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The 15 Best Skin Care Products We Used in 2022

These must-haves were part of our routines all year long.
November 23, 2022


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. In order to maintain a beautiful glow, a consistent skin care routine is key. 

From facial cleansers and eye serums to face masks and targeted moisturizers, there are certain skin products you should keep your arsenal 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 all throughout 2022. They’re worth adding to your cart — and your skin care routine.

1. Night Cream

Your skin repairs itself as it sleeps, so nighttime is a great time to use the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Skin Care Cell Renewal Midnight Cream, Antioxidants. The cream has a wrapping texture that creates the optimal environment for skin barrier repair, and it’s also lightweight and non-greasy so you won’t have to worry about any uncomfortable heaviness or oiliness as you sleep. In addition to a repaired skin barrier, expect to see improved radiance, and hydration that lasts up to 24 hours due to its patented blend of antioxidants and vitamin E. 

2. Collagen Cream

The L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Collagen Expert Night Moisturizer for Face, 2.5 oz features collagen peptides and niacinamide to help lock in moisture, firm and retighten skin. Your skin will look smoother and plumper over time, especially when paired with the day version of the cream, the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Collagen Expert Day Moisturizer with SPF 30, 2.5 oz.

3. Eye Serum

Dark circles and puffy under eyes can be hard to deal with, but a serum is a great choice for an eye treatment. The L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid + 1% Caffeine Eye Serum includes hyaluronic acid to moisturize your under eyes and caffeine tore-energize skin. That combination will lead to a depuffed and visibly brightened eye area, and fine lines and crow's feet will also be smoother.

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4. 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. Try the L’Oréal Paris Wrinkle Expert 35+ Moisturizer, L’Oréal Paris Wrinkle Expert  45+ Moisturizer, or L’Oréal Paris Wrinkle Expert 55+ Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment which help to improve smoothness, firmness, dryness and visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. 

5. Exfoliating Toner

No matter what type of skin you have — whether it’s oily, dry, sensitive, combination, or calm — 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 gently 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. 

6. 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 all skin — newly revealed or otherwise — needs protection from UV rays. 

7. 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. 

8. 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 glycolic acid, 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.

9. Water-Based Moisturizer

Water-based creams are great for all skin types, especially oily, combination, and sensitive skin. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Micro Hyaluronic acid + Ceramides line-plumping water cream is formulated with micro hyaluronic acid and ceramides to re-plump and hydrate skin, and it’s great for times when you want lightweight face moisturizer.

10. Pressed Retinol Cream

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 needs. Mature skin requires some extra TLC, as aging  decreases in moisture, which can lead to dryness and wrinkles. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Pressed Night Moisturizer with Retinol + Niacinamide features retinol — one of the top wrinkle-fighting ingredients — and niacinamide for brightening, and it also helps to firm, tighten and brighten your complexion.

11. 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. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Skin Care Cell Renewal Anti-Aging Midnight Serum is one of those serums, and it 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.
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12. Moisturizer With SPF

Spending time in the sun without wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen can lead to damage, 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 all year. 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.

13. Self-Tanning Drops

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

14. Dark Circle Banisher

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.

15. 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 a beloved hybrid product. 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.

Next: 9 Tips To Get Glowing Skin This Year

Edited by: Témi Adebowale, Written by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Design: Sarah Duvivier

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