We're only in January, but 2020 is already turning out to be a good year for skincare lovers. A whole bunch of new products arrive in stores this month, and I've got the lowdown on the most exciting and worthy investments.
Some of the highlights:
- Microneedling-inspired wrinkle patches that deliver anti-aging ingredients deep into your skin
- A strong but non-irritating next-generation retinoid in a lightweight lotion
- A multitasking toner that exfoliates with gentle acids and brightens with niacinamide
Keep scrolling to discover the latest skincare launches you need to know about!
New Skincare for January 2020
Peace Out Wrinkles Anti-Wrinkle Microneedling Patches
Peace Out Wrinkles Anti-Wrinkle Microneedling Patches are innovative patches that work like an overnight spot treatment anywhere you want to target wrinkles (such as the forehead, crow's feet or smile lines). Each one contains 450 self-dissolving hyaluronic acid microneedles that create pathways for the active ingredients to penetrate. Think: retinol, vitamin C and an array of peptides. To get results, they need to be worn for at least six hours, twice a week. So genius!
Sobel Skin Rx 4.5% Retinol Night Treatment
Sobel Skin Rx 4.5% Retinol Night Treatment is an anti-aging retinoid serum formulated from gentle, non-toxic ingredients. It was developed by Dr. Howard Sobel, a NYC-based dermatologist whose new active clean skincare line JUST launched at Sephora. Despite the name, it contains not retinol but hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HPR), a next-gen retinoic acid ester that causes little to no irritation. So I believe it should be comparable in strength to The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane, but the texture is a lotion, not an oil.
(Note for Canadians: Any retinoids in concentrations equivalent to more than one percent retinol are restricted by Health Canada... so we can't buy this, unfortunately!)
The Inkey List PHA Toner
The Inkey List PHA Toner is an ultra-mild exfoliating and brightening toner for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. It's named for the three percent concentration of polyhydroxy acids (PHAs), which are like AHAs, but gentler. Bonus: It also has three percent niacinamide for extra brightening as well as controlling redness, oil and blemishes.
Tatcha The Serum Stick
Tatcha The Serum Stick is a moisturizer in solid balm form that you can swipe on over or under makeup to hydrate dry skin. It's made up of 80 percent squalane; there's also beeswax, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. This would be ideal for airplane travel, or to carry in your handbag for moisture on the go.
Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask
Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial Mask is an overnight moisturizing mask with cooling properties. It's meant to plump skin, calm redness and repair the skin barrier, using ingredients such as squalane, propanediol, niacinamide and olive oil esters. The "F" stands for "vitamin F," a.k.a. linolenic and linoleic acids, which are encapsulated to preserve freshness.
Biossance Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum
Biossance Squalane + Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum is a gentle exfoliating serum that can be worn underneath your moisturizer every night. It targets dead skin with a 10 percent concentration of lactic acid, while squalane (the brand's signature ingredient) and glycerin provide light hydration.
Sobel Skin Rx 15% Niacinamide Gel Serum
Sobel Skin Rx 15% Niacinamide Gel Serum is a hydrating, brightening, pore-tightening and anti-wrinkle treatment for all skin types. That's the power of niacinamide—and this gel-like serum boasts the highest concentration I've seen, 15 percent. The other ingredients include glycerin, allantoin, chamomile and cucumber extract.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Lifting Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Lifting Serum is a firming and tightening serum that promises a smoother, more lifted look within an hour of application, with the results lasting several hours. So it's definitely something you'd use before an important event, but it also has long-term benefits thanks to the purslane, hyaluronic acid and algae extracts.
Farmacy Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream
Farmacy Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream is a hydrating and brightening eye cream that may help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. It targets the latter with four percent vitamin C (ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, glyceryl ascorbate and cherry extract). It also contains caffeine and hyaluronic acid.
Herbivore Prism 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial
Herbivore Prism 20% AHA + 5% BHA Exfoliating Glow Facial is a jelly-textured mask to exfoliate and brighten dull skin, inspired by the Serum of the same name. Since it's all-natural, the acids are derived from sources such as bilberry, sugarcane and willow bark (which makes them gentler than straight glycolic or salicylic acid). You're meant to use this once or twice per week.
