When it comes to new skincare products, September is always the most exciting month of the year. Traditionally, it's when brands release their biggest and most important innovations—so we're spoiled with dozens of new items to add to our wish lists.
Plus, if you're anything like me, it's also a time for updating and refining your routine as we head into fall. Kind of like "back to school" shopping, but with serums and creams instead of pencil cases and notebooks!
Among the latest arrivals are:
- A skin-tightening microcurrent device that painlessly stimulates your facial muscles
- A pure niacinamide powder you can add to your favourite hydrators to balance oil production and boost glow
- A water-based granactive retinoid serum that won't irritate your skin
- A silicone-free mineral sunscreen infused with niacinamide and other actives
We've got a lot to cover, so keep scrolling to discover every new launch you need to know about.
New Skincare for September 2020
Foreo Bear Smart Microcurrent Tool
Foreo Bear Smart Microcurrent Tool gives your facial muscles a workout for tighter, lifted, toned-looking skin. So just like other microcurrent devices, it emits a painless, low-level electrical current as you glide it over your conductive gel of choice (I prefer NuFace's, which is silicone-free). What's different about this tool is that it also has sonic pulsations to increase circulation, a built-in anti-shock system, and five different treatment intensities. Similar to ZIIP, it also connects with an app to guide you through various routines.
The Ordinary 100% Niacinamide Powder
The Ordinary 100% Niacinamide Powder is a jar of pure niacinamide in its natural powdered form—so it lets you create your own DIY blends by mixing a quarter scoop with other compatible products. They just need to be water-based (since niacinamide is water-soluble), with a pH level between 5.1 and 7.0. Regulating oil production, fading pigmentation and strengthening the skin barrier are just a few of this ingredient's many benefits. Learn more in this tutorial!
Pacifica Clean Shot Granactive Retinoid 5% in Seawater
Pacifica Clean Shot Granactive Retinoid 5% in Seawater is a potent but non-irritating retinoid serum that would work on any skin type. Just like The Ordinary's Granactive Retinoid 5% in Squalane, it contains 0.5% hydroxypinacolone retinoate, a retinoic acid ester that is said to be as active as prescription retinoids, minus the side effects. But this version is water-based instead of oil-based, and made with cleaner ingredients.
Ghost Democracy Invisible Lightweight Daily Face Sunscreen SPF 33
Ghost Democracy Invisible Lightweight Daily Face Sunscreen SPF 33 is a mineral sunscreen that not only protects your skin from UV rays, but also treats it with active ingredients. Besides 20% zinc oxide, it has 4% niacinamide to reinforce the skin barrier, 1.5% artichoke extract to reduce the look of lines and pores, and 1.3% turmeric extract to brighten dullness. It's also oil-free, silicone-free and fragrance-free.
Summer Fridays Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution
Summer Fridays Soft Reset AHA Exfoliating Solution is a leave-on exfoliating serum that removes dead skin, boosts radiance and reduces the look of large pores. It's comprised of a high 16% concentration of AHAs (lactic and glycolic acids), along with aloe vera, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid. Since it's so strong, the brand recommends using this once a day, at nighttime.
Indie Lee Soothing Cleanser
Indie Lee Soothing Cleanser is a mild, sulfate-free cleanser made with sensitive skin in mind. This low-lather formula has a creamy gel texture and uses a coconut-based surfactant to gently take off debris. The oat kernel oil and glycerin help nourish, while rose and chamomile soothe redness. Note: This replaces the old Rosehip Cleanser, which is being discontinued.
Consonant Vitamin B3 + Zinc Serum
Consonant Vitamin B3 + Zinc Serum is a 100% natural, niacinamide-based serum aimed at combination skin. Not only does it target blemishes and uneven skin tone, it also calms and reduces oil production with zinc, and hydrates with vitamin B5 (panthenol). In case you missed it, I'm currently using this as part of my skincare routine, and I truly love it!
Dermadoctor Kakadu C Triple C + B3 Booster Powder
Dermadoctor Kakadu C Triple C + B3 Booster Powder is a powdered blend of niacinamide and 10% vitamin C—which you can mix with serums, moisturizers, face mists and even foundation to up the anti-aging benefits. It contains four types of vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, ascorbyl glucoside and sodium ascorbyl phosphate), and can be used as often as twice daily.
Augustinus Bader The Cream Cleansing Gel
Augustinus Bader The Cream Cleansing Gel is a cream-gel cleanser that removes dirt, makeup and impurities without drying out your skin. It contains the same proprietary amino acid and vitamin complex that gained the brand's Cream a cult following, and here helps to prep your skin for better absorption of topical actives. This formula is also sulfate-free and fragrance-free.
Suntegrity Mineral Sunscreen Lip Gloss SPF 25
Suntegrity Mineral Sunscreen Lip Gloss SPF 25 is a hydrating lip gloss that doubles as mineral sunscreen. There are 10 sheer shades, ranging from light peach to golden bronze, and each protects your lips with 12.7% zinc oxide. The other ingredients include castor seed oil, fractionated coconut oil and shea butter.
Josh Rosebrook Daily Acid Toner
Josh Rosebrook Daily Acid Toner is a brightening, pH-balancing and exfoliating toner that is gentle enough for all skin types. Although the brand doesn't share the exact percentage of acids, this features an ultra-gentle combo of pyruvic, malic, citric and glycolic acids—and no essential oils or fragrance. Aloe vera, algae and amino acids help to counteract any dryness, irritation or inflammation.
