As winter draws to a close (finally!), we’re all ready to ditch the heavy layers—and I’m not just talking about clothing. Our skincare routines will soon be lightening up, too, and this month’s latest product launches can help.
Most of the new moisturizers coming out in March have light, gel-cream textures. There’s also a renewed focus on brightening ingredients (which are showing up in everything from creams and serums to spot treatments, toners and masks).
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But I’ve gotta say—I’m most excited about retinaldehyde making its way into the mainstream, thanks to a new serum that treats acne and signs of aging.
Ready to find out more? Keep scrolling for the best new products landing in the skincare aisle now.
The March Edit
Best new retinoids
Best new moisturizers
Best new serums
Best new dark spot treatment
Best new toner
Best new face masks
Best new sunscreens
Best new essences
Best new exfoliant
Best new cleansers
Best new lip mask
Best new foundation
Best new stretch mark treatment
Best new body wash
Best new body scrub
The Best New Skincare of March 2022
Youth To The People Retinal + Niacinamide Youth Serum
Youth To The People Retinal + Niacinamide Youth Serum is a multi-tasking serum with anti-aging, anti-acne and brightening benefits. The star ingredient is 0.15% retinaldehyde, which is more effective than retinol since it converts to active vitamin A in just one step. There’s also 5% niacinamide, plus squalane and ceramides to support the skin barrier and minimize irritation.
SkinCeuticals Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment
SkinCeuticals Phyto A+ Brightening Treatment is a gel-cream moisturizer with an array of active ingredients to brighten and clarify your skin. They include 3% azelaic acid to unclog pores, 2% alpha arbutin to even skin tone, and a 5.75% phyto-botanical blend to reduce redness. This formula is also oil-free and silicone-free.
Dr. Barbara Sturm The Better B Niacinamide Serum
Dr. Barbara Sturm The Better B Niacinamide Serum is a skin-perfecting serum that reduces the look of large pores while also hydrating, soothing and softening. The main ingredient is 5% niacinamide, which refines pores and perfects the skin texture (among many other benefits). It’s combined with an anti-aging amino acid, barrier-strengthening plankton and skin-conditioning provitamin B5.
Juice Beauty PREBIOTIX Freshly Squeezed Glow 20% Vitamin C Serum
Juice Beauty PREBIOTIX Freshly Squeezed Glow 20% Vitamin C Serum is a potent vitamin C serum that fights free radicals while brightening and evening your skin tone. It’s made with 20% L-ascorbic acid in an aloe base, and has ferulic acid and vitamin E (which give the vitamin C added stability). Hyaluronic acid and a prebiotics complex work to hydrate, plump and protect your skin’s microbiome.
Summer Fridays Dream Oasis Deep Hydration Serum
Summer Fridays Dream Oasis Deep Hydration Serum is a weightless hydrating serum with a jelly-like texture. It replenishes lost moisture with aloe, glycerin and hyaluronic acid, and then seals it in with non-comedogenic squalane. There’s also colloidal oatmeal, chamomile and arnica to soothe and reduce redness. You can either wear this alone (if you’re oily) or layered under creams (if you’re dry).
The Inkey List Mandelic Acid Treatment
The Inkey List Mandelic Acid Treatment is a spot treatment, but it’s not for active acne—it’s for fading post-acne marks. It does so with 10% mandelic acid, one of the gentlest AHAs that both exfoliates and inhibits melanin production. The blend also contains 0.1% encapsulated retinol to encourage cell turnover, and 2% glycerin to draw in moisture.
First Aid Beauty Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover
First Aid Beauty Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover is an oil-to-foam cleanser that removes makeup and cleans your skin in a single step. It starts off like an oil-gel, which you’re meant to massage over dry skin. With water, it transforms into a creamy foam, giving you the effect of a double cleanse without the need for two products. Like all the brand’s products, it’s safe for sensitive skin and is free of fragrance and sulfates.
Goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Flower Acids Resurfacing Toner
Goop Beauty GOOPGLOW Flower Acids Resurfacing Toner is a gentle toner that exfoliates, hydrates and brightens in one step. Rather than harsh chemical exfoliants, it uses flower acids extracted from hibiscus and prickly pear, in a juicy base of aloe, glycerin and hyaluronic acid. This toner is suitable for all skin types to use morning and night.
