In just a few weeks, winter will finally be over—and we'll be looking to lighten up our skincare routines accordingly. Think: brightening serums, acne fighters, gentle cleansers, and of course, sun protection.
That's exactly what's coming down the pipeline for March, and I've got all the details for you right here. Among the best new launches are:
- An L-ascorbic acid serum for oily and acne-prone skin (this is MAJOR!)
- An overnight blemish treatment with salicylic acid and vitamin C
- A cleanser inspired by our favourite snail mucin essence
- Tinted lip balms with all-mineral SPF
Here are the products you need to know about this month.
New Skincare for March 2021
SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF
SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF is an L-ascorbic acid serum specifically made for oily and acne-prone skin. As you know, this is the go-to brand for vitamin C, and with this launch, they've now got one for every skin type. (C E Ferulic is for normal to dry skin with anti-aging concerns, while Phloretin CF is for combination skin dealing with pigmentation.) In this new formula, you're getting the same 15% L-ascorbic acid and 0.5% ferulic acid as C E Ferulic. But instead of vitamin E, which can be comedogenic, it has 0.5% silymarin (milk thistle) and 0.5% salicylic acid to help control oil and prevent breakouts. I'll be reporting back on my results!
The Inkey List C-50 Blemish Night Treatment
The Inkey List C-50 Blemish Night Treatment is an antibacterial acne treatment that helps to clear and prevent acne while you sleep. (It's been out in the UK for a while, but just landed here in North America!) What makes it unique is the combo of 2% salicylic acid, the best ingredient for breakouts, and 5% sodium ascorbyl phosphate, a vitamin C derivative with both brightening and anti-acne benefits. For best results, you're meant to apply it all over instead of night cream.
COSRX Advanced Snail Mucin Gel Cleanser
COSRX Advanced Snail Mucin Gel Cleanser is a foaming gel cleanser infused with snail mucin—the same gooey hydrating ingredient found in the brand's beloved Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence. That, along with the sulfate-free surfactants, keeps your moisture barrier intact while it gently cleanses.
Ava Isa Sun Lip Sun Whip SPF 15
Ava Isa Sun Lip Sun Whip SPF 15 is a lip balm with mineral sunscreen from The Sunscreen Company (the people I trust the most when it comes to all things SPF!). It's available in Clear as well as two tints: Strawberry Zinnia is a bright fuchsia, and Watermelon Lily is a coral pink. They have a thin but moisturizing texture, and best of all, keep you protected with 20% zinc oxide.
Follain Firming Serum
Follain Firming Serum is a non-irritating anti-aging treatment to smooth and firm your skin. It's made with only clean ingredients, including 1% bakuchiol, a plant-based alternative to retinol, and a 2% peptide blend to stimulate collagen production. Rosewater, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid give it extra hydrating and brightening benefits.
Peace Out Blemish Balm Daily Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
Peace Out Blemish Balm Daily Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser is an exfoliating cleansing balm designed for oily and acne-prone skin. So not only does it remove oil and debris without stripping your moisture barrier, it also buffs away dead skin cells with both chemical and physical exfoliants. Unlike most balms, it rinses clean with just water, and is gentle enough to use daily.
Supergoop! Mineral Sheerscreen SPF 30
Supergoop! Mineral Sheerscreen SPF 30 is a weightless mineral sunscreen with a sheer (not chalky) finish. It's free of fragrance, low in silicone, and non-greasy thanks to lightweight squalane oil. The 17.5% zinc oxide is a little under the 20% minimum that I look for, so this would be best for low-sun days or topped up with a powder sunscreen.
Sobel Skin Rx 30% Glycolic Acid Peel Concentrate
Sobel Skin Rx 30% Glycolic Acid Peel Concentrate is an intensive glycolic acid peel that can be used on a weekly or twice-weekly basis. Although it has a high 30% concentration, the active ingredient is paired with botanical extracts to replenish moisture and calm irritation. Treatments take just two minutes.
The Inkey List Fulvic Acid Brightening Cleanser
The Inkey List Fulvic Acid Brightening Cleanser is a non-abrasive, sulfate-free gel cleanser that you can use as often as twice per day. While it's touted as a brightening and exfoliating cleanser, the star ingredient, fulvic acid, is more of an antioxidant than an acid exfoliant. So while I'm not sure about it actually brightening, this would be a fine option if you are looking for a gentle and affordable gel cleanser.
Follain Brightening Serum
From The Skincare Edit Archives
Follain Brightening Serum is a radiance-boosting serum powered by 5% ethyl ascorbic acid, a stable vitamin C derivative. It's also got five fruit sources each of vitamin C and AHAs for added brightening and exfoliating, and niacinamide for refining pores and reducing pigmentation. And it's free of silicones and synthetic fragrance.
