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20 Best Skincare Products and Treatments

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Best Skincare Products and Treatments

Perfect skin is an unachievable fantasy. As much as we desperately try, pigmentation, pores, and rough textures are all part of a natural complexion. 

With that being said, there are ways to mimic clearness and dewiness. The skincare market is a billion-dollar industry, so you’re bound to find a routine that’s suited for your skin type. 

Of the thousand-some list of readily available formulas, it’s common to feel overwhelmed when presented with so many options. 

To help keep things simple and straightforward, we’ve gathered 20 of the best skincare products and treatments that are sure to make an impact on your complexion. We’ll also discuss some common queries related to daily regimens and ingredients. 

20 Best Skincare Products and Treatments

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a ‘one size fits all’ skincare routine. Complexion types range in the dozens, including normal, combination, oily, and dry

Finding the perfect line of formulas is no easy task, as it’s usually conducted through trial and error. Believe me, I had my fair share of disappointments—but within my never-ending search, I’ve also had some eureka moments. 

Obviously, our top 20 list isn’t guaranteed to fully cure your complexion problems, but at least it’s a step forward. You can take care knowing that each featured product is considered the best for a reason, ranging from Tata Harper to Avene

#1 – Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser

Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser
Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser

Price: $76

A detox cleanser that purges pores of pollutants & impurities for renewed, fresh looking skin. Best for blocked pores, pollutants, or oily skin. Cleansers are the first step in your beauty routine and using the right one for your skin is crucial to getting the results you want. While most cleansers may not transform your skin on their own, using the wrong cleanser can create new skin issues. 

This is a soap-free cleanser that has good, proven clays such as kaolin and montmorillonite along with magnesium aluminum silicate (white clay) alongside fruit enzymes and sugars. Put all together the mix is a glorious sensation on the skin.

#2 – Pixi Glow Tonic

Pixi Glow Tonic
Pixi Glow Tonic

Price: $29 

The Pixi Glow Tonic™ is a highly concentrated, invigorating facial toner that deeply cleans pores by sweeping away excess oil and impurities.

  • Remove excess oils and impurities with Pixi Glow Tonic in its 250ml size from Pixi Beauty. This award-winning, invigorating toner deeply cleanses and gently exfoliates all skin types in one lovely step
  • The unique formula is enriched with 5% Glycolic Acid that gently wipes away impurities from your pores, while Aloe Vera soothes and hydrates your skin. Infused with red Ginseng, this Skintreats essential helps to protect and energize your skin Use it in the AM or PM for a healthier, balanced complexion that’s ready to glow. With Pixi Glow Tonic, your skin will be balanced, soothed, radiant and prepped for makeup application
  • This alcohol-free tonic is never tested on animals

#3 – The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

Price: $13.50

A Hydration Support Formula with Ultra-Pure, Vegan Hyaluronic Acid.

The molecular size of HA determines its depth of delivery in the skin. This formulation combines low-, medium- and high-molecular weight HA, as well as a next-generation HA crosspolymer at a combined concentration of 2% for multi-depth hydration in a water-based formula. This system is supported with the addition of Vitamin B5 which also enhances surface hydration. 

Note: Hyaluronic Acid is found in the skin naturally but its natural function within the skin is not hydration. Many products have used HA to claim hydration benefits, but HA is too large of a molecule to penetrate the skin and instead sits on the surface and can draw moisture out of the skin making the surface feel soft and hydrated temporarily, while making you feel like you need more HA after the product is rinsed. 

This formula uses three forms of HA with varying molecular weights, as well as an HA crosspolymer, to offer multi-depth hydration and visible plumping without drawing water out of the skin solely to improve temporary surface hydration.

#4 – Neostrata Triple Firming Neck Cream

Price: $88

Don’t neglect your neck! This award-winning anti-aging neck cream by NeoStrata is formulated with a complex of three ingredients, each with a unique action to target visible discoloration and reduce visible signs of aging on the neck and décolletage for skin that appears firmer, lifted and more evenly toned. NeoGlucosamine, NeoCitriate and Pro-Amino Acid work together to firm the appearance of sagging skin and target skin’s volumizing matrix.

Neck and décolletage products must be gentle, non-sticky and not overly emollient so as to not settle into the creases of your neck — or transfer onto clothing!

8% NeoGlucosamine: A non-acid amino sugar that alleviates discoloration for a more even skin tone, while also diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

4% NeoCitriate and Pro-Amino Acid: Targets the volumizing matrix.

