Between the freezing cold temperatures and the fact that we've been locked down here since November, it's been a LONG winter. But hey, at least I've had more time to do my skincare rituals—and to track down all the best new products that you need to know about this month!
February's latest and greatest launches include:
- A brightening, non-irritating vitamin C serum from the hottest celebrity-approved skincare brand
- A fragrance-free anti-aging serum with 0.3% pure retinol
- An oil-controlling, pore-blurring primer with 5% niacinamide and zero silicones
And much more—so here's your update on the new skincare worth knowing about.
New Skincare for February 2021
Dr. Barbara Sturm The Good C Vitamin C Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm The Good C Vitamin C Serum brightens your skin and protects from free radicals without the irritation or stability issues that are usually associated with vitamin C. It contains a 5% blend of three types—THD ascorbate, ascorbyl glucoside and kakadu plum—along with zinc to help increase their absorption and hyaluronic acid for extra hydration. You can wear it alone or mix it with other products, day or night.
Clinique Smart Night Clinical MD Multi-Dimensional Repair Treatment Retinol
Clinique Smart Night Clinical MD Multi-Dimensional Repair Treatment Retinol is a creamy night serum with 0.3% retinol—the ideal concentration to start seeing visible results with minimal irritation. Like all retinoids, it targets lines and wrinkles, large pores and rough skin texture. It's also low in silicone and fragrance-free.
LYS Beauty Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer
LYS Beauty Secure Skin Gripping Serum Primer is more than just a makeup primer. You can also wear it as a serum to control excess oil, minimize large pores and brighten your skin. The star ingredient is 5% niacinamide, combined with naturally derived AHAs to even out tone and glycerin for light hydration. In addition, the formula is silicone-free, oil-free, fragrance-free and alcohol-free.
Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Drops
Bloomeffects Tulip Dew Drops is a water-based, silicone-free serum infused with vitamins, botanical extracts and 5% squalane. The vitamins include 2% niacinamide (B3) and 2% kakadu plum (a natural source of C) to brighten, plus E to protect from free radicals. You can either wear it alone as a lightweight hydrator, or mix it with your favourite moisturizer or foundation for a dewy glow.
Indie Lee Restorative Eye Cream
Indie Lee Restorative Eye Cream is a rich, anti-aging eye cream made from all-clean ingredients. They include hyaluronic acid to bind moisture, paracress extract to stimulate collagen, and licorice root to brighten. Since it's formulated without synthetic fragrance or essential oils, it's unlikely to irritate sensitive skin.
Keys Soulcare Be Luminous Exfoliator
Keys Soulcare Be Luminous Exfoliator is from Alicia Keys' new skincare line (which first launched with a moisturizer back in December). This product is a powder exfoliator, which transforms into a creamy foam when mixed with water. It has lactic acid and green tea to soften and brighten your skin, and is so gentle, you can use it every other day.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Firming Collagen Cream
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Firming Collagen Cream is a firming and nourishing moisturizer for normal to dry and sensitive skin. It's named for the soluble collagen it contains—although that ingredient is more for hydrating than firming. The real anti-aging ingredients in here are peptides and niacinamide, which are combined with fatty acids and ceramides to support a healthy skin barrier. Bonus: it is fragrance-free, oil-free and low in silicone.
REN Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream
REN Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream promises to reduce dark circles in just seven days, using 95% natural ingredients. The most important two are elderberry extract and glycogen, which work to brighten, even out tone and boost luminosity. The formula is also said to be irritation-free (it contains no fragrance), so it's suitable for everyone.
Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Microneedling Patches
Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Microneedling Patches are a targeted way to treat wrinkles, crow's feet and smile lines. Each patch has an array of tiny, self-dissolving needles that painlessly deliver granactive retinoid and hyaluronic acid into your skin. All you do is apply the patch to clean, dry skin for at least two hours, twice per week.
PCA Skin Daily Defense Mist
PCA Skin Daily Defense Mist is a hydrating face mist that helps to protect your skin from blue light, pollution and free radicals. Suitable for all skin, it's high in aloe and glycerin, and spiked with antioxidant-rich plant extracts as well as soothing cucumber. You're meant to apply it as your last step, after SPF or makeup.
Mario Badescu Caffeine Eye Cream
Mario Badescu Caffeine Eye Cream is a de-puffing eye cream powered by caffeine—which works by constricting blood vessels underneath the skin. Fractionated coconut oil, squalane, glycerin and hyaluronic acid give it a light, fast-absorbing texture.
Derma E Sulfur Spot Treatment
Derma E Sulfur Spot Treatment is a more natural, affordable alternative to Mario Badescu's cult-favourite acne spot treatment. This, too, dries out pimples with sulfur, calamine and salicylic acid. It also has niacinamide to take down redness, aloe and allantoin to soothe irritation, and tea tree oil to fight bacteria.
Dermalogica Neck Fit Contour Serum
Dermalogica Neck Fit Contour Serum is an anti-aging serum that aims to correct "tech neck," a.k.a. the horizontal lines that can develop on your neck from using phones and laptops. As a peptide-based formula, it provides both an immediate and long-term tightening effect, as well as a workout for your skin with the roll-on applicator.
Fenty Skin Flash Nap Instant Revival Eye Gel-Cream
Fenty Skin Flash Nap Instant Revival Eye Gel-Cream is both an eye cream and an eye primer to wear under concealer. It's dubbed a "flash nap" because it helps to wake up tired eyes with ingredients like horse chestnut, hyaluronic acid and green tea. With its light, non-greasy texture, it's also ideal under makeup.
Keys Soulcare Golden Cleanser
Keys Soulcare Golden Cleanser is a mild, sulfate-free foaming cleanser that removes dirt, oil and makeup. It contains anti-inflammatory manuka honey, soothing turmeric extract and calming chamomile, making it gentle enough for any skin type.
Lord Jones CBD Lip Balm
Lord Jones CBD Lip Balm is a moisturizing lip balm with 25 mg of full-spectrum CBD to soothe and soften. It also contains beeswax, olive oil and shea butter, and is free of common irritants like fragrance, flavourings and vitamin E.
Mario Badescu Rose Body Soap
Mario Badescu Rose Body Soap is a subtly rose-scented shower gel that produces a rich and hydrating lather. It contains both rose water and rose oil, is sulfate-free, and is very affordably-priced.
NEST New York Grapefruit Hand Sanitizing Gel
NEST New York Grapefruit Hand Sanitizing Gel is a fragrant hand sanitizer scented with pink grapefruit, lily of the valley and coriander. It's made with 75% alcohol to kill germs, and dries down without any residue or stickiness.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Hand Cream
Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Hand Cream treats your hands to the same anti-aging actives as the brand's sought-after products for the face. Think: antioxidants like purslane, dark spot-fighters like daisy extract, barrier-repairing ingredients like ceramides, and of course, moisturizing hyaluronic acid and shea butter.
Merit Day Glow Highlighting Balm
Merit Day Glow Highlighting Balm is from a new clean makeup line that's all about skin-loving ingredients and a minimalist approach to beauty. This stick highlighter (which comes in two shades) imparts a natural-looking glow, and is packed with squalane and olive oil to lock in moisture.
Kosas Cloud Set Baked Setting & Smoothing Powder
Kosas Cloud Set Baked Setting & Smoothing Powder is another makeup product made with skin-supporting ingredients. This sheer pressed powder mattifies with silica and bamboo extract, blurs imperfections with passionfruit leaf and peony, and hydrates with jojoba oil and glycerin. It's non-cakey and comes in 10 shades.
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