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Curating the perfect skin-care routine means a myriad of things, including but not limited to finding a cleanser that doesn’t leave your poor skin feeling stripped to bits, sourcing a moisturizer that leaves your complexion dewy but not greasy, and researching a potent vitamin C serum that will effectively tackle dark undereye circles. It’s a lot of work— we’ve been there.
This is why we’ve decided to pore through our pre-existing research (cc: Allure Best of Beauty Awards) to curate this list of best skin-care products on Amazon. We’ve also roped in your prior nominations, dear readers, and took another look at the extensive catalog of Allure Readers’ Choice Award winners. These skin-care picks range from affordable to splurge-worthy, hydrating to clarifying, illuminating to mattifying, and everything in between.
Perhaps you’ll find soothing solace in the Tree Hut shaving oil, which reduces nicks and ingrowns and smells like a tropical vacation, a.k.a. the missing piece of your shower routine. Or maybe you just haven’t discovered the wonders of Tatcha’s The Texture Tonic, a gentle treatment that uses fruit enzymes to thoroughly exfoliate without irritating sensitive skin. Or do you need a more effective method of removing waterproof mascara? Consider Banila Co.’s Purifying Cleansing Balm to be your golden ticket. Anyhow, let us cut to the chase. We’ve highlighted some of our favorite winners from the Allure Best of Beauty Awards and the Allure Readers’ Choice Awards below for your shopping pleasure. Happy scrolling.
Best Cleansers at Amazon
Banila Co Purifying Cleansing Balm
Kate Somervile Exfolikate Cleanser
Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil
The chore of removing stubborn mascara becomes far less dreadful when you’re using Banila Co.’s Purifying Cleansing Balm. This popular K-beauty cleanser transforms from a solid balm into a lush oil, effectively melting a day’s worth of foundation, blush, eyeliner, and lipstick within seconds, making it the perfect base for a double-cleansing routine. Ingredients like vitamins C and E also prevent breakouts and won’t strip your complexion of its natural oils.
Smoother skin is just a wash away with Kate Somervile’s Exfolikate Cleanser, a daily solution that is both gentle and effective. Glycolic and lactic acids (the latter is derived from papaya and pineapple enzymes) provide an exfoliating treatment that brightens dull skin, improves uneven texture, and successfully gets rid of makeup, oil, and grime. A foamy consistency makes the process of foundation removal feel like a luxurious treat, too.
Stubborn waterproof mascara has met its maker in Sulwhasoo’s Gentle Cleansing Oil, which manages to clear a day’s worth of gunk (we’re talking SPF, excess oil—the works) without making your skin feel greasy post-wash. It emulsifies with warm water, turning into a luxurious lather that evokes a spa-like experience.
Best Toners & Serums at Amazon
Dermalogica Daily Milkfoliant
Exfoliation doesn’t always require harsh scrubbing with a gritty product — just try Tatcha’s The Texture Tonic, and you’ll get it. This treatment clarifies complexions by way of gentle ingredients (fruit AHAs, niacinamide, Japanese mugwort, and wild rose) that combat dullness without causing irritation in the process, making this the perfect formula for sensitive complexions in need of a deep cleanse. It’s time to curb excess oil production and permanently break up with oily T-zones — you won’t be missed.
Need to slough away uneven texture sans irritation? Dermalogica’s Daily Milkfoliant is just the stuff. This transforms from a grainy powder to a luxe lather, using coconut milk and oat bran extract to soothe and soften your complexion while AHA, BHA, and papaya enzymes slough away dead skin cells for an immediate brightening effect. Hyaluronic acid adds a generous dose of moisture, too.
CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 0.3% Pure Retinol Serum
Don’t be fooled by the lightweight consistency of CeraVe’s Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum — this will unquench your complexion, stat. This dermatologist-beloved drugstore find contains a high concentration of hyaluronic acid, four types of ceramides, and vitamin B5 that continuously releases moisture over a 24-hour period.
Thousands of reviewers adore the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 0.3% Pure Retinol Serum, a powerhouse product fueled by vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and the hero ingredient, a concentrated dose (0.3 percent) of stable retinol. The result? Reduced fine lines, a tightening effect, and a brightened complexion.
