6 Skincare Essentials You Never Knew You Needed

Listen, we all know faces are like thumbprints: everyone has a different skin type requiring different products or treatments. But each of these beauty products is so repeatedly beloved by the SwearBy community that we have a feeling they’ll work great for the (gorgeous) masses, whether you're looking to moisturize your dry skin or wash the long day off of your face. 

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream

“This fast-absorbing moisturizer is perfect for oily/combination skin and a wonder for sensitive skin types. It’s packed with skin-signaling peptides that reduce wrinkles and tighten and moisturize and non-irritating plant oils to replenish skin. What I also love about Drunk Elephant in general, is you can mix and layer their products easily to create a custom routine to suit your skin’s ever-changing needs. Gentle, effective, and moisturizing without being greasy. Also perfect to use after laser procedures since it’s nurturing and anti-irritating.”—Emily Manatan

EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 46

“As someone who used to spend summers aiming for a Hawaiian tropic vibe, I’ve got some damage to halt. So now I put this stuff on even when it’s raining, and sometimes at night. My dermatologist friend raved about Elta MD on Instagram, and I tossed a bottle into my Amazon cart immediately. This protects without feeling so sunscreeny (as in, not the thick or pasty stuff I slather on my kids). Best brand I’ve tried.”—Dria Barnes

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

“Ok, so it seriously is a secret; if it weren’t, everyone would use this stuff. The secret is that it detoxifies as it dries. It’s also *super* inexpensive. Most “detoxifying” skincare products contain bentonite clay and just repackage it and charge more for it. This stuff is pure bentonite clay. I also use it to pull toxins from insect bites.”—Jennifer Diffley

Mario Badescu Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater Facial Spray

“I call these facial sprays fancy water. They might not have a dramatic benefit but they feel cooling and refreshing. This budget -friendly one is perfect to keep at your desk or in your gym bag for a little boost.”—Shannon Bauer

SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Anti-Aging Serum

“OK, full disclosure…it kind of smells bad and tingles when you apply it to your face. BUT, I love how this serum brightens and improves the texture of my skin. I’ve heard it’s the brand’s top seller, which makes a lot of sense.”—Jessica Wei

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

“Of all the face cleansers I’ve tried, this soy face cleanser is truly the BEST for ALL skin types! I’ve traveled the world with this soy face cleanser in my travel kit – it consistently delivers and leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and clean. I can always judge a great product if it’s able to perform consistently when traveling to different climates (dry, humid, arid, tropical, desert). It’s so gentle and effective, I can’t swear by this cleanser enough!”—Natalie Knowlton

Hi! [Insert waving blonde emoji here] I'm a Colorado-based freelance writer, and I'm Niles Crane-level picky about everyyyyything.