Best Face Mask
Dr. Jart+ Cryo Rubber™ Mask with Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid
Best Skin-Care Tool
Georgia Louise Cryo Facial
Picture this: your team Slack chat
quickly turns into a skin-care forum, and everyone's obsessing over the same product. That was essentially the case
with the innovative Dr. Jart+ Cryo Rubber Mask With Moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid ($14). It comes in two steps: first, you apply the liquid hyaluronic acid solution
to keep moisture in, then you layer on the rubberized mask made from naturally derived algae and clay. Pop it in the fridge before applying. Then sit back and relax for 30 minutes, and turn on the next episode of Bridgerton . . . or watch episode five on repeat.
Here's a hack to that "skin icing" trend you've seen all over TikTok this year, in case freezer-to-face isn't quite your vibe: the Georgia Louise Cryo Facial Freeze Tools ($125). Coming from one of Hollywood's most-sought-after aestheticians, and designed to mimic the experience of a cryotherapy facial, these tools will zap puffiness, boost blood circulation, and soothe inflammation with just a few swipes. (Perfect for faking that wide-awake look before an early-morning Zoom call.) Fun, easy, and effective — taking care of your skin has never been so cool.
Best Skin Treatment
Topicals Like Butter Hydrating Mask
For anyone who spent the majority of last year baking in the kitchen, this one's for you: the Topicals Like Butter ($32) is a whipped, mousse-like face mask that feels sweet and works wonders on dry, sensitive, or eczema-prone skin. The formula ditches fragrances, dyes, and animal testing in favor of good-for-skin ingredients that sound good enough to eat, like turmeric, oatmeal, and green tea extract. Treat yourself and shop a Black-owned skin-care business in the process. Win-win.
Best Face Scrub
Wishful Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub
With the Wishful Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub ($39), exfoliating your face goes from "mundane step" to an entire experience you'll actually look forward to. Not only do you apply onto dry skin and watch dead skin slough away, but it's also packed with all the good stuff: gentle exfoliators like AHAs and BHAs, plus papaya and pineapple extracts that help smooth, soothe, and amp up your glow. The second-best part? The smell, which is equal parts refreshing, floral, and just damn dreamy.
Furtuna's Skin Porte Per La Vitalità Face and Eye Serum ($185) is not cheap, but we found the experience of taking a few seconds morning and night to indulge ourselves priceless. Don't let the size of the bottle fool you; packed inside is a serious ingredient list — from vitamin C to a whole garden's worth of Sicilian plant extracts you never knew your skin needed. To streamline your routine even further, it can replace your eye cream, too. How's that for a multitasking superhero?
Furtuna Skin Porte Per La Vitalità Face and Eye Serum
Best Skin-Care Hall of Famer
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask
The Laneige Lip Sleep Mask ($22) has been an editor favorite time and time again, but we’ve never been more grateful for its mouth-moisturizing abilities than this past year while stuck at home with our running radiators. The K-beauty brand has mastered the art of hydrating formulas, and this leave-on lip mask — available in enough scents to satisfy every palate and preference — is no exception. You can use it overnight, but it’s also lightweight enough to wear during the day, and you won’t find a more effective blend of antioxidants, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid.
Kate Somerville DeliKate™ Recovery Cream
If you've ever looked at that stick of butter
in your fridge and secretly wondered, can
I put this on my face? — stop right there. Kate Somerville's DeliKate Recovery Cream ($80) re-creates the experience almost to a tee, but without the greasy consequences. The decadent texture resembles butter that's been left out for 30 minutes — malleable but not too soft, easily melting down with the warmth of your skin. What's more, the results are undeniable: it's incredibly soothing and hydrating without giving
you that "just doused my face in oil" look, perfect for daily and nightly use.