The Best Skincare Products for Anti-Aging, Exfoliating, Moisturizing, and More
Best skincare products for your face
With so many different options out there, finding the best skincare products for your face can be a lifelong challenge. For this year's Beauty Awards, Health asked a team of experts to test more than 1,000 different formulas to find the ones that really live up to their claims. From a seriously moisturizing night cream to a sheer (yes, really!) zinc sunscreen to a powerful acne spot solution, here are this year's best skincare products for smooth, glowing skin.
Meet the experts: Francesca Fusco, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City; Health's beauty director, Heather Maffei Muir.
Best Night Cream: Glamglow DreamDuo Overnight Transforming Treatment
To buy: $59; sephora.com
"I woke up with brighter, smoother skin, and it didn’t stain my pillow," says Dr. Fusco.
Best Skincare Tool: Dr. Dennis Gross SpectraLite
To buy: $159; sephora.com
“This device has a full spectrum of therapeutic red light to stimulate collagen,” explains Dr. Fusco. Wear it for three minutes a day.
Best Eye Cream: L’Occitane Divine Eye Balm
To buy: $80; sephora.com
It’s Dr. Fusco’s go-to when she wakes up with puffiness.
Best Sunscreen: Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen
To buy: $10; target.com
It has zinc to protect skin from both UVA and UVB rays—but doesn’t leave a white cast.
Best Cleanser: Almay Makeup Remover + Foaming Lotion Cleanser
To buy: $5; target.com
“It contains rice milk, which is gentle and safe for all skin types,” notes Dr. Fusco.
Best Makeup Remover: Simple Water Boost Micellar Water
To buy: $9; target.com
"This no-sink-needed cleansing water makes my p.m. routine less daunting,” says Maffei.
Best Exfoliator: St. Ives Coconut Oil Scrub
To buy: $7; target.com
The scrub-oil hybrid is gentle yet does a number on dead, flaky skin.
Best Moisturizer: Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate
To buy: $39; macys.com
This refreshing gel is light enough for even the oiliest skin types.
Best Sheet Mask: Garnier SkinActive Moisture Bomb The Super Hydrating Sheet Mask
To buy: $3; walgreens.com
"I won’t get on a plane without this in my bag,” says Maffei.
Best Acne Product: Tata Harper Clarifying Spot Solution
To buy: $32; target.com
It brings down inflammation and isn’t drying, notes Dr. Fusco.
Best Anti-Aging Cream: Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream
To buy: $25; target.com
Hydration equals younger-looking skin, making this an anti-aging powerhouse.
Best Serum: Vichy Minéral 89
To buy: $30; dermstore.com
The watery formula glides on smooth and offers a hefty dose of hydration.
Best Facial Wipes: Yes to Cotton Comforting Facial Wipes
To buy: $6; target.com
These provide gentle exfoliation as you swipe.
Best Facial Oil: Elemis Superfood Nutrition Facial Oil
To buy: $72; elemis.com
"It’s chock-full of antioxidants, and my skin really drinks it in," says Dr. Fusco.