Summer is now in full swing, and I've got an update on all the new (and lightweight!) skincare products you need to know about this season.
I'm always on the lookout for silicone-free moisturizers and sulfate-free cleansers, and one of my favourite brands just launched both of them. There's also a new retinol alternative to try, a non-drying clay mask, and several types of exfoliants—all made with clean ingredients.
New Skincare Products for Summer 2019
Dr Roebuck’s Stoked Weightless Face Moisturizer
Dr Roebuck's Stoked Weightless Face Moisturizer is a silicone-free moisturizer that would be perfect for oily, combination and acne-prone skin. As it has a very thin cream texture, it gives you lightweight hydration with no greasiness whatsoever. One of its most interesting ingredients is "Fucogel," a gum made from sorbitol that has skin conditioning properties.
Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum
Herbivore Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Smoothing Serum is a gel serum with bakuchiol, a plant extract that is said to be a non-irritating alternative to retinol. While retinol is still the gold standard for anti-aging, this could be a good option if you can't tolerate it or prefer something all-natural. It's also hydrating, thanks to aloe, glycerin and mushroom extract.
Kopari Coconut Detox Mask
Kopari Coconut Detox Mask is a clay mask that moisturizes, deep-cleans your pores and calms down inflammation. The texture is super creamy and it never becomes dried out, so even dry and sensitive skin can use this. Besides the brand's signature coconut oil, some of the ingredients include bentonite and kaolin clays, glycerin, propanediol and shea butter.
Foreo Luna 3
Foreo Luna 3 is the latest version of my all-time favourite cleansing brush. It now syncs up with your phone so you can customize the intensity, as well as your firming and massage routine. Plus, you get the same gentle silicone bristles that won't irritate your skin or harbour bacteria. Choose from Combination (my favourite!), Sensitive or Normal.
Dr Roebuck’s Kibosh Weightless Foaming Cleanser
Dr Roebuck's Kibosh Weightless Foaming Cleanser is a sulfate-free foaming cleanser made with oily and sensitive skin in mind. It's non-stripping, and cleans with gentle, natural cleansing agents while jojoba oil keeps skin hydrated.
Omorovicza Peachy Micellar Cleansers
Omorovicza Peachy Micellar Cleansers are a set of 60 soft pads pre-soaked in a micellar water solution. You can use them as a makeup remover or as a regular cleanser, no rinsing required. The natural formula features glycerin, propanediol, olive oil esters and rosewater. (The peach is in the scent, but they only use natural fragrances.)
Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Serum is a non-acidic serum for purifying and balancing oily skin. The zinc helps to reduce excess oil production, mushroom extract alleviates sensitivity, and propanediol and hyaluronic acid provide hydration. The claim is that regular use will reduce blemishes.
Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream
Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream is a rich, hydrating eye cream. It's restoring moisture with squalane oil, glycerin and coconut and olive fatty acids (and no silicones). It also has a peptide and an algae complex, which may help a bit with firming.
Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum
Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum is a vitamin C serum for brightening and evening out your skin tone. Its star ingredient is 12 percent ascorbyl glucoside, which is a mild vitamin C derivative. It also contains citrus fruit extracts and hyaluronic acid.
Youth to the People Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner
Youth to the People Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner is an exfoliating toner with eight percent lactic acid and three percent glycolic acid. It also contains kombucha, which apparently helps promote a healthy microbiome. It's best to start out using this three times a week, working your way up to nightly (if you tolerate it).
Naturally Serious Fruit-Tox Resurfacing Facial Remedy
Naturally Serious Fruit-Tox Resurfacing Facial Remedy is a gentle exfoliation treatment for normal to oily and combination skin. It's both a scrub and an acid, thanks to pumice and fruit sources of alpha-hydroxy acids. Red clay gives it a red colour and helps clean out pores. This one is only to be used two or three times per week.
Lanolips Lip Water
Lanolips Lip Water is a 98.9 percent natural lip treatment that's halfway between a lip balm and a lip gloss. Like all the brand's products, it's high in nourishing lanolin. But it has more of a fluid texture (so you paint it on with the brush), and it's spiked with holographic shimmer.
Dermalogica AGE Bright Clearing Serum
Dermalogica AGE Bright Clearing Serum is an all-over serum that helps treat and prevent breakouts. The main active ingredient is two percent salicylic acid; it's also high in niacinamide and other brightening ingredients. The only downside is quite a few essential oils, so be cautious if you are sensitive.
Boscia Resurfacing Treatment Toner
Boscia Resurfacing Treatment Toner is an exfoliating toner with both alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, along with apple cider vinegar. In total, it has a 20 percent concentration of acids (glycolic, salicylic and acetic), so it's super strong! (They say you can use it daily, but I'd be careful with this one!)
Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Spot Treatment
Dr. Barbara Sturm Clarifying Spot Treatment is a tinted spot treatment for healing acne breakouts. Since Dr. Sturm is against anything harsh, this treats blemishes with zinc, niacinamide, tea tree oil and bioflavonoids. It comes in three sheer tints, so you can wear this during the day instead of concealer.
Indie Lee Energize Body Wash
Indie Lee Energize Body Wash is a natural, sulfate-free body wash that cleans with gentle coconut-derived surfactants. Bergamot, grapefruit and orange essential oils make for an aromatherapy experience in your shower!
Caudalie Limited Edition Beauty Elixir
Caudalie Limited Edition Beauty Elixir is the brand's cult favourite face mist, now available in pink packaging for a limited time. You can use it for its aromatherapy benefits, or to refresh your skin and set your makeup. I'd just avoid it if you are dry or sensitive, due to the alcohol and essential oils.
L’Occitane Delicious Lip Scrub
L'Occitane Delicious Lip Scrub is a gentle lip scrub that looks good enough to eat! It comes in three jam-like flavours, Raspberry Crush, Marmalade Kiss and Fabulous Fig; you just massage them over dry lips before rinsing off. Walnut shell powder does the exfoliating, while propanediol and glycerin add hydration.
Kate Somerville Kx Active Concentrates Ceramides + Omegas Serum
Kate Somerville Kx Active Concentrates Ceramides + Omegas Serum is a calming and hydrating serum for dry skin. It's got several ceramides to help support the skin barrier, plus glycerin, yeast protein and propanediol (and no silicones). The omegas include cucumber and sea buckthorn oils, which are slightly unstable but not in high quantities here. You'll love the lightweight texture that skin just drinks up.
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream
Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream just got an upgrade to its formula. Previously, this rich cream worked its magic with a blend of six oils (marula, mongongo, baobab, watermelon, ximenia and passion fruit). Now, it also includes three different ceramides for added barrier protection. I believe this one is best for dry skin that is not prone to acne.
The Body Shop Sheet Masks
The Body Shop Sheet Masks are a new collection of affordable, single-use sheet masks infused with various ingredients. Choose from Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Seaweed, Drops of Youth and Aloe (my favourite because it's fragrance-free and alcohol-free). These masks are also completely biodegradable.
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Have you tried any of these products yet?
Which ones are you excited about?