- Best Base with Skincare Benefits
- Best Blemish Product
- Best Body Treatment Product
- Best CBD Product with Skincare Benefits
- Best Decongesting Face Mask
- Best Footcare Product
- Best Glow-Boosting Face Mask
- Best Hyaluronic Acid Product
- Best Luxury Skincare Device/Tool
- Best Product for Acne-Prone Skin
- Best Product for Eczema
- Best Product for Rosacea
- Best Retinol Product
- Best Self-Tan Product for Body
- Best Self-Tan Product for Face
- Best Skincare Device/Tool
- Best Skincare Supplement
- Best Soothing Face Mask
- Best SPF Product for Body
- Best SPF Product for Face
- Best SPF Product for Kids
- Best Treatment for Pigmentation
- Best Vitamin C Product
There's nothing quite like having your eye on a beauty product and then getting your hands on it and realising it's every bit as good as you thought it would be. Equally, there's little worse than being disappointed after you've saved up to buy something a bit special.
For this year's Marie Claire UK Skin Awards, our panel of expert judges tested hundreds of products across our Cleanse, Treat, Moisturise, Sustainability and New to Market categories to create a definitive edit of the best in skincare. Here's their list of all the best skin treatments out there, from serums and toners to masks and cleansers.
Best Base with Skincare Benefits
Winner: Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Foundation
Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Foundation, £36 | Charlotte Tilbury
Known for her ability to make skin have a Hollywood glow with lightweight formulas, Charlotte Tilbury has created a new firm favourite with this launch. With 30 natural shades, the formula contains juicy, hydrating ingredients for plumped-up, dewy skin. The coverage is medium but buildable and beyond radiant; “This applied beautifully, and the shade range is really good,” said judge, Keeks Reid.
Highly commended: Erborian Super BB
Best Blemish Product
Winner: CeraVe Blemish Control Cleanser
CeraVe Blemish Control Cleanser, £10.50 | Boots
“My favourite new cleansing gel,” said judge, Sherrille Riley. “This cleansing gel is gentle on the skin whilst offering a deep cleanse to remove all make-up and impurities. A great everyday solution which is also budget-friendly.” If your skin is on the oilier side and you find it hard to budge blemishes normally, swapping this into your morning routine could be the answer to calmer, more balanced skin. Thanks to the combination of salicylic acid, niacinamide, clay, glycolic acid and lactic acid, skin feels smoother and less oily and pores are de-clogged.
Highly commended: Kate Somerville EradiKate Blemish Mark Fading Gel
Best Body Treatment Product
Winner: La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5+
La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5+, £15 | La Roche-Posay
Easily irritated skin can be affected by things like weather and changes in the environment and anything too harsh or fragranced can trigger skin concerns even more. You can apply the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5+ anywhere—on lips, hands or even babies’ bottoms to calm feelings of irritation. Plus, it’s also suitable for eczema-prone skin. The classic cream recently got an upgrade with the addition of prebiotic-complex Tribioma, a microbiome that matches a carefully balanced ecosystem of bacteria living on the skin's surface which maintains the vital barrier function. “I love this product,” says judge ,Dr Maryam Zamani. “I already use it for my patients.”
Highly commended: Murad Clarifying Body Spray
Best CBD Product with Skincare Benefits
Winner: MANTLE The Glow Serum
MANTLE The Glow Serum, £80 | MANTLE
After only launching in 2020, MANTLE has impressed industry experts with its very first product launch, The Glow Serum. The serum is vegan and packed with powerful active and botanical ingredients, including organic CBD, niacinamide and bakuchiol. Judge Sunil Makan said, “This is a very good oil. It certainly delivers on its 'skin glowing like a God's' promise.”
Highly commended: Poko AHA Exfoliating Treatment
Best Decongesting Face Mask
Winner: Faace Period Faace Face Mask
Faace Period Faace Face Mask, £27 | Faace
“Loved the packaging,” said judge, Dominic Skinner. “It felt great to apply and I didn’t expect it to absorb so smoothly without pilling. Plus, I loved the matte but hydrated finish.” Many people suffer from pore decongestion at some stage in the month thanks to hormone fluctuation and environmental changes, and this mask from Faace addresses this issue quickly. It rebalances skin that is super dry or too oily with zinc, hyaluronic acid green tea and lavender.
