Fall has officially arrived, but that doesn’t mean we need to bust out the heavy moisturizers just yet. Instead, our favourite skincare brands are transitioning us into the season with new lightweight hydrators and an array of brightening, dark spot-fighting treatments to reverse summer sun damage.
Here are all the new skincare launches that you need to know about for October.
What’s New This Month (At a Glance)
Best New Moisturizer
Best New Serums
Best New Dark Spot Treatment
Best New Moisturizer
Best New Retinoids
Best New Face Mask
Best New Cleansers
Best New Eye Creams
Best New Exfoliant
Best New Lip Mask
Best New Tinted Sunscreen
Best New Body Moisturizer
Best New Hand Mask
The Best New Skincare Products of October 2021
Best New Moisturizer: Odacité Green Smoothie Quenching Crème
Odacité Green Smoothie Quenching Crème is a non-greasy natural moisturizer for normal to oily and sensitive skin. It combines plumping humectants (like cucumber and hyaluronic acid) with antioxidant-rich fruit juices and tropical kokum butter. It’s lightweight, fast-absorbing and non-comedogenic.
Best New Serum: HoliFrog Sunnyside C Glow Serum
HoliFrog Sunnyside C Glow Serum is a gel-textured vitamin C serum that helps to fade dark spots and brighten your skin overall. Rather than unstable L-ascorbic acid, it contains a 15% combo of two vitamin C derivatives. And that’s not all—it also has 3% tranexamic acid and 2% niacinamide in a base of aloe, capric triglycerides and jojoba oil.
Best New Dark Spot Treatment: Versed Out of Sight Dark Spot Gel
Versed Out of Sight Dark Spot Gel is a twice-a-day spot treatment gel for post-acne marks and other lingering dark spots. It’s free of controversial ingredients like hydroquinone, and instead targets pigment with 5% niacinamide, 2% tranexamic acid, 1% kojic acid and 1% licorice extract.
Best New Serum: Augustinus Bader The Serum
Augustinus Bader The Serum is the fast-absorbing serum version of the brand’s cult-favourite Cream. As such, it delivers amino acids, vitamins, synthesized molecules and polysaccharides in a concentrated form (which the price tag reflects... this stuff ain’t cheap!). But if you’re willing to splurge, the appeal is that it addresses all facets of skin health—from dehydration to signs of aging—in a single product.
Best New Serum: Sobel Skin Rx 35% C Fusion Serum
Sobel Skin Rx 35% C Fusion Serum is a newly reformulated vitamin C serum that targets dark spots and dullness. With a high 35% concentration of vitamin C derivatives, it is potent yet stable, with a light, non-sticky texture. Unlike the original version, it is now silicone-free.
Best New Moisturizer: Well People Fresh Dew Snow Mushroom Gel-Cream Moisturizer
Well People Fresh Dew Snow Mushroom Gel-Cream Moisturizer is a clean gel-cream moisturizer for all skin types. Developed by a dermatologist, it contains both hyaluronic acid and snow mushroom to bind moisture, along with niacinamide and ceramides to support the skin barrier.