We won't pretend there's a real downside to being buried under bags of new products, but know this: There's a lot of useless, gimmicky, and flat-out gross stuff to sort through. Stuff that breaks us out, assaults our noses, and leaves us oily and sticky. That's why when an editor finally lands on the perfect SPF or retinol, they don't let it go — even when they leave the biz and have to (gasp!) use their credit card at Sephora.
Ahead, four former beauty editors who have tried just about everything share the skin-care products that have earned a permanent place in their (now far less cluttered) medicine cabinets.