Best Footcare Product
Winner: Footner Exfoliating Socks
Footner Exfoliating Socks, £9.99 | Amazon
On the first try, these iconic exfoliation socks are shocking—in that you cannot believe the amount of skin you can possibly shed while still having some left on your feet. “I have used these for years and will always consider them the OG foot-peeling socks,” said judge, Laura Capon. “These are the only thing that has ever gotten rid of the dry skin on my heels, and I would recommend them to anyone over a foot cream because they are far more effective.”
Highly commended: Margaret Dabbs London Foot Hygiene Cream
Best Glow-Boosting Face Mask
Winner: Lumene Nordic-C Valo Fresh Glow Brightening Gel Mask
Lumene Nordic-C Valo Fresh Glow Brightening Gel Mask, £27.50 | John Lewis
“I loved the smell of this mask when I applied it. Zesty and citrusy, it really woke me up,” said judge, Dominic Skinner. “I found the product to be mild, and it didn't irritate my skin. I loved the end results,” he added. The gentle, natural AHA peeling acids are suitable for all skin types as they work so gently. The mask formula has been enriched with skin-conditioning Nordic marigold petals, Arctic cloudberry seed extract, Nordic cloudberry fruit extract and pure Arctic spring water—a thirst-quenching concoction for radiant skin.
Best Hyaluronic Acid Product
Winner: Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum, £62 | Lancôme
You can rarely say that after one use you can see a difference with a skincare product but that’s the claim with this serum from skincare powerhouse, Lancôme. Inspired by microbiome science, the face serum contains hyaluronic acid for radiance and a complex of seven prebiotic and probiotic-derived extracts that work to fortify the skin and keep inflammation at a minimum.
Highly commended: Beauty Pie Triple Hyaluronic Acid Lipopeptide Serum
Best Luxury Skincare Device/Tool
Winner: LYMA The LYMA Laser
LYMA The LYMA Laser, £1999 | LYMA
Clinic-grade performance in the palm of your hand, this handy little laser forms part of the complete LYMA skin renewal system. The technology helps to transform cellular regeneration, increasing cellular growth and repair. And, despite its diminutive size, it is up to 100x more effective than LED devices. “Stunning packaging,” said judge, Dr Kemi Fabusiwa. “It's highly innovative, allowing you to target specific areas of the face.”
Highly commended: CELLRETURN UK Platinum LED Mask
Best Product for Acne-Prone Skin
Winner: Omnilux CLEAR
Omnilux CLEAR, £299 | Omnilux
Despite the many LED masks on the market now, the Omnilux CLEAR is the world’s first home-use flexible LED light mask that is FDA-cleared for the treatment of acne. “I like the ease of use and the lightweight, easy to transport design,” said judge, Debbie Thomas. “Blue light can be very effective for most acne cases if used regularly,” she added. The Omnilux CLEAR is created to FDA medical device standards, including medical-grade silicone and LEDs, and uses optimised wavelengths of blue and red light and energy output to treat acne-prone skin safely and effectively.
Highly commended: Peace Out Acne Clearing Dots
Best Product for Eczema
Winner: Dermatology M Nourishing Cream Zi Cao Shui Gao
Dermatology M Nourishing Cream Zi Cao Shui Gao, £42 | Dermatology M
Managing eczema is tricky. The smallest change to environment, ingredient or stress levels can be felt in a flare-up that can last, spread and refuse to be controlled. Finding a cream that will help manage the irritation that comes with a flare-up can be hard, but the Dermatology M Nourishing Cream Zi Cao Shui Gao ticks every box for calming and soothing patches of dryness, harnessed by the powerful ingredients of Chinese medicine.
Best Product for Rosacea
Winner: Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier
Clinisoothe+ Skin Purifier, £14.95 | Clinisoothe
If you’re looking for a product to aid skin conditions in a straightforward manner, Clinisoothe+ advanced hypochlorous technology is suitable for people who are prone to acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, breakouts and blemishes. “This was something really new to me and I enjoyed learning more about it. There are lots of contrasting theories about rosacea and in particular the relationship between bacteria and rosacea. I liked that this mist (designed to eradicate bad bacteria) was an easy step to layer into my routine without needing too much time or commitment,” said judge, Rose Gallagher.
Highly commended: Dr. Barbara Sturm Calming Serum
Best Retinol Product
Winner: Medik8 Crystal Retinal
Medik8 Crystal Retinal, £45 | Medik8
Judge, Dr Sophie Shotter had high praise for this much-loved beauty product, “This is one of my hero retinol products,” she said. “The retinal is very effective, fast-acting and a great choice for acne-prone skin. The ladder is very easy to use, meaning people can safely increase their tolerance to retinoids.” Crystal Retinal has a patented time-release delivery system that encapsulates retinaldehyde in a crystal molecular vehicle that is broken down by the skin’s natural enzymes when you apply it. This ensures that the formula stays stable and absorption is optimised and distributed evenly throughout the night.
