Have you ever tried a new beauty product and realized it's exactly what you've always been looking for? Maybe it's the perfect sunscreen that doesn't feel greasy, or an over-the-counter acne treatment that actually works. The right beauty product can majorly impact your self-confidence. That being said, it's no exaggeration to say that the 42 best-selling skin and hair products on this list are truly life-changing.
Beauty products can also positively affect your physical and mental health. If you're an athlete or someone who suffers from body pain, finding a bath soak that helps relieve sore muscles can legitimately increase your quality of life. And products that are just plain old useful can be major game-changers, too. If you've always struggled to give yourself a nice set of curls, for example, finding the right curling iron will make it so much easier to nail the looks you've always wanted to achieve.
Calling a beauty product life-changing might seem superficial to some, but for those who who have ever witnessed the transformative magic of the right facial serum or dandruff treatment, you know that couldn't be further from the truth. Scroll through to find 42 awesome products that will revolutionize your beauty routine.
1. An Organic Rosehip Oil That Solves Every Imaginable Skin Care Woe
Considered by many to be the holy grail of face oils, Trilogy's rosehip oil is NATRUE-certified and made with 100 percent pure rosa canina seed oil, sourced from organic-grown rosehips. It's great for overall skin-nourishment, but it's particularly beloved for its ability to help reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles.
2. A Derma-Roller That Beauty Editors Swear By
The derma-roller sworn that beauty editors swear by, StackedSkincare's .2 millimeter micro-roller uses teeny tiny needles to exfoliate skin. It's a lot less scary than it sounds, and the result? A glowing complexion that looks smoother, plumper, and more even in terms of tone and texture.
One Amazon reviewer called it their "new MVP," while others swear it's the only thing that's helped with their hormonal acne and acne scars.
3. A Lightweight Sunscreen In The Form Of A Serum
Finding the right sun-protection product can be a lifelong quest. And when it comes to your skin's long-term health, there are few more life-changing moments than finally discovering a sunscreen you won't dread applying each morning. Enter: La Roche-Posay's Anthelios AOX Face Sunscreen. Not only does it contain a high SPF of 50, but because it comes in the form of a lightweight serum, you can barely feel it on your skin. It's basically a sunscreen for people who hate sunscreen.
4. This Professional-Strength Serum That Fans Consider "The Best On The Market"
"Definitely changed my life!" says one reviewer of the this face serum by renowned dermatologist Patricia Wexler. Others hail it as the "best facial serum on the market!" It's hard to disagree: this professional-strength formula has a gorgeous gel-like texture and helps skin stay looking radiant and firm. "At age 75-this product leaves my skin looking like 55, the best product for skin I have ever used," another fan raves.
5. A Microfiber Hair Towel That Dries Hair Faster — & With Less Frizz
A hair towel that helps prevent frizz, stays on your head, and looks cute? Kitsch's microfiber hair wrap has a near-perfect Amazon rating of 4.8 stars and comes in three colors, including this cute palm print. It can also help speed up your hair's drying time by up to half.
"One of my daily essentials now!" says one Amazon reviewer, while another calls it their "new best friend."
6. These Sun Drops That Turn Any Skin Care Product Into Sunscreen
Another game-changing sun protection product is this oil from K-beauty brand TONYMOLY. You can mix it in with any other skin care product — moisturizer, serum, foundation, BB cream — or use it alone. It has an SPF of 50, goes on clear, and doesn't feel sticky or leave skin looking greasy.
7. A Swiss Bath Oil That Clears Sinuses & Relieves Muscle Pain
Whether you've got allergies, a cold, or the flu, or your body is aching from a particularly brutal workout, this Olbas Therapeutic Herbal Bath from Switzerland will help. Using a blend of alpine ingredients, it helps clear your sinuses and soothe body pain.
"I have used [this product] for over 25 years. That's how much I love it," one reviewer writes. "I have chronic pain from a spinal injury ... It soothes my mind, my muscles and my soul. Its fresh minty herbal formula numbs your pain, opens your sinuses, and relaxes you like none [sic] other product can." "Couldn't live without it," says another devoted fan.
