Best Skin Care Products 2021

skin care concerns The 13 Best Skin Care Products We’ve Used in 2021

If you want the best results, use the best.

There are some items every woman needs in her life: the perfect pair of jeans, a little black dress, red lipstick that flatters her skin tone — and the best skin care products suited to her specific concerns, of course. In order to maintain a beautiful-looking glow a consistent skin care routine is key. From facial cleanser and eye serum to face masks and targeted moisturizers, there are certain skin products you should keep your bathroom stocked with all the time. The best part is that they don’t have to bust your budget — there’s a drugstore must-have with your name on it. Consult this list to find those top skin care products we used in 2021 and are taking with us into 2022. Trust us, they’re worth adding to your cart — and your skin care routine!

1. Eye Serum

Whether you want to treat puffy under-eye bags, brighten dark circles, or simply get ahead of signs of aging around your eye area, make eye serum your new BFF. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives with 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid, 1% Caffeine Eye Serum comes equipped with a triple roller applicator to help massage the serum into your skin. The result will be firmer, smoother skin that’s noticeably brighter.

2. Wrinkle Fighting Cream

Reaching for an anti-aging moisturizer doesn’t have to wait until you have mature skin. Wrinkles might be in your future and that’s okay, but if you’ve decided that you don’t want to cozy up to them, you have options. Take your pick from the L’Oréal Paris Wrinkle Expert collection. These daily anti-wrinkle creams contain Retino-Peptides to help improve smoothness, firmness, dryness and visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

3. Brightening Peel Pads

If you’re not familiar with peel pads, it’s time to put them on your radar. This skin care must-have is beloved by beauty industry pros — and for a good reason. Peel pads help to exfoliate away dead skin cells that can make your complexion look dull — and no one wants that. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads, which are formulated with glycolic acid, an AHA that’s known for its exfoliating abilities, making it one of our favorite skin products. Just make sure to pair your new skin care essential with broad-spectrum sunscreen, as newly revealed skin may be sensitive to sunlight.

4. Exfoliating Toner

No matter what type of skin you have, whether it’s oily, dry, sensitive, combination, or normal, exfoliating can go a long way in keeping dullness at bay and clearing away buildup that can cause breakouts. While toner is commonly mistaken for astringent, these products often have different ingredients and can do different things. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 5% Glycolic Acid Peeling Toner smooths skin texture and reveals glowing skin by removing dead skin cells from the surface of your complexion. The alcohol-free formula also works to reduce the appearance of dark spots over time, making it an exfoliating toner worth a permanent spot on your skin care shelf. 

5. Daily Exfoliating Cleanser

Another way to give your skin a daily deep cleanse is with an exfoliating cleanser — one that’s gentle enough to use every day. That’s where the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 3.5% Glycolic Acid Cleanser comes in. This cleansing gel should be the first step in your morning and nighttime skin care routine. Formulated with the AHA glycolic acid and the BHA salicylic acid, it minimizes the appearance of pores, removes impurities from the skin and preps it for serum application. 

6. Chemical Exfoliator

Since we’re on the topic of exfoliators, this might be the time to muse about the different exfoliants that improved our complexions these past 365 days. One of our favorites — the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum — is a daily serum blended with aloe extract and glycerin. It evens skin tone, reduces dark spots and reveals younger-looking skin by dissolving dead skin cells stuck together and sitting on the surface of the face. Use it as part of your nighttime routine and be sure to follow up with SPF in the morning.

7. Mechanical Exfoliator

While exfoliation is key for having a smooth, soft, and bright complexion, finding the right mechanical exfoliator, like a face scrub that won’t be too harsh on your delicate skin, can be a struggle. This is why the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Resurface & Energize Kona Coffee Scrub had to make it onto this list of our best facial products for 2021, as sugar scrubs provide gentle yet effective exfoliation. This face scrub is made with a blend of three pure sugars and can also be used to smooth your lips, and you know we love a good multi-tasker!

8. Pressed Retinol Cream

Getting older is a fact of life, and aging skin goes hand-in-hand with that. While there are plenty of preventative measures you can take, when you have mature skin, it’s essential to use a moisturizer that suits your skin. Mature skin requires some extra TLC as your skin decreases in moisture, which can lead to dry skin and wrinkles. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Pressed Night Moisturizer with Retinol + Niacinamide is one of our favorites of 2021. With derm-recommended retinol — one of the top wrinkle-fighting ingredients — and niacinamide for brightening, it helps to reduce wrinkles, firm, tighten and brighten your complexion.

9. Overnight Serum

To seriously upgrade your skin care routine, you must incorporate a face serum. Typically, face serums are highly concentrated formulas that target specific complexion concerns, such as dark spots and wrinkles. One we’re taking with us into 2022? The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Skin Care Cell Renewal Anti-Aging Midnight Serum! This hydrating serum helps boost skin’s renewal overnight using a patented antioxidant complex that reinforces the skin’s barrier while you rest. Free of mineral oil and parabens and suitable for all skin types, it helps smooth wrinkles and deliver softer, more radiant skin.

10. Moisturizer With SPF

While it might feel amazing to relax at the beach, we know that all that time in the sun can do a number on your skin. Spending time in the sun without wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen can lead to damage later on, which can show up on your skin by way of wrinkles and dark spots. That’s why it’s important to wear sunscreen daily — and no, not just on sunny days. We’re all about doubling up on skin care benefits, which is why the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30 made a lasting impression on us in 2020 and 2021. Formulated with Pro-Retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and broad-spectrum SPF 30, the moisturizer firms, brightens, and reduces wrinkles while protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

11. Self-Tanning Drops

We mentioned above that sun damage could really take a toll on your skin, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up having a bronze glow. Grab self-tanner for a faux tan that’s easy to apply and looks natural. Give the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Facial Drops, Fragrance-Free, our go-to for 2021, a try. These gradual self-tanning drops will give your skin a long-lasting natural glow with an even finish. Just mix five to seven drops into your night moisturizer and massage them into your face, get some shut-eye, and wake up to a glowing visage.

12. Dark Circle Banisher

One of our favorite products we’ve used in 2021 is a multi-tasking skin care-makeup hybrid that plays serious defense against dark under-eye circles. The L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer, 0.5% hyaluronic acid has been our obsession this past year for its buildable coverage and lightweight feel. The eye cream-concealer combo not only hydrates the eye area immediately, but it helps to improve the look of the under-eye skin over time just like a hydrating eye cream.

13. Tinted Serum

As tinted serums, also referred to as skin tints, have grown in popularity over the past year, the L’Oréal Paris Hyaluronic Tinted Serum has easily become one of our most beloved hybrid products. A hyaluronic serum and a base makeup product all at once, it goes on as seamlessly as a facial serum but offers coverage to hide imperfections. If you want the appearance of a bright, smooth complexion in 2022, this should always have a place on your vanity.

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Written by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Design: Sarah Duvivier