Skinfix Barrier+ Skin Barrier Restoring Gel Cream
Skinfix Barrier+ Skin Barrier Restoring Gel Cream is a gel-cream moisturizer that not only hydrates but also repairs the skin barrier. It’s highest in squalane, and infused with 2% niacinamide, 1.84% saccharide isomerate, 1% peptides and 0.25% zinc PCA. It’s also fragrance-free and silicone-free.
ROSEN Skincare Smooth Jelly Mask
ROSEN Skincare Smooth Jelly Mask is an acid-based exfoliating face mask that fades dark spots and smooths rough texture. It’s high in lactic acid, one of the gentlest yet most effective AHAs for removing dead skin cells. It also has licorice extract to prevent new dark spots from forming, plus soothing yogurt and cucumber.
Kinship Self Reflect Sport SPF 60 Triple Ceramide Moisturizing Sunscreen
Kinship Self Reflect Sport SPF 60 Triple Ceramide Moisturizing Sunscreen is a moisturizing mineral sunscreen that is both sweat- and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes. That, in addition to its 24% zinc oxide, makes it ideal for active days outside when you’re swimming and sweating. It dries sheer within 15 minutes, and supports your skin barrier as it protects, thanks to ceramides, postbiotics and plant emollients.
Well People Dewy Juice Hydrating Aloe Essence
Well People Dewy Juice Hydrating Aloe Essence is a cross between a toner and a hydrating essence. It delivers dewy moisture with aloe and glycerin, while mugwort soothes and rose water refreshes. With its thicker liquid texture, you’re meant to apply a few drops to bare skin after cleansing and before moisturizer.
Glossier After Baume
Glossier After Baume is a rich, buttery moisturizer for very dry and/or sensitive skin. Thick and occlusive, it moisturizes for a full 24 hours and helps skin to recover from cold weather, drying acne treatments or even over-exfoliation. Although it’s made with babassu oil, capuaçu butter and linoleic acid, it is still claimed to be safe for acne-prone skin. You can also use it as a targeted treatment for persistently dry areas, like around the nose, knees and elbows.
Saint Jane Sacred Sleep Overnight Repair
Saint Jane Sacred Sleep Overnight Repair is a luxurious, retinol-based night cream that helps to calm, hydrate and combat the signs of aging. It’s formulated with 0.5% retinol to encourage cell turnover, squalane and orchid to moisturize, and CBD and floral extracts to minimize redness.
Mad Hippie Luminizing Facial SPF 29
Mad Hippie Luminizing Facial SPF 29 is a lightweight mineral sunscreen with a shimmery finish. It shields your skin with 16.5% zinc oxide, in a base of squalane, niacinamide, green tea and hyaluronic acid. It’s also silicone-free, and gives up to 80 minutes of water-resistance.
Keys Soulcare Tranquil Essence
Keys Soulcare Tranquil Essence is a soothing, hydrating and toning essence developed by Alicia Keys in partnership with a board-certified dermatologist. It’s meant to be pressed into your skin after cleansing and before moisturizing, so that the aloe, rose and bamboo-derived silica can soften and smooth your complexion.
Trinny London Find Your Balance BHA Exfoliant
Trinny London Find Your Balance BHA Exfoliant is a leave-on exfoliating serum from British TV presenter Trinny Woodall’s first foray into skincare. (She launched her makeup line in 2017.) This formulation exfoliates and unclogs pores with two BHAs, salicylic acid and willow bark, and gentle mandelic acid plays a supporting role. There are two other exfoliants in the line: Reveal Yourself (with AHAs) and Tiptoe In (with PHAs).
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Moisturizer
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Moisturizer is a lightweight moisturizer for all skin types (even sensitive and acne-prone skin). Besides hydrating and strengthening the skin barrier with squalane and ceramides, it also gently exfoliates with a mix of AHAs and BHAs.
