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Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what was their secret to healthy, glowing skin? We’ve asked experts to spill the best skin-care products (think: top dermatologists, estheticians to the stars, and even celebrities), and now, we’re posing the same question to our editors. Whether it’s diminishing fine lines or combatting persistent acne and calming sensitive skin, we try to handle our skin with care. Our curated regimens are incredibly personal—aiding us to look and feel your best, after all.
At a Glance:
- The Vitamin C: SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic, $182
- The LED Device: Solawave 4-in-1 Skincare Wand, $149
- The Hydrating Serum: Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum, $320
- The Brightening Cream: Sunday Riley C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Cream, $65
- The Cleanser: Dior La Mousse Off/On Foaming Face Cleanser, $50
- The Face Mist: Avène Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water, $19
- The Lip Treatment: Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask, $24
- The Dark Spot Reducer: Caudalie Vinoperfect Dark Spot Serum, $82
- The Glow-Booster: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, $99
- The Night Cream: Kate Somerville +Retinol Vitamin C Moisturizer, $110
- The Microcurrent Device: NuFace Mini+ Starter Kit, $245
Here, 45 editors open up their vanities to detail their holy-grails. From antioxidant-rich serums to viral beauty tools, these are the best skin-care products of 2023, according to the editors of Vogue.
Kiana Murden, beauty commerce writer
It’s so hard to pick just one holy grail. My skin has transformed in the last year or so after religiously practicing my morning and nighttime regimens (I literally don’t skip a day!). Keeping my skin balanced and hydrated is key to glowing, supple skin. As obvious as it may sound, coming to terms with the fact that I have oily skin has made all the difference. Once a week, I swear by swapping my everyday toner for Biologique Recherche’s P50 1970—an exfoliating elixir that staves off breakouts by balancing skin’s sebum production. On hydration, I prefer something weightless, like Avène’s refreshing mist throughout the day. Often paired with the latter, the Solawave wand is my beauty gadget of choice, as the convenient device pairs four treatments in one: microcurrent, red light therapy, therapeutic warmth, and a facial massage. As for eye creams, I swear by the SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex to quell dark circles and fine lines during precious beauty sleep.
Hamish Bowles, international editor-at-large
I was on a plane several times a month, and in the interest of not inducing a second hernia I had to pare down the panoply of products ranged on far too many of my bathroom shelves at home. Luckily, my Paris- and London-based dermatologist, Dr. Antoni Calmon, made life very easy for me when he told me that I could get away with a morning application of SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic serum, a generic sunblock SPF 50 (although I barely set eyes on the sun through most of the spring of 2020), and the cutaneous Differin cream at night before bed. (If I really wanted to spoil myself at home, I might mitigate the tingle with a luxurious moisturizer: La Mer’s The Moisturizing Soft Cream is my first choice here, but after one of the jars broke in my luggage, I decided not to travel with it, although I’m sure the clothes it was packed with have never had a silkier softener!)
Many Vogue editors swear by the NuFace to lift, firm, and tone. The buzzy tool uses microcurrent technology to sculpt and contour the face in minutes. Essentially exercise for your face, the NuFace is excellent to diminish puffiness or prep for a big day.
Virginia Smith, fashion director
When I can’t get to Rescue Spa for a facial with Diana, Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream still works magic.
Charlotte Diamond, associate fashion editor
I have been on Accutane for the last four or so months (masks really did a number on me), and while it has helped clear up my skin, I have been suffering from the dreaded dry, cracked lips. Aside from my trusty Aquaphor, my solution for this decidedly unsexy problem has been Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask. I apply it quite liberally before I go to sleep and wake up the next morning with quenched, soft lips. A good solution indeed!
Madeline Fass, fashion market editor
I’ve recently become a SkinCeuticals convert, from their serums to sunscreen; I’m obsessed! My skincare routine can’t start without the C E Ferulic and the HA Intensifier. I was also recently persuaded by one of the Zitomer Pharmacy ladies to add Earthen’s Lift and Repair serum into my routine nightly, for its featured skin-plumping peptides. Plus, Barbara Sturm’s body serum has been great for neck and décolletage after the shower.
