Skincare products recommended by a reader who sent so many reviews

I wanted to thank all of you who comment and who have emailed and tweeted me about the Amazon posts. Becks1, Launica Angelina, Mari Shala, Mabs, Manda and so many more of you are helping me find products and giving feedback on the stuff you bought from the posts. Many of you already have the stuff we talk about and comment on whether you like it. This week I got the motherlode of skincare recommendations from Claire B. I ran her stuff through fakespot and they check out. Here’s what she wrote “I’m a terrible anxiety shopper and I’d love for all my trial and error to inform someone else. I’ve been reading CB for years and, some days, it’s the only place I can handle being on the internet.” I asked her if I could promote anything for her but she just thanked us for our political coverage, which was so nice. Thank you Claire! I’m including some more skincare which I found. I know fakes are a problem on Amazon, so I’ve been looking out for those in the reviews and am not including some of her favorites for that reason. (She likes Cerave, but there’s a problem with counterfeit products in their cleanser line sold on Amazon. That does not seem to be an issue with the other products or with their moisturizer listed below.)

A gentle anti-aging cleanser for all skin types
This daily foaming face wash from TruSkin has vitamin C, aloe vera, MSM & rosehip oil. It has over 1,000 reviews, a 4.3 star rating and an A from Fakespot. It’s free of parabens, sulfates and alcohol. Reviewers say a little goes a long way and that it makes a difference on older skin. One woman writes “The dark areas on my cheeks and neck have lightened considerably, my overall skin texture is healthier and the constant little whiteheads I’ve always had on my chin are gone.” Another woman said “my skin has never felt so soft and clean before” and a third says it’s the best her skin has looked in 16 years.

A acne-clearing cleanser that works for sensitive skin
I looked through so many skincare bestsellers and this gentle fragrance free foaming cleanser from First Aid Beauty stood out. It has 4.5 stars, over 400 reviews and an A from Fakespot. Reviewers call it “the best facial wash I have ever used,” say it helps reduce acne, is the “holy grail face wash for sensitive combination skin” and that it’s “helped my skin so much.” Some people say it doesn’t get mascara and eye makeup off and that you don’t want to get it in your eyes, but others claim that it does remove makeup without a problem.

A light all-around moisturizer for day and night
Claire recommended this light moisturizer from Cerave, which women love. It has almost 1,700 reviews, 4.5 stars and a B from Fakespot. This is said to be “lightweight, non-greasy” and to be quickly absorbed. Several reviewers mention that it’s just as good if not better than more expensive products and call it an “amazing product for the price.” It can be layered with serums and face oils.

A 2.5% retinol cream with hyaluronic acid
This is a recommendation from Claire, who writes “I restarted my retinol usage with this cream. It’s very moisturizing and not as irritating as some retinol creams.” This has over 1,000 reviews, a 4.4 star rating and a B from Fakespot. Women rave about how it cleared up their cystic acne and write that “my skin tone is even and the texture is smooth.” People with sensitive skin say it’s very gentle and not irritating at all and that it “made a noticeable difference in how my skin felt after about 3 days and how it looked in about 10 days.”

Organic argan oil for your hair and face
This organic argan oil from Eve Hanson, a brand many of you recommend, has 4.5 stars, over 1,600 reviews and an A from Fakespot. I need to be better at using my face oils, and I have a few after featuring them on these posts. I think I need the argan oil now. Claire writes “I like how smoothly processed this oil is. 5 drops is more than enough to cover my face and neck after my other moisturizers.” One woman writes “this oil smells wonderful and absorbs into the skin quickly” and says she also uses it for a weekly treatment on her hair and scalp. Other women use it on their hands and cuticles, and say that it’s the same as pricier brands. It’s also said to hydrate “without leaving an oily film.”

