45 Products That’ll Help Make Your Skin Glow In 2020

45 Products That’ll Help Make Your Skin Glow In 2020

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A vegan Acure brightening scrub made with argan extract and chlorella gentle enough to exfoliate acne-prone skin without causing further inflammation or redness. It’s also an absolute 🌟 superstar 🌟 at fading scars and brightening your skin.


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Psst, this cult-favorite and cruelty-free product has over 3,000 positive reviews!

Promising review: “Are you kidding? Why didn’t I find this sooner? THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. I’m 34, and never had a blemish… until I hit 30. Hormonal cystic acne has plagued my chin and neck for years. I’ve tried everything from washes, scrubs, microdermabrasion, facials, masks, even antibiotics as a last resort. NOTHING cleared my skin like this! I’ve been using this product for only two weeks and my skin is clearing beautifully, plus my old acne scars disappearing. People are making comments about how fresh, young, and healthy my skin looks. Its a small tube, but you only need a pea-sized amount really.” —emhart16

Get it from Amazon for $7.64.

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A hypoallergenic Bioderma foaming gel begging to become a part of your world (or at the very least, part of your nightly skincare routine). This cleanser will actually let you feel all that built-up oil, dirt, and miscellaneous gunk be exhumed from your pores.


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Psst, this cleanser is available in a pump and a tube bottle!

Promising review: “This is the best face wash I have ever used. My skin has always had issues with oiliness, and you can feel your face healing when you use this — like you can feel the oil being lifted away! It’s awesome. My skin has never looked better, and I’ve even made it through law school final exams without any stress blemishes.” —Jsal

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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A Neutrogena oil-free moisturizer that enlists the help of neoglucosamine (a skin resurfacing and brightening ingredient), moringa seed, and vitamins c and e to gradually brighten your skin. The best part? It’s even got SPF30 which means you won’t have to worry about adding that annoying-but-necessary step into your morning routine.


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I personally use this product and can attest to how amazing it is — super hydrating, I don’t have to worry about SPF, and it doesn’t irritate my skin at all.

Promising review: “I like that it does not feel oily upon application but still has good SPF protection.” —SHOGHIG ANDAKIAN

Get it from Amazon for $9.79.

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A Cerave exfoliating cleanser gentle enough for even the most sensitive acne-prone complexions. Salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and vitamin d pick up dead skin cells (the kind that cause gunk build-up) to prevent acne outbreaks but is still non-comedogenic, so your complexion won’t feel overly tight *or* break out even further.


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Promising review: “Best cleanser I have ever used!!! And believe me, I’ve tried everything… My skin feels really clean. I noticed a difference in my skin immediately! I like that it is foaming/sudsy and a little goes a long way. Never over dries. Since I’ve become diligent about washing every night and morning, I have zero blemishes. Great cleanser for sensitive, sometimes dry, acne-prone skin. I also suffer from KP (keratosis pilaris) on the back of my arms and this cleanser has cleared it up almost completely. I will never buy anything else! This is my go-to, holy grail cleanser.” —Mrs852

Get it from Amazon for $9.88.

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An oil-free Physicians Formula serum that contains goji and kakadu plum (ingredients that contain your daily skincare dose of antioxidants and vitamin c). This combo will give your complexion a healthy, dewy glow and wears super well under makeup.


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Promising review: “This product is awesome! It’s milky in consistency and has a slight sheen without being glittery. It dries quickly and isn’t sticky, plus it gives me a wonderful glow and a lot of moisture.” —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

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A SkinFood mask packed with black sugar, strawberry seeds, and strawberry seed oil to exfoliate your skin and turn it into the perfect makeup canvas. It has an instant brightening effect that’ll make it look like you *actually* got your beauty sleep last night and the scent? Divine.


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Promising review: “I usually use this in the mornings right after washing my face because it leaves my skin so soft and gives it a really nice glow. My makeup also applies a lot smoother as well, my skin absorbs my moisturizer way better than before, and my acne scars are now gone and it’s only been a little over two weeks since I bought it. This gave my skin the perfect boost.” —Allisone

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

Check out one BuzzFeeder’s review of this SkinFood strawberry mask.

