At this point in quarantine, you might be yearning for some new additions to your daily beauty routine. Or maybe you're just after a little lighthearted distraction from the news. Either way, I'm sharing all the info you need to get up-to-date on this month's best skincare launches!
In terms of innovation, May's new arrivals are impressive. They include:
- A multi-purpose serum with AHAs, vitamin C and niacinamide
- An exfoliating and moisturizing toner combining PHAs with BHAs
- The most weightless, transparent and high-protection mineral sunscreen EVER
- Tinted lip balm from my favourite natural makeup brand
And there's lots more! So keep scrolling to discover the new products that should be on your radar.
New Skincare for May 2020
Malin+Goetz Resurfacing Face Serum
Malin+Goetz Resurfacing Face Serum is a multitasking gel serum with brightening and exfoliating benefits. You're getting 6% glycolic acid, 2% lactic acid and 2% vitamin C (in the form of stable ethyl ascorbic acid). There's also niacinamide and phytic acid to further minimize pores and dark spots. Plus, it's said to be safe for all skin types—even sensitive.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner is a hydrating and exfoliating toner to use after cleansing. Rather than alcohol, it contains gentle polyhydroxy acids (gluconolactone) and beta-hydroxy acids (willow bark extract and betaine salicylate, the star ingredient in my favourite exfoliant!). Meanwhile, cactus and watermelon extracts, glycerin and hyaluronic acid offer a light layer of hydration.
Ava Isa Sun-é-Serum Drops SPF 35
Ava Isa Sun-é-Serum Drops SPF 35 is an innovative mineral sunscreen with the weightless texture of a serum. It's hard to believe this SPF contains the highest possible concentration of zinc oxide, 25%, because it absorbs immediately and is transparent on all skin tones! You're also getting incredible protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
RMS Beauty Tinted Daily Lip Balm
RMS Beauty Tinted Daily Lip Balm is a non-greasy lip balm made from natural ingredients like beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter and jojoba oil. It's available in three tints as well as a clear finish, is fragrance-free, and promises 12 hours of hydration. You can also wear it on your cheeks!
Indie Lee I-Waken Resurfacing Mask
Indie Lee I-Waken Resurfacing Mask is a five-minute gentle exfoliating mask that can be used up to three times per week. Wintergreen (a source of BHAs) is what's targeting dead skin cells, while kaolin and bentonite clays absorb oil. The plum, mango and banana extracts deliver vitamin C, and it has aloe, shea butter and glycerin for moisture. So you're getting a little bit of everything in one treatment!
Josie Maran Pineapple Enzyme Pore Clearing Cleanser
Josie Maran Pineapple Enzyme Pore Clearing Cleanser is a foaming gel face wash with mild exfoliating properties. Coconut-derived surfactants do the cleansing here (rather than harsh sulfates), while pineapple enzymes help to dissolve dead skin. This does contain the brand's signature argan oil, but the concentration is less than 1% (so it's quite shelf-stable).
Wishful Thirst Trap Cocoon Mask
Wishful Thirst Trap Cocoon Mask is a single-use sheet mask, and one of the few made with clean ingredients. It's packed with glycerin, niacinamide, aloe and hyaluronic acid to soothe, hydrate and plump the skin.
Beautycounter Counter+ All Bright C Serum
Beautycounter Counter+ All Bright C Serum targets dullness and dark spots with a 10% blend of two stable vitamin C derivatives. They're combined with two other antioxidants, camu camu and turmeric, which also help to even out skin tone and fight free radicals. The turmeric also gives the serum a vibrant yellow colour (which disappears on the skin).
Skin Inc Supplement Bar Serum Glow Filter
Skin Inc Supplement Bar Serum Glow Filter acts like a real-life Instagram filter, reducing the appearance of pores and redness while imparting a pearly glow. Moisturizing hibiscus extract comprises 64% of the formula, combined with niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and tiny flecks of synthetic mica. It's meant to be worn in the daytime, either alone as the last step in your skincare routine, or mixed with your favourite foundation.
Lanolips Baby Rose Gold 101 Ointment
Lanolips Baby Rose Gold 101 Ointment is the latest version of the brand's cult-favourite lanolin ointment, this time with a soft rosy tint. I'm already hooked on the Rose Gold version that came out last year—that shade is darker and more reddish, while this one is a lighter pinky tone. I've never found a more effective lip balm!
Dr. Barbara Sturm Scalp Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Scalp Serum is a luxe solution for dry, irritated scalps and ultimately, healthier hair. It's designed to be applied nightly, and uses ATP, hyaluronic acid, purslane, papaya extract and panthenol to soothe and restore moisture.
Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer
Tata Harper Water-Lock Moisturizer is the brand's first refillable moisturizer—a lightweight, silicone-free lotion that will hydrate normal to oily skin types. Barley juice, orange blossom peptides and hyaluronic acid are just a few of the ingredients in this all-natural formulation. When you're finished the jar, you just pop in another refill pod (sold separately).
Kate Somerville DeliKate Recovery Serum
Kate Somerville DeliKate Recovery Serum supports healthy skin barrier function, especially for dry and sensitive types. It does so using peptides and ceramides, blended with glycerin and propanediol for moisture, and ginger root extract to reduce redness. There's also a matching cleanser and cream.
Dermalogica Clear Start FlashFoliant Clearing Brightening Foam
Dermalogica Clear Start FlashFoliant Clearing Brightening Foam is a leave-on exfoliating treatment for acne-prone skin. Although it dispenses as a foam, the 0.5% salicylic acid formula absorbs right into the skin to treat and prevent breakouts. (Just steer clear if you are sensitive to essential oils, as there are quite a few in here.)
Glossier Hand Cream
Glossier Hand Cream is a non-greasy hand lotion in fun, portable pod packaging. It moisturizes with coconut fatty acids and extract, meadowfoam seed oil and glycerin, and is scented with the brand's musky Glossier You fragrance.
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