You’re gonna have the best skin of your life once quarantine is over.
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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.
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.
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.
A CeraVe face wash for folks with dry skin who don’t want to faff around with a million different products.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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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