When you think of the product beauty editors' use the most, you probably think of something in the makeup family — so, it may surprise you when I tell you of ishonest editors' most-used products aren't your "typical" beauty product. Don't get us wrong — we love trying the lastest red lipstick and the best acne products, but there's something extra special about the everyday products we keep stashed in our medicine cabinets.
While we bring home so many makeup, skin-care, and hair-care products every day (especially during Best of Beauty season) to test, there are some products that have a permanent home in our medicine cabinets. So, what do we actually use the most? Well, it varies.
For some of us, yes, a fancy hydrating serum is an item we always gravitate toward, but for others, something as simple as a Q-tip or an over-the-counter ointment is what we visit the most in our medicine cabinets.
Here are 11 editors' most-frequently-used products — the ones that they always seem to need to restock. While some may seem not as fun or fancy as an eye shadow palette and pretty new nail polish colors, we promise that these are the most useful products that we actually run out of.
Globe Triple Antibiotic Ointment
"In some Greek households, Windex heals everything; in mine, it's Triple Antibiotic Ointment, but I guess that's what I get for growing up with my dad as my pharmacist. If I burn myself, I glob this stuff on; if I get a pimple, I glob this stuff on — it pretty much heals everything." — Angela Trakoshis, digital assistant beauty editor
Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum
"After I wash my face every morning, the first product I put on my skin is this hydrating serum from Drunk Elephant. When I put it on, my skin instantly feels moisturized. *— Sabrina Chatlani, associate social media manager
"In any given month, I probably go through at least two bottles of hydrogen peroxide. Not because I'm attempting a new take on at-home bleaching, but because I pick and pull the skin from my cuticles when I'm anxious. Or bored. Or happy. It's a nervous tick I picked during college, and now I can't seem to beat it. However, I've found that a few caps of the stuff, poured on to newly ripped skin, immediately puts me — and my infection-prone fingers — at ease." — Sarah Kinonen, associate digital beauty director
Mario Badescu Facial Spray
"Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater is my saving grace. Not only am I addicted to the misting sensation and refreshing scent, but it acts as makeup pick-me-up, keeping my skin dewy and supple throughout the day. Not once have I misted and regretted it." — Talia Gutierrez, beauty assistant
Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser
"I love my Pond's Cold Cream. I still think it works better than the vast majority of makeup removers on the market. My mom used it, my grandmother used it. If it ain't broke... well, you know the rest." — Jihan Forbes, digital hair editor
The Inkey List Lactic Acid Serum
"For me, lactic acid is the go-to exfoliator for sensitive skin. The low price of the Inkey List Lactic Acid Serum makes me stress less when I run out of other types." — Lori Segal, research director
Cortizone 10 Creme With Aloe
"I attract mosquitos like no other person I know. Even in the winter or on high floors in buildings with air conditioning, they will find me and bite me. I go through at least two tubes of hydrocortisone creme when it starts getting humid out… and I start getting bitten." — Audrey Noble, digital beauty reporter
Now Solutions Almond Oil
"It is rare to not find almond oil in my beauty closet. I use it all the time on my hair. I do the LCO method (leave-in, cream, and oil) for my natural hair, and I've found almond oil is the best oil for me. It's lightweight, smells like nothing, and seals in all the hydration and moisture for my hair. I get this one by Now Solutions on Amazon, and it's a true steal." — Gabi Thorne, editorial assistant
Q-tips Cotton Swabs
"Q-tips are the one thing I always run out of. And yes, I mean the brand Q- tips, not just any old cotton swabs. I mainly use them for makeup touchups, spot treatments, cleaning my ears/earrings, and cleaning the gunk from my cats' eyes." — Kara McGrath, deputy digital editor
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
"I use Aquaphor more than anything — mostly at night. It's a miracle product that seals in other ingredients from skin-care products, like lip balms and moisturizers, so I put heavy moisturizers on my feet, hands, cuticles, and extra-moisturizing balm on my lips before bed and then apply Aquaphor. In the morning, I wake up softer than ever."— Rosemary Donahue, digital wellness editor
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