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These Glowing Skincare Products Work Better Than a Facial

By Michelle Rostamian

Somehow, some way, a radiant complexion has become the pinnacle goal for skincare buffs everywhere. And while a professional facial is a sure-fire way to achieve just that, let’s face it, sometimes trekking to a medspa just isn’t in the cards (or within our budgets).

Thankfully, attaining that supermodel dew is still possible with the help of certain skincare ingredients and formulas—the key is finding the right one. 

Below, find our favorite glowing skincare products that’ll give you facial-worthy results instantly.


Philosophy Hope in a Jar Smooth-Glow Multi-Tasking Moisturizer

An enhanced version of the fan-favorite original, this moisturizer from Philosophy kicks dull, dehydrated skin to the curb thanks to a blend of hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, and pro vitamin p. Skin is left looking—and feeling—hydrated, smooth, and oh so glowing.


Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Acid Glow Serum

Revered for its skin-hydrating qualities, hyaluronic acid is the star of the show in this lightweight yet intensely moisturizing serum from Peter Thomas Roth. Beyond its ability to up the ante on your glow, the formula also includes a ceramide complex to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.


Toma Essential Therapies Facial Sculpting System, $98

For many, a facial is only as good as the tools used. Cue the Facial Sculpting System from Toma Essential Therapies, a sculpting treatment oil and gua sha duo that’ll tone, lift, and brighten even the dullest of complexions—all thanks to a medley of botanical ingredients like grapeseed oil, macadamia nut, and rose.



Aceology Green T. Infusion Gel Mask, $64

Nothing gets in the way of glowing skin quite like inflammation, which is why this skin-rejuvenating gel mask from Aceology highlights the soothing, calming properties of green tea. Pop it on whenever your skin needs a pick-me-up (aka post-sun exposure) and revel in the smooth, glowing results it yields.


MediK8 Sleep Glycolic AHA Overnight At-Home Peel, $45

Dry, dead skin cells can make achieving brighter skin nearly impossible. Cue this at-home AHA peel from MediK8, which uses 10% glycolic acid to gently slough off the top layer of skin to reveal the glow underneath.

Use it two to three times a week as part of your P.M. skincare routine for ultra-radiant results.



Babor Cleanformance Moisture Glow Cream, $60

Maintain a balanced skin microbiome with this restorative face cream from Babor. It’s made with plant-based pre- and probiotics to strengthen the skin barrier and protect against environmental elements that would otherwise lead to dryness, dullness, and sensitivity—all things that can inhibit your skin’s glow level.

(This cream also gets bonus points for its light-reflecting pigments that fake a good night’s sleep.)


Pixi Glow Tonic, $18

Most facials include some exfoliation. The problem? It can cause irritation for some. If this is the case for you, turn to Pixi’s cult-favorite tonic, which promises glowing skin thanks to its use of 5% glycolic acid without irritation.

What’s more, sensitive skin types will appreciate the fact that the formula includes soothing aloe vera and energizing ginseng.


Carter + Jane The Everything Oil, $128

Is there anything this oil from Carter + Jane can’t do? Beyond giving skin a luminous glow, it improves uneven texture and tone, offers antioxidant protection, softens the appearance of lines, and brightens dark undereye circles. It’s everything a facial can do—in a bottle.


Glossier Super Glow, $28

If the skin-evening ability of a facial is what your skin needs, turn to this vitamin C-enriched serum from Glossier. Its gentle, sensitive skin-friendly formula also contains magnesium to quench dry skin’s thirst and jojoba oil, shea butter, and sunflower seed oil to nourish the skin.


Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Serum, $110

If you’re looking for a potent product that’ll deliver efficacious results quickly (like a facial), this serum from Shiseido fits the bill.

Made of antioxidant-rich reishi mushroom, moisturizing iris root extract, and plumping fermented roselle extract, it only takes three days of application to reap glowing, youthful results.

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