If you keep track of beauty product launches, then you probably know that September is always the most bountiful month of the year—and 2021 is no exception. Get your wish list ready, because there are so many new arrivals on the skincare shelves right now!
My top picks include:
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- A potent but non-irritating liquid exfoliant with AHA, BHA and PHA
- A gentle clarifying toner with squalane, niacinamide and multiple acids
- An icy-cold, cryotherapy-inspired mask that firms and de-puffs
- A dark spot serum with five different vitamin C derivatives
And there’s much more. Keep scrolling to discover this month’s latest in skincare.
The September Edit
Best new exfoliants
Best new toner
Best new skincare tool
Best new serums
Best new moisturizers
Best new eye treatments
Best new sunscreens
Best new retinols
Best new cleanser
Best new primer
Best new concealers
Best new body mists
Best new body scrub
Best new body moisturizer
The Best New Skincare of September 2021
Youth To The People Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant
Youth To The People Mandelic Acid + Superfood Unity Exfoliant is a leave-on exfoliating liquid that targets dead skin and congestion without causing irritation. That's because it’s comprised of 3% mandelic acid and 2% salicylic acid, plus 1% gluconolactone to strengthen the skin's moisture barrier. You just sweep it on with a cotton pad, as often as daily.
Rose Inc Skin Resolution Clarifying Toner
Rose Inc Skin Resolution Clarifying Toner is an exfoliating, brightening and pore-minimizing toner that is gentle enough to use every day. It combines multiple acids (glycolic, lactic, mandelic, malic, pyruvic and tartaric) with hydrating squalane and purifying pink clay. It’s also high in gluconolactone and niacinamide, so it’s non-stripping and improves the skin barrier.
Charlotte Tilbury Cryo-Recovery Mask
Charlotte Tilbury Cryo-Recovery Mask is a reusable, ice-powered mask that makes your skin look firmer, brighter and less puffy. It’s made from a cushiony silicone, and embedded with metal acupressure beads on key pressure points. All you do is pop it in the freezer before use, and then relax with it on for up to 10 minutes.
Glow Recipe Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum
Glow Recipe Guava Vitamin C Dark Spot Serum is a brightening serum that helps to fade and prevent dark spots and even out skin tone. It includes five types of vitamin C derivatives (which won’t oxidize or irritate like L-ascorbic acid can), as well as tranexamic acid, ferulic acid, guava extract and vitamin E. You’re meant to apply it twice a day, with results visible after six weeks of use.
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Fresh Day Serum
Drunk Elephant C-Firma Fresh Day Serum is the new and improved version of the brand's original vitamin C serum. While it contains the same active ingredients (15% L-ascorbic acid, 0.5% ferulic acid and 1% vitamin E), it is now designed to be mixed by you before its first use for maximum potency and freshness. The vitamin C comes in a separate vial, as a powder, that you combine with the liquid serum and then insert into the main container. Once mixed, the formula stays fresh for six months.
OSEA Seabiotic Water Cream
OSEA Seabiotic Water Cream is a clean, lightweight moisturizer that promises 72 hours of hydration for all skin types. It’s both silicone-free and fragrance-free, and features a barrier-replenishing seaweed along with glycerin, squalane and other humectants and emollients.
Sunday Riley 5 Stars Retinoid + Niacinamide Eye Serum
Sunday Riley 5 Stars Retinoid + Niacinamide Eye Serum is a non-irritating retinoid treatment for the eye area. It's powered by 5% HPR (granactive retinoid) and 1% encapsulated retinol, which target fine lines and wrinkles without the side effects of most retinol treatments. It also has niacinamide and ceramides to support and strengthen the delicate skin. (Just keep in mind that it is silicone-based.)
NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 3 1:1
NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 3 1:1 is the third incarnation of the brand’s cult-favourite copper peptide serum. Before, you had to mix two components together, but not anymore—it now comes in a single, pre-assembled serum with 1% GHK-Cu (copper tripeptide-1) and 1% GHK (tripeptide-1). This treatment is an alternative to retinoids for targeting all signs of skin aging, and can be used morning and night.
