If you’re on the hunt for a new face serum—one that does more than just moisturize—then you’re in luck. This month, multiple brands are launching just that, with formulas that promise to firm fine lines and brighten dullness in addition to restoring hydration.
The star skincare products coming out in November include:
- A multitasking serum with niacinamide, vitamin C and peptides
- An anti-aging treatment that combines granactive retinoid and bakuchiol
- A silky face mist that protects from blue light
- A hydrating gel with hyaluronic acid and a powerhouse antioxidant
Here’s the scoop on all the latest launches.
What’s New This Month (At a Glance)
Best New Serums
Best New Retinoid
Best New Face Mist
Best New Eye Treatments
Best New Toner
Best New Cleansers
Best New Moisturizers
Best New Lip Scrub
Best New Lip Balm
Best New Body Moisturizer
The Best New Skincare Products of November 2021
Best New Serum: OSEA Anti-Aging Sea Serum
OSEA Anti-Aging Sea Serum is a natural hydrating and anti-aging serum, all in one. This silicone-free and fragrance-free formula is loaded with everything from niacinamide to stabilized vitamin C to naturally-occuring peptides. Jojoba oil, aloe and seaweed are among the lightweight moisturizing ingredients.
Best New Retinoid: Bloomeffects Black Tulip Overnight Retinoid Serum
Bloomeffects Black Tulip Overnight Retinoid Serum is an anti-aging serum with granactive retinoid as well as bakuchiol, a natural retinol alternative. Neither one are irritating, making this a great option for sensitive skin. It also has niacinamide, Centella Asiatica extract and hyaluronic acid to soothe and hydrate.
Best New Face Mist: Susanne Kaufmann Blue Light Defence & Moisturising Mist
Susanne Kaufmann Blue Light Defence & Moisturising Mist is an anti-aging face mist designed to protect skin from the oxidative stress created by our phones and screens. It’s infused with the antioxidants CoQ10, butterfly bush extract and ectoin, along with silk proteins and lethicin for moisture. This mist can be applied throughout the day, under or over skincare and makeup.
Best New Serum: Honua Hawaiian Skincare Hibiscus Beauty Booster
Honua Hawaiian Skincare Hibiscus Beauty Booster is a lightweight gel serum that gives you both hydrating and antioxidant benefits. The hibiscus gently exfoliates to prep your skin for the other actives: hyaluronic acid and astaxanthin. The latter is 6,000 times more potent than vitamin C, with better stability.
Best New Serum: One Love Organics Botanical A Bio-Retinol Night Serum
One Love Organics Botanical A Bio-Retinol Night Serum is an anti-aging serum starring the cockspur plant, which is said to act like retinol on the skin while supporting the microbiome. In addition to targeting lines and rough texture, it also has a mild clarifying effect, thanks to phytic, lactic and salicylic acids. Still, it is gentle enough for sensitive skin types.
Best New Eye Treatment: L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 2.5% Hyaluronic Acid + Caffeine Eye Serum
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 2.5% Hyaluronic Acid + Caffeine Eye Serum is a weightless eye serum that reduces crow’s feet, puffiness and dark circles. Just like the matching Face Serum (which has thousands of four-star reviews), it contains an impressive 1.5% hyaluronic acid. It also has 1% caffeine, all in a minimalistic formula that is free of silicones and fragrance.
Best New Eye Treatment: Bloomeffects Black Tulip Eye Treatment
Bloomeffects Black Tulip Eye Treatment is a hydrating and anti-aging eye gel. Unlike the matching Serum, it doesn’t contain retinoids—instead, it tightens with plant-derived stem cells. It also contains peptides to minimize dark circles, fine lines and puffiness, plus squalane, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to moisturize.
Best New Toner: Rael Beauty Miracle Clear Clarifying Toner
Rael Beauty Miracle Clear Clarifying Toner is a mattifying toner for oily and acne-prone skin. But rather than the usual salicylic acid, it contains succinic acid, a much gentler ingredient that helps to reduce excess oil and bacteria. It also has glycerin, B5 and hyaluronic acid to keep skin hydrated.
