Sometimes I feel like the people at my favourite skincare brands are reading my mind. Especially when I look at this month’s lineup of new products—lots of BHAs, niacinamide, gentle exfoliants, lightweight hydrators and face mists. All the ingredients and product concepts I’ve been talking about lately!
August’s best launches include:
- A salicylic acid toner that’s safe for sensitive skin
- A gentle enzyme-based exfoliating liquid
- A face mist with copper peptides and niacinamide
- A clarifying moisturizer with BHAs and blue tansy... and much more!
Here’s your update on the latest, greatest skincare to add to your wish list.
New Skincare for August 2021
First Aid Beauty Oil-Minimizing Toner
First Aid Beauty Oil-Minimizing Toner is a salicylic acid-based toner that even sensitive skin types can use. It’s alcohol-free and fragrance-free, and infused with calming ingredients like colloidal oatmeal and feverfew. This could be used as both a toner (to remove all traces of cleanser) and as a mild acid exfoliant.
Plenaire Tropique Enzymatic Exfoliant
Plenaire Tropique Enzymatic Exfoliant is a gentle exfoliating liquid for all skin types. It brightens and removes dead skin cells with natural fruit enzymes from passion fruit, pineapple and grape, as well as a low dose of salicylic acid. You just swipe it over your skin with a cotton pad, up to twice daily.
Ghost Democracy Peptide-Packed Dewy Toning Mist
Ghost Democracy Peptide-Packed Dewy Toning Mist is a face mist with plumping, firming and brightening benefits. It’s packed with a peptides (including the best kind, copper peptides), plus algae, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. You can use it underneath your serums and creams, or throughout the day for dewy skin.
Herbivore Aquarius Pore Purifying Clarity Cream
Herbivore Aquarius Pore Purifying Clarity Cream is a lightweight moisturizer for oily and combination skin. Willow bark, a natural BHA, gives it a mild exfoliating and clarifying effect, while zinc controls excess oil and blue tansy oil soothes (and creates its blue tint). It’s also high in glycerin and squalane, and leaves a soft matte finish.
Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Texture Renewal Serum
Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Texture Renewal Serum is a starter retinol serum for smoothing your skin texture while reducing the look of pores and fine lines. It features not just retinol but also bakuchiol (a plant-derived alternative), ferulic acid (an antioxidant), AHAs and BHAs. Unlike most retinoids, it promises not to cause irritation, and can be used day and night.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Adaptogens and Coconut Water
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Adaptogens and Coconut Water is a hydrating and brightening face mist for all skin types. It is highest in aloe, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and coconut water, but also contains an adaptogen (ginseng) that supposedly helps skin adapt to stress. It’s also free of alcohol, dyes and fragrance.
Saint Jane Hydrating Petal Cream
Saint Jane Hydrating Petal Cream is a soft, lightweight cream for normal to dry skin. It’s silicone-free, and hydrates with an array of humectants and emollients, including glycerin, squalane, vitamin E, shea butter and 1% hyaluronic acid. There’s also CBD to calm the skin and hibiscus peptides for anti-aging.
Biossance Squalane + Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser
Biossance Squalane + Amino Aloe Gentle Cleanser is a foaming gel cleanser that deep-cleans your skin without drying it out. It’s sulfate-free, and made with squalane, amino acids and aloe to calm and condition as it cleanses.
Peace Out Repairing Moisturizer
Peace Out Repairing Moisturizer is a barrier-repairing moisturizer for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin. Unlike most creams of its kind, it has a light, non-greasy texture and is free of fragrance and alcohol (even fatty alcohols). It’s also loaded with healing ceramides, plus bakuchiol to smooth texture and squalane to lock in hydration.
Herbivore Pink Cloud Soft Moisture Cream
Herbivore Pink Cloud Soft Moisture Cream is a super-hydrating moisturizer for normal to dry skin. First launched in 2018, it has now been renamed and reformulated with a higher concentration of rose water and fewer comedogenic oils (the main one is now squalane). It also has tremella mushroom, a natural alternative to hyaluronic acid that plumps skin from within. As usual, it is free of silicones and synthetic fragrance.
Plenaire Daily Airy Self Foaming Cleanser
Plenaire Daily Airy Self Foaming Cleanser is a sulfate-free foaming cleanser for all skin types. This formula starts as a liquid, and then transforms into an airy foam. Coco-glucoside, a mild surfactant, gets off grime without disrupting the skin barrier.
Consonant Vitamin C + Licorice Serum
Consonant Vitamin C + Licorice Serum is a brightening serum from the makers of my all-time favourite hydrating serum. Rather than L-ascorbic acid, which is notoriously unstable and can be irritating, it contains two vitamin C derivatives: sodium ascorbyl phosphate and aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate. Along with licorice extract, they help with dullness, dark spots and signs of aging, and are safe for sensitive skin.
Juice Beauty Prebiotix Cleansing Cream
Juice Beauty Prebiotix Cleansing Cream is a natural cream cleanser that helps to protect the skin’s microbiome while removing dirt and makeup. Suitable for all skin types, it’s formulated with aloe, fatty alcohol, white grape juice and an array of plant oils. It is said to rinse away clean with just water, but you can also use a warm, wet cloth.
Kopari Peptide Glow Hydrating Face Moisturizer
Kopari Peptide Glow Hydrating Face Moisturizer is a fast-absorbing gel-cream moisturizer that plumps and hydrates without feeling heavy. It’s powered by a tripeptide (which the manufacturer calls the “perfection peptide”), in a base of fractionated coconut oil, aloe, glycerin, coconut water and hyaluronic acid.
Mario Badescu Drying Patch
Mario Badescu Drying Patch is a set of single-use patches for spot-treating blemishes. Unlike the brand’s cult-favourite Drying Lotion, they’re clear and easily camouflage with your skin. They also deliver a mix of clearing, calming and hydrating ingredients (like salicylic acid, niacinamide and Centella Asiatica) to minimize redness and irritation.
Dermalogica Daily Glycolic Cleanser
Dermalogica Daily Glycolic Cleanser is a jelly-textured cleanser for normal to oily skin. This sulfate-free formula gently exfoliates with glycolic acid for a mild brightening effect. It also has jojoba oil, calendula extract and allantoin to counteract any drying effects.
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Evening Mist
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Evening Mist is a hydrating and aromatherapeutic face mist for all skin. As the nighttime version of the brand’s cult-favourite Queen of Hungary Mist, it is even more hydrating, and also contains CBD, melatonin, magnesium and lavender to help promote relaxation. You’re meant to apply it after your night cream, and then drift off to sleep.
Versed Mood Lighting Glow Drops are liquid serum drops with a sheer tint and illuminating pigments. There are two shades (Sheer Bronzed and Sheer Golden), and they can be worn alone or mixed into moisturizer or makeup to even out skin tone. Meanwhile, they up your hydration and antioxidant protection with peptides, blackberry extract and vitamin E.
Kaia Naturals The Takesumi Bright Brightening Deodorant + Body Balm
Kaia Naturals The Takesumi Bright Brightening Deodorant + Body Balm is a natural deodorant that doubles as a brightening body balm. In addition to controlling odour with probiotics, arrowroot and charcoal, it can help to fade pigmentation thanks to niacinamide and alpha arbutin. It can also be used to prevent chafing and soothe irritation.
Odele Body Wash
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