Ordering skincare products on Amazon has become a bit of a hobby for me lately. Watching 5,000 hours of skincare TikTok, where everyone glows with an unattainable glossy radiance, might be to blame. When a beautiful person holds a bottle of face goo, my brain is like, “yes! We must purchase face goo!” I spend hours putting things in and taking them out of my cart. It’s a specific joy; I feel like you understand.
But there’s more. Rubbing liquids into my face gives me a reason to get out of bed these days. Each vial has a purpose and makes desirable yet impossible promises, like, “reduces fine lines and wrinkles.” Because of my honorary skincare degree from TikTok University, I can confidently slather the products on in the current, scientific order (lightest to heaviest!). It’s so satisfying and makes me feel pathetically productive.
Since I’ve ordered enough dupes and doofs for the both of us, I thought it might be useful to share what’s actually worth buying on Amazon.
Here are nine of my favorite skincare products on Amazon, in no particular order:
Ok, yes, “ointment” isn’t the sexiest skincare term, but MY BEEBS. This stuff totally changed my nighttime routine. @whatsonvisface, internet skin expert who you should definitely follow, even just for her funny yet moving depression content, introduced me to the concept of “slugging” in one of her videos. I know, slugging. It’s getting sexier and sexier! Long story short, slugging is when you add a layer of petrolatum (the hip new word for petroleum) on top of your regular skincare routine. The petrolatum seals in the hydration of your serums and moisturizers, resulting in crazy soft skin when you wake up.
Some people, including Marilyn Monroe apparently, use plain old Vasoline. But the CeraVe Healing Ointment contains 46.5% petrolatum, which does the trick. What makes this formulation extra magic is that it’s also made up of a variety of ceramides, which are these fatty molecules our skin naturally produces to protect our skin’s moisture barrier. They’re actually in a lot of moisturizing face goops, but the ceramide/petrolatum combination in the CeraVe ointment is *big juicy chef kiss*.
Maybe my favorite part of slapping this stuff on my mug before beauty sleep is that it leaves an unworldly sheen on my skin. Like I’m an oiled pan or a sweaty crossfitter. In a good way, obviously.
According to The Internet, I’m supposed to be wearing at least SPF 30, all day every day. Even inside. Even if I’m asleep in my bed. It’s supposed to protect my face from the UVA, UVB, UVLOL rays, which is SUPPOSED to keep me looking 30 forever. And, more importantly, prevent skin cancer. Duh.
EltaMD is the first sunscreen I’ve ever used that gets along with the rest of my skincare. The consistency is somehow refreshing, instead of globby and thick like most other sunscreens I’ve tried. Get this, I even RE-APPLY two or three times a day, like a real grown up. Incredible.
For the record, I’m currently enjoying the tinted version of this sunscreen, mostly because makeup overwhelms me. It’s pretty sheer, but I’m not confident it will work for all skin shades. So I recommend the non-tinted version.
In my youth, I thought I invented the double cleanse method when I started using coconut oil to remove my makeup. (I can hear Kirbie Johnson, who is morally opposed to coconut oil, gagging – I’m so sorry, Kirbie!) Trust me, this Deep Cleansing Oil works way better.
Hailing from Japan, the DHC oil cleanser has no bells and whistles. It does exactly what it promises: gets your makeup (or eight layers of EltaMD sunscreen) off your skin without stripping. So simple! This stuff doesn’t even have a scent. When you add water, it does turn milky, and rinsing it off is a pleasure. No washcloths or ten minutes of vigorous scrubbing necessary. I think it qualifies as one of the most luxurious skincare products on Amazon.
P.S. A little goes a long way, so if this big bottle feels like signing a marriage certificate, definitely try out the smaller size first!
This lovely balm has become another double cleanse favorite of mine. It’s a Korean skincare product, but the results are comparable to the DHC oil. Here are some of the differences: Green Clean comes in a pot, so I usually end up sticking my fingers in it. If you struggle with acne, this could result in spreading bacteria. (I mean, honestly, if you are anyone with any sort of skin, this could result in spreading bacteria.)