Kinship Naked Apple Oil-Free Blemish Control Gel Cleanser
Kinship Naked Apple Oil-Free Blemish Control Gel Cleanser is a foaming gel cleanser for acne-prone skin. It has lactic acid and niacinamide to help with breakouts by gently exfoliating and balancing oil production. But even though it’s deep-cleansing, it won’t strip your skin, since it’s sulfate-free and loaded with probiotics.
TULA Skincare Bright Start Vitamin C Antioxidant Brightening Moisturizer
TULA Skincare Bright Start Vitamin C Antioxidant Brightening Moisturizer is a gel-cream moisturizer that improves the look of dull skin and dark marks. It brightens with two types of vitamin C derivatives (ethyl ascorbic acid and THD ascorbate), plus tranexamic acid. Meanwhile, hyaluronic acid and a pre- and probiotic blend ensure that skin is plump, smooth and balanced.
REN Clean Skincare Glow and Protect Serum
REN Clean Skincare Glow and Protect Serum is a lightweight serum that promises to brighten and even skin tone in just 14 days. In addition to non-irritating forms of vitamin C (THD ascorbate and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate), it contains the “superfruits” dragonfruit and kakadu plum, which are rich in vitamins, polyphenols and minerals. There’s also hyaluronic acid and squalane for dewy moisture.
Fenty Skin Cookies N Clean Detoxifying Face Mask
Fenty Skin Cookies N Clean Detoxifying Face Mask is a non-drying clay mask that deep-cleans pores and helps to control shine. It features kaolin and bentonite clays to draw out dirt and impurities, charcoal to absorb oil, and salicylic acid to clarify pores. Glycerin, shea butter and provitamin B5 give it a soft, whipped texture. It’s also fragrance-free.
Lawless Forget the Filler Overnight Lip-Plumping Mask
Lawless Forget the Filler Overnight Lip-Plumping Mask is a leave-on lip treatment that helps to hydrate, plump and smooth fine lines. Inspired by the brand’s Smoothing Gloss, it features the same collagen-stimulating peptide complex—in fact, there’s 40% more of it. It also nourishes with shea butter and hyaluronic acid.
Keys Soulcare Let Me Glow Illuminating Serum
Keys Soulcare Let Me Glow Illuminating Serum is a sheer tinted serum that hydrates, illuminates and primes skin for makeup. It’s silicone-free, with niacinamide to brighten, rose water to hydrate, and a subtle warm golden tint that suits all skin tones.
Nudestix Nudescreen Daily Mineral Veil SPF 30
Nudestix Nudescreen Daily Mineral Veil SPF 30 is a lightweight mineral sunscreen that doubles as a moisturizer and makeup primer. You’re being protected with 15% zinc oxide and multiple antioxidants in a silicone-free and oil-free base. It’s available in both tinted and untinted options; choose from Cool (untinted), Warm (natural tan tint) or Hot (deep tan tint).
Kosas Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation SPF 25
Kosas Revealer Skin-Improving Foundation SPF 25 is a medium-coverage foundation with brightening, firming, hydrating and soothing skin benefits. Its multiple active ingredients include niacinamide, caffeine and peptides, plus 7.5% zinc oxide for extra sun protection. It’s silicone-free and fragrance-free, and is available in an impressive 36 shades.
Peter Thomas Roth Pro Strength Stretch Mark Cream
Peter Thomas Roth Pro Strength Stretch Mark Cream is a body moisturizer that helps to reduce the look of both existing and future stretch marks, with continued use. It does this with two different peptide complexes, which activate the skin’s repair processes and promote regeneration. It also contains lactic acid, shea butter and ceramides to improve tone and texture.
Starface Outer Space Foaming Body Cleanser
Starface Outer Space Foaming Body Cleanser is a gentle body wash specifically designed for body breakouts. It’s oil-free and sulfate-free, and made with willow bark to remove pore-clogging dead skin and debris. It also has botanical extracts like chamomile and calendula to soothe irritation.
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Resurfacing Body Scrub
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Resurfacing Body Scrub is a spa-grade body scrub that polishes, brightens and hydrates dull, rough, bumpy skin. It works in three ways. There’s pumice to physically buff off dead skin, lactic and salicylic acids to chemically exfoliate, and papaya, pumpkin and pineapple enzymes to gently smooth and brighten.
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