Fall is officially here, and so is this month's batch of skincare launches to add to your wish list. But if you thought the arrival of cooler temps would simply mean a new assortment of heavy-duty creams, think again.
For October, brands are coming out with far more than just moisturizers—like products you can mix, match and layer, no matter what the season. Some of the highlights:
- CC cream in 15 shades with high-protection mineral sunscreen (because SPF is not just for summer!)
- Oil-free moisturizer made with 95 percent snail mucin
- Salicylic acid drops to apply straight to blemishes or add to your favourite hydrator
- Exfoliating and moisturizing toner that's like an acid treatment and essence in one
Read on to discover all the new arrivals you need to know about.
New Skincare for October 2020
Supergoop! CC Screen 100% Mineral CC Cream SPF 50
Supergoop! CC Screen 100% Mineral CC Cream SPF 50 gives you mineral sun protection along with buildable, lightweight coverage. Not only does it have 20 percent zinc oxide and four percent titanium dioxide, it's also oil-free and low in silicone. It could easily replace your foundation, since there are 15 shades, ranging from fair to deep, with a choice of warm, cool and neutral undertones.
Peach Slices Snail Rescue All-In-One Oil Free Moisturizer
Peach Slices Snail Rescue All-In-One Oil Free Moisturizer is a lightweight moisturizer packed with 95 percent snail mucin—one of the star ingredients in many K-beauty formulations. It's unique because it draws in moisture, gently exfoliates and fades dark spots. Here, it's combined with cica (Centella Asiatica extract) and hyaluronic acid, and no oils, silicones or fragrance.
Clear Skin Days by Sephora Collection Acne Clearing Drops
Clear Skin Days by Sephora Collection Acne Clearing Drops are a liquid spot treatment that you can use in two ways. Since the active ingredient is two percent salicylic acid, you can dab some directly onto pimples with a cotton swab. Alternatively, blend a few drops into your moisturizer of choice to clarify while you hydrate. Besides the acid, these also have niacinamide and zinc for absorbing oil and soothing your skin.
Augustinus Bader The Exfoliating Toner
Augustinus Bader The Exfoliating Toner is a three-in-one toner, chemical exfoliant and essence. So you can swipe it on it after you wash your face to remove cleanser residue, gently exfoliate dead skin cells and infuse your skin with moisture. Its ingredients include PHAs, salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, and of course, the brand's proprietary amino acid complex.
Biossance Squalane + Elderberry Jelly Cleanser
Biossance Squalane + Elderberry Jelly Cleanser is a unique gel cleanser that transforms into an oil and then rinses off as a milk. As such, it dissolves waterproof makeup and cleans your skin in one step, eliminating the need for a separate makeup remover. But it won't strip away moisture, thanks to the squalane oil and prebiotic complex.
Dr. Zenovia Retinol Recovery Eye Cream
Dr. Zenovia Retinol Recovery Eye Cream is an eye cream designed by Dr. Zenovia Gabriel, a California-based dermatologist, to treat fine lines, dark circles and puffiness with multiple active ingredients. Think: retinol, bakuchiol (a natural retinol alternative), caffeine, green tea, vitamin E and resveratrol (an antoxidant). It has a rich texture and combats dryness with fatty acids, aloe and hyaluronic acid.
Peach Slices Snail Rescue Blemish Busting Toner
Peach Slices Snail Rescue Blemish Busting Toner is an alternative to acid-based toners for acne-prone skin. Instead of AHAs or BHAs, it contains 95 percent snail mucin, which is naturally antibacterial as well as anti-inflammatory. If you haven't been able to tolerate acid exfoliation, this treatment would be well worth a try.
Sunday Riley Pink Drink Firming Resurfacing Essence
Sunday Riley Pink Drink Firming Resurfacing Essence goes beyond the weightless hydration of an essence. It's also loaded with peptides and ceramides to help firm your skin and support its moisture barrier. A pink yeast extract—rich in vitamins, minerals and amino acids—gives it a pink tint. You're meant to mist this on after cleansing and before serums, creams and oils.
Clear Skin Days by Sephora Collection Mattifying Booster Powder
Clear Skin Days by Sephora Collection Mattifying Booster Powder is a colourless powder that you can wear alone or add to serums and moisturizers to give them mattifying properties. It's made with oat kernel flour, Centella Asiatica and willow bark extract, and works to soak up excess oil while calming down redness.
Dermalogica Clear Start Micro Pore Mist
Dermalogica Clear Start Micro Pore Mist is a toner and face mist that helps to minimize pores, reduce excess oil, fade post-acne marks and lightly hydrate. Niacinamide offers all of those benefits, so naturally, it is the key ingredient here, along with witch hazel, glycerin, green tea and cucumber extract.
Peach Slices Snail Rescue Intensive Wash-Off Mask
Peach Slices Snail Rescue Intensive Wash-Off Mask is a jelly-textured face mask that treats breakouts, dark spots and enlarged pores while delivering dewy hydration. Just like the matching moisturizer and toner, it's made of 95 percent snail mucin, which is especially suitable for oily and acne-prone skin. You can use this one as an intensive 15-minute treatment, up to three times per week.