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Bliss makeup wipes you’ll want for those nights in which you are way too tired to cleanse, tone, and moisturize. These oil-free wipes contain aloe, chamomile, and marshmallow root to both cleanse *and* hydrate your face at the same darn time. (If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to try these ASAP.)


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These wipes are also vegan and cruelty-free!

Promising review: “These are the best makeup removing wipes I have ever tried! I have sensitive skin and most other wipes burn my skin when I use them, but these are actually soothing.” —gunterje

Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $5.99.

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A chamomile, menthol, and aloe Burt’s Bees deep-cleansing cream perfect for sensitive skin and all skin types: dry, oily, and combination. The hint of menthol will cool and soothe your skin while chamomile and aloe provide that squeaky deep clean.


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Promising review: “This stuff is INCREDIBLE! The smell is wonderful and invigorating, and you can feel how deeply it cleans your skin without being harsh. I follow this up with a light moisturizer, and it is the perfect combo for my skin. Love love love it!” —SC.

Get it from Amazon for $6.30

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A cotton and bamboo Ecotools cleansing brush capable of clearing away every speck of dirt, oil, and makeup residing on your face. Just pair this with your face wash for an extra deep pore cleanse and facial message all wrapped up in one.


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Promising review: “Among all the tools I’ve tried, this one stands out because of some unique features. What makes this brush work great for me is the combination of these features: short, soft, and densely packed bristles. This makes the brush both non-irritating and deep cleansing. It easily removes my medium weight makeup, but at the same time, never feels too rough on the delicate under-eye area. I also think the handle-free ergonomic body adds to its functionality, allowing you to apply even pressure on the tool. Plus the flat base allows it to stand (versus lying down) and dry super fast.” —VeloCat

Get it from Amazon for $3.59.

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An oil serum here to deliver some SERIOUS glow, the kind you’ll say ~I dew~ to after about .5 seconds of wear. A blend of nourishing oils, fruit extract, and sugarcane squalane offer hydration and visibly brighter skin while light-reflecting minerals will give your complexion that “I drink a TON of water” radiance.


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This bottle of magic is also hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, vegan, and non-comedogenic.

Promising review: “I swear, I feel *happy* when I put this on. I put one drop on my fingers, warm it up, then pat all over my face and neck. My skin instantly feels refreshed, hydrated, and most important of all, healthy. It’s easily absorbed but I don’t lose moisture over time. My skin stays bouncy and plump throughout the day, even when inside an air-conditioned office. The glass skin look you get with this is just the cherry on top. Excellent product and unlike anything I’ve ever seen out there. Great job, Glossier!” —K

Get it from Glossier for $24.

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Cotton Mediheal sheet masks packed with ingredients like willow bark, rosemary, tea tree oil, chamomile, and asiatic pennywort — all of which work in perfect harmony to exfoliate and stop pimple problems in their tracks while simultaneously calming down your complexion.


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This mask even has a built-in timer of 15 minutes! The logo will begin to appear once the time has come to remove it, which is pretty freakin’ brilliant.

Promising review: “This is probably my favorite sheet mask for calming my skin when I have inflamed acne lesions. When I have active breakouts, I like to leave this mask on until it dries completely, which seems to help reduce the size and redness of acne much more than simply leaving the mask on for 20 minutes.” —clinton

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $9.95.

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A Neutrogena hyaluronic skincare set to combat winter dryness with an absolute vengeance. In addition to a hydrating sheet mask, lip treatment, and overnight gel, this kit also comes with a full-sized jar of the cult-favorite hydro boost moisturizer (a fragrance-free moisturizer packed with hyaluronic acid to improve dryness and provide ~ultimate~ hydration for up to 48 hours).


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Psst, pro tip if you have extra dry skin: apply this formula to damp skin, let it dry, and then use your daily moisturizer to really lock in the effects.

