The best beauty products from the 2020 Beauty Crush Awards – Yahoo Lifestyle

Posted: February 29, 2020 at 8:44 am

If youve ever felt overwhelmed by the thousands of beauty products on the market, we hear you. Thats why we spent hundreds of hours doing the leg work and finding the best ones for you! We read through scientific studies to understand how ingredients work, did market research to find the best and newest products on the market, and asked our most-trusted experts what products they live and swear by. We take beauty seriously, because we understand the importance a product can play in our lives.

Because sometimes a $5 cheap thrill is as good (or *gasp* better) than its pricey counterpart, we decided to throw in a drugstore and luxe pick for almost every item, and we interviewed experts to get their picks, too. Each product deserves a place on this list for its unique features, and we cant wait to share them with you. Youll also find standout stars that were so great that we had to feature themeven though they didnt fit into any one product category.

The HelloGiggles team poured our hearts, souls, and most importantly, brainpower into this project and we found the best of the best. We stand behind each and every one of these products so that you can find the ones that speak to you. Consider the Beauty Crush Awards your shopping list for the yearmade by your best friends for the people they love.

Put your best face forward with these top-of-the class moisturizers, serums, face masks, and more. We tested hundreds of skincare products to find the crme de la crme. And, because we know skin can mean a hell of a lot of things to a lot of different people, we made sure that every winner blessed the face of women and men with different skin concerns, textures, and tones.

Best Drugstore Cleanser: Honest Beauty Gel-to-Milk Cleanser, $12.99 (orig. $14.99), amazon.com

This cleanser is a godsend for those with sensitive skin because of both the affordable price and the rosewater-infused formula. (Studies show that rose extract has anti-inflammatory benefits, which tackles irritation, making it perfect for those with skin prone to irritation.) The product starts as a gel-like formula and, upon contact with water, turns into a milky liquid that gently and effectively cleanses skin.

Best Luxury Cleanser: SkinCeuticals Glycolic Renewal Cleanser Gel, $38, dermstore.com

If your skin is looking dull or is congested, consider using an exfoliating cleanser two to three times a week to decongest and reveal bright, glowy skin. This cleanser uses glycolic acid, a chemical exfoliant that helps turn over dead skin cells to treat concerns such as uneven skin tone, rough skin, and fine lines.

Best Expert-Recommended Cleanser: Differin Daily Refreshing Cleanser, $8.49, amazon.com

I am a big fan of Differin Gel .1% adapalene, [and] I love this new addition to the line, says Dendy Engelman, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist. When cleansing, you dont want to strip the skin of natural oils. This can cause your skin to go into oil production overdrive. This cleanser uses vitamin B and glycerin to gently cleanse; vitamin B to calm the skin and provide relief to inflammation and redness, and glycerin to prevent water loss so the skins natural oils can nourish and repair.

Best Drugstore Makeup Remover: Almay Micellar Biodegradable Makeup Wipes, $4.99 (orig. $5.99), amazon.com

By now we all know and love micellar water for how effectively it removes makeup and cleanses skin in just one step. For those who need a refresh, micelles work like tiny magnets to attract impurities off the skin. We love these makeup wipes because they allow us to easily remove our makeup (even the stubborn waterproof kind) at the end of the day without irritating even the most sensitive of skin. This product won five extra points during our testing period for its biodegradable material, which is made up of plant fibers and wood pulp, and it will completely compost in just three months.

Best Luxury Makeup Remover: First Aid Beauty Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover, $18, ulta.com

Eye makeup can be a fickle foe when it comes to taking it off at the end of the night. Too often leftover mascara clings to our lashes, eyeshadow lingers in the creases of our lids, and eyeliner finds its way to our inner eye areano thank you. This oil-free formula works to remove even waterproof makeup without leaving a trace or any greasy residue. To use, apply some liquid onto a cotton ball, place over the eye area for five seconds, then gently pull down and away. Bonus pointit uses soothing chamomile and is fragrance-free, so its suitable for sensitive skin, too.