Highly commended: No7 Pure Retinol 0.3% Retinol Night Concentrate
Best Self-Tan Product for Body
Winner: Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam 1 Hour Express
Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam 1 Hour Express, £14.99 | Boots
When you’re time-strapped and getting ready, the last thing that you feel you can do is tan, but this express formula from Bondi Sands makes an even, glowy tan simple. Leave on for just one hour to achieve a radiant look and three or more hours for a deeper tan. As judge, Caroline Barnes said, “There's no smell to make your nose twitch and it delivers a warm, honey tan that will put an instant smile on your face.”
Highly commended: Vita Liberata Heavenly Tanning Elixir Tinted
Best Self-Tan Product for Face
Winner: St.Tropez Luxe Tan Tonic Glow Drops
St.Tropez Luxe Tan Tonic Glow Drops, £30 | Boots
“I loved the blend of skincare ingredients in here,” said judge, Lucy Partington. “And the formula really is as non-sticky as promised. This serum combines hardworking skincare with an easy-to-achieve glow that doesn't require much thought, and I'm into that. It speeds up a morning routine and doesn't smell like traditional fake tan—always a winner.” The application is customisable depending on your skin tone and how glowy you want to go—two drops for a light glow, four for a medium, golden tan and six for a deep bronze.
Highly commended: Vita Liberata Beauty Blur Face with Tan
Best Skincare Device/Tool
Winner: FOREO BEAR
FOREO BEAR, £279 | FOREO
Has something so cute ever been so rigorously effective than the FOREO BEAR? This diminutive device impressed judges with its ability to tighten and firm the skin for a more contoured complexion. The BEAR’s innovative Anti-Shock System uses ultra-smart sensors to scan and measure your skin’s resistance to electricity at a rate of 100x per second, then automatically adjusts the microcurrent to best suit your skin. Judge, Madeleine Spencer said, “This is so easy to use, and I love that the charge lasts so long.”
Highly commended: CurrentBody LED Lip Perfector
Best Skincare Supplement
Winner: Gold Collagen Forte Plus
Gold Collagen Forte Plus, £138 | Gold Collagen
Specifically created for mature skin, this supplement is full to the brim with high-quality hydrolysed collagen, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help to maintain the skin, hair and nails and protect against oxidative stress through its peptide form. With consistent use, you can expect results in just three weeks. To top it off, you can expect a delicious peach and passionfruit taste.
Highly commended: Vida Glow Natural Marine Collagen
Best Soothing Face Mask
Winner: Fresh Floral Recovery Calming Mask
Fresh Floral Recovery Calming Mask, £59 | Fresh
For sensitive, irritated skin, there’s nothing better than your beauty sleep working hard to calm your skin as you slumber. This mask is clinically proven to help skin recover from visible signs of discomfort such as redness, uneven tone and rough texture. “I loved how this mask felt on my skin,” said judge, Dominic Skinner. Along with a blend of floral extracts, the mask is infused with vitamin C and squalane to brighten and smooth texture.
Best SPF Product for Body
Winner: Vichy Capital Soleil Solar Protective Water SPF 30 Hydrating
Vichy Capital Soleil Solar Protective Water SPF30 Hydrating, £19.50 | Boots
There’s nothing worse than the stickiness of a body SPF when a product refuses to sink in. Luckily with this innovative water, you don’t need to worry about that. The heavyweight protection meets a lightweight formula that absorbs quickly, making it easy to top up on the go. UVA and UVB filters MEXORYL® SX and XL absorb UV rays, guarding skin against the sun and premature ageing in a formulation that guarantees no stains, no stickiness and no greasy sensation on the skin.
Best SPF Product for Face
Winner: La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+
La Roche-Posay Anthelios UVMune 400 Invisible Fluid SPF50+, £18 | Cult Beauty
The famous lightweight SPF has had a super scientific upgrade: the new Anthelios UVMune 400. While previous filters have offered an adequate level of protection from UV rays, La Roche-Posay’s newest filter, Mexoryl 400, which has been a decade in the making, is the most efficient UV filter against the most penetrative rays and is the first to make protection from these rays a priority. “This is an iconic product that is loved so widely by everyone who uses it," said judge, Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme. “It is very easy to wear, no matter your skin shade.”