Best Gel Moisturizer
Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly ($28)
For those who prefer gels over creams, Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly is as lightweight as they come and immediately soaks into skin without leaving any residue behind.
Best Retinol Moisturizer
RoC Retinol Correxion MAX Daily Hydration Crème Fragrance-Free ($28)
Retinol can get a bad rep for leaving skin dry and flaky, but not when paired with high levels of hyaluronic acid, like in RoC Retinol Correxion MAX Daily Hydration Crème Fragrance-Free.
Best Night Cream
Elemis Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix ($230)
Elemis calls its Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix “the most powerful formulation in the history of the brand,” and we couldn’t agree more. Apply it before bed for revitalized, stress-free skin come morning.
Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer
Lancôme Absolue Soft Cream ($208)
Who says pampering only happens at the spa? Lancôme Absolue Soft Cream is the ultimate indulgence—after four weeks, skin feels significantly softer and looks noticeably brighter and more youthful.
Best Face Oil
LANCER Omega Hydrating Oil ($75)
Nongreasy and luxurious, LANCER Omega Hydrating Oil will impress oil gurus and skeptics alike as it douses skin with nutrient-rich turmeric and fatty acids to improve texture and elasticity.
Best Overnight Lip Treatment
Sara Happ The Dream Slip ($34)
A lush, nourishing night cream for parched lips, Sara Happ The Dream Slip is a bedside staple for anyone who wants maximum hydration and a silky-soft feel when the sun comes up.
Best Hydrating Toner
Nuria Hydrate Moisturizing Toner ($24)
Not only does Nuria Hydrate Moisturizing Toner soothe and soften dry skin while prepping it to better absorb other skin-care products, but the brand also donates a portion of every sale to girls’ education.
Best Neck Cream
StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream Plus ($95)
When tech neck creeps in, StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream saves the day with its Gravitite-CF Lifting Complex that instantly hydrates skin while also tightening it over time.
Best Face Balm
The Better Skin Co Amaze Balm ($36)
Designed to quench dry complexions—wear it overnight when skin needs extra TLC—The Better Skin Co. Amaze Balm marries five nourishing oils and a yummy grapefruit scent. We can’t get enough.
Best Pore-Minimizing Mask
dr brandt Skincare pores no more Vacuum Cleaner ($42)
Apply dr. brandt Skincare pores no more Vacuum Cleaner to congested areas—it works wonders on the nose and chin—and leave it on for 10 minutes to purge dirt and grime from pores.
Best Firming Mask
Glo Skin Beauty Phyto-Active Firming Mask ($60)
Skin-plumping peptides team up with elasticity-restoring plant stem cells and collagen in Glo Skin Beauty Phyto-Active Firming Mask to visibly firm skin over time for a more youthful contour.
Best Under-Eye Masks
Patchology FlashPatch Illuminating Eye Gels ($15)
The brand’s best-selling under-eye patches get infused with vitamin C in Patchology’s new FlashPatch Illuminating Eye Gels, which aid in brightening the look of dark circles.
Best Brightening Mask
DefenAge 2-Minute Reveal Masque ($74)
When time is of the essence, DefenAge 2-Minute Reveal Masque works at lightening speed to get rid of dead cells on the skin’s surface that are to blame for a lackluster look.
Best Hydrating Mask
Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask ($48)
Flight attendants and jetsetters aren’t the only ones singing the praises of Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask: We love that it’s travel-friendly, floods skin with moisture and makes makeup go on so much smoother.
Best Sheet Mask
TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mask ($12)
Whether it’s part of a self-care Sunday ritual or red-carpet prep, TATCHA Luminous Dewy Skin Mask infuses skin with hydrating botanical oils for a serious glow, and any extra serum can be massaged onto the neck.
Best Acne Cleanser
Éminence Organic Skin Care Acne Advanced Cleansing Foam ($44)
Salicylic acid–infused Éminence Organic Skin Care Acne Advanced Cleansing Foam washes away daily grime as it helps prevent blemishes.
