If the past 365 days have taught us anything, it’s that our commitment to the self-care rituals that ground us remains steadfast, even as the world around us struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy. So, for the 2022 Women’s Health Beauty Awards, we combed through more than 3,100 submissions (up 1,000 from the previous year!) and tested tons of game-changing products that added an unexpected dose of optimism to our beauty routines. The winners are true stand-outs in every sense of the word. Read on to find your new faves.
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Kosas Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation SPF 25
Though technically makeup, it has an ingredient list that reads more like skin care, with hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, and more. It all adds up to a potent, blendable formula.
Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint
A buildable, medium-coverage tinted moisturizer that blurs and evens the complexion, this light product lessens the appearance of imperfections and keeps your skin looking like . . . well . . . skin.
LYS Beauty Triple Fix Serum Concealer
LYS uses a blend of top ingredients to hydrate while blurring imperfections, without creasing.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Cream Blush
Cream blushes are a secret weapon for faking a healthy, well-rested glow. This stick formula melts into skin to create a natural-looking flush.
ONE/SIZE BrowKiki Micro Brow Defining Pencil
The ultra-thin tip—which includes conditioning vitamin E—allows every stroke to mimic the appearance of hair.
Patrick Ta Major Brow Lamination Gel
You can use the clear gel to mimic the popular laminated-brow look or to just keep your usual style in place.
Kulfi Beauty Underlined Kajal Eyeliner
The gel texture of these eye pencils makes the intense colors glide on like butter.
Freck Beauty Lashrocket Liner with Lash Enhancing Peptides
A super fine felt tip, impressive staying power, and a lash-enhancing peptide-infused formula? You could say this liner is an overachiever... just the way we like it.
about-face Matte Fluid Eye Paint
One swipe of this liquid delivers a verrry generous amount of pigment that won’t smear or stain after drying. All-day all-star!
Beautyblender Bio Pure Sponge
The go-to applicator for pros (and also anyone who wears makeup) got an eco-friendly upgrade. The new green blender is made of 60 percent plant-based foam (renewable sugarcane) and comes housed in a PCR plastic container.
Because the skin below your neck deserves some serious TLC as well.
Natura Ekos Tukumã Biphase Shower Oil
On top of keeping your post-shower skin moisturized and feeling baby soft, this lightweight oil features a luxe fragrance that clings to the skin all day long.
Black Girl Sunscreen Make It Hybrid SPF 50
Give yourself the best of both worlds with this non-greasy mineral sunscreen that provides UV protection without leaving behind the dreaded white cast.
boscia Papaya and Pomegranate Enzyme Exfoliating Body Cleanser
Lactic and mandelic acids join forces in this gentle, exfoliating body wash that targets hyperpigmentation and body acne.
Oscar de la Renta Alibi Eau de Parfum
This rich fragrance brings together notes of mandarin and vanilla orchid to create a long-lasting, sexy scent that’ll make you dream of warm weather.
Bathing Culture Cathedral Grove Perfume Oil
Green earthy scents like juniper and redwood accord are harnessed in a base of organic coconut oil for a plant-based formula that subtly makes a statement.
Th alpha hydroxy acids in this clear gel combat the bacteria that mixes with sweat to cause odor, and also helps fight discoloration and bumps.
Schmidt's Rose & Vanilla Natural Deodorant Spray
Love natural ingredients but want the ease of a spray? Schmidt's is known for their hardworking formulas and you can now get the benefits with a simple press of a button.
Tula Take Care + Nourish Advanced Hydration Body Moisturizer
Like skin care for the rest of your bod, this moisturizer has probiotic extracts and ceramides. The aftereffect: brighter skin, head to toe.
Bio-Oil Body Lotion
A hybrid lotion with the same OG goodness as the original Bio-Oil absorbs fast yet still leaves the light sheen of an oil.
Topicals Like Butter Hydrating & Soothing Mist
Topicals’ beloved hydrating mask for eczema and dry skin now comes in the form of a lightweight mist that really comes in handy for those harder to reach areas of the body.
Blemish blockers, dark-spot correctors, wrinkle slayers…all solutions live here.
CeraVe Acne Control Gel
Word to the wise: If you have acne-prone skin, treat your whole face rather than waiting for a pimple to pop up. This one is a triple threat with salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acid to clear out pores, smooth skin texture, and help brighten tone. All your acne issues covered in one cream.
Starface Hydro-Star + Salicylic Acid
Most zit stickers only contain hydrocolloid (used in bandages to soak up gunk), but these also house salicylic acid to clear out pores and shorten the lifespan of your pimple.
Lancer Clarifying Spot Solution
For those pimples that need a little more...er... tough love (looking at you, cysts), this is the spot treatment to reach for. Packed with 10 percent sulfur, salicylic acid, green clay, and azelaic acid, it takes ownership of those bumps and keeps them manageable so they don't take over.
Dermalogica Awaken Peptide Eye Gel
If you tend to hate eye cream but want the benefits, give this one a try. The extremely lightweight gel formula is packed with peptides to stimulate collagen and tighten skin but doesn't feel or look goopy. Eye five!
Peter Thomas Roth Peptide 21 Wrinkle Resist Eye Cream
Fine lines and wrinkles are no match for a lightweight cream that has a strong blend of 21 peptides and neuropeptides.
Hyper Skin Fade & Glow AHA Mask
Silky and packed with powerhouse ingredients such as glycolic and salicylic acids, it reduces dark spots and halts breakouts before they start.