Kypris Illuminating Eye Serum & Primer
Kypris Illuminating Eye Serum & Primer is a two-in-one lightweight eye serum and primer for eye makeup. The peptides and hyaluronic acid work to rejuvenate your eye area, as shea butter and marine extracts create a smooth surface. It also includes mica for instant illumination.
Good Molecules BHA Clarify Gel Cream
Good Molecules BHA Clarify Gel Cream is a soothing and clarifying gel-cream for acne-prone skin. With 0.4% salicylic acid, it's an ultra-mild exfoliant that you can apply all over in a thin layer to help prevent breakouts—without causing dryness or flakiness. It also has Centella Asiatica and green tea extracts to calm your skin.
Kate Somerville KateCeuticals Lifting Eye Cream
Kate Somerville KateCeuticals Lifting Eye Cream is an anti-aging eye cream that targets fine lines, loss of firmness, dark circles and puffiness. It does so using wrinkle-relaxing peptides, brightening vitamin C (a.k.a. THD ascorbate) and de-puffing algae extracts. This formula is also fragrance-free and silicone-free.
Charlotte Tilbury Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial
Charlotte Tilbury Super Radiance Resurfacing Facial is a 20-minute exfoliating, brightening and hydrating treatment to use once per week. Its active ingredients include a 15% blend of AHAs, BHAs and PHAs, plus 4% prickly pear extract (which both exfoliates and stimulates collagen). It's also got hyaluronic acid and polyglutamic acid to plump skin from within.
Kora Organics Milky Mushroom Gentle Cleansing Oil
Kora Organics Milky Mushroom Gentle Cleansing Oil is an oil-based cleanser that transforms into a creamy milk when you shake the bottle. When applied to damp skin, it breaks down makeup, dirt and oil and then rinses away with water, leaving your face soft, not stripped. The all-natural ingredients include aloe, mushroom extract, babassu oil and sunflower oil (so just be sure to use it up quickly, since the latter has a short shelf life).
Ole Henriksen Wrinkle Blur Bakuchiol Eye Gel Crème
Ole Henriksen Wrinkle Blur Bakuchiol Eye Gel Crème is an anti-aging eye cream that instantly blurs the look of wrinkles while working to reduce them over time. Although it is high in silicone (which does the blurring), it's also formulated with bakuchiol, a retinol alternative, plus peptides and orchid-derived stem cells.
W3ll People Dew Your Makeup Mist
W3ll People Dew Your Makeup Mist is a three-in-one face mist that can be used as a primer, setting spray and skin refresher. It's full of soothing and hydrating natural ingredients, and no oils, silicones or synthetic fragrance. Think: lavender water, rosewater, aloe, willow bark and raspberry extract.
Biossance Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm
Biossance Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm is a newly reformulated lip balm that softens and heals dry lips. Rather than the usual petroleum and beeswax, it uses a mix of squalane, ceramides, hyaluronic acid and vegan emollients to give your lips 10 times more hydration than the original formula. It's also clear and unscented, with a thick gel texture and a glossy finish.
Summer Fridays Summer Skin Nourishing Body Lotion
Summer Fridays Summer Skin Nourishing Body Lotion is a velvety body lotion with a summery vanilla-almond scent. Its non-greasy emollients include capric triglycerides, fatty alcohol, shea butter, cocoa butter and squalane. It's also spiked with healing ceramides to strengthen your skin barrier and keep moisture locked in.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pink Dream Body Cream is a non-sticky, non-greasy body cream with the brand's signature watermelon scent. It hydrates with a combination of synthetic skin conditioners (not silicones), fatty alcohols and plant butters. Plus it has hibiscus flower extract, which is naturally high in AHAs, for a mild exfoliation.
Kopari Coconut Latte Body Wash
Kopari Coconut Latte Body Wash is a sulfate-free body wash with a hydrating gel-to-cream texture. As it lathers up, it coats your skin in natural ingredients like aloe, coconut water and macadamia oil. Meanwhile, the caffeine and coffee seed extract stimulate your skin to get a glow going.
Fenty Beauty Body Sauce Body Luminizing Tint
Fenty Beauty Body Sauce Body Luminizing Tint is a wash-off body tint that blurs imperfections and gives your skin a subtle shimmery glow. It comes in seven shades, so there's one for every skin tone, and it's buildable to your desired coverage level. It will also stay put all day without rubbing onto clothes, since it's humidity-, sweat- and transfer-resistant.
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