8. These Individually-Packaged Cleansers From Japan
These individually-packaged powder cleansers from Japan will change the game for anyone who frequently travels. Throw a few in your carry-on, a couple in your gym bag, and never worry about going without a proper cleanser again. When exposed to water, the powder turns into a foamy paste that removes makeup and gently exfoliates skin.
9. A Dry Shampoo Paste That Does More Than Just Soak Up Oil
Obsessed reviewers are calling this dry shampoo paste the "best dry shampoo on the market," "the most amazing hair product ever," and a "holy grail if you have fine/oily hair." It absorbs excess oil, so hair looks less greasy, but also adds volume and fullness. You can also use it for texture, if you're trying to achieve the perfect messy ponytail or windswept beach waves.
10. A Prescription-Strength Acne Treatment That Actually Works
"Differin. It changes lives," writes one particularly happy Amazon reviewer. You'll hear countless beauty editors and bloggers praise Differin gel as the only over the counter acne treatment that really works. It's a prescription-strength retinoid that unclogs pores, resurfaces skin, and prevents future breakouts. With continued use, skin will also look more radiant and even. Just be sure to start off slowly — apply it one or two times a week at first, and work your way up — and follow up with a rich moisturizer to prevent dryness.
11. A Weightless Sunscreen Gel-Lotion For Your Face & Body
A cult-favorite sunscreen and one of Japan's most popular skin care products, Nivea Sun Protect Super Water Gel has the consistency of a lightweight lotion, but offers the protection of a heavy-duty sunblock. Once absorbed, it feels like nothing on your skin — and it can be used on both your face and body.
"The perfect sunscreen," one reviewer writes. "It's translucent and non-greasy and smells like nothing." Those with darker skin tones also love it, saying "I'm black and it’s v difficult to find sunscreens that don’t go on chalky. I don’t know what they put in this that they won’t use in the US but it WORKS. Dissolves like a dream and doesn’t have strong fragrances."
12. This Overnight Lip Mask That Smells (& Tastes) Like Cupcakes
If you have dry, consistently chapped lips, this overnight lip mask might just change your life. It's super rich but doesn't feel sticky, and it smells delicious. You can also get it in berry and grapefruit 'flavors.'
"I have Sjogren’s Syndrome, which makes my lips dry and painful, plus prone to chapping. They must be hydrated at all times! Nothing has been successful, until now!" says one fan.
13. These Self-Tanning Towels For A Natural Glow
14. These Exfoliating Pads That You'll Look Forward To Using
You'll actually look forward to exfoliating when you buy these Neogen peel pads. Equipped with two dual-textured sides and pockets for your fingers, these lemon pads deliver smoother, clearer, more radiant looking skin with each use. Combining both physical and chemical exfoliation, they contain skin-brightening vitamin C and lactic acid, yet also smell delicious and are super enjoyable to use. They also come in red wine and green tea, which are equally as effective.
15. A Facial Steamer For At-Home Spa Days
Investing in a facial steamer will change your at-home spa days as you know it. But with the NanoSteamer by Pure Daily Care, that costs under $40, it doesn't have to be a major investment. Prep your skin for your other skin care products with the steam to loosen blackheads and open up your pores. Follow up with a clay mask or chemical exfoliator, and prepare to look like you just got a professional facial.
16. A Sulfate-Free Shampoo & Conditioner Set That's Like A Detox For Your Hair
A sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner duo that for less than $15? Life-changing, indeed. Herbal Essence's BioRenew line contains no funky chemical ingredients that most drugstore hair products are filled with, including those pesky drying sulfates. It comes in eight different formulas, including coconut milk, honey, and micellar water, but the charcoal duo is especially great for removing product build-up and reviving dull, lifeless looking hair.
17. This USB-Powered Humidifier That You Can Bring Anywhere
A mini humidifier can be a major game-changer for your skin. This one runs off a USB, so you don't even need to be near an electrical outlet to use it. Just plug it into your laptop, phone, portable power bank, or even your car. In addition to helping keep your skin moisturized, it can help with dry, itchy eyes and chapped lips. It's whisper-quiet, and runs for up to 9 hours before automatically shutting off for your safety.