Molly Barstein, content operations associate
Recently, I have been loving the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel Pads and have started slowly incorporating them into my nightly skin-care routine. I recommend using them one to two times a week in the beginning and promise that you will wake up in the morning with baby-soft skin. I’m also a huge fan of LED light therapy and was thrilled when I found out that they make a device that allows me to treat my skin in the comfort of my home. I wear this mask every night while watching TV for facial-like results.
Lisa Aiken, executive fashion director
Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Hyaluronic Serum was a game-changing discovery for me while at her spa on Mount Street in London. I struggled to ensure high moisture levels while balancing combination skin…but this is so light and so dramatically hydrating I was blown away from a few days of using a travel sample. I use morning and night below Sisley’s Black Rose moisturizer.
Irene Kim, production and editorial coordinator
I’m not one to splurge when it comes to my face cleanser. They all do the trick, in my opinion, but I got this Dior face wash as a gift, and it has changed my view on luxury face washes. The Dior foaming cleanser has a very light foam, and after washing my face, it doesn’t feel like my skin barrier is stripped dry of any moisture. It also removes all the residual makeup that my makeup remover may have missed, which is an extra plus. The lily scent is also super luxe. $50 is a heftier price tag to add to my already pricy skin-care routine, which already includes the Caudalie Vinoperfect serum, but it is worth it for that glowing skin.
Tonne Goodman, sustainability editor
I met Joanna Vargas through Vogue in 2006, before she became a celebrity to celebrities, and I have been devoted ever since. She is known for ‘hands from heaven’ for her facials, and her products are flawless. I’m now committed to her new nighttime serum. It’s a retinol serum that smells delicious, is hydrating, stimulates collagen, and tightens (important for me!). Say no more, it ticks all the boxes.
Alexis Bennett, commerce writer
Lately, I’ve been taking a less-is-more approach when it comes to my skin-care routine. Instead of a never-ending concoction of harsh exfoliants, I’m leaning into super hydrating moisturizers and antioxidant-packed serums. My new two favorites are Tatcha’s Dewy Skin Cream (in the gratitude size) and Sunday Riley’s C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum. Those two magical potions work together like peanut butter and jelly in my skin-care regimen, keeping my skin glowing and plump.
Arden Fanning, contributor
I discovered Auteur’s new line during a luxurious trip to The Spa at Casa Cipriani, where the incredibly knowledgeable (on another level) facialist, Sam Susca, let me know that it’s now her preferred brand after trying everything—and even works well for reactive skin types. Auteur worked with German hospitals and scientists to develop super-concentrated ingredients with intelligent delivery systems, all vetted by European Union Cosmetic standards and unlike the US, they require pre-market safety assessments and much, much more. It feels like the Hermès of skin care for the price and quality, though the products don’t have to be used every day (or night, which I prefer) to work, and the Definitive Hyaluron Activator Serum in this Hydrate set seems to already be a star for mirror-finish skin.
Chloe Schama, senior editor
I’ve vaguely followed the benefits of vitamin C and retinol, so when I came across Kate Somerville’s two-in-one cream, I was intrigued. Apparently, using the two ingredients in tandem can cause irritation, but that hasn’t been the case for me—in fact, the moisturizer seems to preempt the drying that can sometimes occur with retinol. An added bonus: Subtracting a step from my routine means one less thing to worry about, means less stress, means better skin—or so I like to think!
Cassandra Pintro, associate production manager
I’m someone who wears makeup pretty much every time I go outside. That being said, it’s really important to me to have a healthy skin barrier underneath—and that means hydration. I am huge on keeping my skin firm and full of moisture that actually absorbs and holds all day. The Paula’s Choice exfoliant is an absolute essential for me, and its perfect match is the Epi.Logic hydration bundle for glowing skin with or without makeup. Lastly, thanks to beauty expert Sean Garrette I’ve been recruited to the Dior Off/On cleanser before bed and it is chef’s kiss!