Best Expert-Recommended Makeup Remover: Simple Water Boost Micellar Make-up Remover Eye Pads, $8.49, cvs.com

This budget-friendly product uses micellar technologies to remove even the most longwear makeup without irritating skin. Anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I go all out with both eyeshadow and mascara every day, so when it comes to taking it off, I need something thats going to really workand requires the least amount of elbow grease on my part, says Lisa DeSantis, Deputy Beauty Director of Real Simple and Health magazines. These rounds are saturated with just enough of the hardworking micellar formula to remove even the most stubborn eye makeup.

Best Drugstore Toner: Burts Bees Micellar Toning Water With Rose Water, $8.99, target.com

If youre looking for a wallet-friendly toner that wont sting your skin (no skincare product ever should) or dry you out, this product is for you. This alcohol-free formula uses calming rose petal extract, hydrating glycerin, and tone-balancing lactic acid.

Best Luxury Toner: belif Aqua BombHydrating Toner, $28, sephora.com

Imagine a facial toner that feels like a cup of water for your skinthats this one. It combines hydrating ingredients like glycerin with soothing ones like oat extract and calendula for a pleasant experience thats both effective in removing makeup and debris and gentle on the skin.

Best Expert-Recommended Toner: Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydrating Toner Mist, $28, dermstore.com

This product uses hyaluronic acid to hydrate and instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, says Deanne Robinson, M.D., a dermatologist based in Connecticut.

Best Drugstore Serum: Honest Beauty Vitamin C Radiance Serum, $27.99, amazon.com

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, which come from the sun, pollution, stress, and smokingfactors that can ultimately damage the cells DNAand gives your skin a radiant boost. Regularly using a vitamin C skincare product can boost collagen production and reverse cell damage, which in turn helps skin look firmer and looking younger, and even helps fade and prevent brown spots or pigmentation.

Best Luxury Serum: La Mer Regenerating Serum, $365, sephora.com

Environmental factors such as pollution, free radicals, and harmful UV rays can take a real toll on your skin, making it show signs of aging sooner. This super-charged serum uses antioxidants, seaweed extract, and a new proprietary blend that helps boost the skins natural collagen to reduce the appearance of fine lines, pores, and redness. One HG tester says that after using it for a few weeks, shed never seen her skin look healthier: I feel like I can see a whole new layer of skin on my face.

Best Expert-Recommended Serum: La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum, $29.99, dermstore.com

Kavita Mariwalla, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist based in West Islip, NY, adores this budget-friendly pick: I love this product for a few reasons: 1) Price point. For the quality of ingredients in it, it is priced really well. 2) B5 is a great ingredient for all skin types and madecassoside is a hero ingredient that acts as an antioxidant but also skin soother. Combine that with its hyaluronic acid and youve got a serum that has great workhouse ingredients in it.

Best Drugstore Moisturizer: Olay Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer SPF 40, $38.99, ulta.com

To protect your skin from the sun, opt for a face moisturizer with SPF to streamline your routine. Testers loved that this Olay pick looked smooth on skin and acted as the perfect primer for makeup.

Best Luxury Moisturizer: Drunk Elephant Lala RetroWhipped Cream Moisturizer, $60, sephora.com

Testers liked that this cream instantly melted into their skin and made it feel healthy, hydrated, and glowy. It uses a mix of oils, ceramides, and antioxidants, which together provide moisture and help skin retain that moisture. Its also formulated at an ideal pH level of 5.2, so it wont throw your skin off. Oh, and did we mention it has a fun pump? The pump dispenses the perfect-sized amount of moisturizer onto your skin without any of the mess.

Best Expert-Recommended Moisturizer: Cetaphil Ultra Healing Lotion with Ceramides, $19.97, amazon.com

Although this moisturizing lotion is technically formulated for the body, Tiffany Libby, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist in Rhode Island, recommends it for the face as well. I use this on my body and face when I need to double down on my moisture, especially in the winter months, and I love that it is formulated with ceramides to help enhance my skin barrier and keep my skin smooth and hydrated, she says.

Best Drugstore Face Oil: e.l.f. All The Feels Facial Oil, $11.99, target.com

Squalane, hemp seed oil, and rosehip seed oil make this lightweight facial oil the perfect last step in your skincare routine. Simply apply a few drops onto your skin after your moisturizer, then pat it in to encourage absorption and help lock in your skincare.

