2019 Saw Some Mind-Blowing Skincare Launches, but These Are Our Favorites

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Here's something you can do to end the decade looking and feeling better, without the risk of pulling a hammy in an overcrowded yoga class: upgrade your skin-care routine. (Results guaranteed, gym membership not required.)

Beauty brands were all about the flex in 2019, launching their biggest, most innovative products of all time — meaning you can save all those bicep curls for the days you want to pick up the latest face creams, cleansers, and treatments.

Not sure where to start? We've asked POPSUGAR beauty editors to share their hands-down favorite skin-care formulas that surprised us this year, so you don't even have to move a muscle.

Kiehl's Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate
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Kiehl's Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate

"I don't typically blush, but lately my cheeks and chin have been pink — and not in the charming way, but rather a splotchy and uncomfortable way. I attribute it to the biting-cold weather, but I've found that this Kiehl's Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate ($49) has been able to calm the area and fade any redness. The forest green oil spreads on smoothly and leaves skin looking slick — it's an oil, after all — but it absorbs overnight (and leaves zero residue on your pillows). It's the cannabis seed oil (you know, the nonpsychoactive ingredient that has been popping up everywhere) and green oregano oil that reduced my redness and made my skin ultrasoft." — Jesa Marie Calaor, assistant editor, Beauty

Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask
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Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask

"Giving me a retinol product is like giving a kid an ice cream cone — my eyes widen almost instantly, and I'm practically counting down the seconds before I can devour it. I also know that any time I try a new formula, and because the way the vitamin A derivative works, I'm more than likely to experience a little dryness in the beginning of use. Not the case with the Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask ($42) — nestled comfortably between encapsulated retinol lay a mix of hydrating avocado oil and avocado extract (both rich in vitamin E), plus hyaluronic acid to coddle the skin and keep it feeling baby smooth." — Kelsey Castañon, senior beauty editor

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream
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Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream

"To me, 'plump' has never really meant anything when it comes to my skin. Though I've heard the term thrown around and seen it slapped on the boxes of countless products, I'd never classified my skin that way — until I used Fresh's Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream ($48). After putting it on before bed (it's made to be used overnight), I woke up to find my skin looking naturally glowy, hydrated, and — you guessed it — plump. You might even say it rivaled Instagram's #dewydumpling looks." — Carrie Carrollo, assistant editor, Native

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clinical Grade IPL Dark Spot Correcting Serum
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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Clinical Grade IPL Dark Spot Correcting Serum

"If you have hyperpigmentation, many dermatologists will suggest IPL, or intense pulse light treatments, to help remove it. The treatment targets melanin spots and helps them to shed off the skin over the course of a few weeks, revealing more clarity to the skin. Treatment varies in price, but you're expected typically to get more than one. I typically say topical products cannot replace the power of a treatment, and in this case, it's true too. But Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Grade IPL Dark Spot Correcting Serum ($92) has impressive clinical results that warrant giving it a go, possibly in conjunction with a laser treatment. It includes three acids: l-ascorbic, kojic, and lactic, which lighten pigment and generate cell turnover, but they aren't as aggressive as an ingredient like hydroquinone." — Kirbie Johnson, senior reporter and host, Beauty

Milk Makeup Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask
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Milk Makeup Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask

"The Milk Makeup Matcha Detoxifying Face Mask ($24) will give you the easiest, mess-free clay mask experience you'll ever have. I tested it in the middle of my office — yes, you read that right — and found that the smooth, soft clay spread cleanly on my face. (No clay-covered fingers or mask-smeared office supplies here.) I wore the green face for 10 minutes and discovered that even washing it off left a minimal mess in my office restroom sink because it melts down quickly and slips down the drain. I was left with a smoother, softer complexion, although I did have to follow it with a light moisturizer to loosen up the tightness on the extradry patches of my face." — JMC

Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
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Simple Micellar Cleansing Water

"If you can somehow get over how freaking cute this Capri Sun-shaped packet of Simple Micellar Cleansing Water ($4) is — but honestly, why would you want to . . . because squeal — you'll notice that it houses the same soothing formula as the OG, only in more eco- and travel-friendly packaging that won't spill all over your bathroom counter. Excuse me while I stock up on 500." — KC

Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum
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Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum

"After a bout of breakouts brought on by harsh, cold weather, I tried every skincare product in my arsenal in an effort to get my cystic acne to go down. After two weeks of nothing working, I finally tried the Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum ($85). Within two days of applying it nightly, the painful bumps on my chin finally started to decrease in size and my overall skin texture became more even and less splotchy. (That's probably thanks to the hefty dose of gentler alternatives to the cell-renewing retinol.) Now that it's in my medicine cabinet, it has earned itself a permanent spot in my nightly skincare routine." — Sarah Siegel, assistant editor, Beauty

Petite Amie Skincare Brightening Eye Mask
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Petite Amie Skincare Brightening Eye Mask

"I promise that the Petite Amie Skincare Brightening Eye Mask's ($5) supercool packaging isn't the only reason I love it (but that definitely does help). Petite Amie Skincare makes sheet masks that are next-level, like this brightening eye mask that is shaped like a pair of chic heart-eye glasses. Just 10 minutes with it on leaves my under-eye area moisturized. I use it in the morning to prep my face for makeup and find it makes for smoother application — plus, I just look cool while wearing it." — Jessica Harrington, assistant editor, Makeup.com

Summer Fridays R + R Mask
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Summer Fridays R + R Mask

"Everything about Summer Fridays R + R Mask ($52) is beautiful, from its rose gold packaging and rose petals suspended in a clear gel to the formulation, which contains gentle exfoliators and moisturizing oils. It left my skin hydrated and visibly brighter . . . and after just 10 minutes." — JMC

Stacked Skincare MicroNeedling Tool 2.0
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Stacked Skincare MicroNeedling Tool 2.0

"I'm a big fan of microneedling at home because after I pair it with my serums and treatments, my skin looks brighter, smoother, and plumper. It's really a game changer when it comes to your skincare routine. (I use it in conjunction with Drunk Elephant Baby Facial, which is NOT for the faint of heart. You've been warned.) One thing I was always bummed about when it comes to microneedling devices was that you couldn't replace the head — once the needles were dull, you had to throw it away and buy a new one. Kerry Benjamin at StackedSkincare recognized this issue and made a great change to her original microneedling device. The Microneedling Tool 2.0 ($125) is a sustainable device because you simply replace the roller heads instead of having to buy a new tool every few months. It might be an investment upfront, but it will save you in the long run." — KJ

