Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what their secret was to healthy, glowing skin? Although we’ve begged the experts to reveal the best skincare products, we now pose the same question to our editors. From diminishing fine lines to fighting stubborn acne and removing dark spots, we try to handle our skin with care. Skincare is incredibly personal and helps you look and feel your best, after all.
Here, 49 publishers open up their vanities to detail their holy grails. From moisturizers to sheer sunscreens, these are the best skincare products, according to vogue editors.
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virginia smith, fashion director
When I can’t rescue the spa for a facial with Diana, Augustinus Bader’s rich cream continues to work its magic.
lisa aiken, executive fashion director
dr. barbara sturm’s hyaluronic serum was a revolutionary 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 hydrating that i was blown away after a few days of using a travel sampler. I use morning and night under sisley’s black rose moisturizer.
irene kim, editorial and production coordinator
caudalie vinoperfect serum is so good i had to ask our wonderful former global social media director steff yotka to buy it for me while she was checking out, socializing and filming during paris fashion week for a trip to french drugstores to buy me this. It cleanses and brightens any dark spots on your skin and my skin looks unbelievably dewy after using it and it is the only skincare purchase I will ever buy again. this combined with my other hero product etude soonjung 2x intensive barrier cream makes for a winning combo.
tone goodman, sustainability editor
I met joanna vargas through vogue in 2006, before she became a celebrity for celebrities, and have been dedicated ever since. she is known for her “hands from heaven” for her facials and her products are impeccable. I’m now engaged to her new night serum. It’s a retinol serum that smells delicious, hydrates, stimulates collagen, and tightens (important to me!). Say no more, it ticks all the boxes.
alexis bennett, trade writer
since its launch a couple of weeks ago, i have been religiously using pca day and night skin rejuvenation serum. there is a big difference in the texture of my complexion; it’s smoother, brighter, and fine lines begin to fade. even my husband can tell the difference and often asks me if i am wearing makeup when i am not. Next, if you want your pores to completely disappear and your face to look as smooth as a dolphin’s fin, then you have to try these wipes. they are a holy grail in my skincare routine. I’ll never forget the first time my best friend saw me wearing one. he immediately complimented my skin and ordered a container for it. I might change my serums and cleansers from time to time, but these wipes are a constant in my skincare routine.
charlotte diamond, associate fashion editor
I’ve been taking accutane for the past four months (the masks really helped) and while it has helped clear up my skin, I’ve been suffering from the dreaded dry chapped lips. Aside from my trusty aquaphor, my solution to this decidedly unsexy problem has been laneige’s lip sleeping mask. I apply it liberally before I go to sleep and wake up the next morning with lips that are soft and dewy. a nice solution indeed!
hamish bowles, international managing editor
In a pre-COVID-19 world, I was traveling on an airplane several times a month, and in order not to induce a second hernia, I had to reduce the panoply of products that sat on too many shelves in my bathroom at home. luckily my paris and london based dermatologist dr. antoni calmon, made my life so easy when he told me i could get away with a morning application of skinceuticals c e ferulic serum, a generic spf 50 sunblock (although i barely laid eyes on the sun for most of spring 2020), and differin skin cream at night before bed. (If I really wanted to pamper myself at home, I could assuage the tingle with a luxurious moisturizer – La Mer’s Moisturizing Smooth Cream is my first choice here, but after one of the bottles broke in my luggage, I decided not to travel with it though!) I’m sure the clothes in it have never had a silkier fabric softener!)
samantha sussman, associate director, social creativity
This is a new cleanser that I recently tried and I have to say that I am convinced. i have had a hard time finding a cleanser that i feel is actually changing my skin for the better. One facialist told me, “I can tell” when I admitted that I don’t actually exfoliate regularly, this cleanser gets the job done and is gentle enough to use daily. consider your skin lightened!
mai morsch, associate market editor
I have super dry skin and this avène cleanser is absolutely perfect. After removing my makeup, I apply it liberally and simply wipe away the excess with a damp cotton ball. I find that the leave-in formula really locks in moisture. I’ve also been using embryolisse for years now, nothing has come close to beating it!
ian malone, experience 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 high price is justified by the rich, effective and luxurious products. the cream is my absolute favourite. you won’t regret it.
