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2019 Healthy Skin Awards – Best Skincare Products

Dirt and buildup can dull your glow. So consider this step a nonnegotiable, both morning and night.

Best Makeup Remover: Not even waterproof mascara can stand up to this effective-yet-gentle cleansing balm—it’s powered by a blend of five nourishing oils. Plus, the extra exfoliating powder will leave your face supersmooth.

Best Everyday Cleanser: Just because this soap-free cleanser doesn’t lather or foam, doesn’t mean it’s not thoroughly cleaning your skin. Gentle surfactants get rid of grime and product buildup without stripping away your natural oils. 

Best Cleansing Wipes: The easiest way to ensure you wash your face before and after a workout (yes, you need to do both) is to toss these gentle wipes in your gym bag. They use micellar water to lift away dirt, makeup, and oil—no harsh scrubbing required. 

Best Deep Cleanse: Summer, aka clogged pore season is here, but so is this handy little stick made especially for unclogging your T-zone (it’s awesome at getting in the little crevices around your nose). It uses eoseongcho leaves to scrub blackhead prone areas as well as mud to absorb excess oil. 

Best Exfoliator: This two-in-one face polish means serious business. Not only does it physically exfoliate away dead skin cells with plant-derived cellulose, it also helps dissolve them with pineapple and papaya enzymes while glycolic acid sloughs away oils. Your face will feel so freakishly soft after using this—trust.  

Best Cleansing Oil: Reason number one to be obsessed with this oil cleanser: It only has four ingredients (jojoba, sesame, apricot, and bergamot oils). Number two: It obliterates any and all traces of makeup and grime on your face. Use it alone, or follow it up with your favorite cleanser. 

Don’t underestimate these tiny tubes. They pack a potent punch.

Best Hydrating Serum: Consider this the gold standard of hyaluronic acid (HA) serums. It instantly hydrates on a surface level, a smaller form of HA goes deeper to plump fine lines, and a proprietary complex tricks your body into producing more of its own HA for longer-term results.

Best Vitamin C Serum: Unlike most trends, vitamin C is here to stay, and for good reason. It brightens, protects, and plumps. This derm-approved version contains a potent dose of ascorbic acid, a proven form of vitamin C. Oh, and you can get it at the drugstore. 

Best Anti-Aging Serum: How’s this for instant gratification? The blue agave and quinoa extracts in this gel serum create a weightless film over your skin that lifts and tightens immediately, while the white lupine seed extract works to tighten over time.  

Best Face Mist: Frequent fliers, meet your new favorite spritz. It’s made of organic lavender hydrosol—a.k.a. flower water—to hydrate skin while calming nerves with aromatherapy.

Best Serum For Redness: This little bottle is packed with a concentrated amount of the brand’s proprietary Miracle Broth, which is derived from fermented sea kelp. The result: rich nutrients that calm internal inflammation and irritation that lead to a ruddy complexion.

Best Serum For Acne-Prone Skin: Adult acne requires a whole different set of tools than your junior high acne. Enter this serum that treats the underlying cause of breakouts thanks to a combo of anti-inflammatory and microbiome (aka your good and bad bacteria) balancing ingredients.

Treat your skin to a big drink of water with one of these hydrating heroes.

Best Moisturizer For Acne-Prone Skin: If summertime equals grease and breakout season for you, reach for this lightweight hydrator—yes, even oily skin ne hydration—with one percent salicylic acid and bamboo charcoal to keep your shine and zits in check.

Best Brightening Moisturizer: If dark spots and discoloration are your biggest skin concerns, then meet this brightening moisturizer. Let vitamin b3 (aka niacinamide) work on current discoloration and SPF 30 prevent future dark marks, all while you hydrate each morning.

Best Moisturizer For Combo Skin: A little oily here, a little dry there? Try this lightweight lotion that utilizes glycerin, squalane, and shea butter to provide a light layer of moisture. Best of all, depending on the environmental factors, it adjusts the level of hydration it imparts on skin. 

Best Anti-Aging Moisturizer: Yes, this is a splurge, but this cream has an incredibly rabid fan base. How exactly it works is a bit of mystery (the active ingredient is referred to as Trigger Factor Complex, TFC8), and part of the appeal, but it promises to minimize lines, scars, pigmentation, and wrinkles. 

Best Moisturizer For Dry Skin: The best way to give your dry skin back its moisture is with your body’s own oils. The next best thing is the lipid blend found in this nourishing cream. It mimics the fatty acids naturally found in your skin, so your body knows exactly what to do with them.

Best Moisturizer For Sensitive Skin: A blend of ceramides, niacinamide, and glycerin offer a gentle boost of moisture instantly while the prebioitcs in the brand’s thermal water boost your skin’s natural protective barrier to treat the sensitivity at its core.

The thin skin around your eyes requires extra TLC, starting with these all-stars.

Best Depuffing Eye Cream: An undereye sans bags? Sign me up. Creasing concealer all day? No, thank you. This hyaluronic acid– and caffeine-infused eye cream will leave your skin brighter, but with zero makeup-messing residue. 

Best Eye Cream For Sensitive Skin: If you have sensitive skin, chances are your eye area gets the brunt of it. No longer! Aloe and cotton extract (yes, like the stuff your softest T-shirt is made from) are proven to soothe and hydrate without causing irritation. 

