With the help of a derm, our beauty editors carefully selected the best cleansers, creams, and serums (plus a whole lot more) on the market so you can put your best face forward
2016 Shape Beauty Awards: The Best Skin-Care Products
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Sometimes it feels like the list of creams, oils, and masks we need to take care of our skin properly is endless. But before you go running to your nearest department store to buy the most expensive face-savers, check out these picks that are really worth the splurge (plus, the $10 and under drugstore finds you should stock up on stat). Our beauty editors tested virtually every skin-care product and tool on the market and teamed up with dermatologist David Banks, M.D. so you know they're good. (Next, check out the best makeup products of the year.)
Photo: Claire Benoist
Best Mask: Paula's Choice
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Best Serum: Perricone MD
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Turmeric, olive leaf, green tea, watercress sprouts, and vitamin C—all efficacious antioxidants—can be found in this potent elixir to fight free radical damage. Don't leave home without it.
Perricone MD Pre:Empt Series Skin Perfecting Serum ($90; perriconemd.com)
Photo: Perricone MD
Best Cleanser: Garnier
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Gentle lipid molecules in this biphase formula remove dirt, oil, and makeup, while the water portion leaves skin residue-free.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-In-1 Makeup Remover ($9; drugstores)
Best Facial Oil: SK-II
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Best Skin Booster: Clarins
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Best Towelettes: Pond's
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Toss a pack in every bag to wipe down whenever, wherever. Besides removing gunk, these extra- soft towelettes offer antioxidants and vitamin E with every swipe.
Pond's Original Fresh MoistureClean Towelettes ($;, drugstores)
Best Eye Cream: Olay
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Name the eye-area issue— puffiness, fine lines, dark circles—and this overachieving eye cream addresses it, with proven antiaging peptides and a tone that blends with every skin color.
Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream ($25; drugstores)
Best Day Cream: Bareminerals
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Beauty editors rarely finish a bottle of anything, but this lightweight layer made our skin so glowing that we used every last drop.
BareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion ($48; bareminerals.com)
Best Antiager: Murad
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Best Night Cream: Philosophy
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Best Facial Exfoliator: Bioré
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Plastic microbeads are out; baking soda is in! Bioré's just-add-water scrub is as gentle on the environment as it is on your skin but still lifts unwanted dirt and oil.
Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Scrub ($10; drugstores)
Best Peel: DERMADoctor
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These pads are soaked with a powerful cocktail of seven acids blended with vitamin C–rich Kakadu plum, ferulic acid, and vitamin E, as well as skin-soothing ingredients, to give you smoother, brighter, firmer skin.
DERMADoctor Kakadu C Intensive Vitamin C Peel Pads with Ferulic Acid & Vitamin E ($78; sephora.com)
Best Tool: Clarisonic
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