taylor lashley, social media manager
I recently started using sunday riley’s brightening afterglow gel cream and am obsessed. Not only does it leave my skin looking brighter, but this moisturizer is lightweight (which is perfect for these summer months!) and has a beautiful non-greasy satin finish.
daisy shaw-ellis, jewelry director
i have been using sk-ii facial treatment essence religiously morning and night, winter and summer for years. It’s a lightweight serum (so lightweight it feels like water), doesn’t clog or irritate my fussy skin, has almost no odor, and works to give me a healthy glow with all the moisture I need in the summer and a reliable layer in the winter. (I always layer moisturizing products in the cold months, as one is never enough.) Although it is expensive, a bottle lasts me exactly one year, something I can’t say often.
liana satenstein, senior fashion writer
supergoop! he’s got a cornucopia of sunscreen… he’s like a kid—or an adult scared of sun damage!—in a candy store. The options for blocking out the rays are endless, but I personally am in love with superscreen spf 40 daily moisturizer.
chloe schama, senior editor
I’ve been vaguely following 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 together can cause irritation, but that hasn’t been the case for me; in fact, the moisturizer seems to prevent the drying that can sometimes occur with retinol. an added bonus: taking a step out of my routine means one less thing to worry about, means less stress, means better skin, or so I like to think!
taylor anderson, associate social media manager
I incorporated kiehl’s rare earth pore minimizing cleansing clay mask into my sunday skincare routine and haven’t looked back since. it’s the perfect product to leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the week ahead. after using it, i can clearly see my minimized pores, leaving my skin refined and smooth.
lilah ramzi, features & trade editor
my facialist raquel at joanna czech (where skin miracles happen) told me to incorporate this gel into my regimen since i have very sensitive and redness-prone skin. It feels great and the ingredients, including green tea, vitamin c, and vitamin e, really help even out my complexion. I would consider it one of my best skincare product discoveries. Thanks Rachel!
kiana murden, beauty trade writer
It is very difficult to pick just one holy grail. My skin has been transformed in the last year after religiously doing my morning and night routines (I literally don’t skip a day!). keeping my skin balanced and hydrated is key to glowing and supple skin. i rely on the klur serum to boost hydration on a daily basis and the avène mist to refresh me throughout the day. As far as eye creams go, I swear by skinceuticals a.g.e. Eye complex to quell dark circles and fine lines. Lastly, at night, I love the omorovicza serum, which works with a non-irritating form of retinal (also a derivative of vitamin a, similar to the popular ingredient retinol) to rejuvenate skin while I sleep.
arden fanning, contributor
I discovered the new signature line during a luxury trip to the cipriani home spa, where incredibly knowledgeable (on another level) facialist sam susca let me know it’s now his brand of choice after trying everything, and it even works well for reactive skin. The author worked with German hospitals and scientists to develop super-concentrated ingredients with smart delivery systems, all vetted by European Union cosmetic standards and, unlike the United States, require pre-market safety assessments and much, much more. . feels like hermès skincare for the price and quality, although the products don’t have to be used every day (or night, which I prefer) to work, and the ultimate hyaluron activating serum in this set of hydration it seems that I already know a star for a skin with a mirror finish.
sarah spelling, fashion news editor
I love the process of using this product as much as I love the results. This powder to foam exfoliator removes my uneven texture and leaves my skin feeling clean and soft. A truly luxurious experience from start to finish, and I hear Meghan Markle is a fan too!
alexandra gurvitch, associate director of creative development
I love sisley’s black rose cream mask. I’ve really been perfecting my skin care because I feel like being stuck inside is the time to really work things out, and this mask is my luxurious mainstay. I usually keep one on my desk at work and one in my travel bag because I love it.
lauren valenti, senior beauty editor
for years, renée rouleau’s favorite triple berry smoothing scrub has been my go-to treatment, both as part of my regular weekly maintenance regimen or when i need an instant glow before a big event. It’s technically an at-home chemical peel, but fear not if you have sensitive (and/or rosacea) skin like me. In just five minutes, its potent yet gentle blend of five ahas, bhas, and fruity enzymes leaves my skin feeling softer and more luminous. No redness or irritation – ever! bonus for the senses: looks, feels, and smells like fresh raspberry jam.