Promising review: “Two words: Holy. Grail. I’ve been using this moisturizer for about six months and it is fabulous! I don’t like cream moisturizers because they feel too heavy on my skin, so I decided to try this gel blend. It is super lightweight and does not leave my skin feeling sticky at all. I’m fact, it makes my skin feel buttery soft! The hyaluronic acid in it adds a nice touch of brightening, as well. Highly recommend this if you’re looking for an everyday moisturizer!” —Kasey Hamilton

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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A Radha rosehip oil currently negotiating a movie deal with Marvel because this little bottle of magic is a superhero worthy of its own franchise. This 100% pure rosehip oil moisturizes your skin without making it greasy, evens out scarring, and (of course) helps keeps the evil pimple monsters away.


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Promising review: “This oil is amazing!! It has evened out my skin tone, balanced my oily and dry patches, and cleared up my blemishes — all in only two weeks of use. This is the best my skin has ever looked, and even my friends and coworkers are noticing.” —Alyssa

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

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A rosewater Mario Badescu facial spray with so many uses, it’s hard to keep track of ’em all! This can set and refresh makeup, give foundation a dewy appearance, add refreshing hydration to dull-looking skin, and help keep breakouts at bay. It also doesn’t hurt that the scent is freakin’ fantastic.


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This facial spray is packed with aloe, herbs, and rose water to give a glowy, dewy look that will make even a full face of foundation look au naturale.

Promising review: “”The redness on my cheeks has gone way down and I have a much more even complexion after just four days. I’ve been lightly spraying this on my face after cleansing with the Mario Badescu Rice Milk Carnation Cleanser and again first thing upon waking. It smells very nice and magically fixes skin problems — even my acne has cleared up! I’m very impressed.” —Terryoke

Get it from Amazon for $7+.

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Hydrocolloid, tea tree, and calendula oil pimple patches you should slap on a zit to a) prevent picking, and b) speed up the ~draining~ process of said zit. Plus, these are transparent enough to wear while running errands without anyone in the world giving you a second glance.


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I know, I know. You may feel robbed of the satisfying feeling that comes with popping a pimple, but this method is MUCH better because it won’t leave a scar. To quote the Beatles, just let it be.

Promising review: “I love these things! My acne-riddled, hormonal life is made easier by these beautiful little patches. The variety pack is best because the big squares can be cut to size, and boy do they stick! They do what they say. I’ve had cysts go down without popping. I’ve popped some (yes yes, I know, don’t pick, people!) and patched em, and it’ll drain. I’ve given them to friends who get cysts in the WORST places, and they always go down and definitely takes the edge off the pain overnight. If there’s a spot that’s weeping, stick one on there and it’ll put an end to that.” —Renee

Get a pack of 40 from Amazon for $8.07.

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Bioré pore strips that act like magnets for trapped gunk and deep-rooted oil. These amazingly satisfying strips (the review pics are *ahem* delicious) have the ability to reduce the appearance of blackheads and remove a significant amount of them after ~just~ one use.


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So how do these work? Wash your face, wet your nose, peel off the plastic liner on the strip, and stick it on. In about 10 to 15 minutes, the strip will dry up and feel stiff. Then, just slowly peel it off and VOILÀ!

What are the results? The deep-rooted dirt, pesky oil, and annoying blackheads buried within your nose will come to the surface — without irritating your skin in the process.

Promising review: “Want to feel disgusting about your previous self from five minutes ago? Wet down your schnoz and toss one of these babies on there. It will transform from malleable and comfortable to a stiff sticky pad on your face. After your 5 minuets of waiting is up and you are ready to see what disgusting things have been cratered in your nose, pull this baby off. Nice and slow, from one side to the other. Feel the rush of excitement as your nose has its blackheads ripped from their pores and you feel cleaner than you do after a shower. Then, flip it over and inspect it closely to see how many nasty blackheads were previously calling your nose home. Take a pick or show to a friend, preferably both. Then crumple it up and throw it away and begin the countdown until the next extraction.” —r0bdawg11

Get a pack of seven nose strips and seven face strips for $7.52.

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A Garnier under-eye cream roller with cooling caffeine, mint, and vitamin c to help prevent and reduce the appearance of dark circles, because no one needs to know that we binged The Office yet again last night and got about one minute of sleep. Reviewers even swear that this tiny tool is an absolute beast with morning puffy eyes.