Best Spot Treatment
Epionce Purifying Spot Gel ($38)
A thin layer of Epionce Purifying Spot Gel—it’s full of natural spearmint and coconut oils—helps clear current breakouts, as well as inhibit future ones.
Best Acne Mask
Omorovicza Silver Skin Saviour ($95)
A mixture of glycolic and salicylic acids, antibacterial colloidal silver and niacinamide in Omorovicza Silver Skin Saviour unclogs pores while calming acne flare-ups.
Best Acne System
Proactiv ProactivMD 3-Piece System ($35)
The ProactivMD 3-Piece System gets straight to business with its cleanser, hydrator and treatment gel, all brimming with clear-skin actives.
Best Overnight Resurfacer
Farmacy Honeymoon Glow ($58)
For a just-got-back-from-vacation glow, apply Farmacy Honeymoon Glow a few times a week before dozing off and let the potent alpha and betahydroxy acids work their magic to remove dull, dead skin and tighten pores.
Best Skin Supplement
HUM Nutrition Glow Sweet Glow ($25)
When afternoon sugar cravings hit, reach for HUM Nutrition Glow Sweet Glow gummies—sweetened with natural cane sugar—instead. Not only are they citrusy and delicious, but they also brighten skin from the inside out with vitamin C.
Best Dark Spot Fighter
SkinBetter Science Even Tone Correcting Serum ($140)
Kiss dark spots goodbye with SkinBetter Science Even Tone Correcting Serum, which uses a cocktail of alpha-arbutin, kakadu plum and sea daffodil extract to break up discolored patches and keep new ones from forming.
Best Brightening Oil
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow ($80)
One of the easiest ways to achieve dewy, radiant skin, Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow delivers all of the vitamin C benefits lackluster complexions crave, with the addition of turmeric, for an even bigger brightening boost.
Best Cleanser For Oily Skin
Dr Barbara Sturm Enzyme Cleanser ($75)
The science behind Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Enzyme Cleanser may be tough to understand—enzymes help tackle the proteins holding dead skin cells together—but the instructions are easy: just add water.
Best Cleansing Balm
Naturopathica Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm ($62)
From waterproof mascara to deep-set grime trapped inside pores, sweetly scented Naturopathica Manuka Honey Cleansing Balm dissolves it all with just the smallest drop.
Best Cleansing Cream
Kate Somerville Cold Cream ($48)
The pudding-like formula of Kate Somerville Cold Cream washes away surprisingly clean to remove all signs of makeup and leave a touch of moisture behind.
Best Facial In A Jar
Biossance Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Facial ($68)
When you can’t make it to the spa, Biossance Squalane + Glycolic Renewal Facial is a peel, scrub and mask in one that polishes and pampers skin for professional-quality results at home.
Best Lip Scrub
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Organic Rose Oil Lip Polish ($10)
A must for perpetually chapped lips, Physicians Formula Organic Wear Organic Rose Oil Lip Polish uses raw sugar to remove flakes, as well as coconut and rosehip oils to nourish a dry pout.
Best Exfoliating Toner
Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion ($39)
The pore-refining combination of glycolic, salicylic and lactic acids in daily-use Moon Juice Beauty Shroom Exfoliating Acid Potion really revs up skin’s radiance.
Best At-Home Peel
Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel ($85)
Professional-grade Dermalogica Rapid Reveal Peel comprises a powerful combination of alphahydroxy acids and plant enzymes to accelerate cell turnover and resurface dull skin.
Best Cleanser For Sensitive Skin
Amalia Refreshing Gel Cleanser ($28)
It may be ultra gentle, but Amalia Refreshing Gel Cleanser still manages to remove a full face of makeup without ever leaving skin tight, dry, itchy or red.
Best Face Mist For Sensitive Skin
Knours Double Duty Mist ($36)
A first-of-its-kind mist-meets-toner we can’t stop raving about, Knours. Double Duty Mist morphs into a different formula when shaken to cater to whatever sensitive skin needs at the moment.
