Now that you're up to speed on the latest beauty launches, let's chat skincare!
This is your update on the brand new products you need to know about, including:
- A fab face oil
- Limited-edition all-natural serums
- A new retinol option
- Ultra-natural makeup remover pads
- And more...
Read on for the latest and greatest in skincare!
Biossance 100% Squalane Oil
Imagine my surprise when the week after I told y'all about my squalane oil obsession, a new squalane-based brand arrived at Sephora. Its name is Biossance, and the hero product is the 100% Squalane Oil, which I obviously HAD to buy. (Told you. I'm obsessed.)
Unlike the Indie Lee and Peter Thomas Roth squalanes, which are packaged in glass bottles with droppers, Biossance's is in plastic with pump. But it is pretty convenient; you get a lot more product; and per ounce, it works out to about half the price of the others! For that reason, you could use this not only as a face moisturizer but also on your hair and body. There's no discernible difference in the oil itself (like PTR's, it's derived from sugarcane) but one thing to be aware of is that the pump does dispense more product. I usually find that I only need two or three drops, so just be aware that a little goes a long way!
Where to buy: Sephora
Dr Roebuck's Bespoke Serum
Dr Roebuck's—one of my favourite all-natural skincare lines—is doing a pop-up Bespoke Serum Lab in two countries this month! In Canada, it's happening at Holt Renfrew's downtown Toronto location until April 30th; if you're in the UK, it's at Selfridges Oxford St. in London until April 14th.
How does it work? First, you complete an iPad questionnaire to determine your biggest skin issues (or you can just ask them for what you want, which is what I did). Next, they whip up a customized serum JUST for you, from an array of 35 natural ingredients. If you're following my Instagram stories, you might remember seeing them mix it before my eyes! I chose the "Chamomile and Multifruit" serum to target congestion.
It feels super-fresh and light, and I love how it's full of botanicals. All the serums are meant to be used within three months for maximum potency, and there's a chance we may see the most popular formulas eventually become part of the permanent line! If you can't make it in person, you can also find their regular range at US Sephora.
Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1%
Another strange coincidence—just when I started looking for silicone-free retinols, a new one from Dermalogica shows up! Overnight Retinol Repair 1%, with one percent encapsulated retinol, is a more powerful version of the original Overnight Retinol Repair with five percent retinol.
It comes with an optional buffer cream that can be mixed with the retinol to reduce dryness if you have sensitive skin or are new to retinols. Once your skin adjusts, you can just apply the retinol on its own.
I still love Shani Darden's Retinol Reform (reviewed here), but this looks like another decent, active option! Personally, I'd skip the buffer cream because I'm already used to retinol and my skin doesn't like silicones.
Where to buy: Dermalogica
Burt's Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads
I'm so impressed that these Burt's Bees Eye Makeup Remover Pads are 99.5 percent natural! I find them very effective at breaking down makeup—and apparently they even work on waterproof makeup, which isn't usually the case with natural formulas. The pads are soft and textured, and the remover is fragrance-free and non-oily. These are safe for contact lens wearers and don't irritate my eye area at all.
In fact, they leave my skin feeling so clean and fresh, I've actually been swiping them over my entire face! So you could definitely use them as an all-over makeup remover, or instead of micellar water for quick makeup touch-ups.
Ole Henriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner
Ole Henriksen has JUST relaunched with more modern packaging and a reorganized product lineup focusing on four key skin concerns. One of them is "Balance," which is all about refining pores and controlling oil without stripping the skin. The original formulas all remain the same, but this Balancing Force Oil Control Toner is a brand new arrival this spring. (There's also a cleanser and a mattifying moisturizer.)
This is not a toner in the traditional sense. Similar to the P50 concept, it contains acids; in fact, there's a mix of salicylic, glycolic and lactic, intended to unclog pores and minimize their appearance. Even so, it's said to be gentle enough for all skin types, and I didn't find it drying at all. If you're searching for an acid blend, this might be worth a look!
