21 Skin Care Products You Won't Want to Hide in Your Beauty Cabinet

21 Skin Care Products You Won't Want to Hide in Your Beauty Cabinet

By Banu Ibrahim
These cult-favorite products pair good-for-you ingredients with gorgeous packaging.

These skin care products are worth their weight in formula, and they double as works of art—so they shouldn't be stashed away in your beauty cabinet. Instead, give these serums, moisturizers, and cleansers prime real estate on your bathroom counter or vanity. 

While we don’t typically condone judging a book by its cover, it’s hard not to when you feast your eyes on these stunning skin care brands—and they're just as effective as they are aesthetically pleasing. As an added bonus, many of these products are ones you'll want to have on hand to protect your skin from the hot summer sun.

Herbivore Botanicals

Founded on the principal that the ingredients on your skin care bottles should be ones you can actually pronounce, Herbivore Botanicals prides itself on using only natural ingredients in its products. But the reason why Herbivore Botanicals have become an instant favorite among skin enthusiasts (including ourselves!) is that the products actually work. The compoany's highly concentrated After Sun Soothing Aloe Mist, for example, instantly cools and soothes sun-exposed or irritated skin (I've also found it to be a lightning-quick remedy for bug bite irritation). Plus, it doesn’t hurt that all of their product packaging is practically made for Instagram.

Herbivore Prism Exfoliating Glow Potion
What it is: A nearly magical potion that is part essence and part serum that exfoliates away the top layer of dead skin cells. What it does: This truly natural water-based potion de-clogs pores, to reveal fresh, smooth and glowing skin.
Herbivore Jade Facial Roller
What it is: An incredible tool for both inner and outer beauty. What it does: Facial rolling is relaxing and de-stressing and has been a beauty ritual since ancient times in China. Physically, it helps to firm the look of skin through gentle massage.
Herbivore Moon Fruit Night Treatment
Multitasking night cream from Herbivore. Packed with fruit enzymes to deliver hydrated, smooth skin through the night.




Public Goods

Facial cleansers, soaps, and hand lotions are daily essentials—and although they aren't typically the prettiest packaged goods in your bathroom, they do need to be within arm's reach as you get ready. That’s where Public Goods comes in. This direct-to-consumer company aims to create premium products (that also are eco-friendly, natural, and organic) without the massive markups—the overwhelming majority are under $10. Each product is also designed to seamlessly compliment the other products you already have in your beauty arsenal.

Public Goods Witch Hazel
Our witch hazel is an alcohol-free, natural astringent, safe for your entire body.
Public Goods Facial Cleanser
Our foaming facial cleanser is a gentler way to maintain a clear complexion. Effectively remove dirt, excess oil and makeup from your skin without the harsh chemicals or detergents. Formulated for all skin types, our cleanser is ideal even for sensitive or acne prone skin.
Public Goods Castile Soap
Our liquid castile soap is a gently formulated, highly versatile cleaning essential. Developed with sensitive skin in mind, our formula is less astringent, but every bit as effective for virtually any cleaning purpose.


Glossier

Internet darling Glossier has created a heavy-duty line of products that have quickly amassed a following in the beauty space. That's all thanks to the brand's crowdsourcing approach, which taps into what real users want in their ideal skin care products. The result is skin care products that solve everyday problems with ease—such as a clay mask that detoxifies without drying out your skin, a body wash that keeps moisture locked in even during steamy showers, and an under-makeup sunscreen that feels as lightweight as a serum.

Glossier Invisible Shield
Not optional. If you don’t already use sun protection every day, now’s the time to start. If you do, good! Now it’s time for an upgrade.
Glossier Body Hero Duo
From the people who brought you glowy, dewy skin for your face: Body Hero, for the other 90% of you. Inspired by oil cleansers and rich creams usually used above the neck, Body Hero cleans, hydrates, and enhances skin all over.
Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack
Press the reset button on your skin.  What it is: A deeply cleansing and detoxifying mask to help manage excess oil . WHY IT'S SPECIAL: Creamy, White Kaolin Clay gently cleanses, while vitamin-rich leafy greens and superfruit antioxidants nourish skin.


