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        Best Bar Soap 2016

        Dove White Beauty Bar

        Best Bar Soap 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Dove White Beauty Bar

        “Dove got it right decades ago, and that’s why this product keeps winning,” says Dr. Graber of the familiar white bar that does away with dirt while moisturizing at the same time. The trick, doctors say, is all in the pH level. “Many soaps tend to have a high pH, which can disrupt the surface and its natural moisture barrier, leading to inflammation and that dry, tight feeling,” says Dr. Zeichner. “This one cleanses without stripping the skin.”

        Dove | $4/2
        Hall of Fame
        Best Tinted Moisturizer 2016

        Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

        Best Tinted Moisturizer 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

        Call it an original skin care–makeup hybrid. This is a cult-classic hydrator that can be anything you need it to be. Feeling time-poor? Blend a few drops into skin (with or without a mirror) to subtly even out your complexion. Woke up rested and luminous? Lucky! Cut it with moisturizer for a thinner veil of coverage. Been a long week? Build as you go with a sponge, as L.A. makeup artist Fabiola does, for a finish that’s never gummy or artificial- looking.

        Laura Mercier | $44
        Best Oily Skin Cleanser 2016

        Garnier SkinActive Clean & Shine Control

        Best Oily Skin Cleanser 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Garnier SkinActive Clean & Shine Control

        If you’re wondering why so many of the products in the skin-care aisle have suddenly turned black, it’s because charcoal is in the mix. The ingredient has the power to pull grime from your pores and sop up grease, elevating this cleanser to blemish-buster status. The gel washes away and leaves a semi-matte finish and a cool, fresh feeling with a dose of menthol.

        Garnier | $8
        Best Inexpensive Wrinkle Treatment 2016

        Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum

        Best Inexpensive Wrinkle Treatment 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum

        Can your love affair with retinol be best described as on-again, off-again? Dermatologists say this over-the-counter cream can help you stick with the ingredient, which is essential to addressing fine lines and sun damage. “Many people find it irritating at first,” explains Dr. Chiu. But the gentle formula, which doesn’t blast your skin with a highly concentrated dose of retinol at once, can help mitigate that, she says. With dryness and redness under control, moisture-drawing hyaluronic acid can do its work of plumping up lines in the short term, while the retinol builds collagen in the long term.

        Neutrogena | $22
        Best Oily Skin Night Cream 2016

        SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Oily

        Best Oily Skin Night Cream 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2012

        SkinCeuticals Renew Overnight Oily

        If you imagine that applying a layer of night cream feels as good as slathering on a coat of Crisco before bed, let this lightweight gel-cream blow your mind. It sinks in fast, leaving no tacky residue, and it even packs AHAs (alphahydroxy acids) to eliminate pore-clogging dead skin cells, says Dr. Palm. And before you fall back on the misconception that your oily skin doesn’t need a nighttime moisturizer, remember that the drier your skin is, the more oil it’s going to produce on its own.

        Skinceuticals | $61
        Best Wrinkle Treatment 2016

        SkinMedica TNS Essential

        Best Wrinkle Treatment 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013

        SkinMedica TNS Essential

        Are you familiar with the saying “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”? Don’t let it apply to your bright, youthful skin. This much-heralded serum makes “more mature skin cells behave like young, healthy ones to improve the overall texture and tone,” says Dr. Zeichner. The key to this dermatological voodoo? A formula that, unlike the ones in some other equally pricey products out there, has a proven track record of spurring collagen production with the use of growth factors, says Dr. Zeichner.

        SkinMedica | $281
        Best At-Home Peel 2016

        Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel

        Best At-Home Peel 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel

        Talk about sneaky. While you think you’re giving skin a good slough, this peel pad is also depositing ingredients to address a laundry list of anti-aging concerns: collagen production, excess pigmentation, and inflammation. Not that you care—you’re too busy getting a glow by removing those old skin cells with the peel’s “perfect, nonirritating mix of glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids,” says Dr. Bank.

        Dr. Dennis Gross | $88/30
        Best Oily Skin Scrub 2016

        Murad Skin Smoothing Polish

        Best Oily Skin Scrub 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Murad Skin Smoothing Polish

        If you’ve got acne issues, we’re willing to bet our Blahniks that you’ve heard of this product. The smooth scrub packs witch hazel plus jojoba beads. “With their smooth edges, the beads exfoliate without causing trauma on a micro level—a very good thing,” says Dr. Hirsch. It also contains antioxidant-rich oils, like pomegranate and sunflower seed.

        Murad | $30
        Best Oily Skin Mask 2016

        Origins Active Charcoal Mask

        Best Oily Skin Mask 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Origins Active Charcoal Mask

        Ready to get down and dirty? This mask, which can also be used as a spot treatment, relies on charcoal to get into pores and clean out debris and excess sebum. Use it twice a week and you can see less shine and fewer gaping pores staring back at you. And it won’t leave your skin feeling tight and itchy upon removal. “Using it can actually be a pleasant experience,” says Dr. Palm.

