It’s a new year, and as usual, there’s a bunch of new skincare products arriving in stores to help you kickstart a new routine. The biggest buzz is around supporting the skin barrier—so get ready for serums, moisturizers and cleansers infused with healing ceramides, cholesterol and fatty acids. (I couldn’t be happier about this trend!)
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The eyes are also a focus, with an array of new formulas to choose from, and overnight masks are having a moment, too. (Acids, not so much—there are only a handful of gentle exfoliants launching right now.) Meanwhile, I’m seeing peptides grow in popularity alongside the usual skincare superstars like vitamin C, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid.
Keep scrolling for my edit of the best new skincare products you need to know about this month.
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Best new body moisturizer
Best new ingrown hair serum
Best new deodorant
Best new hand sanitizer
The Best New Skincare of January 2022
Summer Fridays Light Aura Vitamin C + Peptide Eye Cream
Summer Fridays Light Aura Vitamin C + Peptide Eye Cream is a brightening, firming and moisturizing eye cream. It’s made with THD ascorbate (a stable form of vitamin C) to target dark circles, caffeine for puffiness, and argireline (a peptide with a “Botox-like” effect) to soften fine lines. It also has light-reflective particles for a subtle glow.
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution
The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Anhydrous Solution is a squalane-based exfoliating serum with 2% salicylic acid. Just like all salicylic acid treatments, it both exfoliates the skin surface and deep-cleans pores—thereby improving skin texture, tone and clarity. But since the active ingredient is in an oil base instead of water, it won’t be as drying.
Biossance Squalane + Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum
Biossance Squalane + Copper Peptide Rapid Plumping Serum is a lightweight hydrating serum with collagen-boosting effects. It contains a “rapid plumping complex” comprised of hyaluronic acid, squalane and polyglutamic acid to draw in moisture. But the real draw is the copper peptides, which work to stimulate healthy new collagen while breaking down old, damaged collagen.
Shani Darden Lactic Acid Exfoliating Serum
Shani Darden Lactic Acid Exfoliating Serum is a gentle, leave-on exfoliating serum for all skin types. It contains 9% lactic acid to remove surface dead skin cells, and is boosted by soothing, hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, gluconolactone, aloe and green tea extract.
Youth To The People Triple Peptide + Cactus Oasis Serum
Youth To The People Triple Peptide + Cactus Oasis Serum is a hydrating, plumping and firming serum. It has three different peptides, including Matrixyl 3000 to stimulate collagen production, plus a cactus extract and hyaluronic acid to help bind moisture. This serum can be used all over your face, eyes and neck.
Farmacy 10% Niacinamide Night Mask
Farmacy 10% Niacinamide Night Mask is an overnight face mask that improves skin texture and tone, minimizes pores, and strengthens the skin’s moisture barrier. The magic ingredient is 10% niacinamide, a multitasker with brightening, oil-balancing and hydrating properties. There’s also 3% panthenol (provitamin B5) and other humectants to give it a light gel texture.
WLDKAT Yucca + Lactic Acid Liquid Exfoliant
WLDKAT Yucca + Lactic Acid Liquid Exfoliant is a leave-on exfoliating treatment for all skin types. It’s a potent blend of 11% lactic acid and 10% glycolic acid, which remove dead skin, fade dark spots and brighten dullness. But thanks to an array of skin-soothers (including yucca root), it promises not to strip or dry out your skin.
Pacifica Vegan Ceramide Serum
Pacifica Vegan Ceramide Serum is a hydrating serum for sensitive skin that helps to restore a healthy skin barrier. It’s fragrance-free, and infused with three types of ceramides to fill in cracks and prevent moisture loss. It also has cholesterol (another barrier-supporting ingredient), marshmallow root extract, calendula, aloe and squalane.
Goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Cloudberry Exfoliating Jelly Cleanser
Goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Cloudberry Exfoliating Jelly Cleanser is an exfoliating cleanser that is gentle enough to use daily. It’s sulfate-free, with a non-foaming, jelly-like texture. Fruit enzymes and orange peel do the exfoliating, while cloudberry and squalane soothe and moisturize.
Kate Hudson x Juice Beauty Revitalizing Acacia + Rose Powder Mask
Kate Hudson x Juice Beauty Revitalizing Acacia + Rose Powder Mask is a brightening and hydrating mask in powder form, which you mix with water to activate. It’s a plant-based blend that includes acacia powder, rose petal powder, kaolin clay, aloe and hyaluronic acid. You can customize the potency and texture depending on how much water you add.
Vichy LiftActiv B3 Serum
Vichy LiftActiv B3 Serum is a niacinamide-based serum that is clinically proven to reduce dark spots and wrinkles in eight weeks. It contains 5% niacinamide, along with glycolic acid and tranexamic acid, and is free of fragrance, alcohol and silicone.
Kinship Self Reflect Rose Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32
Kinship Self Reflect Rose Probiotic Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 32 is a rose-scented version of the brand’s original mineral sunscreen. It features the same 22.4% concentration of zinc oxide, in a non-greasy base with a sheer beige tint. The only difference is an infusion of pure damask rose oil for a fresh rose scent.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Rehydrating Mask with 10.5% Squalane
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Overnight Rehydrating Mask with 10.5% Squalane is an overnight face mask for intensive hydration. Thanks to the 10.5% concentration of squalane oil, it has a balm-to-oil texture that melts into your skin and protects from moisture loss while you sleep. It’s also fragrance-free.