Olehenriksen Lemonade Smoothing Scrub
Like a glass of lemonade in a bottle, the nonabrasive scrub gently exfoliates and refines skin’s texture while chamomile and basil soothe it. The effect? Refreshing.
Keys Soulcare Reviving Aura Face Mist
The key to a good face mist is the actual misting mechanism and this one gives a 10/10 extremely fine mist every. single. time. No prep spritzes needed. Not to mention the rose and witch hazel formula is refreshing, hydrating, and helps tone oily skin.
Renée Rouleau Rapid Response Maskne Spray
Made with exfoliating AHAs and BHAs along with a prebiotic sugar, this spray helps ensure that "bad" bacteria can't thrive. Just spritz it on your face and mask, let it dry, then go about your business as usual.
Shani Darden Skin Care Lactic Acid Serum
The formidable lactic acid formula stops pimples in their tracks and brightens up complexions with—get this—no irritation. How?!
Affordable favorites keep your digits looking strong and stylish.
Farmaesthetics Lemon Cuticle Cream
Soybean and citrus-peel oils combine to make a multitasker everyone needs. Rub it on your nail beds or all over your hands for extra relief.
Dove Body Love Intense Care Hand Cream
Discover your new staple.…It’s perfectly rich but not oily in the slightest. Use it anytime, anywhere to restore skin and lock in moisture with ceramides and glycerin.
evolvetogether Hand Sanitizer Starter Set
No more overpowering sanitizer scents—instead, the elevated fragrance is made from essential oils, with sugarcane-derived ethyl alcohol and aloe vera for happy hands.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel It Takes Two
Wouldn’t it be nice to get a gel mani without paying gel mani prices? A quick-drying system (color + topcoat) lets you achieve the same look you’d seek in a salon minus the UV light and long wait.
ORLY Breathable Protein Boost
Plant-based ingredients including jojoba, pea protein, and brown algae strengthen nails to reduce breakage and hydrate for healthier looking tips.
Nails of LA The Realist Press-On Extensions
Do the most to your nails with the least effort using these press-ons that stay in place with glue or adhesive tabs. They’re so good, we’re total converts!
Get salon-worthy locks from the comfort of your humble abode.
Anomaly Hydrating Shampoo
You can’t beat a shampoo that’s super hydrating and cleanses the hair without drying out your strands—especially when it’s under 10 bucks.
Garnier Pure Clean Hair Reset Clarifying Shampoo
Fine, oily strands are zapped back to life after one wash with this powerful cleanser that blasts away build up for an extra clean (but not squeaky) feeling. Citric acid helps balance oil production while aloe keeps things cool, calm, and hydrated.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Super Moisture Conditioner
Creamy conditioner makes hair feel incredibly soft and fights breakage with an argan oil-rich formula that's worth the splurge.
African Pride Moisture Miracle Hydrate & Renew Curl Milk
Whether you have tight curls or loose waves, one handful of this milky leave-in applied from root to tip will make any hairbrush practically glide through your strands with ease (while giving the hair a burst of hydration in the process).
BeautyBio Healthy Scalp Dry Shampoo
Want to add some life to second-day hair? The starch-free dry shampoo gets it done with “flash wash technology,” along with larch tree and rosebay extract.
Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Touch-Up Gel Cream
If you hate gels that leave your hair feeling crunchy and dry just hours after application, consider this your solution. It has a lightweight, creamy texture and it defines curls without drying out the strands and leaving behind any residue.
Conair Curl Collective Paddle Brush
This brush comes in three different bristle versions to best suit your texture. The curlier your strands, the wider and more space you'll want between your bristles.
Wet Brush Go Green Curly Detangler
A cool-looking tool featuring flexible bars that move with—not against—hair, so you can easily detangle without pulling or damaging your curls.
Hally Color Cloud
Besides making coloring hair at home more fun, an ammonia-free, demi-permanent formula foam dye lets you experiment without the commitment.
Bumble and bumble Heat Shield Thermal Protection Mist
This easy-to-use mist goes on dry hair (ideal for touch-ups or second day styles) and protects up to 450 degrees without leaving your hair heavy, sticky, or greasy.
Necessities for a healthy and bright smile. Say cheese!
Hello Replaceable Head Toothbrush
With a sleek aluminum handle and a replaceable brush head, it’s an eco-friendly winner in our book.
Brüush Electric Toothbrush
For those who want a toothbrush that has a little more *oomph* than a manual one, this electric one has a built-in two-minute timer and six speeds that give your teeth that squeaky clean, just-left-the-dentist feeling.
Tend Tonic Mouth Rinse
A refillable option that comes with a glass decanter (gorg!), this rinse is better for the planet and your teeth thanks to the natural mint, alcohol-free formula.
Laughland To-Go Pen
An on-the-go version of the brand’s original kit, a pocket-size pen takes the fuss out of whitening.
Davids Sensitive+Whitening nano-Hydroxyapatite Natural Toothpaste
A special ingredient in this paste was developed by NASA to repair enamel and plug up nerve passageways that are exposed from receding gum lines—typically the root cause of sensitivity and pain. Pun intended!
This article originally appeared in the May/June 2022 issue of Women’s Health.
Chelsea Burns is the Beauty Director for Women’s Health and has been writing in the beauty and wellness space for over six years with her work appearing in Real Simple, Health, Fitness, and Byrdie.com. She’s an expert at testing products and is always on the hunt for the best tinted moisturizer.
Danielle is the beauty editor at Women's Health. Her apartment is currently littered with beauty products, but when she's not testing them all out, you can find her watching facial ASMR videos on YouTube, binge-watching The Golden Girls on Hulu, and reading rom-coms.