You know it’s a good month for skincare launches when you can’t stop adding new items to your wish list. I've been doing just that—and with Sephora’s annual spring sale about to begin, the timing couldn’t be better!
Here are some of the most exciting products landing in stores now:
- A BHA toner infused with lightweight, moisturizing squalane oil
- Gentle exfoliating pads with my favourite BHA (betaine salicylate)
- A silicone-free moisturizer that helps repair your skin barrier
- A multitasking face mist that protects your skin from blue light
And there’s lots more—so keep reading for your update on April’s best new skincare.
What’s New This Month (At a Glance)
Best New Toner
Best New Exfoliator
Best New Moisturizers
Best New Face Mist
Best New Serums
Best New Sunscreens
Best New Face Masks
Best New Skincare Tool
Best New Cleanser
Best New Lip Balm
Best New Body Scrub
The Best New Skincare Products of April 2021
Best New Toner: Biossance Squalane + BHA Pore-Minimizing Toner
Biossance Squalane + BHA Pore-Minimizing Toner is a gentle exfoliating and hydrating toner for all skin. Willowbark extract is the star ingredient, and as a 2% BHA, it exfoliates the skin surface as well as deep within pores (which makes them look smaller). Meanwhile, the squalane oil softens your skin and counteracts any drying effects. This toner is also free of alcohol and silicone.
Best New Exfoliator: Tarte Knockout Texture & Pore Refining Pads
Tarte Knockout Texture & Pore Refining Pads are a set of gentle exfoliating pads with soothing and hydrating properties. Made in Korea, they feature my favourite type of BHA, betaine salicylate, along with amino acids, provitamin B5, allantoin and Centella Asiatica extract. If you’re looking for a mild BHA, these would be a great option (and are similar to the COSRX One Step Original Clear Pads).
Best New Moisturizer: The Nue Co. Barrier Culture Moisturizer
The Nue Co. Barrier Culture Moisturizer is a lightweight gel-cream that hydrates and repairs all skin types. It’s chock-full of beneficial ingredients, such as pre-, pro- and post-biotics, ceramides, niacinamide, squalane and Centella Asiatica extract. Together, they lock in moisture, support a healthy microbiome and rebuild the skin barrier. This moisturizer is also fragrance-free and silicone-free.
Best New Face Mist: ILIA Blue Light Filter Protect + Set Mist
ILIA Blue Light Filter Protect + Set Mist is a multitasking face mist that hydrates, sets makeup and helps protect your skin from blue light and pollution. (So it’s ideal to keep by your computer.) It emits an ultra-fine mist containing aloe, sea water and algae. Tara pod extract neutralizes free radicals, while mastic gum tames shine. This mist is also silicone-free.
Best New Serum: Herbivore Cloud Jelly Plumping Hydration Serum
Herbivore Cloud Jelly Plumping Hydration Serum is a lightweight, non-sticky hydrating serum. Rather than the usual hyaluronic acid, it contains Tremella mushroom extract, which is even better at retaining moisture and can hold 500 times its weight in water. It also features aloe, glycerin, rose water, vegan collagen and no silicones or synthetic fragrance.
Best New Sunscreen: EleVen by Venus Williams Perfect Form Tinted Lip Balm SPF 15
EleVen by Venus Williams Perfect Form Tinted Lip Balm SPF 15 is a glossy lip balm with all-mineral sun protection. It’s available in clear as well as three tints (pink, berry and red) for a hint of sheer colour. Meanwhile, 20% zinc oxide ensures that your lips are well-protected from UVA and UVB rays.
Best New Face Mask: Youth To The People Superclay Purify + Clear Power Mask
Youth To The People Superclay Purify + Clear Power Mask is a creamy, clay-based clarifying mask for normal to oily and acne-prone skin. The “superclay” is a blend of three types (French green, white and volcanic) to draw out oil and debris. Salicylic acid and willow bark gently exfoliate, and 2% niacinamide tightens pores while improving your moisture barrier. Treatments take just 10 minutes, up to three times per week.
Best New Sunscreen: Éminence Organic Skin Care Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40
Éminence Organic Skin Care Lilikoi Daily Defense Moisturizer SPF 40 is an all-natural mineral sunscreen and moisturizer for all skin types. Recently reformulated, it now boasts a high 20% concentration of zinc oxide in a base of botanical ingredients (such as aloe, linden tea, green tea and avocado oil). This sunscreen is also silicone-free.
Best New Skincare Tool: Shani Darden Facial Sculpting Wand
Shani Darden Facial Sculpting Wand is a hand-held anti-aging tool that uses sound wave technology to soften wrinkles and firm your skin. Unlike microcurrent (an electrical current that tightens facial muscles), sound waves produce vibrations that boost circulation and oxygenation up to 2.4 inches below the surface. Treatments can be done daily, and take as little as two minutes per target area.
