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What Strategist Readers Are Buying: Snail Patches and Natural Face Wash

Welcome back to Your Shopping Cart, wherein we break out the top-five products that you, devoted Strategist readers, all bought in droves. Think of this as the tl;dr of the Strategist: If your like-minded brethren are buying these items, maybe you’d like to, too.

Reclaiming the top spot this week is a familiar face — the Cosrx pimple patches from Rio Viera-Newton’s skin-care story make a triumphant return, as last week’s winner (the Marvy hair brush) drops out of the top five. In second place is another Viera-Newton special, the Gold & Snail eye patches that the semi-professional beauty junkie hoards to combat dark circles and under-eye puffiness. A new entry claims third place: the Vermont-made natural face wash that writer Leah Bhabha praised for zapping her pimples with natural sugar cane. Right after that is the ultrapopular On Gossamer mesh bikini recommended by shopping aficionado (and Lucky founder) Kim France. And rounding out the top five, we’ve got the Everlane white V-neck we highlighted in our survey of the best women’s white T-shirts.

1. The Google Doc I Send to People Who Ask About My Skin

These pimple patches cannot be stopped. For five bucks, you get 24 little pieces of cellulose that absorb all the oil out of a pimple. They’re just one of the miracle workers described in the 16 products that Rio Viera-Newton included in her story about the ultimate skin-savers. But it’s not just pimple patches that are selling — people are getting the collagen cream, snail sheet masks, morning gel cleanser, and lemon peel exfoliator that caused Viera-Newton’s friends to comment on the change in her skin: “People started to notice how different I looked and asked what I was using. Tired of responding to texts about moisturizers and serums, I outlined my skin-care favorites in a Google doc and shared it with a few curious friends.”


2. The 14 Products I Use for My Chronic Raccoon Eyes

It’s official: You guys love snail slime. The active ingredient in these gold-colored under-eye patches is snail mucin, which works to brighten stubborn dark circles. Says Viera-Newton: “This is my favorite under-eye product, and don’t make me tell you again why I love snail so much! Its regenerative properties not only work wonders on blemish scars, but also help with any kind of hyperpigmentation, including dark under-eye circles. It’s also super beneficial for helping with wrinkles and dryness.”

3. The Natural Face Wash That Zapped My Zits

Writer Leah Bhabha couldn’t find anything that could combat her adult acne until she tried a natural face wash that utilized the powers of sugarcane to clear up her skin. In combination with her retinol, it worked wonders: “Free of sulfates, silicones, and parabens, it leaves my face feeling very clean but not tight, making the cleanser gentle enough to use in the morning and at night. While the aloe and rice seed soothe my skin, it’s the sugarcane that’s the real clincher. Sugarcane naturally contains alpha hydroxy acids, which not only fight blemishes but lighten dark spots and lessen scarring. In combination with my nightly use of retinol — a godsend — my skin is now finally under control.”


4. What Is the Best Women’s Underwear?

This pair of underwear recommended by Lucky founding editor Kim France has made many appearances on this best-sellers list. France recommended these bikini briefs when asked about her favorite things, and even more of you added them to your cart when we highlighted them in our selection of the best women’s underwear recommendations: “My underwear drawer is the most boring place in the world, because all I have are dozens of pairs of the same thing: On Gossamer’s Mesh Bikinis. It is so far and away the perfect underwear that I have a hard time understanding why anybody wears anything else: It’s superlight, highly breathable, and — most importantly — hugely VPL-resistant. Seriously, it’s as VPL-resistant as a thong, but without the annoyingness of a thong.”

5. What’s the Best White T-shirt for Women?

To find the best white T-shirt for women, we polled 19 women on their absolute favorites. One answer, from Elizabeth Rose, a server at Cafe Gitane, compelled readers to buy several of these low-cut shirts: “I like the Everlane V-neck because of the company’s transparency. It’s an ethical issue — I like to know where the clothing is made. And I like this specific shirt because I wear a lot of necklaces, so the depth of this V shows them.”

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What Strategist Readers Bought: Snail Patches, Face Wash