Peace Out Microneedling Brightening Dots
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Peace Out Microneedling Brightening Dots

"The little stickers of Peace Out Microneedling Brightening Dots ($28) are the hyperpigmentation version of acne-healing patches. Each one is designed to brighten up dark spots left over from zits, and delivers brightening ingredients like licorice extract, niacinamide, and tranexamic acid to the skin. Just like acne patches, these have become an essential in my skincare arsenal for repairing my complexion overnight." — SS

Tatcha the Dewy Skin Cream
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Tatcha the Dewy Skin Cream

"I've been told by — oh, I don't know — 900+ people that I'm always drawn to the purple object in the room. This is true (and I blame my Alma Mater for that) but the Tatcha the Dewy Skin Cream ($68) sparks joy in a way lavender throw pillows or the eggplant emoji just can't. The formula is packed with antioxidant-rich Japanese purple rice bran, skin-softening algae, and hydrating amino acids — all of which are just a fancy way of saying it's really, really moisturizing. And let's be real: that's my actual favorite color." — KC

Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Pore Strip to Facial Scrub
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Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Pore Strip to Facial Scrub

"I've always loved pore strips — there's nothing like peeling one off seeing the gunk it pulls from the sides of my nose — but Neutrogena's new Blackhead Eliminating Strip to Scrub ($13) is a different kind of satisfying. After two minutes with it on my nose, I splashed water onto my face and watched as the strip dissolved into a gentle scrub that exfoliated the area. It was fascinating watching the previously solid strip treatment slip down the drain along with the dirt and oil that was once trapped in my pores." — JMC

M-61 PowerGlow Peel Gradual Tan Pad
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M-61 PowerGlow Peel Gradual Tan Pad

"One of my biggest pet peeves about using an exfoliating peel pad — of which, it's worth noting, I am usually a big fan — is that it always strips me of my hard-earned spray tan. (Call me vain, but some days I'd rather maintain a Kardashian-level bronze than kick my dullness-inducing dead skin cells to the curb. Sue me.) Luckily, this M-61 PowerGlow Peel Gradual Tan Pad ($32) is the perfect in-between: not only does my skin get a glow from the exfoliating glycolic and salicylic acids, but I also get a subtle hint of tint, too. It's a win-win." — KC

Bliss Mint Chip Mania Mask
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Bliss Mint Chip Mania Mask

"The Bliss Mint Chip Mania Mask ($15) smells like a tub of Häagen-Dazs and feels like a refreshing ice bath to the face. The whipped texture is formulated with aloe vera and shea butter 'chips' that leave my face smooth and hydrated. It also fights breakouts without overdrying my complexion like other clay masks." — Sarah Siegel, assistant editor, Beauty

Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum
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Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum

"OK, so maybe you can't pronounce it, but that doesn't mean you should pass on the Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum ($54). The naturally derived ingredient bakuchiol is picking up steam in the skincare world as a gentler alternative to my personal favorite ingredient, retinol, but I actually dig this lightweight serum for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. After using it for just a few days, my skin looked more hydrated and less red — a big plus during the warmer months." — KC

Youth To the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask
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Youth To the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask

"This Youth To the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask ($) has five-star reviews across the board, and now I finally understand why. If you have dry skin and uneven skin tone, this fluffy, delicious-smelling overnight mask is a must-have. Its texture feels like butter on your skin and it's seriously addictive — I look forward to wearing it every night, and I especially look forward to how bright my skin looks when I wake up in the morning." — Marisa Petrarca, associate beauty editor, Makeup.com

Volition Beauty Apple Cider Vinegar Resurfacing Peel Pads
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Volition Beauty Apple Cider Vinegar Resurfacing Peel Pads

"Yes, it has a pungent scent — you can't knock these apple cider vinegar pads for, well, smelling like apple cider vinegar, and the results of using Volition Apple Cider Vinegar Resurfacing Peel Pads ($64 for a 30-pack) are completely worth the fragrance that fades away in just seconds. Slip your finger into the pad's sleeve and sweep it on for improved skin texture and a visibly brighter complexion. The magic lies in the peel's exfoliating AHAs and glycolic acid derived from the apples themselves. Magical." — JMC

Urban Skin Rx Purifying 2-in-1 Pumpkin Pore Detox Mask and Scrub
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Urban Skin Rx Purifying 2-in-1 Pumpkin Pore Detox Mask and Scrub

"First things first, the Urban Skin Rx Purifying 2-in-1 Pumpkin Pore Detox Mask and Scrub ($18) smells amazing — it's basically Fall season in a bottle, without being overwhelming. The mask is also self-warming, so once you apply you'll start to feel it heat up on your skin. The sensation isn't uncomfortable (in fact, it feels spa-like) and fades after a minute or two. I tend to leave it on for the recommended 15 minutes before washing it away and afterward my skin looks and feels glowy and smooth." — Tembe Denton-Hurst, associate editor, Makeup.com

Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Oil
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Lord Jones High CBD Formula Body Oil

"Lord Jones helped me understand how deceitful the CBD industry can be. My biggest takeaway: brands are incorporating ingredients like hemp-seed and cannabis sativa seed oil to capitalize on the buzzy ingredient, but it should be known that both of those ingredients do not have the same properties CBD does. (Anything made from the seed of the cannabis plant won't, as CBD is made from the plant itself.) The education behind the products makes me confident in them, even if the effectiveness of CBD is still largely unproven, with the exception of helping with epilepsy. The new High Formula CBD Body Oil ($75) at the very least includes moisturizing ingredients like jojoba, avocado, and safflower oil, and leaves the skin glowing without feeling greasy. Each bottle contains 100ML of CBD." — KJ

C&C by Clean & Clear Chill Out Cooling Mint Pore Facial Cleanser
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C&C by Clean & Clear Chill Out Cooling Mint Pore Facial Cleanser

"I'm not proud of myself for this, but between deadlines and birthdays this month, I have managed to sleep in my makeup more than I'd like to admit. It's horrible for your skin (like, really bad) and for me, was only made better by using the C&C by Clean & Clear Chill Out Cooling Mint Pore Facial Cleanser ($12) in the morning. The cooling gel lifts gunk out from pores and whisks away any bad decisions, so much so that I haven't had a skin freak-out. . . yet." – KC

Glossier Mango Balm Dotcom
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Glossier Mango Balm Dotcom