Samantha Sussman, associate director, social creative
This is a new cleanser I recently tried and I have to say I am converted. I have had a hard time finding a cleanser that I feel like is actually changing my skin for the better. A facialist told me, “I can tell” when I admitted that I do not, in fact, exfoliate regularly, this cleanser does the job and is gentle enough to use on a daily basis. Consider your skin clarified!
Ian Malone, experiences manager
I recently fell in love with Augustinus Bader products. After a month of using them, my skin has never felt or looked better. The steep price tag is justified by the rich, effective, and luxurious products. The Cream is my absolute favorite. You will not regret it.
Sarah Spellings, fashion news editor
Whenever my skin feels a little drab, I use a Joanna Vargas face mask. I never used to be on board with skin-care masks, but these leave my skin feeling so refreshed and hydrated. I love the process of using the Tatcha Rice Polish just as much as I love the results. This powder-to-foam exfoliant sloughs away my uneven texture, and leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. A truly luxurious experience from beginning to end, and I hear Meghan Markle is also a fan!
Michelle Ruiz, contributing editor
According to my dermatologist, daily sunscreen is the most essential skin care and the crux of all anti-aging efforts. EltaMD UV Clear is my go-to light, blend-able sunscreen (with necessary zinc!) that doesn’t trigger breakouts. I panic when I run out, then buy two more.
Taylor Lashley, social media manager
I recently started using Sunday Riley’s Afterglow Brightening Gel Cream and I’m obsessed. Not only does it leaves my skin looking brighter, but this moisturizer is lightweight (which is perfect for these summer months!!) and has a gorgeous non-greasy satin-like finish.
Daisy Shaw-Ellis, jewelry director
I’ve been using SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence religiously morning and night, winter and summer for years now. It’s a lightweight serum (so much so it feels like water), doesn’t clog or irritate my fussy skin, is next to scentless, and works to give me a healthy glow with all the moisture I need in the summer and a trusty layer in the winter. (I always layer moisturizing products in the cold months, as one is never enough.) Although it’s got a hefty price tag, a bottle lasts me exactly a year—not something I can say often.
Carolina Gonzalez, assistant to the editor-in-chief
I’ve been a big fan of anything Glossier since day one, but I always feel that their real hidden gem is Futuredew. Both serum and oil, it’s moisturizing but not too heavy for my dry skin, unlike other thick oils. Just one pump on my face and there’s an instantaneous dewy glow!
Taylor Anderson, associate social media manager
I’ve incorporated Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Minimizing Cleansing Clay Mask into my Sunday skin-care routine and I haven’t looked back since. It is the perfect product to make you feel refreshed and ready for the week ahead. After using, I can clearly see my pores minimized, leaving my skin refined and smooth.
Alexandra Gurvitch, creative development associate director
I love the Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask. I have been really honing in on my skin care because I feel like being stuck inside is the time to really work out problems, and this mask is my luxurious mainstay. I typically keep one in my desk at work and one in my travel bag because I love it so much.
Mai Morsch, associate market editor
I have to admit, SkinCeutical’s Vitamin C E Ferulic serum is worth the hype. I was hesitant, given the price tag, but I’ve noticed such a difference in my skin’s texture and brightness. I’ve also recently incorporated Environ’s Skin EssentiA antioxidant cream into my routine a few nights a week. I sincerely thought no retinol product would ever work on my sensitive skin, but the low concentration of Vitamin A and C in this product really delivers that extra glow!
Christian Allaire, fashion and style writer
I have dry skin, and in the fall-winter, it’s even worse—so Glow Recipe’s watermelon drops and Tatcha’s dewy skin cream have been my two hero skin-care items. Both boost the skin’s hydration and give me a luminous glow. I’ll also pat on Drunk Elephant’s luxury oil for even more shine—but any face oil would do! As for SPF, I really enjoy the Glowscreen by Supergoop. Can’t forget sunscreen!