Claus Porto

When you think bar soap, you probably aren’t picturing an Art Deco statement piece. Wait until you see Claus Porto’s soaps. For the past 130 years, the brand has been using locally sourced ingredients from Portugal's countryside to handcraft its paraben-free soaps. All are formulated with 100% vegetable and shea oils that restore your skin—which proves to be especially useful after exposing your skin to the irritating effects of chlorine. The brand also dabbles in hand and body creams that will keep your skin at its most hydrated post-shower.

Claus Porto Deco - Banho, Ilyria & Madrigal Soap Trio
What it is: An elegant trio of soaps from Claus Porto's Deco collection, each with a unique fragrance and personality. What it does: Blended with shea butter, these colorful soaps draw on the dramatic designs that first made Claus Porto's name in the early 20th century.
Claus Porto Chypre Cedar Poinsettia Hand Cream
What it is: A hand cream with a silky formula that drenches skin in moisture and leaves behind a delicate scent to reinvigorate both hands and spirit. What it does: Its indulgent texture soothes hands on contact, creating an emollient barrier that treats them to lasting hydration.


Grown Alchemist

Time and time again, this writer keeps coming back to Grown Alchemist. The Australian brand’s products not only look great, but they also smell fantastic and work wonders. The company's Polishing Facial Exfoliant is particularly effective, and can easily help buff away dead skin cells and leave your visage fresh and renewed. Other favorites from the all-natural, plant-based skin care line include their Regenerating Night Cream and ultra-hydrating Body Cream, both of which pack your skin with nourishing active ingredients (including aloe vera and jojoba oil) which helps improve your skin’s overall elasticity.

Grown Alchemist Body Cream
Deeply hydrate and repair skin with Grown Alchemist's Body Cream in Mandarin & Rosemary Leaf.
Grown Alchemist Polishing Facial Exfoliant
Grown Alchemist uses certified organic botanical ingredients to craft its products. Gentle enough for daily use, this exfoliator will dissolve dry and dead skin cells, softly polishing the skin underneath and preparing it for moisturizer.
Grown Alchemist Regenerating Night Cream
There's no easier addition to your grooming regime than a potent night cream like this one by Grown Alchemist.


Aesop

Aesop is probably best known for its hand washes and lotions—but if those products are the only things you pick up from the skin care brand, you’re missing out. Aesop's array of aromatic skin care products will leave you feeling restored and rejuvenated—think of them as your mini spa treatments for the day. Products like the Chamomile Concentrate Mask, which helps draw out impurities in your skin as it cleanses, and the Parsley Seed Eye Serum, which helps protect the more delicate areas of your skin and promotes collagen production, all are incredibly potent, gentle on most skin types, and gorgeously packaged. 

Aesop Parsley Seed Eye Serum
Aesop's potent yet gentle Parsley Seed serum hydrates, nourishes and protects the delicate eye area, making you look refreshed and youthful. Infused with Vitamin C and antioxidants, it absorbs quickly into the skin, imparting a fresh floral scent.
Aesop In Two Minds Facial Toner
Aesop knows that the key to addressing combination skin is products that will gently cleanse without stripping your natural oils, which is why its 'In Two Minds' collection took three years to develop.
Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque
Prevent and treat blemish-prone skin with Aesop's deep-cleansing masque - used twice a week, it creates a smooth, clear complexion. Infused with calming Chamomile and pure botanicals, this smooth Clay formula draws out impurities, absorbs excess oil and diminishes redness.



Glow Recipe

Glow Recipe’s famous Watermelon Glow Mask once amassed an 8,000-person waitlist. Luckily, you don’t have to wait any longer to get your hands on the Korean line's popular skin care goodies. Some favorites include the aforementioned face mask, which uses the anti-inflammatory properties of watermelon extract to make your face feel baby-soft overnight; a pineapple brightening serum that marries the benefits of vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to help even and brighten skin tones; and a gentle everyday cleanser packed with antioxidant-rich blueberries. The punchy pastel bottling doesn’t hurt either. 

Glow Recipe Blueberry Cleanser
A gentle cleanser and makeup remover, packed with antioxidant-rich blueberries, hyaluronic acid, and gentle AHAs.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
A skin-smoothing, radiance-boosting sleeping mask with watermelon, hyaluronic acid, and AHAs that gently exfoliate and refine the look of pores.
Glow Recipe Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask
A creamy sleeping mask formulated with avocado, honey, and PHA to deeply moisturize dry, dull skin overnight.
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