Best Eye Serum: Who knew applying your eye treatment could feel like self-care? Thanks to its cooling and de-puffing rollerball, fighting fine lines becomes a treat. As you roll, you’re massaging in a serum rich in baobab oil and vitamins A, E, and F.

Best Eye Cream For Dark Circles: If you’re well-rested and still have dark under eyes, chances are it’s genetic and hard to treat topically. So slather on this yellow eye cream, which color corrects without looking like makeup.

Best Eye Patches: Slap on these cactus water-infused eye masks and go about your business. While you’re doing laundry, catching up on emails, or binging old seasons of Dance Moms, let them work their hydrating magic. 

Best Hydrating Eye Cream: Yes, you read that right, this hydrating, plumping eye cream (thanks to the blend of hyaluronic acid, squalane, and avocado oil) also works on your lips. So tap some over both spots to nourish and hide fine lines.

The road to your healthiest skin ever starts with a protective SPF.

Best Mineral Sunscreen For Face: This SPF contains ceramides and niacinamide, two skin-strengthening ingredients you typically look for in a daily moisturizer. Slather this lightweight lotion over your serum and you’ll be good to go.

Best Sunscreen For Oily Skin: Meet the moisturizer-SPF face cream that won’t leave you looking like a greaseball. It has a whipped texture that absorbs in seconds and leaves a velvety finish that works well under makeup.

Best Hydrating Sunscreen For Face: This drugstore standout is packed with hyaluronic acid (a hydrator commonly found in fancier skincare). It’s moisturizing but not greasy. And, most importantly, you can trust it to really work.

Best Eye Sunscreen: The eye area is prone to skin cancer—likely because we don’t think to apply SPF there. Enter this genius collection of cream eye shadows that are not only highly protective, but super pretty and wearable too.

Best Mineral Sunscreen For Body: For all you mineral sunscreen diehards, this easy-t0-use spray is a game-changer. Mist it allover (derms recommend spraying each body part for six seconds) and let the non-nano zinc oxide keep you safe from UVA and UVB.  

Best Clear Sunscreen For Body: This sunscreen mist is weightless, non-greasy, and feels dry, so you won’t mind reapplying every two hours (make that every hour if you’re sweating or swimming!).

These skincare boosters have self-care Sunday written all over them.

Best Peel Off Face Mask: There’s nothing quite as satisfying as peeling off a face mask. It’s even more satisfying because this exfoliating mask uses a good-for-skin blend of brightening alpha hydroxy acids, soy, and kiwi.

Best Face Mask For Dry Skin: You can DIY your own yogurt face mask, or you can save your yogurt for a delish breakfast parfait and reach for this nourishing, soothing, and smoothing yogurt-infused mask instead.

Best Pore Strip: These two 90’s era favorites (pore strips and witch hazel) have stood the test of time for a reason. They work to clear out pore-clogging gunk and keep pores clearer and blackhead-free longer.

Best Face Mask For Oily or Acne-Prone Skin: Consider this the ultimate anti-acne mask for adults. Unlike the drying stuff of our teens, this green clay-based formula with calming tea tree gently decongests skin thanks to an infusion of hydrating squalane. 

Best Face Mask For Travel: If you’ve ever suffered a serious case of skin jet lag after a long flight, preempt it with this supercharged in-flight fix (it works just as well on land too). It’s packed with the brand’s signature moisturizing ingredient, lanolin, plus coffee and mint to help awaken skin.

Best Sheet Mask: Meet the sheet mask version of the brands cult-favorite Dewy Skin Mist. Leave it on for 15 minutes (maybe snap a mask selfie) so the blend of red algae, rice germ oil, and other plant extracts can nourish and brighten your skin. 

These scrubs, oils, and creams will ensure you’re radiant from head to toe.

Best Scalp Treatment: Raise your hand if you’re addicted to dry shampoo. Now raise your other hand and reach for this pre-shampoo treatment. Work it over your scalp before you wash and let the blend of tea tree oil and mint give your scalp the deep clean it ne.

Best Body Treatment: You don’t need major scars or stretch marks to appreciate the nourishing powers of this vitamin-rich body oil (although it works wonders on both of those things, too). Work it over your skin post-shower for extra hydration with zero greasy residue.

Best Body Scrub: Say goodbye to dulling dead flakes with this skin softening scrub. It’s packed with three types of salts (Bolivian Rose, Dead Sea, and Himalayan Pink) as well as nourishing acai oil and shea butter. Rounding out the epic self-care experience? Lavender essential oil. 

Best Body Wash: Need a little help owning your morning? Reach for this energizing eucalyptus body wash for an instant wake up. This luxe formula is free of any harsh surfactants and infused with marula, cacay, and meadowfoam oils to nourish skin.

Best Body Lotion: Dread applying body cream after a relaxing shower? Same! But this airy, whipped version takes away all the annoyance of aggressively working in a lotion. Plus, the lavender scent adds to the relaxing ritual. 

Best Hand Cream: Finally, a fancy hand cream at an affordable price. The lightweight lotion absorbs fast yet leaves behind the expensive-smelling scent of mimosa flowers. 

Photography by: Danielle Daly Prop stylist: Mia Katoh