As we ease into longer days and warmer weather, a new batch of skincare products are trickling into stores—and there are plenty of contenders for your spring routine. They include:
- A retinaldehyde and bakuchiol serum that treats and prevents signs of aging
- A sensitive skin-friendly face mask that boosts radiance without causing irritation
- A spray-on salicylic acid mist to clear and prevent body breakouts
From The Skincare Edit Archives
Here are this month’s latest launches.
The May Edit
Best new serums
Best new face masks
Best new acne treatment
Best new cleansers
Best new moisturizer
Best new toner
Best new bronzer/illuminator
Best new light therapy device
Best new body scrub
Best new body serum
Best new bath soak
Best new deodorant
The Best New Skincare of May 2021
Omorovicza Midnight Renewal
Omorovicza Midnight Renewal is an anti-aging night serum for all skin types. It’s made with retinaldehyde—which is more active, more stable and less irritating than retinol—and bakuchiol, a plant-based retinol alternative. Among its other ingredients are jojoba oil, algae extract, hyaluronic acid, ceramides and mineral-rich Hungarian thermal water. Everything from this brand is free of silicones and synthetic fragrance, and so lightweight that (in my experience) you don’t need to worry about triggering breakouts.
Tata Harper Radiance Mask
Tata Harper Radiance Mask is an exfoliating and brightening face mask especially formulated for sensitive skin. That means it’s free of fragrance, essential oils and other allergens and irritants, and is fortified with probiotics to support your skin barrier. It has a gel-cream texture, with lactic and phytic acids to gently dissolve dead skin cells.
Megababe Chest-o Presto Clarifying Body Acne Mist
Megababe Chest-o Presto Clarifying Body Acne Mist is a spray-on acne treatment for body breakouts. It has 2% salicylic acid (the ideal amount to clear and prevent pimples) in a quick-drying mist that lets you target hard-to-reach areas like the back and butt—no rubbing required.
Glossier Cleanser Concentrate
Glossier Cleanser Concentrate is a deep-cleansing face wash with clarifying and exfoliating benefits. As such, it’s geared toward oily and acne-prone skin (although dry skin could use it a few times a week). It’s sulfate-free, with a gel texture that transforms into a frothy foam. You’re meant to massage it on for 60 seconds before rinsing, in order for the AHAs, niacinamide and amino acids to work their magic.
ClarityRx Get Balanced Probiotic Serum
ClarityRx Get Balanced Probiotic Serum is a hydrating, calming and skin-strengthening serum for all skin types. Just like the brand’s popular Daily Dose of Water serum, it’s loaded with hyaluronic acid. Plus, it has probiotics to improve barrier function, antioxidants to fight free radicals, and botanical extracts to smooth and prevent water loss.
Alchimie Forever Kantic Light Clarifying Cream
Alchimie Forever Kantic Light Clarifying Cream is a gel-cream moisturizer for oily and acne-prone skin. It features a high concentration of rosemary extract, which is soothing and calming, along with jojoba oil, which helps to balance sebum production while sealing in moisture. This formula has a fast-absorbing, lightweight texture, and is free of silicones and synthetic fragrance.
Chantecaille Purifying and Exfoliating Phytoactive Solution
Chantecaille Purifying and Exfoliating Phytoactive Solution is an acid-based toner that gently exfoliates, mattifies, clarifies and minimizes pores. It’s got AHAs, BHAs and PHAs, including glycolic, lactic and phytic acids, willow bark extract and gluconolactone. Normal to oily skin can use it daily, and dry skin every other day. (Just follow up with a good hydrator because it is alcohol-based.)
Sobel Skin Rx 11% Triple-Acid Mineral Mask
Sobel Skin Rx 11% Triple-Acid Mineral Mask is a potent AHA and BHA exfoliating mask that acts on both the skin surface as well as inside the pores. Its 11% concentration of acids includes 5% glycolic, 5% lactic and 1% salicylic, all in a creamy base of kaolin clay and capric triglycerides. Treatments take just 10 minutes, twice per week.
Wander Beauty Sight C-er Vitamin C Concentrate
Wander Beauty Sight C-er Vitamin C Concentrate is a creamy vitamin C serum that brightens, hydrates, protects and evens out skin tone and texture. That’s all thanks to its 20% “C-Suite” complex, comprised of vitamin C (in the form of THD ascorbate), niacinamide, squalane, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and kakadu plum. This formula is also fragrance-free and low in silicone.
Dr Loretta Tightening Detox Mask
Dr Loretta Tightening Detox Mask is a hydrating and tightening face mask for all skin types. It has a gel texture, and is infused with peptides, algae, yeast extract and strawberry seed extract (and no silicones or synthetic fragrance). You can use it as often as daily—either rinse it off after 20 minutes, or leave it on all night.
Tata Harper Softening Cleanser
Tata Harper Softening Cleanser is a foaming cream cleanser for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. Just like the new Radiance Mask, it’s made without fragrance, essential oils and other potentially allergenic or irritating ingredients (like sulfates). Instead, it soothes and softens as it cleans with calendula, shea butter and other botanicals.
Cover FX Future Perfect Water-Optional Cleanser
Cover FX Future Perfect Water-Optional Cleanser is a foam cleanser that doubles as a makeup remover, and doesn’t require rinsing off. Similar to a micellar cleanser, you swipe it on with a cotton pad, and it effortlessly removes dirt, oil and makeup. It’s gentle, sulfate-free, non-drying and suitable for all skin types.
Pai The Impossible Glow
Pai The Impossible Glow is an all-natural liquid bronzer and illuminator with skincare benefits. It’s supercharged with hyaluronic acid and seaweed to hydrate, and lemon fruit water to brighten your skin. You can either mix a few drops into your favourite moisturizer for a subtle glow, or wear it alone for a more intense bronzed look.
Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite BodyWare Pro
Dr. Dennis Gross DRx SpectraLite BodyWare Pro is a light therapy device specifically designed for the body. Outfitted with both red and blue LED lights, it is also contoured to easily target areas like the chest, back, arms and legs. It takes as little as three minutes to treat a wide range of concerns, like wrinkles, age spots, acne, redness and muscle and joint pain.
Drunk Elephant Sugared Koffie Almond Milk Scrub
Drunk Elephant Sugared Koffie Almond Milk Scrub is a moisturizing and exfoliating body scrub. It buffs away dead skin with coffee beans and raw brown sugar crystals, while various oils (such as coconut, sweet almond and marula) soften and nourish. Almond milk—not fragrance or essential oils—gives it an addictive sweet scent.
Bawdy Super Tight Body Serum
Bawdy Super Tight Body Serum is a firming body serum that gives you the immediate feeling of tight, “held-in” skin. (So it would be ideal to use on a beach or pool day.) Ice wine is the magic ingredient, plus a blend of botanicals (nettle, horsetail, goji and linden flower) to further tone and promote skin elasticity.
Odacité Energy Awakening Evergreen Bath Soak
Odacité Energy Awakening Evergreen Bath Soak is an energizing bath soak that helps to reduce fatigue, stress and tension. The all-natural blend features mineral-rich salts, moisturizing moringa oil and rejuvenating rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils.
Megababe The Green Deo Daily Deodorant
Megababe The Green Deo Daily Deodorant is a 100% natural deodorant for all skin types (including sensitive). It’s free of both aluminum and baking soda, and neutralizes odour with an array of plant-based ingredients while arrowroot powder absorbs wetness. Chlorophyll gives it a green colour, but it glides on clear.
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