A deep k-beauty moisturizer with snail mucin
Claire explains “This stuff is so weird, but I love it. It’s got a nice citrusy scent and whatever the snail mucus has, it softens my skin like crazy. The feeling is still there even after I wake up, so it’s definitely acting on the skin and not getting rubbed off on my pillowcase.” I’ve used other snail mucus moisturizer and I actually liked it. The good news is that this is “ethically harvested in a cruelty free environment” where snails have room to move. This has 4.1 stars, 495 reviews and a B from Fakespot. Users say it dramatically reduces dryness and flaking and one woman calls it a “life-saver moisturizer for me since I started using Retin-A.” A 50 year-old man said it reduces his under-eye bags and a woman writes that it “helped make a noticeable difference in the fine lines across my forehead and around the corners of my eyes.”

Microfiber face cleaning cloths to exfoliate and clean deeply
Here’s another great product from Claire, a two-in-one cleansing cloth called MojaFiber with one side for exfoliating and another to clean. Claire writes “I wash my face (gently) with these every night. The constant exfoliation is great for my skin. They pick up any leftover makeup or tinted sunscreen.” I didn’t know these existed and now I want them! They have almost 500 reviews, 4.5 stars and an A from Fakespot. Reviewers say these are better than other microfiber face cloths as they’re not as abrasive and will not irritate sensitive skin. They’re called the “best facial washcloths ever” and are said to be “incredibly soft” and to “remove makeup like a dream.” Here’s a link to a YouTube video, a screenshot of which is at the top of this page, about the MojaFiber cloth.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    These are great! I got a retinol serum this week (I think from one of your posts, lol) but maybe when that’s out I’ll try that retinol cream.

    I do use Tru Skin’s Vitamin C serum and love it, so I will try the cleanser when my current one runs out.

  2. LadyMTL says:

    I have so much skincare in my cabinet right now that I could probably moisturize half my office building, lol. I’ve been wanting to try snail mucin creams for a while now, but need to get through what I already have before buying more. This SeoulCeuticals one looks great!

    I’ve personally used the First Aid Beauty products, and I do like them. The only one I wasn’t crazy about was their makeup melter, but everything else I’ve tried has been very nice.
    I’d also recommend Thayer’s Witch Hazel toner, which is really not expensive and the bottle is huge so it lasts a long time. I am in my early 40’s but still have some acne and my skin tends to be dry too, but this toner doesn’t make it worse.

  3. Jekelly says:

    I love first aid beauty, I have their moisturizing sunscreen that I love. It doesn’t leave my skin greasy like a lot of other sunscreens do.

  4. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    I’m right there with ya Becks. I love looking at stuff lol. But whenever I go to Amazon, or wherever, I’m there for the next three hours.

    What I’d like to know from someone is there a best way to clean fiber cloths? They attract everything after a wash and are never the same again.

    • ClaireB says:

      You have to wash microfiber clothes separately, because their tiny fibers will grab onto lint from other fabrics. I have quite a few and wash them all at once with a tiny bit of Tide and a regular amount of a specific microfiber wash I found on Amazon (Chemical Guys, I think). Or if you don’t have enough for a small load of laundry, you can just hand wash. I do like to fluff them up in the dryer, though, no matter what, by drying on low.

      It’s annoying to have to wash them separately, but they clean so much better than anything else (I have microfiber for chores, too) that I’m willing to put up with it.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        Thanks Claire, I guess I’ll have to suck it up and wash separately. I tried one of those laundry bags, but because of the holes, everything still found its way to the fiber cloths lol.

  5. Becks1 says:

    @Clare – can you share your specific routine? Do you use all these products in any given week, or are these just things you have used and liked? I’m trying to up my skincare routine as I age, and I get so confused.

    • ClaireB says:

      Hey, Becks! I use a lot of moisturizer, because that’s what makes my skin feel the best. But I only use a little of each and I layer them, so I get the right amount of moisture for me as well as a lot of active ingredients.