Atalie Gimmel, senior social media manager
I like to keep things as simple as possible when it comes to my skin-care routine, and this cleanser fits that bill. I’ve been using it every morning for the past five years or so, and my skin has stayed consistently moisturized and overall clear, give or take the occasional stress breakout, of course.
Willow Lindley, accessories and collaborations director
I can’t live without Naturopathica. The line has saved and continues to save my very sensitive and reactive skin. This white tea mask is a staple in my routine for added moisture or to calm any redness or inflammation. It’s magic: I put it on at night, go to sleep, wake up, and my face has self-soothed.
Naomi Elizée, market editor
The two skin-care lines that are heavy in my rotation are Dr. Barbara Sturm and Epi.logic by Dr. Jeanniton. I religiously use the Daily Dose vitamin C serum from Epi.logic to help with my hyperpigmentation, which I’ve struggled with for over 10 years now. I’ve been using it for about six months and have seen a major improvement in my dark spots and an evening out of my skin tone. My go-to product from Dr. Barbara Sturm is, hands down, the face cream from their Darker Skin Tones line. This moisturizer never feels too heavy or oily and gives my skin just the right amount of hydration it so desperately needs.
Jill Weiskopf, vice president of communications
I’m not exactly sure what to call this—a toner? a cleanser? a makeup remover? (I’ve used it for all of the above)—but I do know this refreshes my face, brightens my skin, and preps it for moisturizer and sunscreen like nothing else, with no irritation. It’s one of the very few items that I use to the last drop, and then re-stock immediately.
Ciarra Lorren Zatorski, associate fashion editor
Finding the right skin care for my sensitive skin has never been my forté. Lost and overwhelmed in the endless sea of products, a skin-care regime was nonexistent until nearly a year ago when I discovered Pevonia’s products. They are now my tried and true beauty hacks that keep my skin both clean and refreshed no matter the day.
Alexandra Michler, director of fashion initiatives
This may sound sort of left field, but I would have to say classic Dove bar soap is my all-time hero item. I never break out when I cleanse my face with Dove, and it is gentle enough to not strip my skin of moisture. My mother always recommended Dove soap to me, and it turns out she was right!
Mark Guiducci, creative editorial director
I only consistently use two products after washing my face: Biologique Recherche P50 toner and this incredible stuff by SkinCeuticals. Morning and night, winter and summer.
Kylee McGuigan, associate commerce producer
Having such fair skin, I’m always keen on keeping it protected while I’m out in the sun for a long time. As of recent, I was gifted the Supergoop Glowscreen, and I’m sold on it being a staple in my skin-care routine. Not only does it provide a nice glow on my face, but it applies incredibly well and is super buildable. It’s usually tough for me to find products that won’t irritate my sensitive skin, so I’m thrilled that this SPF has been working wonders for me so far.
Lucy Dolan-Zalaznick, creative development senior associate
If you don’t double cleanse or use a balm to remove your makeup: let me convert you. Makeup wipes were irritating my skin and eyes, and the oils left too much of a sticky residue, so I turned to Clinique’s Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm. It starts off as a silky balm, turns into an oil on your skin, and then washes off like a facial cleanser, taking all the makeup and dirt with it. Bonus points for sustainability (no single-use wipes!) and if you put a little on a Q-tip you can precisely wipe away fall-out or stray mascara marks. And even if you don’t wear much makeup, beauty gurus say that washing your face without double cleansing is like showering with your clothes on. Converted yet? Also, if I had a dollar for every time someone has complimented my skin since using Jan Marini’s Bioglycolic Face Cleanser…I’d buy another bottle and give it to you. Holy grail glycolic acid-based cleanser that has totally retextured my skin.
Elise Taylor, senior living writer
I have to be careful what kind of skin-care products I use due to my perioral dermatitis—which means avoiding heavy moisturizers as well as any products with synthetic fragrances. Two of my go-tos? Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Face Cream light, which moisturizes without being overbearing, as well as clean beauty brand Oak Essential’s gentle restorative mask that’s made with honey and avocado oil.
