TikTok-approved skin care products perfect for stockings

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Topicals Like Butter Hydrating Mask

Founded by two women of color in their early 20s, Claudia Teng and Olamide Olowe, Topicals has captured the heart of Gen Z with its bare-it-all attitude and genuinely cute packaging. But it's solidified itself with scientifically- backed formulations that are actually working for people. Topicals' Like Butter Hydrating Mask is packed with nourishing ingredients including colloidal oatmeal, green tea and ginseng root for a formula that the brand says is beneficial in restoring the skin barrier (and if you've spent any time on skincare TikTok, you know how much we love a healthy skin barrier).

$32 | mytopicals.com

Pink Moon Rose Quartz Gua Sha Facial Tool

Pink Moon founder Lin Chen wanted to celebrate the role traditional Chinese medicine played in her upbringing with the Pink Moon Rose Quartz Gua Sha Facial Tool. Gua sha promotes blood flow in the skin while minimizing inflammation and releasing stagnant energy, the brand says. It's also a great way to establish a self-care ritual at the end of a long WFH day. In other words: Treat yo' self!

$35 | pinkmoon.com

Skin Gym's WrinkLit LED Mask

Fancy skin care tools are an additional part of any routine — you don't actually need them — but the benefits of LED therapy for things like acne, skin tightening and scarring are scientifically promising. As Harvard Health explains: "Different wavelengths of the visible light spectrum correspond to different colors of LED light and penetrate the skin to different depths. Depending on how deeply they penetrate, LED lights are thought to have different biological effects." Devices can be pricey, but Skin Gym's WrinkLit LED Mask is a relatively affordable pick. There are three light options: blue light, intended for acne-prone skin; red light for anti-aging; and orange light for brightening.



Mediheal N.M.F Intensive Hydrating Mask

TikTok's hilarious "lesbian parent" Kate "Hina" Sabatine told the Cut that these are the masks they buy in bulk. And they're not the only one. Co-signed by Allure, Soko Glam and throngs of skin care obsessives on the internet, the Mediheal N.M.F Intensive Hydrating Mask is inexpensive, hydrating and stays put on your face — unlike other sheet masks. The mask uses N.M.F. technology, an abbreviation for natural moisturizing factor, which aims to replicate your skin's natural moisturizers with ingredients like hyaluronic acid and water-binding sugars.

$9.95 | medihealus.com

Krio River No. 2 Face Oil

Krio's River No. 2 Face Oil is "a nourishing face moisturizer featuring two of Africa's treasured fruit oils, marula and kalahari melon oil, that feels luxurious and works to hydrate and soothe your neck and face," explains the brand's founder Tony Johnson. He champions a "being ashy is never cool" ethos when it comes to his skin care products — which are inspired by his Sierra Leone heritage. River No. 2 Face Oil targets acne and aging concerns while brightening the skin, thanks to fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins A, E and C.

$42 | getkrio.com