Best New Moisturizer: Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Face Cream
Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Face Cream is a rich moisturizer that helps to plump up wrinkles and strengthen your skin barrier. In keeping with Dr. Sturm’s non-aggressive approach to anti-aging, it doesn’t contain any harsh actives. Instead, it features hyaluronic acid, ceramides and plankton extract in a base of capric triglycerides, shea butter and glycerin. This cream is also fragrance-free and silicone-free.
Best New Serum: Drunk Elephant Protini Powerpeptide Resurfacing Serum
Drunk Elephant Protini Powerpeptide Resurfacing Serum is a lactic acid-based exfoliating serum infused with anti-aging peptides. With 10% of the acid, it’s mild enough to use day and night. In addition to smoothing and brightening, it also plumps, firms and binds moisture. This serum is also fragrance-free and silicone-free (but not oil-free, so just be careful if you are acne-prone).
Best New Cleanser: The Nue Co. Barrier Culture Cleanser
The Nue Co. Barrier Culture Cleanser is a velvety gel cleanser for all skin types. Just like the brand’s Moisturizer, it is formulated with pre-, pro- and post-biotics, which help repair your skin barrier as you cleanse. In contact with water, it transforms into a milky foam, so your skin won’t feel dry or stripped. This cleanser is also fragrance-free and sulfate-free.
Best New Moisturizer: Goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion
Goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Glow Lotion is a lightweight moisturizer that gives you a dewy glow. It features an array of hydrating and brightening ingredients, such as squalane, glycerin, THD ascorbate and spirulina extract. Plus, it has fine mica particles through it to instantly reflect the light. This lotion is also silicone-free.
Best New Face Mask: Peter Thomas Roth PRO Strength Microdermabrasion Blackhead Eliminator
Peter Thomas Roth PRO Strength Microdermabrasion Blackhead Eliminator is a rinse-off scrub-mask that treats and prevents blackheads, whiteheads and clogged pores. There are three modes of action: 2% salicylic acid to deep-clean pores, a 5% enzyme complex to dissolve oil and debris, and exfoliating crystals to polish the skin surface. You’re meant to leave it on problem areas for up to four minutes, and then gently scrub before rinsing off.
Best New Serum: Tarte Knockout 10% Acid Complex Serum
Tarte Knockout 10% Acid Complex Serum is a leave-on exfoliating serum that is said to be gentle enough for all skin types. It has a 10% concentration of AHAs—a blend of glycolic and lactic acids—in a base of aloe, propanediol and squalane. At 3.7, its pH level is on the higher side, so it is safe to use once a day (either morning or night).
Best New Serum: Farmacy Filling Good Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Serum
Farmacy Filling Good Hyaluronic Acid Plumping Serum is a hydrating serum for normal to dry skin. It’s got hyaluronic acid to draw in moisture and plump from within, vegan collagen to smooth the skin surface, and the brand’s proprietary honey blend to soothe and nourish. It’s also silicone-free, with a non-sticky texture.
Best New Serum: Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum
Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum is a lightweight soothing and calming serum for all skin types. It’s formulated with a whopping five different ceramides, which work to reduce redness and strengthen your skin barrier. It also has avocado, allantoin and rice milk to hydrate and soothe irritation. This serum is also fragrance-free and silicone-free.
Best New Sunscreen: Olay Regenerist Mineral Sunscreen Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30
Olay Regenerist Mineral Sunscreen Hydrating Moisturizer SPF 30 is a lightweight sunscreen with all-mineral protection. Unlike most options at the drugstore, it has a non-greasy texture and a higher concentration of zinc oxide, at 17.5%. Surprisingly, it is also fragrance-free and low in silicone.
Best New Lip Balm: Lanolips 101 Ointment Watermelon
Lanolips 101 Ointment Watermelon is a watermelon-infused version of the brand’s famous medical-grade lanolin ointment. Made from all-natural ingredients, it heals dry and chapped lips, rough skin patches, cracked heels, dry cuticles, insect bites and more.
Best New Body Scrub: Wishful Yo Detox Face & Body Enzyme Scrub
Wishful Yo Detox Face & Body Enzyme Scrub is a chemical and physical exfoliant that you can use from head to toe. As a more intensive version of the brand’s Yo Glow facial scrub, it uses the same ingredients—AHAs, BHAs, pineapple and papaya enzymes—to lift away dead skin and fade dark spots. Plus, there’s charcoal to absorb oil and refine pores. With summer coming up, this would be perfect for any body breakouts or ingrown hairs.
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