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The 9 Skin Care Products That Changed Our Skin For The Better

From a matcha cleanser to a cult-favorite serum.

by NYLON Editors
A pink skincare serum bottle on a reflective surface with scattered liquid droplets around it.

Let’s face it: Skin care products are having a main character moment. Every day, a new brand seems to pop up on our radars or a new buzzy moisturizer suddenly goes viral on TikTok. Of course, it’s fun experimenting with all the latest textures, ingredients, and treatments — but deciding which serums, creams, and cleansers are worth buying can be overwhelming. Trying to figure out which formulas do everything they claim to do can also give a person trust issues. (We may or may not be speaking from experience.)

To cut out the guesswork, allow NYLON editors, along with our panel of guest judges, to share their tried-and-true selections for every step of your skin care routine. All are incredibly effective and gentle on all skin types, even sensitive- and acne-prone skin.

Whether you’re just getting into the wild world of skin care or looking to step up your current #shelfie rotation, you’re sure to find a new fave ahead from NYLON-approved brands, like Laneige, The Ordinary, and Glow Recipe. Happy slathering!

The Do-It-All Cleanser

The Soothing Toner

The All-Star Serum

Active Serum
iS Clinical

This versatile serum has earned Holy Grail status in guest judge and beauty expert Sarah Feingold’s skin-care routine. Its fast-absorbing formula packs in humectants, exfoliating acids, and antioxidants to simultaneously moisturize, firm, brighten, banish blemishes, and diminish dark spots. “I’ve noticed a huge difference in the clarity of my complexion,” Feingold raves.

The Plumping Moisturizer

The On-The-Go SPF

With Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Dew Balm, you’ll finally look forward to applying (and reapplying) SPF. This transparent chemical sunscreen doesn’t create a thick, uncomfortable layer on your face — just a hydrated glow. Guest judge and beauty creator Golloria calls it the “perfect no-white-cast sunscreen stick.”

The Tinted SPF

The Sleeper Hit

The Hug For Your Skin

The Gentle Exfoliator