Over the past couple years, there’s a chance you’ve developed a new relationship with your skin—one that maybe you didn’t anticipate. Perhaps you developed maskne. Or discovered worry lines. Or imagined worry lines (easy to do, depending on your Zoom lighting). Maybe you’ve hardly been able to make time for your skin—or yourself. Let the Harper’s BAZAAR Skincare Awards be your shortcut to some overdue R&R for your skin.
Each product below was chosen because it’s highly effective, cosmetically elegant, and obsessed over by editors and industry experts. Also, each one feels like a treat to use, which counts for a lot.
The foundation of every great skin care routine is a cleanser to kick things off.
Best for Sensitive Skin
Tolérance Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion
Perfect for morning and evening, Avène Tolérance Extremely Gentle Cleanser removes makeup, oil, and dirt without disrupting the skin barrier. Like all things Avène, it’s great for sensitive skin.
Best Natural Cleanser
Vinoclean Gentle Foam Cleanser
This plush foam formula washes away grime but adds back antioxidants, so your skin is left fresh and protected.
Best for Dry Skin
Hydrating Facial Cleanser
The lotion-like texture of CeraVe’s cleanser coddles skin, and the ceramides help retain skin’s moisture while gently cleansing.
Best for Combination Skin
This cleansing gel is a derm favorite because it gently exfoliates with white willow bark extract, protects with antioxidants, and removes all traces of dirt, makeup, and oil without stripping skin.
Best for All Skin Types
Soy Face Cleanser
Thousands of glowing reviews and years of accolades all point to one conclusion: There’s no basic cleanser better, gentler, or kinder to skin than Fresh’s famous Soy wash.
Best Makeup-Removing Water
This micellar water can be found backstage at every runway show and on the vanities of every model and makeup artist for a reason: There’s nothing gentler, better, or more effective at removing makeup with a single swipe.
Best for Oily/Acne-Prone Skin
Toleriane Purifying Foaming Facial Cleanser
Unlike so many cleansers for oil, this one is safe for sensitive skin. The blend of niacinamide, ceramides, and soothing thermal spring water tackles oil without sucking the life out of skin.
Best Makeup-Removing Balm
Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover
We’ve tried them all, and nothing beats Clinique’s famous balm at instantly removing even our toughest waterproof mascaras and mask-proof lipsticks.
The Modern Makeup Remover Original
Ditch the single-use makeup wipes. These genius Face Halo rounds wipe away all signs of makeup with just water (no cleanser needed) and can be reused again and again.
Best Makeup-Removing Cleanser
First of All Cleanser
Why double cleanse when you can single cleanse? This genius gel-to-foam formula rinses away all signs of makeup, so you can move right on to serums and creams.
Best Cleansing Oil
Deep Cleansing Oil
Nothing tackles waterproof makeup faster or leaves our skin feeling more refreshed than DHC’s culty cleansing oil.
Inside each bottle, you’ll find potent actives with the power to transform your skin.
Best Brightening Serum, Dry/Combo Skin
C E Ferulic
The most famous vitamin C serum of all time is still our favorite for boosting skin’s overall radiance in just a few uses.
Best Brightening Serum, Oily Skin
Milk Marvel Dark Spot Serum
This best-selling serum uses amber algae, vitamin C, and niacinamide to safely fade spots, and it’s effective across all skin tones.
Best Repairing Serum
Liposome Moisture Serum
Your moisture barrier is the key to healthy skin. This lightweight serum from Decorté helps repair it by delivering a targeted dose of lipids that helps boost hydration all day long.
Best Instant Results
Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum
Save yourself the counter space and invest in one serum that does it all. Lancôme Rénergie H.C.F. Triple Serum is packed with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, niacinamide, and ferulic acid to address dark spots, lines, and volume in one go.
Best Soothing Serum
INTRAL Daily Rescue Serum
The French cure for stressed skin, this light, watery formula quickly calms irritation, taking down redness almost immediately with glycerin and flower extracts.
