After a rocky start to 2020, we saw many skincare brands pull back on their launch plans this spring. But as we enter August, I'm happy to report that there's a steady stream of new products hitting stores again—just in time to get us through the rest of the summer.
The most exciting arrivals include:
- A clean, non-drying, fragrance-free cleanser for all skin types
- A spray-on salicylic acid treatment to fight body breakouts
- An affordable, high-protection mineral sunscreen that won't pill under your makeup
And that's just the start! There's something for every skin type this month, so read on to discover all the latest launches.
New Skincare for August 2020
Herbivore Pink Cloud Creamy Jelly Cleanser
Herbivore Pink Cloud Creamy Jelly Cleanser is the first cleanser from Instagram's favourite plant-based skincare brand, and it's a winner. The texture is a gel, which transforms into a creamy, hydrating lather. It's also fragrance-free, sulfate-free and suitable for all skin types.
Versed Back-Up Plan Acne-Control Body Mist
Versed Back-Up Plan Acne-Control Body Mist makes it quick and easy to treat and prevent body breakouts. It contains 2% salicylic acid, and is clear and quick-drying—so it won't leave residue or rub off on clothes. The non-aerosol spray helps you target hard-to-reach spots like your back or bum.
The Inkey List SPF 30 Sunscreen
The Inkey List SPF 30 Sunscreen raises the bar for affordable mineral sunscreens. Not only does it have a great price point, it's also highly protective, thanks to the 22% zinc oxide in a base of lightweight, non-greasy emollients. It's fragrance-free, low in silicone, and has a slight tint to prevent any potential white cast. Plus, it is guaranteed not to pill underneath other products!
HAN Serum CC SPF 30+
HAN Serum CC SPF 30+ gives you the protection of a sunscreen with the medium-to-full coverage of a liquid CC cream. The waterless, silicone-free formula has 21% zinc oxide and 6% titanium dioxide to fight UVA and UVB rays. Meanwhile, it nourishes with coconut and castor seed oils, aloe vera and glycerin, and is available in seven shades (from fair to deep).
Kopari Coconut Water Moisture Cream
Kopari Coconut Water Moisture Cream is a gel-cream moisturizer for all skin types, especially oily and combination skin. Its star ingredients include coconut water, hyaluronic acid, aloe and fractionated coconut oil (and no silicones!) for light, dewy hydration.
Tatcha The Rice Wash
Tatcha The Rice Wash is a gentle cream cleanser made for normal to dry complexions. Upon contact with water, it produces a foamy lather to help remove makeup and impurities without stripping your skin. This one is sulfate-free, and contains less than 1% of synthetic fragrance.
Cocokind Daily SPF Facial Sunscreen Lotion SPF 32
Cocokind Daily SPF Facial Sunscreen Lotion SPF 32 is the conscious beauty brand's first-ever sunscreen—a blend of 21% zinc oxide along with fractionated coconut oil, glycerin and aloe. It also has rice starch to absorb excess sebum, and is fragrance-free and silicone-free.
Follain Mattifying Moisturizer
Follain Mattifying Moisturizer is from clean beauty retailer Follain's new, affordable in-house skincare line, now available at Ulta. This is a gel-cream moisturizer for oilier skin types, made with ingredients like gluconolactone, hyaluronic acid and willow bark extract. It's oil-free and silicone-free, and dries to a matte finish.
Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm
Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm is an oil-based balm cleanser that gently exfoliates while it melts away dirt, sebum and makeup. Rather than gritty particles, it contains papaya enzymes to dissolve dead skin without irritation. I would just recommend following up with a gel or foam cleanser to be sure you've removed all traces of it from your skin.
Goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream
Goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Face Cream is a rich, fragrance-free and silicone-free moisturizer for deep hydration. Of note is its high concentration of illipe butter (which is similar to cocoa butter), along with squalane, plant-based ceramides and other botanicals. Gwyneth Paltrow uses it morning and night!
TULA So Smooth Resurfacing & Brightening Fruit Enzyme Mask
TULA So Smooth Resurfacing & Brightening Fruit Enzyme Mask is a gel-textured face mask with exfoliating and brightening benefits. Inside, you'll find a combination of pineapple, pumpkin and pomegranate enzymes, as well as AHAs, BHAs and PHAs. Wear it for just 10 minutes, up to three times a week.
Awake AHA Superstar Serum
Awake AHA Superstar Serum (from Tarte's little sister brand) is a leave-on exfoliating serum for smoothing, brightening, minimizing pores and evening out tone. It features a 10% blend of lactic and glycolic acids in an aloe vera base, at a gentle but effective pH of 3.7.
Follain Balancing Cleanser
Follain Balancing Cleanser is a charcoal-based gel cleanser for oily and acne-prone skin. Made without oils or sulfates, it produces a foamy lather to help purify pores and control shine—without drying skin out. It can also double as a one-minute face mask.
