Prevention’s 2020 Wholesome Magnificence Awards

Choosing a new beauty product is like making a new friend. It may take some trial and error to find the one that makes you feel your best. To bypass that getting-to-know-you period, allow us to introduce you to products that will never let you down. We turned to our panel of top doctors and industry pros for skincare that works, holy grail hair finds, makeup must-haves, and more.

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Get to know Prevention’s expert panel:

  • Mona Gohara, M.D., a dermatologist in Connecticut, assistant clinical professor at Yale School of Medicine, and co-creator of MELĒ skincare
  • Shari Marchbein, M.D., a New York City-based dermatologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology
  • Heather Woolery-Lloyd, M.D., director of the Skin of Color Division for the University ofMiami and creator of Specific Beauty
  • Leigh Hardges, a stylist with more than 15 years of experience at Maxine Salon in Chicago
  • Shab Reslan, a HairClub health expert, hairstylist, and founder of the Hair Like Hers podcast
  • Jessica Morse, founder of Bare Beauty and non-toxic nail salon The Water Room in Charleston, SC, and Atlanta
  • Mai Quynh, a celebrity makeup artist in Los Angeles

    Foaming Facial Cleanser

    BEST CLEANSER

    Foaming Facial Cleanser

    “It’s so important to wash your face twice daily, especially at night. This one gently cleanses with ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide to avoid stripping or overdrying the skin.” —Dr. Marchbein

    Rich Revitalizing Nourishing Cream

    BEST DAY CREAM

    Rich Revitalizing Nourishing Cream

    Avène
    dermstore.com

    $36.00

    “I’m in my 40s, and I like my skin to be glowy, but I don’t want to walk around all day looking shiny. This one is particularly thick and nourishing, really drives in hydration, and is good for everybody’s skin.” —Dr. Gohara

    Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50+

    BEST FACE SUNSCREEN

    Eryfotona Actinica SPF 50+

    “This sunscreen is beloved by both women and men, as it rubs in beautifully without leaving a white film. And it’s a physical sunscreen, so it’s great for those with sensitive skin.” —Dr. Marchbein

    PRO TIP: SPF should be put on the face, ears, neck, and hands every morning and reapplied every two hours when you’re exposed to the sun—even if you’re just sitting near a window!

    Effaclar Duo Acne Spot Treatment

    BEST ACNE SPOT TREATMENT

    Effaclar Duo Acne Spot Treatment

    La Roche-Posay
    amazon.com

    $29.99

    “It has 5.5% benzoyl peroxide, which kills acne-causing bacteria. As a spot treatment, salicylic acid (an exfoliant) won’t work as well overnight as this does.” —Dr. Woolery-Lloyd

    Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

    BEST NIGHT CREAM

    Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

    The Ordinary
    sephora.com

    $7.70

    “I’m a big fan because it’s so affordable. It does a nice job of incorporating basic ingredients like hyaluronic acid in a cosmetically elegant formulation that isn’t too heavy. I put it on after my retinoid at night.” —Dr. Gohara

    Barrier+ Lip Repair Balm

    BEST LIP TREATMENT

    Barrier+ Lip Repair Balm

    Skinfix
    sephora.com

    $15.00

    “This is a great everyday repair balm. It works well for chapped lips and has that hydrating, soothing action because it contains protective petrolatum as well as coconut and jojoba oils.” —Dr. Woolery-Lloyd

    PRO TIP: Dab on your spot treatment where you need it before putting on moisturizer (ideally at night) so it really has a chance to penetrate the skin and work its zit-zapping magic.

    face essentials

    PHOTOS: Jeffrey Westbrook / STYLING: MIA KATOH



    Intensive Age Refining Treatment 0.5% Pure Retinol

    BEST WRINKLE TREATMENT

    Intensive Age Refining Treatment 0.5% Pure Retinol

    PCA Skin
    dermstore.com

    $111.00

    “When it comes to retinol, I don’t compromise. I like to have the science (knowing it’s been tested to build collagen), the right percentage (at least 0.5%), and the ability to use it regularly without irritation. When I find a product that has all those things, I stick with it.” —Dr. Gohara 

    Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35

    BEST EYE CREAM

    Total Eye 3-in-1 Renewal Therapy SPF 35

    Colorescience
    dermstore.com

    $69.00

    “I like multitasking products, and this is three things: It’s a concealer and a sunscreen, and it has anti-aging properties. Eyes age quickly, so when it is used as a concealer, you’re getting ample SPF in that area.” —Dr. Gohara

    Phloretin CF

    BEST BRIGHTENING SERUM

    Phloretin CF

    SkinCeuticals
    dermstore.com

    $166.00

    “Phloretin is my favorite vitamin C antioxidant serum to help protect against and repair free radical damage. It can help reduce brown spots, evens skin tone, and protects from further sun damage.” —Dr. Marchbein

    PRO TIP: Apply retinol at night before bed. Put a pea-size amount on your finger and divide it equally among the four quadrants of your face. Follow with moisturizer to minimize redness and peeling.

    brilliant body favorites

    PHOTOS: JEFFREY WESTBROOK / STYLING: MIA KATOH


    Soothing Skin Body Wash (Almond)

    BEST BODY CLEANSER

    Soothing Skin Body Wash (Almond)

    “I love this cleanser. It’s mild, with plant-rich surfactants (compounds that help clean the skin). The almond scent is amazing in the shower, and my skin feels so soft after using it.” —Morse

    Exfoliating Body Polish

    BEST BODY SCRUB

    Exfoliating Body Polish

    “Dove Body Polish is my favorite (and the one I have in my own shower), as it has a very small particle size, which is less abrasive on the skin. It contains glycerin, shea butter, and other hydrating ingredients to help gently remove dead skin cells.” —Dr. Marchbein

    Advanced Repair Hand Cream

    BEST HAND CREAM

    Advanced Repair Hand Cream

    Eucerin
    walmart.com

    $23.55

    “This has glycerin, which gives the product a slick feel without its being sticky or heavy. It gives you instant relief if you have ultra dry hands, so I recommend keeping it in your bag and applying as needed.” —Dr. Woolery-Lloyd

    Ultra Repair Cream

    BEST BODY MOISTURIZER

    Ultra Repair Cream

    First Aid Beauty
    sephora.com

    $36.00

    “I like products with ingredients that naturally exist in the skin, like the hydrating ceramides in this cream. I’m also a fan of the oatmeal, which quells irritation.” —Dr. Gohara

    minimalist makeup

    PHOTOS: JEFFREY WESTBROOK / STYLING: MIA KATOH



    Make Me Blush Velvet Blush

    BEST BLUSH

    Make Me Blush Velvet Blush

    LAWLESS
    sephora.com

    $29.00

    “Instead of a super-pigmented blush, I love a buildable formula because it’s easier to control. This powder blush has the color payoff but looks really soft on the cheeks.” —Quynh

    Tinted Daily Lip Balm

    BEST LIP COLOR

    Tinted Daily Lip Balm

    rms beauty
    sephora.com

    $20.00

    “This is like a love child of a lipstick and a lip balm. The color is beautiful and lasts for hours, and it is truly moisturizing.” —Morse

    Tinted Brow Butter

    BEST BROW PRODUCT

    Tinted Brow Butter

    Saie
    saiehello.com

    $18.00

    “It has just enough color to fill in bald spots and provides just enough hold to tame flyaways. The little spoolie brush perfectly feathers brows into place.” —Morse

    PRO TIP: For brows that look natural, focus more of the product on the outer edges. Packing too much on the inner areas toward your nose often results in a “blocky” look, Quynh says. If you mess up or apply too much, use a clean spoolie to brush out any clumps.