Best Hydrating Serum, Dry Skin
Abeille Royale Advanced Youth Watery Oil
A watery oil sounds like an oxymoron, but once you try Guerlain’s genius formula, you’ll understand the name. With 95 percent naturally derived ingredients, this oil-serum hybrid delivers serious moisture and glow without feeling heavy or slick on skin.
Best Hydrating Serum, Combination Skin
Red Camellia Revitalizing Serum
Like a drink of water for dry, tired skin, Chanel’s newest serum utilizes the best of nature, including red camellia extract, to plump, soothe, and protect against environmental stressors.
Best Exfoliating Serum
The Resurfacing Compound Skin Care Treatment
This resurfacing serum covers all your skincare bases with one single step. The blend of retinol, vitamin C, antioxidants, AHAs, and vitamin E dramatically smooths and brightens skin in just days—not weeks.
Best Acne Treatment
Acne Treatment Gel
This OTC treatment uses adapalene, a retinoid specifically formulated for breakouts.
If your skin is chronically dry, angry, or otherwise red and inflamed, this upgraded formula from La Mer is the antidote. The brand’s iconic Miracle Broth gets a boost from antioxidants to help strengthen your skin’s barrier while dramatically soothing.
Best Retinol Serum
Encapsulated retinol and AHAs combine to deliver a brightening and smoothing serum so powerful, it’s no wonder it’s a favorite among Shani Darden’s celebrity clientele.
Best Retinol Oil
Skin Caviar Nighttime Oil
Leave it to La Prairie to figure out how to extract potent yet gentle retinol from caviar, resulting in one of the most luxurious face oils we’ve ever used. Apply it nightly as the final step in your routine.
Best Retinol Alternative
Bakuchiol is a retinol alternative for those who can’t tolerate the stuff, and in this serum, it’s the star. When combined with PHAs for gentle exfoliation and soothing plant extracts, the buzzy new ingredient reduces the appearance of fine lines and discoloration without any irritation.
The latest and greatest moisturizers leave skin plump, protected, and ready for what’s next.
Best for Combination Skin
The True Cream Aqua Bomb
This gel-cream is lightweight enough for oily skin but powerful enough for dry skin, so it leaves combination skin looking perfectly in balance.
The Rich Cream
The brand’s TFC8 cellular renewal complex, which was developed from wound-care technology, addresses skin tone, texture, and firmness.
Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil
The antidote for a dull complexion? Add a few drops of Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil on top of your moisturizer.
Best for Oily/Acne-Prone Skin
Moisture on Mars Hydrating Face Cream
From the brand that made pimple patches cute comes a face cream that not only hydrates without leaving skin slick, but also helps prevent future breakouts with ingredients like zinc, copper, and magnesium.
Best for Sensitive Skin
Tolerance Control Skin Recovery Cream
This rich cream soothes and calms inflamed skin in a matter of seconds, not days, and helps bring even the most sensitive skin back from the brink.
Best for Dry Skin
Squalane + Omega Repair Cream
This rich cream goes one step further than just hydrating to help repair your skin’s moisture barrier, so your skin becomes less chronically dry over time.
Best Brightening Moisturizer
C-Rush Vitamin C Gel Moisturizer
Three forms of vitamin C team up in this lightweight gel moisturizer to deliver serious brightening results (and a great base for SPF and makeup).
Best Moisturizer with SPF
Double Repair Face Moisturizer UV Broad-Spectrum SPF 30
This French pharmacy favorite pampers skin with ceramides, glycerin, and spring water.
Best for Redness
Cicapair Tiger Grass Cream
A proprietary microbiome complex helps strengthen skin’s moisture barrier to prevent future irritation, while soothing Centella helps instantly calm and soothe flushed, red skin.
Best Wrinkle-Fighting Moisturizer
Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Moisturizer
It doesn’t matter how much you spend: It’s hard to buy a better face cream than Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Moisturizer. It’s enriched with vitamin B3 to help with surface-cell turnover and exfoliation. The result is firmer, plumper, more deeply hydrated skin.
Best Retinol Moisturizer
Advanced Retinol Nightly Renewal Face Moisturizer with Retinol
This moisturizer also utilizes retinal, a form of retinol that’s tolerated by even the most sensitive skin types. NIA-114, a form of niacin, helps buffer the formula.
