This month's skincare update is short—but very sweet!
I've got just five new launches to tell you about, since all's been fairly quiet on the skincare front. (Now that we're heading into summer, brands are saving their big news for the fall.) Keep reading to find out more about...
- An all-natural brightening moisturizer with great ingredients
- One of the gentlest glycolic acid treatments on the market
- A firming facial massage gadget
- Fancy face (and body) mist
- Emma Stone-style lip patches!
Éminence Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream
Hooray! Another moisturizer I can add to my (very short) list of "approved" moisturizers.* And the Éminence Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream is such a pretty green colour, too!
* This is going to be an actual thing—I'm working on some product reference guides that will live permanently on this site, so you'll always be able to find my top picks!
This is the new "nighttime" version of their Bright Skin Moisturizer, and I think it has much better ingredients (no chemical sunscreen, no corn oil). There's no reason why you couldn't wear this during the day, with another sunscreen if going outdoors.
Although it's for normal to dry skin types, I don't find it heavy at all. It's got that unique Éminence texture, which always feels sort of matte, not greasy. If you want a lighter application, they say you can just mix it with a few drops of water to thin it out.
It's meant to brighten the skin with several plant-based ingredients including Gigawhite, licorice root and bearberry extracts, and a natural hydroquinone alternative. (African potato—maybe that's similar to what Olivia Munn was using!) I'd still layer it over a vitamin C or niacinamide serum for best results. I really appreciate that they've used stable oils like castor, jojoba and shea butter!
Ingredients: Organic Phytonutrient Blend™ [Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Juice*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract*, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Extract*, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract*, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract* and Vegetable Glycerin*], Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Boerhavia Diffusa (Punarnava) Root Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Veronica Officinalis Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Caesalpinia Spinosa (Tara Tree) Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Sempervivum Tectorum (Stone Crop)*, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Hypoxis Rooperi (African Potato) Extract, Corn-Derived Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Xanthan Gum, Vegetable Squalane, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Extract, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Oil*, Chlorophyll, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Soy Lecithin, Biocomplex2™ [Euterpe Oleracea (Acai)*, Citrus Limon (Lemon)*, Malpighia Glabra (Barbados Cherry)*, Emblica Officinalis (Indian Gooseberry)*, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab)*, Myrciaria Dubia (Camu Camu)*, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water*, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Berry*, Tapioca Starch (from Cassava Root)*, Thioctic Acid (Alpha Lipoic Acid) and Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10)].*Certified Organic Ingredient
Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence
I know I just finished telling you why I prefer BHAs to AHAs, but I still want to you to know about Caudalie's Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence.
There is glycolic acid in here, which is going to give your skin a surface exfoliation. (Do I think it's the best ingredient to use long-term? Probably not, as I explained here, but I've got no issue with short-term use if it works for you.) What I really like about this formula is that the glycolic acid is in their signature grape water, which makes it a lot more soothing and hydrating. In fact, I think this is one of the best glycolics on the market, if you're looking to use one.
The texture is a clear liquid and it's very refreshing to splash on. When it dries, your skin is super-soft. Honestly, it feels awesome. You're meant to apply this after cleansing and before serum and moisturizer. I would use it in place of other exfoliators. The reviews of this product are so good already!
Ingredients: Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Water*, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water*, Glycerin*, Methylpropanediol, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice*, Caprylyl Glycol, Citric Acid*, Arginine, Sodium Benzoate, Paeonia Lactiflora Root Extract*, Phenylpropanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Phytate*, Linalool, Limonene.
Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift
Finally, something from Clarisonic I'm excited about! They've just come out with a facial massage tool, so we can all mimic the benefits of an esthetician's hands without going to the spa!
It's called the Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift, and it also comes with the regular cleansing brush heads. If you already have a Smart Profile device, you can buy just the Uplift Firming Massage Head. Unfortunately, it doesn't work with other models, which I think was a mistake on their part. Also, I wish it was quieter.
However... I'm obsessed with this thing! It's not mechanically pinching like those ReFa rollers; it makes these super-fast micro-vibrations (27,000 in a three-minute treatment) as you pass it over your face. Surprisingly relaxing and REALLY eliminates tension while boosting circulation. I feel like it actually does lift, and apparently I'm not imagining it—check out these before and after pics!
Christian Lacroix Evian Facial Spray
This summer, your beach bag needs face mist (which obviously doubles as body mist, and so much more). But you don't want just any mist... you want the limited-edition Christian Lacroix Evian Facial Spray!
It's the same water from the French Alps, in a big bottle adorned with the designer's famous Paseo embroidery pattern. Perfect for keeping cool, misting away sweat and layering over/under skincare and makeup.
Where to buy: Beauty Boutique
Ingredients: Water, Nitrogen (propellant).
MaskerAide Tell Me 'Pout It Hydrating Lip Mask
So many sheet mask brands are coming out with lip masks now, have you noticed? MaskerAide's Tell Me 'Pout It Hydrating Lip Mask is the latest arrival, and I'm a fan—not only are they Canadian, but they use more natural ingredients than most!
The texture, to be clear, is not like a sheet mask. It's a jelly-like patch, just like the one Emma Stone wore before the Golden Globes. And for that purpose, I think these things are awesome. They totally get rid of dryness and flakiness, and prep your lips for makeup without leaving any oily residue.
You get four per box... good to have in your arsenal to use before a special event!
Where to buy: MaskerAide
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Propylene Glycol, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Agar, Cellulose Gum, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Carrageenan, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Mel/Honey Extract/Extrait de Miel, Saccharomyces/Selaginella Lepidophylla Ferment Filtrate, Propanediol, Saccharomyces/Rosa Damascena Flower Extract Ferment Filtrate, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Chiloensis (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil (*D-Limonene), Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate
Now you're up to date on my favourite new skincare products!
Even though we've got a shorter list this month, I really can't say enough good things about these latest discoveries. Especially the top three. The moisturizer is so lovely, I'm super-impressed with the essence... and I'm going to go massage my face again right now!
What's your favourite new skincare product lately?
1. Éminence Bright Skin Overnight Correcting Cream | 2. Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence | 3. Clarisonic Smart Profile Uplift | 4. Christian Lacroix Evian Facial Spray | 5. MaskerAide Tell Me 'Pout It Hydrating Lip Mask