Ideal for anyone seeking a more even-toned, firmer, lifted appearance for the delicate neck area. This potent anti-aging neck cream is ideal for dry, normal and oily skin types.

#5 – Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream
Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream

Price: $68

This protein moisturizer combines signal peptides, growth factors, supportive amino acids, and pygmy water lily for immediate improvement in the appearance of skin’s tone, texture, and firmness. 

What it does:

Protini’s proprietary formula restores younger, revived-looking skin, almost from the first application. Lines, wrinkles, and signs of sun damage appear reduced, and skin feels strengthened and moisturized.

#6 – Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream

Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream
Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream

Price: $54 

A hydrating eye cream that is clinically demonstrated to de-puff and brighten after just one use. Formulated with Avocado oil, Beta-Carotene, and Shea butter, this eye cream immediately improves the look and feel of under eye texture and dry fine lines through all day hydration.

Paraben-free, fragrance-free, silicone-free, mineral oil-free, and synthetic dye-free.

#7 – Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2%

Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2%
Naturium Niacinamide Serum 12% Plus Zinc 2%

Price: $16

The concentrated niacinamide serum is formulated with pure 12% niacinamide and 2% zinc PCA that helps improve uneven visual skin tone and minimizes the look of pores and fine lines.

Benefits

  • Helps reduce the look of enlarged pores
  • Refines the appearance of uneven texture
  • Helps balance excess oil production
  • Purifies congested skin complexion

#8 – Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator
Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator

Price: $35

This is true hydration fast-tracked into the skin. The Hydrating Accelerator is our most universal, performance-driven product – built for all skin, any time, anywhere. This potent refreshing mist helps to plump, protect and support the skin’s innate healing abilities. 

Contains a base of soothing phytonutrient-rich aloe vera, infused with an antioxidant-complete herbal profile that works hard to satisfy skin thirst and relieve the appearance of redness. 

Designed to effectively penetrate the stratum corneum, this innovative formula delivers fast hydration by lowering the skin’s surface tension and supporting the reduction of transepidermal water loss. 

Due to its unique formula structure, the Hydrating Accelerator will enhance the performance of any serums, oils, balms, creams applied after. For all skin types – oily, combination, normal, and dry. Suitable for dehydrated, sensitive, acne, rosacea, and eczema conditions.

#9 – Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask 

Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask
Sisley Paris Black Rose Cream Mask

Price: $180

A cream mask that has been specifically formulated to instantly help the complexion appear more youthful and energized. Deliciously scented with rose, this soft, creamy mask creates a moment of relaxation and pleasure.

The Black Rose Cream Mask offers the skin the look of “instant youth”. Rich in anti-aging ingredients (Black Rose, Padina pavonica, and Alkekengi calyx extracts), it immediately works on diminishing signs of fatigue and leaves the skin looking more youthful and energized. It brings together three actions to restore a luminous complexion in just 10 to 15 minutes:

1. A smoothing and plumping action

2. A revitalizing action

3. A softening and hydrating action

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Immediately hydrated and plumped, the skin appears visibly smoother, the signs of aging are minimized, and the face appears less fatigued. The complexion regains its radiance

Key Ingredients

  • Black Rose: smoothing, Alkekengi Calyx extract
  • Padina pavonica
  • Vitamin E acetate
  • Red Vine: promotes radiance
  • Chlorella: revitalizes
  • Geranium (essential oil)
  • Great Mullen: soothes
  • Shea butter: nourishes, soothes, and softens
  • Provitamin B5: softens and hydrates
  • Rose and Magnolia (essential oils): soothe
  • Vegetable Glycerin: hydrates
  • Phytosqualane: emollient and hydrates

#10 – Supergoop! Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40

Supergoop! Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40
Supergoop! Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40

Price: $36

A daily primer that leaves a dewy, glowy finish and preps skin for makeup, with SPF protection and major hydration — now in two radiant shades!

This multitasking sunscreen gives skin an instant glow-up — and now it comes in two radiant shades! Formulated with hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 to hydrate and perfect, this cult beauty fave creates a dewy, glowy base without any visible glitz or glitter. 

Wear on its own, or layer under makeup as a primer to give skin a naturally supple, lit-from-within look. Choose our OG shade (Sunrise) for a champagne, pearlescent glow, or our all-new shade (Golden Hour) for a bronzed, sunkissed glow!