"I've already adored the other Glossier Balm Dotcoms in every flavor, but the Mango ($12) flavor has truly saved me in more ways than one this week. Not only is it reminding me that warmer weather will soon be here with its tropical taste, but it has also come in handy in moisturizing my lips and nostrils during a nasty cold. If it weren't for this tube of salve, my skin and lips would be raw and flaky, instead of smooth and hydrated." — SS

Dr. Barbara Sturm Brightening Serum
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Dr. Barbara Sturm Brightening Serum

"Just when I thought I had all the serums I needed, Dr. Barbara Sturm launched this Brightening Serum ($310) that might be her best yet. It instantly gives my skin a glow that wakes me up and also includes key botanical ingredients that actually brighten dark spots and protect my skin. If you can only buy one product of hers, this one is a perfect combo of calming, protecting, glowing — and it contains key trendy ingredients like hyaluronic acid." — Lisa Sugar, editor-in-chief

Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40
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Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40

"Oh, sunscreen — how I love thee for protecting me, even if I do sometimes resent the fact that you take an extra minute of my morning. The truth is a good SPF is a nonnegotiable part of anyone's skincare routine . . . but if you happen to stumble across a dual-purpose product that combines protection with the skin-loving properties of a daily moisturizer — like Supergoop! did with its dreamy new Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 ($38) — then you hold on to that product and never let it go." — KC

Simple Skincare Compostable Cleansing Wipes
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Simple Skincare Compostable Cleansing Wipes

"When it comes to being green and sustainable, I'll admit I'm far from perfect. That being said, I've been making a conscious effort to improve that in every area of my life, but with so much plastic, packaging, and one-time use items (i.e. makeup wipes), beauty can be a particularly difficult category for that. Then I discovered Simple's new Compostable Cleansing Wipes ($6), a winner in our Power Your Pretty Awards. Made from plant fibers and sustainable wood pulp, they're not only fully biodegradable (it takes 42 days when composted!), but will even break down in a landfill (though the former method is recommended). And they work just as well as the brand's regular wipes. This is the ultimate 'low effort, big impact' decision — so really, what are you waiting for?" — CC

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Water Cream Hyaluronic Glow Moisturizer
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Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Water Cream Hyaluronic Glow Moisturizer

"Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Water Cream Hyaluronic Glow Moisturizer ($39) is not a quick fix to dull, dry skin; but with how luxurious it feels and how fresh it smells, I'm okay with it. The brightening moisturizer has a cooling gel texture that slicks on to feel and look like a makeup primer before melting down and absorbing quickly into skin the way a serum would. Before bed for two weeks, I would apply two pea-sized amounts to my face and neck. I would wake up with my skin feeling soft and slightly brighter than the night before, and haven't noticed dullness to my skin since." — JMC

Curél Foaming Facial Wash
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Curél Foaming Facial Wash

"Maybe I'm biased because I just came back from a trip to Tokyo and have fully convinced myself they are doing everything right when it comes to skin care, but this Curél Foaming Facial Wash ($20) holds up to my theory and then some. The ceramide-packed, fragrance- and alcohol-free cleanser was first launched in Japan years ago, formulated for people with sensitive skin like me. Despite my travels and unforgiving dry cabin air, it's kept me hydrated and free from breakouts." — KC

Murad Night Fix Enzyme Treatment
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Murad Night Fix Enzyme Treatment

"It's always a joy when someone looks at you and asks, 'Are you tired?' Sharon, who isn't tired these days? If you're exhausted from these comments, I have found getting cozy with Murad's Night Fix Enzyme Treatment ($70) does the trick. The good people at Murad (read: dermatologists) realize that everyone wants to look well-rested, even if they can't get that recommended six to eight hours of shut-eye. The treatment is packed with peptides and enzymes from microalgae, and it has some aromatherapy benefits to help take you on the train all the way to Sleepytown. You'll wake up with plumper-looking skin and perhaps the energy to handle anyone who questions your sleeping habits." — KJ

Honor MD Genetically Blessed Super Antioxidant Serum
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Honor MD Genetically Blessed Super Antioxidant Serum

"I really love a serum I can feel working. Give me a tingle or even a slight burn, and I'm happy to know my stratum corneum is being exfoliated into oblivion. The Honor MD Genetically Blessed Super Antioxidant Serum ($185) delivers that satisfying feeling thanks to lactic acid, and it also contains intriguing botanicals like cat's claw bark and moringa. It was developed by a plastic surgeon and his wife who were looking for a natural alternative to retinol, and this formula is exactly that: It's a clean formula with serious actives (hence the tingling) that made my skin look glowier after using it for just a week." — Dawn Davis, senior editorial director


Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist
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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist

"Not only is it primo shelfie material — the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist ($28) has a minimalist, millennial pink exterior to add a pop of color to any skincare collection — it's also packed with skin-improving ingredients such as apple cider vinegar (a gentle exfoliator), hyaluronic acid (a powerful hydrator), and antioxidants. The liquid, after being spritzed as a superfine mist that feels completely weightless, also creates the perfect canvas for seamless makeup application." — JMC

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask
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Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask

"Although I usually stay away from scented products, I fell in love with the two-step Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask ($50) as soon as I tried it. The first step — a cooling gel — felt refreshing on my skin and calmed down irritation with rose water. The second — a silky cream — locked in the moisture and plumped up my skin enough that the effects lasted until morning." — SS

Kate Somerville Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment
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Kate Somerville Liquid ExfoliKate Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment

"Kate's famous ExfoliKate product is now in liquid form with the new Triple Acid Resurfacing Treatment ($58). The rise of products like Biologique Recherche P50 Lotion and apple cider vinegar pads makes it unsurprising that the brand would take its cult exfoliating product and turn it into a nightly solution that you don't have to rinse off. I'm personally a huge fan of the potent exfoliating polish but love how I don't have to worry about leaving this to sit on the skin before rinsing. Like the original, it makes my skin glow and pores appear smaller, which I think everyone can get behind." — KJ

Innisfree Pore Clearing Clay Mask With Super Volcanic Clusters
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Innisfree Pore Clearing Clay Mask With Super Volcanic Clusters

"My idea of romance is sitting in bed, after four too many glasses of wine, and begging the person sitting next to you to do face masks. As was the case with the brilliant Innisfree Pore Clearing Clay Mask With Super Volcanic Clusters ($15): we slathered it on, waited the allotted 30 minutes, and then took nearly that amount of time rinsing it off. It's loaded with volcanic ash, which sops up oil and dislodges any gunk from pores. Sexy. It also has the faintest eucalyptus scent, which left our skin — as she described it — 'with a fresh tingly feeling.' I think I'm in l-o-v-e." — KC

