If I’m being honest, I never quite got behind the 12-step skincare trend. While I love the idea of a long, lavish routine, my schedule just doesn’t usually allow for it, which is why nothing appeals to me more than uncomplicated, effective products that give instant results. Thankfully, I’ve found a lineup from cult-favorite brand Malin + Goetz that takes the guesswork out of good skin.
The last thing my skincare routine should do is add more stress to my life. These targeted treatments couldn’t be easier to use—and they really work. From an award-winning face mask that delivers brighter skin in minutes to an acne treatment that fades breakouts overnight, here are the staples that have transformed my routine. Pssst… you can also save 20% on them right now on the Malin + Goetz site with the code Byrdie20.
Why I Love It
Malin + Goetz Resurfacing Face Serum
Thanks to the three-in-one Resurfacing Face Serum ($70), I no longer have to spend time cocktailing different products to achieve the results I want. The powerful formula packs a ton of good-for-skin ingredients in a lightweight gel serum, so it’s the only thing I need to apply after my moisturizer. It brightens, smooths, and exfoliates, doing the work of a full skincare routine with just one product. AHAs like glycolic and lactic acid work together to improve texture and minimize oil, while vitamin C helps to brighten, strengthen, and protect. Niacinamide and phytic acid round out the formula to minimize the appearance of pores and balance skin.
My favorite skincare products are the ones that work while I sleep (what’s better than waking up to glowy skin in the morning?), and this serum never fails to deliver. Every night, I apply two to three drops of the serum to my skin and wake up to a happier complexion with less noticeable pores and dark spots—so much so that I even skip concealer some mornings. It’s also gentle enough that you can apply it morning and night if you prefer, but just be sure to follow up with SPF during the day.
Malin + Goetz Acne Treatment Nighttime
I’ve tried a ton of spot treatments over the years, from patches to creams to pastes. Sulfur is the one ingredient I keep coming back to—it’s the only thing that visibly reduces my breakouts within hours. The Acne Treatment Nighttime ($22), in particular, is one of the most effective sulfur treatments I’ve used. In addition to active sulfur, which soaks up excess oil, it also includes zinc oxide to reduce signs of scarring and salicylic acid for exfoliation. To balance everything out, the formula includes camphor to calm the skin and relieve irritation.
My favorite thing about this product is that it’s positively foolproof. Using a cotton swab, I dab it directly onto any blemishes or spots I have cropping up before bed. By the time I wake up, my skin looks clearer, calmer, and smoother—it even works on my stubborn hormonal chin breakouts. There’s no question why it’s Malin + Goetz’s #1 best seller.
Malin + Goetz Detox Face Mask
Every beauty editor knows the skin-changing powers of a good mask routine. As my to-do list grows, however, my skincare regimen inevitably starts to shrink, and masking is usually the first step to go. Luckily, the Detox Face Mask ($46) delivers all the benefits of a multi-mask routine in just five minutes. The oxygenating gel mask deeply purifies to remove dirt and oil (it definitely lives up to its “detox” name) and leaves behind bright, hydrated, and glowing skin. The formula includes moisturizing ingredients like squalane, almond oil, and sodium PCA, in addition to coconut-based surfactants that thoroughly cleanse the skin. It also contains green tea and vitamin E for an antioxidant boost and vitamin C to smooth and brighten the skin.
After my first time using the mask, I genuinely could not stop touching my face. I couldn’t believe how quickly the formula had reset my skin. It instantly looked and felt softer, cleaner, and more hydrated. No matter how busy my schedule gets, I always make time to apply a thick layer once or twice each week and let the powerful formula detox my stressed skin.
The Bottom Line
If you’re searching for foolproof products that actually deliver results, look no further. Not only have these formulas saved my skin from stress-induced breakouts, but they’ve also saved me time and money—I don’t have to spend a ton of either trying to find a solution that works. Instead, my entire skincare routine is completed in minutes, and I’m left with clear, smooth skin every time. Use the code Byrdie20 to save 20% off these Malin + Goetz staples. Trust me—you’re going to want to stock up.