Best Neck Cream
Benefiance Concentrated Neck Contour Treatment
The Benefiance Concentrated Neck Contour Treatment is infused with its exclusive Firm Support Formula, which creates a gentle corseting effect over the skin, making it smoother and tighter.
Best Neck Treatment
Peptight Tightening Neck Serum Roller
This genius design combines a tightening neck serum—ideal for pesky horizontal lines—with a cooling, mess-free roller, so you’ll never forget about your neck again.
BEST EYE TREATMENTS
These creams, serums, and masks help tired eyes look refreshed.
Best Retinol Eye Cream
Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream
This retinol eye cream is gentle enough to use during the day, too, so you’ll notice smoother, tighter skin in just about a week.
Prestige Le Micro-Serum de Rose Yeux Advanced Eye Serum
Treat yourself morning and night with this splurgy Dior eye serum. Massage the rose-infused product into the contours of your eye area to relieve puffiness.
Best Nighttime Eye Cream
Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex
This cream delivers a steady dose of hydration and repairing antioxidants all night while you sleep, so you wake up to eyes that look brighter, smoother, and tauter—even if you don’t feel rested.
Best Daytime Eye Cream
Leave it to makeup legend Bobbi Brown to design a daytime eye cream that plays perfectly with any under-eye concealer. It’s ideal if you’re in a constant battle with creases and settling.
Best Eye Serum
Double Serum Eye
Each pump delivers two serums to dramatically brighten and tighten tired eyes. Plus, we love that the ingredients are 96 percent naturally derived.
Best Instant Results
Instant FIRMx Eye
Maybe you’re one of the millions of TikTokers who saw this Eye Tightener go viral. If not, know this: In just a few minutes, it dramatically reduces the appearance of puffy eye bags, and the results last for hours.
Best Brightening Eye Cream
C-Tango Vitamin C Eye Cream
Peptides and vitamin C help make eyes look more radiant right away and over time (and the jarless airtight packaging keeps all those active ingredients super fresh).
Best Eyebrow Serum
GrandeBROW Brow Enhancing Serum
Add this brow serum to your nighttime routine, and you’ll wake up to lusher brows in about two to four months. The wait is worth it!
Best Lash Serum
Advanced Eyelash Conditioner
The biotin- and panthenol-rich formula helps lashes grow to their fullest potential.
BEST FACE MASKS
A great face mask can uplift your skin and your mood.
Best Overnight Mask
Chronobiology Sleep Mask
This hardworking mask is full of time-released probiotics and retinol, all calibrated to work with your skin’s sleep cycle.
Best Hydrating Mask
Masque Majestueux Votre Visage
More than a mask, this Valmont formula is a sensorial experience. As you massage the luxe cream into your skin, it becomes a nourishing oil packed with honey, propolis, and royal jelly.
Best Lifting Mask
The All-In-One Facial
This viral face mask is still our go-to before events when the whole face needs a pick-me-up. It’s not only fun to use, but the brightening and firming results are incomparable.
Best Firming Mask
The Lifting and Firming Mask
Slather this cream onto your skin and leave it on while you do your hair. After 10 minutes or so, wipe off any excess and marvel at how lifted your skin looks.
Best Brightening Mask
Radiant Glow Express Mask
The Sisley Paris Radiant Glow Express Mask uses soft, nondrying clay to draw out impurities that may be dulling skin. With rosemary and chamomile oils, this spa-like formula brightens skin in less than five minutes.
Best Instant Results
GoopGlow Microderm Instant Glow Exfoliator
This mask delivers exfoliation two ways: Minerals like quartz and silica help scrub away dead skin cells, while AHAs and vitamin C dramatically tone and brighten. After just one use, you’ll feel like you just got out of an expert facial.
Best Soothing Mask
Like Butter Mask for Dry, Sensitive & Eczema-Prone Skin
Unlike many soothing masks, this one is lightweight and fast absorbing, so the blend of colloidal oatmeal, ceramides, and gentle plant-based hydrators can get right to work.
Best Exfoliating Mask
Pumpkin Enzyme Mask
This mask exfoliates with pumpkin enzyme and alpha hydroxy acid while polishing with aluminum oxide crystals.