The consistency of Green Clean is way thiccer than the DHC, which I would compare to liquidy melted butter. Green Clean is pretty solid until you warm it up in your hand, and it smells super spa-like.
Ugh, I love them both. If you end up having a favorite, can you let me know?
A while ago, I read an article touting Weleda Ultra-Rich Skin Food as an affordable dupe for La Mer, which is a fancy, expensive moisturizer that maybe smells like baby powder but appeals to me only because of how fancy it is. The Ultra-Rich cream surprised me! In a lot of ways, like the thick, smooth consistency, Weleda held its own against La Mer. It quickly became one of my go-to skincare products on Amazon.
Until I met Ultra-Rich Cream’s little sister, Weleda Skin Food Light. Who is she?! Skin Food Light is basically Ultra-Rich with more water. The amazing ingredients, like chamomile, sunflower oil, and pansy are still present, along with the incredible (I’m serious, INCREDIBLE) natural scent. No added fragrances!
The Ultra-Rich might be best for overnight or days when you are trapped at a wedding snowstorm or a baby shower in the desert. But the Skin Food Light can be used every day, all over your body, under your makeup, on top of the rest of your products. Sorry, I’m like drooling all over you. Let’s move on.
This product pops up on “must have” lists all the time, and honestly when I first tried it a few years ago, I was like .. huh? Can’t I just use soap like a normal person? But now I’ve found the perfect place for micellar water in my routine!
Because I put layers and layers of rull good goo on my face at night, I don’t want to completely wash it away in the morning. So I do a few swipes of this with a cotton pad. My skin maintains the softness we worked for during beauty sleep, but I’m confident I’m not shoveling SPF over dirty skin.
Also, APPARENTLY, skin products work best when you apply to damp skin, so this serves as prep for my morning serums and such. Catching two birds with one net.
I saw Lauryn from The Skinny Confidential use Elemis Superfood Night Cream so then I wanted to use Elemis Superfood Night Cream. Not a fan of the blog name, but big fan of her! First of all, this freaking stuff. Smells so. Freaking. Delicious. Like a spa. Like a facial. Like a Bora Bora vacation (cannot confirm, haven’t been to Bora Bora yet, but using my imagination).
And the fragrance comes from the ingredients! Yummy scented things like lavender, ylang ylang, vetiver compliment active ingredients like barley, quinoa, and sweet almond oil. Actually, those sound yummy, too. Should I be eating this?
This is one of the pricier skincare products on Amazon that’s won me over, but my skin sucks it up like me drinking a McDonald’s chocolate milkshake. It also contains probiotics (wait, no seriously, should I be eating this?) and pairs perfectly with my CeraVe ointment.
I know what you’re thinking: “Christina, if you love Elemis so much, why don’t you marry it?!” Well, first of all, how do you know I haven’t already asked? And second of all, it would be kind of a downer if I used up my first husband during my skincare regimen, ok?!
All of the pros of the Superfood Night Cream apply to this oil as well. It’s really light and absorbs straight into my face. But still, somehow, leaves a glow.
As much as I adore these products (the smell has me under a spell, I suspect), I do have a little secret for those of you who don’t want to splurge on a stinky face oil. The main ingredient in this stuff is sweet almond oil, which you can buy for cheaps right here.
We need to get something out of the way: this company is not named after Jack Black of School of Rock fame. Sadly.
Despite that injustice, this lip balm is one of the most magical skincare products on Amazon. Note the SPF 25. That alone sparks my fancy. Unlike other sunscreen lip products I’ve tried (no shade), Jack Black’s formula is super rich and shiny and moisturizing. I haven’t tried any of the flavored ones because I’m in a committed relationship with the shea butter and vitamin E kind, but I’m confident they’re all equally fabulous.
This is what I wear instead of lipstick these days. The glossy finish and real moisturizing (as compared to THE FAKE moisturizing other lip balms offer) plump my lips. I look like I tried! Five stars.