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Promising review: “If you have puffy or heavy bags under your eyes, use this. I’ve tried others products and all were epic fails. This is the only one that has worked.” —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $8.59.

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An oil-free, soap-free La Roche-Posay foaming gel to kick both your acne and your oily t-zone to the curb. For a matte complexion that stays matte throughout the entire day, this morning and night cleanser is destined to become your new holy grail.


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Promising review: “This stuff WORKS. I have very oily acne-prone skin and have tried all sorts of things with minimal success. I have been washing my face twice a day with this stuff for about two weeks now and the difference is incredible! I haven’t gotten any new large pimples and everything I had has cleared up. When I first started washing my face with this, I would use it at night and in the morning the sores on my face were way less red and inflamed than when I went to bed. Super impressive.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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A Pond’s cold cream cleanser that is *the* definition of tried-and-true. This inexpensive gem of a product is hypothetically the only item you’ll need to stash in your skincare travel bag: a few quick swipes will dissolve makeup and give your skin a hefty dose of moisture.


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Promising review: “This is my favorite cleanser of all time. I have EXTREMELY dry skin and even the most ‘gentle’ cleansers will make me dry up like a lizard and peel. However, I discovered Pond’s a few years back and it is a miracle worker. A little goes a very long way and because it’s a cream, it applies like a lotion that sits on the skin, and is super easy to remove without tugging at my skin. And the best part..it doesn’t dry me out. It also works EXTREMELY well to remove makeup. I hate liquid eye makeup removers because they always leave me feeling greasy, but this stuff removes even the hardest of liners, foundations, you name it, but is still gentle enough to use around my eyes.” —HaleyDanielleReviewer

Get it from Amazon for $5.29.

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Single-step vegan Bliss resurfacing pads capable of ~peeling~ off dead skin cells with just one swipe. Glycolic acid will slowly be released to reduce fine lines, even out discoloration, and improve brightness — and unlike your typical peel, these pads contain witch hazel, licorice, and calendula flower extract to keep irritation at bay.


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Promising review: “These are AMAZING. Makes my skin look fabulous and is a great exfoliating product. Just be sure to moisturize well after use!” —AB

Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $19.99.

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A SkinFood foaming cleanser guaranteed to become an ~egg-cellent~ addition to your skincare routine. A dose of Albumen (AKA egg whites) will help naturally tighten your pores and get rid of excess oil, all while a rich lather turns wiping away your foundation into an act of luxury.


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Promising review: “Just a tiny bit of this wonderful cleansing cream is all you need for the foaming magic to begin. The scent has nothing to do with eggs at all; it has a fresh lovely scent, and it leaves my skin feeling clean, not dry or oily. It’s just perfect. I’m so happy with my purchase.” —Nina Catanese

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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An oil-free La Roche-Posay micellar water that is tough on makeup but gentle on sensitive skin, meaning you won’t experience extreme dryness or a sudden acne outburst whenever you take off your foundation pre-zzz’s.


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Promising review: “This is by far the best Micellar water I’ve ever used. I was previously using different brand and while both were ok, this removed all my waterproof makeup, cleaned all the dirt on my face, and left my skin feeling soft and ready for makeup. Plus, no oily residue!” —Nicole

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

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A Glow Recipe soufflé cream you’ll want to slather on after a long, cold, stressful day (so perhaps…every day). This will restore your skin’s hydration and calm blotchiness thanks to ingredients like banana, magnesium, turmeric, chia, and cica, all of which work in harmony to strengthen your skin barrier and give it some legitimate glow.


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Promising review: “This moisturizer is simply amazing. Upon contact, the moisturizer effortlessly melts into your skin leaving your face feeling extremely soft, hydrated, and most importantly NOT oily or greasy. I was nervous at first when I felt it that it could be an oily finish, but my skin absorbed the product instantly and gave me a healthy glow.” —drumarty

Get it from Sephora for $39.

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A FaceTory detox mask that draws icky impurities to the surface (you can thank a blend of charcoal powder and volcanic ash extract for that) before promptly allowing you to say ~sayonara~ to enlarged pores, a greasy t-zone, and pesky breakouts.