Best Luxury Face Oil: Snow Fox Herbal Youth Oil, $40, saksfifthavenue.com

This silky-feeling serum combines hydrating and anti-aging properties into one product. It uses blueberry seed oil, which studies show contains high levels of antioxidant properties that protect skin from free radicals, and an exotic herb called Brazilian Paracressextract, which is a muscle relaxant that helps relieve micro-tension. HG testers raved that it gave their skin a healthy glow, one of them even saying it made her skin look like there was a ring light shining on her face at all times. Natural-looking radiance with no filterwere here for it.

Best Expert-Recommended Face Oil: Mary Kay Naturally Nourishing Oil, $48, marykay.com

[This blend] uses a delicious combination of almond, olive, and sesame oils which leave your skin super hydrated, says Ursula Carranza, Beauty and Fashion Director of People en Espaol. You can even use it on your cuticles and on the ends of your hair!

Best Drugstore Eye Cream: Inkey List Caffeine, $9.99, sephora.com

Consider this concentrate a cup of coffee for your under-eye area. Studies show that when applied topically, caffeine can temporarily plump the skin, so a jolt of java-infused product to your weary eyes will make you look instantly more awake.

Best Luxury Eye Cream: Cl de Peau Enhancing Eye Contour Cream Supreme, $270, nordstrom.com

It takes six years to extract the iris extract in this luxe cream (three to cultivate and three to dry), the key result being plumper, firmer, revived skin. Using the cold steel applicator is kind of like jade rolling, and I visibly notice it de-puffing my eyes, mentioned one HG tester, adding that the difference between eyes after applying on just one side was very drastic.

Best Expert-Recommended Eye Cream: Care Skincare Eye + Lip Nourishing Cream, $30, careskincare.com

Formulated to treat and repair the delicate area around the eyes and around the lips, this dense cream with a light diffusing finish softens the look of fine lines and dark circles, says Dr. Robinson. It absorbs quickly and wont drift into eyes or interfere with makeup.

Best Drugstore Exfoliator: Yes To Grapefruit AHA + BHA Exfoliating Tonic, $14.99, amazon.com

AHAs and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are known chemical exfoliants that help remove dead skin cells and excess sebum inside the pores. This product is packed with 10% AHA and BHA, making it a powerful exfoliator that more sensitive skin types should probably avoid. However, if your skin can tolerate it, using it two to three times a week will help you achieve a more even skin texture and a newfound radiance.

Best Luxury Exfoliator: Pestle & Mortar Exfoliate Glycolic Acid Toner, $38, neimanmarcus.com

Brighten, tone, and reveal a more radiant face with the help of this glycolic-based exfoliator that will gently slough away dead skin cells. This non-irritating, vegan, and fragrance-free formula is suitable for all skin types.

Best Expert-Recommended Exfoliator: SkinBetter AlphaRet Peel Pads, $95, skinbetter.com

This new peel is an exfoliation powerhouse. Using lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acids, it exfoliates using AHAs and BHAs, targeting discoloration and age spots, boosting collagen and elastin production, and penetrating deep into the cell to dissolve dead skin buildup, explains Dr. Engelman. It contains a patented retinoid, AlphaRet and it also helps treat acne.

Best Drugstore Face Mask: AveenoOat Face Mask with Pomegranate Seed Extract, $8.38, amazon.com

This brightening face mask is a great option for people with dry skinit uses colloidal oatmeal to maintain the skins natural moisture barrier while treating and calming, dried skin. Studies show that pomegranate, the products key ingredient promotes skin cell turnover, which will help users achieve a more radiant appearance. The texture is rich and velvety, and youll get the best results if used two to three times a week.

Best Luxury Face Mask: Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Retinol Sleeping Mask, $49, sephora.com

Face masks dont have to be rinse-and-go. This Glow Recipe mask can be used overnight for added benefits or can work in as little as 20 minutes as a quick skin-boost if thats your preference. Its a good introduction to retinol, the gold-standard of anti-aging ingredients, since its gentle enough that even sensitive skin types can use it without irritation. One HG tester commented that her skin looked less congested the day after using it, and adding that she didnt notice any dryness sometimes associated with retinol products. Additionally, our testers were impressed by how cooling it felt on skin, how soft it felt after washing off, and how it didnt transfer onto their pillows when using overnight.