Indeed Labs Bakuchiol Reface Pads
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Indeed Labs Bakuchiol Reface Pads

"I've been loving the new Indeed Labs Bakuchiol Reface Pads ($20) as a more gentle alternative to retinol while my skin is going through some changes. I don't get any sensitivity when using these and they're super easy to swipe across my face." — Tori Crowther, assistant beauty editor, UK

Renée Rouleau Phytolipid Comfort Creme
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Renée Rouleau Phytolipid Comfort Creme

"Besides the fact that esthetician Renée Rouleau is one of my nicest people on the planet, she also knows my high-maintenance skin like the back of her hand, so I trusted her completely when she recommended her Phytolipid Comfort Creme ($62). No surprise, she was right: the creamy, luxe formula coddles my supersensitive, reactive, dehydrated skin like big baby it is. She recommended I use it three times a week — but it feels so good, I might just make it an everyday thing." — KC

Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Deep Hydration Moisturizer
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Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Deep Hydration Moisturizer

"To get myself to drink the recommended amount of water per day, I put a lemon in it so I can live the ~spa vibes~ life. If you're struggling to give your skin the moisturizer is very much needs and deserves, throw some grape water on it viathe Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Deep Hydration Moisturizer ($42). I am a die-hard Vinosource fan, having used the VinoPerfect serum for what feels like forever at this point, so it wasn't a tough sell to get me to slather this moisturizer all over my mug. I really dig this product because it soothes my skin, which is easily inflamed, and creates a beautiful base for my makeup as well. Plus, Caudalie donates one percent of its sales to plant trees, so treat yourself and and treat the planet." — KJ

Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Sol Oil SPF 30
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Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Sol Oil SPF 30

"I'm completely enamored by this Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Sol Oil SPF 30 ($38), which launched this past month because it makes sunscreen actually fun to apply and wear. It's a shimmering, thick (but not greasy) formula that leaves behind the softest sparkle, perfect for any festival or beach beauty routine. Not to mention, it has a totally addicting coconut scent that's genius because it will make you want to reapply and reapply over and over again, like you should any sunscreen or SPF product." — Alanna Martine Kilkeary, assistant beauty editor, Makeup.com

Fountain of Truth Skin Nutrition Booster Kit
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Fountain of Truth Skin Nutrition Booster Kit

"When I first saw this shelfie-worthy Fountain of Truth Skin Nutrition Booster Kit ($76) I immediately couldn't get over how cute (hello, rose gold packaging) and travel-friendly it was. The booster kit allows me to customize my skincare routine based on my needs for that particular day and apply one — or all three — for a little TLC. It contains a brightening vitamin C serum, a moisturizing sodium hyaluronate serum, and a calming zinc serum. Fountain of Truth only makes clean beauty products with biodegradable ingredients, which is also pretty great." — JH

Glamglow Berryglow Probiotic Recovery Mask
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Glamglow Berryglow Probiotic Recovery Mask

"A combination of warmer weather and a never-ending stream of stress has been making my skin look increasingly congested. Luckily, the Glamglow Berryglow Probiotic Recovery Mask ($49) has been soothing a lot of the irritation my complexion has been experiencing. It's lightweight yet moisturizing and is formulated with a blend of berry-derived antioxidants that I can only hope will protect my skin from the many environmental aggressors of polluted New York City air." — SS

Skinbetter Science Trio Rebalancing Moisture Treatment
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Skinbetter Science Trio Rebalancing Moisture Treatment

"As soon as I hear something is only available at dermatologists' offices, I immediately have to try it. It's something about the exclusivity and the fact that I know there's going to be some top-notch science behind it that gets me every time. And rarely do these products fail me. Case in point: this supercharged Skinbetter Science Rebalancing Moisture Treatment ($135) that's seriously saving my skin from the desert-like conditions in my apartment right now. The consistency is surprisingly light and gel-like for a cream that's so deeply moisturizing. Plus, it does much more than hydrate — like fight fine lines — so I don't feel badly about skipping serum if I'm in a rush. And when I do want to apply 12 products, it layers beautifully over everything else. The irony, of course, is that it's so good it's keeping me out of the derm's office." — DD

Phyto-Active Skin Firming Face Mask
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Phyto-Active Skin Firming Face Mask

"I couldn't tell a goji berry from a pomegranate at the grocery store if you paid me (but I'm willing to try if that's on the table for you), yet that's exactly what makes Phyto-Active Skin Firming Face Mask ($60) work so well. It's packed with proprietary stem cell technology to boost skin regeneration — which proved to be true after using this twice a week for a month, despite also eating the kind of foods grocery stores would be embarrassed of selling. I've never looked glowier." — KC

Patchology moodpatch Down Time Eye Gels
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Patchology moodpatch Down Time Eye Gels

"Coming soon to the Patchology family are its spring launches: a trio of Moodpatch Down Time Eye Gels ($12) that will wake you up, cool you down and keep your under eyes puff free with rose aromatherapy. My favorite of the bunch certainly has to be the Down Time gels, which are infused with calendula, lavender, and evening primrose. Since the Spring time is when my allergies like to creep out at full force, these patches work miracles to calm down and smooth out any inflammation underneath my eyes and leave me feeling refreshed, cooled and serene." – AK

Dr. Jart Focuspot Blemish Micro Tip Patches
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Dr. Jart Focuspot Blemish Micro Tip Patches

"I always love a good acne patch, so these Dr. Jart Focuspot Blemish Micro Tip Patches ($18) caught my eye. They contain hyaluronic acid, plus vitamin B3 and peptides, to minimize the look and appearance of breakouts. Pro tip: the packaging says to leave them on for at least two hours, but I apply them before I go to sleep to get the maximum benefits." — JH

Dove Milk Swirls Lavender & Honey Bath Bomb
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Dove Milk Swirls Lavender & Honey Bath Bomb

"Under any other circumstance, you couldn't pay me to soak in my grimy New York City bathtub, where thousands of butts have sat before mine. For the Dove Milk Swirls Lavender & Honey Bath Bomb ($14 for 2), however, I will make an exception. Not only does it fizz up in satisfying suds that make my skin feel squeaky clean, but it's also loaded with heavy-hitting moisturizers that make it feel even better when you step out." — KC

Go-To Properly Clean Cleanser
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Go-To Properly Clean Cleanser

"I've been loving this Go-To Properly Clean Cleanser ($24). I like the light foam consistency and that it's a clean beauty product at Sephora. I've been trying to add more of my daily products into the clean category, so cleansers seemed like a great place to start." — LS

Innisfree Nourishing Ampoule Toner With Ginger Honey
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Innisfree Nourishing Ampoule Toner With Ginger Honey

"Testing out the Innisfree Nourishing Ampoule Toner With Ginger Honey ($22) as full of happy accidents: First, as I was taking the bottle out of its packaging, I accidentally flung it across the room. Thankfully, the resilient bottle looked completely unharmed when I went to go pick it up. Then, when I went to dispense a few drops of the toner onto my hand, I ended up pouring out way more than what I needed.

