25 Basic Beauty Products To Try If Your Quarantine Skincare Routine Is Virtually Nonexistent

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You’re gonna have the best skin of your life once quarantine is over.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


A bottle of Garnier micellar water, a multipurpose liquid for any beauty newbies. It’s a fantastic toner, gentle makeup remover (though you may need something tougher for waterproof mascara), cleanser (no rinsing necessary), on-the-go skin hydrator and refresher, and makeup brush cleanser. No matter how you use it, you’ll love that it works for just about every skin type.

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This is our low-priced pick for best makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews!

Promising review: «This is around our ninth bottle. I use this to remove my makeup effortlessly. I was noticing I was buying a bottle quicker than I should be until my husband fessed up to using it to clean his face! He absolutely loves it to manage his oily skin which is funny because I have SUPER dry skin. It works for both of our skin types so we keep it stocked as much as we can and get the multipacks when they are available! This stuff is liquid gold.» —Kendall Forsythe

Get it from Amazon for $6.78.


A combination Aveeno foam cleanser + makeup remover made with chamomile to soothe your skin. This saves you from having to wash twice (first with a makeup remover and then with a cleanser) *and* it’s super gentle.


Promising review: «I can’t believe how well this washes my face! I wear heavy makeup to cover up my rosacea and it takes it off so well. It’s SO light and airy and foamy. No irritation for me at all. Very happy with this. It was recommended by my dermatologist and I will continue to use this.» —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.


A vitamin C cleanser that’ll wash away dry, flaking skin while penetrating deeply to leave behind hydrating oils. Vitamin C may help increase your skin’s hydration by nourishing and reinforcing the skin’s moisture-retaining barrier, so this is an easy way to take advantage of vitamin C’s benefits without bothering with confusing serums and toners.


Promising review: «This is an amazing face wash!! I have super sensitive skin that is prone to one-a-month breakouts, and I work in a really dry environment so I struggle with moisture as well. This wash makes my skin feel like ACTUAL baby skin. I have had zero breakouts since I started using (~6 weeks). Before I do my makeup, I mix one pump of this face wash with a 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and it makes and AWESOME exfoliating scrub. It makes all my flaky patches nice and smooth, and paired with a nice primer makes for flawless makeup application. No visibly textured patches — a HUGE plus when you are a bartender in the spotlight all night with people staring at your face!! If I could give three thumbs up I would, but I only have two thumbs!!» —Katie

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.


A CeraVe face wash for folks with dry skin who don’t want to faff around with a million different products.


Promising review: «I was kind of hesitant at first because the texture is like lotion, but don’t let it fool you! It’s such a great face wash! I have struggled with my acne for years and have tried a billion different products and none of them worked like this one. It took about a month of consistent use but it made my skin look almost flawless. I’m not wearing makeup in either pictures.» —Cassidy Cooper

Get it from Amazon for $13.79.


An alcohol-free Thayers toning mist you’ll look forward to using because it’s so freaking quick. It’s anti-inflammatory, meaning you may be able to kiss your redness goodbye. Plus, it’s an astringent meaning it helps tighten your pores and dries up excess oils.

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Promising review: «This leaves your skin feeling so refreshed and clean. I use it before moisturizer in the a.m. and p.m. Wait till it is soaked into your skin and put moisturizer on top and your skin will be glowing!» —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.


An exfoliating water gel to loosen the dead skin on your face, because finding a chemical exfoliant that works can be tricky. Good thing we’ve done the hard work for you! Seriously, you’ll be able to see little «beads» of dirt, debris, and dead skin go down the drain.

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Promising review: «I bought this on a whim thinking it would be OK but not live up to the raves…was I wrong! Price is in line (or actually less!!) with high end makeup products, and shipping was incredibly fast. The product itself is fantastic. I squirted a half pump on my finger and massaged into my cheeks/forehead/nose/chin/neck applying a bit more where needed, rubbed it around, and had little white globs come off that I easily washed away, leaving no burning/redness/tenderness, just smooth skin. Used it again two days later, and noticed some recent acne scars already lightening (recent as in earlier in the week) but no real impact yet on some older darker spots. I will give it some time. Still smooth skin, but the overall level of ‘brightening’ wasn’t as dramatic as the first time. Will likely use one to two times a week and cancel those appointments for facials. Seriously. —K. Welto

Get it from Amazon for $38.