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Promising review: “Really great quality and the perfect before bedtime sheet mask. The quality of ingredients is really evident with noticeable results and the sheet mask itself comes with extra serum in the pouch.” —Mrs. Munster

Get a pack of five from Amazon for $8.25.

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An Ancient Greek Remedy facial oil that is truly a skincare jack-of-all-trades. This stuff softens skin, helps heal acne, aids in ridding scarring and stretch marks, and provides a large dose of 🗣️MOISTURE. This blend of extra virgin olive, almond oil, grape seed oil, lavender essential oil, and vitamin e can also be used to moisturize cuticles, strengthen nails, and can be used on dry, itchy scalps that have begun to flake.


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Promising review: “I have combination skin on my face, my scalp gets dry, and I get mild eczema on my ankles, calves, arms and hands, AND my hair is oily at the root and dry on the ends. However, after using this product for three months, ALL of those problems are gone!!! I have clear and healthy skin on my face. No embarrassing flakes on my shoulders. No combination oily / dry skin anywhere. It smells GREAT. It’s gentle and free of harmful chemicals and parabens. My hair is NOT oily, and the ends are nourished and healthy. It’s safe to use on my children and my bf’s daughter who has severe eczema. I could go on and on about this product. I really could. I wish there were more stars to give them. Everyone that uses this (at my house) raves about it as well. Try it out and I swear you will NOT be disappointed.” —Crystle D

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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An Elemis ginseng toner you’ll want to spritz around mid-afternoon, when your skin is starting to feel dry and you’re in desperate need of more coffee. A quick blast of this alcohol-free mist will refresh, soothe, and rebalance your pH level (AKA mattify the oily parts and hydrate the dry ones).


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Promising review: “Your face doesn’t get oily when you put moisturizer on after this toner, which allows my makeup to glide on. Doesn’t dry out my face and doesn’t smell like alcohol. It has a lovely scent, but it doesn’t linger after it drys. This is great.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $27 (originally $36).

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A limited-edition BuzzFeed X Birchbox beauty box packed with nine splurge-worthy favorites in the skincare, haircare, and makeup realm. The best part? You’ll pay $62 — but they’ll actually be receiving over $200 worth of cult-favorite products.


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This box includes a Smashbox Cosmetics foundation primer, a First Aid Beauty hydrating mask, a Saturday Skin probitioc cream, a Glamsquad finishing spray, a

Kevyn Aucoin felt tip liquid liner, a Bumble and bumble hair oil primer, a Glamglow bubble sheet mask, an Amika hair nourishing mask, and a ColourPop Cosmetics lipstick.

Get it from Birchbox for $62 (value over $200).

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A daily face (and body!) Cerave moisturizing cream that is a miracle product for dryness, redness, and breakouts. This hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, fragrance-free face cream is made with hyaluronic acid and ceramides to provide nongreasy 24-hour hydration.


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Promising review: “If you are doubting this product, stop what you are doing and buy it right now. It WILL change your life. I had SEVERE eczema on my face and it was incredibly painful: I had red, inflamed, itchy, flaky, and disgusting skin. I tried everything, from organic to high-priced products, and nothing worked until I picked up a $2 sample of this at Walgreens after reading the reviews online. Well, it is a miracle product. My face feels amazing. I use it twice daily, and my eczema is gone. It has also diminished my acne breakouts by 98%. I also want to add that I didn’t get anything for free or was asked to do this review, I just honestly needed to share my experience.” —Susana Rodriguez

Get it from Amazon for $15.06.

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A La Roche-Posay gel cleanser with a favorite five-letter word: C-L-E-A-R. This salicylic acid wash targets (and destroys) blackheads and whiteheads while ridding surface oil by up to 47%, so yeah! Clear complexions ahead.


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It’s also surprisingly gentle enough to use twice a day, meaning you’ll be able to attack acne in the AM *and* the PM without making your complexion overly dry.