I began swiping the floral scented liquid onto my forehead and all the way down my neck and shoulders. I tapped it into my skin for faster absorption, and immediately felt it soften, smooth, and plump up with moisture. Even the upper part of my cheeks — where I have two dry patches that are healing from this winter's harsh cold weather — felt moisturized and calm." — JMC

Dr. Brandt Hyaluronic Facial Cream
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Dr. Brandt Hyaluronic Facial Cream

"I've tried somewhere in the ballpark of 9,847 face creams (um, but who's counting?) and my biggest takeaway is this: sometimes it's better to skip the fancy ingredients and scents in lieu of something simple that works hard and still feels good on skin. That's exactly what Dr. Brandt Hyaluronic Facial Cream ($72) is: a no-frills formula that has everything what you need — like a heavy dose of hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated, plus peptides to minimize the appearance of fine lines — and nothing that you don't." — KC

Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Serum
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Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Serum

"The Sulwhasoo Bloomstay Vitalizing Serum ($145) is a hydrating, antioxidant-packed serum that feels almost like honey — in the best possible way. If you're looking to create a dewy makeup look, it's the perfect primer. It shines through foundation, and you can even tap some over highlighter to maximize the reflection." — DD

Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil
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Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil

"When I first tried this Farmacy Honey Grail Ultra-Hydrating Face Oil ($48) a few weeks ago, I was not prepared for how smooth and glowy it would leave my skin. The lightweight formula has a luxe, fast-absorbing texture that not only hydrates, but also brightens your complexion. It's formulated with honey (which gives it an amazing scent), sea buckthorn, and a blend of five flower oils containing omegas, vitamins, and amino acids. I've been applying it before my moisturizer every night and my skin has never looked better." — JH

Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Peeling Mousse Instant Glow Facial
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Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Peeling Mousse Instant Glow Facial

"Full disclosure: I don't really think I'd consider the Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar Peeling Mousse Instant Glow Facial ($35) much of a 'peel' or 'mousse,' but what it is, is brilliant. All you do is massage the gel-like formula onto clean (not wet) skin for a few seconds, and watch as the mini exfoliating particles slough away your dry flakes from Winter. They can call it whatever they want — I'll just call it my new glow go-to." — KC

Vintner's Daughter Active Treatment Essence
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Vintner's Daughter Active Treatment Essence

"I'm on a less-is-more shtick, meaning I want brands to be more conscious of the products they're launching. Does it solve a problem? Is it innovative? The ladies of POPSUGAR Beauty can attest: we get so many products each month, it's impossible to get through and accurately test everything we're sent, especially when it comes to skin care. This is why I was psyched about Vintner's Daughter's latest launch, the Active Treatment Essence ($225). It's only the second launch from the brand, and after testing it over four weeks, I can say with confidence that it's worth the luxury price tag. If the Active Botanical Serum, an oil, wasn't your cup of tea, I think you'll fancy the essence for a few reasons. I feel like essences are universally great for any skin type, and I personally noticed better results from it. My esthetician even commented on how my pores are looking great since I started using this baby. I'll spare you the ingredient list, but know that it's used to microexfoliate, brighten, firm, and hydrate, and will help your other products work at optimal efficacy." — KJ

Milk Makeup Kush Growhouse Lash + Brow Serum
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Milk Makeup Kush Growhouse Lash + Brow Serum

"What I might love more than a good lash serum is one that includes ingredients that I'm able to recognize immediately. This Milk Makeup Kush Growhouse Lash + Brow Serum ($48) is plant derived and contains all things familiar to me, like aloe, vitamin B5, and quinoa extracts for healthy lashes and major growth. My favorite part about this product is that you can apply it right before makeup because it instantly dries, doesn't feel sticky, and does not make eyeliner appear patchy when you do. Plus, its #gramworthy packaging makes it just as pretty on your vanity as on your lashes — it's a win-win." — Alanna Martine Kilkeary, associate beauty editor, Makeup.com

Fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash
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Fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash

"I've been a fan of the original Fresh Soy Face Cleanser since I was a teenager, so I was excited to try a new variety called "Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash ($33), which includes my favorite fruit. While I usually opt for chemical exfoliants like AHAs and BHAs rather than physical ones, the fine texture of this cleanser was gentle enough that I decided to make an exception. Another perk? It smells simply delicious." — SS

Yuzu Lemonade Peel Salicylic Acid Vitamin C Treatment
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Yuzu Lemonade Peel Salicylic Acid Vitamin C Treatment

"I normally shy away from BHAs in favor of a gentler AHA, like glycolic acid, but lately my skin has been breaking out like a crazy, so I'll take all the salicylic acid I can get to help unclog my pores. Savor Beauty's adorably named Yuzu Lemonade Peel ($80) is formulated with two percent of it, which is the highest percentage that can be used without a prescription. Plus, its yuzu essential oils and kakadu plum extracts are packed with vitamin C for brightening and antioxidant protection. As a mom with very little time to spare on my skin care, I also love that it works in less than a minute and gives that tingling-in-a-good-way-so-you-think-it's-working sensation." — Lindsey Unterberger, content director, Makeup.com and Skincare.com

Dearpacker Online Only Black Ginseng Gold Hydrogel Mask
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Dearpacker Online Only Black Ginseng Gold Hydrogel Mask

