We're officially halfway through the year, and July's batch of new skincare products couldn't have come at a better time. With restrictions easing up and everyone ready to resume their social lives, our skincare routines could probably use a reboot, too.
That's where this month's best launches come in. They include:
- A niacinamide-based moisturizer and serum to control oil while lightly hydrating
- A non-irritating salicylic acid toner that targets breakouts and calms your skin
- A luxe aloe vera gel that soothes and hydrates from head to toe
- An Ayurveda-inspired exfoliating mask with AHAs and enzymes
Read on for all the products worth adding to your wish list.
New Skincare for July 2021
Selfless by Hyram Niacinamide & Maracujá Daily Support Moisturizer
Last month, we covered the first Selfless by Hyram product, a retinol serum, and now there are four more. Selfless by Hyram Niacinamide & Maracujá Daily Support Moisturizer is a lightweight gel-cream moisturizer for normal to oily skin. Not only is it silicone-free and fragrance-free, it's made with 5% niacinamide to reduce excess oil, minimize pores and strengthen your skin barrier. The 1% maracuja (passion fruit) oil helps soothe and lock in moisture.
Selfless by Hyram Salicylic Acid & Sea Kelp Pore Clearing and Oil Control Serum
Selfless by Hyram Salicylic Acid & Sea Kelp Pore Clearing and Oil Control Serum is a non-drying serum that works to reduce oiliness and clean your pores while maintaining the moisture barrier. Although they're not mentioned in the name, the key ingredients are actually 5% niacinamide and 2% succinic acid (an antibacterial ingredient that you may remember from this product). There's also 1% sea kelp to hydrate, and 0.5% salicylic acid for gentle exfoliation.
Peach Slices Acne Exfoliating Toner
Peach Slices Acne Exfoliating Toner is a 2% salicylic acid toner to clear and prevent breakouts and balance oil production. Unlike most acne treatments, it's gentle enough for sensitive skin and is free of alcohol, fragrance and silicone. It also has Centella Asiatica (cica) and allatonin to reduce irritation and redness.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Aloe Vera Gel
Dr. Barbara Sturm Aloe Vera Gel is a lightweight, soothing and cooling gel moisturizer that you can use on both your face and body. It boasts 90% organic aloe vera juice, plus glycerin, purslane and provitamin B5 (panthenol). You can use it after sun exposure or hair removal, or even as your go-to all-over hydrator.
Ranavat Flawless Veil Resurfacing Saffron Masque
Ranavat Flawless Veil Resurfacing Saffron Masque is a calming, cooling face mask that gently exfoliates, softens and brightens your skin. Inspired by ancient Ayurvedic rituals, the ingredients include fruit-derived AHAs, papaya enzymes, saffron strands and mango pulp. It has a jelly-like texture, is safe for all skin types, and treatments take just five minutes, once or twice per week.
Omorovicza Gentle Buffing Gelée
Omorovicza Gentle Buffing Gelée is an exfoliating gel cleanser that is gentle enough to use daily. It's sulfate-free, and loaded with non-abrasive luffa particles to slough off dead skin cells without causing irritation. Of course, it's also high in the brand's signature Hungarian thermal water, plus algae extract and citric acid (a natural AHA).
African Botanics Eye Contour Gel-Serum
African Botanics Eye Contour Gel-Serum is an anti-aging eye serum that targets fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. It works by tightening and reinforcing your skin's barrier function with ceramides and oligosaccharides. It also contains an array of other actives (including niacinamide, caffeine, vitamin C, vitamin E, ferulic acid and arnica), and is free of fragrance, essential oils and silicones.
Farmacy Green Defense Daily Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30
Farmacy Green Defense Daily Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 is a non-greasy, non-whitening mineral sunscreen for all skin types and tones. It was recently reformulated, and now contains 18.23% zinc oxide for a higher level of protection. (Ideally, I like to see at least 20% zinc, but this comes quite close!) It's also more lightweight, easy to spread, and won't pill when layered with other products.
Selfless by Hyram Mandelic Acid & Rice Bran Gentle Exfoliating Serum
Selfless by Hyram Mandelic Acid & Rice Bran Gentle Exfoliating Serum is a leave-on, acid-based exfoliating treatment with AHAs, BHAs and PHAs. It's gentle enough for all skin types, and uses a combination of 3% mandelic acid, 2.5% gluconolactone, 0.5% phytic acid (rice bran) and 0.5% salicylic acid to remove dead skin and unclog pores. Like the other products in the line, it's also fragrance-free and silicone-free.
WLDKAT Orchid Stem Cell + Magnolia Berry Adaptogen Eye Gel
WLDKAT Orchid Stem Cell + Magnolia Berry Adaptogen Eye Gel is a lightweight, fast-absorbing eye gel with soothing and cooling properties. It's free of fragrance and silicone, and hydrates with glycerin, macadamia oil and fractionated coconut oil. The orchid stem cells and magnolia berry give it an antioxidant, anti-aging boost.
Peach Slices Acne Oil-Free Moisturizer
Peach Slices Acne Oil-Free Moisturizer is a lightweight moisturizer that helps to clear and prevent breakouts with 0.5% salicylic acid. It's also got hyaluronic acid to hydrate, niacinamide to even out tone, and Centella Asiatica (cica) to minimize irritation. This formula is suitable for all skin types, and is oil-free, fragrance-free and silicone-free, with a matte finish.