celia ellenberg, beauty director
I fell in love with vintner’s daughter active botanical serum when it first launched six years ago, just as face oils began to peak in the usa. uu. Its grapeseed oil base, which founder April Gargiulo knows honestly (she’s, in fact, a winemaker’s daughter), is lightweight and non-comedogenic, which means that unlike so many other face oils now on the market, it won’t make you feel bad. escape. Plus, unlike so many other face oils now on the market, its blend of powerful essential oils actually helps repair your skin while providing moisturizing nourishment. I’ve gone back to it sporadically in recent years, but now it’s back in my daily quarantine rotation because it gets high marks in the only categories we should be judging products by right now: it makes me feel good, and it works.
atalie gimmel, senior social media manager
I like to keep things as simple as possible when it comes to my skincare routine, and this cleanser fits the bill. I’ve been using it every morning for the past five years, and my skin has remained consistently hydrated and overall clean, give or take the occasional bout of stress, of course.
willow lindley, director of accessories and collaborations
I can’t live without naturopathy. the line has saved and continues to save my very sensitive and reactive skin. This white tea mask is a staple in my routine to add moisture or to soothe any redness or inflammation. It’s magical: I put it on at night, go to bed, wake up and my face has calmed itself down.
naomi elizée, market editor
the two skincare lines that are high on my rotation are dr. barbara sturm and epi.logic by dr. jeanniton i religiously use epi.logic vitamin c serum to help with my hyperpigmentation, which i have struggled with for over 10 years. I have been using it for about six months and have seen a huge improvement in my dark spots and one night in my skin tone. my favorite product of dr. Barbara sturm is hands down the face cream in their darker skin tone line. this moisturizer never feels too heavy or greasy and gives my skin just the right amount of much-needed hydration.
ciarra lorren zatorski, associate fashion editor
Finding the right skincare for my sensitive skin has never been my forte. Lost and overwhelmed in the endless sea of products, a skincare regimen didn’t exist until almost a year ago when I discovered Pevonia products. now my tried and true beauty hacks that keep my skin clean and fresh no matter the day.
christian allaire, fashion and style writer
I have dry skin, and in the fall-winter, it’s even worse, so glow recipe watermelon drops and tatcha dewy skin cream have been my two hero care items of the skin. both boost skin hydration and give me a luminous glow. I’ll also apply the Luxurious Drunken Elephant Oil for even more shine, but any face oil will do!
julie tong, commercial director
I’m a big fan of aesop’s skin care line. Once a week, I like to use their primrose facial cleansing mask for a luxurious spa-like experience. On a day-to-day basis, their primrose facial moisturizer is a staple for me to keep my skin fresh and hydrated.
madeline fass, fashion market editor
I don’t like to wear moisturizers or tinted foundations during the day, so dr. jart’s color correcting treatment is the perfect alternative for that no makeup glow (and it has spf30!). it gives me that even tone i am looking for without looking like i am wearing anything at all, i am obsessed! and after long days in the sun, i love to treat myself to dr. Barbara Sturm’s calming serum is soothing and excellent for sensitive skin.
alexandra michler, director of fashion initiatives
This may sound a little left-wing, but I have to say, classic dove bar soap is my all-time hero item. I never go off when i cleanse my face with dove, and it is gentle enough not to strip my skin of moisture. my mom always recommended dove soap to me, and it turns out she was right!
mark guiducci, creative editorial director
I only use two products after washing my face: biologique recherche p50 toner and this amazing product from skinceuticals. morning and night, winter and summer.
jorden bickham, contributing editor
connie at christine chin spa has saved my face from mask related breakouts (and tired, dull, exhausted skin in general)! I swear by both the facials and the christine chin spa products. i love the hydrating facial cleanser, hydrating toner, and anti-pollution solution spray, which help neutralize the effects of smoke, smog, and other airborne pollutants. for someone with ultra-sensitive skin who has been searching for solutions for years… i finally found my match.
lucy dolan-zalaznick, senior creative development associate
if you don’t double cleanse or use a make-up remover balm: let me convert you. the makeup remover wipes irritated 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 out as a silky balm, turns into an oil on the skin, and then washes away like a facial cleanser, taking all your 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 mascara marks that fall off or stray. And even if you don’t wear a lot of makeup, beauty gurus say that washing your face without a double cleanse is like taking a shower with your clothes on. converted yet? Plus if i had a dollar for every time someone has complimented my skin since i used jan marini bioglycolic facial cleanser… i would buy another bottle and give it to you. Holy grail glycolic acid based cleanser that has totally retexturized my skin.