Or a cruelty-free brightening facial scrub because consistently exfoliating is just good skincare 101. A combo of sea kelp, lemon peel, French green clay, and Madonna lily can slough away the dry, flaky dead skin cells and de-gunk your pores to help reduce breakouts.


Promising review: «I swear your skin can NOT get any cleaner after using this glorious product. I even have my boyfriend using it, when he previously just used soap on his face, ugh. But this exfoliating cleanser is perfection! You can feel an instant difference and no wonder why Allure rated it one of their best and highly reviewed beauty products. You can’t lose with this stuff.» —Brian Shocklee

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


A hyaluronic acid serum if you’re looking for a simple, surefire way to inject your face with intense hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it draws in moisture from its surroundings. The result = plumper, softer, smoother, more hydrated skin.


Promising review: «First review I’ve ever written for a product goes out to this gem. Made such a difference in my skin! My forehead is no longer covered in those gross bumps, my skin is smooth, wrinkles are less pronounced, and my skin looks glowy and feels hydrated. Will absolutely continue to use. Highly recommend!» —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.


A soothing multipurpose oil blend so you can lock in moisture instead of using approximately 50 million products that say they hydrate your skin…and then don’t. Its gentle formula won’t irritate rosacea, psoriasis, or eczema, but it will help you say goodbye to dry skin and frizzy hair.


Promising review: «I brought initially on a whim because I was tired of buying the oils I needed separately and wanted to try something new. I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED. I have kinky, curly, dry hair and I dye/bleach it often. I use this for moisture and my hair loves it. I also add it to hair masks or a pre-poo. For my skin, I mix this with my lotion and my shea butter. My skin is moisturized all day and thriving. I also use it on my feet in the winter when I go to sleep and it helps a ton with cracked heels. For my face, one pump does more than enough. If my hands are damp, I can use one pump for my face and my neck. This is now a staple in my skincare routine. I’ve stopped having breakouts, my skin is glowing and thriving, my tone has evened up also. My sister is also now hooked on this as its one of the only moisturizers that have helped with her acne, tone and doesn’t bother her sensitive skin.» —Lo

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


A splurge-worthy BuzzFeed x Birchbox beauty box for anyone who would rather someone else curate their skincare routine for them. Each box comes with nine products (which retail for more than $200 combined), so we’re betting you’ll find something you love.


It includes the following: First Aid Beauty Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask (full-size); Saturday Skin Pretty Pop Probiotic Power Whipped Cream (full-size); Glamsquad The Untamed Texturizing Finishing Spray (travel size); amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask (travel size); Kevyn Aucoin The Precision Liquid Liner (travel size); ColourPop Cosmetics Lippie Stix in Love Life (full size); GLAMGLOW® BUBBLESHEET™ Oxygenating Deep Cleanse Mask (full size); Bumble and bumble. Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer (full size); and Smashbox Cosmetics Photo Finish Foundation Primer (travel size).

Save $10 on your BuzzFeed Splurge-Worthy Beauty Box when you enter the code BUZZFEED at checkout.

Get it from Birchbox for $62 (a $205 value).


CeraVe’s face and body moisturizer to enjoy 24 hours of head-to-toe hydration with like 10 seconds of effort required on your part. It contains three ceramides, which are lipids that help the skin retain its moisture, plus hyaluronic acid, another ingredient known for keeping skin plump and hydrated.


Promising review: «I have only used this moisturizing cream for about a week and a half and I have to say, it has been amazing for my skin! Fall/winter usually takes a toll on my skin and makes it very dry. From day one of using it, I could already tell a difference. It doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. It’s great for sensitive skin, as it has no fragrance. I use it at least once a day but really try to use it twice a day. My skin has done a complete turnaround!» —candace chavez

Get it from Amazon for $16.08.


A Geologie subscription that’ll customize your routine to fit *your* skin’s personalized needs. What’s the difference between retinol and niacinamide? Who cares — that’s why you ordered Geologie!


An overnight facial peel to give you the glowy skin you dream of practically overnight. It’s formulated with glycolic and lactic acids, two alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that are A+ at exfoliating the skin and stimulating collagen production.


Promising review: «I completely love this product. I’m 27 with normal to oily skin and period acne. This stuff works wonders for my skin. It keeps it dewy but not greasy throughout the following day (yes, even after cleansing) and clears my period acne right up. Incredible stuff lightweight application that absorbs quickly. 11/10″ —Kirby279

Get it from Versed for $19.99.