Éminence Lotus Detoxifying Overnight Treatment
If you'd rather fight free radicals while you sleep than navigate the world of antioxidant serums, then you need to know about Éminence's Lotus Detoxifying Overnight Treatment. This is a gel-cream moisturizer that not only provides lightweight hydration, but also helps protect your skin from environmental damage, thanks to the brand's proprietary "microgreens" complex.
Oh, and see those green bits? They're jojoba beads that melt on your skin to seal in the moisture. I always love how Éminence products feel on my skin—like the equivalent of drinking a healthy smoothie, or something—and this one is no exception! Keep in mind that this only works as a night cream; when I try to apply anything on top, it starts to pill.
Where to buy: Dermstore
Rodial Dragon's Blood Lip Masks
Sheet masks have gone mainstream, and now there's one for your lips because why not? The Rodial Dragon's Blood Lip Masks are definitely an indulgence, but I can tell you that one application on my lips soothed, softened and basically banished dryness.
The brand's famous "dragon's blood" (from the red sap of the Dragon Blood tree) is in here, plus hyaluronic acid and glycerin. I didn't really notice the plumping they claim, but this does make my lips look a whole lot better. Since there's lots of mask juice left in the packet, you can keep applying it to your lips or even eye area!
Lancôme Visionnaire Crescendo Progressive Night Peel
Brands are really stepping up their exfoliation offerings lately, including Lancôme. The Visionnaire Crescendo Progressive Night Peel contains two different formulas of a leave-on liquid peel, suitable for all skin types except sensitive. For the first 14 nights, you start with Phase 1, which is a gentler five percent acid mix containing fruit acids and quinoa husk extract to dissolve dead skin.
Then, for the next 14 nights, you flip the bottle over and use Phase 2. It has 10 percent acid (9.5 percent glycolic and 0.5 percent salicylic) and works at a deeper level on pigmentation and fine lines. When you finish the month, you can repeat the process all over again.
I don't get any tingling when I apply these, but they do make your skin feel a little "tight" at first, although not uncomfortably so. I do wish they hadn't included certain ingredients, including fragrance and dyes. (Phase 1 has a slight orange hue and Phase 2 is blue, although the tints don't show up on your skin in any way.) As for the alcohol, that might be a bit drying, but be aware that it is also a penetration enhancer that increases the efficacy.
Since I'm evaluating another acid right now (more on that soon), I haven't been able to give this a proper month-long test, but I do think it should work pretty well, based on the gradual build-up and the acid percentages!
Tenoverten The Rose Oil Cuticle Oil
Natural beauty aficionados, if you've been searching for a non-toxic nail treatment, look no further than Tenoverten's The Rose Oil. This is a 100 percent natural cuticle oil that comes in a handy tube for popping in your purse. It also dispenses through a unique tiny rollerball so you can target the oil right where you need it, instead of getting it all over your fingers!
The formula itself is a mix of non-greasy oils, vitamin E and horsetail extract; I've been told by many a manicurist that oils are the best thing for keeping your nails and cuticles healthy. I don't know if it's a coincidence, but since I started testing this, my stubby nails are getting longer!
Rocky Mountain Soap Company Wellness Bath Bombs
I always like to support Canadian beauty businesses, and Rocky Mountain Soap Company makes some amazing all-natural products! These limited-edition Wellness Bath Bombs are an excellent alternative to the ones from Lush. Not only are they pretty to look at, but they're also 100 percent natural and produce a fizz when you drop them into water.
There are three to choose from. Serenity (pink) soothes anxiety with bergamot and rose geranium; Vitality (yellow) stimulates and energizes with cardamom, coriander and black pepper; and Stress Away (blue) relaxes the mind with sweet orange and lavender. I've only tried Vitality so far, but they all smell wonderful!
Where to buy: Rocky Mountain Soap Company
There's lots of good skincare to be excited about right now—especially the new squalane line and custom serums! It definitely seems like oils and acids are still going strong, and I'm always thrilled to see natural options becoming more widely available at mainstream beauty stores. Let me know what you think!
What's your favourite new skincare product lately?