chloe malle, contributing editor
mila moursi sunscreen is my summer go-to. I love the fast-dissolving gel texture and treat it as my complete summer skincare routine.
concetta ciarlo, special events assistant
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 i spent 15 minutes painting on my face. I always come back to this youthful people moisturizer because it is lightweight under my foundation and leaves my combination skin feeling silky smooth. Plus, this vegan moisturizer already contains hyaluronic acid, and it beats at least a step in my beauty regimen!
laura jackson, trade writer
tower 28 sos redness relief intensive serum has quickly become a hallmark of my skincare routine. Since using it, my skin is noticeably clearer and softer to the touch, I am obsessed!
jill weiskopf, vice president of communications
I’m not quite sure what to call this: a toner? a cleaner? a make-up remover? (i have used it for all of the above) but i know this refreshes my face, brightens my skin, and preps it for moisturizer and sunscreen like nothing else, without irritation. It’s one of the few items that I use to the last drop, and then restock immediately.
Carolina González, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
I’ve been a big fan of anything brighter since day one, but always feel like their real hidden gem is futuredew. In both serum and oil, it is hydrating but not too heavy on my dry skin, unlike other thick oils. Just one bomb to my face and there’s an instant dewy glow!
fabbiola romain, associate visual editor
I recently learned the importance of wearing sunscreen every day, even when I’m not in the sun. i stumbled upon the black girl sunscreen which specifically targets skin with melanin and protects from hyperpigmentation and sun damage. I love how light and smooth it goes on without residue. Plus, perfect under makeup! now that’s black girl magic!
michelle ruiz, contributing editor
according to my dermatologist, daily sun protection is the most essential skin care and the crux of all anti-aging efforts. eltamd uv clear is my light, blendable sunscreen (with just the right zinc!) that doesn’t cause breakouts. I panic when I run out, then buy two more.
eliseé browchuck, director of experiential production and marketing
Apologies in advance, but I’m not one to commit to a 12-step skincare routine. instead, I try to keep a self-care regimen simple and purpose-oriented. The hydrating actives and brightening vitamin c are non-negotiables for me. Thankfully, 4am skin makes maintaining my skin a breeze with two hero products that do the job of a complete beauty cabinet.
laia garcia-furtado, senior fashion news editor
my friend christy recommended may lindstrom products to me. I started with “the clean dirt” which I really loved, and have since tried many of her other products. My current favorite is “the problem solver” which, like dirt, is a powder that you mix with water to form a foam that you put on your face like a mask. yes, it’s a bit expensive, but it really does last forever; in fact, when the full-size jar I ordered arrived, my first thought was, “maybe 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 and I always feel so good afterwards!
keaton bell, entertainment editor
Growing up, my family used biafine the same way the family at my big Greek wedding used windex. Sun tanning? put some biafine on it. cuts and bruises? nothing biafine can’t fix. i was so used to using it as a topical ointment that i didn’t even realize it was a french beauty staple until later in life. I now use it as a moisturizer during the colder months when my face needs an extra layer of protection, but it’s also my go-to when I have a bad breakout or just feel like my face needs a tweak. .
elise taylor, living senior writer
I have to be careful about the type of skin care products I use because of my perioral dermatitis, which means avoiding strong moisturizers and anything with synthetic fragrances. two of my go-tos? dr. barbara sturm’s light face cream, which hydrates without being weighing you down, as well as clean beauty brand oak essential’s gentle restorative mask, which is made with honey and avocado oil.
clarissa schmidt, commercial producer
recently, a close friend convinced me to incorporate this powder-to-paste exfoliator into my skincare routine, and my life has never been the same since! Twice a week, i turn to dermalogica’s rice-based cleanser to detoxify and soothe my acne-prone skin. the immediate result? a completely clean, smoother and brighter complexion! In closing, i typically turn to the women from the color-based skincare brand, topicals. i have tried just about everything under the sun to help combat my scars and hyperpigmentation but nothing has made a difference for me like this duo. The buttery-like mask helps lock in moisture throughout the day, while the vanishing serum dramatically reduces discoloration and post-acne marks.