Stuff We Love Awards 2013: Skincare miracle workers
Best Face Moisturizer: Simple Protecting
What it is: A combination of nourishing moisturizers and protective antioxidants (plus UVA/UVB sunscreens) make this oil-free formula perfect for daily wear.
Why we love it: “My skin is a hot mess in those pesky transitional months. Winter means dry patches everywhere and spring means oil slicks that would put the Exxon Valdez to shame. This moisturizer makes those flaky dry patches disappear. Even better, my face doesn’t look like a greasy disaster at the end of the day.” —Deb, reader
To buy: Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15, $12.09 at drugstore.com
Best Sunless Tanner: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer
What it is: Long known as a favorite for gradually building even color in a few days, this moisturizing sunless tanner was recently revamped with revolutionary technology that makes it entirely odor free.
Why we love it: "Overwhelmingly my high school year book says one thing in the signatures: get a tan. But some of us just can't tan! I love this gradual tanner. It goes on easily, doesn't streak and doesn't smell horrible. This is the best of the best, and I have tried them all.” —Stephanie Dulli
To buy: Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer, $8.69 at target.com
Best Sunscreen: Neutrogena Beach Defense Spray
What it is: Neutrogena is synonymous with sun care innovation, and this is the brand’s most powerful product yet: oil-free, transparent, broad-spectrum SPF 70 in an instantly absorbing spray.
Why we love it: “Eight days on a beach in Mexico and my skin was totally protected, thanks to this incredible sunscreen spray. It’s not greasy, dries instantly and lives up to its high SPF number.” —Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester, beauty and style channel editor
To buy: Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 70, $10.99 at walgreens.com
Best Eye Cream: Yes to Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting
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What it is: In this remarkably gentle cream, licorice root, lycopene, fruit acids and Vitamin C help fade dark circles and age spots around your eyes.
Why we love it: “This drugstore pick feels as silky and hydrating as those tiny tubs of $100 cream from the derm! And I love the smell.” —Dina El Nabli, health and lifestyle director
To buy: Yes to Grapefruit Dark Circle Correcting Eye Cream, $15.99 at target.com
Best Body Wash: Dial Skin Therapy with Himalayan Pink Salt
What it is: Pink salt harvested in the Himalayas contains more than 84 minerals and elements, and it’s the secret ingredient in Dial’s incredibly nourishing, but clean-rinsing, new body wash. The innovative formula smells great, too, thanks to a delicate water lily scent.
Why we love it: “This is the most skin-softening, transformative body wash experience I've had in a really long time. For those who aren't into heavy perfumes but who have dry skin, it delivers a clean shower experience with long-lasting hydration.” —Kristin Booker, blogger, Fashion. Style. Beauty.
To buy: Dial Skin Therapy Replenishing Body Wash with Himalayan Pink Salt and Water Lily, $3.79 at target.com
Best Acne Fighter: Biore Acne Clearing Scrub
What it is: This oil-free scrub lifts away impurities and targets problem skin with salicylic acid—the top ingredient for treating current blemishes and preventing new ones.
Why we love it: “Like little soldiers for my skin, I can feel the microbeads in this scrub (complete with just enough salicylic acid to fight acne without overdrying) continuing to work after I wash.” —Kristin Granero, contributing writer
To buy: Biore Acne Clearing Scrub, $7.99 at ulta.com
Best Pigment Corrector: Olay Pro-X Spot Fading Treatment
What it is: Clinical studies have placed niacinamide (Vitamin B3) at the top of the anti-aging pantheon, and it’s the kickstarting ingredient in Olay’s new treatment targeting spots and sun damage.
Why we love it: “Reversing sun damage outside of the derm’s office is a tall order, but this concentrated spot-fighter really works—no prescription necessary.” —Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester, beauty and style channel editor
To buy: Olay Pro-X Spot Fading Treatment, $26.73 at amazon.com
Best Body Moisturizer: Vaseline Spray & Go
What it is: A 360-degree continuous spray means it takes seconds to moisturize your entire body. Just mist on and smooth with hands.
Why we love it: “A quick mist of this genius stuff and I'm moisturized top to bottom. Best of all, it dries instantly, so I don't have to stand around waiting to get dressed in the morning.” —Amanda Hawkins, associate lifestyle editor
To buy: Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturizer, $5.94 at target.com
Best Eye Makeup Remover: Maybelline Clean Express! Classic
What it is: Shake the bottle to emulsify this unique water-based gel remover, then use a cotton ball to sweep away all traces of liner, shadow and mascara.
Why we love it: “Some eye makeup removers are so greasy, you feel like you need another remover to get rid of the residue. This one is soothing and hydrating without an overly oily film, and you don’t need to rub to get everything off.” —Katie Alberts, contributing writer, iVillage
To buy: Maybelline Clean Express! Classic Eye Makeup Remover, $4.79 at drugstore.com
Best Exfoliator: Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Exfoliating Cleanser
What it is: A cleanser-scrub hybrid that uses soft microbeads to polish skin without upsetting its delicate oil balance.
Why we love it: “Exfoliation is easy to get wrong. Too much and you strip away moisture, too little and there’s no point. This one has just the right balance, leaving my dry skin polished but not parched.” —Katherine Kluznik Rentmeester, beauty and style channel editor
To buy: Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser, $20 at elizabetharden.com
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