What's On My Shelf? The Products Our Editors Can't Live Without
Ever wonder what products beauty editors keep on their top shelves? We share the skin care products our editors reach for daily, ahead.
As beauty editors for Skincare.com, it’s our job to test out different beauty products under the L’Oreal portfolio of brands on the regular—all of which are provided to us free of charge! Thanks to this perk, our skin care routines are ever-changing. That being said, this has allowed us to discover the products that make up the core of our daily regimens. Curious to know what products we can’t live without? We raided our editors’ beauty cabinets to find out! Keep reading for a peek at our most prized
possessions skin care products from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands.
LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR MEDICATED GEL CLEANSER
I’ve been blessed with combination, blackhead- and congestion-prone skin, so it’s really important for me to keep a salicylic acid formulated cleanser in my skin care arsenal. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Cleanser is one of my go-to’s.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Medicated Gel Cleanser, $14.99 MSRP
VICHY PURETÉ THERMALE TONER
If you don’t currently use a toner, you should! Vichy’s Pureté Thermale Toner is one product I reach for twice a day, every day. As with all Vichy products, this toner formula is enriched with the brand’s Mineralizing Thermal Water which comes straight from Vichy, France—how cool is that? Upon application, my skin feels refreshed and fortified.
Vichy Pureté Thermale Toner, $18 MSRP
SKINCEUTICALS HYALURONIC ACID INTENSIFIER
I have to admit, I only recently discovered hyaluronic acid (shameful, I know) and now it’s a staple in both my morning and nightly skin care routines. Upon application, my skin appears suppler and feels soft and smooth.
VICHY LIFTACTIV EYES
For me, eye cream is essential. My eyes tend to look quite puffy when I wake up, so using eye cream on the regular helps hydrate my eye contour and reduce the look of puffiness. LiftActiv Eyes from Vichy is one of my favorites!
Vichy LiftActiv Eyes, $33.50
KIEHL’S CACTUS FLOWER & TIBETAN GINSENG HYDRATING MIST
Before moisturizing, I like to “set” my serums with a face mist. Don’t let me convince you that setting your serums is even a thing, but it is one of the most luxurious part of my day, so I really try to enjoy it. Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist smells delicious and feels truly indulgent. It’s a refreshing skin treat, yes, but also can help the skin lock in hydration.”
GARNIER SKINACTIVE MOISTURE BOMB THE ANTIOXIDANT SUPER MOISTURIZER
Now onto moisturizer—and more hyaluronic acid! Garnier’s SkinActive Moisture Bomb line is a hyaluronic acid lover’s dream… and their Antioxidant Super Moisturizer is one of my favorites. This water-light gel feels weightless and helps my combination skin feel balanced.
KIEHL’S MIDNIGHT RECOVERY CONCENTRATE
After thoroughly removing all my makeup at the end of the day, I pamper my skin with this replenishing elixir from Kiehl’s. I love aromatherapy and often mix my own essential oils, and this formula’s scent is a perfect match! It smells incredible, and leaves my skin feeling restored.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $46-$122 MSRP
GARNIER ALL-IN-1 MATTIFYING MICELLAR CLEANSING WATER
Micellar water is one of my favorite cleansing options thanks to its ability to gently and effectively remove all traces of makeup without stripping the skin of moisture, without harsh rubbing, and without the need to rinse. I store a large size of micellar water in my beauty shelf at all times, and keep a travel-sized bottle in my purse for quick and easy use while on the go.
L’OREAL PARIS HYDRA GENIUS DAILY LIQUID CARE – NORMAL/OILY SKIN
Moisturizing is a non-negotiable part of my skin care routine. I often swap out the moisturizers in my shelf depending on the season. For spring and summer, I reach for lightweight formulas that deliver a matte finish for my oily/combination skin. Enter: Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care. It’s formulated with aloe water and 3 types of hyaluronic acid to infuse my skin with moisture and remove excess sebum for a fresh feel and healthy look.
After years of searching for an eye makeup remover that would gently sweep away every last trace of my smokey eye and mascara at the end of the day, I’ve finally found my star product. The double-phase liquid is fresh as water, yet removes even waterproof eye mascara. Plus, after use, the delicate skin around my eyes are left feeling clean and refreshed without any lingering residue.
Lancôme Bi-Facil, $30 MSRP
SKINCEUTICALS RETINOL 0.5
Because my skin is not getting any younger, I like to take preventative measures and use products that can help address signs of premature aging. One of my favorite ways to do so? With retinol! SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5 goes on smoothly and can help reduce the appearance of visible signs of premature skin aging.
SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5, $64 MSRP
KIEHL’S PURE VITALITY SKIN RENEWING CREAM
My skin errs on the side of dry and dull, so I need a facial cream that can promote hydration and provide my skin with a more illuminated-looking complexion. For this, I always reach for Kiehl’s Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream. This facial moisturizer—formulated with manuka honey and red ginseng root—leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth with a healthy-looking glow.
L’ORÉAL PARIS PURE-CLAY DETOX & BRIGHTEN TREATMENT MASK
On Sundays I always pamper my complexion with a charcoal face mask to help purify the look of my pores and get my skin ready for the busy week ahead. While I change out my charcoal cleansers often, the Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Treatment Mask from L’Oréal Paris has a permanent spot on my top shelf.
For more on L’Oréal Paris’ Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Treatment Mask ($12.99 MSRP) and other masks in the brand’s Pure-Clay collection, click here.
VICHY MINERALIZING THERMAL WATER
One skin care product I can’t live without is facial mist and the Mineralizing Thermal Water from Vichy is one of my favorites. I love how refreshed and hydrated my skin feels after a couple spritzes of this drugstore formula.
For more of Vichy’s Mineralizing Thermal Water ($14 MSRP), see our product review, here.
KIEHL’S DAILY REVIVING CONCENTRATE
One of my favorite steps in my skin care routine is serum application. I love how serums can allow you to switch up your routine to cater to specific concerns. One of my daily go-to’s is Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate. Nourishing, yet lightweight, this daily facial serum leaves my skin feeling ultra hydrated and refreshed.
Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate, $46 MSRP
LA ROCHE-POSAY TOLERIANE DOUBLE REPAIR MOISTURIZER UV
I take my sun protection seriously—as should we all—and prefer to use a moisturizer formulated with SPF. While moisturizers formulated with SPF shouldn’t be your only form of sun protection (keep reading to find out what face sunscreen I follow up with), it doesn’t hurt to double up and add a little more SPF to your beauty routine. The Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer UV hydrates my complexion, doesn’t have an overwhelming scent, and is formulated with SPF 30!
SKINCEUTICALS PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SPF 50
I’m a stickler for sunscreen and I have many in my skin care arsenal. That being said, the Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 from SkinCeuticals is a staple in my daily routine. I love how the formula is lightweight and easy to apply.