      At night, I rub my face with a nonfoaming cleanser to dissolve any makeup, sunscreen, or grease. I rinse that off, then grab my foaming cleanser (I’m really eyeing that Vitamin C one above) rub it on my face, then gently wash my face with a microfiber cloth. I put on my prescription retinol after patting my face dry, then the snail cream, Cerave PM moisturizer, then a few drops of argan oil. I just slap them on one right after the other and don’t worry about letting them dry or absorb. They’ll all absorb eventually, and are unlikely to interact with each other.

      In the morning, I replace the retinol with a vitamin C serum I’m trying mixed into my moisturizer. After all the creams/oils are on, I let it set for a few minutes and then put my sunscreen on. It seems like a lot, but I keep all the products in a little bin and just pull the bin out of the drawer when it’s time to use. It also took me a long time to work out which products worked on my skin and how much of them to use. Definitely lots of trial and error.

      I like to watch more mature YouTubers talk about their skin care and beauty routines, and then try something new if it looks good. I really like Angie at Hot & Flashy, because she’s both mature and intelligent. I hope this helps!

      • Becks1 says:

        Thanks! That is helpful. I am going to stick with my normal moisturizer and the retinol serum (to see what difference that makes) and then I think I’ll add in another product like the snail cream.

  6. No Snappy Name says:

    Sunday Riley CEO Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric face oil is amazing. It’s gentle even on acne-prone skin. The improvement I’ve seen in my skin since using it is incredible.

    • Lila says:

      It’s the free gift for signing up for allure beauty box and I’m soooo tempted!

    • tealily says:

      After the skincare post last week (I think it was last week?) that included a vitamin C serum, I’ve been using a CEO Glow sample I had kicking around and it’s really nice! I had tried it once before and didn’t like it, but that time I used it in the morning and didn’t like the way it layered with my makeup. I’ve been using it at night this week and my skin has been so smooth!

      I also really like the Sunday Riley Good Genes lactic acid treatment. I use it as a mask and rinse off, because my skin is so sensitive, but omg it is amazing! It’s another one I got as a sample. I really wish the full size wasn’t so pricey! I’ll probably spring for it at some point because a little goes a long way and it’s so effective, but dang!

  7. sabrina says:

    I was really intrigued by that Amara Beauty Retinol Cream but it is not available on (don’t want to pay the customs/duty if ordering from Other products by that company are available such as Amara Organics Eye Cream for Dark Circles but not the retinol one.

    Question for Canadian readers – do you order from if the product is not available on the cdn. counterpart and what have the charges been like that they tack on at the border?

  8. launicaangelina says:

    I love the CeraVe AM and PM face lotions. They are legit! An esthetician in an online group I was part of years ago recommended them.

    Based on someone’s recommendation here, I started using a tea tree oil face wash and tea tree oil for spot treatment. My skin looks so much better! The heat and humidity here in Texas has been causing my face to breakout in teeny zits and rash.

    In the last couple of years, I started to dab Vaseline under my eyes and on my lips every night before bed to prevent wrinkles. But now I’m wondering if I should try something different and would love recommendations. I wasn’t always so kind to my under eye skin (poor choices in preventative care and lots of running in the sun). And before I knew better, stretching my eye to apply eyeliner. I need something for my neck waddle too. Lol!

    • Cee says:

      tea tree oil for spot treatment is a game changer.

      • launicaangelina says:

        It truly has been! I only started using it a week and a half ago. Huge improvement.

    • Celebitchy says:

      My kid uses the Tea Tree Oil cleansers and spot treatments from TreeActiv, I talked about it here and he loves them:

    • Nocturne says:

      About the humid weather and little spots on your face – have you heard of something called fungal acne? It sounds bad, I know, but there are lots of causes for acne and I’ve just discovered this is a thing, and is more than likely the cause of my own acne. Google pictures of what it looks like to see if it might be similar to what you have. There’s lots of advice on reddit about how to treat it in various skincare subs and people are getting amazing results once they learn how to treat it properly, but I would start with reading this article and then using the website skincarisma to find products that won’t feed the yeast which causes the acne. It can be a particular issue in humid environments, so I thought I’d mention it.

