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The 10 Best Products for Healthy, Glowing Skin

From a dark-spot serum formulated for people of color to a hydrating cream that'll reset stressed skin.

The 10 Best Products for Healthy, Glowing Skin
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The ultimate skincare goal? Having a complexion that looks healthy and glowing, regardless of whether you’re wearing makeup. But how exactly does one revive a dull complexion? The answer lies in the skincare routine—an intentional lineup of products that protect the skin’s barrier, resurface, hydrate, and brighten, ultimately making the skin more clear, plump, even toned, and dewy. Ahead, we round up our 10 favorite skincare products guaranteed to give you a glow up.

Hydrabarrier Nourishing Face Oil

Aside from sealing moisture into the skin, this multi-functional face oil is formulated with peptides and ceramides to plump, smooth, and soften your skin.


Merit Great Skin Instant Glow Serum

Just one layer of this serum will soothe dryness and give your complexion a much-needed boost. Because it contains niacinamide, this serum evens out skin tone and improves skin texture, leaving behind an otherworldly glow.


GinZing Ultra-Hydrating Energy-Boosting Cream

Packed with caffeine, this gel moisturizer works to re-energize your skin. Translation: It decreases the appearance of puffiness, helps protect your skin from environmental damage, and locks in moisture to help your skin look less dull. Plus, because the moisturizer comes in a gel formula, it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on your skin.


Active Infusion Oil

This retinoid facial oil has the added benefit of stabilized vitamin C, which makes it more powerful but also incredibly regenerative. After using it consistently, you’ll notice a significant difference in your skin’s luminosity.

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Undaria Algae Body Oil

Incorporate this body oil into your shower ritual for skin that feels healthy and hydrated without looking wet or oily. You can thank the seaweed- and botanical oil-infused formula for that. If you’re in need of some added glow, layer the oil onto your shoulder and collarbones to highlight your features.


Hyper Clear Brightening Clearing Vitamin C Serum

Formulated for all skin tones and types, this serum is formulated with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, and kojic acid to clear up breakouts and fade dark spots to even out your skin tone.

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Milk Marvel Dark Spot Serum

Deeper skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation—and even with all the serums, exfoliators, and spot treatments out there, it's difficult to find a product that 1) targets spots and 2) isn't too harsh for skin of color. That hole in the market led founders Marie Kouadio and Alice Lin to develop Eadem's Milk Marvel Dark Spot Serum, and I can confirm that it actually works. Formulated with niacinamide, amber algae, and vitamin C, this milky serum faded the stubborn dark spots on my forehead, evened out my skin tone, and left a glowy veil over my skin.


Kinskin Oat Ceramide Relief Oil

This isn't your run-of-the-mill face oil—the lightweight occlusive is packed with a combination of oat ceramides, vitamin C, and omega fatty acids that work to soothe redness and irritation, plump up your skin's barrier, and illuminate your skin. I warm a few drops of the oil between my fingers, then dab it onto the high points of my face for a natural-looking highlighter.


Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF 40 PA+++

SPF is a must in any skin-care routine, and while I rotate through different formulas, I always come back to Supergoop's Glowscreen Sunscreen. Even if you don't like wearing sunscreen, you'll like this one. It doesn't leave behind an annoying white cast, and it's so lightweight you'll forget you applied it in the first place. The only reminder of its presence is the shimmering finish that gives you a photo-worthy glow.


Tone Balance Elixir

This balancing toner from Isla Beauty—a brand that's focused on taking care of the skin's barrier—is specially formulated to replenish moisture and improve your skin's overall texture. I pat this gentle formula post-cleanse in the AM and PM and it always leaves behind a gentle glow.

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