Best Eye Cream For Sensitive Skin
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Eye Cream ($25)
Allergy sufferers and contact lens wearers rejoice: La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Eye Cream hydrates and soothes with the help of the brand’s signature thermal spring water.
Best Redness Reducer For Sensitive Skin
NIA 24 Rapid Redness Recovery ($49)
When skin’s acting up, apply green-tinted NIA 24 Rapid Redness Recovery lotion to take down redness and alleviate discomfort—it’s light enough to layer under makeup.
Best Exfoliator For Sensitive Skin
Peet Rivko Exfoliator ($34)
For those who favor physical exfoliants but worry they’ll upset their skin, Peet Rivko Exfoliator is a pleasant surprise. Jojoba beads suspended in a creamy base of soothing oatmeal bring dull skin back to life.
Best Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin
Trilogy Very Gentle Moisturising Cream ($30)
Formulated without fragrances or any other possible irritants, Trilogy Very Gentle Moisturising Cream is super velvety yet lightweight, and the perfect pick for those with reactive skin that craves moisture.
Best Firming Serum
Dr Macrene Skin Results 37 Actives Serum ($175)
Packed to the brim with plant-derived actives, Dr. Macrene Skin Results 37 Actives Serum delivers visible tightening around the eyes and on the jowls, or anywhere else on the face where it’s applied.
Best Multipurpose Serum
Clarins Double Serum ($124)
Best Serum For Wrinkles
Perricone MD Deep Crease Serum ($179)
Perricone MD Deep Crease Serum manages to soften lines, wrinkles and even folds thanks to a proprietary blend of acyl-glutathione (a key antioxidant in the body) and fatty acid vitamin F, which deeply moisturizes skin.
Best Eye Serum
Fresh Black Tea Firming Eye Serum ($72)
Fresh Black Tea Firming Eye Serum checks all of the “best” boxes: It’s a lightweight gel, it soaks in quickly, it feels refreshing on tired, puffy skin, and it won’t irritate sensitive eyes (or skin).
Best Retinol Serum
Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules ($84)
For a pre-measured dose of retinol, Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules house a silky, non-drying serum that eliminates every possible excuse not to use the gold-standard anti-aging ingredient.
Best Detoxifying Essence
La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion ($655)
The most luxurious essence on the market, antioxidant-packed La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion is the antidote for stress- and pollution-ridden complexions.
Best Contouring Tool
Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar ($195)
A foolproof contouring tool that helps reduce puffiness and define slack skin, Jillian Dempsey Gold Sculpting Bar delivers intense vibrations to mimic the results of a facial massage.
Best Facial Hair Removal Tool
Dermaflash 2.0 LUXE ($189)
Taking a cue from in-office dermaplaning, the painless Dermaflash 2.0 LUXE removes the oldest layer of dead skin cells and peach fuzz for an instantly softer, brighter appearance.
Best Gua Sha Tool
Kora Organics Rose Quartz Heart Facial Sculptor ($58)
Inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, Kora Organics Rose Quartz Heart Facial Sculptor improves circulation, takes down puffiness and promotes lymphatic drainage.
Best Cleansing Brush
Clarisonic Mia Smart ($199)
When synced with a smart phone, Clarisonic Mia Smart delivers customized cleansing routines and expert advice to best suit each user’s individual skin needs.
Best At-Home Light Therapy
reVive Light Therapy Anti-Aging Lookbook ($299)
When placed close to the skin, reVive Light Therapy Anti-Aging LookBook helps reduce the look of everything from crow’s-feet to frown lines using wrinkle-reducing LED light.
Best At-Home Microneedler
Rodan + Fields Redefine AMP MD Derma-Roller ($227)
The micro-exfoliating tips on Rodan + Fields Redefine AMP MD Derma-Roller create tiny punctures in the skin that allow products to penetrate deeper and get to work faster.
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