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WELCOME TO THE 12TH ANNUAL TOTALBEAUTY AWARDS

We tested and you voted…get ready to meet the best beauty products of the year.

Acne Treatment
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EDITORS' PICK

Perricone MD Acne Relief Maximum Strength Spot Gel

Show acne who’s boss with this potent yet nonirritating spot treatment. It’s powered by lactic and succinic acids, which kill breakout-causing bacteria and prevent future pimples, as well as soothing citrulline and tea tree oil.

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The Inkey List Succinic Acid Acne Treatment

Kick zits to the curb fast with this quick-working acne treatment. It’s formulated with a powerful blend of succinic acid, salicylic acid and sulfur to unclog pores and keep them clear without causing irritation.

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Carbon Theory Tea Tree Oil & Citric Acid Facial Purifying Tonic

Sweep this liquid acne treatment over cleansed skin and marvel at the results. It works to reduce inflammation, minimize breakouts and ensure your complexion stays clear.

Cleanser
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EDITORS' PICK

Hourglass Cosmetics Equilibrium Rebalancing Cream Cleanser

This creamy facial cleanser not only nixes dirt, oil and makeup, it also delivers lots of hydration and boosts radiance. This one’s especially good for dull, dry and normal skin types.

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The Inkey List Oat Cleansing Balm

Cleanse your skin and remove your makeup in one step with this cleansing balm. While it’s a great choice for all skin types, those prone to dryness and redness will love how soothing it is.

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Carbon Theory Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil Breakout Control Facial Cleansing Bar

Breakouts be gone! This cleansing bar is chock-full of breakout-busting ingredients like charcoal and tea tree oil, but is gentle enough that it won’t dry you out.

Dark Spot Corrector
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EDITORS' PICK

Peter Thomas Roth PRO Strength Niacinamide Discoloration Treatment

Dark spots are notoriously hard to get rid of, but this treatment can really help. It’s formulated with niacinamide, one of the best ingredients to even out skin tone and minimize discoloration. Layer on a tiny amount twice daily under moisturizer and SPF.

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops

Say goodbye to dark spots. This multipurpose highlighting serum helps fade hyperpigmentation, minimizes the appearance of pores and deeply hydrates skin so it looks dewy and youthful.

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Hero Cosmetics Lightning Wand Dark Spot Brightening Serum

Use this serum twice a day to make post-acne dark marks disappear. It visibly brightens spots while also illuminating skin and evening out tone.

Device
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EDITORS' PICK

Joanna Vargas Magic Glow Wand

Bring the spa home with this high-tech, multipurpose gadget from celeb facialist Joanna Vargas. Pair the safe-for-sensitive-skin titanium head with a serum or mask and choose from four settings based on your skin concerns. The result? Less puffiness, more glow and better product absorption.

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Keys Soulcare Obsidian Facial Roller

Wake your skin up by using this facial roller. The obsidian energizes and soothes skin with its cool touch and is known for its ability to block out negative energy.

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Foreo Bear Smart Microcurrent Facial Toning

Don’t let this gadget’s cute appearance fool you. This professional-level microcurrent device safely and effectively tones facial muscles and tightens skin for a youthful boost.

Exfoliant
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EDITORS' PICK

Keys Soulcare Be Luminous Exfoliator

This water-activated exfoliating powder turns into a creamy foam to scrub away dullness without irritating skin. Lactic acid, mung beans, oats and hojicha powder work together to buff skin and deliver softer, smoother texture.

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Carbon Theory Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil Breakout Control Facial Exfoliating Scrub

Peace out pimples! This exfoliating scrub gets deep down into your pores to draw out bacteria, toxins and excess oils for clear, clarified skin.

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Glo Skin Beauty Hydra-Bright Pro 5 Liquid Exfoliant

Go for the glow. This chemical exfoliator features a blend of alpha hydroxy and poly hydroxy acids that you normally only find in professional treatments. With regular use you’ll notice brighter, clearer and smoother skin.

Eye Treatment
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EDITORS' PICK

Mutha Up All Night Eye Cream

No one will have to know you didn’t get a full eight hours of sleep. This eye cream is chock-full of brightening, awakening ingredients that’ll perk up a tired undereye area. It has a velvety texture that makes it ideal for layering under concealer.

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The Inkey List Retinol Eye Cream

Harnessing the power of retinol, this eye cream diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes without irritating the delicate skin. It also brightens and supports your natural collagen.

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PUR Hazy Daze CBD Soothing Eye Cream

CBD doesn’t just help ease stress. As evidenced by this eye cream, it also calms skin. In addition to relieving dryness, it also plumps skin and reduces the look of wrinkles.

Face Oil
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EDITORS' PICK

Eminence Organic Skin Care Camellia Glow Solid Face Oil

A little goes a long way! You only need a pea-size amount of this deeply hydrating facial oil infused with pink tourmaline gemstones to give you a healthy glow. Apply in circular motions for a massage-like experience.

