As 2021 draws to a close, there are a few final skincare launches arriving in stores for your consideration. They include a new gel-cream moisturizer that plumps your skin, a concentrated retinol balm in a swipe-on stick, and a brightening face mask made from the highest-quality clean ingredients.
Here are the best new skincare products of December.
The December Edit
- Best new moisturizers: Glow Recipe • The Inkey List • INNBeauty Project
- Best new retinol: Peace Out
- Best new face masks: Agent Nateur • Herbivore
- Best new exfoliants: Tatcha • Fenty Skin
- Best new cleansers: Skinfix • The Inkey List
- Best new serum: Wabi-Sabi Botanicals
- Best new spot treatment: Skinfix
- Best new body moisturizers: Versed • Mario Badescu
- Best new body scrub: Mario Badescu
The Best New Skincare of December 2021
Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream
Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream is a whipped gel-cream moisturizer designed for combination skin. Just like its sister product, the Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum, it contains multiple weights of hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate. It also has polyglutamic acid (another humectant) and antioxidant-rich plum extract, and comes in a refillable glass jar to reduce waste.
Peace Out Retinol Face Stick
Peace Out Retinol Face Stick is an anti-aging retinol treatment in the form of a swipe-on balm. Similar to the brand’s Retinol Eye Stick, it’s a water-free, squalane-based formula, and you’re meant to apply it as the last step in your nighttime routine (over moisturizer). The 3% encapsulated retinol targets fine lines, large pores and rough texture.
Agent Nateur Holi (Bright) Resurface Glass Face Mask
Agent Nateur Holi (Bright) Resurface Glass Face Mask* is a brightening and exfoliating face mask that also helps to hydrate and calm your skin. Perfect for an at-home facial, this treatment has a superstar ingredients list that includes aloe, silk peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, cucumber extract and lactic acid. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes or overnight. *Get 20% off if you shop through my link!
The Inkey List Omega Water Cream
The Inkey List Omega Water Cream is a lightweight gel moisturizer for all skin types—but unlike most products of its kind, it’s formulated to support a healthy skin barrier. It’s loaded with 5% niacinamide, a 0.5% omega ceramide complex, and 3% betaine. It’s also oil-free, silicone-free, alcohol-free and fragrance-free.
Herbivore Moon Fruit Retinol Alternative Sleep Mask
Herbivore Moon Fruit Retinol Alternative Sleep Mask is an overnight anti-aging mask infused with 1% bakuchiol, a plant-derived alternative to retinol. The recently revamped formula works like both a serum and a moisturizer, delivering humectants and antioxidants while locking in moisture as you sleep. You can either wear it alone or on top of your usual night cream.
Tatcha The Texture Tonic
Tatcha The Texture Tonic is a mild liquid exfoliating treatment for oily and combination skin. You’re meant to swipe it on with a cotton pad after cleansing, allowing the mix of naturally-derived AHAs to clarify and refine your skin texture. It also contains multitasking niacinamide, calming mugwort and oil-balancing wild rose. Just avoid this if you are sensitive, due to the essential oils.
Skinfix Acne+ Azelaic Acid AHA/BHA Cleanser
Skinfix Acne+ Azelaic Acid AHA/BHA Cleanser is a sulfate-free gel cleanser for all types of acne, including Malassezia folliculitis, a.k.a. “fungal acne.” That means it contains no triggering ingredients, and instead uses 2% salicylic acid, 2% niacinamide and 1% azelaic acid to deep-clean pores and fight bacteria as it cleans your skin. Even still, it is gentle enough for daily use.
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals The Blessing 3-in-1 Reparative HydraSerum
Wabi-Sabi Botanicals The Blessing 3-in-1 Reparative HydraSerum is a hydrating, repairing and texture-refining serum for all skin types. It has a lightweight gel texture, and uses resveratrol, probiotics and moth bean extract (an alternative to retinol) to restore smooth, plump, even-toned skin. It’s meant to be used nightly after cleansing, underneath an oil-based serum.
The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser
The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser is a gentle foaming cleanser for all skin types, especially dry skin. Not only is it sulfate-free and fragrance-free, it’s also infused with 1% hyaluronic acid and 1% inulin for immediate hydration. Even though it thoroughly cleanses and removes makeup, the moisturizing effect lasts for up to 48 hours.
Fenty Skin Pre-Show Glow Instant Retexturizing 10% AHA Treatment + Reusable Applicator
Fenty Skin Pre-Show Glow Instant Retexturizing 10% AHA Treatment + Reusable Applicator is a twice-a-week exfoliating treatment that gets you glowing in just one minute. You’re meant to apply the solution—which contains a 10% blend of glycolic, citric and lactic acids—to wet skin, and then buff with the cloth applicator to create a lather. Rinse it off to reveal brighter skin, and fewer dark spots over time.
Skinfix Acne+ 2% BHA Acne Spot Treatment
Skinfix Acne+ 2% BHA Acne Spot Treatment is a concentrated acne spot treatment made with three of the most potent, effective active ingredients. They include 2% salicylic acid to unclog pores, 2% niacinamide to regulate sebum, and 10% azelaic acid to fade post-acne marks. Just like the matching Cleanser, it won’t trigger fungal acne and can be used up to twice a day.
INNBeauty Project Face Glaze Skin Barrier Glow Veil
INNBeauty Project Face Glaze Skin Barrier Glow Veil is a cross between a gel-cream moisturizer and a skin-perfecting champagne illuminator. It contains ceramides, squalane and hyaluronic acid to support your skin barrier, plus silica and mica for a pore-blurring, soft-focus finish. Initially, it was launched in a pot, but now it comes in a more convenient tube. You can either wear it alone or mix it with moisturizer or foundation.
Versed Firm Ground Retinol Body Lotion
Versed Firm Ground Retinol Body Lotion is a hydrating body lotion infused with 0.1% encapsulated retinol to help with firming, brightening and smoothing. The rest of the formula features jojoba esters, fatty alcohols, cocoa butter and squalane.
Mario Badescu Coconut Body Scrub
Mario Badescu Coconut Body Scrub is an exfoliating body scrub that polishes away dead skin while restoring lost moisture. It buffs with finely-ground pumice, while jojoba oil conditions and the natural scent of coconut leaves you smelling like vacation.
Mario Badescu Coconut Body Butter
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