Volition Mineral Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF 35
Volition Mineral Prismatic Luminizing Shield SPF 35 is a weightless mineral sunscreen with a luminious, non-whitening finish. It’s low in silicone, and protects your skin with a high 23.3% concentration of zinc oxide. It also has a barely-there tint infused with proprietary light-reflecting particles for a pearlescent, lit-from-within glow.
Kiehl’s Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum
Kiehl’s Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum is a mild retinol cream that would be suitable for sensitive skin and beginners. With 0.1% pure retinol, it should cause little to no redness, dryness or peeling. It’s also fortified with niacinamide, ceramides and a peptide to enhance your skin’s tolerance of the active.
Glossier Universal Pro-Retinol
Glossier Universal Pro-Retinol is an ultra-mild retinol cream for all skin types, especially beginners. Its active ingredient is 0.5% “retinol sunflowerate,” a new hybrid of retinol and sunflower fatty acids. As such, it will act like other encapsulated retinols, and work gently on fine lines, uneven tone and rough texture without causing irritation.
Keys Soulcare Promise Serum
Keys Soulcare Promise Serum is the latest addition to Alicia Keys’ clean skincare line—a niacinamide and zinc serum for normal to oily skin. Developed in partnership with a board-certified dermatologist, it controls excess sebum with the niacinamide while reducing the look of large pores with the zinc. It's also hydrating, thanks to snow mushroom (an alternative to hyaluronic acid).
U Beauty Multimodal Defender SPF 30
U Beauty Multimodal Defender SPF 30 is a mineral sunscreen and hyperpigmentation treatment in one. It has a cream texture, and right away protects your skin from sun damage with 20.4% zinc oxide. Meanwhile, it both treats and prevents dark spots and discolourations using a patent-pending molecule that inhibits adverse melanin synthesis.
Tata Harper Superkind Bio-Barrier Eye Crème
Tata Harper Superkind Bio-Barrier Eye Crème is an all-natural anti-aging eye cream made for reactive skin. Rather than harsh actives, it firms, de-puffs and brightens with botanical ingredients like algae and java fruit. The addition of a postbiotic supports the microbiome.
Rose Inc Radiant Reveal Brightening Serum
Rose Inc Radiant Reveal Brightening Serum is a moisturizing and brightening serum that promises not to clog pores. Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, a vitamin C derivative, is the star ingredient that improves radiance and evens skin tone. Squalane, capric triglycerides and glycerin not only hydrate but also give it a silky-smooth texture that primes skin for makeup.
Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Solution
Philosophy Microdelivery Resurfacing Solution is a leave-on liquid exfoliant for all skin types to use daily. It softens and removes dead skin with 4% AHAs (glycolic and lactic acids), and has Centella Asiatica, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid to counteract any dryness or irritation. It's also got a vitamin C derivative for an extra brightening boost.
Wishful Honey Whip Peptide Moisturizer
Wishful Honey Whip Peptide Moisturizer is a nourishing but non-greasy moisturizer for all skin types. It’s silicone-free, with a whipped texture, and contains an array of humectants and emollients (like macadamia oil, niacinamide and glycerin). Manuka honey helps to calm the skin, and peptides assist with firming.
Dermalogica BioLumin-C Gel Moisturizer
Dermalogica BioLumin-C Gel Moisturizer is a weightless gel moisturizer that helps to brighten and firm while it lightly hydrates. Inspired by the original BioLumin-C Serum, it contains an ultra-stable form of vitamin C (aminopropyl ascorbyl phosphate) in a silicone-free base of glycerin, squalane and hyaluronic acid.