Best New Serum: REN Bio Retinoid Youth Serum
REN Bio Retinoid Youth Serum is a natural anti-aging serum that promises to reduce fine lines in just seven days, according to a clinical study. It does so with bidens pilosa, a plant that has been found to have retinol-like activity, minus the irritation. It also contains niacinamide, squalane and hyaluronic acid.
Best New Cleanser: Youth To The People Superberry Dream Cleansing Balm
Youth To The People Superberry Dream Cleansing Balm is an oil-based balm that transforms into a milk as you cleanse. It’s ideal for removing stubborn sunscreen and makeup, and can be used either alone or as the first step in a double cleansing routine. The formula is PEG-free, and made with an array of plant oils (so be sure to use it up within a few months, before it goes off).
Best New Moisturizer: Bloomeffects Black Tulip Facial Treatment
Bloomeffects Black Tulip Facial Treatment is a daily moisturizer that works in tandem with the brand’s Retinoid Serum to nourish, protect and hydrate. It can also be used alone, or as a face mask, to treat skin with an array of gentle actives (including niacinamide, peptides, ceramides, plant-derived stem cells and squalane).
Best New Cleanser: Rael Beauty Miracle Clear Exfoliating Cleanser
Rael Beauty Miracle Clear Exfoliating Cleanser is a gentle creamy cleanser for oily and acne-prone skin. Although the name suggests it might have exfoliating beads, that’s not the case—it uses succinic acid and an enzyme complex for a much gentler effect. It’s also sulfate-free and non-drying.
Best New Cleanser: Naturally Serious Lemon-Aid Makeup-Removing Cleansing Gel
Naturally Serious Lemon-Aid Makeup-Removing Cleansing Gel is a gel cleanser that cleans your skin and removes makeup, all in one step. It’s sulfate-free, and uses gentle surfactants along with lemon extracts to get off long-wearing makeup. (That gives it a subtle fresh scent, but you should avoid this one if you are sensitive to essential oils.)
Best New Eye Treatment: Charlotte Tilbury Cryo-Recovery Eye Serum
Charlotte Tilbury Cryo-Recovery Eye Serum is an anti-aging eye serum with a cooling metal applicator to help de-puff the eye area. The serum itself contains caffeine (a proven ingredient to increase circulation) as well as a succinic acid-based “IceAwake” complex (which is said to counteract the look of sleep-deprived skin).
Best New Moisturizer: Rael Beauty Miracle Clear Barrier Cream
Rael Beauty Miracle Clear Barrier Cream is a non-greasy moisturizer that helps to support a healthy skin barrier. Aimed at oily and acne-prone skin, it’s infused with succinic acid, in a base of non-comedogenic glycerin and capric triglycerides.
Best New Lip Scrub: Makeup By Mario Perfecting Lip Scrub
Makeup By Mario Perfecting Lip Scrub is an exfoliating and hydrating lip scrub that smooths your lips and preps them for lip colour. It’s less abrasive and more fluid than most products of its kind, with an ingredients list that includes sugar, coconut oil, castor seed oil, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E. The brand even claims that it’s edible, but I’m not sure I’d suggest that!
Best New Lip Balm: Indie Lee Nourishing Lip Tint
Indie Lee Nourishing Lip Tint is the brand’s first foray into colour cosmetics: a moisturizing tinted lip balm that comes in three sheer, buildable shades. It’s made with natural castor seed oil, beeswax, jojoba oil and coconut oil, and has a satin (not glossy) finish. You can also use it on your cheeks!
Best New Body Moisturizer: Kopari Ultra Restore Body Butter
Kopari Ultra Restore Body Butter is a nourishing natural body moisturizer with a coconut milk scent. Most body butters are thick and greasy, but not this one—it has a light, whipped texture. It’s also packed with actives like hyaluronic acid, provitamin B5 and prickly pear extract in a base of coconut oil and glycerin.
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