A peeling solution because textured skin and fine lines are bumming you out but you’re not sure what the heck you can use to treat them. This’ll resurface your skin with a mixture of glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acid. The first two are alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that exfoliate the skin’s outer layer while the last one, a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), reduces pore congestion.

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Promising review: «If I could give this thing 10 stars, I would. I have used it twice over the space of about a week and a half. I was scared it might sting, but it did not for me at all. I noticed how clean my face felt after rinsing it. I don’t put any makeup or products on my face, so for the next four days, I was able to evaluate the results. I noticed my skin being a lot softer, and old breakout marks fading as well. The second application went perfectly as well. Again, softness and better skin appearance. I have never had a ‘glow’ before — now I do! I can’t sat enough about the wonders of this product. It should be three times the price for the benefits you get from it. Home run!!!» —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.


A refreshing Mario Badescu rosewater facial spray so you can start your skincare stash with something you basically can’t use incorrectly. It revives and hydrates your skin anytime, anywhere, whether that’s after a grueling workout or three hours on the couch.

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Read my colleague’s review on the Mario Badescu spray to learn more about why she loves it so much! (#1)

Promising review: «I will admit that I am not the best when it comes to knowing what skincare products to buy (and that the only reason I chose this one was because I heard that the Kardashians use it), but I swear by this stuff. I even find my boyfriend stealing it from me. It gives your face the perfect day look while setting your makeup. I always feel so much more refreshed with just a spray or two of this. I keep a travel-size version in my purse for mid-day work spritz ups.» —Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $7+ (available in a variety of size packs).


Balm Dotcom, a hydrating lip balm for those days when you have the energy to apply lip balm before bed and that’s it, that’s your skincare routine (and that’s fine!). This one’s made with castor oil, lanolin, and beeswax to lock in moisture and create a protective barrier.

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Promising review: «As a professional lip balm collector, I would like to go out on a limb and say that this is probably the best balm I have used. It stays forever, doesn’t wipe off with food or drinks or life, and is super nourishing. It’s also really good value for money and lasts forever.» —Aayushi S.

Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in eight styles).

Check out my colleague’s Balm Dotcom review here for more deets! (#1)


An SPF 50 sunscreen that’ll protect your skin without feeling like it’s clogging your pores. A good sunscreen is a skincare must and is an easy last step (or only step!) before you head outside.

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I’m high-key obsessed with this sunscreen and can’t stop hyping it up to anyone who will listen (which has only been my partner because we’re quarantined together, and I think he’s getting sick of me telling him about it over and over again). This stuff is soooo light; it absorbs into my skin fast and never feels sticky, which is important because I always wear a face mask when I go outside and I hate feeling my mask stick to my skin. It doesn’t smell funky or leave a white cast. Seriously, it’s the perfect sunscreen IMO.

Get it from Sephora or Dr. Jart+ for $39.


An easy-to-use acne patch to de-gunk those pimples that always seem to pop up at the *worst* possible moment. Hydrocolloid, tea tree oil, and calendula oil are gentle on the skin while still drawing out fluids and pus from your pimple.

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Our in-depth review of Avarelle’s acne patches gets into the nitty-gritty — why they work, how to use them, and why 2,000+ people can’t stop raving about them.

Promising review: «Where have these been all my life? I had a zit that wouldn’t pop or heal. I found these and after four days it was gone. They stay on very well and come off when you want them to. Perfect item. I also used some to help reduce the swelling from a scar my partner got on his face; now it’s just pink. Highly recommend» —Cindy Howard

Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50.


An acne cream because it contains bacteria-killing benzoyl peroxide that may help clear your breakouts if you gave up on acne creams in the past because salicylic acid just wasn’t working. It’ll fight breakouts with a concentrated formula of 5.5% benzoyl peroxide and exfoliating LHA (lipohydroxy acid) to lift away dead skin and pore-clogging debris.


Promising review: «I’ve been using this product for several years, and I’ve never been disappointed. It diminishes pimples gently over a few days, and my skin never gets flaky or dry. For reference I’m 46 with oily skin, but my skin can get dry using regular benzoyl peroxide. In addition, if left to its own devices, my face will break out with cystic acne. Not a lot, but enough. This product keeps it smooth and pimples to a minimum. I know, because when I run out and try to use something else to save money, I inevitably break out once again. When I start using it again, I do use it morning and night to get the breakout under control, and then I can go back to nightly application. As long as you’re not sensitive to BP, which is why some may have not had good luck with this product, this cream really does help mild to moderate acne.» —josephine517

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.