BEST BODY & HAIR CARE
Don’t forget that your skin from the neck down deserves the same care and attention.
Best Body Cream
Firming Collagen Body Lotion
QMS’s Firming Collagen Body Lotion uses marula oil and shea butter to nourish skin. It’s also enriched with bovine collagen, which is structurally 97 percent identical to that found in human skin (allowing it to absorb easily).
Best Body Wash
Body Love Moisture Boost Body Cleanser
Hyaluronic acid in the shower? It makes sense. This cleanser uses the water-loving ingredient to help moisturize skin while cleansing.
Best Body Oil
Kaya Jungle Firming Oil
This silky oil is the most luxurious part of our post-shower routine. The potent antioxidants derived from the Amazon rainforest help firm and tone skin while leaving the most gorgeous sheen.
Best Body Sunscreen
PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50
This lightweight chemical sunscreen blends like a dream, so you can get dressed right away without feeling slick or slippery.
Best All-Over Balm
Wonderwild Miracle Butter
This marula butter-based salve is a natural alternative to those do-it-all balms for skin, lips, cuticles, and more. It brings even the most chapped, scraggly skin back to life.
Best Hand Cream
Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Aesop is known for its chic factor, but the products actually perform. In particular, its Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm softens hands with botanicals and leaves them with a gorgeous herbal scent.
Best Scalp Scrub
Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt
This gritty, purifying paste scrubs away product buildup and dead skin to reveal a squeaky-clean scalp that’s ripe for healthy hair growth.
Best Scalp Serum
Superpower Fortifying Hair & Scalp Serum
This lightweight leave-in scalp serum promotes blood circulation, which in turn helps with hair growth.
These nifty, high-tech gadgets will take your skin care routine to the next level.
Best for Eyes
De-Puffing Jade Eye Treatment Tool
This nifty tool is perfectly shaped to help soothe tired, puffy eyes.
Best for Hyperpigmentation
Precision Skincare System
This handheld device scans your skin for pigmentation, then prints and applies tiny dots of tinted serum precisely onto the skin for a seamless, natural-looking base that continually improves your complexion.
Best for Puffiness
Gold Sculpting Bar
This 24-karat vibrating bar helps lift, tone, and contour your cheekbones and jawline instantly.
Best for Lifting
Trinity Facial Toning Device
Also a 2021 winner, the NuFACE Trinity uses a low-voltage microcurrent to stimulate ATP (adenosine triphosphate)—key in producing collagen and elastin. Use it consistently a few times a week to see real results.
Best for Sculpting
Advanced Bio Lifting+ Massage Tool
The next-best thing to a facial? Using this massage tool with your favorite facial oil. The four rotating tubes grip the natural contours of your face to massage as your fingers would, boosting circulation. Remember to work the tool upward.
This humidifier saved our hair and skin this past winter. It’s dishwasher safe, easy to clean, and helps prevent the growth of nasties like mold while delivering serious skin-saving hydration.
Best for Exfoliation
Glide this device over skin to gently exfoliate the top layer of skin, revealing smoother skin right away. After a month, you’ll notice your skin texture has improved too.
A mix of chemical and physical exfoliants can slough away dullness to instantly reveal glowing skin.
Best Physical Exfoliant
Rice Enzyme Powder
Tatcha’s foaming powder, with rice bran and brightening papaya enzymes, is a favorite among royals, celebrities, and skin care enthusiasts alike.
Best Balancing Toner
Biologique Recherche’s Lotion P50 created the liquid exfoliator category. Though it’s spawned a lot of imitators, none delivers the same effect, which is toned, glowing skin.
Best Exfoliating Toner, Combination to Oily
Revitalift Derm Intensives 5% Glycolic Acid Toner
This is your drugstore’s best-kept secret. Sweep the glycolic toner over skin at night with a cotton pad (or just your fingers) to reveal smoother, brighter skin without any irritation.
Best Exfoliating Toner, Sensitive Skin
Polyhydroxy Acid (PHA) Gentle Exfoliating Toner
Sensitive skin can get some exfoliating action, too, thanks to this thoughtful blend of 3 percent PHAs, niacinamide, and soothing aloe.
