What's new in skincare this month? I've got lots of exciting stuff to show you, including:
- The Ordinary's revamped retinoid range (!!!)
- The prettiest face mist EVER
- Natural essences from Kat Burki and Juice Beauty
- Pigmentation treatments, magnetic masks and more!
Here are the 13 launches that should be on your radar...
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoids in Squalane
Hooray, The Ordinary has all-new retinoids—like nothing we've seen before! You might recall from my review, they used to have two choices: the Retinol 1%, which is being discontinued, and the Retinoid 2%, which has a new name (Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion). And now there are FIVE other, BETTER formulas to choose from!
Above are the Granactive Retinoids in Squalane, which are available in 2% and 5% strengths. These contain the same retinoic acid ester as the original 2%, but in a fast-absorbing squalane oil. I'm all about the squalane, so you can imagine how excited I was to hear about these—I placed my order the same day they came out! So far, I'm loving the 2%; it's not drying at all.
Also new are the Retinols in Squalane, in 0.2%, 0.5% and 1% versions. Those are apparently more irritating, but I ordered them too, as soon as they were in stock, so I can test the difference. Keep you posted!
Ingredients (Granactive Retinoids in Squalane): Squalane, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Bisabolol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil.
Ingredients (Retinols in Squalane): Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Retinol, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, BHT.
Kat Burki pH + Enzyme Essence
Kat Burki's pH + Enzyme Essence is SUCH a unique product. It's sort of like a serum—it has a thin gel texture, and you apply it after cleansing—but has many more benefits. It balances your pH; exfoliates and prevents breakouts with fruit enzymes; and infuses the skin with antioxidants and pigmentation-fighters.
It also contains the same botanical form of hyaluronic acid that's in my beloved HydrExtreme (and works so well!). Also note that Kat Burki never uses water or other fillers in her formulas—everything in here is doing something.
Ingredients: KB5TM Complex (Arnica, Gotu Kola, Lavender, Calendula, Chamomile), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Organic Aloe), Citrus Aurantium Water (Orange Hydrosol), Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Witch Hazel), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Cucumis Sativis Water (hydrosol), Cucurbita Pepo Seed Oil (Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Prunus Virginiana Extract (Wild Cherry), Carica Papaya Fruit Extract (Papaya), Curcuma Longa Extract (Organic Turmeric), Hydrangea Arborescens Extract (Hydrangea), Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract (Organic Licorice), Hydoxyethyl Ethylcellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin.
Omorovicza Limited Edition Queen of Hungary Mist
Inside is a hydrating face mist that doubles as toner, famously inspired by a 14th-century recipe. As the brand's co-founder recently told us, the Queen considered it her beauty secret, and was even proposed to by a man half her age. Must be something to it!
Ingredients: Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mannitol, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Pectin, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Water, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Water, Phospholipids, Yeast Extract, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol.
Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Essence
In other essence news, Juice Beauty has just come out with one too, the Green Apple Brightening Essence. Whereas the Kat Burki one dispenses through a pump, this is more of a traditional essence, with a watery texture that you splash on.
They're actually quite similar because this, too, is gently exfoliating (with malic acid, as per the Green Apple line) while it hydrates with aloe and hyaluronic acid. I love anything light on the skin, so I'd recommend both, but texture-wise, this one feels a little stickier (which is fine if you're applying something else on top).
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Juice/Jus De Aloès Bio)*, Pyrus Malus (Organic Apple Juice/Jus De Pomme Bio)*, Glycerin (Organic/Bio)*, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside+, Camellia Sinensis (Organic Green Tea Leaf Extract/Extrait De Feuilles De Thé Vert Bio)*, Cucumis Sativus (Organic Cucumber Extract/Extrait De Concombre Bio)*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Organic Licorice Root Extract/Extrait De Racine De Réglisse Bio)*, Tamarindus Indica Seed Polysaccharide, Hyaluronic Acid+, Zanthoxylum Bungeanum Fruit Extract, Gluconolactone+, Coconut Alkanes, Oleyl Alcohol+, Ubiquinone (Coq10), Dimethylaminoethanol Tartrate, Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid/Acide Alpha-Lipoïque), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C/Vitamine C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E/Vitamine E), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed Oil/Huile De Graines De Tournesol), Carya Ovata Bark Extract, Polyglyceryl-5 Oleate+, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate+, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate+, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Oil/Huile D¿orange), Litsea Cubeba (May Chang Oil/Huile De Chang Mai), Cinnamomum Camphora (Ho Wood Oil/Huile De Camphre). +Plant-derived/origine végétale *Certified organic ingredient
Skin Authority Brightening Peel Pack
The Skin Authority Brightening Peel Pack contains five individual packets of serum, one to use each day (or night). The promise is that you'll transform your skin by the time the five days are up!