A multi-use skincare oil if you gave up on lightening your acne scars ages ago. This should do the trick, plus it may help get rid of stretch marks and treat an uneven skin tone. Reviewers say it absorbs into the skin fast so you won’t feel greasy.


Promising review: «If I could give this product more than five stars, I would. Let me tell you my story. A few months ago I bought a new product made with charcoal (won’t mention the brand or name) and it was formulated to minimize pores. It BURNED my skin. My cheeks, chin and forehead were on fire. My skin was cracked, red, itchy, swollen and EXTREMELY dry. I tried using moisturizer, aloe vera, Vaseline… EVERYTHING was hurting my skin even more. A friend told me about Bio-Oil and I decided to give it a try. Immediately after the first application my skin felt so much better. As I was massaging the oil into my skin I could feel the peeled skin coming off. My face wasn’t feeling itchy anymore, and the dryness disappeared immediately. It only took two applications of this oil to make my skin heal almost completely. Now I use it on a daily basis, two times a day (morning and night) and my skin has never felt so healthy. This is the best product I’ve ever tried, and trust me, I’ve tried A LOT.» —Natalia Vazquez

Get it from Amazon for $8.89+ (available in three sizes).


A box of pore-tightening, skin-lifting face masks so you can get the results of multiple products with just one face mask. It’ll truly terrify you because 1. it makes you look like a zombie when it sits on your face, and 2. it’s so darn effective at reducing the appearance of wrinkles.


Promising review: «Smells great! This face mask does exactly what it says. My skin is nice and lifted, hydrated, noticable reduction in fine lines, improved texture, reduced my pore size, and eliminated some newly developed rough patches forming around the hairline. Couldn’t be more satisfied with this product! I have pretty good skin for 37, but this mask has really helped take my skin to the next level» —VeganVixen

Get a box of eight masks from Amazon for $24.97.


A pack of collagen eye masks for fooling everyone into thinking you got eight restful hours of sleep. These gold eye masks are rich in collagen and hyaluronic acid that bring back much-needed moisture and elasticity to your skin, as well as vitamin A and rose oil to calm, brighten, and protect your face from UV damage.


Promising review: «These are seriously the best! My husband and I use them after long nights with our toddler and now with the new baby coming these will come in handy for sure! It helps with both of our puffiness and dark circles.» —Steve Russo

Get 12 pairs from Amazon for $24.


Or a tub of brightening, firming, and rejuvenating eye cream that’ll help you at least look like you got some sleep (even if you were up until 2 a.m. scrolling through Instagram).

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Promising review: «I would give this product 100 stars. I see a dramatic difference in my skin. This is by far the best skincare product I have ever used. I actually use it for my whole face. It makes my skin feel clean and give it a matte appearance. It even helps my face stay clear. I love the smell and I love the way it feels when applied. This is a truly amazing product.» —William B Michel

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.


A set of 16 sheet masks to pamper your skin and help you ease back into your skincare routine if you’ve given up during quarantine.


Promising review: «I use these masks once a week to moisturize my skin and focus on a little self-care. I am sensitive to some facial products, but I have had no issues with these masks. They are great for moisturizing, and I can see a visible difference in brightness under my eyes/on my forehead after use.» —Millie Simmons

Get a set of 16 from Amazon for $9.99.

Check out our full review of Dermal collagen essence sheet masks.


A blackhead remover vacuum with a powerful suction head because watching it slurp up blackheads, whiteheads, grease, and leftover makeup is so oddly satisfying. Plus, it’s a lot easier to use than those painful blackhead-removing strips.

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Promising review: «This is the best thing I have purchased in my life!!! I have very clear skin except for my nose. For some reason my pores on my nose collect so much dirt and grime and are always oily. I take really good care of my face, buy expensive products, and I have no complaints. My nose is just my issue. I got this on a whim and was thinking it never hurts to try it out. So I washed my face before thinking it really wasn’t gonna to do much. BOY I WAS WRONG!!! The amount of stuff that came out of my nose was so disgusting. It reminded me of an episode of Dr. Pimple Popper. I have used it all over my face and it still does an awesome job. Gets things out that I can’t see. I have noticed a huge difference in my pores and my face is not as oily as before. My one advice is to make sure you don’t keep it long in one spot or you are gonna get a hickey. I’m thinking of sending one of these to my sister.» —Sweettulip

Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three colors).

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