Promising review: “I was lucky enough to have clear skin in high school so I never understood how awful acne really is. When I was about 21-22 years old, I switched to a birth control implant, and that thing wreaked havoc on my entire life. I suddenly had horrible cystic acne. Not only did it make me self conscious and uncomfortable, but it was actually so painful — laying on my pillow hurt my face! To top it all off, my skin was also dry, and irritated. I tried every skin care line on the market for about two to three years, with no, or very little, results. Finally, I found La Roche-Posays skincare products. Within four days, the inflammation decreased, the redness was fading, and my skin felt less dry. By two weeks, my skin was practically clear! I have been using this product for about four to five years now, and I haven’t had a single outbreak, EXCEPT for the time I wanted to try a different product to save money. Huge mistake, one I will not make again.” —LadyHawke

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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A non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic Aveeno daily scrub packed with soy extract to exfoliate (tldr; goodbye dullness and dead skin) while an impressive blend of jojoba and castor oils leave you soothed and moisturized. Victory! The best of both worlds is yours.


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Promising review: “I have extremely sensitive, acne-prone skin and many products just make my skin worse. This is one of the few scrubs that I can actually use every day and it does NOT break me out or irritate my skin. Plus, it really does help to gradually brighten my complexion and give a more radiant look. It will not happen overnight, but with regular use, you will see a difference. It took a couple months for me with daily usage (once a day – most of the time in the shower). I love the consistency and how gentle the scrub is. I don’t have to worry about it agitating my skin or any active breakouts.” —ChalmondFashew

Get it from Amazon for $5.64.

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A bottle of Glossier Solution; a powerful chemical exfoliant that bids adieu to dead skin. This cruelty-free concoction uses several acids (AHA, BHA, and PHA) to unclog pores, fight acne, and do away with dark spots — all while moisturizing, conditioning, and exfoliating your skin. HOORAY!


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Promising review: “I was really skeptical about buying this, but I’m so happy I did! I started using this about a month ago: I first noticed that my skin texture was WAYYY smoother, and then I noticed that all of my active acne fully went away. This product has also been a lifesaver for diminishing dark spots! I use this product every night, follow it up with rosehip oil, and it’s perfect.” —Alexa

Get it from Glossier for $24.

Read more about why we love Glossier’s Solution so much.

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A daily Vanicream moisturizer ideal for both your face and body! If you’ve ever struggled with eczema, you need to try this paraben-, formaldehyde-, dye-, and fragrance-free formula ASAP — over 2,000 people swear by it.


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Psst, this has over 2,500 positive reviews!

Promising review: “I have struggled with very persistent eczema for years and this product has been a godsend. I have never had any irritation from this lotion and it has gone miles towards healing my rashes and open wounds. I have used this religiously for about two years now and I am never going back!” —Lauren B.

Get it from Amazon for $12.76.

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A jade roller and gua sha set to give yourself the gift of an at-home facial massage. This facial duo is said to promote circulation, tighten skin, improve the effectiveness of your other skincare products, and help with lymphatic drainage to keep your face feeling glorious and de-puffed.


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Promising review: “I don’t even really care if this is good for my complexion, it feels so good to roll it on my face I would do it if there were no other benefits! That being said, I do feel it’s making my skin smoother and less puffy over time. I leave it in the freezer and roll it on my face with some coconut/lavender oil serum in the morning. The quality of the roller seems top tier, and the jade is absolutely stunning!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.77.

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An Eva Naturals face serum because adult acne is garbage and according to reviewers, this stuff truly helps. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid, retinol, aloe, salicylic acid, and niacinamide work in harmony to solve your most annoying skin problems from acne and dark spots to dehydration and redness.


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Promising review: “I have never felt more compelled to write a product review before. This stuff is INCREDIBLE. I have tried almost everything to improve my skin. I continue to get acne in my mid-30s and literally everything else I’ve tried has not worked, including prescription topical cream and oral medication. This has saved my skin! I have had very few breakouts, and if anything pops up, this takes care of it quickly! My skin feels moisturized and looks smoother and healthier overall. This is truly one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I’m thankful I stumbled upon this serum!” —J.C. Denton

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

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A KOSE oil cleanser that may confuse you at first (“But why would I put more oil on oily skin!” “That makes no sense!”), but bear with me — your skin is overproducing oil because it’s in desperate need of moisture. This stuff? It’ll remove all traces of makeup and built-up gunk while still giving your complexion a dose of hydration needed to halt all that excess sebum.