18. These Pimple Patches That Treat Larger Clusters Of Zits
Taking the pimple patch to the next level, the Master Patch now offers a 'surface' version which is made for large clusters of whiteheads or zits. Stickier than most other brands that tend to fall off, these patches also help prevent picking and other bacteria from getting in, which can worsen or increase breakouts.
"This find was a lifesaver!" writes one reviewer. "I’m a 47 year old woman who has adult cystic acne for 12 years ... I was so depressed and researched these dots online. Get these! Seriously they really were a GOD send!"
19. A Dry Body Brush For Smoother, Healthier Skin
If you've never tried dry-brushing, now is the time. Not only does it exfoliate skin so it's softer than ever (or, "like butter," according to one fan), but it also helps increase blood circulation and encourage lymphatic drainage. Reviewers say that the brush is very high-quality, and that it's helped with everything from eczema to swelling in their ankles and legs.
20. A 10-Pack Of The Absolute Best Sheet Masks On The Market
Considered to be the best sheet masks on the market by Redditors and beauty editors, My Beauty Diary's facial masks come in a convenient pack of 10 so you can try all their top-sellers. Included are the Black Pearl Brightening, Imperial Bird's Nest Emolliating, Royal Pearl Radiance, and Red Wine Revitalizing. Keep in mind that the date on the label represents when the masks were manufactured — not when they expire.
21. A Leave-In Conditioner That You Won't Be Able To Get Enough Of
Boasting mostly five-star rave reviews, with an overall Amazon rating of 4.5 stars, Davines OI All in One Milk is a hair-smoothing, frizz-reducing leave-in conditioner spray. It has a milky consistency, fresh, clean scent, and doesn't weigh down hair or make it feel greasy.
"This stuff is literal magic," writes one reviewer. "I have been trying to find ways to wear my coarse wavy/curly hair naturally my whole life. If you have curly or wavy hair, you know the struggle. I have tried it all ... This is the ONLY thing that works for me 100% of the time." Another says, "It makes my hair look professionally done every day."
22. A Best-Selling Gel Cleanser For Oily, Acne-Prone Skin
If you have oily and/or acne-prone skin, La Roche-Posay's Effaclar cleanser might just be exactly what you need. It leaves skin squeaky clean and looking matte by unclogging pores and removing excess oil. Plus, since a little product goes a very long way, one bottle will last you ages.
One reviewer, who called it a "skin miracle," says "I will never use another face wash!" Countless other reviewers praise it as the "best face wash ever," and say it's the only cleanser that's helped with their hormonal and adult cystic acne.
23. A Cult-Favorite Product That Everyone Should Own
No list of life-changing beauty products would be complete without Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water. The cult-favorite micellar water has changed many a cleansing routine for the better, since it's super gentle, gets rid of even the most stubborn waterproof makeup, and doesn't even require rinsing.
24. This Old-School Hair Tool To Amp Up Your Ponytail
If you love wearing your hair up most days, but are bored of basic ponytails and messy buns, the Topsy Tail (which you might remember from your childhood) is a fun, easy way to change things up. You can create all sorts of twisty hair styles, and it helps your hair stay in place better, too. Check out the included guide for styling tips.
"Life changing!" one reviewer writes. "So simple and easy to use, and the outcome is amazing. Best product I’ve bought so far."
25. A Glycolic Acid Toner That People With Acne Swear By
This highly-rated toner from cult-favorite brand The Ordinary is a must-try for anyone with clogged pores, unevenly-textured skin, or acne. It gently exfoliates, helps fade hyperpigmentation, and promotes a clearer, more radiant complexion.
One reviewer says, "This product cured my acne," while another writes, "I am 29 and have struggled with acne for 11 years now. This is the clearest my skin has ever been ... Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for providing this product. It has given me so much of my confidence and happiness back."
26. This Luxurious Serum Made With Natural, Botanical Ingredients
Made with natural botanical ingredients, this cult-favorite serum is rich in antioxidants and vitamins that hydrate, nourish, and soothe skin. With continued use, your skin barrier will become stronger and your complexion more radiant. The completely clean, non-toxic formula has a slightly milky consistency that absorbs instantly and doesn't feel heavy or sticky. It's also popular for giving skin a visible, dewy glow.