CyberDerm Simply Zinc Lite Untinted Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
CyberDerm Simply Zinc Lite Untinted Transparent Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 has the same incredible protection as the original Simply Zinc Ultra, but with a feather-light feel and no tint. This fluid formula features 25% zinc oxide, and is made without silicones, fragrances or essential oils. It also has one of the highest UVA Protection Factors (UVA-PF) of any mineral sunscreen—meaning it's an excellent way to protect yourself from skin cancer and photoaging.
Bliss Clear Genius Clarifying Liquid Peel
Bliss Clear Genius Clarifying Liquid Peel is a leave-on liquid exfoliating peel that promises to clear pores overnight. It works its magic using a 10% mix of AHAs, BHAs and PHAs in a patented, time-released delivery system. This formula is also silicone-free, fragrance-free and non-irritating.
Boscia Cryosea Firming Icy-Cold Cleanser
Boscia Cryosea Firming Icy-Cold Cleanser was inspired by cryotherapy, also known as "cold therapy"—so it has menthol and peppermint oil to give your skin an icy-cool sensation as you cleanse. It's also sulfate-free, with AHAs to mildly exfoliate.
First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma BHA Acne Spot Treatment Gel
First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma BHA Acne Spot Treatment Gel is a clean, silicone-free alternative to drugstore spot treatments. It clears breakouts with 2% salicylic acid while aloe vera calms the skin and glycolic acid exfoliates. Pair it with the FAB Pharma White Clay Acne Treatment Pads (which aren't new, just have a new name and new packaging).
Versed Keep the Peace Acne-Calming Cream Cleanser
Versed Keep the Peace Acne-Calming Cream Cleanser is a creamy, foaming cleanser for acne-prone skin. The 1.5% salicylic acid helps to fight breakouts as the gentle surfactants (not sulfates) remove build-up without stripping. It's also spiked with blue tansy oil, which is anti-inflammatory.
Goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Eye Cream
Goop Beauty GOOPGENES All-in-One Nourishing Eye Cream moisturizes, firms and brightens the eye area. Although it has a non-greasy texture, it's packed with hydrating ingredients like squalane, illipe butter and plant-based ceramides. It also has an array of botanicals to target fine lines, dark circles and puffiness.
Kiehl’s Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask
Kiehl's Calendula Petal-Infused Calming Mask is a soothing and hydrating gel mask for all skin types. Real, hand-picked calendula flower petals are the key ingredients here, infused into a mixture of aloe vera, glycerin and propanediol. It can be used as often as three times a week to reduce redness and dryness in 15 minutes.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple Oil-Free One-Step Mattifying Facial Cleanser
Philosophy Purity Made Simple Oil-Free One-Step Mattifying Facial Cleanser is an oil-free version of the original Purity Made Simple cleanser—and it was formulated with oily and combination skin in mind. As such, it has a gel texture and produces a deep-cleaning lather, while silica-rich bamboo extract absorbs excess oil.
Follain Clarifying Spot Gel
Follain Clarifying Spot Gel is an all-natural acne spot treatment, but rather than the usual salicylic acid, its active ingredient is 10% willow bark extract. That makes it gentler and less irritating, and since it dries clear, you can also use it on larger areas (like the T-zone) to control oil.
Juice Beauty Bamboo Pore Refining Mask
Juice Beauty Bamboo Pore Refining Mask helps to purify, soften and smooth oily, acne-prone and combination skin. Bamboo charcoal plus kaolin and bentonite clays draw oil and debris out of pores, while AHAs and PHAs gently exfoliate, and aloe vera calms and hydrates. Treatments only take two minutes, once or twice per week.
Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum
Fenty Skin Fat Water Pore-Refining Toner Serum is the star product from Rihanna's first foray into skincare after launching her successful makeup line in 2017. This jelly-like treatment targets dullness, dark spots and large pores using niacinamide and vitamin C-rich acerola cherry. However, I would avoid it if you are sensitive due to the high concentration of witch hazel.
Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Body Scrub Body Dermabrasion
Goldfaden MD Doctor's Body Scrub Body Dermabrasion is the body version of the brand's bestselling Doctor's Scrub, and it's packed with crushed ruby crystals (an environmentally-friendly and non-abrasive alternative to microbeads). It also contains fruit enzymes, bamboo extract and algae, which work together to brighten, soften and soothe. This scrub can be used as often as three times per week.
L’Occitane The Incredible Deodorant Recipe
L'Occitane The Incredible Deodorant Recipe is an aluminum-free deodorant in a pot with the texture of a balm. A blend of corn starch, baking soda, castor seed oil and shea butter, it neutralizes underarm odours while leaving you with a fresh verbena scent. You can either apply it with your fingers or the Applicator Brush, and it dries down powdery, not greasy or sticky.
Farmacy Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Gel
Farmacy Antiseptic Hand Sanitizer Gel promises to kill 99.9% of germs with its 70% concentration of ethanol in a lightweight gel. Unlike most hand sanitizers, it is fragrance-free, and has glycerin and aloe to counteract any drying effects.
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