We may be in the middle of winter, but skincare brands aren’t just focusing on heavy moisturizers. As you’ll see in this month’s batch of new launches, they’re creating hydration options in an array of textures (from serums to gel-creams), with added benefits like brightening dullness and fading dark spots.
But that’s not all. Barrier-repairing ingredients like ceramides are going mainstream, and popping up in products for all skin types and at all price points.
Here are this month’s best new skincare launches to add to your wish list.
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Best new face mask
Best new skin balm
Best new post-acne treatments
Best new face mist
Best new body scrub
Best new sunscreen
The Best New Skincare of February 2022
Herbivore Nova 15% Vitamin C + Turmeric Brightening Serum
Herbivore Nova 15% Vitamin C + Turmeric Brightening Serum promises to visibly brighten and even out skin tone in as little as one week. The 15% vitamin C is THD ascorbate, a gentle and stable alternative to L-ascorbic acid. It also contains a natural form of arbutin (another brightener) and turmeric (an antioxidant).
Byoma Hydrating Serum
Byoma Hydrating Serum gives you lightweight hydration while supporting a healthy skin barrier. Like most hydrating serums, it’s high in humectants (glycerin), but it also prevents moisture loss with an array of emollients and skin conditioners. Think: squalane, ceramides, cholesterol and stearic acid.
One Love Organics Love + Rose Hydrating Serum
One Love Organics Love + Rose Hydrating Serum both hydrates your skin and helps to fill in the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The key ingredient is a premium-grade, high-molecular weight hyaluronic acid, which is suspended in a base of aloe and babassu seed oil. It also creates a smooth base for makeup, sans silicones.
Rose Inc Hydration Replenish Microencapsulated Moisturizer
Rose Inc Hydration Replenish Microencapsulated Moisturizer is a nourishing but non-comedogenic gel moisturizer. It’s named for the microencapsulation technology that keeps its ingredients—like squalane, niacinamide, Centella Asiatica and vitamin C (THD ascorbate)—in their purest form until application.
Algenist Genius Liquid Skin Resurfacing 2% BHA Toner
Algenist Genius Liquid Skin Resurfacing 2% BHA Toner is a daily exfoliating toner that smooths skin, unclogs pores and removes excess oil. Not only does it contain 2% BHA in the form of salicylic acid, it also has azelaic acid, niacinamide, vegan collagen and the brand’s patented form of algae.
Byoma Clarifying Serum
Byoma Clarifying Serum helps to reduce the excess oil that clogs pores and leads to breakouts. Niacinamide is the star ingredient, along with blue tansy oil and zinc to soothe and calm inflammation. Like all the brand’s products, it’s also got ceramides and other barrier-supporting ingredients.
BeautyStat Universal Microbiome Barrier Balancing Cleanser
BeautyStat Universal Microbiome Barrier Balancing Cleanser is a gentle foaming cleanser that removes makeup, grime and sunscreen in one step—without disturbing the skin barrier. Besides being sulfate-free, it is infused with antimicrobial silver, moisturizing squalane, and a proprietary ceramide-based complex to help repair damage.
EADEM Cloud Cushion Airy Brightening Moisturizer
EADEM Cloud Cushion Airy Brightening Moisturizer is a moisturizer specifically designed for women of colour, of all skin types. Besides delivering intensive hydration with a lightweight texture, it brightens dark spots with a pigmentation-blocking peptide complex, and prevents ashiness with barrier-repairing ingredients.
Byoma Brightening Serum
Byoma Brightening Serum is a niacinamide-based serum that brightens dull skin while lightly hydrating. Although we’re not told the percentage of niacinamide, it is the third ingredient (which is a good sign!). There’s also hyaluronic acid and a ceramide complex to support barrier health.
U Beauty The Barrier Bioactive Treatment
U Beauty The Barrier Bioactive Treatment is an overnight mask for dull, dry skin. The concentrated treatment is meant to be applied as the last step in your routine, and delivers ingredients such as urea, shea butter, hyaluronic acid and vitamin B6 to hydrate, repair and rejuvenate your skin.
Mad Hippie Jelly Cleanser
Mad Hippie Jelly Cleanser is a moisturizing cleanser that transforms from a jelly to a milk. This enables it to melt away dirt, oil and makeup without drying or stripping your skin. Of course, it’s free of sulfates and is infused with hydrating hyaluronic acid and soothing chamomile.