"This stuff is gentle, hydrating and has totally changed the tone and texture of my skin," says one reviewer. Another writes, "This is what I imagine Cleopatra's Milk Bath must have felt like"
27. An Ice Roller To Depuff Skin & Ease Migraines
Keep this ice roller in your freezer to help alleviate puffy or inflamed skin. Massaging your skin with this consistently can also help skin appear more firm, and it also feels amazing on hungover or post-procedure skin. Some even swear by it for sinus pains and migraines, making this one of those beauty products that also offers physical benefits.
"I've used it for sinus pain, migraines, swollen neck glands, under eye circles/bags, inflamed acne, TMJ pain, ect. Not to mention, when used on my face, it leaves my skin feeling tight and wakes me up in the mornings. It also stays cold for forever, but it never sweats or leaves water behind. It's like magic," writes one reviewer.
28. A Professional-Grade Hair Treatment That Repairs Damage
The go-to hair treatment recommendation by most professional colorists, Olaplex's No 3 Repairing Treatment is a must-have for skin that's been dyed or chemically-processed. It's a protein treatment that repairs damage by relinking broken bonds, which works to make your hair strong and soft again.
Multiple reviewers say it "saved their hair," with one writing, "[It's] the best product for damaged hair I’ve ever used (and I’ve used almost all of them) ... I seriously want to write them a thank you letter."
29. A Reusable Cleansing Cloth That Removes Stubborn Makeup With Just Water
The MakeUp Eraser removes makeup with just water, and since it can be used up to 1,000 times, it's also an environmentally-friendly choice.
One reviewer writes, "LIFE-CHANGING. This thing has seriously changed things for me. It gets my makeup COMPLETELY off in less than one minute without harsh scrubbing. I no longer have to buy any kind of cotton balls or cotton pads that will end up in a landfill ... My skin is clearer because it is makeup-free before I wash it and my eyes no longer burn!"
30. This Dupe For The Mason Pearson Hairbrush
Denman's Natural Bristle Grooming Brush is a popular dupe for the Mason Pearson, but it costs a fraction of the price. It helps evenly distribute your hair's natural oils so it's softer and shinier, and it's much gentler than other brushes, though also powerful enough to comb through thicker, coarser textures. Plus, these high-quality brushes will last you forever.
"Doesn't look like much, but it is hands down the BEST brush I have ever used," says one reviewer. "I have very long, thick, but very very fine hair, and this brush gets through it and removes tangles without ripping it out of my head, or causing loads of breakage."
31. One Of The Best Face Creams That Exists
It's a beauty rumor that the ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is the only moisturizer that "really works." Whether that's true or not is to be disputed, but the cream does have a legion of loyal fans who swear by it for its firming and smoothing abilities. In addition to offering deep hydration, it also helps fade fine lines and leaves your face feeling baby-soft.
32. A Multi-Use Salve That Makeup Artists Swear By
Elizabeth Ardens's classic Eight Hour Cream is a true game-changer. It can be used in countless ways: to soften rough skin on your elbows, heels, or feet; to soothe sunburns; to heal chapped lips; to nourish your nails and cuticles; to groom your eyebrows. It can even be applied on your eyelids and cheekbones for a subtle, dewy highlight (a makeup artist trick). Plus, since a little goes a long way, this one tube will last you ages.
33. This Automatic Rotating Curling Iron That Works On Its Own
The Beachwaver Co. S1 Curling Iron will change the lives of anyone who's incapable of curling their hair. It's an automatic rotating curling iron, which means it curls your hair on its own with just the push of a button. It couldn't be easier to use, and it creates everything from soft, beachy waves to big, bouncy curls.
"I NEVER could curl my own hair until now!" one reviewer writes. "This is the best product I have ever purchased." Another says, "I watched in wonder as my head of lackluster locks transformed into flowing waves with just the push of a button. Literally — it's pretty much dummy-proof. Basically does all the work for you. #motorizedmagic."
