March is my favorite month for a variety of reasons — winter is finally almost over, my birthday’s right around the corner, and (best of all) the March Madness college basketball tournament is on. Whether you’re a basketball fan or not, it’s so much fun to get caught up in the drama, the bracketology, and the upsets — the tournament’s never the same twice, but it’s always entertaining.
Given the fact that not everyone geeks out over basketball like I do, we thought we’d add our own fun twist to the tournament this year. In addition to creating basketball brackets aplenty, we ALSO created an even better bracket (yeah, we said it) — a bracket full of 32 of our absolute favorite skincare products (and not just OUR favorites — but reader and general public favorites too!), then polled our readers on Instagram to see which products were crowned best of the best.
Here’s how it worked:
We chose 32 favorite skincare products in four categories: Cleansers/Toners, Moisturizers, Treatments, and Miscellaneous. In typical bracket fashion, two products were faced head-to-head, and readers were given the two options and told to pick which of the two they “couldn’t live without.” Whichever of the two received more votes would move on to the next round, and would face off against the winner of an adjacent match-up. This continued on until we were left with only two products… and now it’s up to you.
Here, we share the full bracket, the winners in each category, and how to shop it all. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed playing!
Cleansers and toners are some of our skincare holy grail products — whether we’re removing makeup, taking off the day, or fighting clogged pores, these are the cleansers and toners that keep us feeling clean and fresh.
No matter what kind of climate you live in, all skin types are prone to dryness now and then. When it comes to staying hydrated, these serums, creams, and gels work to heal dry skin and prevent it from returning.
What was once feared as too harsh for at-home use has now been perfected in the form of DIY facials, peels, and scrubs. No matter what type of skin you have, there’s an acid for you.
Finally, a catch-all category for the masks, supplements, and tools we couldn’t go a day without — from skin-loving collagen to an overnight lip miracle, these do-it-all skin savers are some of our all-time faves.