The Best Skincare Products of 2021, According to InStyle Readers
If quarantine taught us anything it's that skincare is self-care. Period.
And we'll be the first to admit, we too tried to become a self-taught aesthetician from the dermatologists of TikTok. But in all seriousness, we will never underestimate the power of a good product. And neither will our readers', according to the results of this year's Readers' Choice awards.
They de-puffed with the Skinny Confidential Ice Roller, detoxed with Drunk Elephants Protini Powerpetide Resurfacing Serum, and protected with Supergoop! GlowScreen. Before you set up your next at-home spa day or swap out for a new routine, take a look at these 21 skincare all-stars.
Best Moisturizer: Clinique Moisture Surge Intense 72H Lipid-Replenishing Hydrator
This cream is essentially a miracle worker if your complexion is craving more moisture. Aloe water and hyaluronic acid penetrate and quench thirsty pores, activating your skin's hydration cycle for up to three days.
To buy: $25; clinique.com
Best Anti-Acne Treatment: The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Niacinamide, known for its blemish-busting capabilities, is an ingredient that's praised by dermatologists and aestheticians alike. After using this treatment consistently, you'll notice a visible difference in skin texture.
To buy: $6, deciem.com
Best Anti-Aging Treatment: Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Face Cream
It's never too early to start your journey toward maintaining radiance. The science-backed ingredients in this moisturizer work to lessen fine lines and wrinkles while keeping your skin supple and luminous.
To buy: $360; drsturm.com
Best Face Mask: Tata Harper Superkind Radiance Mask
Lather on this luxurious formula whenever your skin is stressed out. The buttery-soft texture contains deeply nourishing AHAs and prebiotics to do away with dullness and impurities.
To buy: $65; tataharperskincare.com
Best Cleanser: CeraVe Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser
Once activated with water, this face wash turns into a sudsy foam that effectively removes makeup and excess oils. The superstar lineup of ingredients includes amino acids to retain moisture and ceramides to strengthen the skin barrier.
To buy: $15; amazon.com
Best Serum: Drunk Elephant Protini Powerpetide Resurfacing Serum
All 11 peptides in this serum work together to give your complexion a healthy reset. Concerned with sun damage, fine lines, or dullness? Applying a few pumps of this will go a long way.
To buy: $82; amazon.com
Best Eye Cream: Lancôme Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Eye Cream
The events of the past 18 months gave everyone undereye bags. Harnessing the powers of hyaluronic acid and caffeine, this brightens dark circles and smooths fine linesand wrinkles.
To buy: $75; lancome-usa.com
Best Body Product: Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Body Cream
The skin below the neck deserves to be spoiled with some extra TLC, too. Be prepared to be blown away by this whipped moisturizer, which has vitamin C's brightening benefits. Its biggest appeal? An addictive scent that everyone's obsessed with.
To buy: $45; sephora.com
Best Bath Product: Aveeno Restorative Skin Therapy Sulfate-Free Body Wash
This year, you've chosen to keep your shower routine extra relaxing with this calming body wash, made to ease dryness and inflammation. Full of healthy vitamins, antioxidants, and aloe, it's ideal for those with sensitive skin.
To buy: $10; amazon.com
Best SPF: Supergoop! Poof 100% Mineral Part Powder SPF 35
Reminder: You should apply sunscreen from head to toe daily. Spray this mineral powder on your scalp to make sure it doesn't get damaged by the sun.
To buy: $34; supergoop.com
Best Face Tool: The Skinny Confidential Hot Mess Ice Roller
Consider this your secret weapon to combat early-morning puffiness. Pop this in the freezer, and when you're ready, glide it across your skin to increase circulation, diminish the appearance of pores, and reduce swelling.
To buy: $69, shopskinnyconfidential.com
Viral Skincare Product: Supergoop! Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40
The people have spoken, and this multipurpose sun protectant has come out on top. It imparts a subtle sheen and can be used as a highlighter and makeup primer. Plus, it shields your skin from harmful UV rays.
To buy: $36; supergoop.com
Best Aesthetic Treatment: Hydrafacial Keravive
If increased stress has resulted in thinner, limper hair, may we suggest this facial-like experience for your scalp? The three-step procedure exfoliates and pampers hair follicles to promote an overall fuller and healthier appearance. Go to hydrafacial.com for info.
Editors' Pick: EmSculpt Neo
Experts rave about the results of this next-level device, which utilizes radio frequency technology and high-intensity energy to quickly burn fat and build muscle. After several sessions of the body- contouring treatment, you'll reportedly notice a visible difference. Go to bodybybtl.com for info.
Editors' Pick: Revance RHA® Collection
Unlike its competitors on the market, this hyaluronic acid filler specifically mimics natural movement of the skin to ensure an authentic-looking result. Go to rhacollection.com for info.
Editors' Pick: Renée Rouleau Rapid Response Maskne Spray
Thankfully, this soothing spray is full of acne-fighting ingredients that address maskne — mask-induced breakouts caused by a buildup of bacteria — and keep congestion under control.
To buy: $17; reneerouleau.com
Editors' Pick: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hyaluronic Acid Serum
"Hyaluronic acid is the one ingredient I recommend to everyone," says beauty director Maya Allen. "All skin types can benefit from extra hydration, and this potent serum is my one-stop shop for baby-soft skin."
To buy: $24; amazon.com
Editors' Pick: Olay Regenerist Collagen Peptide 24 Moisturizer
Collagen deserves all of the hype it has gotten this year. The proof? This lightweight cream, which reveals a plumper, smoother surface with each application.
To buy: $29; olay.com
Editors' Pick: Covey First of All Cleanser
"I'm always looking for the simplest way to remove makeup, and this has quickly become my new favorite," says beauty assistant Adelaide Giesey. "Without fail, it seamlessly strips away all remnants of a full face of glam and doesn't require a double cleanse."
To buy: $29; coveyskin.com
Editors' Pick: Tatcha The Dewy Serum
"This combines three of my go-to actives: hyaluronic acid, lactic acid, and squalene," says Giesey. "It works wonders at strengthening my skin barrier and is ideal for anyone looking for that lit-from-within glow."
To buy: $88; tatcha.com
Editors' Pick: Uncommon Beauty Pineapple Peptide Nectar
Experts agree that antioxidants should have a role in your morning routine. This serum uses Australian Kakadu plum, which is extremely rich in vitamin C, to help block out environmental stressors.
To buy: $62; uncommonjames.com