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Best & Worst Skincare Products: March 2015

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March saw the official arrival of spring and a slew of new skincare products. They included a great variety of picks: cleansers, serums, and moisturizers + more! While some were definitely impressive (including some excellent budget-friendly products), others were major disappointments.

Without further ado, here’s this month’s list of the Best and Worst Skincare.

The Best Skincare Products Reviewed: Four-Star Faves

Sure, they might be known for their funny commercials and budget razors, but the Dollar Shave Club’s new skincare line is no joke. They have two products that made our “Best” list, which is rounded out by a couple of great cleansers for dry skin.

The Worst Skincare Products Reviewed: Two Stars (or Lower)

This month’s “Worst” list included not one, but two eye-area products that claimed to be able to “de-puff” eyes, but instead included some potential irritants that could make puffiness worse—not better.

  • Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Cleanser ($8.99) – There is only one positive about this cleanser, and that is that is doesn’t dry out skin. Otherwise, the benzoyl peroxide included can’t help acne because it just doesn’t stay on the face long enough, and the menthol in the formula can serve to irritate skin, which is not what you need when treating acne breakouts!
  • L’Oreal Revitalift Volume Filler Serum ($24.99) – L’Oreal gets points for including hyaluronic acid in this serum, which is a great moisture-boosting ingredient. But while that might be good news, there’s also a high amount of skin-damaging alcohol, which can serve to dry out skin – the opposite of what you want from a moisturizing serum!
  • Benefit Puff Off! ($29) – While the packaging for this cream/serum is definitely clever (the metal applicator tip is shaped like a clothing iron, the idea being that this can “iron out” wrinkles and puffiness), what’s inside doesn’t live up to the brand’s claims. This cream’s salmon-pink color can settle into fine lines, has only a small amount of anti-aging ingredients, and contains potential irritants that shouldn’t be used around the eyes.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox De-Puffing Eye Cubes ($50) – First, this can’t “detox” skin as claimed – the only detoxing that the body can do is through your liver, and this definitely doesn’t affect that function! As for the rest of this gimmicky product, you’re supposed to freeze the gel that’s included, then apply it over your eyes, but it ultimately winds up being messy and time-consuming, and the formula itself contains potential irritants that can run into your eyes!

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