Concetta Ciarlo, associate manager of events, Vogue Club
I love makeup, and low-maintenance is not in my vocabulary. I look for products that address my skin concerns without compromising the longevity of the contour that I spent 15 minutes painting on my face. I always come back to this Youth To The People moisturizer because its lightweight under my foundation and leaves my combination skin feeling silky. Plus, this vegan moisturizer already has hyaluronic acid in it, and takes at least one step out my beauty regimen!
Laura Jackson, commerce writer
Tower 28’s SOS Intensive Redness Relief Serum has quickly become a holy grail product in my skin-care routine. Since using it, my skin is noticeably clearer and softer to the touch—I’m obsessed!
Samantha Ravin, creative development senior associate
I was recently introduced to the world of cleansing balm—I know, I’m late to the game—and it has become an absolute staple in my nightly routine. This one from Grace & Stella removes all of my makeup so easily and without any harsh scrubbing. After following it up with a cleanser, my face is left feeling super clean and moisturized. I’m proud to say the makeup wipe era has come to a long-overdue end!
Fabbiola Romain, associate visual editor
Recently, I learned the importance of sunscreen use every day, even when not exposed to the sun. I stumbled across Black Girl Sunscreen, which specifically caters to melanin skin and protects from hyperpigmentation and sun damage. I love how lightweight and gentle it goes on with no residue! Also, perfect under makeup! Now that’s Black Girl Magic!
Eliseé Browchuk, production and marketing manager of experiences
I’ve become dependent on Sunday Riley’s CEO vitamin-C rich hydration cream throughout these dreary winter months. I’ve noticed that my skin shines brighter and feels suppler, two adjectives that were never in my winter vocabulary. Pro-tip: apply the cream as a primer to get a natural dewy glow underneath your foundation.
Lilah Ramzi, features & commerce editor
My facialist Raquel at Joanna Czech (where skin miracles happen), instructed me to incorporate this gel into my regime as I have very redness-prone, sensitive skin. It feels great on and the ingredients—which include Green Tea, vitamin C and vitamin E—really help to even out my complexion. I’d consider it one of my best skin-care product discoveries. Thanks Raquel!
Clarissa Schmidt, commerce producer
I’ve declared 2023 as the year of my skin—I’ve made it a goal to invest in my skin-care regimen and the products that I incorporate into it. The one brand I’m obsessing over is Sunday Riley. My beauty counter is currently covered with the entire line, but if I had to choose a couple of favorites, it would be the U.F.O face oil and vitamin C serum. The two have done absolute wonders on my sensitive, acne-prone skin to combat imperfections and blemishes, whilst evening my skin tone and texture. It’s only been a few weeks since I started using them, and it already feels like I’m looking at a different person in the mirror each morning.
Chloe Malle, contributing editor
Mila Moursi’s sunscreen is my summer go-to. I love the quick dissolving gel texture and I treat this as my full summer skin-care routine.
Julie Tong, commerce director
My skin-care routine is pretty simple, but once I find a product I love, I really hold onto it and use every last drop. I’m obsessed with Korean skin-care line Femmue— from their cleansers, masks, serums, and moisturizers, they are gentle on my skin and always leave it feeling fresh and glowing. (I’ll admit my mother is a big fan as well, especially of the Ideal Creme Riche and constantly asks for it as a birthday gift).
Laia Garcia-Furtado, senior fashion news editor
My friend Christy turned me on to May Lindstrom’s products. I started with “The Clean Dirt,” which I really loved, and have since tried a slew of her other products. My current favorite is “The Problem Solver,” which similarly to the Dirt, it’s a powder that you mix with water to make into a foam that you put on your face like a mask. Yes, it’s a little pricey but it truly lasts forever — as a matter of fact when the full-size jar I ordered arrived, my first thought was, “perhaps this jar is too big?” I had a baby in January, so my skin has been going through it but I feel like this is really helping. I’ve been doing it three times a week now and I just always feel so good after!