Best Expert-Recommended Face Mask: SkinBetter Refresh Detoxifying Scrub Mask, $55, skinbetter.com

The clay minerals [in this mask] absorb unwanted oil and remove toxins, while biodegradable spherical beads to lightly resurface the skin, explains Dr. Robinson of her top pick. It can even be used as a spot treatment on areas of focus!

Best Drugstore Sunscreen: La Roche-Posay Anthelios SPF 50 Mineral Sunscreen, $22.99, amazon.com

This mineral sunscreen is oil-free (so non-comedogenic), non-greasy, and easily blends into all skin shades without leaving a white cast. If youre a minimalist who prefers multi-purpose products, this SPF 50 made for face and body should be your go-to. Its TSA-approved too, so you can throw it into your carry-on next time you travel to the beach.

Best Luxury Sunscreen: Coola Mineral Sun Silk Crme SPF 30, $42, amazon.com

The silky feel this mineral sunscreen leaves on the skin will make you feel like a million bucks. And while yes, it makes you feel like you have a Chinchilla-soft face, what we love most about this sunscreen is its formulabecause science. It has UVA and UVB protection, which means that it will help protect your skin from both the suns harmful rays and also from the blue-light emitted from your smart-phone and laptop.

Best Expert-Recommended Sunscreen: Paulas Choice On-The-Go Shielding Powder SPF 30, $29, dermstore.com

Dermatologists recommend reapplying your sunscreen every two hours, but realistically, not too many of us are down for applying a lotion over our makeup throughout the day. Thats why this powder formula is so greatit comes in what looks like a makeup brush, and all you have to do is swipe it across your face to achieve your recommended SPF dose. Plus, it gets rid of excess shine, as Carranza points out.

Best Drugstore Lip Treatment: Awake BeautyMoisture Balm Daytime Lip Mask, $14, ulta.com

This hydrating lip mask smells a little like a watermelon Jelly Rancher and works like a charm thanks to its concentrated blend of vitamin E, olive, argan, rosehip, and raspberry seed oil. Testers unanimously gave it a high score for seeing noticeably healthier lips the day after using it. For best results, use overnight since it is on the thicker side.

Best Luxury Lip Treatment: Biossance Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm, $18, sephora.com

A recent poll showed that 3 percent of the US population say they are vegan, which may not seem like a lot, but that amounts to nearly 10 million people (or nearly the entire population of the state of Michigan). For those 10 million, it may be important to pick a vegan lip treatment that aligns with their dietand this is the best one. It uses plant-derived squalane, rose oil, ceramides, and algae to nourish and plump skin. Apply at night and wake up to smoother and visibly healthier lips.

Best Expert-Recommended Lip Treatment: Hourglass No 28 Tinted Lip Treatment Oil, $49, sephora.com

Treat your mouth to a luxurious anti-aging treatment that rivals even the best high-shine lip glosses on the market. It uses top-notch ingredients that work to hydrate and plump the lips, comes in four colors, and has Carranzas stamp of approval: Its the perfect lip oilits deeply hydrating without being sticky, gives your lips an amazing shine, and the gold-plated applicator is to die for!

Best Self-Tanning Face Towelettes: Haute Bronze Face Towel, $35, haute-bronze.com

For those hoping to get a sun-kissed glow without having to spend time in the sun, these bronzing face towels are a holy grail, and theyre so easy to use! Just unfold the towel, and using circular motions apply it to dry, clean skinthats it! Plus, since it is a towel, its carry-on approved.

Best Self-Tanning Face Serum: Tan-Luxe Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum, $49, sephora.com

My goal: maintaining a year-round healthy glow without the harmful sun exposure. The answer: this magic fluid, shares DeSantis. Its an anti-aging serum and tanning formula rolled into one, so it helps me cut down on my skincare steps every morning and night, and Im left with a believable bronze that scores me tons of compliments.