Peach & Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist
Peach & Lily Glass Skin Veil Mist is a hydrating face mist that gives you an instant "glass skin" look. The fragrance-free and silicone-free formula is packed with actives, including antioxidant-rich peach and lotus extracts, barrier-strengthening ceramides, and moisturizing hyaluronic acid and aloe vera. You can spritz this on over or under makeup, or in between layers of your other skincare products.
INNBeauty Project Pimple Paste
INNBeauty Project Pimple Paste is an overnight spot treatment that helps to clear blemishes as well as the marks they leave behind. It contains an all-star list of ingredients: kaolin and bentonite clays, willow bark extract (a natural BHA), sulfur, vitamin C, tea tree oil, azelaic acid (potassium azeloyl diglycinate) and zinc. And even though it's blue, it's fast-drying and won't rub off on your sheets.
Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
Pipette Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 is not just for babies. This fragrance-free and silicone-free mineral sunscreen works just as well on adults from head to toe. Sheer, lightweight and non-sticky, it contains 20% zinc oxide in a base of fractionated coconut oil, squalane and glycerin.
Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant
Dermalogica Hydro Masque Exfoliant is a hydrating and exfoliating mask that you massage on like a scrub, and then leave on your skin for five minutes. Bamboo does the resurfacing, with gentle spheres that dissolve upon contact. Meanwhile, the snow mushroom extract, jojoba esters and amino acids help to plump and moisturize your skin.
Saint Jane Bright Repair Eye Cream
Saint Jane Bright Repair Eye Cream is a lightweight eye cream that targets dark circles, fine lines and puffiness while it hydrates. The star ingredients are 10% vitamin C (in the form of 3-glyceryl ascorbate) to brighten, and full-spectrum CBD to calm inflammation. It has a gel-cream texture that sinks in fast, with a slight cooling sensation.
Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum
Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Serum is an oil-free and silicone-free hydrating serum for all skin types. It moisturizes with not one but four types of hyaluronic acid (so make sure to layer a cream or oil on top to seal them all in). There are also three different plum extracts in here for additional hydrating and antioxidant benefits, plus vegan collagen and silk protein to support your skin barrier.
Indie Lee Overnight Banish Gel
Indie Lee Overnight Banish Gel is a leave-on clarifying treatment that helps to combat blemishes while you sleep. It uses kaolin and bentonite clays to draw out excess oil, and wintergreen extract (a natural source of salicylic acid) to exfoliate. But unlike most acne-fighters, it won't leave you dry and flaky, thanks to the glycerin, shea butter and noni extract.
Good Molecules Rosewater Daily Cleansing Gel
Good Molecules Rosewater Daily Cleansing Gel is a lightly lathering gel cleanser that all skin types should tolerate. It's sulfate-free, with gentle surfactants and a pH of 5.5, so it won't strip your skin barrier or leave you feeling dry. It's also spiked with rosewater and pineapple extract to boost brightness, clarity and softness.
Peter Thomas Roth Pro Strength 10% PHA Exfoliating Clarifying Liquid
Peter Thomas Roth Pro Strength 10% PHA Exfoliating Clarifying Liquid is a leave-on liquid exfoliant that targets acne, excess oil and uneven texture and tone. It's comprised of 10% gluconolactone, a polyhydroxy acid that is a gentler alternative to AHAs. There's also 5% glycolic acid to brighten and smooth, and 0.5% salicylic acid to unclog pores.
Youth to the People Dream Eye Cream
Youth to the People Dream Eye Cream is a rich, plant-based eye cream that works on fine lines, wrinkles and loss of elasticity overnight. As a natural alternative to peptides, its Goji berry stem cells help eye-area skin cells to function optimally. Hyaluronic acid, ceramides, squalane and shea butter plump and strengthen the skin, while vitamin C (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) restores firmness.
Avène Cleanance Concentrate Blemish Control Serum
Avène Cleanance Concentrate Blemish Control Serum is a serum for acne-prone skin that is clinically proven to reduce excess oil and the look of blemishes in just seven days. A patented, stabilized milk thistle extract is the key ingredient in this minimalistic formula, which also includes mattifying silica (and no silicones, fragrance, oil or preservatives). It has a light gel texture and can be applied both morning and night.
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Dew Drops
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Dew Drops is an oil-free, gel-textured serum that gives you dewy, hydrated skin. It boasts a hyaluronic acid complex for moisture, niacinamide for strengthening the skin barrier, and lactic acid for gentle resurfacing. The brand recommends applying it to damp skin and following up with a moisturizer or night cream.
Exa High Fidelity Foundation
Exa High Fidelity Foundation is a silicone-free foundation with skincare benefits and an inclusive shade range. The weightless yet buildable formula can be worn sheer to full-coverage, and comes in an impressive 43 shades to match all skin tones. It also contains hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, algae and peach extract to hydrate, soothe and plump.
RMS Beauty Master Radiance Base
RMS Beauty Master Radiance Base is a multitasking cream highlighter that can give you glowing skin in four ways. You can wear a light layer all over your face for natural radiance; apply it underneath foundation as a glowy base; mix it with foundation to add warmth and luminosity; or use it as a highlighter on the high planes of your face. It comes in two shades, and is made from all-natural hydrating ingredients like jojoba oil, castor seed oil and beeswax.
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