As the adage goes, new year = new skin. And with 2020 comes not only a new decade (and a slew of resolutions we may or may not keep), but a roster of highly-anticipated skincare launches. Speaking of resolutions… If one of yours happens to be taking better care of your visage, then read on.
From natural retinol alternatives and uber-luxe glow inducers to Vitamin C radiance boosters, transformative masks, and next-level pimple patches, these newbies on the beauty block are creating some serious buzz.
And with the industry’s laser-sharp focus on more eco-friendly products, clean, yet efficacious formulas, and commitment to transparency and better-for-your-face ingredients, there’s plenty of that here, too.
Formulated with an extra high concentration of 1.9 percent hyaluronic acid, these travel-friendly ampoules basically plump up your skin and are designed to reduce wrinkles in seven days. Perfect before a night out or an event. File under: NEED.
What do you get when you merge Japanese Lemon Balm with 80% all-natural Squalane? A genius, glide-on serum stick that you can take on the go, for instant skincare touchups. The all-purpose balm can quench dry lips, awaken tired under eyes, erase dryness and signs of aging, and prime your canvas for a flawless makeup application. Pro tip: Don’t leave home without it.
3. Juice Beauty Detox Charcoal Mask, $36
Designed for oily, combo, and blemish-prone skin types, this bamboo and activated charcoal mask goes after dirt and gunk with a vengeance, leaving your pores squeaky clean. As if that wasn’t enough, it also contains a cocktail of hydroxy acids (think: malic, citric, lactic, and phytic) to exfoliate and reveal a softer, smoother dermis underneath, plus organic aloe leaf juice to calm and hydrate.
The Queen of argan oil has done it again with her newest (soon-to-be) cult status product. As it turns out, pink algae is naturally rich in beta carotene, which converts to retinol on the skin, and that’s good news for all of us looking to keep unwanted lines at bay. This pretty in pink vial also addresses dullness and uneven texture, as well as loss of firmness and elasticity – without irritation – so make some room on your top shelf for the vegan, pro-retinol power player.
5. Curology Spot Patrol Patches, $19.95/month
Specialized skincare is a 2020 trend to watch in general and one of the brands leading the charge? Curology. Stay tuned for their zit-zapping Spot Patrol Patches that will be hitting their customized, derm-approved beauty boxes this month.
Brighter skin is always at the top of the #skingoals list for most, but with all the Vitamin C products out there, knowing which to choose is challenging. Vit C, niacinamide and peptides combine for greatness in HydroPeptide’s free-radical fighting formula, which helps reverse too much fun in the sun, hyperpigmentation, and inflammation. Another bonus? It revs up collagen production, which is the key to keeping it high and tight! Our skin, that is. It can be used morning and night for an extra dose of antioxidants.
This drugstore staple brand is helping you live your best shine-free life with their best-selling primer in a reimagined matte formula. Kaolin and white charcoal absorb excess oil for a powerless effect and for you babes who like a little more glow, there’s a luminous version as well.
Anytime DE drops a new launch it’s basically the best day ever. According to founder Tiffany Masterson, you can think of their cooling new mask as an electrolyte nightcap, to strengthen your skin’s acid mantle and add a surge of overnight hydration. So, if you come home too tired to deal with a 12-step K-beauty sitch, then slather on F-Balm. You’ll wake up plump, dewy, and refreshed, thanks to tiny beads of replenishing vitamin F that burst on your skin as you apply. Lazy girl beauty never looked so good.
9. Moon Juice Milk Cleanse, $32
Cleanse the day away (and the past year) with this gentle foaming wash that removes all traces of makeup and impurities. Milky bubbles made from fermented coconut – plus adaptogenic mushrooms and Vitamin E – hydrate, nourish, and purify. It also emits a rather woodsy aroma, due to its blend of essential oils, that will make you feel like you’re doing self-care and forest bathing at the same time.
10. Wrinkles Schminkles InfuseFAST Facial Sheet Mask, $20/single, $95/5 pack
With all the heat sheet masks are getting these days for their waste contributions, you can feel better about buying these, since they decompose 100% in two months. InfuseFAST Facial Sheet Masks tick the sustainable, eco-friendly box and they’re infused with 25 anti-aging ingredients (oh hi, marine collagen to plump, vitamin C to brighten, hyaluronic acid to hydrate, and peptides to strengthen). P.S., they feel heavenly on the skin after being stashed in the fridge for a bit.
11. H2O+ Hydration Oasis 4-Step System, $164
Dull, dry, lackluster winter skin? Not on H2O+’s watch. Their water-charged 4-step system is the key to pressing the reset button on your skin this season, and includes: a Creamy Foaming Cleanser, Priming Water Essence, Moisture Replenishing Serum, and Refreshing Gel Moisturizer. It’s like a tall glass of water for your skin!
Protect your pucker while you snooze by sweeping on a clean, vegan mask that buffs away flakies, then heals with Vitamin E and plant-derived Squalene. The rich formula is our new go-to lip balm; check out our full review here.
13. La Mer The Renewal Body Oil Balm, $195
Fans of La Mer’s original Renewal Oil will be undoubtedly pumped to try their latest variation, a sheen-inducing balm that dissolves into a glowy oil upon skin contact. Couple that with its intoxicating scent and silky moisturizing benefits and it will be your go-to vacay body product (or winter must-have to fake an OOO look).
Are you guys planning to try any of these? Let us know in the comments below.