women’s health beauty awards 2022

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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2022 women’s health awards
Jeffery Westbrook

Our multitasking MVPs create the illusion that you actually did wake up like this.

Best Foundation
Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation SPF 25
Kosas Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation SPF 25
$42 at kosas.com

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.

Best Tinted Moisturizer
Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint
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.

Best Concealer
Triple Fix Serum Concealer
LYS Beauty Triple Fix Serum Concealer

LYS uses a blend of top ingredients to hydrate while blurring imperfections, without creasing.

Best Blush
Stick Cream Blush
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.

Best Brow Pencil
BrowKiki Micro Brow Defining Pencil
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.

Best Brow Gel
Major Brow Lamination Gel
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.

Best Eyeliner Pencil
Underlined Kajal Eyeliner
Kulfi Beauty Underlined Kajal Eyeliner

The gel texture of these eye pencils makes the intense colors glide on like butter.

Best Liquid Eyeliner
Lashrocket Liner with Lash Enhancing Peptides
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.

Best Eyeshadow
Matte Fluid Eye Paint
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!

Credit: aboutface.com
Best Applicator
Bio Pure Sponge
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.

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2022 women’s health beauty awards
Jeffery Westbrook

Because the skin below your neck deserves some serious TLC as well.

Best Body Oil
Ekos Tukumã Biphase Shower Oil
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.

Best Body Sunscreen
Make It Hybrid SPF 50
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.

Best Body Wash
Papaya and Pomegranate Enzyme Exfoliating Body Cleanser
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.

Best Fragrance
Alibi Eau de Parfum
Oscar de la Renta Alibi Eau de Parfum
Now 15% Off

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.

Best Clean Fragrance
Cathedral Grove Perfume Oil
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.

The Deodorant Gel
Nécessaire The Deodorant Gel

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.

Best Deodorant Spray
Rose & Vanilla Natural Deodorant Spray
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.

Best Body Cream
Take Care + Nourish Advanced Hydration Body Moisturizer
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.

Best Body Lotion
Body Lotion
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.

Best Lotion Spray
Like Butter Hydrating & Soothing Mist
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.

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2022 women’s health awards
Jeffery Westbrook

Blemish blockers, dark-spot correctors, wrinkle slayers…all solutions live here.

Best Acne Treatment
Acne Control Gel
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.

Best Pimple Patch
Hydro-Star + Salicylic Acid
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.

Best Spot Treatment
Clarifying Spot Solution
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.

Best Eye Gel
Awaken Peptide Eye Gel
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!

Best Eye Cream
Peptide 21 Wrinkle Resist Eye Cream
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.

Best Exfoliating Mask
Fade & Glow AHA Mask
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.

Best Face Scrub
Lemonade Smoothing Scrub
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.

Best Face Mist
Reviving Aura Face Mist
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.

Best Maskne Treatment
Rapid Response Maskne Spray
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.

Best Exfoliating Serum
Lactic Acid Serum
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?!

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2022 women’s health awards
Jeffery Westbrook

Affordable favorites keep your digits looking strong and stylish.

Best Cuticle Treatment
Lemon Cuticle Cream
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.

Best Hand Cream
Body Love Intense Care Hand Cream
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.

Best Hand Sanitizer
Hand Sanitizer Starter Set
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.

Best Nail Polish
Miracle Gel It Takes Two
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.

Best Nail Treatment
Breathable Protein Boost
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.

Best Press-On Nails
The Realist Press-On Extensions
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!

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womens health beauty awards
Jeffery Westbrook

Get salon-worthy locks from the comfort of your humble abode.

Best Hydrating Shampoo
Hydrating Shampoo
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.

Best Clarifying Shampoo
Pure Clean Hair Reset Clarifying Shampoo
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.

Credit: garnierusa.com
Best Conditioner
Don’t Despair, Repair! Super Moisture Conditioner
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.

Best Detangler
Moisture Miracle Hydrate & Renew Curl Milk
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).

Best Dry Shampoo
Healthy Scalp Dry Shampoo
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.

Best Hair Gel
Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Touch-Up Gel Cream
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.

Best Hair Brush
Curl Collective Paddle Brush
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.

Best Detangling Hair Brush
Wet Brush Go Green Curly Detangler
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.

Best Hair Color
Color Cloud
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.

Best Heat Protectant
Heat Shield Thermal Protection Mist
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.

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Jeffery Westbrook

Necessities for a healthy and bright smile. Say cheese!

Best Manual Toothbrush
Replaceable Head Toothbrush
Hello Replaceable Head Toothbrush

With a sleek aluminum handle and a replaceable brush head, it’s an eco-friendly winner in our book.

Credit: hello-products.com
Best Electric Toothbrush
Electric Toothbrush
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.

Best Mouthwash
Tonic Mouth Rinse
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.

Best Whitening Product
To-Go Pen
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.

Best Toothpaste
Sensitive+Whitening nano-Hydroxyapatite Natural Toothpaste
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!

Best Floss
Dental Floss
Public Goods Dental Floss

Floss like the royals: This silk floss glides easily between teeth, is gentle on gums, and is also 100 percent biodegradable.

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This article originally appeared in the May/June 2022 issue of Women’s Health.