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Face Sunscreen SPF 30+
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Neutrogena Invisible Daily Defense Face Serum Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60+

Finally, a sunscreen that doesn’t leave a chalky cast on darker skin tones. This sunscreen/serum hybrid goes on invisibly and without shine. Plus, it provides antioxidant protection.

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Versed Guards Up Daily Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35

Made for all skin types and tones, this physical sunscreen is nonirritating and dries down without leaving a white cast or any oiliness. The natural finish is not too matte, not too dewy. It’s just right.

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Sun Bum Face 70 UVA/UVB Broad Spectrum SPF 70

This sunscreen smells like summer, but you shouldn’t reserve it solely for beach trips. A true year-round sunscreen, it’s lightweight, oil-free and safe for all skin types.

Makeup Remover
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EDITORS' PICK

Mara Chia + Moringa Algae Enzyme Cleansing Oil

This makeup removing cleansing oil contains a blend of exfoliating fruit enzymes that get rid of impurities and brighten and smooth skin at the same time. It’s an especially good pick for dry, sensitive and acne-prone skin types. This pick was also selected by our readers.

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One/Size Go Off Makeup Dissolving Mist

You’ve never seen a makeup remover like this. Simply spritz this mist on your face, massage it into your skin and gently wipe off.

Mask
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EDITORS' PICK

PUR Downtown Detox Detoxifying Black Lemon Mask

Sick of dealing with clogged pores? Try this detoxifying face mask. It’s formulated with clay and charcoal to remove impurities and excess oil as well as other ingredients that protect skin from environmental stressors that can lead to premature aging. This pick was also selected as a readers' choice runner-up.

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The Inkey List Apple Cider Vinegar Acid Peel

ACV is everywhere these days, including in this face mask. It also contains 10 percent glycolic acid, a powerful chemical exfoliator that encourages skin cell turnover for a brighter complexion.

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Moisturizer
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EDITORS' PICK

Lancome Hydra Zen Anti-Stress Glow Liquid Moisturizer

This silky liquid moisturizer is lightweight and soothing. It gets to work fast on stressed skin, instantly relieving dryness, dullness and discomfort while providing 24 hours of moisture and protecting skin against damaging pollution.

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The Inkey List Vitamin B, C and E Moisturizer

This lightweight daily moisturizer has a bunch of benefits. It curbs excess oil, reduces redness, brightens dull skin and minimizes the appearance of acne scars. Talk about a workhorse.

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The Inkey List Peptide Moisturizer

This moisturizer is made for those with dry skin. It’s formulated with powerful peptides that support your delicate skin barrier and reduce the look of fine lines.

Night Cream
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EDITORS' PICK

RMS Beauty Kakadu Evening Beauty Elixir

Wake up to a gorgeous glow when you put this nighttime repair serum on before bed. Its star ingredient is kakadu oil, which brightens, smooths and makes you look well-rested. It’s basically beauty sleep in a bottle.

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Caudalie Resveratrol-Lift Firming Night Cream

Consider this night cream a face lift in a jar. It visibly firms skin, smooths the look of wrinkles and gives you an overall more youthful appearance.

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Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Overnight Serum

Beauty sleep in a bottle! This nighttime serum turns back the hands of time while you snooze by fading dark spots, softening skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Serum
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EDITORS' PICK

Skin Inc My Daily Dose of Armour

Soothe irritated skin, lessen the look of pores and curb excess oil with this nifty serum. It utilizes the brand’s proprietary encapsulation technology to ensure the ingredients don’t degrade when exposed to light or air.

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The Inkey List 15% Vitamin C and EGF

Vitamin C is one of the heroes of the skin care world, but it’s notoriously hard to keep stable. This anti-aging serum has a highly stable form of vitamin C inside a pump bottle that keeps the ingredient fresh so it can do its job of brightening and protecting your skin.

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Mara Chlorella + Reishi Sea Vitamin C Serum

Sun damage got you down? Get your hands on this anti-aging serum packed with a whopping 14 vitamin C-rich fruit extracts that help improve the look of dark spots, uneven skin texture and visible sun damage.

Toner/Facial Mist/Essence
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EDITORS' PICK

Eve Lom Rescue Toner

This upgraded take on toner is truly impressive, especially for those with dry, dull skin. In just one swipe, it refines, clarifies and hydrates complexions. The result is a smooth, shine-free glow.

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA+BHA Pore-Tight Toner

It’s no wonder this best-seller got your votes. It gently exfoliates with acids so skin looks smoother and clearer and it hydrates thanks to the watermelon extract in the formula.

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Soap & Glory Glamour Clean Toning Micellar Water

Feeling lazy? Take off your makeup and tone in just one step with this no-rinse toning micellar water. Simply swipe it over your face and you’re good to go!