Find out how the biggest celebrities achieve radiant skin.
The world of skin care is vast. Gone are the days of a simple face wash and moisturizer. Now, we’re all wondering whether or not we should use vitamin C or retinol, or even snack on collagen supplements. (Hint: the answer is yes.) There are definite advantages to the flooded market, of course; A push for inclusivity has created a wave of must-have brands made by and for BIPOC complexions. Plus, custom skincare companies now cater to your specific skincare needs. And for many of us, we have recently been exposed to the rich array of Korean beauty products that deserve our attention.
But with all of these options, it can be very easy to get overwhelmed.
We know that the rich and famous have access to a variety of luxury items, but alongside the most sophisticated items, many stars have surprisingly accessible products in their arsenals. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite celebrities and their must-have products. From the serum recommended by Jennifer Garner to the luxe masks Serena Williams wears while lounging on her La-Z Boy, shop their top skincare products ahead of time.
Celebrity Favorite Skincare Products
La Roche-Posay Serozinc Toning Lotion for Oily Skin
We’ve been envying Naomi Campbell’s glowing skin for over 30 years, but luckily for us, she’s got a pretty accessible trick up her sleeve: this refreshing toner that’s under $20. Campbell says that “zinc is like magic” and critics back her up. Users say the spray is lightweight, fragrance-free, leaves no residue, and keeps the face matte.
Buy here: $15
Vaseline Essential Moisture Cocoa Radiant Lotion
Cold weather is upon us, and with cozy sweaters and the holidays, they are guaranteed to bring dry skin. Fortunately, Regina King has a wallet-friendly recommendation for those of us who could benefit from extra hydration. King, who says regular lotion is sometimes too watery, likes that this petrolatum formula contains petrolatum, glycerin and cocoa bean butter. Stock up now for a $10 three-pack that will last through spring.
Buy here: $10
Kosasport LipFuel Lip Balm with Hyaluronic Acid
Gwenyth Paltrow would have sworn by this lip balm with hyaluronic acid. It is a moisturizing and plumping formula that will leave your lips dewy and totally chapped free. You can opt for the transparent version, but the tinted options add an understated pop of color.
Buy here: $18
Honest Beauty Skin Sweep Exfoliating Powder Cleanser
If your skin gets dry in the winter, this one’s for you. Jessica Alba said to Byrdie that when she needs a thicker moisturizer, she uses this gentle yet effective powder to cleanse the moss every day. Because it’s a powder, it’s easy to travel with as you don’t have to deal with an annoying liquid limit.
Buy here: $22
Neutrogena Rapid Firming Peptide Multi-Action Depuffing & Brightening Eye Cream
According Prevention, Kerry Washington proclaims that this eye cream is “completely game-changing” so much so that she now needs less concealer. Non-famous critics agree. One buyer says the product changed her skeptical view of anti-aging products: “After a few weeks, I noticed a marked improvement, especially with makeup! The tugging and pulling when applying foundation allowed the skin to spring back into place and there were no creases.
Buy here: $47
Jet Set Invisible Powder Spray
OK, so this choice straddles the line between skincare and beauty, but we couldn’t not include it. If you rummage through Drew Barrymore’s bag on any given day, you will find it apparently Flower Beauty fixing spray. It is both a powder and a spray – and thanks to rice starch, chamomile flower extract and coconut water, this product reduces oiliness and shine.
Buy here: $16
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Pro 0.5% Power Serum
If you’re nervous about experimenting with retinol, know that you don’t necessarily need to invest in high-end products. When Jennifer Garner talked to Byrdie, she shared that a dermatologist claimed that Neutrogena retinol products are just as good as the most expensive prestige brands. Garner says “this new Power Serum is the absolute… it’s the mack daddy. This is not a joke. She happily reports that it’s also non-irritating, which is a typical reaction to the potent retinol. And with hundreds of five-star reviews, we’re inspired to follow Garner’s lead.
Buy here: $47
MZ Skin Hydra-Lift Golden Facial Treatment Mask 5 Pack
Whereas Serena Williams’ Recommendation is a bit pricey, we can forgive that because it’s full of gold nanoparticles, niacinamide, vitamin C, and collagen. These masks are particularly good for hyperpigmentation and improving skin texture, but Williams admits she uses them primarily to relax while lying in a La-Z Boy: “It’s hard with a baby and all, so I really have to force myself to make time [for myself].” She also uses these gold under eye maskswhich are a bit (like, just a bit) cheaper.
Buy here: $130
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Dry Face Sheet Mask
If you’re not convinced you need to spend over $100 on a sheet mask (and who can blame you?), Amal Clooney has a more affordable recommendation it will always leave you ready for the red carpet. Suitable for all skin types, this mask hydrates, lifts and illuminates the skin. Light a candle, light up some tunes, bask in some body butter, and spend some quality time with this mask on for a quiet night (or before a fun night out).
Buy here: $22
Rose Gardenia SkinNectar
If your skin looks or feels a little BLA bla, taking inspiration from Janelle Monae’s makeup artist, Jessica Smalls. small spoke to Initiated on how this rich serum fights hyperpigmentation and dry skin. Made with rosehip seed oil, moringa oil, organic gardenia petals and other vegan ingredients, this nourishing item will brighten up your routine.
Buy here: $30
Vinter’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum
According to the Skincare Edit, Tracee Ellis Ross (as well as Hailey Bieber, Lucy Hale, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Naomi Watts, to name a few) can’t get enough of this delicious-smelling serum. Ross says, “I’m obsessed with it. When I put this on, I feel like I’ve slept two days in a row! When you wake up, apply this serum and you are recharged for the day! It smells so good.
Buy here: $195