin and waking up to smoother skin!It has a nice, but not strong scent, usually I avoid all scents and took a chance a bought this product. I have no reactions to it! I’m thrilled!” —Julie60

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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.


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A lot of reviewers who have also tried Cosrx and Nexcare patches prefer these!

Get the box of 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50. OR try their large, rectangular size to tackle multiple pimples at once. Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $8.50.

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 three 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 a huge favor! 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


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A lot of reviewers who have also tried Cosrx and Nexcare patches prefer these!

Get the box of 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50. OR try their large, rectangular size to tackle multiple pimples at once. Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $8.50.

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 three 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 a huge favor! 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

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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.

Hands pumping the bottle of oil


Biossance

Get it from Biossance for $32.

Promising review: “I have a very sensitive, acne-prone and dry skin. My skin usually tends to get very flaky during winter. I purchased this product on a whim and I kid you not, I LOVE IT. It keeps my face hydrated all day long and has reduced dullness that usually comes with living in colder dry states. I highly recommend this squalane oil if you suffer from dull dry skin. This product lives up to its expectations and bonus point for it being plant-sourced and nonsticky! :)” —P

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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.

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These are designed to resurface and retexture your skin, revealing an exfoliated and brightened complexion beneath! Some reviewers use these to prevent ingrown hairs, too!

Get a container of 60 pads from Amazon for $12.48.

Promising reviews: “I’m really impressed with these pads. I’ve suffered from adult cystic acne for about a decade now, and have tried countless products over the years. Adding these things into my skincare routine has made my skin look bright and clear like porcelain. I still get the occasional blemish, but they’re always very small and go away in a day or two. I highly recommend them.” —Caroline Powell

“This is the best product to clear your skin and make the appearance of lines disappear. I had switched products for several years and came back to this because for the price and product, it is better than the super expensive creams and products. My skin is fresh and youthful.” —Amazon Customer

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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.


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Get it from Sephora for $26.

Promising review: “I never write reviews but I always read them. This is a MUST have! If you want the cleaning of “clay” but not the dry, tight, this is your little guy! I have very sensitive skin and I didn’t have to put up with redness or dry after, it just felt soft and clean. This is my new FAVE!” —AnnMarie333


Sephora

Get it from Sephora for $26.

Promising review: “I never write reviews but I always read them. This is a MUST have! If you want the cleaning of “clay” but not the dry, tight, this is your little guy! I have very sensitive skin and I didn’t have to put up with redness or dry after, it just felt soft and clean. This is my new FAVE!” —AnnMarie333

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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.

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Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

Promising review: “I am super busy and not one to ever write reviews, but based on my results with this product I had to take the time. I am so impressed with the softness and glow the next morning. In addition I get adult acne and the healing process as well as reduction of previous scaring has been amazing. Today someone commented, ‘You look great…what are you doing???’ For a product under $20 you can’t go wrong, worth every penny.” —Max Jenkinson

Learn more in This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems.

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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.

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Get it from Crabtree & Evelyn for $36.

Promising review: “All of my friends literally beg to borrow this from me, it gives you such a gentle shimmer glow when mixed with makeup but also an excellent primer and highlighter in general, couldn’t recommend this enough” —Mallory

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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.

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Get it from Sephora for $80.

Promising reviews: “This is by far the best facial I have ever tried! I have used it once a week for three weeks now and my skin feels as soft as a baby! My pores are less visible now, the hyper-pigmentation due to acne has faded and there was a dramatic improvement in texture and tone. And I also got a lot of compliments on my skin now. I have sensitive, acne prone skin and it stings for about two minutes upon application (nothing uncomfortable!). In my opinion, I think that this product is worth the price!” —Zarni

“I absolutely love this product. My 42-year-old skin looks brighter and the tone has evened out with consistent use. My 9-year-old complimented me on my soft skin when I hugged her the other day. I love that it’s clean and cruelty-free.” —Surrender

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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.

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*Just do not use it every day.* Start slow and work yourself up if needed, paying attention to your skin.

Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

Promising review: “I read about this in a Self article and purchased for that reason and Cerave seems to be a trusted brand with the derms I’ve seen. I was retinol shy because my sister had bad experiences growing up (with much more powerful stuff I bet) and I have sensitive skin. Also, I have uneven texture which has not responded to other scrubs or oils. This goes on like a gel, not sticky, I use it every other day, wear sunscreen every day, and have no bad side effects. My skin started to look better, smaller pores, glowing and more even, in a week. I would recommend this to anyone.” —ssstephanie

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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.


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Get it from Peach & Lily for $39.

Promising review: “This has become my must-have, can’t live without. If I have no other products, I need this one in my life. I’ve been using it for a few months now, morning and night, and noticed dramatic improvement in the clarity, texture, pore size. My skin is so clear, less oily, smoother…I don’t feel the need to wear any makeup, which might be a first in my life.” —Angela G.

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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.

