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2016 Shape Beauty Awards: The Best Skin-Care Products

2016 Shape Beauty Awards: The Best Skin-Care Products

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To see the latest and greatest, check out the best skin-care product picks in the 2017 Shape Beauty Awards.

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.) 

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Best Mask: Paula's Choice

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This mask had us at niacinamide, an ingredient that is a proven skin-brightening powerhouse. Here it's blended into a gel that you leave on skin overnight so you can wake up glowing.

Paula's Choice Radiance Renewal Mask ($36;

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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;

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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)

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Best Facial Oil: SK-II

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Seriously parched skin will soak up this luxurious blend of six oils (including avocado and jojoba) and enjoy a gorgeous glow.

SK-II Facial Treatment Oil ($150;

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Best Skin Booster: Clarins

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When your skin needs a reset, mix a few drops of this green-coffee extract into your moisturizer to flush built-up toxins and reveal a healthier tone.

Clarins Booster Detox ($39;

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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)

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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)

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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;

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Best Antiager: Murad

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Use this nightly, and in just two weeks you'll notice your fine lines fading. Three forms of retinol work synergistically to help smooth out skin with less irritation than they typically cause.

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Serum ($88;

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Best Night Cream: Philosophy

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Glycolic, citric, and mandelic acid slough off dull skin cells, unclog pores, and soften skin, while hyaluronic acid keeps it hydrated for 24 hours.

Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Overnight Recharging & Refining Moisturizer ($52;

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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)

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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;

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Best Tool: Clarisonic

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For those of us who are addicted to the squeaky-clean feeling of a cleansing facial brush, you'll love how this small but mighty sonic star fits anywhere with ease.

Clarisonic Mia Fit ($219,

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