        Origins | $26
        Best Oily Skin Serum 2016

        SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF

        Best Oily Skin Serum 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF

        If the only things more dispiriting than your adult breakouts are the dark marks of acne past, this serum can brighten things up. Literally. The formula’s vitamin C helps fade old spots, says Dr. Palm, while antioxidants phloretin and ferulic acid prevent future damage by attacking cell-damaging free radicals produced by sun exposure. And all this without plugging pores. Impressive.

        Skinceuticals | $162
        Best Toner 2016

        Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel

        Best Toner 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Dickinson's Original Witch Hazel

        It’s an oldie but a goodie: The gentle, all-natural liquid (which does the trick with just two ingredients: witch hazel and naturally derived alcohol) doesn’t sting while sapping sweat and oil. We even like to dab it on lightly with a cotton ball midday to help degrease our complexions without dulling our glow (or disturbing our perfectly sculpted contouring job).

        Dickinson's | $6
        Best Anti-Aging Eye Treatment 2016

        Garnier SkinActive Renew Eye Roller

        Best Anti-Aging Eye Treatment 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Garnier SkinActive Renew Eye Roller

        For some of us, it’s going to take a lot more than a cucumber to get rid of undereye baggage. This tool checks all the boxes: It has a cooling metal tip, which you can massage around the eyes to get blood flowing. The formula packs caffeine to stimulate circulation and decrease puff as well as glycerin to moisturize. And applying it feels like a therapeutic treat—so you’ll actually want to whip it out in the morning (and at night and lunchtime) and get rolling.

        Garnier | $13
        Best Discoloration Treatment 2016

        SkinMedica Lytera

        Best Discoloration Treatment 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        SkinMedica Lytera

        If your total obsession with emerging creases and wrinkles has caused you to overlook the equally aging sun spots that have cropped up on your nose and cheeks, this brightener can help you play catch-up in the pigment-reduction department. Fully explaining how it works would make a compelling high school science project for a budding dermatologist, but here’s the short version: Retinol “promotes the exfoliation of surface pigment, while antioxidant vitamin C decreases the formation of pigment in the first place,” says Dr. Chiu. “And niacinamide cuts down on the production of pigment that stems from inflammation.”

        SkinMedica | $130
        Best Oily Skin Daytime Moisturizer With SPF 2016

        Elta MD UV Clear

        Best Oily Skin Daytime Moisturizer With SPF 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Elta MD UV Clear

        Dr. Palm’s prescription for acne patients isn’t complete without a notice to use this SPF cream every day. The oil-free formula (available in a tinted and untinted version) won’t clog your pores or bring on a breakout, she says. And the niacinamide helps take down inflammation and ward off dark spots (which can follow bouts of inflammation). Don’t think all that anti-blemish insurance comes at the cost of serious sun protection: Once blended in, the micronized zinc leaves no cast.

        $32
        Best Dry Skin Mask 2016

        Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

        Best Dry Skin Mask 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Kiehl's Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

        This rich p.m.-specific product hydrates dry skin like a boss, but it’s the moisture magnet hyaluronic acid and the lesser-known Ophiopogon japonicus (a plant extract) that help absorb and hold water in the skin. Translation: It plumps. After using it you can spy softer, less visible lines and creases, says N.Y.C. dermatologist Anthony Rossi.

        Kiehl's | $35
        Best Anti-Aging Exfoliator 2016

        ProX by Olay Micro Peel

        Best Anti-Aging Exfoliator 2016
        WINNER 2016

        ProX by Olay Micro Peel

        Do scratchy scrubs leave you splotchy and raw? Ditch the harsh physical exfoliators (commonly packed with nut shells and beads) and go for a light daily chemical exfoliator. This one boasts a trio of glycolic, citric, and lactic acids to disintegrate dull, dead skin cells and make way for a fresher complexion. “After just one week you will see more radiant skin,” says West Islip, N.Y., dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla. And because it has glycerin in it, you can use it during a Minnesota winter and know you’re getting some bonus hydration too.

        Olay | $40
        Best Daytime Moisturizer for Normal Skin 2016

        Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 30

        Best Daytime Moisturizer for Normal Skin 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 30

        Here’s a one-two punch you’ll want to receive: The lotion delivers a respectably high SPF with a lightweight, non-sticky consistency, says N.Y.C. dermatologist David Bank. The hydrator also addresses discoloration with soy, which “breaks up excess pigment in the skin,” says N.Y.C. dermatologist Rosemarie Ingleton.

        Aveeno | $15
        Normal Skin Cleanser 2016

        CeraVe Foaming Cleanser

        Normal Skin Cleanser 2016
        WINNER 2016

        CeraVe Foaming Cleanser

        This gentle giant won’t give you that squeaky-clean feeling—and that’s a good thing, says Hermosa Beach, Calif., dermatologist Annie Chiu. With hyaluronic acid (a molecule that helps your skin hold on to water), “this formula removes makeup and grime without stripping,” she says. In addition to supporting your all-important skin barrier with ceramides (a type of lipid that helps keep skin moisturized), the residue-free wash also contains niacinamide to fight inflammation and irritation.

        Cera Ve | $12
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