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The Very Best Skin-Care Products

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No matter what your beauty or makeup routine, a good skin-care routine is the foundation you want to be working with. Whether you’re looking for smooth heels, a poreless T-zone, or remedies for your under-eye circles, we’ve compiled the best skin-care products the Strategist has ever highlighted in one convenient spot.

The Best Skin-Care Products for Glowing Skin

Rio Viera-Newton is not a professional skin expert, but she is admittedly crazy about what she puts on her face. What began as a culty Google doc is now one of the Strategist’s most popular stories containing the 16 products she uses to get glowy skin.

The Best French-Drugstore Beauty Products

It’s well-known by now that some of the best skin-care and beauty products come from French pharmacies, and now you don’t even have to book a flight (or plead with a traveling friend) to get your hands on some. We rounded up the best drugstore products from France right here.

The Best Korean Beauty Products

If you’re looking to get started on Korean beauty, this is the place — Cut beauty director Kathleen Hou compiled the most popular K-beauty products endorsed by models, makeup artists, and Reddit and put them all in one shoppable place.

The Best Japanese Beauty Products

Japanese skin care is another booming industry, and Hou spoke with makeup artists to get the lowdown on the top beauty and skin-care products from Japan to buy for flawless skin.

The Best Thai-Drugstore Beauty Products

Writer Ashlea Halpern moved to Bangkok months ago and discovered an entire new world of Thai-drugstore products that have transformed her skin, from blacker-than-black mascara to cooling powder for muggy days.

The Best Skin-Care Products According to Redditors

Writer Sara Spruch-Feiner dove into the archives of Reddit’s Skincare Addiction Sub and came back with five of these skin-care obsessives’ most-discussed favorite products.

The Best Eye Products for Puffiness and Dark Circles

Viera-Newton and her family members all seem to suffer from the same affliction: dark circles and puffy under-eyes. Tasked with a mission to find the best remedies, she went and found the 14 best eye products for under-eye bags and dark circles.

The Best Face Masks

Viera-Newton is also a fan of face masks, which help nourish the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation. These are the 13 she keeps in her medicine cabinet at all times.

The Best Facial Moisturizers That Wont Cause Breakouts

Viera-Newton has also spent years trying “just about every moisturizer I’ve ever laid my eyes on in an attempt to find a reliable cream that hydrates, smooths, and doesn’t make me break out.” Here, she rounds up six of her favorite moisturizers for sensitive skin.

The Best Face Moisturizer

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Sweetbitter author Stephanie Danler is a huge fan of Weleda’s Skin Food, which she learned about from a makeup artist. Now, she owns it in threes — one for her car, one for her bedside table, and one in her purse.

The Best Face Scrub and Exfoliator

Writer Jinnie Lee found this No. 1–selling Japanese exfoliator through Amazon sleuthing. “I stumbled onto something seemingly too good to be true — a Japanese face peel called Cure Natural Aqua Gel, which is the No. 1 exfoliator in Japan (apparently one sells every 12 seconds). On your dry, post-cleansed face, slather two or three pumps of this jelly over your forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, down the neck, or wherever, and let it sit for five seconds. In an instant, the gel will react with your skin as it begins to dry a bit, at which point, you’ll use your fingers to gently massage the product in a circular motion around your face. This is the wild part. The gel will start to shed almost immediately, much like the way pencil erasers leave those squiggly rubbings behind.”

The Best Travel Skin-Care Products

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Viera-Newton knows that even when you’re on the go, your skin doesn’t take a break from needing love and attention. She went and found 14 of the best travel beauty and skin-care products for when you have to look your best but still abide by TSA rules.

The Best Facial Polish

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Writer Chloe Caldwell swears by her oat facial polish: “I am someone who’s had serious skin problems in the past. I’m an acne survivor. My skin is hypersensitive and I’m afraid of new products. But when I tried the oat wash for the first time, something amazing happened: My skin wasn’t ruddy when I left the shower. It was cool and calm.”

The Best Moisturizing Face Oil

Writer Allison Schmidt discovered this olive oil–derived treatment that totally transformed her skin: “Unlike other oils that just sat on top of my skin, the clear and odorless Timeless Skin Care Squalane sinks in quickly (it’s like my skin is lapping it up) without that gross, slimy feel. It’s been a revelation of a moisturizer. I now have much less irritation — the dry patches are gone, and the pigment and hydration of my skin are more even throughout.”

The Best Jade Roller

A traditional Chinese beauty product, jade rollers are known to stimulate lymphatic drainage. Writer Maria Tallarico swears by the thing: “My dark under-eye circles, which have laughed in the face of every fancy cream and facial thrust upon them, are relieved by the smooth, cool jade and repetitive motions. I swear, it’s even evened my skin tone and dampened wrinkles (which, after all, improved circulation should do).”

The Best Foot Cream

Beauty writer and editor Hannah Morrill knows from working with dermatologists that sometimes the unsexiest products are the most effective. She discovered CeraVe foot cream while looking for something to smooth her calloused feet: “The best contender I’ve found for this job? CeraVe Renewing SA Cream, which itself was developed with dermatologists and contains both exfoliant salicylic acid (that’s what the SA stands for) and ammonium lactate in the first ten ingredients, meaning the concentrations are significant, not an afterthought.”

The Best Foot Gel

If you’re looking for a gel to use on your feet, our New York colleague Camilla Cho found one that even her discriminating mother approved: “The thick, icy blue gel goes on clear, and dries after a few minutes without any residue — sometimes I’ll use it on my rough elbows and cuticles, too. It’s become my go-to all year round: summer, when I’m practically living in sandals, and winter, when my feet are cracked from cold weather and dry air. After using the Heel Genius herself for a few days (per instructions, with socks), my persnickety mom was sold. She’s since adopted the goop as one of her own favorite things, gifting it to several of her friends — all of whom are now ready for sandal season.”

The Best Exfoliating Glove

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