Tarte Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser
Tarte Knockout Daily Exfoliating Cleanser is an exfoliating gel cleanser for normal to oily skin. It's sulfate-free, produces a silky lather, and helps to remove dead skin using lactic, glycolic and salicylic acids. (Since you're rinsing it off, it obviously won't be as strong an exfoliation as the matching Knockout Tingling Treatment toner, which you leave on.)
Glow Recipe Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream
Glow Recipe Banana Soufflé Moisture Cream is a lightweight and silicone-free moisturizer made from clean ingredients and less than one percent synthetic fragrance. Glycerin, coconut alkanes and squalane do most of the hydrating, and it also has banana water, magnesium and Centella Asiatica extract to calm irritation.
Dr. Dennis Gross Stress Rescue Super Serum
Dr. Dennis Gross Stress Rescue Super Serum is an anti-aging serum designed to strengthen the skin's microbiome and combat signs of stress such as worry lines, redness and breakouts. The star ingredient is niacinamide (although we don't know the concentration), blended with a superfood complex of mushroom, maca root, cacao and goji berry.
January Labs Triple Active Reclaiming Serum
January Labs Triple Active Reclaiming Serum is a clean anti-aging serum that's mild enough for sensitive skin. Its active ingredients include niacinamide, retinol, sodium ascorbyl phosphate (a vitamin C derivative) and lactic acid, combined with aloe vera and glycerin for moisture. Niacinamide is probably doing most of the work here (there's two percent). The retinol concentration is only 0.025 percent (from the 0.5 percent RetiStar, the same complex as The Inkey List Retinol).
First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask
First Aid Beauty FAB Pharma Arnica Relief & Rescue Mask is a soothing and moisturizing mask for dry, dehydrated skin that's in need of some TLC. Shea butter, cocoa butter and fatty alcohols give it a creamy, nourishing texture, while arnica, calendula and Centella Asiatica help to calm sensitivity.
Ole Henriksen Truth Juice Daily Cleanser
Ole Henriksen Truth Juice Daily Cleanser is a gel-cream cleanser that promises to remove dirt, oil and even waterproof makeup in one step. The sulfate-free formula features mild cleansing agents, PHAs to gently exfoliate, and orange extracts to give it a citrusy scent.
Kypris Puff of Love Nurturing Anytime Moisturizer
Kypris Puff of Love Nurturing Anytime Moisturizer is a non-greasy, plant-based, silicone-free moisturizer. It's crafted from high-quality botanicals such as jasmine flower and shea butter, plus proven hydrators like glycerin, coconut alkanes, squalane and hyaluronic acid. And the packaging is beyond gorgeous!
Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask
Tatcha The Kissu Lip Mask initially launched as a limited-edition product, and now it looks like it's here to stay. This is a jelly-textured lip mask loaded with squalane, camellia oil and peach extract to repair and nourish dry, flaky lips. It comes with a tiny gold spatula to make the experience even more luxurious.
Moon Juice Milk Cleanse Gentle Foaming Wash
Moon Juice Milk Cleanse Gentle Foaming Wash is a sulfate-free cleansing milk that produces a creamy lather to clean without stripping. The ingredients include coconut extract, aloe vera, fatty alcohol and mushroom extracts, and the brand recommends using it twice in a row for a double cleanse. The first round will remove dirt and makeup, and the second will clean your skin.
Ole Henriksen C-Rush Brightening Double Crème
Ole Henriksen C-Rush Brightening Double Crème is a rich, intensive moisturizer for dry skin. Besides hydrating with glycerin, propanediol, fatty alcohols and shea butter, it also brightens with three forms of vitamin C (ethyl ascorbic acid, tetrahexydecyl ascorbate and ascorbic acid). Although it's not silicone-free or fragrance-free, both are far down on the ingredients list.
Indie Lee De-Stress Body Wash
Indie Lee De-Stress Body Wash is a clean, sulfate-free body wash with aromatherapeutic benefits. The blend of patchouli, lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils help you to unwind and release stress after a long day (although you could certainly use this in the mornings, too!).
Ursa Major Sublime Sage Spray Deodorant
Ursa Major Sublime Sage Spray Deodorant is an odour-neutralizing deodorant spray made with clean, non-toxic ingredients. Not only is it free of aluminum and petrochemicals, it also doesn't include baking soda, making it a good option for sensitive skin.
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