7 Gross-In-A-Good-Way Beauty Buys Worth Obsessing Over

Karina Hoshikawa

I'm no stranger to waxing poetic about high-maintenance beauty products and tools that I've happily had the time to rediscover while stuck at home. But, what I never expected to find was a newfound love for beauty goods that, quite frankly, border on grody.

In addition to nonstop masking my way to clearer skin throughout quarantine, I've also been getting into less lovely treatment territories — including (but not limited to) gross-but-rewarding foot care, oddly satisfying skin peels, hair removal creams, pimple patches, and the like. If you, too, delight in the slightly squeamish, then join me as I deep dive into these must-have skin and body care essentials.

Ahead, eight gross-in-a-good-way buys that deliver beautifying benefits with a side of can't-look-away goodness.

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Revlon Pedi-Expert


I've been vocal about how much I adore this tiny cheese grater for feet — and clearly, I'm not alone (it's currently sold out just about everywhere). I just love thinking about how many of you have discovered a new life of soft, smooth heels.

Revlon Pedi-Expert Kit, $, available at Amazon

CosRx Acne Pimple Master Patch


An oldie, but such a goodie: I've been dealing with a frustrating bout of stress acne lately, and these tiny hydrocolloid dots are by far the most effective way to draw out the gunk (ew, but yes) overnight.

CosRx Acne Pimple Master Patch, $, available at LookFantastic

GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Mud Treatment


Earlier in quarantine, I posted an Instagram Story of myself using this mask with loads of visible oil pinpricks coming to the dried-clay surface. (Here's a visual, you've been warned.) After rinsing it off, my face feels decongested and visibly brighter. Ahh.

GlamGlow Supermud Mask, $, available at LookFantastic

Bliss Jelly Glow Peel


I'm a big fan of the Japanese Natural Aqua Gel peel. But, since it can sometimes be hard to find online, I often turn to a close runner-up: Bliss' Jelly Glow Peel — it works almost identically to the viral J-beauty item! Just rub it right onto clean skin in circular motions, and within seconds you'll see milky pills of dead skin sloughing off before your very eyes.

Bliss Jelly Glow Peel, $, available at Ulta Beauty

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution


This $8 peel has conquered virtually every social media network in modern existence. And in the strange spring/summer of 2020, people (aka me) still can't get enough of the ruby-red exfoliating potion that makes your face look like it's survived a gruesome Game Of Thrones battle scene.

The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution, $, available at Deciem

Nair Sensitive Hair Removal Cream


Here's the thing: As much as I love shaving for its ease and convenience, I get awful ingrown hairs that I have the tendency to pick (and uh...excavate, if you know what I mean). While I also, admittedly, have not been shaving super often while staying at home, I have been rediscovering depilatory creams — which tend to deliver longer-lasting smoothness than razors. I'm not crazy about the smell, and the fact that it melts off hair stubble into tiny little squiggles. But, hey, it's still worth it.

Nair Sensitive Hair Removal Cream, $, available at Boots

Niod Sanskrit Saponins Cleanser


Another stinky skin-care item I regard with fondness is Niod's amino acid and Ayurvedic plant-based cleanser. It smells like earthy yeastiness, but a little (thank god) goes a long way to clean and gently exfoliate my complexion.

Niod Sanskrit Saponins, $, available at Cult Beauty

Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peel


You already know! The iconic Baby Foot peel has become bonafide beauty dark horse during quarantine — and, it's nearly sold out everywhere. For the newbies, here's a quick rundown: You wear the peel-infused booties for an hour, rinse, and within days, sheets of foot skin miraculously shed, leaving behind toes smoother than a newborn's you know what.

Baby Foot Exfoliation Foot Peel, $, available at Baby Foot

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