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Best of 2021: The 39 Skincare Products That I Used and Loved the Most (From Head to Toe)

Year in review.
Best skincare products 2021

Every year—before diving into a brand new series of skincare routines—I take a look back at all the products that I personally used (and loved) over the past 12 months. This is my most up-to-date list of the products that I’ve recently tested and can wholeheartedly recommend.

In 2021, I stayed loyal to my absolute “Holy Grail” products that I can’t live without (like my BHA and retinoid, quelle surprise!). I also kept some of last year’s discoveries on repeat (so you’ll recognize the same toner, moisturizing balm and sunscreen, for example).

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But there were also plenty of new additions—like an array of cleansers, a new vitamin C, niacinamide serums and a retinaldehyde treatment. Here’s the lowdown on everything I used, from head to toe.

The 2021 Edit

The 2021 edit

Best gel cleansers

iS Clinical • Shani Darden • Summer Fridays • REN Clean Skincare

Best gel-cream cleanser


Best cleansing milk

REN Clean Skincare

Best micellar cleansers

Bioderma • Huangjisoo

Best oil cleanser


Best exfoliant


Best toners

The Inkey ListBiossance

Best face mists

Agent NateurAvène

Best hydrating serum


Best moisturizer

Augustinus Bader

Best balms


Best eye creams

iS ClinicalSkinCeuticals

Best niacinamide treatments

Allies of SkinAllies of Skin

Best vitamin C treatments

SkinCeuticalsAgent Nateur

Best retinoids

Osmosis MDA313

Best sunscreens

CyberDermREN Clean SkincareEleVen by VenusAva Isa

Best powder sunscreens


Best skincare tools

Red Light ManZIIP

Best body wash


Best body moisturizer

Augustinus Bader

Best deodorant

Dr. Mist

Best hand cream


Best foot exfoliant

Deborah Lippmann

The Best Skincare Products of 2021

Best skincare products 2021


iS Clinical Cleansing Complex
Shani Darden Cleansing Serum
Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser
REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
REN Clean Skincare Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk
Bioderma Sensibio H2O
Huangjisoo Sugar No rinse Cleansing Pads
Hylamide High-Efficiency Face Cleaner

Exfoliators & Toners

COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid
The Inkey List PHA Toner
Biossance Squalane BHA Pore-Minimizing Toner


Agent Nateur Holi Water
ClarityRx Daily Dose of Water Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum
Augustinus Bader The Cream
Tatcha The Serum Stick
iS Clinical Youth Eye Complex
SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex
Avene Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water
Lansinoh Lanolin Nipple Cream


Allies of Skin Prebiotics Niacinamide Pore Refining Booster
Allies of Skin Molecular Saviour Probiotics Repair Mist
SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF
Agent Nateur Holi C
Osmosis MD Renew Advanced Retinal Serum
A313 Cosmetic Cream with Retinyl Palmitate


CyberDerm Simply Zinc Ultra Tinted Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF 30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen
EleVen by Venus Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35
Suntegrity Pressed Mineral Powder Compact SPF 50
Supergoop Resetting 100 Mineral Powder SPF 35 PA
Ava Isa Sun Lip Sun Whip SPF 15

Skincare Tools

Red Light Man Combo Bodylight 2.0
ZIIP Electrical Facial Device


Basd Seductive Sandalwood Body Wash
Augustinus Bader The Body Cream
Dr. Mist Deodorant Spray Unscented
Necessaire The Hand Cream
Deborah Lippmann Get Off Callus Softener Intensive Treatment

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