#11 – Differin Gel Acne Treatment

Differin Gel Acne Treatment
Differin Gel Acne Treatment

Price: $18.29 

Take a different approach to clearing—and preventing—your acne. Non-comedogenic, fragrance-free Differin Gel contains the retinoid adapalene, the first over-the-counter active ingredient for acne in more than 30 years. It’s what you and your skin have been waiting for. Use daily. 

  • Clears acne with the power of Rx, without a prescription needed
  • Prevents breakouts, blackheads, whiteheads, blemishes and clogged pores
  • Restores skin tone and texture by clearing acne
  • Available in 15g (up to 30-day supply) and 45g (up to 90-day supply)
  • Find it in the original tube, and now in an easy-to-use new pump
  • Differin Gel can be used to effectively treat acne or “maskne” caused by wearing face masks or facial coverings

#12 – Renée Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Masque

Renée Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Masque
Renée Rouleau Rapid Response Detox Masque

Price: $65.50

Rapid Response Detox Masque by Renée Rouleau is an award-winning acne treatment that quickly rids bacteria and oil from deep within pores to prevent and clear away blemishes while instantly calming surface redness and irritation. 

When used at the first signs of breakouts or a few days before your monthly cycle, this groundbreaking anti-inflammatory gel face masque for acne will effectively disrupt the visible blemish cycle to encourage smoother skin with fewer noticeable bumps. The result? Calmer, clearer, more even-toned skin by Renee Rouleau. 

#13 – Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face Moisturizer

Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face Moisturizer
Minéral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Face Moisturizer

Price: $30 

The best-selling hyaluronic acid booster is formulated with Pure Hyaluronic Acid and 15 Mineral-Rich Vichy Volcanic Water to strengthen & repair your skin barrier. This daily hydrating and plumping booster has been clinically tested by 175 dermatologists on 1600 women worldwide. Safe and effective for all skin types, in a minimalist, fragrance free formula with only 11 ingredients.

  • Strengthens & repairs skin barrier
  • Hydrates & plumps skin
  • Makes skin more resistant to visible signs of aging by exposome factors (UV, pollution, stress)
  • Lightweight, fast-absorbing translucent booster
  • Accepted by the National Eczema Association

Skin Type: All skin types

Skin Concern: Dry Skin

#14 – Prima Night Magic Intensive CBD Face Oil for Moisture & Radiance

Prima Night Magic Intensive CBD Face Oil for Moisture & Radiance
Prima Night Magic Intensive CBD Face Oil for Moisture & Radiance

Price: $82

  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve skin’s radiance with a clinically-proven, nourishing blend of essential fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, and hemp CBD.
  • Transform your skin overnight to reveal soft, bright, intensely hydrated skin with our specialized blend of whole plant hemp CBD and nutrient-dense botanicals that works wonders while you sleep.
  • Designed with a targeted combination of potent botanical oils with Vitamins E & K, phytosterols, natural fatty acids, polysterols and cannabinoids to help improve skin integrity and balance
  • Prickly pear, moringa, avocado, and kukui oils replenish skin with essential fatty acids, antioxidants and minerals — helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and impart a youthful radiance
  • Supports your skin’s Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is responsible for strengthening skin’s barrier, and soothing and rebalancing skin to even tone and texture and help visibly reduce the appearance of redness

#15 – May Lindstrom The Problem Solver

May Lindstrom The Problem Solver
May Lindstrom The Problem Solver

Price: $100

A jet-black fusion of indulgent and antioxidant-rich raw cacao, activated bamboo charcoal, soil nutrients, salts, and exotic spices go deep on a mission to reveal your most radiant self. 

This superhero formula brightens, heals inflammation and irritation, fades hyperpigmentation, stimulates collagen production, and treats and prevents breakouts.

#16 – Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Face Oil

Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate Face Oil
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate Face Oil

Price: $52

A moisturizing face oil formulated with botanicals and oils to visibly replenish and restore skin while you sleep. Paraben-free & alcohol-free. 

