AND THE OFFICIAL 7TH ANNUAL TOTALBEAUTY.COM WINNERS ARE...
We tried and tested thousands of beauty products to bring you our Editors' Picks – the holy-grail items that really work. And we asked you, our readers, to weigh in with your must-haves for our Readers' Choice Awards. Here, we bring you the 2016 TotalBeauty Award winners – the best of the best beauty products that are sure to give you your best selfie yet. No filters necessary, because these products are that good.
EDITORS' PICKNeutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Daily Leave-On Mask
This mask-spot treatment hybrid helps small zits disappear overnight without dryness or irritation. It contains a low dose of benzoyl peroxide that's extremely gentle but gets the job done. And because the formula dries completely clear, you can even wear it during the day.
READERS' CHOICENeutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
This is a must-buy for those struggling with acne. This cleanser really does help clear up blemishes and keeps your face fresh without drying out your skin.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONG.M. Collin Essential Oil Complex
Thanks to a blend of salicylic acid, soothing aloe and essential oils, this toner-like product minimizes breakouts and cleans out pores (goodbye blackheads) for brighter, healthier skin.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONClinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion
Since using this clarifying lotion, I am amazed at how clean my skin looks and how clean of debris my pores are. This controls my acne and keeps me shine-free.
EDITORS' PICKElizabeth Arden SuperStart Skin Renewal Booster
If you can add one more step to your skin care routine, this should be it. This serum works to repair the skin barrier (the outermost layer of skin) so it looks smooth and luminous. It also helps your other products penetrate and work better while balancing bacteria with probiotics.
READERS' CHOICEEstée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II
Ever since I started using this lightweight serum I've noticed fine lines disappear, and my skin tone looks even and more radiant.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONTatcha Luminous Overnight Memory Serum Concentrate
From the packaging to the tiny, gold spoon, everything about this product is insanely beautiful. The gel-like formula melts into skin, leaving it dewy and hydrated -- like you just took off a sheet mask. Meanwhile, red algae and botanical extracts fight fine lines over time.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONOlay Regenerist Regenerating Serum Fragrance Free
After less than a week of use my skin looks more even-toned and glowing. My fine lines diminished and now my skin is hydrated and silky-feeling.rmula.
EDITORS' PICKPeter Thomas Roth 24K Gold Pure Luxury Cleansing Butter
Infused with real gold flakes, this cleansing balm is OTT indulgent, but it really works. It removes every trace of makeup and leaves skin feeling soft, silky, clean and hydrated -- you can practically skip moisturizer.
READERS' CHOICECetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
I have rosacea and sensitive skin, and this cleanser never lets me down. It is very gentle, yet effective, in cleansing my skin after a long day.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONBurt's Bees Facial Cleansing Oil
This light cleansing oil contains coconut and argan oils to easily remove makeup and gently clean skin. It leaves behind just the right amount of hydration without any residue.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONPhilosophy Purity Made Simple Foaming 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel for Face and Eyes
This is a one-step cleanser that cleans, tones and moisturizes your skin all at once. It also works as a great makeup remover and strips the face of impurities without drying out your skin.
EDITORS' PICKShiseido White Lucent MicroTargeting Spot Corrector
While some brightening serums only target certain types of pigmentation, this one zaps them all -- from persistent dark spots to blurred freckles. It contains a special technology derived from Japanese cherry blossoms, and the milky consistency helps it sink in instantly.
READERS' CHOICEMurad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum
This sheer, citrus-scented serum lightened dark spots after just a week of a use. With continual use, I expect my dark spots to disappear completely.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONFilorga C-Recover Radiance Boosting Concentrate
This contains potent vitamin C and comes in tiny jars that must be used within seven days of opening. But any inconvenience is worth it for the impressive brightening results it offers.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONShiseido White Lucent Brightening Massage Cream N
After only two days of use, my skin was smoother and brighter. It feels lovely and isn't heavy or greasy. Not to mention, my skin is softer.
EDITORS' PICKPanasonic Micro-Foaming Facial Cleansing Device
Inspired by Asian cleansing rituals, this device allows you to do three types of skin cleansing with one tool. There's a warming plate that heats up oils and balms to melt away makeup, a soft bristle brush that whips foam cleansers into a creamy lather and a silicone brush to exfoliate trouble spots.
READERS' CHOICEClarisonic Mia 2
This buffs away a lot of my blackheads and makes my skin softer, smoother and brighter. Plus, it feels like a light massage on my face.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONJeNu Plus Ultrasonic Infuser
This nifty wand uses ultrasound technology to help your favorite skin care products work even better. Simply glide it over areas where you want maximum serum absorption. Dark spots fade faster and breakouts disappear in half the time.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONForeo Luna
The gentle vibrations really work to remove debris from pores. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft. It also helped buff out fine lines and wrinkles, and its long-lasting battery makes it reliable for everyday use.
