June is usually a quiet month for new skincare launches, but if you ask me, some of the best products of the entire year have JUST landed on virtual shelves. They include:
- A BHA (beta-hydroxy acid) toner that sweeps away dead skin and excess oil, while controlling breakouts
- Post-acne patches that fade dark marks with niacinamide and vitamin C
- Not one but THREE new mineral sunscreens that are completely non-whitening, no matter what your skin tone
I'll definitely be making room in my routine for many of these!
Read on to find out all about the latest and greatest skincare products this month.
New Skincare for June 2020
Farmacy Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner
Farmacy Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner is an acid toner with 2% BHAs in the form of salicylic acid. So it's going to give you an effective exfoliation not only on the skin surface, but also deep into your pores. Since it's free of alcohol and witch hazel, it should be gentle enough for normal and combination skin. But it's especially suited to oily and acne-prone types, as the acid will help to minimize pores, control excess oil and treat and prevent breakouts.
ZitSticka Hyperfade isn't your typical acne patch. In fact, it's to be used AFTER a pimple has cleared up—but you still have the dark mark it left behind! Each patch has 24 self-dissolving "microdarts" to deliver brightening ingredients including niacinamide, ascorbic acid, kojic acid and tranexamic acid. You're meant to apply four patches, three days apart, to fade the post-acne pigmentation within two weeks.
EleVen by Venus Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35
EleVen by Venus Unrivaled Sun Serum SPF 35 is the result of a collaboration between tennis pro Venus Williams, clean beauty retailer Credo Beauty and the sunscreen experts at The Sunscreen Company. This is a game-changing mineral sunscreen in serum form, which gives you broad-spectrum protection with 25% zinc oxide. And yet, it is truly weightless, transparent and non-whitening on ALL skin tones.
EleVen by Venus On-the-Defense Sunscreen SPF 30
EleVen by Venus On-the-Defense Sunscreen SPF 30 is a lotion sunscreen, and it, too, features the highest possible amount of zinc oxide, 25%. It's also non-whitening and is suitable for all skin tones and types, since the finish is sheer, semi-matte and non-chalky. This line is a game-changer, I tell you!
(And if you're in Canada, you can find this same formula as the new CyberDerm Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 30 below!)
CyberDerm Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 30
CyberDerm Every Morning Sun Whip SPF 30 just got updated with a brand new formula, higher SPF rating and squeezable tube packaging. This was one of the first mineral sunscreens I ever fell in love with, and with the upgrade, it's better than ever! With 25% zinc oxide, it is now reef-friendly and gives you even higher protection. (The actives used to be 15% zinc oxide and 7.5% encapsulated octinoxate.) It's also silicone-free, with a light, whipped texture that becomes completely transparent on the skin.
Joanna Vargas Magic Glow Wand
Joanna Vargas Magic Glow Wand is a tool that lets you treat your skin with targeted massage and temperature settings. There are four different modes to choose from. Hot is for deep-cleansing and eliminating build-up, while Cool is for soothing. Hot + Massage helps your skin to absorb products, and Cool + Massage helps to firm and reduce puffiness. All you do is apply a serum or mask, choose your setting, and then press the wand to your skin for two minutes or longer.
Wishful Clean Genie Cleansing Butter
Wishful Clean Genie Cleansing Butter is a creamy cleansing balm that dissolves makeup, dirt and excess oil. Unlike most products of its kind, this one is made with a mix of emollients and surfactants that get the "Clean at Sephora" seal of approval. I recommend using a warm, wet, soft cloth to remove it thoroughly, and be sure to follow up with your favourite gentle cleanser.
Juice Beauty Prebiotix Instant Flash Facial
Juice Beauty Prebiotix Instant Flash Facial is a cleanser and exfoliating mask in one. Like all the brand's products, it's made with a mix of botanicals, including aloe, apple and grape juice, plus glycerin, coconut fatty acids and fatty alcohols to lock in moisture. Gommage beads (cellulose) dissolve with pressure, so it's never too abrasive. If you leave it on for just two minutes, you'll also get the exfoliating, brightening benefits of tartaric acid, willow bark and lime caviar.
Sand & Sky Australian Emu Apple Enzyme Powder Polish
Sand & Sky Australian Emu Apple Enzyme Powder Polish is a powder exfoliator that you activate with a few drops of water. It's packed with papaya enzymes, kaolin clay, rice powder and macadamia oil, and transforms into a light foam. You just massage it over your skin for 15 seconds to get a glow going, and then rinse. No wonder it had a waiting list of more than 20,000 people before launching!
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Niacinamide Brightening Cream
First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Niacinamide Brightening Cream is an illuminating eye cream that helps to reduce the appearance of dark circles both immediately and over time. Niacinamide is the star ingredient here, along with hyaluronic acid, caffeine and mica (which helps reflect light). Just keep in mind that this one is silicone-based.
Basd Refreshing Body Wash
Basd Refreshing Body Wash is an organic shower gel made from clean, plant-based ingredients that score a perfect "0" on the Think Dirty app. They include coconut-based surfactants, aloe vera, green tea and a refreshing citrus-grapefruit scent derived from essential oils.
Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Moisturizing Body Cream-Cleanser
Sol de Janeiro Coco Cabana Moisturizing Body Cream-Cleanser is a rich, creamy body wash that will transport you to summer vacation mode with its coconut-sugar scent. It's sulfate-free, and contains moisturizing coconut oil and cupuaçu seed butter to leave your skin silky-soft.
Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum
Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum is an acid-based clarifying treatment that promotes a healthier scalp—and therefore healthier hair. Glycolic and salicylic acids help to remove excess oil, dead skin and product build-up, while fatty acids restore hydration and a vitamin and mineral complex supports new hair growth. It's meant to be used several times a week, about 30 minutes before you shampoo.
Credo Hand Sanitizer Spray
Credo Hand Sanitizer Spray kills germs with its 62% plant-based alcohol derived from corn. Rounding out the rest of the formula are glycerin for non-sticky hydration, plus vanilla and bergamot essential oils for an uplifting scent. You can spritz this on both your hands as well as surfaces!
Truly Hand Sanitizer Germ Killin’ Gel
Truly Hand Sanitizer Germ Killin' Gel is another new hand sanitizer option, a liquid gel with 70% alcohol to fight germs and bacteria. It also has aloe vera and glycerin to counteract any drying effects, and the pink bottle is perfectly sized to tuck in your pocket or purse.
Augustinus Bader The Hand Treatment
Augustinus Bader The Hand Treatment is the ultimate anti-aging hand cream, starring the same patented amino acid and vitamin complex as the brand's cult-favourite face moisturizer. Here, it works on signs of aging and scarring, and protects from free radicals as shea butter nourishes. The texture is rich but fast-absorbing, and there's no scent.
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