"The Dearpacker Black Ginseng Gold Hydrogel Mask ($40) is the full package: it gave me an unmatched sensory experience and a complexion boost that lasted until the next day. In the 10 minutes I had it on, I felt incomparably relaxed — the cooling effect that comes with its hydrogel texture felt soothing, as the dry areas of skin on top of my cheeks felt less irritated. I also had peace of mind knowing it wouldn't slip off and make a mess. When I peeled it off, my skin was moist with leftover serum, which I proceeded to pat into my skin. In 20 minutes, my face was visibly brighter and more moisturized — so much so, that the effect lasted until the next morning." — JMC

Shiseido Waso Hydrating Gel Beauty Sleeping Mask
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Shiseido Waso Hydrating Gel Beauty Sleeping Mask

"My sleep has been less than stellar lately, and that often shows up on my skin . . . except when I remember to use the Shiseido Waso Hydrating Gel Beauty Sleeping Mask ($40), and I have the skin of a plump cherub by morning. This hydrating gel is infused with yuzu, which has tons of vitamins A, C, and E. It feels cooling when you apply it, making it ideal for summer months, and I'm obsessed with the fun little handle on the cap. — DD

Too Cool For School Rules of Mastic IX Enhancer Recovery Balm
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Too Cool For School Rules of Mastic IX Enhancer Recovery Balm

"I use the Too Cool For School Rules of Mastic IX Enhancer Recovery Balm ($36) with the same vigor as the woman in the Frank's Red Hot commercials. Dry skin, redness, areas that look dull — I put this sh*t on everything. The fragrance-free cream is thick and intensely hydrating, yet never leaves behind any slippery, greasy residue. I got a tube of the stuff just a week ago, yet I've gone through a fourth of it — not because it's a small container, but because I'm truly in love with how silky it leaves my skin." — JMC

The Inkey List Retinol Serum
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The Inkey List Retinol Serum

"The Inkey List is a new addition to Sephora, and at a price point of $5-$25, it's hard not to buy everything in the line. I picked up the Retinol Serum ($10) last month, and I'm impressed with the results. It includes a 1 percent stabilized retinol and .05 percent granactive retinoid, so it's strong but not harsh, and the squalane helps with any dryness you might typically incur from a retinol. (Granactive retinoids deliver the same benefits of retinoids and retinols but with less potential for irritation.) My skin over the past few weeks has looked smoother, and my pores less noticeable. And since it's only $9, you have nothing to lose, really. (Except, like, two cups of coffee.)" — KJ

Goop Glow 15% Glycolic Overnight Glow Peel
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Goop Glow 15% Glycolic Overnight Glow Peel

"My love for glycolic acid runs deep, as does my obsession with peel pads. Goop Glow 15% Glycolic Overnight Glow Peel ($125) is both of those things, and serves as an overnight treatment that's easy to use and makes my skin look bright and refreshed. I especially love this product because the pre-soaked pads are dual-sided (one is more exfoliating, the other is smooth) so I can customize the treatment for different zones of my face, and they're sizable. These days, I'm wishing away the dark spots on my chest and the backs of my hands, and this is the perfect peel for all-over use." - DD

Malin + Goetz Advanced Renewal Moisturizer
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Malin + Goetz Advanced Renewal Moisturizer

"Using a new moisturizer is always a task I feel ambivalent about, especially when I always gravitate toward the same textures (read: gels!). These past few weeks, though, I decided to switch it up and try the 'traditional'-looking Malin + Goetz Advanced Renewal Moisturizer ($76). While it looks like your classic hydration cocktail, I was pleased to discover that it's way more lightweight when applied to the skin. Most important, as someone with combination skin, this moisturizer doesn't leave me feeling greasy or shiny — instead, it looks dewy and fresh, and ready for makeup every single time I use it." — Alanna Kilkeary, associate editor, Makeup.com and Skincare.com

Rodan and Fields Reverse Radiance Mask
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Rodan and Fields Reverse Radiance Mask

"The Reverse Radiance Mask ($60) is literally the gold standard of masking. The thick, gold goo smells clean with hints of citrus, and glides onto skin easily. With its blend of gentle exfoliators, my skin has looked glowier and more even — in just 10 minutes." — JC

Indie Lee Banish Stick
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Indie Lee Banish Stick

"I've been trying the new dot stickers, but if I ever have a blemish, I always seem to come back to using the Indie Lee Banish Stick ($28). It's another clean product, and Indie Lee's brand delivers results. You can feel it working. She'll also be at Play/Ground in our Pop Shop giving mini facials and skin consultations!" — LS

Kate Somerville +Retinol Vitamin C Moisturizer Cream
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Kate Somerville +Retinol Vitamin C Moisturizer Cream

"I usually incorporate both of the hero ingredients in the Kate Somerville +Retinol Vitamin C Moisturizer Cream ($90) into my daily skincare routine, so I was thrilled to learn that this cream could replace my retinol, vitamin C serum, and moisturizer in one easy step. I love that it improves the texture of my skin, fades dark spots, and gives my complexion an overall more even appearance. Thanks to this multitasker, I can finally KonMari my medicine cabinet." — SS

I Dew Care Thirst Things First Revitalizing Vitamin C Mist Mask
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I Dew Care Thirst Things First Revitalizing Vitamin C Mist Mask

"Since I'd prefer to get radiant skin in as few steps as possible, I love that the I Dew Care Thirst Things First Revitalizing Vitamin C Mist Mask ($19) is in spray bottle form. Not only does it refresh my makeup during the day and keep things from looking cakey, but the part-oil spritz also contains vitamin C to brighten my complexion." — SS

GlamGlow MoistureTrip Omega-Rich Face Moisturizer
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GlamGlow MoistureTrip Omega-Rich Face Moisturizer

"The GlamGlow MoistureTrip Omega-Rich Face Moisturizer ($54) has the dreamiest, most comfortable texture that I love to use on my dry skin. It's somehow rich enough to soften my driest patches but also lightweight enough that I often forget I have it on. I like to smear this one on as the last step of my evening skin routine but have found that it also wears well under makeup when I do decide to use it in the morning." — JMC

Rodial Vit C Eye Souffle
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Rodial Vit C Eye Souffle

"I've struggled with dark circles pretty much my whole life thanks to my genetics and allergies (womp!), so when it comes to eye creams, I've tried them all. Between the dozens of treatments and under-eye masks, I've never quite noticed a difference until I tried this Vit C Eye Souffle ($95) by Rodial. The texture is soft, whipped, soothing, and feels seemingly cold every time I use it. It nearly immediately absorbs into the skin once applied, and after just a few days, I was actually able to see a visibly brighter and lighter surface where my dark circles once lived. There's vitamin C magic in this little container, and now I want to use it everywhere." — AK

Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex 30%
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Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex 30%

"I may never be able to take back the fact that I spent more time in a tanning bed than I did in a library during high school (and, yes, I'm still cringing at the thought), but I'll likely spend the rest of my days fighting the damage it did to my skin. The hardest part has been treating my sun spots and hyperpigmentation, which form deep within the skin and don't give up easily, but the Revision Skincare C+ Correcting Complex 30% ($160) has worked wonders so far. Thanks to its potent blend of vitamin C and E, my spots have visibly brightened." — KC

Eighteen B Revitalizing Hyrdogel Moisturizer
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Eighteen B Revitalizing Hyrdogel Moisturizer

"Engineers, clinical testing, and an ingredient that hasn't been over-exposed in the beauty community? That's my personal kryptonite, and Eighteen B has it all. Launched in early March, the brand is based on their hallmark ingredient, b-silk protein, and was created by Lindsay Wray, who has her PhD is biomedical engineering. (What a boss.) Wray saw how silk works in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, and decided to show how powerful of an ingredient it could be in skin care. This protein is hydrating, lustrous and smoothing to the skin, and even helps reinforce your skin's extracellular matrix — your collagen and elastin. The brand only has two products: the Revitalizing Hyrdogel Moisturizer ($75), which I were during the day, and Hydrate + Restore Rich Cream ($95), which is for when I went to hit Club Beddy Bye. Since testing these products out a few weeks ago, my skin has already shown amazing improvement in firmness and and texture." — KJ

Origins Clear Improvement Pore Clearing Moisturizer
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Origins Clear Improvement Pore Clearing Moisturizer

"If mint leaves and bubble gum had a baby, it would smell exactly like the Origins Clear Improvement Pore Clearing Moisturizer ($34) — only it wouldn't feel nearly as good on your skin. It's just not the scent, either; the formula itself has worked like magic on my combination skin, hydrating all the right parts and letting the salicylic acid and bamboo charcoal take care of the rest of my oily, acne-prone areas." — KC

Dermalogica Redness Relief Essence
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Dermalogica Redness Relief Essence

"Dermalogica Redness Relief Essence ($42) stays true to its name in that the liquid deeply penetrates the skin — hence it being called an essence — to keep skin from looking ruddy or inflamed. The consistency does have a serum-like look to it because it's not overly runny like many other products in the category. Ingredients like licorice root extract soothes skin while piperonyl glucoside helps reduce redness. Because it's able to penetrate deeper than redness relief creams, you'll see the results quicker." — KJ

Face Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer
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Face Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer

"You can immediately tell how good a primer is the second it hits your skin when it glides on smoothly and instantly blurs imperfections. That's exactly what Tula's new Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer ($34) did. It boosts radiance and preps the skin for makeup application by locking in moisture. I've even started wearing it on its own — it's just that good." — JH

Mary Kay Skinvigorate Sonic Skin Care System
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Mary Kay Skinvigorate Sonic Skin Care System

"It's been a long time since I've come off the face cleansing brush bandwagon, but the Mary Kay Skinvigorate Sonic Skin Care System ($75) looked enticing enough to convince me to hop back on. Not only does it only take 60 seconds to clean your entire face (music to my lazy-person ears) and come with three speeds, the bristles are also gentle enough for my sensitive skin — no more fear of feeling like I just power-washed my face." — KC

Bawdy x Sephora Collection Butt Sheet Mask
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Bawdy x Sephora Collection Butt Sheet Mask

"Do you need a mask for your butt? Probably not. Did I enjoy using the Bawdy x Sephora Collection Butt Sheet Mask ($8)? More than many of my go-to face masks. I slapped it on and laid on my bed without pants for 15 minutes. It didn't 'firm and plump' my bottom (like the brand claimed) as much as a squat workout would, but my skin felt incredible. It was smooth and, not that anyone is really taking that close of a look, seemed brighter in tone." — JMC

Aveeno Baby Sensitive All Over Wipes
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Aveeno Baby Sensitive All Over Wipes

"As someone who's about to have a child, my baby wipe stash is currently far more extensive than my face wipe stash. And that's exactly why these new Aveeno Baby Sensitive All Over Wipes ($11) are my obsession: because I really can use them all over. They may not have been created to remove makeup or sub in for cleanser in a pinch, but they sure do get the job done. And I know pretty soon I'm going to appreciate multi-tasking products more than ever." — DD

Belif Youth Creator Age Knockdown Bomb
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Belif Youth Creator Age Knockdown Bomb

"Losing my bottle of the Belif Youth Creator Age Knockdown Bomb ($65) caused a fight between my partner and me. I had just begun falling in love with how it restored my skin's radiance and made it feel plump and bouncy with moisture, with just the very first application. (It contains cedrol and a flower called winter aster to do that.) One night, I showed it to my partner, who then said he loved how firm it made his skin feel . . . and that was the last time I saw the bottle. He swears he doesn't have it, and I guess believe him (for the most part)." - JMC

Mary Kay Naturally Moisturizing Stick
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Mary Kay Naturally Moisturizing Stick

I've been loving the Mary Kay Naturally Moisturizing Stick ($28) as a all-in-one solution to my dry skin woes. I've been swiping it around my nostrils, on my cuticles, and on any other flaky areas to soothe them with candelilla wax and beeswax. Plus, the small size makes it easy to throw in my purse and use on the go." — SS

The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Peel-Off Mask
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The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Peel-Off Mask

"I'll be completely honest, I have no idea if I'm using the The Body Shop Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Peel-Off Mask ($6) the right way, but I do know that the cute cup and powder mixture (which activates with water) makes me feel like a mixologist in my own bathroom. The fact that it's packed with its fan-favorite tea tree formulation is just an added bonus." - KC

Summer Fridays CC Me Serum
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Summer Fridays CC Me Serum

"As someone with a few acne scars that I am desperately trying to fade, the Summer Fridays CC Me Serum ($64) has been a life-changing product. It's formulated with vitamin C, squalene, collagen and a botanical cocktail of other skin-loving ingredients to address dark spots and hyperpigmentation. I use it in the morning under my makeup for instant dewy, radiance." — JH

Herbivore Prism 12% AHA + 3% BHA Exfoliating Glow Serum
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Herbivore Prism 12% AHA + 3% BHA Exfoliating Glow Serum