EDITORS' PICKAlgenist Genius Ultimate Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel
This one-step peel contains a blend of exfoliating acids and skin-soothing and hydrating microalgae oil. Simply shake it, dab it on a cotton round, and swipe it over your face for an easy at-home treatment. It leaves skin brighter without any irritation.
READERS' CHOICESt. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
My skin glows from using this product. Its gentle exfoliation cleans congested and oil-filled pores and allows other creams to absorb better. My skin feels smooth and clean.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONJuara Radiance Enzyme Scrub
This scrub contains a combination of physical exfoliants and AHAs for instantly glowing skin. It's gentle yet deeply cleansing and leaves skin baby soft.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONAveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
The fine granules of this exfoliation scrub are perfect for sensitive skin. I use this twice a week to keep breakouts at bay, and I've noticed the texture of my skin looks smoother and brighter.
EDITORS' PICKClarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate
This multitasking eye concentrate calms puffiness, lifts sagging skin, blurs fine lines and minimizes dark circles. The firming ingredients make an immediate difference while botanicals detox the area and protect collagen over time.
READERS' CHOICEClinique All About Eyes
This is the perfect eye cream for younger women who are looking to really slow down aging around the eyes. It helps cure the most common problems that plague us: the dark circles and puffy under-eyes.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONCharlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue
This formula is so creamy and smooth without being overly thick. It works both at night and under makeup, and it contains time-released retinol, stem cells and botanicals to plump fine lines -- both instantly and long-term.
EDITORS' PICKClinique Smart Treatment Oil
This is the ultimate face oil for people who hate face oil. It sinks in immediately without any greasy residue yet moisturizes skin just as well as heavier formulas. It contains antioxidants for free-radical protection, and you only need a couple drops for hydration that lasts all day.
READERS' CHOICEJosie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil
This multi-purpose oil is so nourishing and light. I've used it on my face twice a day for the last four weeks and have noticed a significant brightening effect.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONPixi Rose Oil Blend
This simple blend of sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed and rose geranium oils smells incredible, sinks in quickly and leaves skin dewy-looking and fresh-feeling. The opaque bottle protects the ingredients, and the price is excellent for such a potent, natural formula.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONPhilosophy When Hope Is Not Enough Omega 3-6-9 Replenishing Oil
After only two applications, my skin is brighter and my complexion is much more balanced. The thin consistency makes it easy to apply and absorb -- and it makes my skin radiant (and I'm not young).
EDITORS' PICKTatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35
This sunscreen is pure magic. It contains a potent SPF 35 yet the formula is silky and lightweight with a matte finish. It instantly blurs pores, making skin look flawless, and primes skin for makeup. Even the biggest SPF critics will fall in love.
READERS' CHOICENeutrogena Healthy Defense Daily Moisturizer With Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
The moisturizer is very light and doesn't make your face look shiny or feel gross. It really protects from the sun, too.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONLa Roche-Posay Anthelios Clear Skin SPF 60 Dry Touch Sunscreen
With a high SPF and a smooth, matte finish, this sunscreen makes an excellent last step before makeup. It doesn't leave any weird chalky residue, and it's completely oil-free -- great for acne-prone skin types.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONKiss My Face Sunscreen Face Factor SPF 30
If your face is prone to breakouts, then this sunblock is a godsend. I've never gotten a burn while wearing it. Plus, it glides on smoothly, absorbs quickly and has a natural, nice smell.
EDITORS' PICKSimple Micellar Cleansing Water
This bargain buy can do so much. It easily removes makeup and cleans skin without leaving behind any residue. And it can be used as a toner for gentle skin balancing.
READERS' CHOICENeutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
It removes even the most stubborn, waterproof makeup in the most gentle, refreshing way. It doesn't make sensitive skin break out, or cause any eye irritation. I love it to take off the last of all-day cheek and lip stains.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONDr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water
Whether you choose to use this product as a makeup remover or a toner, the benefits abound. Its gentle, natural, safe-for-sensitive-skin formula brightens pigmentation and improves skin texture.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONClinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes & Lips
After just one gentle swipe, my eye and lip makeup were gone. It's very gentle on sensitive eyes (especially those with contacts) and it really does remove all traces of makeup without forcing you to scrub your face excessively.
EDITORS' PICKGlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment
Use this mask-and-scrub-in-one to slough away dry, dull skin and brighten in a matter of minutes. Immediately after rinsing, skin looks seriously glowy thanks to ingredients like white quartz microspheres. And with regular use, the benefits accumulate.
READERS' CHOICEOrigins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores
This mask left my skin soft, smooth and glowing. I used once a week for four weeks and noticed a visible improvement in my skin, including additional hydration.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONSonia Kashuk Skin Detox Purifying Black Mask
If smaller-looking pores are your end goal, try this mask. It detoxifies skin with kaolin clay (the same ingredient as pricier versions) and exfoliates with a cocktail of acids. Skin is left impressively clean and taut.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONThe Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask
With regular use, I can see a huge difference in my enlarged pores. The mask has helped clear breakouts, and I've even noticed my blackheads and acne scars have started to fade.