Best Face Peel
Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel
This iconic peel pad is the next best thing to seeing your derm IRL. Its blend of seven acids radically transforms skin—including breakouts, dark spots, pores, and fine lines—in just one use.
Best Body Scrub
The Body Exfoliator – Sandalwood
We’re obsessed with this body scrub for two key reasons: It comes in a mess-free, shower-friendly tube, and the elevated sandalwood scent makes us swoon.
BEST MAKEUP AND SUN CARE
Stock your vanity with these MVPs: expert-approved makeup and SPF products with skin-loving ingredients.
Best Daily Face Sunscreen for Under Makeup
Invisible Hero SPF 30
The new Clark’s Botanicals Invisible Hero SPF 30 anti-aging sunscreen wears more like a primer than sun protection. With marine algae and hyaluronic acid, this elegant formula plumps the skin, then dries to a soft, velvety matte finish.
Best Daily Face Sunscreen, Dry Skin
The Silk Sunscreen
We’ve never called sunscreen gorgeous before, but there’s a first time for everything. This luxurious mineral formula feels weightless yet plush, plus we love the inclusion of brightening niacinamide, plumping hyaluronic acid, and makeup-priming silk extract.
Best Daily Face Sunscreen, Oily Skin
Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
This SPF lotion delivers broad-spectrum sun protection, nourishing ingredients (like avocado and sunflower oils), and none of the whitish cast.
Best Foundation with Benefits
Light Reflecting Advanced Skincare Foundation
We’ve always loved NARS foundation, but this one loves us back with ingredients like oat, Japanese lilyturf, cacao peptides, and milk thistle. The formula improves skin’s clarity and texture, and helps strengthen the moisture barrier as you wear it.
Best Skin Tint
Skin Enhance Luminous Tinted Serum
This gel-like serum is infused with beads of pigment that burst as you sweep it across your face. It leaves the prettiest lightweight tint of coverage while plumping and hydrating skin.
Best Creaseless Concealer
Revealer Super Creamy + Brightening Concealer and Daytime Eye Cream
This concealer just called yours lazy. It doesn’t just cover up dark spots and zits like a pro, but it’s also packed with actives like caffeine, pink algae, peptides, hyaluronic acid, anrica, and panthenol to hydrate, brighten, and soothe like an eye cream too.
Best Tinted Moisturizer
SunnyDays SPF 30 Tinted Sunscreen Foundation
This genius, sensitive skin-friendly formula covers spots and redness like a foundation, moisturizes like a cream, and protects with mineral SPF 30 like a sunscreen.
Best Fake Flush
Soft Pinch Liquid Blush
Just a dot on each cheek, blended high up toward your temples, leaves the prettiest natural yet weightless flush that lifts your entire face with it.
Best Lash-Boosting Mascara
Future Lash Mascara
This beloved curl-boosting and lifting mascara helps your natural lashes look fuller and healthier even after you rinse it off, thanks to proven ingredients like panthenol, niacinamide, and shea butter.
Best Face Primer
The Silk Canvas Protective Primer
This blurring balm can be swiped across your face, eyes, or lips to prime for makeup. It creates a unique barrier to prevent clogged pores, while also protecting skin from free radical damage, thanks to a blend of green tea, rice, and algae.
These derm-approved skin and hair supplements have science on their side.
Best Anti-Aging Hair Supplement
Hair Growth Supplements
This proprietary blend of vitamins and collagen helps reduce shedding and promote healthy hair growth, which is why it’s so beloved by dermatologists and hair experts. Just take one pill twice a day for results in about three months.
Best Collagen Supplement
Vital Proteins collagen supplement is a favorite of stars like Jennifer Aniston because it can be easily scooped into a smoothie or your morning coffee. You’ll notice healthier hair, skin, and nails in just a few weeks.
Best Skin Supplement
Skin Filter Vitamin A and Zinc Blemish + Brightening Supplement
Vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants and zinc, help clear and brighten skin from the inside out. It’s especially great if you’re prone to dullness or stubborn breakouts.