"Fans of Herbivore Botanicals might remember the brand's OG Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion — a serum housed in a bottle so pretty, it practically begged to be Instagrammed. Herbivore somehow made its second iteration, the Prism 12% AHA + 3% BHA Exfoliating Glow Serum ($54), even more beautiful. Stored in a light-reflecting rainbow bottle is a thin liquid that is potent with 2 percent AHA and 3 percent BHA to exfoliate the skin. I applied three drops to my hands before tapping and massaging it into my skin, which felt firmer in seconds. The next morning, my skin was visibly more even in tone, an effect that made me want to skip the light-coverage foundation I typically wear every day." — JMC

Exuviance AF Vitamin C 20% Serum Capsules
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Exuviance AF Vitamin C 20% Serum Capsules

"I made it my resolution this year to up my vitamin C intake — both on the inside and outside. And while I've made about 1.2 percent progress on the former, the Exuviance AF Vitamin C 20% Serum Capsules ($69) makes it easier for me to live up to my promise on the latter front. Encapsulated in each metallic bead is a highly potent dose of the brightening ingredient — just snap it open, smear it onto your face, and prepare to glow. (No, really, after just a few weeks of use, I've noticed a huge improvement to my skin. My desire to follow through with any of my other resolutions? Er, not so much.)" — KC

Starface Hydro-Stars
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Starface Hydro-Stars

"Never in a million years did I think acne patches could be cute, but here we are. The Starface Hydro-Stars ($22) make out-of-the-blue breakouts way less annoying when you get to stick fun stickers on them. I wear the stars overnight (for at least six hours), let the ingredients work their magic, and remove it when I wake up. They're also great if you're one to pick at your face." — JH

SkinCeuticals Glycolic Renewal Cleanser
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SkinCeuticals Glycolic Renewal Cleanser

"To put it simply, the SkinCeuticals Glycolic Renewal Cleanser ($38) is like a power wash for your face, formulated with a high dose of glycolic acid to blast away all traces of unevenness or dark spots. The thought alone sounds scary for someone with sensitive skin like me, but it's also loaded with soothing aloe and hydrating glycerin to offset the burn — which, be forewarned, it does burn if you leave it on for too long. Don't worry, though, the glowing aftereffects are well worth the two seconds of discomfort." — KC

Glossier Futuredew Oil-Serum Hybrid
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Glossier Futuredew Oil-Serum Hybrid

"Glossier found a way to bottle up the dewy skin look you've been seeing on Instagram into one no-fuss product: Futuredew Oil-Serum Hybrid ($24). To test it, I dispensed one pump onto my fingers before applying it onto my slightly towel-dried face and neck. (This is brand founder Emily Weiss's preferred way to apply the stuff.) The peach-pink liquid has a thick consistency and a slight lavender scent. It quickly melted onto my skin, turning into a nonsticky, glossy liquid that quickly absorbed. The end result: high-shine, plump skin that looks more even in tone." — JMC

Primera Alpine Berry Water Cream
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Primera Alpine Berry Water Cream

"I'm always a little wary about trying new skincare products as someone with hypersensitive skin and topical allergies, but I felt good knowing the Primera Alpine Berry Water Cream ($40) had the Clean at Sephora seal of approval. This water cream felt incredibly gentle and hydrating on contact but soaked in quickly enough for me to apply makeup or hit my pillow moments afterward. I particularly liked layering it on thick at night and waking to plumped skin that was definitely more radiant." — Joanna Douglas, head of content, Native

Then I Met You The Skin Balancing Duo
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Then I Met You The Skin Balancing Duo

"Toners and essences are something that, at 25, I'm still learning to incorporate into my routine. I've always been unsure about which ones to layer or mix or how they would complement my oily yet eczema-prone skin. The stars must have collided with the launch of Then I Met You The Skin Balancing Duo ($78), because if there's any brand I trust to introduce me to a toning and essence regimen, it's this one. First up is the Birch Milk Toner, which is super soothing, milky, and a-OK to use on eczema. Second is the Giving Essence, which contains powerful antioxidants and peptides that help control oil and pores. This combo totally brightens my skin, keeps me looking shine-free, and has majorly minimized my acne in just a few weeks. Not sure what magic is in these blue bottles, but they've made me a toner and essence believer." — AK

Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Super Hydrating Mask
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Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Super Hydrating Mask

"Romeo wooed Juliet when he brought sweet-smelling roses into the equation, just like Garnier wooed me with the similar-minded SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Super Hydrating Mask ($4). Every time my sensitive skin is acting out and needs a hit of moisture (but without leading to more flare-ups), I plop this on — and the glow I get afterward is, in a way, quite poetic." — KC

Paula's Choice Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer
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Paula's Choice Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer

"Applying the Paula's Choice Water-Infusing Electrolyte Moisturizer ($35) feels like spreading a cloud across your face. The whipped, light-as-air formula is so refreshing, you'll want to reapply it whenever your skin is feeling a little parched. The formula includes electrolytes, potassium, and magnesium to replenish hydration to your skin and really feels for your skin how I feel drinking a Gatorade after a long night out with tequila shots: a whole lot better." — SS

One Ocean Ultra Marine Cellulite Night Cream
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One Ocean Ultra Marine Cellulite Night Cream

"I've been extremely impressed with One Ocean Beauty. Created by beauty-industry veteran Marcella Cacci, she left her cushy job to create a brand that actually gives back; One Ocean was founded on the ideal that we should be taking care of our oceans. This is why a $250,000 donation to Oceana was baked into the operating expenses for the brand from the jump. As someone who gets many pitches about brands giving back, it's rare and impressive for a brand — especially a new one — to commit that type of a money upfront to a cause.

That said, I've also been impressed with the products, too. I think when you hit 30 you start becoming obsessed with skin care for other parts of your body, not just your face. You've spent years devoted to making your mug look amazing, but then you start to realize your body needs some TLC too. I'm now a person who regularly slathers on lotion morning and evening, and these days I'm using One Ocean Bioactive Body Sculpting Cream ($114) and Ultra Marine Cellulite Night Cream ($125). Pick your jaw off the floor — yes, these are beauty investments. And typically I'm very anti-anything being touted as a sculpting or cellulite cream, but the ingredients in these two products plus the way they make my skin feel make me feel confident in recommending them. They're both emollient but dry down beautifully and are made with ingredients from the ocean (without disturbing it). Of course, working out and eating healthy helps with these types of products, but the tone of my skin has improved in the weeks since I started using them. The clinicals for both products are impressive as well." — KJ