  • Visibly reduces fine lines, refines skin’s texture and boosts radiance in just one night
  • Helps smooth and firm skin’s appearance
  • Acts on the key visible signs of aging linked to the loss of collagen: fine lines, wrinkles, elasticity and firmness, while visibly reducing the appearance of dark spots
  • Boosts essential moisture to help restore the appearance of tired-looking skin
  • Replenishes skin at night when it is most receptive to repairing itself from daily aggressors
  • Absorbs easily with a lightweight texture
  • Leaves skin soft, supple and hydrated
  • Made with recyclable packaging

#17 – Maelove Moonlight Retinal Super Serum

Maelove Moonlight Retinal Super Serum
Maelove Moonlight Retinal Super Serum

Price: $37

Meet Moonlight, an upgrade on retinol serums. Our breakthrough was in choosing retinaldehyde (retinal), a form of Vitamin A which is estimated to be up to 20 times more effective than retinol. 

If you had given up on high potency retinol or prescription retinoic acid products due to irritation, Moonlight is the solution you’ve been looking for.

Expertly stabilized retinaldehyde at 0.11% concentration delivers prescription level benefits by helping to improve uneven skin tone and appearances of photoaged skin. And because retinaldehyde is also antibacterial, Moonlight can help with acne as well.

We balance all that potency with our unique blend of nourishing ingredients (niacinamide, bisabolol, ceramide, tea extracts, hyaluronic acid and squalane) to keep away the typical irritation you might have experienced from retinoid products in the past.

#18 – Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

Price: $105

Experience the next generation of our revolutionary formula—the most comprehensive Advanced Night Repair serum ever. Patented until 2033.

Now with Chronolux™ Power Signal Technology, this deep- and fast-penetrating face serum reduces the look of multiple signs of aging caused by the environmental assaults of modern life. Skin looks smoother and less lined, younger, more radiant and even toned.

Ideal for: 

  • Multiple signs of aging
  • Visible age prevention
  • Loss of firmness, tone
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Dryness, dehydration—includes Hyaluronic Acid
  • Dullness, loss of radiance
  • Uneven skintone
  • Anti-oxidants

#19 – Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream

Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream
Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream

Price: $54

Our latest innovation in cruelty-free eye cream pairs the power of marine algae and paracress extract for maximum performance. The result? A lifted look that also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This marine algae eye cream’s melt-in texture delivers deep hydration and a perfect canvas for makeup.

  • Visibly lifts after the first application thanks to paracress extract
  • Marine algae peptide complex minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 7 days
  • Squalane delivers long-lasting hydration and creates the perfect canvas for makeup.
  • Winner: 2020 Allure Best of Beauty Awards, and 2021 Glamour Beauty Awards “Best Eye Cream”

#20 – Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream

Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream
Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream

Price: $28

Rich, nourishing cream, infused with postbiotic restorative ingredient, helps protect skin from external aggressors while maintaining proper hydration for optimal skin restoration. Safe for infants, children and adults. Apply twice a day to clean, dry skin. 

What Are the Benefits of Using Skincare Products and Treatments? 

Best Skincare Products and Treatments

Compared to traditional soap and water, a good majority of skincare products and treatments are formulated to be gentle on your skin. 

Controlled ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, retinol, and kojic acid can work wonders in improving the complexion without stripping it of natural oils. Obviously, companies will recommend using their formulas on a daily basis in order to show results. 

What Are the 5 Basics of Skincare?

Best Skincare Products and Treatments

According to most skincare experts, the standard regimen includes:

  1. Cleansing
  2. Exfoliating
  3. Toning
  4. Moisturizing
  5. Applying SPF

Each step plays a crucial role in rejuvenating your complexion. For instance, exfoliation can help eliminate hidden debris in your pores. Sunscreen is typically reserved at the end, considering its benefits on UVA/UVB protection. 

How Do I Start a Skincare Routine? 

Best Skincare Products and Treatments

The 10-step Korean skincare routine can appear daunting for those who are just getting started. If you prefer a simpler alternative, we recommend beginning with a basic cleanser, exfoliator, and moisturizer lotion. Once you’ve gotten familiar with this 3-step regimen, you can graduate to other products such as toners, face masks, and serums. 

Are Skincare Products Worth It?

Best Skincare Products and Treatments

It’s no secret that healthy skin is a confidence booster. Of course, by no means are we shaming those who suffer from acne or pigmentation, as these are normal flaws to have. 

With that being said, you shouldn’t give up and chalk it up to fate when confronted with a pimple. Our complexion needs our attention, and skincare products are designed to help quell a myriad of problems. 

From Biossance to Estee Lauder, we’re confident that our top 20 list of the best skincare products and treatments only includes the finest. Here’s to hoping that you’ll find success in at least one of our featured products. 


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