PEOPLE's Beauty Awards 2022: The Best Skin and Body Products of the Year

People and Today teamed up for the eighth year to try hundreds of new drugstore products to find out which ones really deliver. Consider this your complete list of face and body must-haves right now

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People and Today staffers are back in the beauty aisle!

For our Beauty Awards, which launched in 2015 and are now in their 8th year, a team of 30 led by Andrea Lavinthal, People's Editorial Director — Style & Beauty — and Jill Martin, Today Lifestyle Contributor, tried 260 skin care, body care, hair care and makeup products that launched in drugstores in 2022 to determine what of the latest is destined for a spot among the greatest.

We lathered, slathered, layered, sprayed and more to find 60 — yes, 60 — budget-friendly finds that deliver and deserve a spot on your vanity.

When it came to body and skin care, that meant lotions had to smooth like no other and makeup removers had to erase all traces of foundation.

Below, the body washes, cleansing balms, sunscreens and scrubs that made our testers say: "I'll never use another version of this again!"

If you want to see the products in action, tune into Today on Tuesday to catch a glimpse of just why some of these nine body care and 19 skin care winners are so impressive.


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Best Sunscreen: Alba Botanica While Wet Sunscreen Spray SPF 45

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SPF gets a bad rep for feeling sticky, but testers said they actually looked forward to protecting themselves with this lightweight mist. Find it at

Best Body Balm: Aquaphor Healing Balm Stick

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"So convenient" and "worked like a charm" were just two of the compliments this portable avocado oil and shea butter hydrator received. Find it at and

Best Antiperspirant: Dove Ultimate Antiperspirant

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After trying this on an eight-hour flight, one tester emerged feeling fresh. "It. Definitely.Works," they reported. Find it at and

Best Body Wash for Dry Skin: Dove Moisture Boost Body Cleanser

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This serum-infused formula has the creamy consistency of a lotion to gently cleanse and nourish even the driest skin. Find it at and

Best Body Lotion: Gold Bond Body Bright Daily Body & Face Lotion

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This brightening vitamin C-spiked winner has a fresh citrus scent and left testers' skin feeling "noticeably smoother." Find it at and

Best Body Butter: Jergens Deep Conditioning Shea + Cocoa Butter Blend

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When it comes to this moisturizer, a little goes a long way. But it's hard not to use a lot, because it smells amazing. Find it at

Best Body Wash Collection: Olay Fearless Artist Series Body Wash

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All three variations have a luxe lather, and the bottles — designed by artist AveryWilliamson — look nice in your shower. Find it at

Best Body Scrub: Soap & Glory Perfect Zen Body Scrub

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One enthusiastic tester summed this up perfectly: "Some are too abrasive, and others are too smooth, but this one was just right!" Find it at and

Best Body Lotion for Sensitive Skin: Vaseline Intensive Care Sensitive Skin Relief

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"I'd buy it for twice the price," said one pleased tester of this soothing fragrance-free lotion. Find it at


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Best Face Mask: Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Soothing Sleeping Mask

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The second our tester opened this jar, "I felt like I was in a spa." Noticeably plumper skin in the morning was another major plus. Find it at and

Best Brightening Treatment: Bioderma Pigmentbio C-Concentrate

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"I'm all in on this," said a tester of the effective vitamin C solution, which reduces the look of dark spots and improves texture. Find it at and

Best Exfoliator: Bliss Pro Liquid Exfoliant

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"Put it on, go about your business, then rinse it off. Your face will feel as soft as a baby's bottom!" exclaimed one tester of this liquid, which uses acids to resurface skin. Find it at and

Best Cleansing Balm: CeraVe Makeup Removing Cleanser Balm

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It earned our testers' praise for breaking down the most stubborn makeup — even waterproof mascara — with ease. Find it at and

Best Cleanser for Sensitive Skin: Cetaphil Hydrating Foaming Cream Cleanser

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Our most sensitive skin testers give this find, which turns from a cream to a rich foam, their seal of approval. Find it at and

Best Moisturizer for Dry Skin: CoverGirl Clean Fresh Skincare Weightless Water Cream

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With hyaluronic acid and cactus water, this stuff drenches skin with hydration, yet it feels like almost nothing on your face. Find it at and

Best Cleanser for Oily Skin: Differin Daily Oil-Free Hydrating Cleanser

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Breakout-prone testers were sold on this formula, which thoroughly cleans skin without stripping it. Find it at and

Best Lip Balm: Eos the Hero Lip Repair

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Testers say they will be swiping on this formula for months to come." A lot of lip balms don't quench my dry lips. This one does." Find it (in packs of two) at

Best Face Sunscreen: Eucerin Sun Age Defense

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This moisturizing broad-spectrum SPF 50 protects skin while keeping it healthy with antioxidants. Plus it doesn't leave a white cast. Find it at and

Best Makeup Remover: Garnier MicellarCleansing Water

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One tester said she'll use this "forever" after seeing how well it removed makeup while simultaneously hydrating skin. Find it at

Best Acne Patches: Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Face

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"The gunk was gone!" boasted one tester of using these hydrocolloid patches, which suck out excess oil and impurities. "When I peeled it off, it was instantly gratifying." Find it at and

Best Night Cream: L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Midnight Cream

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Testers felt pampered by this "velvety" floral scented cream and were equally pleased with the skin-smoothing results. Find it at and

Best Makeup Remover Wipes: Neutrogena Compostable Cleansing Towelettes

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Need another reason to love the gold standard of face wipes? They're now biodegradable. Find it at and

Best Serum: Neutrogena Hydro Boost+ 10% Niacinamide Serum

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This product stood out for noticeably brightening skin, thanks to its star ingredient, niacinamide. Find it at and

Best Eye Cream: Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Pro+ Eye Cream

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Testers said this retinol and peptide cream was the only one that produced visible results: "This brightened my eye area. Keeping it." Find it at and

Best Cleanser for Dry Skin: Olay Regenerist Hyaluronic + Peptide24 Revitalizing Facial Cleaner

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This cleanser is so moisturizing that one tester said her face still felt hydrated the day after she used it. Find it at

Best Moisturizer for Oily Skin: Rael Miracle Clear Barrier Cream

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One tester called this cream a "gift" for repairing her skin without feeling too thick or heavy to use during the day. Find it at and

Best Retinol Cream: RoC Derm Correxion Contour Cream

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Many products claim to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. This winner — which uses derm favorite retinol — actually delivers. Find it at and

Best Toner: Thayers Natural Remedies Hydrating Milky Toner

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Toners have made a comeback, and this alcohol-free one, which restores hydration, had our testers collectively "obsessed." Find it at

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