      • launicaangelina says:

        Thanks Nocturne! Fortunately, I don’t think that’s the issue I’m dealing with. My skin doesn’t look anything like the photos linked in the post you provided. It’s good to know about this just in case my skin does freak out later this summer. 😬

    • justwastingime says:

      Another happy CeraVe customer here, in addition to the daytime facial moisturizer with sunblock that I use, my entire family uses the body lotion ever since a dermatologist recommended it for my daughter who has dry skin.

      • Wigletwatcher says:

        Cerave is Terrible to my skin. I’ve only had bad luck with the products and it’s 1 of those brands I now look at and wouldn’t use if it was a freebie.
        I’m not sure what’s in it, but not only does it not work to the product claim, but leaves my skin damaged.

  9. Tiffany27 says:

    Truskin Vitamin C serum literally changed my world. Idk about the cleanser, but that serum is the truth!

  10. Cee says:

    Thank you Clare B!

    From my experience and knowledge, if you have mixed/oily skin avoid foaming cleansers. It dehydrates and depletes your moisture barrier.
    I really, really want to try First Aid Beauty. Everyone’s raving about this brand.

    • Dani says:

      Have been using First Aid Beauty for several years. They have one of the few face creams I like to use because it is truly scent-free which is a must if it’s going on my face!

  11. D says:

    Just came here to say I purchased the Tree of Life retinol serum that was advertised a couple weeks ago. I had high hopes, but after almost 2 weeks using it nightly, I can say I don’t see/feel a difference whatsoever. It just feels like a nice serum, but I don’t know if there’s much more to it than that.

    • Celebitchy says:

      That sucks I’m sorry! I won’t recommend it again.

      • D says:

        No worries! I just wanted to share my experience with this one product. I’ve actually ordered other things you’ve recommended and I’ve loved them—like my blue tooth sleep mask(-;

    • ClaireB says:

      Don’t give up! Retinol will take at least 6 weeks to really make a visible difference!

  12. Bobafelty says:

    Buy cerave Pm moisturizer at a retailer like target… I was sent a fake from amazon. The real stuff is great! Cerave’s website has coupons that are accepted at most stores too.

    I totally upgraded my skincare routine this year after a skin cancer scare. If any of you are looking for routine help or product reviews, I highly recommend the “Skincare Addiction” and “Asian Beauty” sub-reddits over on Reddit.

    All hail the snail!! For real, the snail mucin products have really improved my skin 🙂

    • Nocturne says:

      Yes! I would also recommend those subs.

      And for the international Celebitchies, there are a number of Asian beauty retailers who ship internationally for free. A lot of Asian beauty products are reasonably priced and good quality. I just ordered a number of products from overseas for skincare, and excluding the asian beauty products, about a quarter of the cost is going towards postage. Yikes!

  13. Nancypants says:

    I got something new from Amazon this week and I like it!

    Have you seen the ads for the new eye drops called Lumify?
    It’s by Bausch and Lomb and they know eyes.

    At first, I thought it was just more expensive Visine and the first time I used it, I didn’t notice much difference but after a few hours and overnight the difference was very noticeable.

    A tiny bottle is about $10. but it seems to work better the longer you use it and they claim it lasts for 8 hours and I think it does after the first day or so.

    It won’t replace allergy eye drops or artificial tears if you need either but it does make the whites of your eyes VERY WHITE.
    I hope that’s okay.

    Oops! That’s not skincare but I have been wanting to try the Cerave.

    • Nancypants says:

      Also, I’ve used Cetaphil cleanser for about 25 years and I swear by it.
      There is one for oily skin which I can’t use but the cream one for all skin types is great and it doesn’t burn your eyes or break you out or dry you out or any of that mess.

      A huge bottle is about $11. and you can get it everywhere including drug stores and grocery stores.

      I still use the tiny, disposable Buff-Puffs too and Nivea cream in the tins, not the big jar.

      I’ve spent a FORTUNE on face stuff over the years and I still go back to these.

      I do want to try mineral oil for make-up removal. I never thought of that.

