Here at Well+Good, we have the privilege of testing out hundreds of beauty products and speaking to some of the best and brightest in the industry to figure out which products are worth your money. From the anti-aging serums that actually work to the moisturizers that feel oh-so-good, we're always here to share the items we're loving.
What's really fun to see is which of these products you, our lovely readers, are also super into. Below, we've rounded up the products that you all could not stop adding to your carts in 2021. If you missed these buys—or are ready to re-up—keep scrolling to shop the best (and most beloved) beauty products of the year.
This wrinkle-smoothing serum uses hyaluronic acid to instantly plump skin, and hexapeptide and squalane provide long-term skin-smoothing benefits. “Immediately after application users will see visible improvement in motion-induced wrinkles, smoother texture on the applied areas, and smoother facial expression lines wherever the product is applied,” says Kristen Robinson, Murad’s senior director of new product development.
This eye tightening serum contains three proprietary ingredients that help immediately lift, firm, and tighten skin; calm under-eye puffiness; and visibly diminishes the look of bags. It went viral over the summer after TikTok user Trinidad1967 posted a jaw-dropping video showing the product at work.
“The eyelids are one of the first areas to show early aging as this skin is thin in comparison to other areas of the face,” says Smita Ramanadham, MD, a double board-certified plastic surgeon. “This stick contains encapsulated retinol and is a great way to address fine lines and dark circles without the dryness and irritation that a traditional retinol is associated with.”
This lotion spray, which is really more of a body oil, is a favorite of Deirdre Hooper, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in Louisiana. “When I’m feeling too lazy to get out of the shower and put on lotion in winter,” she says, “I’ll turn off the shower and apply Theraplex ClearLotion and then pat dry after.”
“Retinol body cream can help improve the evenness of the skin’s texture and soften the skin while also reducing the appearance of fine lines,” says David Petrillo, a cosmetic chemist and founder of Perfect Image, a beauty and skin-care company. This treatment contains 0.1 percent concentration of retinol, plus hydrating emollients and natural oils so you can use it without worrying about irritation.
Dr. Hopper has also been using iterations of this eye cream for 15 years and says she’s never tried one that’s better. “I truly, with all of my heart, love the Neocutis Lumière eye cream,” she says. “I think I’ve tried every eye cream that might exist over the years, and I’ve never applied one and thought it felt better.”
This tinted brow serum is hands-down the best one on the market. It comes in 10 shades—including gray. Plus, it contains good-for-your-hair ingredients like castor oil, vitamin B5, and biotinyl tripeptide to moisturize, nourish, and revive brows. It also contains biodegradable plant-based microfibers to create volume.
This $55 blow dryer will leave you looking like you got a $200 blowout. It’s great for smoothing out straight, wavy, and curly hair textures while adding volume and shine. Plus, it cuts down your routine, allowing you to dry and style at the same time.
If you’ve ever wondered if La Mer is really worth the hype, the answer is yes. If you’re looking to treat yourself to something really special, this is what you should get. It’s incredibly thick and creamy and will leave your skin feeling nourished and cared for.
“I’ve used many, many, many vitamin Cs and I’ve never seen anything that helped my skin look healthy and at the same time, improve my pigment as much as Revision C+ Correcting C,” says Dr. Hooper. It mixes vitamin C and a peptide complex to help inhibit pigment production while leaving the skin with a radiant glow.
This is the oil that Miranda Kerr swears by for helping here to seemingly age in reverse. “I’ve actually been using Noni Glow Face Oil since I was about 26 and feel like it was—and still is—a huge game-changer for me,” she says. “It smooths, nourishes, brightens, and helps even skin tone and texture. It’s my holy grail oil that I use religiously morning and night. I cannot go without it!”
Derms never stop singing the praises of this sunscreen. It feels silky smooth and moisturizing when you rub it on your skin. It provides broad-spectrum SPF 50 protection with zinc oxide without leaving behind a white cast, making it perfect for skin of color.
Because our skin naturally gets dryer as we age, it can be hard to find a concealer that applies to mature skin without creasing. This concealer from Pat McGrath is supremely creamy yet lightweight. Plus, it includes a vita-serum complex to moisturize and help fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
“This neck cream is one of my favorites,” says Ramanadham. “Similar to the undereye, the neck typically shows early signs of aging because the skin is typically thinner than the remainder of the face. Few creams address this area specifically, so this is a winner all around. It contains ceramides that improve the skin barrier, hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin, and collagen to improve the skin’s texture, elasticity, and firmness.”
This much-loved moisturizer has garnered over 1,000 five-star reviews—and for good reason. It contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump skin, Japanese Purple Rice to promote healing and protect against redness and irritation, and botanical extracts to deliver dewiness.
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