This would be perfect if you've got a special event coming up and want to fade some pigmentation and make your skin look brighter, fast. Despite containing the triple-whammy of a peptide, glycolic acid and a melanin inhibitor (alpha arbutin), it's not irritating. I really like the texture of this, and noticed my skin felt smoother right away.
Ingredients: Water, Oligopeptide-34, Glycolic Acid, Methyl Gluceth-20, Alpha Arbutin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol
Olay Luminous Advanced Tone Perfecting Micellar Water
Finally, Olay makes micellar water! Luminous Advanced Tone Perfecting Micellar Water is a little different to the others on the market because it not only removes makeup, but it also contains niacinamide to brighten. (They had to add something!)
The push-pump dispenser is handy, and the texture is light and watery (i.e. it doesn't coat your face in silicones). I had no trouble getting off my makeup with this, and it leaves skin feeling refreshed, just like Bioderma.
Ingredients: Water, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Inositol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Caprylyl Glycol, 1.2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Cetyl Betaine, Sodium Benzoate, PEG-100, Disodium EDTA.
Sisley Sisleÿa L'Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream
Okay, Sisley's Sisleÿa L'Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream is a major splurge. But as everyone knows, a good eye cream is hard to find. This does it all: treats wrinkles, firmness, puffiness and dark circles. And the ingredients list is far better than most luxury eye creams out there (Charlotte Tilbury, I'm looking at you). Does that help justify the price?
Predictably, it's a dream to apply. The whipped texture is luxurious, but not greasy, and it leaves the eye area nicely dewy—perfectly prepped for makeup. It also makes a fantastic lip treatment, better than any lip balm, before colour. For a limited time, it's available with this cool-tipped massage tool!
Ingredients: Water/eau (aqua), glycerin, butryospermum parkii (shea) butter, glyceryl myristate, coco-caprylate/caprate, hydrogenated polyisobutene, potassium cetyl phosphate, citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) flower water, rosa centifolia flower water, stearyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, isopropyl palmitate, panthenol, tocopheryl acetate, caffeine, cedrus atlantica bark extract, avena sativa (oat) kernel extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, bisabolol, saccharide hydrolysate, adenosine, albizia julibrissin bark extract, punica granatum fruit extract, passiflora edulis fruit extract, hydrolyzed yeast protein, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloyldimethyl taurate copolymer, cetearth-33, butylene glycol, carbomer, etylhexylglycerin, pentylene glycol, disodium EDTA, sodium hydroxide, polysorbate 60, sorbitan isostearate, citric acid, phenoxyethanol, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, BHT.
Magicstripes Magnetic Youth Mask
The first thing you'll notice about Magicstripes Magnetic Youth Mask is that it looks like a regular sheet mask... except it's covered in black dots! They're actually tiny magnets, which are really trending in beauty right now. Apparently, they increase circulation; help move out impurities and excess water; and speed up cellular metabolism.
I don't know if I was imagining it, but it really did seem like this mask got my blood flow going! My cheeks looked rosier (in a good way—not from any irritation). This is quite a juicy mask, too, which left my skin plump and hydrated without any unwanted silicone or oil. I'm a bit "meh" about most sheet masks, but I really like these! You get three to a pack.
Ingredients: Aqua, glycerin, betaine, glyceryl, polymethacrylate, propanediol, trehalose, aloe babadenise leaf juice, bisabolol, carbomer, hydroxyethylcelulose, triethanolamine, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin.
Avène 3 in 1 Make-Up Remover
Avène has a new 3 in 1 Make-Up Remover with a lovely milky texture. Unlike most cleansing milks, however, it feels really fresh and light on the skin—not greasy at all. The three-in-one benefits are that it takes off makeup (even waterproof makeup); cleanses; and soothes the skin (thanks to the high thermal water content).
You're meant to apply this with your fingertips and then remove with a cotton pad, no rinsing required. I'm a bit particular about any residue left on the skin, so I'd use this as a first step in a double cleanse.
Ingredients: Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua). C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate. Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride. Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer. Carbomer. Disodium Edta. Fragrance (Parfum). Phenoxyethanol. Sorbic Acid. Triethanolamine.
Jouviance Vitamin C Youth Boosting Night Serum
If you haven't heard of Jouviance yet, it should definitely be on your radar. It's a dermatologist-developed line, made in Canada, that's all about maximum efficacy—and no fillers or irritants. They don't formulate with any mineral oil, sulfates, phthalates, parabens, artificial fragrances or animal-based ingredients.