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One of my BuzzFeed Shopping colleagues, AnaMaria Glavan, loves this for her dryness and redness: “I applied like I would a moisturizer (it goes on blue but becomes sheer once spread) and hopped into bed. In the a.m.? My skin was nourished, folks. And my usual redness had gone down. I immediately thought it was placebo (I can’t help that I’m a skeptic) so I decided to continue using it near nightly over my moisturizer and…ugh, I just love it so much. My complexion feels dewy without feeling greasy, cystic chin zits are gone, I no longer have that ‘I’m parched’ tightness when I wake up, and my naturally rosy cheeks are now mildly flushed and not tomato red by the time I hit snooze. If you’re struggling with redness, winter dryness, or tend to travel a lot, take my advice and invest in this leave-on mask. It works.”

Get it from Sephora for $32. *OR* get a full-size of this mask as part of BuzzFeed’s limited-edition Birchbox for $52 (originally $62; valued at $205!). That’s eight more products for just $20 more — just apply promo code BUZZFEED at checkout to score the $10 off.

What’s else is inside, you ask?

*Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer (travel-size), which preps skin (or for or without makeup) to minimize the appearance of pores and overall blur the look of your skin (retails for $15).

*Saturday Skin Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream (full size), a fluffy moisturizer with little beads of hydration that dissolve as you tap it into your skin for your glowiest, bounciest skin yet (retails for $57).

*Glamsquad The Untamed Texturizing Finishing Spray (travel size), a never-sticky, translucent product to add instant touchable texture and volume to your hair — in just one spritz (retails for $12, or $22 for the full size).

*Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Liquid Liner, which makes creating super-precise and opaque lines and wings as easy as drawing with a sharpie. Helllooooo easy cat eyes (retails for $35).

*Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Primer (full size), a borderline miracle spray that does it all — and then some: de-frizzes, detangles, protects from the heat and sun, and prevents breakage. Whew! (retails for $28).

*Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask (travel size), a nourishing treatment to help dry and damaged hair in just one longer-than-usual shower karaoke session (retails for $12).

*Glamglow Bubblesheet Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask, which fizzes up to form tiny microbubbles to deep cleanse and wake up your skin in just a couple minutes (retails for $9).

*ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Love Life, a matte lipstick in a fun, poppy red that’ll have you ready for any holiday party…or just an everyday red lip. (retails for $6)

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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!

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It’ll totally remove your makeup, dirt, and oil, AAAAND gently exfoliate your skin in just 60 seconds (I know). ^That’s me! I love this handy lil’ device SO much. It’s DEFINITELY helped clear acne and fade acne scarring. Check out my in-depth Foreo Luna Mini 2 review for all the deets!

Get it from Amazon for $119 (available in six colors).

Promising review: “Love this product, it literally changed my skin. I went from having textured acne riddled skin, to a smooth, blemish-free (aside from the occasional hormonal popups) face!” —Angela Polishchuk

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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.

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Get it from Beauty Pie for $13 if you’re a member or $65 if you’re not.

Promising review: “Please let me take a bath in this product. I absolutely love the smell and it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and nourished, but still light and clean. I have actually found myself ditching my nighttime moisturizer and using this instead!” —anonymous

Beauty Pie is a beauty product club offering high-end products sourced directly from beauty labs to offer a lower cost for members. You can join for a month starting at $10 (upgrade for higher buying limits), or annually for $99.

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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!

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Soko Glam

Get it from Soko Glam for $17.60 (originally $22).

Promising review: “I switched to this product about a month ago (was previously using Banila’s Clean it Zero Purity oil cleanser). I suffer from adult cystic acne and i felt like Banila’s oil cleanser was too heavy for my skin and may have been causing or worsening my acne. After switching to this, I have not had a single cystic acne breakout and my skin has been so much clearer! This product feels so good on your skin, is light and easy to apply, and the green tea flakes gently exfoliate and soothe my skin. Will be buying this again!!” —Sami B.

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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.

A reviewer showing how much peach fuzz it removed with glowing skin after


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Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

Promising review: “Super easy and satisfying to use, you’re literally scraping all of the peach fuzz and dead skin off your face. The first photo shows all of the stuff that this product took off my face, and the second two photos are the before and after I used this product. My face is glowing and incredibly soft now. Highly recommend.” —Jane

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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.

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Get it from Sephora for $32.

Promising review: “I had never used the Kiehl’s brand before buying the Ultra Facial Cream. My face always gets so dry and flakey during the extremely cold winter weather in Ohio. I started using this product shortly before the cold weather started and never saw any signs of dryness. As soon as I finished the cream and started using another, my skin turned on me and went dry/flakey like usual. Needless to said I’m eagerly awaiting my second shipment of this product because it really works!!!” —pattcr22

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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!

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And it’s vegan and cruelty-free.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

Promising review: “Story time: My lips were flaking more than the snow outside. They were dryer than the desert. I followed the directions and it wasn’t cutting into my skin like a thousand knives of fire as it sloughs away the disgustingly gross layer of cells. It also moisturizes like a warm hug. After rinsing away those hug crystals, my lips are given that new life and soft enough to not hurt others’ feelings when I yell about the 2016 Chicago Cubs being the greatest baseball team. Moral of the story: add this to your cart. No regrets will happen.” —Awesomeness

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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*.