  14. Agnes says:

    Ladies – is retinol something I should use for skin that’s flaking a bit? I just turned 43 and am having a psychological crisis over my recent skin issues. Per the dermatologist, my skin is getting “thinner” and as a result I’m getting weird bumps that apparently are pores. And now I have patches of flaky skin. Wth. I know it might be superficial, but I’m stressed about it.

    • Nancypants says:

      I don’t think so.
      Every time I’ve used retinol my skin got drier, redder and flakier but I have dry skin and I live in a dry climate – about 5 miles from the surface of the sun – and retinol made it worse.

      That said, retinol is supposed to be good for oily skin and years ago my DR said to only use it every few days and mix it with cream.
      Yeah, that didn’t help.
      I looked like a burn victim BUT it might work for you.
      Just go slow and easy and not every night and you could sample it on one cheek at a time and see how it works before going full face with it.

      Keep it away from your eyes.

      Some places such as Dillards, Macy’s, Sephora, skin doctor’s will give you a tiny sample to try first.

    • jen says:

      Maybe try a BHA or AHA exfoliant along with hyaluronic acid, and a good moisturizer with antioxidants. check out paula’s choice dot com. You can also plug in your skin condition and they will make recommendations. I use retinol but my skin tends to be oily. If you do eventually try retinol, start with every other day or every few days, as it takes time for your skin to get used to it.

  15. KidV says:

    Can I save money and just get the snails in my garden to crawl over my face?

    I just gave myself the willies thinking about that.

    I ordered the moisturizer.

  16. tealily says:

    I’d like to echo Claire B. on the CeraVe! That stuff is just the best, especially for sensitive skin and rosacea. I’ve not used the First Aid Beauty cleanser above, but I really like their moisturizer. I got it as a Sephora sample and it’s really nice.

    On the subject of microfiber towels, I just picked this hair towel from Amazon and it’s made all the difference for me! I’ve always been a blow dried hair type, but I’ve found that if I use this towel, I can air dry and my fine, wavy hair stays smooth even in the Southern humidity. It’s been a godsend as I’ve been growing my hair out!

  17. Liz version 700 says:

    I love these posts so much!!! I just ordered the Arian oil as it looks fantastic! I can say the Cereve facial moisturizer is great too. I have used it for years and it last a long time, great bargain. Cereve also has morning moisturizers for the face with spf that I put on religiously every morning. One is for normalish skin and one is a light weight lotion that has been great for my (in my 40’s but still get occasional acne) face.

  18. olive says:

    seoul ceuticals is nice, i use their vitamin c serum and it’s really helped make my skin smoother and brighter

  19. MaryContrary says:

    I started using a Korean skin line called O Hui (it’s their anti aging stuff) and I LOVE it. I bought it at a Korean beauty store-it was $$$ but even after just a few weeks I noticed a huge difference. My skin is much more moisturized and a lot of the fine lines appear to be vanishing. Also-drink boatloads of water!

  20. Rei says:

    Microfiber cloths are great! No more makeup remover wipes for me. Such a waste of money!

    The best facial wash (imo) has to be Youth To The People. It’s so good, no toner is needed afterwards. Plus it’s vegan. Found mainly at Sephora.

  21. !!! says:

    Hope I’m not too late for this!

    OK, so… I know nothing of skincare and I’m broke, but I also have acne-prone, sensitive, oily skin and I need help. Also, I’m one of those people that look younger than they are and I mean to keep it that way, so I need help with that, too…

    Any advice for a broke skincare newbie? :/

    PS: TMI and all but since it’s kinda related… any advice on how to get rid of celullite? My case is kinda weird, I have celullite on just one buttcheck lmao the other one is fine.

    • Rei says:

      I would recommend getting microfiber cloths to remove makeup (if you wear some) and excess oil. Afterwards, use micellar water (some brands like Yes To doesn’t use harsh chemicals) to refresh skin. I love shopping at Ulta because they have great sales plus gain points for each purchase. Hope this works for you!