Take Care of Your Skin With the Best Skincare Products

September 13, 2022

Anyone who has looked at your local drugstore or beauty product supply chain will tell you that finding the best skin care products can be tough. That’s why the scientists at our Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab are always testing the latest and greatest innovations in skincare, from drugstore picks to luxury beauty brands and everything in between, to find The best, proven product in the world.

In the lab, our scientists use equipment to assess skin’s moisture levels, firmness, and the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots and pores, including before and after a certain formula. They also distribute the product to consumer testers who, after a period of time, rate the product’s ease of use and the look and feel of the skin. These data points are then aggregated to determine the best skin care products you can buy, from facial cleansers to moisturizers, serums, eye creams, sunscreens, and more.

No matter your age or your skin type – from oily to acne-prone, dry to sensitive – these are the #1 products to add to your skincare routine right now.

1.

BEST VALUE FACE CLEANSER
CETAPHIL

Daily Facial Cleanser

Cetaphil’s dermatologist-recommended face wash has a fresh scent and mild lather, and in GH Beauty Lab’s face wash test, it was the winner when it came to thoroughly cleansing the skin while keeping it soft. Several testers have commented that it’s gentle enough for sensitive skin, but great for all skin types, including oily skin. Testers ranked it the highest of all cleansers tested, and 86% said they would continue to use it. Plus, it rinses off easily and leaves the skin feeling hydrated.

2.

BEST FACE MOISTURIZER FOR SENSITIVE SKIN
AVEENO

Calm + Restore Oat Gel Facial Moisturizer

Aveeno’s GH Beauty Award-winning formula blends a water-based gel texture with nourishing, anti-inflammatory oat gum to instantly cool dehydrated skin. This lightweight moisturizer melts into the skin “non-greasy and non-sticky, cooling and calming areas of dry, irritated skin on contact.

3.

BEST FACE MOISTURIZER WITH SUNSCREEN
OLAY

Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream Face Moisturizer with SPF 30

For a high level of sun protection and hydration in a bottle, look no further than Olay’s GH Beauty Award Moisturizer, which adds Broad Spectrum SPF 30. Measured in the lab with a Corneometer device, this GH Seal star improved skin moisture levels by 31%, more than any other SPF 30 star we’ve tested before. “It hydrated my skin and left me feeling smooth and healthy,” noted one tester.

4.

BEST ANTI-AGING DAY CREAM
ROC

Multi Correxion 5-in-1 Anti-Aging Daily Face Moisturizer with SPF 30

In the GH Beauty Lab’s anti-aging day cream test, Roc’s formula is light and gentle, a heavyweight for smoothing lines and skin texture. Digital imaging showed that the cream improved skin texture by 11% in four weeks; it also rated highly for wrinkle reduction and firming.

5.

BEST DARK SPOT TREATMENT
L’OREĢAL PARIS

RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Moisturizer with SPF 30

The tested star (and best value!) of GH Beauty Lab’s anti-aging day cream, L’Oréal Paris ranks #1 in lab and tester evaluations for UV spot reduction, evening complexion, moisture and absorption for a fast silky finish . The Vitamin C and Glycolic Acid Cream scored highest in reducing dark spots, with an 11% reduction in four weeks and improved skin hydration by 28%. “It reduced my wrinkles and made my skin brighter and more radiant,” one person raved about. “My skin stays hydrated throughout the day,” says another.

6.

BEST VALUE EYE CREAM
GARNIER

SkinActive Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

The lowest-priced winner of the GH Beauty Labs Anti-Aging Eye Treatment Test, Garnier’s creams effectively firm and hydrate the eye area. It contains shea butter and caffeine to improve skin firmness by 32% and hydration by 31%. “It seems to really reduce my dark circles, so I use less concealer!” one tester raved. “It’s also a great moisturizer and seems to brighten the complexion.”

 

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