In light of current events, it's no surprise that we've got a slightly smaller selection of skincare products to discover this month. With all of us living that quarantine life right now, a few brands have hit pause on their new launches.
But many have gone ahead and released them online—so even though we can't physically visit our favourite stores, all the latest is just a click away.
Some of the highlights include:
- An array of dark spot-fighting creams and serums
- A clean gel moisturizer that's both silicone-free and oil-free
- Creamy, sulfate-free body wash from one of the most popular clean beauty brands
- A luxe, barrier-repairing anti-wrinkle serum... and lots more!
Scroll on to find out what's new for April.
New Skincare for April 2020
REN Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream
REN Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream is a rich nighttime moisturizer that works on pigmentation while it hydrates. The star ingredient is an encapsulated algae complex, which has similar activity to kojic acid, but without side effects. While it won't replace the need for an acid exfoliant and brightening serum, this would work nicely in combination with them!
Farmacy Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer
Farmacy Daily Greens Oil-Free Gel Moisturizer is a lightweight gel moisturizer for normal to oily skin. Unlike most gel formulations out there, it's not only oil-free but also silicone-free, and made with clean ingredients. Among them are niacinamide (to brighten), papaya extract (to gently exfoliate) and four types of hyaluronic acid (to hydrate).
Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser
Drunk Elephant Kamili Cream Body Cleanser is part of the brand's new foray into the bodycare category. This is a creamy, sulfate-free body wash that produces a rich foam sans sulfates. Marula oil and a blend of amino acids make it super nourishing.
Caudalie Vinoperfect Instant Brightening Moisturizer
Caudalie Vinoperfect Instant Brightening Moisturizer is a gel-cream moisturizer that helps give normal and dry skin a radiance boost. Like the brand's popular Radiance Serum (which I've long recommended), it uses a patented grapevine sap extract to target dark spots. It also has niacinamide and squalane, plus mica for an instant glow.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Night Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Night Serum tackles wrinkles and restores your skin's barrier function while you sleep. It uses a mix of botanical extracts—including cotton thistle and senna—to stimulate collagen and repair UV damage. Plus, there's hyaluronic acid and purslane for deep but weightless hydration.
EltaMD UV ActiveBroad-Spectrum SPF 50+
EltaMD UV Active Broad-Spectrum SPF 50+ is a water-resistant mineral sunscreen for the body. You're getting good UVA and UVB protection with 19% zinc oxide and 4% titanium dioxide. It's also oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free and low in silicones.
Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm
Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm is a leave-on lip mask that repairs dryness with vegan waxes, shea butter and murumuru seed butter. It has a rich texture and clear, glossy finish, and is spiked with natural vanilla.
Peace Out Acne + Dark Spots Combo Set
Peace Out Acne + Dark Spots Combo Set has all you need to spot-treat pimples—and then fade the dark marks they leave behind. In each pack are 10 acne-healing patches infused with 0.5% salicylic acid, to wear overnight. You also get six brightening patches, which use microneedling technology to deliver niacinamide, licorice extract and tranexamic acid.
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum
Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum gives you brightening, hydrating and antioxidant benefits in a lightweight serum. It stars 15% vitamin C in the form of ethyl ascorbic acid, which is more stable than L-ascorbic acid. Plus it has 5% PHAs (polyhydroxy acids) for gentle exfoliation, and hyaluronic acid for moisture.
First Aid Beauty Weightless Liquid Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide SPF 30
First Aid Beauty Weightless Liquid Mineral Sunscreen with Zinc Oxide SPF 30 is a tinted mineral sunscreen with a non-greasy finish. It boasts a 16.8% concentration of zinc oxide, is low in silicone, and comes in one sheer tint that blends into all skin tones.
Boscia Cherry Blossom and Bakuchiol Resurfacing Lip Repair
Boscia Cherry Blossom and Bakuchiol Resurfacing Lip Repair is a leave-on lip treatment that promises more supple, hydrated and younger-looking lips. Not only does it contain multiple plant oils and butters (like castor seed oil, jojoba oil and cocoa butter), but it also has bakuchiol, a natural retinol, to plump lines.
Saint Jane The C-Drops
Saint Jane The C-Drops combine vitamin C with full-spectrum CBD (cannabidiol) for new twist on a brightening serum. Even though the C is a derivative, glyceryl ascorbate, it's in a high 20% concentration for maximum benefits. CBD's soothing properties prevent any irritation while ferulic acid boosts absorption.
Pacifica Acne Warrior Clearing Astringent
Pacifica Acne Warrior Clearing Astringent is an affordable acne-fighting toner with 2% salicylic acid. Due to the alcohol and witch hazel, which could be too drying on your face, I'd recommend this one for body breakouts—the active ingredient will absolutely help to treat and prevent blemishes and excess oil.
Sephora Collection Facial Cooling Globes
Sephora Collection Facial Cooling Globes are an upgraded version of one of Tracee Ellis Ross' favourite spa tools! All you do is pop them in the fridge to cool, and then roll them over your face and neck (particularly the eye area) to help with puffiness.
Tarte Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask
Tarte Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask is a tinted leave-on lip mask that replenishes moisture while it leaves a sheer dose of colour. It comes in three shades, and hydrates with clean synthetic emollients (not mineral oil) as well as plant oils.
Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder
Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder is a powder exfoliant that targets dullness in two ways. Pineapple, kiwi and papaya extracts contain enzymes for a gentle chemical exfoliation. Meanwhile, rice starch and silk powder physically buff off dead skin. Bonus: It also contains vitamin C (ethyl ascorbic acid) for more brightening, and calamine to calm your skin.
Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer
Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer is a cleaner (and chicer!) version of the typical drugstore hand sanitizer, and yet it still kills 99.9% of germs. Besides 62% alcohol, it has aloe vera, sweet almond oil and marula oil to prevent moisture loss, and citrus essential oils for a light scent.
Bawdy Clay Butt Mask
Bawdy Clay Butt Mask is a purifying and exfoliating mask for your derriere. (Yes, butt masks are now a thing!) The stick format makes application easy and mess-free, and you can either remove it after 15 minutes or leave it on overnight, since it won't crumble. Its ingredients include kaolin clay, willow bark extract, hyaluronic acid and propanediol.
Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream
Drunk Elephant Sweet Pitti Deodorant Cream is a clean deodorant that keeps odour and wetness at bay without relying on aluminum, baking soda or essential oils. Instead, it uses sensitive skin-friendly mandelic acid and arrowroot powder, along with moisturizing shea butter and marula oil.
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