Best Facial Moisturizers & Eye Creams at Amazon
BeautyStat Universal C Eye Perfector
Olay Regenerist Hyaluronic Acid + Peptide Gel Face Moisturizer
Incorporate BeautyStat’s Universal C Eye Perfector into your morning and nighttime routine if you’re looking to fake beauty sleep. (Though, to be clear, get your zzz’s in.) Green tea extract brightens dark circles, while a potent concentration of five-percent vitamin C diminishes the appearance of fine lines, reducing puffiness in the process. This cosmetic-chemist-formulated eye cream also contains hemp oil and hemp seed extract, both of which are ideal for sensitive complexions that become easily irritated.
Like makeup, moisturizer shouldn’t be reapplied every few hours — and that’s what makes Olay’s Regenerist Hyaluronic + Peptide such a star product. This gel formula delivers 24-hour hydration via hyaluronic acid while also using peptides to speed up skin cell turnover, which is a surefire way to reduce the appearance of fine lines over time. Bonus: it won’t pill under makeup and absorbs quickly.
Caudalie Premier Cru the Cream
Caudalie’s Premier Cru The Cream ticks off all the boxes when it comes to finding the perfect rich moisturizer. Instantly tightening sugars and a proprietary blend of resveratrol (an antioxidant found in the skin and seed of red grapes) and honokiol (a form of magnolia) reduce the appearance of fine lines and brighten dark spots in a jiffy; hyaluronic acid drenches your complexion with moisture, and a thicker consistency makes the application feel like a complete luxury. The jar is reusable, too, and you can purchase a new pod (for $103) when the original is all used up, saving you considerable bucks in the process.
We’re petitioning to have Honest Beauty’s Facial Oil renamed to “dew in a bottle,” thanks to a formula that delivers instant radiance and glow. An ingredient list rich in jojoba, apricot, and avocado oils means your complexion will be hydrated with just a few pats of product, while calming rose, ylang ylang, and clove oil scents induce ultimate relaxations.
Best Sunscreens at Amazon
Coola Dew Good Illuminating Sunscreen
Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Face Serum SPF 60+
Sunscreen serums are the vibe if you prefer super lightweight formulas that feel more akin to, well, a serum, than some of the chalkier, greasier formulas you’ve probably had the displeasure of testing out in the past. Two of our favorite picks are Coola Dew Good Illuminating Serum Sunscreen SPF 30 and Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Face Serum SPF 60. Both of these chemical SPFs are loaded with soothing, moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin, aloe, and ginger root extract that will enhance your natural glow.
Best Body-Care Products at Amazon
Dove Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash
The cold-weather season is basically here, a.k.a. the time for extra-hydrating products is knocking at your shower door. Dove’s Deep Moisture Body Wash, formulated with a microbiome nutrient serum that’s rich in soothing, ceramide-producing prebiotics, is an adorable $10 solution for coddling extremely dry complexions. Unlike other body cleansers on the market, this one won’t strip your skin of its natural oils or make you feel drier than sandpaper after toweling off.
Tree Hut Shave Oil has a gel-to-oil consistency that all but guarantees a close shave (goodbye, ever-present stubble) while preventing razor burn, bumps, and nicks along the way. A potent and nourishing blend of argan oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, sesame oil, vitamin E, and oat kernel extract provides intense moisture and leaves your skin feeling super smooth. The cherry on top? A combination of palm leaf, lime, and coconut scents transforms your shower into a tropical oasis.
Best Skin-Care Tools on Amazon
Schick Hydro Silk Dermaplaning Wand
NuFace Trinity Trinity Starter Kit
Effortlessly sweep away surface-level dead skin cells and peach fuzz for smoother, soften skin with Schick’s chic, rose-gold Hydro Silk Dermaplaning Wand. Fear not for irritated skin because the edges are designed with micro-guards that prevent irritation that would otherwise lead to nicks and redness. Plus, you get six refills, so this refillable wand should last you a very long time.
By now, you’ve probably heard us raving about the NuFace Trinity, but on the off chance you haven’t, this microcurrent device is not to be slept on. Once you’ve slathered on a layer of the activating Gel Primer, you’ll start seeing more sculpted and lifted contours around your neck, jawline, cheeks, and forehead — as well as tightened, smoother skin — with regular use.
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