11 Skin Care Products That You Need Right Now
Olay Clay Face Mask Sticks
No more dipping your fingers in a jar of goo or slapping on a sheet that makes you look like Michael Myers from the Halloween movies. These Olay sticks are portable, convenient and fun, in a face paint kind of way. We love the Black Charcoal with kaolin clay for pore detoxing—perfect for you and for your teenage kids to put on. (They’ll like that it’s so easy to apply precisely where they need it, like on an oily T-zone.)
Glossier Zit Stick
So what if it seems like you’re rubbing a Tide to Go pen on your face? You’ll get over that really quickly when you see how well this portable stick’s tea tree oil, salicylic acid and 5% benzoyl peroxide gang up to kill acne-causing bacteria and clear pores. And this pimple-fighting stick does so invisibly: Unlike other BP products, it leaves no tell-tale white spackle over zits, so you can use it during the day under makeup. (You can also use your teen daughter’s and she can’t accuse you of “stealing”...even though obviously you’re the one who paid for it.)
Glossier Zit Stick ($14)
StriVectin SD Advanced Plus Intensive Moisturizing Concentrate
Collagen is that naturally magical substance that keeps our skin plump and firm. The dark side of the magic is that collagen production diminishes as we age, leading to saggy skin and wrinkles. But enough Debbie Downer stuff! This splurge-worthy cream is clinically proven to boost collagen, with high concentrations of copper tripeptides and moisturizers that help reduce fine lines and stretch marks.
StriVectin SD Advanced Plus Intensive Moisturizing Concentrate ($79 for 2 ounces)
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Eye Brightener
Pat on this eye cream, and you might be able to skip concealer altogether. This pink soufflé-like whip moisturizes like an eye cream should, but also has a blurring effect on fine lines and color-corrects under-eye darkness with subtle pink pigments that neutralize blue and purple.
Paula’s Choice Skincare C15 Super Booster
Vitamin C is a paradox: It’s a powerhouse ingredient that can brighten skin and repair sun damage (g’bye, brown spots!), yet it’s also a delicate flower that destabilizes and becomes completely ineffective at the slightest provocation (like exposure to sunlight). But the Paula’s Choice formula is super stable—spiked with L-ascorbic acid along with other antioxidants, like vitamin E and ferulic acid.
RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream
By now, you probably know retinol is the gold standard anti-ager, with its ability to fade spots, smooth lines and shrink pores. But you also probably know that the powerful stuff can be harsh on causing redness and peeling. So all hail RoC’s lightweight cream, which offsets the strong stuff with soothing, hydrating glycerin and hyaluronic acid, dimethicone and shea butter.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF 50
Consider this a no-excuses SPF, because—let’s be real—you’re not going to put on a separate sunscreen, especially in the fall and winter. This hydrating water-gel formula feels weightless, gives your complexion a dewy (not greasy) finish—and happens to have broad-spectrum SPF 50 (not that you’d know it, given how sheer it is).
Go-To Exfoliating Swipeys
Chemical exfoliation (with AP chem–worthy ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids) is the key to removing dead cells that dull skin and clog pores, triggering zits. Two or three times a week, treat yourself to one of these cute, teen-friendly (c’mon—even the name, Swipeys!) cloths loaded with lactic acid, a naturally gentle AHA, and soothing aloe.
Simple Skincare Micellar Cleansing Water Pouch
Micellar water is a skin care hero for how gently it removes makeup, facial oils and all-around grime. (Douse a cotton ball with it, and it counts as a full-on face wash.) This portable (50 ml) version is perfect for tossing in your gym bag, desk drawer or carry-on. Like the brand’s full-size version, this little one contains purified water, extra-mild cleansers and hydrating glycerin and vitamin B3 so it won’t strip your skin. Besides, how dang cute is this squeezable li’l packet of goodness?!
Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar
There was a time in your life—many moons and children ago—when you had the time and inclination to wash your face at the sink before your shower. Ha! But it’s so much more efficient to have one great all-purpose cleanser for your body and face. (Granted, you don’t want to wash your precious face with Irish Spring!) Dermatologists swear by a bar of Dove because it’s moisturizing, non-stripping, fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Plus, the whole family can use it.
Dove Sensitive Skin Beauty Bar ($3 for a pack of 2)
Curél Hydra Therapy Itch Defense Wet Skin Moisturizer
You know by now to moisturize your skin while it’s still damp in order to seal in water. This innovative time-saver makes the process speedy and fool-proof: When you’re in the shower, swipe on this formula, which immediately absorbs into wet skin. Then hop out, towel dry and you’re done! And here’s a secret tip that works wonders: Slather this on after shaving your legs (you could even use it in lieu of shaving cream in a pinch). Your skin will be super hydrated and smooth, no extra body lotion needed!