Best Face Roller: MDNA Skincare The Beauty Roller, $150 (orig. $200), nordstrom.com

This tool is great for de-puffing and encouraging lymphatic drainage, since the grooves and rolling action stimulates circulation and relieves tension, says Dr. Engelman. It can also help drive your serum deep into the skin which allows your products to work better for younot to mention, it feels great! Regular lymphatic drainage can help reduce puffiness and can temporarily help sculpt the face for a more lifted look.

Best Gua Sha: Wildling Empress Stone, $65, wildling.com

If youre more of a Gua Sha person, clean beauty expert and HelloGiggles columnist Jessica Yarbrough recommends this product, saying its at the top of her list. I have an extensive collection of what I like to call non-skincare skincare products, things that support my skin without technically absorbing into my skin, she explains. With this in hand, [giving myself a] mindful facial massage has become a daily morning ritual, and my skin is healthier and glowier for it.

Best Device: Finishing Touch Flawless Dermaplane Glo, $19.88, amazon.com

Dermaplaning is a treatment primarily found at a dermatologist or estheticians office, wherein a sharp blade sloughs away the peach fuzz and dead skin cells from the uppermost layer of the skin, leaving your face radiant and baby-soft. This at-home device isnt as sharp as a professionals would be, for obvious safety reasons, but its effective in removing fuzz and excessive dead skin cell buildup. It also comes with a built-in light that improves visibility and in turn, helps you get better results.

Best Tweezers: Tweezerman Rose Gold Point Tweezer, $20.32, amazon.com

Designed for precision, this pointed-tip tweezer is the answer to effectively removing stubble, pesky ingrown hairs, and super-fine facial strands.

Skincare products arent, and shouldnt, be reserved for only the face. Advancements in skincare technology have allowed for the creation of body care products that blew our minds this year. From those that protect our skin from environmental aggressors and reverse signs of aging by altering our genetic code to innovative fuss-free packaging and bath products that are vagina-friendly, here are the body products were currently crushing on.

Best Drugstore Body Wash: Dove Body Wash Mousse with Rose Oil, $5.99, target.com

Body wash, but in a mousse. This gentle body wash has a subtle rose scent that you can actually scratch-and-sniff on the bottle to test out before purchasing. A little goes a long way for head-to-toe moisture.

Best Luxury Body Wash: LOccitane Almond Shower Shake, $25, amazon.com

Because we clearly love a fun body wash, its no wonder we loved this shower shake. Studies show that when applied topically, almond oil improves skin tone and prevents UV damage, and its the key ingredient in this product. To use, shake the bottle to mix the ingredients into a milky formula and apply onto wet skin. It will leave your body feeling hydrated and soft.. Now, Alexa, play OutKasts Hey Ya!.

Best Expert-Recommended Body Wash: Olay Moisture Ribbons Plus Shea Butter + Blue Lotus Body Wash, $6.99, walgreens.com

Dr. Mariwalla recommends this moisturizing body wash for its shea butterwhich studies show is anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, and is a rich emollientperfect for sensitive skin types.

Best Drugstore Body Lotion: Curl Dry Skin Therapy Itch Defense, $10.94, amazon.com

Tackle dry, itchy skin with this fast-absorbing body lotion that almost instantly soothes and calms skin. This moisturizer, has approval from the National Psoriasis Foundation and holds a seal from the National Eczema Association, is packed with ceramides, vitamin E, and oatmeal extractand its moisturizing effects last all day.

Best Luxury Body Lotion: Augustinus Bader The Body Cream, $165, neimanmarcus.com

The advanced skincare technology in this cream makes this splurge worth the while. It uses epigenetic technology, which essentially tells the skin cells to be healthy overall and can over time alter your genetic code, and helping treat stretch marks, bumpy skin, and cellulite.

Best Expert-Recommended Body Lotion: CetaphilRestoring Lotion with Antioxidants, $19.97, amazon.com

Cetaphil took their classic lotion and supercharged it, says Dr. Engelman. This product is safe for sensitive skin and the added antioxidants and niacinamides will neutralize free radical damage and repair the skin barrier. Niacinamides have a similar effect to retinol, strengthening the skin barrier. However, unlike retinol, it fortifies from the get-go without sensitivity or irritation.

Best Drugstore Hand Cream: eos Shea Better Coconut Hand Cream, $2.98, amazon.com

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