Honest Beauty Calm & POREfect Serum
Honest Beauty Calm & POREfect Serum is a gentle brightening, hydrating and pore-minimizing serum for sensitive skin. It uses niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and plant sterols to improve skin texture as well as barrier function. It's also made without fragrance, essential oils or alcohol (so anyone looking to avoid those ingredients will appreciate this formula).
Dr. Zenovia 10% Glycolic Acne Control Peel Pads
Dr. Zenovia 10% Glycolic Acne Control Peel Pads chemically exfoliate with not one but two types of hydroxy-acids. They're saturated in 10 percent glycolic acid and two percent salicylic acid, which together remove dead skin cells, unclog pores, reduce acne and fade post-acne marks. Still, they're safe to use as often as twice per day, if tolerated.
Skyn Iceland Arctic Repair Cream
Skyn Iceland Arctic Repair Cream is an intensive moisturizer for dry and sensitive skin, and can be used on both the face and body. It's got 0.5 percent colloidal oatmeal to soothe stressed-out skin, plus gooseberry and algae extracts to fortify the skin barrier. The rich but non-greasy texture comes from a blend of coconut fatty acids, glycerin, squalane and fatty alcohol.
Clear Skin Days by Sephora Collection Dual Overnight Correcting Solution
Clear Skin Days by Sephora Collection Dual Overnight Correcting Solution is a two-part system for resurfacing your skin and replenishing lost moisture. The gel does the exfoliating using glycolic and salicylic acids, and the cream calms and hydrates with coconut fatty acids, glycerin, propolis and Centella Asiatica. You can either apply each one separately or pump them together to create a gel-cream.
HoliFrog Galilee Antioxidant Dewy Drop
HoliFrog Galilee Antioxidant Dewy Drop is a milky, hydrating emulsion that you can apply as a serum or lotion, depending on where you want to fit it into your routine. It's comprised of equal parts humectants (such as aloe, glycerin and hyaluronic acid) and occlusives (like squalane, marula and jojoba oils). There's also a cocktail of antioxidants to fight free radicals, including CoQ10, alpha-lipoic acid and green tea.
Peach Slices Clear Skin Oil Free Makeup Remover Wipes
Peach Slices Clear Skin Oil Free Makeup Remover Wipes are soft, biodegradable face wipes saturated in a gentle micellar solution. They're fragrance-free, and condition the skin with ceramides, aloe, and cucumber and chamomile extracts. That makes them suitable for all skin types, and able to take off even waterproof eye makeup without causing irritation.
Alpyn Beauty Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel
Alpyn Beauty Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel is a face mask, peel and scrub, all in one product. The five-minute treatment resurfaces with eight different acids (salicylic, citric, malic, tartaric, glycoic, azelaic, ferulic and lactic). Meanwhile, wild huckleberry infuses skin with brightening vitamin C. For added polish, bamboo powder and berry seed paste buff away dead skin when you massage it in circular motions before rinsing off.
Klorane Cornflower Water Cream
Klorane Cornflower Water Cream is a 98 percent natural gel-cream moisturizer for all skin types. Its star ingredient is the same cornflower water found in the brand's beloved makeup removers for sensitive skin and eyes. Here, it helps to soothe, soften and reduce puffiness, while glycerin, propanediol and hyaluronic acid quench dehydration.
Olio E Osso Lip Scrub
Olio E Osso Lip Scrub is an all-natural scrub for dry lips, from the indie brand that gave us these cult-favourite Lip and Cheek Balms. It comes in the same compact swipe-on stick, and is made with just four ingredients (olive oil, beeswax, olive seed powder and coffee seed powder). So it's not only exfoliating but also hydrating.
Kosas Kosasport LipFuel Extra-Strength Hyaluronic Lip Balm
Kosas Kosasport LipFuel Extra-Strength Hyaluronic Lip Balm is a moisturizing lip balm spiked with soothing CBD extract. Compared to the brand's original LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm, it's creamier, more nourishing and longer-lasting. The 50 mg of cannabinoid compounds are non-psychoactive, and instead help to calm irritation.
Goop Beauty GOOPGENES Nourishing Repair Body Butter
Goop Beauty GOOPGENES Nourishing Repair Body Butter is a luxurious, rich body cream with both moisturizing and firming benefits. The ingredients are definitely a step above other body hydrators, with exotic butters (like cupuaçu seed and bacuri) and botanical extracts (like caviar lime and mulberry leaf). The results are said to rival a high-tech face cream, as testers reported less crepiness and more elasticity.
Nécessaire The Hand Cream
Nécessaire The Hand Cream is a fragrance-free hand cream made with clean and active ingredients. Think: peptides, niacinamide, ceramides, squalane, shea butter and marula oil. It's also non-greasy and fragrance-free, so you won't even feel like you're wearing hand cream.
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