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.
What’s New This Month (At a Glance)
Best New Toner
Best New Exfoliant
Best New Face Mists
Best New Moisturizers
Best New Serums
Best New Cleansers
Best New Pimple Patches
Best New Deodorant
Best New Body Wash
The Best New Skincare Products of August 2021
Best New Toner: 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.
Best New 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.
Best New Face Mist: 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.
Best New Moisturizer: 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.
Best New Serum: 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.
Best New Face Mist: 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.
Best New Moisturizer: 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.
Best New Cleanser: 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.
Best New Moisturizer: 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.