10 Ulta Employees Reveal the Skin Care Products They Can’t Live Without
Oh, how we love you, Ulta, with your expansive inventory and epic sales. The biggest challenge isn’t what to buy, but how not to buy the entire store. So we asked Ulta employees from across the country for their top recommendations. Here, ten skin-care products that made the cut.
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum
"I can’t live without Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum. One drop of this stuff will really transform your skin. I use it morning and night before moisturizing and it makes everything look tighter, smoother and brighter." — Jillian J., Northborough, MA
Philosophy Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Exfoliating Clay Mask
"Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Exfoliating Clay Mask is the first product I used that gave me results right away. It’s a true 2-in-1 product that I can use as a mask and an exfoliator. I like to put it on before a big event or on a Sunday night to get an instant brightening effect and smoother skin, which is always a great way to start my week." — Timothy K., South Lakeland, FL
Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum
"The Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum works wonders for me. I had a lot of dark spots on my face and wanted something to brighten them. It ended up completely clearing them up and has made my skin more radiant, smooth and clear. It’s a must buy!" — Gyarai O., Brandon, FL
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate
"My skin is so dewy and hydrated after I sleep with this serum on. It has the most amazing blend of lavender and primrose oil. Whether your skin is stressed out, sensitive or dehydrated, this will help." — Meghan V., San Antonio, TX
Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner
"It’s a light facial mist that instantly hydrates and refreshes your skin and preps it for better absorption of your other products. It’s perfect for any skin type—and for any age. When you spray it on, it kind of fizzes so you know that it’s working. You instantly feel hydrated from just the spray alone. You can use it throughout the day over makeup and whenever you need a little pick-me-up. Oh, and it smells so good because of the mint and lavender in it." — Jessie D., Nashville, TN
Cosrx AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
"This toner has AHAs and BHAs that gently exfoliate the face and help remove dead skin. It also has natural acne fighting acids in it to not only treat blackheads and whiteheads, but also to prevent future acne from forming. In a nutshell: It’s amazing for clearing skin up and will give you a smoother complexion and an even glow." — Caitlin C.
Peter Thomas Roth FirmX Peeling Gel
"As a working mom of three boys, I don't always have a lot of time for self-care, so I appreciate products that give me immediate results and instant gratification. I enjoy using this gel exfoliator after a long day of work because you can literally feel it lift away any impurities on your skin and it makes my face feel so soft and smooth afterward." — Clarice D., Salem, OR
Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse Balm
"No matter what face wash I’m currently obsessed with, I always use the pre-cleanse balm prior to washing. It helps take off all of my makeup and it smells so relaxing—like I just had a facial. My skin is very dry and sensitive, and I can use this daily with no side effects. It’s seriously the ride-or-die of my skin-care routine."— Chelsey L., Daytona Beach, FL
Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+
"Rosehip oil is rich in vitamin A, which is proven to fight wrinkles and lighten age spots. It also improves skin tone, moisture and collagen levels, which is why I love to mix it with my eye cream and neck cream for an added boost."— Brigid M., Miami, FL.