With the holidays fast approaching, you might be more focused on your loved ones' routines than your own right now. After all, there are major savings to be had at this time of year on limited-edition skincare gift sets, clean beauty gifts and more. (See all my beauty gift ideas here!)
But December's skincare launches are a reminder that your skin deserves some love, too—whether it's in the form of new sun protection, more moisture or a boost of radiance.
This month's releases include:
- An oil-free, all-mineral sunscreen from one of the most popular dermatologist brands
- A 96% natural hydrating serum from the French pharmacy
- A milky, multi-acid toner with exfoliating, brightening and clarifying benefits
Here's your update on the best new skincare products of the month.
New Skincare for December 2020
EltaMD UV Restore Broad-Spectrum SPF 40
EltaMD UV Restore Broad-Spectrum SPF 40 is the latest addition to this brand's line-up of dermatologist-approved sunscreens, and I think it's their best one yet! Not only is it all-mineral, it has the highest concentration they've ever used: 15% zinc oxide and 2% titanium dioxide. It's also oil-free, fragrance-free and low in silicone, and is available with and without a tint.
Embryolisse Hydra-Sérum is a lightweight hydrating serum for all skin types. That makes it a great option if you're anything like me—I was always drawn to its sister product, the iconic Lait-Crème Concentré, but could never get on board with all the mineral oil. You won't find any in here; instead, this serum has 96% natural ingredients including glycerin, propanediol and hyaluronic acid. So you get the best of both worlds: non-comedogenic hydration plus French pharmacy chic.
Omorovicza Acid Solution
Omorovicza Acid Solution is a luxe acid-based toner and liquid exfoliating treatment. A combination of glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids target dead skin cells while also brightening, clarifying and evening out tone. Like everything in the line, it has a base of Hungarian thermal water to soothe and hydrate.
BYBI Bright Eyed Illuminating Eye Cream
BYBI Bright Eyed Illuminating Eye Cream is a lightweight eye cream that plumps and brightens the delicate skin around the eyes. It features hyaluronic acid and squalane to hydrate, arnica to reduce puffiness, algae to smooth, and mica powder to reflect the light. It's also fragrance-free and silicone-free.
Farmacy Whipped Greens Oil-Free Foaming Cleanser
Farmacy Whipped Greens Oil-Free Foaming Cleanser is a creamy foaming face wash that cleans oily and combination skin without stripping. It's sulfate-free and oil-free, with papaya enzymes to gently exfoliate, and green clay to draw out oil. Glycerin and sodium PCA replenish hydration.
Vichy LiftActiv Supreme H.A. Serum
Vichy LiftActiv Supreme H.A. Serum is a hydrating and anti-aging serum that helps to plump up fine lines and wrinkles. It does so with a 1.5% concentration of hyaluronic acid (which is very high!), along with glycerin, vitamin B5 and ascorbyl glucoside, a vitamin C derivative. You might be surprised to know that this formula is silicone-free and fragrance-free.
Versed Sunday Morning Antioxidant Oil-Serum
Versed Sunday Morning Antioxidant Oil-Serum is a cross between a face oil and a serum. The oil phase prevents moisture loss and strengthens the skin barrier with camellia and jojoba oils. Meanwhile, the water phase hydrates with hyaluronic acid and calms with chamomile extract. You just need to shake the bottle to mix them, creating a rich serum without any greasy finish.
BYBI Milk Melt Vegan Oat Milk Cleanser
BYBI Milk Melt Vegan Oat Milk Cleanser is a creamy, sulfate-free cleanser for all skin types, but especially dry and sensitive skin. With a unique jelly-to-milk texture, it uses oat kernel extract to lift off dirt and sebum, oat milk and aloe to soften, and probiotic-rich coconut yogurt to reduce redness and balance your microbiome. Note: Although it does lather, you'll want to use a separate makeup remover first for any stubborn or waterproof makeup.
Murad Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum
Murad Rapid Dark Spot Correcting Serum is an intensive serum that works to both fade existing dark spots as well as prevent future ones from developing. The star ingredients are glycolic acid (one of the strongest exfoliants), tranexamic acid (which slows down the production of melanin) and a patented resorcinol complex (which reduces the intensity of dark spots). This formula is oil-free and silicone-free.
Keys Soulcare Skin Transformation Cream
Keys Soulcare Skin Transformation Cream is the first product from Alicia Keys' new skincare line, developed in partnership with Dr. Renee Snyder (the dermatologist who co-founded W3ll People). It's a rich moisturizer loaded with ceramides, bakuchiol (a plant-based retinol alternative), hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. You can turn the application process into a relaxing ritual by massaging it in with the matching Obsidian Facial Roller.
INNBeauty Project Face Glaze
INNBeauty Project Face Glaze is a multitasking skincare-makeup hybrid that nourishes your skin while giving you a luminous glow. It has a gel-cream texture, and contains such hydrating ingredients as squalane, glycerin, ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Thanks to the silica in the formula, it can be applied all over the face to blur imperfections or act as a primer for makeup. You can also mix it with foundation or use it as a buildable highlighter.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment is a set of acid-based exfoliating towelettes for the body. Using glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids, they don't just remove dry and rough skin—they can also help with ingrown hairs, body breakouts and keratosis pilaris. All you do is massage one over the targeted areas until dry, two or three times per week.
Augustinus Bader The Body Lotion
Augustinus Bader The Body Lotion is a lightweight and fast-absorbing version of the brand's original Body Cream. Besides nourishing dry skin with glycerin, vitamin B5 and shea butter, it also contains the brand's famous TFC8 anti-aging complex. That means it can target cellulite, stretch marks and pigmentation, and may even give you firmer-looking skin over time.
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