We're barely a week into 2021, and there are already a couple dozen new skincare products hitting store shelves that we NEED to talk about.
As usual, I've cherry-picked only the best—so either we got lucky with so many great formulas this month, or beauty companies are getting smarter about creating what we really want to use.
I'm talking about:
- A multi-purpose highlighting serum with brightening niacinamide and a glowy finish
- Two next-gen vitamin C serums to target dullness and discolourations
- Anti-aging eye treatments with retinol, peptides and ceramides
- Multiple gel moisturizers for oil-free and silicone-free hydration
- And lots more!
Here's your update on all the skincare worth adding to your wishlist right now.
New Skincare for January 2021
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops is an innovative cross between a serum and a highlighter. As a serum, it brightens and hydrates with niacinamide, watermelon extract and hyaluronic acid. But you can also use it as an illuminating primer or highlighter (or mix it with foundation) to create an instant dewy glow. It has a gel texture, is free of silicones, and contains less than 1% synthetic fragrance.
Youth To The People 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum
Youth To The People 15% Vitamin C + Clean Caffeine Energy Serum is a fragrance-free and silicone-free serum with brightening and firming benefits. The 15% vitamin C is comprised of three potent yet non-irritating derivatives: ethyl ascorbic acid, tetrahhexydecyl ascorbate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. There's also caffeine to reduce puffiness, and glycerin, squalane and hyaluronic acid for light hydration.
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum targets unwanted discolourations with three types of pigmentation-fighters. They include vitamin C (in the form of 10% ethyl ascorbic acid), shiitake mushroom extract and licorice root extract, all in a base of glycerin, squalane and hyaluronic acid. It has a milky texture, and is free of silicones and added fragrance.
Peace Out Retinol Eye Stick
Peace Out Retinol Eye Stick is a solid serum-balm that you can swipe over your eye area to both hydrate and treat the signs of aging. The star ingredient is an encapsulated retinol that softens fine lines and wrinkles, and there's also a peptide complex for additional firming. Squalane, glycerin, hyaluronic acid and ceramides help it to glide easily over the skin while replenishing moisture.
Shani Darden Intensive Eye Renewal Cream
Shani Darden Intensive Eye Renewal Cream is the first eye cream from celebrity facialist Shani Darden (who is best known for her cult-favourite retinol). This rich formula features an array of age-fighting ingredients, including peptides, niacinamide, silk tree extract, ceramides and squalane. It's also silicone-free and fragrance-free.
Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream
Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream is a light gel-cream moisturizer that is oil-free, silicone-free and fragrance-free. Propanediol, glycerin and hyaluronic acid are the main hydrating ingredients, alongside amino acids and ceramides to support the skin's moisture barrier, and pineapple enzymes to soften and brighten.
The Inkey List Succinic Acne Treatment
The Inkey List Succinic Acne Treatment is an acne spot treatment that clear ups blemishes without causing dryness or flaky skin (like benzoyl peroxide can). It features 2% succinic acid, an up-and-coming ingredient that fights bacteria and controls oil production. You're also getting 2% sulfur and 1% salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and unclog pores, and no fragrance or silicones.
Drunk Elephant Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray
Drunk Elephant Sweet Biome Fermented Sake Spray is a hydrating face mist that supports your skin's microbiome and barrier function. So not only does it help to restore and maintain moisture levels, it also defends against pollution, blue light and UV-generated free radicals. The long list of ingredients includes fermented sake, kombucha, marula oil, amino acids and ceramides, and as always, there are no silicones, fragrance or essential oils.
OTZI Hydro Crystal Lightweight Gel Moisturizer
OTZI Hydro Crystal Lightweight Gel Moisturizer is from a new K-beauty line created by MBX (formerly Memebox) and Sephora, which were the same team behind Kaja. This is a silicone-free gel moisturizer for normal to oily skin, infused with glycerin, ceramides, hyaluronic acid and flower extracts. It also gives a subtle glow, thanks to the small amount of light-reflecting mica running through it.
Fresh Kombucha Cleansing Treatment
Fresh Kombucha Cleansing Treatment is a no-rinse cleansing water that removes dirt, oil and makeup while improving skin softness and clarity. It accomplishes the latter not with acids but kombucha (fermented black tea) and inulin (a prebiotic). Although they work in different ways, both protect from the external aggressors and oxidative stress that lead to dull, dehydrated skin and large pores.
ZitSticka Goo Getter Spot Clarifying Dots
ZitSticka Goo Getter Spot Clarifying Dots are a step up from other hydrocolloid patches for clearing surface-level acne. These ones are infused with salicylic acid, niacinamide, vitamin C and tea tree oil, which work in tandem to absorb fluid and impurities, reduce redness and prevent post-acne pigmentation. All you do is apply one to the pimple for at least six hours or overnight.
Caudalie Resveratrol-Lift Lightweight Firming Cashmere Cream
Caudalie Resveratrol-Lift Lightweight Firming Cashmere Cream is a new addition to the brand's resveratrol range (which was just re-released with updated formulas and packaging). This is a lightweight anti-aging moisturizer for normal and combination skin. It's oil-free and silicone-free, and contains not only the antioxidant resveratrol but also vegan collagen, squalane and hyaluronic acid.