Their Vitamin C Youth Boosting Night Serum contains an amazing 20 percent vitamin C, along with vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, in a thin clear serum. But the best part is that it's heat-stable and light-stable. So unlike most vitamin Cs, this won't turn brown and oxidize on you!
Personally, I stopped using the SkinCeuticals antioxidants because not only are they pricey, but they degraded long before I could use them up. (And it's so risky to use an oxidized product on your skin!) I really think next-gen stabilized versions like this are the way to go!
Ingredients: Aqua, Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Ethoxydiglycol, Propanediol, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Acacia Senegal Gum, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, 1,2 Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tropolone, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer‑6, PPG‑26-Buteth‑26, PEG‑40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Parfum (mix of natural extracts).
NIA24 Rapid Depigmentation Serum
NIA24 is a new brand from the makers of StriVectin, and it's all about niacin (vitamin B3)—an anti-aging ingredient backed by more than 80 patents and 30 independent clinical studies. Its main benefit is correcting dark spots, discolourations and other signs of environmental damage.
Enter the Rapid Depigmentation Serum. It's packed with niacin, obviously, along with two forms of vitamin C and willow bark extract to gently exfoliate. I do wish it didn't have silicones, but if you tolerate those well, this could be a great brightening treatment.
Ingredients: Aqua (Water, Eau), Myristyl Nicotinate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Isostearyl Alcohol, Nylon-12, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Pentylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Cocoate, Betaine, Squalane, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil, Hexylresorcinol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Maltol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Decyl Glucoside, Ethylcellulose, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Bisulfite, BIS-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Ethylene Brassylate, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, Limonene
Caudalie 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Beauty Elixir
Omorovicza isn't the only brand offering a limited-edition face mist right now. Caudalie's 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Beauty Elixir features a gold bottle and gold cap, with the same original formula inside. In case you didn't know, it's also 100 percent natural.
Ingredients: Water, Alcohol*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water*, Fragrance*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Potassium Alum, Glycerin*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Styrax Tonkinensis Resin Extract*, Commiphora Myrrha Resin Extract*, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Leaf Oil*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract*, Tocopherol*, Citral*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Farnesol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Eugenol*. *Plant Origin.
The Organic Pharmacy Jasmine Night Conditioner
The Organic Pharmacy has just landed in Canada! The UK-based natural line is based on homeopathic principles, and uses pharmaceutical-grade herbal extracts in all their products.
I'm most impressed by the Jasmine Night Conditioner. Although it's 72 percent natural, it contains powerful anti-agers such as retinol, glycolic acid, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid. I love that the texture is like water—you actually spray it on! This is a great all-in-one night treatment, perfect for people who hate the feel of product on the skin.
Ingredients: Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Hamamelis Virginiana Water, Aqua (Water) , Sodium Lactate , Alcohol, Citrus Medica Limonum Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativas Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera Fruit Extract, Passiflora Quadrangularis Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic acid, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hyaluronate, Calcium Ascorbate, Retinol, Lecithin, Gluconolactone, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Bisulfite, Oxygen (Oxygen 6c), Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool
Now you're up to date on the best new skincare launches.
I'll be posting a separate review soon, but if you buy one thing this month, I'm already going to call it—The Ordinary's Retinoids/Retinols in Squalane are a must-buy. I'm pretty sure they're going to replace Shani Darden's Retinol Reform (reviewed here) as my top recommendation, based on the ultra-clean ingredients lists and affordable prices!
I hope you've enjoyed this peek at everything else that's new, as we transition into fall. Clearly, the essence trend is here to stay, and brightening treatments are replacing wrinkle creams (finally!).
What's your favourite new skincare product lately?
1. The Ordinary Granactive Retinoids in Squalane | 2. Kat Burki pH + Enzyme Essence | 3. Omorovicza Limited Edition Queen of Hungary | 4. Juice Beauty Green Apple Brightening Essence | 5. Skin Authority Brightening Peel Pack | 6. Olay Luminous Advanced Tone Perfecting Micellar Water | 7. Sisley Sisleÿa L'Integral Anti-Age Eye and Lip Contour Cream | 8. Magicstripes Magnetic Youth Mask | 9. Avène 3 in 1 Make-Up Remover | 10. Jouviance Vitamin C Youth Boosting Night Serum | 11. NIA24 Rapid Depigmentation Serum | 12. Caudalie 20th Anniversary Limited Edition Beauty Elixir | 13. The Organic Pharmacy Jasmine Night Conditioner