7 Skin Care Products We’re Thankful For
Every year as we inch up to Thanksgiving Day, we take a step back to think about what we’re truly thankful for. Our health, friends, and family always sit high on our lists, but we'd be remiss if we didn't call out the holy grail beauty products that make a massive impact on the look and feel of our skin day after day, too. From a vitamin C serum to a cookie-scented body butter, here are seven skin care products from the L’Oréal portfolio of brands that we appreciate and—quite frankly—couldn’t live without.
Kiehl's "Made for All" Gentle Body Cleanser
Skin care products that take all skin types into account are ones we like to embrace, and Kiehl’s “Made for All” Gentle Body Cleanser is one of them. We don’t just like this body cleanser because it’s inclusive to all but also because it delivers real benefits. Formulated with aloe vera and soap tree extract, apply this body cleanser (which triples as a hair wash and face wash as well) while showering for skin that feels refreshingly clean and soothed.
Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum
All skin care enthusiasts know just how vital a vitamin C serum is for your skin, and we’re incredibly thankful that they exist. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C serums can help to neutralize free radical damage, keeping premature signs of aging at bay, helping to reduce the look of discoloration, and deliver a brighter-looking complexion. An affordable drugstore favorite is Vichy’s LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum. Formulated with pure and potent antioxidants and hyaluronic acid, this serum can help to brighten and firm the look of skin in just ten days.
Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum, $28 MSRP
Garnier SkinActive 3-in-1 Face Wash, Scrub, and Mask with Charcoal
On days we just can't seem to find a minute to ourselves, we look to multi-tasking products that can help to cut down on time—not to mention, money. For 3-in-1 benefits, we’re currently loving Garnier's SkinActive 3-in-1 Face Wash, Scrub, and Mask with Charcoal. Use as a daily cleanser (to deep clean pores and lift impurities), as a face scrub (to improve texture) or as a mask(to reduce excess oils).
SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3
Retinol is powerful, so it can be a bit intimidating to try for the first time. But there’s a reason it appears in a handful of our beauty cabinets. Retinol can help reduce the appearance of signs of aging, including wrinkles and fine lines, as well as improve skin texture and discoloration. It’s a multi-tasker and our routines wouldn’t be complete without it. If you’re looking to get your feet wet in the retinol pool, start with a lower concentration of the ingredient such as SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3. The potent nighttime cream helps to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration by accelerating cellular turnover.
Editor’s note: When using retinol, only apply the product at night since it can cause skin sensitivity to sunlight. During daytime hours, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher and take additional sun precautions.
SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3, $62 MSRP
It Cosmetics Confidence in A Cream
There are a few vital reasons why this product is so sought-after. Developed by plastic surgeons, this quick-absorbing super cream transforms skin for a supple, youthful, and healthier appearance. The formula—which features a super ceramide complex—contains collagen and hyaluronic acid and can help plump the look of lines and reduce the look of pores.
It Cosmetics Confidence in A Cream, $48 MSRP
Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie Shea Soufflè
There are certain scents that remind us of the holiday season, and one of our favorites is Carol’s Daughter Almond Cookie collection and more specifically this body cream. Blended with almond oil and other carefully-selected ingredients, like cocoa seed butter, this body cream restores softness and comforts the skin without leaving a greasy, or sticky residue. Plus, it smells delightfully of freshly-baked cookies.
CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum
As much as we adore the holiday season, we’re not big fans of the colder weather and whipping winds that are often associated with this time of year. Pair that with a boost in artificial air through heating units, our skin can definitely take a hit and be stripped of vital moisture. To help boost your skin’s hydration levels, few ingredients do a better job than hyaluronic acid. Formulated into this serum, expect CeraVe Hyaluronic Acid Serum to bind moisture to your skin’s surface while restoring your skin’s protective barrier.
CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $16 MSRP