Supergoop! (Re)setting 100% Mineral Powder SPF 35 PA+++
Supergoop! (Re)setting 100% Mineral Powder SPF 35 PA+++ is a mineral powder sunscreen for mattifying your skin, setting your makeup and topping up your sun protection throughout the day. The formula is similar to the old Invincible Setting Powder, which it will be replacing, and contains 24.7% zinc oxide to protect, silica to absorb oil, and ceramides to seal in moisture. There are three shades to choose from as well as a translucent version.
Peach & Lily Glass Skin Water-Gel Moisturizer
Peach & Lily Glass Skin Water-Gel Moisturizer is the latest product in the brand's "glass skin" range for all skin types. Although this is a gel, it promises long-lasting hydration thanks to glycerin, propanediol and hyaluronic acid. It also has antioxidant-rich kiwi and peach extracts, brightening licorice and calming chamomile, as well as prebiotics and probiotics to help prevent breakouts. And it's oil-free, silicone-free and fragrance-free.
BeautyStat Universal Moisture Essence
BeautyStat Universal Moisture Essence is a facial oil comprised of 100% squalane and nothing else. Derived from plant sugars, it is weightless, non-greasy, fast-absorbing and suitable for all skin types. And the benefits go beyond hydrating—in a four-week clinical test, it gave a 51% improvement in fine lines and wrinkles.
Pacifica Glow Baby Brightening Peel Pads
Pacifica Glow Baby Brightening Peel Pads are a set of acid-based exfoliating pads that exfoliate, brighten and deep-clean pores. The 10% blend of AHAs and BHAs includes lactic, glycolic and salicylic acids. Then, there's aloe, niacinamide and apple extract to counteract any dryness while soothing your skin.
Wishful Thirst Trap Juice HA3 & Peptide Serum
Wishful Thirst Trap Juice HA3 & Peptide Serum is an intensive hydrating and plumping serum inspired by the brand's sheet mask of the same name. In this more concentrated solution, there's niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, peptides, aloe and caffeine to moisturize, firm and strengthen the skin barrier. You can either apply it alone or mix a few drops into your favourite cream.
OTZI Multi-Acid Drip Resurfacing Serum
OTZI Multi-Acid Drip Resurfacing Serum is a gentle acid-based exfoliating serum with a water-like texture. It features 7% PHAs (gluconolactone), 2.6% AHAs (glycolic acid) and 0.49% willow bark (a natural BHA). It also contains Centella Asiatica extract and a Korean tea blend to soothe and calm the skin.
ZitSticka Press Refresh Hydrogel Exfoliating Sheet Mask
ZitSticka Press Refresh Hydrogel Exfoliating Sheet Mask is a soothing and exfoliating sheet mask for acne-prone skin. It helps unclog pores with three acids—salicylic, lactic and glycolic—and drenches skin in niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and allantoin to moisturize and calm down irritation. Wear it on clean skin for just 20 minutes.
Tatcha The Dewy Serum
Tatcha The Dewy Serum is a hydrating and resurfacing serum that helps your skin to look smoother, plumper, and of course, dewier. It features the brand's highest-ever (73%) concentration of Hadasei-3, a complex made from fermented rice, green tea and algae. That means it's naturally high in lactic acid to encourage cell turnover. It also plumps the skin with hyaluronic acid, and locks in moisture with squalane.
Good Molecules Yerba Mate Wake Up Eye Gel
Good Molecules Yerba Mate Wake Up Eye Gel is a lightweight eye gel that helps to smooth, brighten and de-puff. While the star ingredient is yerba mate, a natural antioxidant, it also contains caffeine, peptides and hyaluronic acid. The gel texture is fast-absorbing and ideal for daytime wear.
Pacifica Glow Baby Brightening Face Wash
Pacifica Glow Baby Brightening Face Wash is a sulfate-free gel cleanser with mild exfoliating benefits. Alongside the gentle surfactants are glycolic and lactic acids, which—even though they're being rinsed away—can help to slough off dead skin. Also notable is this cleanser's addictive orange-vanilla scent (which is all-natural).
LANEIGE Radian-C Cream
LANEIGE Radian-C Cream is a brightening moisturizer for normal to dry skin. It's infused with an unusually high concentration of vitamin C (for a cream), with 8.5% ethyl ascorbic acid. This ingredient works on dullness and dark spots while the glycerin, fatty acids and fatty alcohols deliver moisture. Just be aware that it does contain a low amount of silicone, as well as fragrance.
OTZI Crystal Nova Makeup Removing Cleanser
OTZI Crystal Nova Makeup Removing Cleanser is a foaming gel cleanser that removes stubborn makeup along with everyday dirt and oil. Formulated for all skin except sensitive, it is sulfate-free, and infused with softening flower extracts and hyaluronic acid.
ILIA Lip Wrap Hydrating Mask
ILIA Lip Wrap Hydrating Mask is a leave-on lip mask to nourish, soften and repair dry lips. The balmy formula is rich in natural emollients like mango butter, shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil. It also uses hyaluronic acid to bind moisture and papaya enzymes to gently buff off dead skin.
Bawdy The Bawdy Wash
Bawdy The Bawdy Wash is a body cleanser in the form of a powder, which you activate with water to transform it into a lather. Most body washes are made up of more than 70% water, so this format is a lot more concentrated—in fact, it can replace five bottles of traditional liquid soap. It's also more sustainable, and made with natural ingredients like tapioca starch, kaolin clay and shea butter.
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