Navigating the world of skincare is so daunting. There are a seemingly endless amounts of product offerings—all natural vs. not, anti-aging vs. plumping, essence vs. toner—it can all be a tad bit overwhelming. Do you need hyaluronic acid? Vitamin C? Stem cells? And then comes the age-old question after you finally make a selection, “Is it going to work?” We’ve been there. Now we’re here to help cut through some of the noise with the Top 10 skincare products that are actually worth the splurge. With tons of high ratings, stellar reviews, and editor and blogger endorsements, the 10 picks on this list may be pricey, but they work. From brands like La Mer, Drunk Elephant, and Sunday Riley, we’ve included everything from moisturizers and serums to exfoliators and at-home facials. Each product is packed with game-changing ingredients that are gentle enough for any skin type. So if radiant, youthful skin is your end goal, we’ve got you covered. We would say there’s no harm in at least trying one of the products below, but let’s be honest, if you try it you’re going to be hooked. Opening image: @LaMer
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January 11, 2019
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Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial
USERS SAID: "Believe the hype. It’s incredible and the results are truly immediate. My acne scars are clearing, my texture is gone. It might be expensive, but it’s cheaper than bogus Botox and laser treatments."
ABOUT THE BRAND: Drunk Elephant has gotten so much blogger buzz due to their focus on safety and efficacy, which means nothing goes into their products that doesn't directly benefit your skin and work for all skin types.
Tracie Martyn Firming Serum
BEST FOR: Formulated with all natural ingredients, this anti-aging serum is perfect for sensitive skin.
HOW IT WORKS: Detoxifying, moisturizing, and boosting collagen and elastin production are all key to this serum's ability to prevent signs of aging and brighten dull skin.
Sk-II Facial Treatment Essence
LOVED FOR: It's literally vitamins for your face!
HELPFUL TIP: This product helps ensure that your face is prepped and ready to absorb your serums and moisturizers. To use, press evenly into your face and neck and then layer over with serum, next moisturizer and lastly, sunscreen!
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Peel
LOVED FOR: Less expensive than spa facials or chemical peels with faster results and no lingering redness or irritation
BEST FOR: Shrinking pores and evening skin texture
Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
BEST FOR: Plumping up your complexion
HELPFUL TIP: In need of a good daily sunscreen? Try the Marine Cream + 30 SPF.
neuLASH by Skin Research Laboratories Lash Enhancing Serum
BEST FOR: Opting out of the lash extension craze and into longer, healthier lashes
LOVED FOR: The results! The before and after pictures are major.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
BEST FOR: This serum works wonders on just about any skin concern from rosacea to under eye circles and even cystic acne.
FROM THE EXPERTS: Research shows that 99% of women see an instant improvement in brightness and fine lines and after 4 weeks, women feel their skin looks overall more youthful.
Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
BEST FOR: Prepping for an event—it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 3 minutes!
LOVED FOR: A serious exfoliate that's still gentle on skin
Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum
BEST FOR: A product you don't really need but you need
LOVED FOR: Packed with antioxidants, phytoceramides, phytonutrients and fatty acids, this completely natural serum is a must-have for your skin.
La Mer Crème de la Mer Moisturizing Cream
LOVED FOR: We've told you once, we'll tell you again—this stuff is literally made from "miracle broth," i.e. La Mer's secret ingredient/potion/elixir that does some serious work in the moisture department. Need we say more?
AS SEEN ON: Ever wonder how celebrities like Kate Hudson seem to have defied aging and maintained a gorgeous glow? This plays a big role.
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