The 2021 Shape Beauty Awards: Best Face Products

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The Shape Squad — a group of dermatologists, fitness pros, and staffers — put the year's new beauty products through their paces and 83 winners came out on top. Here, their picks for the best face products on the market right now.

Best Cleanser for a Deep Clean: Renée Rouleau Mint Renewal Cleanser

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Renée Rouleau Mint Renewal Cleanser, which gently exfoliates with jojoba beads, is "magic. My skin feels brand new," says fitness trainer Mindy Lai. (In case you needed another reason to try: Camilla Mendes is also a huge fan of the brand.)

Best Acne Treatment: Burt's Bees Targeted Spot Treatment

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Salicylic acid and soothing cica extract in Burt's Bees Targeted Spot Treatment "keep problem zones under control without irritating my sensitive skin," says a tester.

Best Essence: Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Moisture Essence

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Hyaluronic acid and key minerals in Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Moisture Essence "make my skin feel so hydrated."

Best Face Tool: Jenny Patinkin Pure Luxury Organic Reusable Sheet Mask

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Wet the Jenny Patinkin Pure Luxury Organic Reusable Sheet Mask in cool or warm water, then place it over any of your facial masks to help them absorb.

Best Vitamin C: Wander Beauty Sight C-er Vitamin C Concentrate

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Wander Beauty Sight C-er Vitamin C Concentrate has top-shelf vitamin C and "isn't sticky or smelly." In fact, it "leaves skin luminous."

Best Hair Removal: Versed Instant Gratification At-Home Dermaplaning

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An easy-to-glide, sterile, stainless steel blade on the Versed Instant Gratification At-Home Dermaplaning removes peach fuzz and dead skin for a wowza glow.

Best Night Cream: Cetaphil Healthy Radiance Renewing Cream

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Oil-free and hypoallergenic Cetaphil Healthy Radiance Renewing Cream
"has a cool whipped texture" that contains niacinamide and bakuchiol to brighten skin.

Best Retinol Serum: Clinique Smart Clinical Repair Wrinkle Correcting Serum

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One week into using retinoid-based Clinique Smart Clinical Repair Wrinkle Correcting Serum, a tester saw a "reduction in the fine lines around my mouth." (Related: The Best Retinol Products for Every Skin Type, According to Top Derms)

Best Dark Spot Treatment: Paula's Choice Clinical Discoloration Repair Serum

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Tranexamic acid and niacinamide in Paula's Choice Clinical Discoloration Repair Serum "practically erased my post-acne marks in about four weeks," one tester found. (Also read: How to Deal with Hyperpigmentation In Your Skin)

Best Exfoliant: CeraVe Skin Renewing Nightly Exfoliating Treatment

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No scrubbing or rinse-off needed: Just apply CeraVe Skin Renewing Nightly Exfoliating Treatment, and the alpha hydroxy acid formula will smooth skin without flaking.

Best Firming Serum: Alpyn Beauty Wild Nettle & Niacinamide Firming Serum

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The soothing Alpyn Beauty Wild Nettle & Niacinamide Firming Serum "is the most effective product I've found for my irritated skin."

Best Micellar Water: Mary Kay Micellar Water

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The "ideal post-workout cleanser," Mary Kay Micellar Water flicks away grime without drying out skin.

Best Hyaluronic Acid: FaceGym Hydro-Bound Daily Serum

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FaceGym Hydro-Bound Daily Serum is "like giving skin a drink of the fanciest, most hydrating water."

Best Sunscreen Stick: MDSolarSciences Solar Stick Tinted SPF 40

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You'll tote the MDSolarSciences Solar Stick Tinted SPF 40 everywhere since "it glides over makeup, making reapplying a thousand times easier." (Need more options? Check out these derm-approved SPF sticks.)

Best Eye Cream: Neutrogena Rapid Firming Peptide Multi Action Eye Cream

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One month into using Neutrogena Rapid Firming Peptide Multi Action Eye Cream "and my eyes definitely look less tired and puffy."

Best Day Cream: Uncommon Beauty Daily Water Cream

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Testers with normal to oily skin love the lightweight, coconut water–based hydration of Uncommon Beauty Daily Water Cream.

Best Sunscreen: Le Prunier Plumscreen

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Plum extract in Le Prunier Plumscreen gives this tinted, zinc-based formula lots of antioxidant power, and"it has none of the thick or sticky sunscreen effects."

Best Makeup Remover: Farmacy Sweet Apple Clean Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

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Farmacy Sweet Apple Clean Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm breaks down everything — even waterproof mascara. "The best," says fitness trainer Ashley Joi.

Best Oil: Kate McLeod Face Stone

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A few swipes of Kate McLeod Face Stone — a waterless,
waxless, plant-based solid oil launching September 22 — offers
"a hydrating glow and calming ritual."

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