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Get it from Amazon for $22.83.

Promising review: “I use it for my rosacea and extra sensitive skin especially aftr intense workouts when my face is super red and irritated. This is an amazing soothing oil for the face. Very satisfied; I just wish it came in bigger container.” —yessis

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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.*

A model with glowing skin holding the jar of mask


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Get it from Sephora for $25.

Promising review: “I am about halfway through the jar and I’m falling in love! When I use this my skin is super hydrated and glowing in the morning. It helps soothe if my skin gets irritated or broken out (usually stress related). I also tend to have dry spots on my face in the winter and this seemed to help. I use about three times a week, although when I was having severe dry skin I used it about four or five times. In addition this jar is a great value! It lasts a while and is a good price!” —sherwood

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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.

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Get it from Amazon for $18.50.

Promising review: “It’s…..a can of thermal spring water. I don’t know what else is in it and don’t really care because it works. I had initially received one in my Ipsy bag and fell in love with it right away. You could buy a (cheaper) can of Evian spray but this one is worth the markup. Its great for calming sensitive skin, sunburn, any type of skin irritation, cooling down from being overheated (put it in the fridge for awhile, it feels AMAZING) or even just setting your makeup if its looking too matte. If you have rosacea, it’s a miracle product and you should buy this immediately. Recommended it to my mother, who was experiencing hot flashes due to menopause and she loves it too. You won’t regret it.” —SP077A

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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.

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Get it from Glossier for $35.

Promising reviews: “I have such dry skin in the winter — it becomes flaky, red, and textured. I came home to my parents’ house for the pandemic and the environment here is even drier than where I live, so my skin has been SERIOUSLY suffering. But this moisturizer is so luxuriously rich! It’s creamy and thick but absorbs into my skin so fast, leaving it cool and moisturized. And the scent is lovely! It’s woodsy and floral, which I love!” —eschmitt

“This moisturizer is amazing! It is so creamy and doesn’t feel heavy but gives your that perfect amount of moisture your skin needs. I put this on every night before I go to bed and I wake up with my skin looking so youthful. My husband even commented on it, telling me how much healthier my skin looked. I was also surprised at how much product you get, I just use a small fingertip dollop every night and it lasts me a while. Definitely worth the extra $13, compared to the priming moisturizer.” —Carrie-Grace

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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.

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Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

Promising review: “I love this face wash! It keeps my pores clear without drying out my skin. It’s so great to use a blemish-fighting product that is adult-skin friendly. Optimal results when used with a facial cleansing brush, my skin is clean clear and smooth. I struggled with adult acne well into my 30s, but this cleanser has cleared it up, outside of hormonal flare-ups. My pores are also less noticeable. I don’t know if they’ve actually shrunk or if its because they’re not clogged, but they are nowhere near the size they were, especially on my nose. Just received my fifth bottle with no plans to switch.” —Rachel & David King

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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.

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I use this micellar water and love it!

Get it from Skinstore for $14.90.

Promising review: “Double cleansing is key for sensitive skin and this Bioderma micellar water helps break down sunscreen before my second cleanse without leaving my skin dry or irritated. Totally recommend!” —Steph

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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!

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Get it from Amazon for $9.62.

Promising reviews: “I absolutely love this face wash! I suffered with painful acne for a couple of years and tried everything from astringents to Proactiv, and even Rodan + Fields. They always made my acne worse and more painful. This stuff, though, has kept my face completely clear for more than a year now. This amazing wash leaves my skin feeling so refreshed. The scent is relaxing and refreshing; it’s not too fragrant, nor does it smell like chemicals. I seriously look forward to using this stuff every day! Also, don’t expect it to smell like pineapples. It’s fruity, but not tropical. This wash also leaves my skin feeling squeaky-clean, so as I wouldn’t call it a drying wash, it is definitely not a moisturizing wash. I just hope that someone buys it and loves it as much as I do! Seriously! Skin products are expensive. This is SO worth it (and affordable).” —Gabby

“Love this facial cleaner! I’ve been using it for years and won’t use anything else. I’m 61 years old with oily skin, prone to cystic type breakouts and wrinkles!! Not fair! This product cleans my skin very well, removes the oils without over drying and does not promote breakouts. I love this facial cleanser!!” —Kindle Customer

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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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Get it from Sephora for $40+ (also available in a larger size)

Promising review: “This oil is one of the best skincare products I’ve tried in the past few years, or possibly ever. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin—basically anything can inflame it—so always worry about ending up with a breakout after trying a new product, especially an oil. This oil does the opposite — it visibly calms down any inflammation on my face overnight, and works miracles with scarring and redness in a very short time. It absorbs pretty fast, so you I am not left with a shiny face for the entire day, and feels hydrating. I’ve used both in the morning and in the evening, and works fine under make-up as well. Would hands down recommend to anyone who has trouble with breakouts or redness.” —LyssaFace

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