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Promising review: “This is a holy grail cleanser that saved my skin from cystic acne and blackheads. A full bottle of this cleansing oil lasted me about a little over seven months. For reference, I have super oily skin that is also very sensitive and acne-prone. Although this particular brand does contain mineral oil, I didn’t have any reactions to it since I was able to lightly rub the oil onto my entire face and gently take off all of my makeup at once! It emulsifies into a milky wish liquid upon contact with water. I recommend only using 1-3 pumps and gently sweeping in wiper-blade motions, not rubbing too hard on your skin. Since this is oil, it miraculously lifts and pulls on the dirt and debris trapped inside my (huge) pores and made my blackheads nearly invisible for most of the time after cleansing.” —SAPfan

Get it from Amazon for $9.85.

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A non-comedogenic, fragrance-free Cerave moisturizing cream here to fight body breakouts with a vengeance. “You can run, BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE!” —you to your chest, back, and butt acne.


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This formula contains salicylic acid, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin d that exfoliates dead skin cells. The result? Now that said dead skin cells are out of the way, the actual moisturizing properties of the cream will able to really seep into your skin for ultimate hydration.

It’s also SUPER effective at combatting (and calming) psoriasis outbreaks! Proof in the photos above.

Promising review: “I get back acne, but it’s also extremely dry, itchy, and my skin is very sensitive. This cream is amazing! It has reduced my back acne significantly while also being incredibly moisturizing. It also makes my skin so soft!

Five stars!” —RosaRoe

Get it from Amazon for $17.28.

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A Nivea intensive cream capable of ~duping~ you into thinking it’s a much more expensive brand (alas, it is actually affordable). This rich formula melts into your skin and is the perfect overnight treatment for anyone with dry, patchy skin.


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Promising review: “I was under the impression that cremes like Nivea are extremely oily and sticky. But dude, I love this. I was in Philadelphia and it was really cold there, so my skin ended up getting extremely dry. I stayed with a friend who had this, and I tried it out because I couldn’t find any other moisturizer​ in her bathroom. And boy oh boy, my skin was rejuvenated after just one use. Like, I am not kidding — my skin immediately felt super hydrated and moisturized, almost like the moisture had reached to the deepest of layers my face! The immediate effect is slightly sticky, but just give it some time to absorb. Please give it a try, you won’t regret it.” —A. K. Singh

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

38.

An Alba Botanica facial cleanser that sees a bright future ahead (by bright, I mean your complexion). This hypoallergenic wash enlists the help of pineapple enzymes to gently reveal glowing and radiant skin without any harsh rubbing required.


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Promising review: “This stuff is the best. I use it all the time and it’s gentle, removes makeup, isn’t overly drying, and doesn’t sting my eyes. I’d say I have combination skin (though not terribly oily) and my skin is quite sensitive. This works great on my face! I’ll be sad if this is ever discontinued because it’s a perfect cleanser at a perfect price. People compliment my skin all the time and ask what my secret is and they’re always surprised to learn it’s not some pricey obscure product, just this cleanser that’s consistently been in my skincare routine.” —mel

Get it from Amazon for $5.73.

39.

A micro needle roller that is MUCH more affordable (we’re talking an $80 difference) than other rollers on the market, but equally as effective. This is heaven sent for scarring and indentations caused by cystic acne, and can improve the effectiveness of all the products in their skincare regiment.


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Just roll this back and forth about four to five times on each problem area, and be sure to apply just a tiny touch of pressure to avoid hurting your skin.

Also! Sterilize before and after use. When you’re done with it, be sure to store it in the provided case to keep it nice and protected.

Promising review: “The older I get, the longer my skin takes to heal and it’s brutal. I bought this on a whim and goodness, it’s awesome. It has noticeably sped up my healing process. Indentations are filling in, raised patches are flattening out, and dark spots are lightening up. It is crazy effective.” —Brittany Lynn Wolff

Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

40.

