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When you take skincare as seriously as we do, you're always on the hunt for the next gen of game-changing skincare products. You know the ones—those holy-grail products that not only cut down on prep time, but also restore your skin to its glowy, angelic potential, while keeping it soft, smooth, and hydrated all year long. Ahead, 23 revolutionary products that call for lifetime five-star reviews.
Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer, $52
Squalane (not to be confused with squalene, a skincare ingredient derived from sharks and can break you out) is an insanely moisturizing molecule that's already found in your own body, but in small quantities. But Biossance found a way to derive it from sugarcane, making it pore-friendly, incredibly soothing, and, when mixed with a bunch of probiotics, like in this lightweight gel moisturizer, a total skin-repairing powerhouse.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, $80
In case you haven't heard, vitamin C is the bee's knees of ingredients, according to every single derm we've ever spoken to. Why? Vitamin C gobbles up the skin-damaging free radicals you're exposed to every single day, giving you brighter (like way, way brighter), smoother, and more hydrated skin. And this little number from Drunk Elephant contains a gentle, yet effective, 15-percent of the good stuff.
Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment, $158
Yes, this is expensive, and yes, you're going to have some doubts about shelling out the money, but after approximately one week, your insanely smooth, soft, and clear skin will have made up for the price a billion times over. Because this cult-favorite night treatment is filled with five-percent lactic acid, an AHA that gently exfoliates skin on a cellular level to clear clogged pores, plump fine lines, and fade dark spots and acne scars.
Origins High Potency Night-a-Mins Mineral-Enriched Renewal Cream, $43
No matter how much abuse your skin has endured in your lifetime (hey, we know you slept in your makeup last week, and we're still not okay), it'll feel pretty much new again after you slather on this cream for a few nights. The little jar regularly sells out online, which is likely due to its high-powered mix of natural skin fortifiers that firm your skin, tighten little fine lines, and calm redness, fast.
Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, $78
This natural exfoliating cleanser is one of the best of the best, not only in the natural community, but in the cleanser community in general, thanks to its ability to gently dissolves dead skin cells and gunk, while also clearing pores with a mix of water-soluble oils and enzymes to stave off breakouts. Oh, and did we mention it smells like an ethereal garden of happiness? Yeah, that too.
NeoCutis Lumiere Bio-Restorative Eye Cream, $97
If you haven't heard it from your dermatologist, you heard it from us first. This expert-recommended eye cream hydrates with hyaluronic acid and reps a combo of vitamins A and E plus antioxidants to help undo puffiness and smooth over fine lines.
OleHenriksen Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator, $34
Finding the right moisturizer when you already have oily skin can be precarious business since you don't want something that'll just make you break out *more*. Enter OleHenriksen's mattifying moisturizer specifically formulated to find that balance. Its botanical antiseptics cleanse without flooding your pores with more nasties.
Milky Jelly Cleanser, $18
Wipe away grime and makeup with a few swipes thanks to this pH-balanced gel formula that touts five different skin conditioners. The secret? Its gentle cleaning agents are the same as those in contact lens solution, so you never have to worry about it stinging your eyes.
Josie Maran 100-Percent Pure Argan Oil, $48
Josie Maran's original pure argan oil launched a now cult favorite beauty line that features the oil as its prime ingredient. The multi-tasking oil does wonders for hair and skin since it's rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, from hydration to firmer skin.
Dr.Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30, $52
The struggle is real when you have perpetually red, reactive skin, so Dr.Jart+ created this cult-favorite color correcting treatment so you wouldn't need to slather on green concealer. It uses tiger grass to soothe inflammation and natural agents that actually help restore skin to its normal moisture levels when it's super dry.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, $99
Researchers at SK-II discovered Pitera–the main ingredient in this product–after noticing that the hands of sake makers at a particular brewery in Japan stayed startlingly youthful looking. This Facial Treatment Essence is more than 90% Pitera, leaving your face beautiful, balanced, and glowing.
One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, $48
If you've ever used your face wash to remove makeup, or your makeup remover to clean your face, this product is for you. This oil uses camellia and rice bran oils to melt away your makeup as it cleans, leaving you with one less step in your beauty routine.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $20
Crealine H20, the gentle-as-water makeup remover that used to be exclusive to European pharmacies, is unanimously favored by backstage beauties. It's mild, calms irritated skin, and can now be found in drug stores on our home turf.
Cell Renew Hydro-Plus Overnight Moisturizer, $75
A whole lot of science went into creating this moisturizer, but all you really need to know is that in less than a week your skin will look fuller and feel more hydrated. It also comes with a sanitary pump that helps keep your face clean.
Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation, $60
For the foundation-phobes out there, this no foundation foundation erases blotchiness and pores with just a hint more coverage than tinted moisturizer—and packs SPF 30.
Pixi Glow Tonic, $29
We rejoiced when this British product that regularly sells out in the UK was finally available stateside. High quality ingredients like aloe vera, ginseng, and botanical extract leave your skin extra glow-y, and it's alcohol free so there's no chance your face will dry out.
Rose Stem Cell Bio-Repair Gel Mask, $45
We've all heard of stem cell research, but have you ever heard of it being applied to flowers? Peter Thomas Roth took this cutting edge biotechnology to replicate perfect rose stem cells, and combined them with rose extract to create a mask that stimulates cell turnover. In simpler terms, a lot of research went into making this mask strengthening, toning, anti-aging, and hydrating.
The Renewal Oil, $240
Use just three drops of this oil a day to stimulate collagen production, and firm, cleanse, and nourish skin. Yes, it's pricey, but it's multipurpose and can also be used on hair, cuticles, and lips. So you know—worth it.
Supermud Clearing Treatment, $69
Blackheads, whiteheads, acne, or blemishes? Supermud uses a proprietary six-acid blend that draws out impurities and leaves your pores noticeably smaller after as little as a single use. Super, indeed.
MAC Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone, $20
Before Botox, stocking-covered camera lenses filtered out big-name newscasters' wrinkles. Today's equivalent? MAC's new Prep+Prime line–insta-spackle for the HD generation.
Olio Lusso, $130
For a beauty splurge, try Linda Rodin's cult-favorite. Put a few drops of her Oilo Lusso for body—with calming jasmine and nourishing neroli—into your bath to sooth parched skin.
Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask, $92
Get the healing benefits of kombucha–AKA black tea ferment–without having to stomach the taste of the ancient Chinese remedy. This black tea mask is also fortified with sake and lychee-seed extract, and the cooling cream brightens and softens skin with no aftertaste.
Lotion Douceur, $45
Stave off big city pollution with Chanel's skincare line. Formulated with micronized wax from tulip-tree leaves, this products draw age-accelerating free radicals from skin.
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