    Luminous Silk Concealer

    Luminous Silk Concealer

    Giorgio Armani
    sephora.com

    $38.00

    “Not only will it cover up blemishes, but it won’t accentuate the dryness of spots. It has a nice radiant, natural finish.” —Quynh

    Skin Twin Featherweight Foundation

    Skin Twin Featherweight Foundation

    Beautycounter
    beautycounter.com

    $38.25

    “I love that it’s really hydrating because it has hyaluronic acid. It comes in many shades so you can truly find your match—and it feels as if you’re wearing nothing.” —Quynh

    Voluminous Original Mascara

    Voluminous Original Mascara

    L’Oreal Paris
    walmart.com

    $6.84

    “This old-school formula is so thick and makes your lashes look so full. If you want to avoid any smudging throughout the day, go for the waterproof version.” —Quynh

    PRO TIP: Dot the concealer where you need it and use a bare brush to buff gently. For a seamless finish, start with less product and slowly add more in thin layers.

    hair products

    PHOTOS: JEFFREY WESTBROOK / STYLING: MIA KATOH


    Pure Shampoo Hair Bathe

    Pure Shampoo Hair Bathe

    Rare El’Ements
    thedetoxmarket.com

    $38.00

    “It’s important for a shampoo to provide both vital nutrients and the ability to gently remove product buildup. This does exactly that as it recharges the follicle with nourishing ingredients and cleanses without drying out the hair.” —Reslan

    Humectress Ultimate Moisture Conditioner

    Humectress Ultimate Moisture Conditioner

    “Humectress has always been a staple for me. It adds a lot of moisture, rinses out well, works great on normal-to-dry hair, and is one of those tried-and-true products that has spanned generations.” —Hardges

    Wild Marula Tangle Spray

    Wild Marula Tangle Spray

    Drunk Elephant
    sephora.com

    $25.00

    “The ideal detangler does the job without building up on hair, which can cause dullness over time. This is a unique leave-in that uses marula oil, best known for its lightweight moisturizing effects and being easy to wash out.” —Reslan

    PRO TIP: Spray this detangler onto your hair to air-dry or before using any thermal tool, as it also provides protection.

    Nutrient Maximizer

    BEST HAIR TREATMENT

    Nutrient Maximizer

    Maxxam
    hairclub.com

    $16.99

    “This is made with skin-soothing green tea extract and silk amino acids to smooth and repair your hair while nourishing your scalp. It’s lightweight too.” —Reslan

    Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub

    BEST SCALP TREATMENT

    Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub

    Oribe
    dermstore.com

    $52.00

    “A healthy scalp is going to breed healthy hair. This duo is like an exfoliator and toner for the scalp. It helps moisturize, remove buildup, and bring the pH back where it needs to be.” —Hardges

    Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-on Treatment

    BEST SCALP TREATMENT

    Serene Scalp Soothing Leave-on Treatment

    Oribe
    dermstore.com

    $48.00

    PRO TIP: After wetting your hair, part it into sections and work the scrub in thoroughly. Shampoo and rinse well to remove all particles. Apply the leave-on post-shower. (Aim for a once-a-month pampering session!)

    natural game changers

    PHOTOS: JEFFREY WESTBROOK / STYLING: MIA KATOH


    Antiplaque & Whitening Toothpaste (2-Pack)

    ECO-FRIENDLY TOOTHPASTE

    Antiplaque & Whitening Toothpaste (2-Pack)

    Tom’s of Maine
    amazon.com

    Editor’s Pick: Because most toothpaste tubes are made of mixed materials, they typically end up in landfills. But this natural, fluoride-free toothpaste is unlike the rest—it’s the first to come in a 100% recyclable tube recognized by the Association of Plastic Recyclers.

    The Celery Oil

    FUSS-FREE NAIL STRENGTHENER

    The Celery Oil

    TenOverTen
    violetgrey.com

    $26.00

    “The Celery Oil is the foundation for healthy cuticles and strong nails. I love the ballpoint applicator, which keeps things from getting messy.” —Morse

    Lavender + Sage Natural Deodorant Stick

    NATURAL DEODORANT THAT WORKS

    Lavender + Sage Natural Deodorant Stick

    Schmidt’s
    target.com

    $6.99

    “Natural deodorants never worked for me before, but this one actually protects you and makes you smell good! It comes in a range of great scents, but the lavender and sage is my favorite.” —Dr. Gohara

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