Boscia Plant Stem Cell and Ceramide Barrier-Defense Moisturizer
Boscia Plant Stem Cell and Ceramide Barrier-Defense Moisturizer is a hydrating and anti-aging moisturizer for all skin types. Besides being silicone-free, what sets it apart from other creams is its high concentration of ceramides to support a healthy skin barrier. The plant stem cells are said to improve skin elasticity as shea butter and mango seed butter prevent moisture loss.
ITEM Fast Pass AHA Cleanser for Oily & Combo Skin
ITEM Fast Pass AHA Cleanser for Oily & Combo Skin is a gentle, sulfate-free gel cleanser. As part of a new beauty line from 20-year-old TikTok sensation Addison Rae, it’s made with only clean ingredients and aimed at Gen Z-ers. Whether or not you’re a fan, this is a simple, affordable option that is best-suited for normal to oily skin.
Vichy Minéral 89 Prebiotic Concentrate
Vichy Minéral 89 Prebiotic Concentrate is a barrier-repairing serum for dull, sensitive and stressed-out skin. Just like the original Minéral 89, it's made with mineral-rich volcanic water, but this version is infused with niacinamide and vitreoscilla ferment to further strengthen your skin’s natural defenses. It has a milky texture, and is fragrance-free and silicone-free.
RMS Beauty “Re” Evolve Radiance Locking Primer
RMS Beauty “Re” Evolve Radiance Locking Primer is a clean, silicone-fee makeup primer with a gel texture. The star ingredient is “Tightenyl,” a breakthrough complex that—along with hyaluronic acid and squalane—works to firm, smooth, brighten and lock in hydration for up to 24 hours. Makeup grips easier and lasts longer, and oil production is balanced. The packaging is also refillable.
Milk Makeup Sunshine Under Eye Tint + Brighten
Milk Makeup Sunshine Under Eye Tint + Brighten is a light-coverage concealer that helps to brighten and de-puff the under-eye area while it covers. Vitamin C, caffeine, squalane and hyaluronic acid are among the 99% natural ingredients. It’s silicone-free and fragrance-free, comes in seven shades, and applies with an antimicrobial rollerball.
Rose Inc Softlight Luminous Hydrating Concealer
Rose Inc Softlight Luminous Hydrating Concealer is a creamy, medium-coverage concealer that supports the skin with 24 hours of hydration. It’s silicone-free, and enriched with squalane, hyaluronic acid and vitamin E to nourish without clogging pores. Available in 18 shades, it is buildable, long-wearing and non-creasing.
Topicals Faded Brightening & Clearing Mist
Topicals Faded Brightening & Clearing Mist is a body mist that works to fade dark patches, discolourations and post-acne marks. Just like the original Faded for the face, it has tranexamic acid, kojic acid and niacinamide, but in a 360-degree mist for hard-to-reach areas. This treatment can be applied as often as daily.
Topicals Like Butter Hydrating & Soothing Mist
Topicals Like Butter Hydrating & Soothing Mist is a calming and reparative body mist for dry, flaky or sensitive skin. It’s packed with soothing, barrier-restoring ingredients such as Centella Asiatica, niacinamide, provitamin B5 (panthenol), allantoin and green tea. You can use it on eczema, sunburns, heat rash, chafing, peeling tattoos or just dry skin in general.
Peach & Lily KP Bump Boss Microderm Body Scrub
Peach & Lily KP Bump Boss Microderm Body Scrub is an exfoliating body scrub and chemical peel that treats the body bumps associated with keratosis pilaris (KP). Inspired by Korean bath scrubs, it’s a blend of 10% AHAs, fruit extracts and finely milled crystals, plus soothing botanicals to calm inflammation. Use it not only on KP bumps, but also ingrown hairs and rough, flaky skin, up to three times per week.
First Aid Beauty Sculpting Body Lotion
First Aid Beauty Sculpting Body Lotion is a hydrating body lotion that helps skin to look more toned. It does so with a blend of peptides and amino acids (which firm and increase elasticity), and caffeine (which reduces puffiness). The ceramides and colloidal oatmeal lock in hydration for smooth, soft skin.
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