You don't have to be a beauty guru to know that washing your face with cleanser and then lathering on a hydrating moisturizer is essential to healthy skin. But once we start veering away from the staples and into the more specialized and targeted products, things get a little foggier. If you're ready to step up your skincare routine, you've come to the right place. We've consulted dermatologists, celebrity makeup artists, certified estheticians, and MyDomaine editors to find out the underrated skincare products that save some serious face.
Scroll through to learn about the unsung heroes lining the vanities of skincare specialists and enthusiasts.
"This is from a new brand Knours. It's pretty innovative—it addresses the causal link between a woman's cycle and her skin. Its Double Duty Mist is awesome and comes in a travel size, too! It's the world's first customizable toner with two layers that transforms to address complexion needs. The layers can be combined or used separately depending on skin's needs. The bottom layer contains aloe vera water and a blend of botanical extracts to nourish and soothe; the top layer features jojoba oil and botanical squalene to deeply moisturize.
You can use it three different ways! 1) Shake to mix when skin is dry and flaky; 2) shake just once when skin is at peak condition; 3) do not shake when skin is at its most sensitive and acne-prone." — Mickey Williams, celebrity makeup artist and Share the Glam founder
"I truly believe that the best brands are the ones that are backed by science. Environ has been around for decades, and the products are specially formulated to provide a healthy-looking complexion. My go-to product is the Environ Focus Care Youth+ Tri-Peptide Avance Elixir, a lightweight powerhouse serum specifically formulated with Meiritage, a unique blend of Chinese root extracts, to improve the look of redness and discoloration, firm and tightening the appearance of lax skin and boost hydration.
It's my skincare triple threat!" — Sandra Velandia, salon CEO and founder
"I recommend the Conture Kinetic Toning Device for at-home use. It has a multitude of benefits, with over 250,000 hours of research behind it. With three settings (face, neck, and mild), the device combines Isometric compression and low-frequency vibrations. The device also prepares the skin for up to 300% more absorption of active ingredients up to 45 minutes after use. So your HA serum, glycolic acid, or retinol will penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin and work harder for you." — Dr. Dendy Engelman, dermatologist
"I use this exfoliator in the morning when my skin feels tired and dull. It purifies and hydrates so my skin looks more awake and refreshed." — Christie Calucchia, MyDomaine editor
"Revision Intellishade TruPhysical is the ultimate all-in-one multitasker. It offers a treasure trove of anti-aging technology, antioxidants, daily moisture, plus sun protection and a mineral tint for coverage. I recommend this product daily for anyone who prefers a physical sunscreen with no hidden chemicals, and especially for those who are receiving professional aesthetic procedures." — Dr. James Namnoum, medical director and CEO of AYA Medical Spas
"A lot of people dismiss toner as a non-essential in their skincare regimen, but I swear by this product. With both salicylic and lactic acids, it clears pores and reduces any excess shine. I have also used it as a cleanser when I'm traveling. It's really helped to smoothen out my skin and keep blackheads at bay." — Sacha Strebe, editorial director of MyDomaine
"Revision Revox 7 is a highly concentrated, lightweight serum that's the perfect complement to all injectable procedures. It works to erase the appearance of existing expression lines while preventing the creation of new ones. For any patient receiving injectables, or for those not yet ready to take the plunge, this is my go-to topical treatment." — Dr. James Namnoum
"iS Clinical Active Serum is one of my absolute favorite serums because it targets so many different concerns. It will smooth fine lines and wrinkles, help with acne, and brighten skin overall. It can reduce blemishes overnight! It's a great formula for everyone, even teens struggling with acne, or pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who need something to target fine lines and wrinkles as well as blemishes." — Shani Darden, celebrity esthetician
"[This foot mask] is under $10 at drugstores like Walgreens and contains natural fruit acids, which work gently to exfoliate and remove dead skin. Your feet will shed their dead skin cells—revealing soft, healthy skin beneath—and will feel as smooth as a baby's bum! Definitely use the socks included to maximize the mask's hydrating effects." — Mickey Williams
Up next, 25 full-proof skincare tips from a dermatologist.