EDITORS' PICKEve Lom Brightening Cream
This silky, meringue-like cream contains skin-brightening ingredients as well as antioxidants to keep new pigmentation at bay. Thanks to rose otto oil, it smells delightfully floral and maintains balanced skin moisture levels all day or night.
READERS' CHOICEPhilosophy Hope in a Jar
This moisturizer doesn't clog pores or add greasiness to oil-prone skin, but it does prevent skin from getting overly dry and flaky. It also really helps to reduce redness and leaves skin a silky-smooth texture.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONSkinfix Nourishing Cream
This moisturizer is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types, and it's more than 97 percent natural. Packed with lipids that mimic those in our skin, it's ideal for restoring a healthy skin barrier -- key if you're suffering from eczema or rosacea.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONOlay Complete All Day Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 30 - Sensitive Skin
The texture of this moisturizer is light and creamy, and it absorbs quickly. It does not feel greasy at all, and I love how it protects me from the sun.
EDITORS' PICKStriVectin Advanced Retinol Intensive Night Moisturizer
Many retinols can be difficult to tolerate, leaving skin red, irritated and peeling. This moisturizer is anything but. It's hydrating without being heavy, and it delivers a potent dose of wrinkle-fighting retinol and copper peptides without any sensitivity.
READERS' CHOICEOlay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream
I find myself touching my face and marveling at how soft my skin is after I've applied this moisturizer.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONLancôme Visionnaire Nuit Beauty Sleep Perfector
Ideal for any skin type, this unusual formulation morphs from a bouncy gel into a light oil when you apply it. It instantly moisturizes with glycerin, ceramides and plant oils, helping skin repair itself while you sleep.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONRoC Retinol Correxion Deep Wrinkle Night Cream
I'm always skeptical about anti-aging products, but after a month of use, my now-hydrated skin looks dewy and younger, and my wrinkles are less pronounced.
EDITORS' PICKColgate Optic White Platinum High Impact White Toothpaste
This noticeably whitens teeth after just a few uses with zero sensitivity. And the zesty flavor and affordable price make buying it again and again a no-brainer.
READERS' CHOICECrest 3D White Whitestrips Classic Vivid Teeth Whitening Kit
These really make my teeth significantly whiter, and I never have any tooth/gum sensitivity from using them. Compared to other white strips, these adhere to teeth much easier and stay in place. They're expensive, but worth every penny.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONDenTek Smile Icon Professional Whitening Polisher
This polisher was inspired by the technology in dentists' offices, and it definitely delivers on that squeaky-clean feeling. Plus, teeth look noticeably whiter after just one use.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONColgate Optic White Toothpaste
I really love the fresh, minty taste of this toothpaste. After only a week of use, I noticed that my teeth not only felt cleaner and shinier, they were definitely whiter. It's a great product with some of the best whitening power I've seen in toothpaste.
EDITORS' PICKXen-Tan Fresh Face Tan
This lightweight face cream simultaneously bronzes skin and fights wrinkles and pigmentation. In addition to a natural-looking glow, it moisturizes and offers antioxidant protection via green tea, broccoli seed and vitamins D and E. Plus, it has a pretty vanilla scent instead of the typical self-tanner smell.
READERS' CHOICEClarins Intense Bronze Self Tanning Tint
This is a superior facial tanner that doesn't clog pores and gives instant color that lasts for days. It goes on dark but develops into a natural-looking tan that doesn't leave you streaky or orange.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONVita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals
Self-tanning is tricky. Unless, of course, you use this self-tanning bronzer, which is idiot-proof. Dust it on like you would a regular bronzer, and it leaves behind a subtle tan finish that intensifies over time.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONDr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pads
This self-tanner makes my skin look perfect, even au naturel. I put it on before bed and wake up the next morning to a beautiful, glowing tan that hides my sunspots and fine lines.
EDITORS' PICKRE:P Organic Cotton Treatment Toning Pad
These easy-to-use pads are deeply purifying and wildly refreshing. They're the perfect final cleansing step if you want superclean skin that's soft instead of tight. More than one editor declared she can't live without them.
READERS' CHOICEM.A.C. Prep + Prime Fix+
The soothing cucumber and chamomile components refresh and hydrate my skin, and do help to keep my makeup in place. I find myself spritzing several times on a hot day because of the wonderful feeling and dewy finish.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONToo Cool for School Aqua Gel Mist
Rosemary water and baobab tree oil work together to refresh and hydrate skin while providing a barrier to moisture loss. Plus, the smell is intoxicating, and the adorable packaging makes it display-worthy.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONClean & Clear Essentials Deep Cleaning Astringent
This toner is amazing. I used it on my acne, and it cleared up many of my pimples overnight. It tingles but isn't painful, and it lifts dirt so well that you can see it on the cotton pad. It's great for fighting breakouts and keeping skin clean.