34. These Japanese Exfoliating Cloths For Your Softest Skin Ever
If you live for super soft skin, you need to try the Salux cloth. It's an award-winning Japanese invention that deeply, but gently exfoliates your body, making it great for treating keratosis pilaris (chicken skin) or body acne. The quick-drying, machine-washable fabric makes it a much more hygienic alternative to sponges and loofahs, and because of its long shape, you can even get those hard to reach areas of your back.
"The hype is real," one reviewer writes. "The length is also long enough that I can use them to 'shoe-shine' the bottom of my feet, leaving them feeling softer and cleaner than I thought possible. This has definitely revolutionized my showering experience." "These are simply the best," another fan says. "My shower feels incomplete without them.
35. The Most Popular Clay Mask On Amazon — & Probably In The World
The cult-favorite mask that's changed the lives for countless skin care enthusiasts around the world: enter, the Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. Made from 100 percent natural bentonite clay and safe for use on all skin types, when mixed with water or apple cider vinegar, it transforms into a creamy paste that can be slathered all over your face and body. It helps quell breakouts, unclog pores, detox skin, and promote an overall clearer, more radiant complexion. A little goes a very long way — one tub might even last you years.
"Works Miracles. Consistently. Literally the best mask I've ever used," says one out of over 16,000 reviewers. Another, a self-professed "skin care snob," says, "I’ve tried and tested every brand, line, product you can possibly think of, and this $9 clay is the best thing I’ve ever used or added to my entire skincare routine EVER."
36. A Protein Treatment For Healthy, Silky Soft Hair
For a more affordable alternative to the Olaplex No. 3 treatment, try this best-selling mask from Elizavecca. It's a deep-conditioner brimming with ceramides and collagen, which work to soften, smooth, and nourish your hair. Plus, at under $10, the price can't be beat.
One reviewer says, "This is a staple for life. If they change the formulation or discontinue this line, I will riot."
37. This BHA Lotion That Helps Treat Body Acne & KP
If you have body acne or KP, this Paula's Choice Weightless Body Treatment will be a godsend. The body lotion contains two percent salicylic acid to exfoliate skin and unclog pores, leaving your skin feeling (and looking) impossibly smooth and soft.
"OMG THIS IS THE BEST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED TO ME!! Gets rid of all bumps/ingrown hairs/acne, you name it! If you have a bump, put this on and it's gone!" one reviewer raved.
38. A Color-Correcting Cream With SPF That Conceals Redness
It's makeup, skin care, and sunscreen in one. This green-tinted cream turns beige when rubbed into skin, which neutralizes redness, but it also moisturizes and provides an SPF of 30. Those with rosacea, acne-induced inflammation, or generally red skin will particularly enjoy this color-correcting treatment, which might just replace all the products in your morning routine.
39. A Sulfate-Free Purple Shampoo To Maintain The Perfect Shade Of Platinum
For bleach blondes, this shampoo is a must-have. It's a purple formula that cancels out brassy or yellow undertones, leaving you with an icy shade of platinum. But what sets it apart from other purple shampoos is the fact that it's sulfate-free and made with botanical ingredients. Oribe's Bright Blonde Shampoo also helps restore moisture and increase shine, using a blend of plant-based oils and shea butter.
40. A Powerful Peel That Reviewers Have Hailed A Miracle Product
An at-home peel that rivals those you'd get in your derm's office — for less than $15, at that? Life-changing indeed. This AHA/BHA treatment from The Ordinary uses salicylic, lactic, and glycolic acids to resurface skin and unclog pores, resulting in a clear, glowing complexion. It also helps with uneven texture and hyperpigmentation, as well as congested, enlarged blackheads. Countless reviewers swear by it for clearing up acne of all types, from small clusters of bumps to cystic zits.
41. These Eco-Friendly Cotton Pads That Are Machine-Washable & Reusable
You'll never have to buy cotton pads again with these reusable bamboo cotton rounds. Not only will they save you money (and shopping time) in the long run, but they're so much better for the environment. They come with a mesh baggie to put them in before going in the washing machine, so they don't get lost, and you can reuse them as many times as you want. Plus, they're super soft and gentle, being made with gentle bamboo fleece.
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