Naturally Serious Mask-imum Revival Hydra-Plumping Mask
Naturally Serious Mask-imum Revival Hydra-Plumping Mask is a 10-minute treatment that hydrates, plumps and calms all skin types. It has a creamy texture, thanks to the kaolin clay (which is both nourishing and balancing), and shea butter. It's also packed with lightweight humectants like sodium PCA and hyaluronic acid, and colloidal oatmeal and allantoin to soothe signs of dehydration.
Kora Organics Minty Mineral Hydration Mist
Kora Organics Minty Mineral Hydration Mist is a hydrating face mist made from all-natural ingredients. It quenches thirsty skin with mineral-rich humectants, including aloe, sea water and algae, while peppermint gives a refreshing sensation. Each bottle also contains an aquamarine crystal, which is said to impart a sense of calm (if you care about that!). Just be sure to use this product out of the sun, as some of the ingredients are photosensitizing.
Ole Henriksen Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Treatment
Ole Henriksen Dewtopia 20% Acid Night Treatment is an acid-based overnight serum that exfoliates, brightens, fades dark spots and minimizes pores. Its 20% concentration of acids is comprised of 10% AHAs (including glycolic and lactic acids) and 10% PHAs (including gluconolactone and gluconic acid). Aloe, birch sap and cotton water help to counteract any irritation.
Peach Slices Acne Clarifying Cleanser
Peach Slices Acne Clarifying Cleanser is a sulfate-free gel cleanser for acne-prone skin. Just like the matching Toner, it contains 2% salicylic acid to fight breakouts and Centella Asiatica (cica) to calm inflammation. Like many other K-beauty cleansers, it's also formulated with a low pH to support (not strip) your skin barrier.
Naturally Serious Fruit-Tox Resurfacing Facial Remedy
Naturally Serious Fruit-Tox Resurfacing Facial Remedy is a gentle face scrub infused with both chemical and physical exfoliants. Volcanic pumice does the manual buffing, while fruit- and plant-derived AHAs (which contain lactic, glycolic, citric, malic and tartaric acids) work to soften, smooth and brighten. Red clay (which gives it a deep red colour) also draws gunk out of pores. You can also leave this treatment on as a mask for two minutes.
Selfless by Hyram Centella & Green Tea Daily Gel Cleanser
Selfless by Hyram Centella & Green Tea Daily Gel Cleanser is a hydrating gel cleanser for all skin types. As it cleans with mild surfactants, it also moisturizes with glycerin, reduces redness with green tea extract, and calms irritation with Centella Asiatica. Of course, it's also sulfate-free and fragrance-free.
MZ Skin Anti-Pollution Hydrating Mist
MZ Skin Anti-Pollution Hydrating Mist is a moisturizing face mist that also protects your skin from pollution and blue light. It's powered by a blend of antioxidants, vitamins and hydrators, including ascorbyl glucoside, niacinamide, sodium PCA and glycerin (and no alcohol or silicone). You can use it under or over your makeup, as well as to refresh your skin during the day.
Drunk Elephant O-Bloos Rosi Drops
Drunk Elephant O-Bloos Rosi Drops is a barrier-supporting serum with a concentrated peachy-pink tint. As a skincare-makeup hybrid, it gives you a buildable rosy flush as it nourishes and protects your skin with fatty acids, peptides and antioxidants. You can either wear it alone as a blush, or mix a few drops into your favourite serums, creams or oils for an all-over wash of colour.
COSRX Lip Sleep Ceramide Lip Butter Sleeping Mask
COSRX Lip Sleep Ceramide Lip Butter Sleeping Mask is an overnight lip mask that softens and repairs chapping by morning. Rich but non-greasy, it combines a synthetic lanolin alternative with shea butter, coconut oil, castor oil, beeswax and jojoba oil. Plus it has ceramides to both heal and prevent future damage.
Kosas Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Wash
Kosas Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Wash is an exfoliating body wash with a gel texture. In one step, it cleans, clears flaky skin and conditions dryness—thanks to a blend of AHAs (glycolic, lactic and mandelic acids), fruit enzymes and allantoin. It's also sulfate-free, with a naturally-derived tropical scent.
Dr. Barbara Sturm V Wash
Dr. Barbara Sturm V Wash is a mild, velvety body wash specifically designed for cleansing intimate areas. Instead of harsh sulfates, it uses gentle coco-glucoside plus conditioning panthenol, glycerin and hyaluronic acid. It's also gynecologically-tested and infused with pre- and probiotics that help to maintain the skin's microbiome and ideal pH level.
Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Body 12% AHA/BHA Resurfacing Serum
Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Body 12% AHA/BHA Resurfacing Serum is a leave-on exfoliating body serum that improves the look of dull, rough or bumpy skin. It goes on like a light lotion, and doesn't feel sticky or greasy. The powerful combination of acids—10% lactic and 2% salicylic—work on resurfacing while shea butter and honey replenish moisture. Just avoid using this before sun exposure, since it will increase photosensitivity.
Dr. Barbara Sturm V Drops
Dr. Barbara Sturm V Drops is a topical serum to help maintain skin health in intimate areas. Just like the matching Wash, it is gynecologically-tested, and contains pre- and probiotics for a healthy microbiome. It also contains a complex of hydrating, soothing and plumping (!!) botanicals to leave the area soft and supple. With regular use, it can even slow down hair growth.
By Rosie Jane Everyday Body Wash
By Rosie Jane Everyday Body Wash is a gentle, hydrating body wash that won't strip your skin's natural oils. Not only is it made with all-clean ingredients, it comes in a sturdy glass bottle with a convenient pump. Choose from addictive scents like Leila Lou (a fresh fruity-floral) or James (earthy warm woods).
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