Thayers pH Balancing Daily Cleanser
Thayers pH Balancing Daily Cleanser is a gentle cleanser for all skin types. It’s sulfate-free, fragrance-free and oil-free, and has a jelly texture that lathers up into a mild foam as you cleanse. The ingredients are 96% natural, and include 5% aloe and hyaluronic acid.
Mario Badescu Brightening Eye Serum
Mario Badescu Brightening Eye Serum is a lightweight eye serum with brightening, tightening and firming benefits. Light-reflective mica gives you an instant illuminating effect, while caffeine and arnica reduce puffiness. It also has Centella Asiatica to soothe and hyaluronic acid to hydrate.
Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Mark Fading Gel
Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Mark Fading Gel is a lightweight gel that not only treats active acne breakouts, but also the dark spots they leave behind. It deep-cleans pores with 2% salicylic acid, fades discolouration with niacinamide, and supports the skin barrier with a probiotic complex.
Pacifica Vegan Ceramide Extra Gentle Face Wash
Pacifica Vegan Ceramide Extra Gentle Face Wash is a light foaming cleanser for sensitive skin. It’s both sulfate-free and fragrance-free, and contains ceramides and cholesterol to support your skin barrier while it gently removes dirt, oil and makeup.
Fresh Floral Recovery Calming Mask
Fresh Floral Recovery Calming Mask is an overnight face mask that calms signs of sensitivity—including redness, rough texture and uneven tone—while you sleep. It does so with a blend of floral extracts, as well as vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) and squalane. It contains less than 1% synthetic fragrance, and is gentle enough to use nightly.
Dermalogica Awaken Peptide Eye Gel
Dermalogica Awaken Peptide Eye Gel is a hydrating and firming eye gel that promises a more rested look in just 10 minutes. The secret is an inflammation-reducing peptide in combination with de-puffing caffeine and lightweight humectants.
Kate Somerville EradiKate Clarifying Acne Gel Cleanser
Kate Somerville EradiKate Clarifying Acne Gel Cleanser is a non-drying gel cleanser for acne-prone skin. It contains 1% salicylic acid to combat breakouts, and just like the matching Acne Mark Fading Gel, is infused with niacinamide and probiotics to help maintain the skin barrier. It’s also sulfate-free and gentle enough for daily use.
Ole Henriksen Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer
Ole Henriksen Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturizer is a daily moisturizer that supports the skin barrier and improves the look of wrinkles while also hydrating. It’s packed with an impressive list of active ingredients, including multiple amino acids, ceramides and peptides, as well as niacinamide, hyaluronic acid and fatty acids. It’s also low in silicone and has less than 1% synthetic fragrance.
Pacifica Vegan Ceramide Barrier Cream
Pacifica Vegan Ceramide Barrier Cream is a barrier-supporting moisturizer for sensitive skin. Just like the matching Serum and Face Wash, it contains reparative ceramides and cholesterol. Its other skin-friendly ingredients include amino acids, fatty acids, oat flour, calendula and niacinamide—all of which work to hydrate, balance and calm your complexion.
True Botanicals Chebula Extreme Cream
True Botanicals Chebula Extreme Cream is an intensive daily moisturizer that hydrates, protects from free radicals and supports a healthy skin barrier. The star ingredient is chebula, a fruit commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine that has potent antioxidant and anti-aging properties. It’s packed with other botanical oils and extracts, which can penetrate more readily because it is also free of pore-clogging waxes.
ILIA Lip Wrap Reviving Balm
ILIA Lip Wrap Reviving Balm is a daily lip balm that wraps your lips in a barrier of healing hydration. It’s loaded with emollients—both natural and safe synthetics—as well as vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and sea succulent. The finish is clear, with a soft sheen.
Pacifica Vegan Ceramide Hydration Fill Undereye & Smile Line Jelly Patches
Pacifica Vegan Ceramide Hydration Fill Undereye & Smile Line Jelly Patches are a set of hydrating bio-cellulose patches for sensitive skin. They’re soaked in a serum that’s high in glycerin, niacinamide, ceramides, cholesterol and calendula. You’re meant to apply them under your eyes or on smile lines for up to 15 minutes.
OSEA Undaria Algae Body Butter
OSEA Undaria Algae Body Butter is a rich but fast-absorbing body butter that keeps your skin hydrated for up to 72 hours. Undaria is a type of seaweed that replenishes the skin’s moisture barrier; it also features shea butter, ceramides and amino acids to make skin soft, smooth and supple.
Topicals High Roller Ingrown Tonic
Topicals High Roller Ingrown Tonic is a roll-on serum that soothes irritation from hair removal and prevents ingrown hairs. It has salicylic acid and glycolic acid to gently exfoliate and prevent razor bumps, zinc to reduce inflammation, and Centella Asiatica to soothe. This is safe to use on your face, armpits or bikini area.
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Touchland Glow Mist Rejuvenating Hand Sanitizer
Touchland Glow Mist Rejuvenating Hand Sanitizer is the first hand sanitizer mist with anti-aging properties. In addition to killing germs with 70% alcohol, it also protects skin from blue light and boosts collagen production. It’s also lightly scented with notes of lychee, blackcurrant and rose.
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