17 Best Beauty Products for Your Face
We love makeup, but there's no substitute for clear, beautiful skin. There are plenty of products that promise to nix acne, redness, and other imperfections, but it takes hard work to find out which ones really deliver. Lucky for you, we asked Health editors and a team of pros to pick their absolute favorite skincare products—anti-aging potions, cleansers, serums, and more.
Crest 3D Whitestrips Luxe Supreme FlexFit ($70; amazon.com)
These stain-blasting strips stretch and conform to teeth. "I barely notice when I'm wearing them," Blitzer says.
Aveeno Positively Radiant targeted tone corrector ($6; amazon.com)
"Brightening soy and vitamin A, which speeds up cell turnover, start to fade stubborn spots within a few weeks of consistent use," Dr. Wu reports.
Simple Ultra-Light gel moisturizer ($20; amazon.com)
It's a trifecta of hydrating glycerin, soothing provitamin B5 and brightening vitamin C. Says Dr. Wu, "It absorbs instantly but provides moisture all day."
Moisturizer with SPF
Don't let the name deceive you: "It leaves skin feeling fresh and hydrated," Dr. Fusco points out, "not tacky."
Clarisonic Smart Profile ($350; sephora.com)
What's better than the original wonder brush? A new, smarter tool that auto-adjusts its speed and intensity for an amplified cleanse around the T-zone.
Bliss Labs Active 99.0 restorative night cream ($130; jet.com)
Found: beauty sleep in a jar! Our experts agree that with regular use, this formula helps reduce signs of aging—including spots and uneven texture.
Brightening eye cream
Olay Regenerist Luminous Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl ($14; amazon.com)
Niacinamide soothes puffiness and reduces discoloration; the pearly finish reflects light.
Cleanser for oily skin
Garnier Clean + Purifying foam cleanser ($6; amazon.com)
"The glycerin hydrates dry patches without clogging pores, while salicylic acid deep-cleans," Dr. Wu notes.
Burt's Bees Brightening Even Skin Tone Moisturizing Cream ($11; amazon.com)
The 99% natural formula will brighten and even out your skin tone while simultaneously lessening the appearance of wrinkles.
Vichy LiftActiv retinol HA concentrate ($45; amazon.com)
This champ boasts the highest nonprescription concentration of retinol. "It improved the appearance of lipstick lines and crow's-feet within 10 days," Dr. Fusco raves.
Burt's Bees facial cleansing towelettes in Pink Grapefruit ($6; walgreens.com)
Made with plant-derived cleansers and astringents, "these wipes enable occasional bouts of laziness sans guilt," Blitzer says. Other testers enjoyed their "soft, cashmerelike texture" and the "refreshing scent."
"This stood up to my testit's hydrating, smoothing and plumping," Dr. Fusco reports. Win!
Firming eye cream
"It contains retinol to reduce fine lines but is gentle enough to use on the delicate eye area," Dr. Fusco says.
Dr. Wu was impressed: "This is full of plant extracts and fatty acids to help replenish natural oils that diminish over time."
Add a dropor two!
Hesitant to use oil on your face? Baby-step your way in: Mix a couple of drops into your night cream. You'll wake up to more radiant skin.
"These pads zap any type of acnefrom clogged pores to whiteheads to red bumps," Dr. Fusco says.
See ya, breakouts
Topical acne products are effective only when applied directly to clean skin. Wash your face (even before using wipes, like these to keep gunk from interfering with the formula, then gently treat the problem zone.
Dove DermaSeries Ultra Caring Gentle cream face cleanser ($6; amazon.com)
This wash is packed with hydrating lipids. "My face felt squeaky-clean but never tight or dry," Dr. Fusco says.