Byoma Moisturizing Gel-Cream
Byoma Moisturizing Gel-Cream is a lightweight moisturizer with a cooling gel-cream texture. It’s free of oils, silicones, fragrance and alcohol, and contains niacinamide to help brighten your skin. Plus it contains the same barrier-repairing ingredients that are in every product from this brand.
Farmacy Honey Potion Plus Ceramide Hydration Mask
Farmacy Honey Potion Plus Ceramide Hydration Mask is a warming, wash-off face mask that helps to hydrate and repair your skin. Formerly known as Honey Potion, this newly upgraded version now includes ceramides, apple extract and Centella Asiatica in addition to honey extract, propolis and royal jelly.
Omorovicza Cushioning Day Cream
Omorovicza Cushioning Day Cream is a hydrating and plumping face cream for all skin types. Although it has a nourishing, buttery texture, it’s fast-absorbing and doesn’t feel heavy. Thanks to various marine actives and the brand’s signature Hungarian thermal water, it helps to stimulate collagen and protect against damage.
Byoma Moisturizing Rich Cream
Byoma Moisturizing Rich Cream is a thick, creamy moisturizer for dry skin types. It hydrates with a mix of humectants and emollients (including glycerin and shea butter), and is spiked with bakuchiol, a natural alternative to retinol. Most importantly, it contains the three most important barrier-repairing ingredients: ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids (stearic acid).
Native Vitamin C & Vitamin B3 Brightening Facial Serum
Native Vitamin C & Vitamin B3 Brightening Facial Serum is a simple brightening serum made with just eight clean ingredients. They include niacinamide and ethyl ascorbic acid (a more stable alternative to L-ascorbic acid), along with glycerin and provitamin B5 for soothing hydration.
Odacité Le Blue Balm Repair Balm
Odacité Le Blue Balm Repair Balm is a multi-purpose skin balm that helps to repair dryness and calm inflammation. It’s an all-natural blend of oils, waxes and butters, including beeswax, jojoba oil, squalane and shea butter, infused with soothing botanical extracts. You can use it not only as a face moisturizer, but also as a lip balm, eye cream, overnight mask, neck cream and cuticle balm.
Dermalogica Clear Start Post-Breakout Fix
Dermalogica Clear Start Post-Breakout Fix is a gel-cream spot treatment that helps to prevent and fade post-acne marks—especially if you popped your pimple(s). It uses salicylic acid to exfoliate, hexylresorcinol to even out tone, and squalane to help restore healthy skin.
Byoma Creamy Jelly Cleanser
Byoma Creamy Jelly Cleanser is a gentle, hydrating cleanser for all skin types. It’s free of sulfates and fragrance, with a jelly texture that transforms into a creamy lather. Naturally, it cleans without stripping while also depositing ingredients for barrier repair.
Hero Lightning Swipe Dark Spot Brightening Pads
Hero Lightning Swipe Dark Spot Brightening Pads work to brighten and fade post-acne marks on both your face and body. Each pad is soaked in a solution that contians niacinamide, tranexamic acid, glycolic acid and vitamin C to fight pigmentation. One side is smooth and the other side is textured, so you can customize your level of exfoliation.
Native Coconut & Vitamin B3 Moisturizing Facial Serum
Native Coconut & Vitamin B3 Moisturizing Facial Serum is a simple hydrating serum formulated from only nine clean ingredients. They include multiple humectants—glycerin, niacinamide, provitamin B5 (panthenol) and coconut fruit juice—and no fragrance or silicones.
Byoma Balancing Face Mist
Byoma Balancing Face Mist is a lightweight, refreshing face mist that helps to hydrate, soothe and balance your skin. It deposits ingredients like probiotics and allantoin to help with redness and inflammation, and a ceramide complex to help support your skin barrier.
Kopari KP Body Bumps Be Gone
Kopari KP Body Bumps Be Gone is an exfoliating body scrub that helps to reduce the look of keratosis pilaris (KP), a condition associated with rough skin and tiny bumps. It is both a physical and a chemical exfoliant, thanks to mix of volcanic sand, coconut shells, pumice and 10% AHAs. This treatment can be used up to twice per week.
Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen Roll-On Lotion SPF 50
Sun Bum Mineral Sunscreen Roll-On Lotion SPF 50 is a mineral sunscreen that comes in a roll-on applicator—perfect for quick and easy SPF application all over your body. This formula protects with 15.7% zinc oxide and 3.4% titanium dioxide, is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, and is free of fragrance and silicone.
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