* These are the beauty products SPY readers love the most in 2018
* This list includes everything from skin tag removers to facial massagers
* Every skin care product on the list costs less than $25
2018 has been a (mostly) magical year in skin care. This year, we’ve all been grossed out by snail slime, but eventually learned that it does wonders for our skin. Coat hanger and halo eyebrows became a thing and, thankfully, quickly disappeared. And we all cringed at the idea of nose hair extensions.
On the positive side of things, retinol, Vitamin C and seaweed have found their way into our favorite creams and serums. Plus, face masks and facial massagers have made it easier than ever to pamper ourselves. And the industry has started to understand that we can get better skin through what we eat (and a few supplements, too). 2018 has also made it apparent that gender-neutral beauty products are definitely on the rise.
While some 2018 skin care trends won’t last, SPY readers are generally a good indication of what’s working and what isn’t. Here are the 11 most popular beauty products of 2018 according to what our readers are buying.
1. Generic Beauty Bar 24K Golden Pulse Massager
Facial massagers gently massage your skin, sending 6000 to 7000 vibrations per minute in order to increase blood circulation and create firmer, rejuvenated skin. These personal devices have become increasingly popular in 2018 thanks to their massaging capabilities, but no facial massager is quite as one-of-a-kind as the 24K Golden Pulse Facial Massager by Generic Beauty. 24K gold plated, this device is safe for the skin and protected from bacteria thanks to its antimicrobial surface.
2. pHisoderm Anti-Blemish Body Wash
Most acne treatments address the acne that appears on your face, but pHisoderm has taken on the challenge of treating your body acne, including those annoying pimples on your butt and back. The pHisoderm Anti-Blemish Body Wash contains 2% salicylic acid, which exfoliates the skin, unclogs pores and helps to both prevent and treat existing breakouts. It also contains aloe, Vitamin E and chamomile, so it won’t dry out your skin like many other acne treatments.
3. L’Oreal Paris Skincare Men Expert Vita Lift Moisturizer
It turns out that men have different skin care needs than women, and eye cream for men is formulated differently than products for women. For example, it’s sweat proof (because guys sweat more), it has more caffeine (because more anti-inflammatory ingredients are needed for men’s thicker skin) and it has less fragrance. L’Oreal Paris took all of this into account when it created Men Expert Vita Lift Moisturizer. This anti-wrinkle cream hydrates for 24 hours to create firmer, healthier skin.
4. Every Man Jack Age Defiant Eye Cream
Male SPY readers love Age Defiant Eye Cream, and it’s easy to see why. This moisturizer from men’s grooming brand Every Man Jack uses a special formula that enriches the skin around the eyes. The main ingredient is Myrtus leaf extract, which reduces lines by firming the skin and increasing elasticity. The formula also includes green tea, aloe and cocoa butter for added hydration. All in all, the product promises fresher, brighter looking eyes for less than $15.
5. Weleda Skin Food
A favorite among many celebrities and makeup artists, Weleda Skin Food is an excellent moisturizer and emollient that can be applied pretty much anywhere your skin needs it. In addition, the Weleda formula is all natural, containing ingredients like rosemary, chamomile and almond oils for a rich sensation with every application. If you’d love to try Creme de la Mer by La Mer but can’t afford it, Weleda Skin Care is the best-known dupe for the luxe cream, and it costs less than $15.
6. Neocell Marine Collagen Capsules
Most people try to fight the signs of aging from the outside with creams, lotions and serums. Few people think to tackle the problem from the inside with supplements, but a daily capsule can do a lot of good for your skin. For example, the Neocell Marine Collagen Capsules help reinvigorate the elasticity and firmness of the skin. Plus, the specific type of collagen included in these tablets (i.e. marine collagen) is stronger than traditional bovine collagen and therefore provides better results.
7. TagBand Micro Skin Tag Removal Kit
The Micro TagBand is a simple and quick way to remove your skin tags at home without going to the dermatologist. The device works by stopping the blood supply to your skin tag with the help of a band that is placed over your tag by the cone-shaped removal tool. With proper use, your skin tag will simply drop off in a number of days. The Micro TagBand is ideal for use on small to medium-sized tags, and it can remove them from any part of your body with the exception of the sensitive eye area.
8. Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer
If you’re concerned about aging, you should definitely be using some kind of retinol in your skin care routine. This wonder ingredient has a range of benefits, including stimulating the production of new skin cells, fading dark spots and treating acne. One great retinol option that SPY readers love is the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer with Accelerated Retinol SA. This Neutrogena product has one of the fastest retinol formula delivery systems on the market, resulting in plump, moisturized and younger-looking skin.
9. Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizer
While the Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer (see above) is recommended for night use, the Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair Moisturizer should be used during the day thanks to its broad spectrum SPF 30. The formula helps to renew the look of your skin by reducing dark spots and discoloration, improving the skin’s clarity and smoothing fine lines and texture. By using a unique combination of retinol, glucose complex and hyaluronic acid, you get a fast-action formula for younger-looking skin in just one week.
10. Forest Heal Vitamin C Serum
The Vitamin C Serum by Forest Heal is a multifunctional face treatment that works to fight wrinkles, even out skin tone, add moisture and reduce age and sun spots with continued use. Hugely popular among SPY readers, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that stimulates collagen production and reduces the signs of aging by repairing the damage done by free radicals and UV rays. This powerhouse serum also contains dullness-fighting active ingredients to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and acne scars. Loved by men and women, this Forest Heal serum is a great way to use the power of Vitamin C in your skin care routine.
11. Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream
If you’re on the hunt for an overnight skin cream that feels luxurious but doesn’t cost a fortune, look no further than the Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream. Not only is this one of the most popular products among SPY readers, it’s also a top-rated bestseller on Amazon, and it’s been touted as a great dupe for Creme de la Mer, one of the most expensive skin creams on the market. The Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream has, you guessed it, seaweed as its main ingredient. This natural substance contains powerful vitamins, minerals and amino acids that soften and nourish the skin.