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DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE CLARIFYING COLLOIDAL MASK
Andrea Lavinthal, Style Director: Once a month I wake up with a zit that’s so big it deserves its own zip code. I’ve tried a million spot treatments and this sulfur formula is the only one that visibly shrinks a pimple overnight. It’s also great to use on acne-prone areas to prevent future breakouts.
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Alex Apatoff, Associate Editor: Though taking makeup off at night is essential, I really hated doing it until I tried this stuff. It’s not greasy at all and only uses one swipe of a cotton ball – key to my lazy late-night routine. If I could find a cheaper alternative, I’d use it, but no luck yet. It’s worth the dough!
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DOVE SENSITIVE SKIN BEAUTY BAR
Kate Hogan, Style News Editor: I grew up using this soap on my face at night, strayed from it during the dark days of my pimple-prone teen years, then came back to it a few years ago, figuring, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It keeps my sensitive skin clean and soft, moisturized but not greasy, and is a gentle counterpart to my morning cleanser.
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CETAPHIL MOISTURIZING LOTION
Zoë Ruderman, Senior Style Editor: Two of the most important men in my life, my boyfriend and my derm (I’m only kind of kidding) turned me on to this no-frills product. But I don’t actually use it as a moisturizer – I use it as a face wash. It’s so mild and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or dry, making it the perfect winter cleanser.
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KOH GEN DO GOMMAGE SPA GEL
Catherine Dash, Merchandise Editor: Obsessed isn’t a strong enough word to describe my feelings for my new favorite scrub, which I discovered during a recent trip to the Koh Gen Do counter at Barneys. Twice a week I massage a dime-size amount onto dry, clean skin until I actually see the dead cells come off. It sounds scary, but trust me, it’s insanely satisfying and super gentle.
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Andrea: For the last time, yes, this device is worth the money. Not only does it leave your skin super clean, but it also gently exfoliates, reduces the appearance of pores and helps your serums and moisturizers absorb way better. The latest version of the beloved face brush has a glossy new look and features three speeds. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
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BLISS THAT'S INCREDI-'PEEL' SPA-STRENGTH GLYCOLIC RESURFACING PADS
Jennifer Cress, Contributor: Remember those Noxzema pads you used in high school? Well these are the adult version. In just one swipe they exfoliate my skin, leaving it feeling as clean and looking as bright as it would after an actual facial, but at a fraction of the cost. Plus, they’re gentle enough to use every night.
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OLAY ACTIVE HYDRATING BEAUTY FLUID
Kate: My skin can get shiny during the day, but using a small amount of this moisturizer in the morning definitely helps keep it under control. It’s a light, oil-free formula but provides a smooth base for foundation and concealer application without causing any breakouts.
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STRIVECTIN-SD INTENSIVE CONCENTRATE
Zoë: The packaging says “for stretch marks,” but I swear the stuff is meant for your face too. It’s designed to fight wrinkles, and I’ve found that the cream also does wonders for dry patches, pores, scars and pretty much any other imperfection. Such a multitasker! I use it in combination with the .
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KORRES YOGHURT INSTANT SOOTHING GEL
Alex: When my predictable combination skin started getting rough and irritated, I panicked – until I tried this miracle-working product. I lent it to my mom (dry skin) when she was breaking out on a trip, and she loved it so much she bought her own tube, which my sister (oily skin) borrows when she goes home. If all three of us adore this cooling, soothing gel, you will too!
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FRESH CR ME ANCIENNE INFUSION
Andrea: I’m completely addicted to this stuff, even though I’m still not sure what an “infusion” is exactly. It’s like the Bentley of toners, containing a soothing and hydrating blend of rosewater, meadowfoam seed oil and hyaluronic acid. I pat the liquid into my skin immediately after cleansing and it makes it soft and glowy.
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BENEFIT IT'S POTENT! EYE CREAM
Jennifer: My dermatologist is always telling me that I’m never too young to prevent the signs of aging. I finally listened and bought my first eye cream. Though it was the adorable packaging that lured me in, I am already impressed with how well this stuff works on my dark circles. So here’s to hoping that my 50-year-old self will be able to thank the 24-year-old me for the lack of fine lines and wrinkles!