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 1% 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 3% concentration of polyhydroxy acids (PHAs), which are like AHAs, but gentler. Bonus: It also has 3% 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% 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% 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%. 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 4% 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 1% 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