The Best Skincare Products of 2021

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In order to get the most out of your skincare products, you need an understanding of what works well for your skin and what doesn’t. Since everyone has different skin, there is no specific skincare regimen that works for everyone. With the ever-expanding skincare industry, it can be difficult to know what products, tools, and treatments to use in order to get great skin. Since new skincare products, tools, and treatments are constantly hitting the market, it can even seem overwhelming at times to know what to use in order to get great skin. Nevertheless, there are several tried-and-true skincare products that are great for almost everyone. Whether you are seeking to optimize your skincare routine or you’re aiming to tackle specific areas of problematic skin, there are a variety of high quality products available for your specific needs. 

Amongst all the new skincare products that are out there, there are certain products that are mainstays for several years already, and for a good reason. Below, we’ve highlighted the best and most effective skincare products of the year. We can’t live without these essentials, and once you give them a try, you won’t be able to live without them either. Our list includes both new skincare products, as well as classics that have remained on every skincare fanatic’s must-have list. 


Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado by Kiehl’s 

If you’re seeking an eye cream that is gentle, hydrating, and can be worn under makeup, then the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado by Kiehl’s is the eye cream for you! This is a moisturizing eye cream formulated with avocado oil to hydrate, smooth, visibly de-puff, and brighten the look of the under-eye area. It’s great for all skin types, and key ingredients include avocado oil which moisturizes, nourishes, and visibly softens skin, Beta-Carotene which provides antioxidant benefits, and Shea Butter which defends against dehydration, restores suppleness, and improves dry skin. 


Thayers Rose Petal Facial Toner

This facial toner is one of our go-to products. It’s a true classic. Thayers Rose Petal Facial Toner is an alcohol-free facial toner that soothes and hydrates. It is formulated with Rose Water and a unique blend of Aloe Vera and non-distilled Witch Hazel. This product is clean, cruelty-free, dermatologist tested and deemed safe for sensitive skin, features a vegan formula, and is locally grown. The toner formula imparts a natural glow to your skin, and it is super easy to use. Just apply with a cotton ball or soft pad to cleanse, soften, refresh and moisturize skin. You can use it anytime throughout the day to leave your skin feeling renewed, softened and refreshed.


Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea

This affordable cooling face mist wakes up dehydrated, tired skin. The Mario Badescu Facial Spray features a blend of nutrient-rich botanicals and hydrating essential waters. Cucumber, green tea, aloe, and peppermint are infused to deliver an invigorating boost that replenishes and revives skin. This facial spray is great for all skin types and is free of sulfates, SLS and SLES, and parabens. Furthermore, it is also vegan and cruelty-free. Key ingredients include Green Tea Extract which provides antioxidant benefits, Cucumber Essential Water which replenishes, revitalizes, and tones skin, and Peppermint Essential Water which delivers a cooling yet soothing boost. Using the Mario Badescu Facial Spray is very simple, just mist onto face, neck, or hair as needed. Also, you can use it to infuse more hydration before or after applying moisturizer, as a pick-me-up on the go, or post-makeup application to give skin a dewy finish. At such a great price and with such amazing skin benefits, this product is a must try! 


Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer

This primer is one of our favorites. It is hydrating, super creamy, and absorbs very quickly so you don’t have to worry about having a cakey mess all over your face. Furthermore, the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer provides a gorgeous glowy effect because of the vitamin C-packed formula. This face primer creates a dewy, healthy-looking glow—whether it’s applied under makeup, on top as a highlighter, or even worn alone. It also smooths skin and improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Key ingredients include Vitamin C which helps target visible signs of aging, Banana Powder-inspired Pigments which illuminate, and Vitamin E which is an antioxidant that helps nourish and condition skin, as well as helps stabilize the vitamin C in the formula. 


SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic 

Even though it is expensive, SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is worth the money because of its countless benefits. SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic features a synergistic antioxidant combination of ferulic acid and pure vitamin C and E to enhance your skin’s protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals. Also, it improves signs of aging and photodamage to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while firming and brightening your complexion. Lastly, this powerful formula helps neutralize free radicals induced by UVA/UVB, infrared radiation and ozone pollution. Key ingredients include 15% Pure Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid) which provides visible anti-aging benefits, brightens skin and helps protect against oxidative stress, 1% Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol) which neutralizes free radicals and replenishes skin lipids, and 0.5% Ferulic Acid which neutralizes free radicals and enhances the antioxidant benefits and stability of vitamins C and E. Top benefits of this product include the fact that it improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness, evens and brightens skin tone, and this vitamin C serum can remain effective for 72 hours. Furthermore, the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic is Paraben-free and ideal for normal, dry, and sensitive skin types. 


La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum

This ultra hydrating hyaluronic acid face and neck serum leaves skin feeling plump to the touch and repairs by replenishing skin’s natural moisture barrier. The La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Hyaluronic Acid Serum combines concentrated pure hyaluronic acid, madecassoside and vitamin B5 for optimal effectiveness while also being suitable for sensitive skin. This serum genuinely makes your skin look incredible! The serum’s rich texture leaves your skin feeling so supple and hydrated to the touch. You can use this product alone or as an added boost to your favorite moisturizer. 


Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++

This innovative, antioxidant-rich SPF primer preps skin for makeup while providing broad spectrum SPF 40. The ingredients also help offer tech protection against the light emitted from our phones and computers. The unique oil-free formula glides onto skin providing shine control and leaving a velvety, makeup-gripping finish. Key ingredients include Complex Derived from Meadowfoam Seed which helps increase hydration levels, resulting in a more even skin texture, Red Algae which helps protect against blue light emitted by electronic devices, and Frankincense which helps to provide a soothing effect. This product is great for all skin types, and is totally invisible, weightless, scentless, and makeup-gripping. The Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++ should be applied generously and evenly as the last step in your skincare routine, before makeup and 15 minutes before sun exposure. It should be reapplied at least every two hours or after 40 minutes of swimming or sweating. 


Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer with Skin-Smoothing Peptides

This clean and natural-based cream comes in a creamy but light texture that seriously hydrates skin that’s feeling dull or rough. Also, it smells beautifully fresh. Key ingredients include Pomegranate Spheres which absorb moisture to provide sustained hydration that can be locked into the skin, Orange Blossom Peptides which support the skin’s natural barrier to aid with water retention and hydration, and Macro Hyaluronic Acid which absorbs moisture and provides a conditioning effect for a soft, hydrated, healthy-looking glow. Furthermore, this product is vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and comes in recyclable packaging. All ingredients are derived from natural sources. 


ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation

The ILIA Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 Foundation is a clean, tinted serum that provides light, dewy coverage with mineral SPF and active levels of skincare ingredients. Key ingredients include Plant-based Squalane which hydrates and visibly improves elasticity without clogging pores, Niacinamide which visibly smooths texture, minimizes the appearance of pores, softens lines, and promotes even tone, and Hyaluronic Acids (Macro and Micro) which penetrate at different levels to visibly plump and boost skin’s moisture levels. Furthermore, this serum has non-nano zinc oxide, which provides weightless mineral protection from UVA, UVB, UVC, and blue light with no white cast. It’s also free of silicones, oil, fragrance, and chemical sunscreen and is clinically tested to be safe for sensitive skin.


Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm

This makeup remover and face cleanser is great for normal, combination, dray, and oily skin. It virtually melts away all makeup, leaving skin hydrated and silky smooth. Key ingredients include Sunflower and Ginger Root Oils which melts even stubborn makeup (including long-wear) without stripping or drying skin, Turmeric and Moringa Extract which helps remove impurities, sunscreen residue, and fight the effects of pollution, and Papaya Enzymes which naturally exfoliates pores. This makeup removing cleansing balm transforms from a balm to silky oil to milky lather in order to remove makeup effortlessly with zero residue. Also, because of a blend of essential oils, it smells like vacation.