A cruelty-free nügg sleep mask here to save parched complexions and have ’em crying hallelujah. Quality ingredients like watermelon extract, hyaluronic acid, and glacier water-infused aloe juice deliver brightening effects and work OT to provide a much-needed dose of hydration.


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Promising review: “Love this mask! I’ve tried the watermelon mask from Glow Recipe and I think this one works so much better. Doesn’t smell too sweet (just try not to rub in the mask too much because then it will sort of flake/peel off).” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

41.

The Inkey List hyaluronic acid, a serum that laughs (scoffs, really) in the face of dryness and fine lines. This works OT to plump and brighten, all while evening out your complexion. And it’s less than $10? Pinch me. I must be hallucinating.


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The Inkey List (a UK-based brand) is Sephora’s first foray into *actually* affordable skincare and MY OH MY, it is good.

Promising review: “A great quality, super reasonable hyaluronic perfect for a daily dose of hydration. An absolute essential!! Locks in and attracts moisture to keep your skin super plump and refined.” —Asvesty

Get it from Sephora for $7.99.

42.

A Garnier gel-cream for some sweet, sweet relief for all of your dry skin problems. A blend of vitamin c and fruit water antioxidant complex delivers oil-free moisture that feels deceivingly lightweight on your skin, but actually packs a powerful punch of moisture (and has a brightening effect).


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Promising review: “I used to use Clinique’s Moisture Surge but found this when looking for a more affordable alternative. The formula feels almost identical but this is about 20% of the cost of the Clinique product. That makes this an excellent bargain in my book! I have fairly dry skin, and I’ll put this on every night and also as needed during winter days if my skin is feeling particularly dry. It makes my skin feel instantly moist yet doesn’t feel sticky or greasy. Love it!” —Amanda R.

Get it from Amazon for $6.62.

43.

A thick Weleda lotion made from vitamin E, sunflower seed oil, and calendula flowers to hydrate even the most parched skin. Slap some of this on before bed (WARNING: it’ll feel a bit greasy upon application) and wake up to a nourished, hydrated, glowing complexion.


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ALSO! Dry hands or feet? OKAY! Because this works wonders on your body, too.

Promising review: “This solved a nasty, dry, chapped skin problem I had been having this winter. I had a persistent problem with red, chapped skin at the outside corners of my eyes that I’ve never had before — and none of my usual go-to’s were working! I was at my wit’s end: it hurt and looked scary. So, I did what we all do — I Googled it, which is how I discovered Weleda Skin Food. When the product arrived, I tore the package open and I dabbed a tiny bit onto the corners of my eye. I’m not exaggerating when I say that my eyes looked and felt better within hours of applying the product. I put more on before I went to bed and when I got up in the morning, the irritated skin looked almost completely normal. By the next morning, there was no chapping and no redness at all. I am so happy with this product!” —Rabbit Lover

Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

44.

A Burt’s Bees daily cream designed with sensitive skin (we’re talking the kind that gets extremely red at even the mention of a new ingredient) in mind; a combination of rice extracts, aloe, and cotton extract will keep your complexion both soothed and hydrated.


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Promising review: “I really like this day cream from Burt’s Bees. I have sensitive skin with a bit of redness so I really need to be careful about what I use on it. This cream does not irritate my skin and is nourishing without feeling heavy or leaving my skin greasy. I put it on, wait a few minutes, and then apply my makeup. Goes well under foundation or even just blush and concealer.” —Vanessa P

Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

45.

A mini refrigerator designed to store all of your beauty and skincare products. And before you ask “but why”, please know that chilling your products extends their shelf life, helps nix puffiness when applied to your skin, and prevents bacteria from building up and eventually causing an acne onslaught.


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Promising review: “I never knew that I needed this, but I so did! Waking up in the morning and applying cold face creams and using my rose quartz roller that is chilled to a frosty temperature has made such a difference to my skincare routine. It’s like being at the spa every day. I’m excited to have the products last longer as well.” —Sara L

Get it from Amazon for $119.99.

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

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