I’ve been really excited about this blog post for a while, now. Today in partnership with Sephora, I’m going to talk about my three favorite skincare launches of 2021… (so far)! Testing out new products is definitely one of my favorite perks of my job, and something I don’t take lightly. I consider it a really important responsibility – to try as many things I can, and report back to you with my favorites.
Each of the three products I’m speaking about here is amazing in its own way: a Vitamin C serum that will leave your skin even-looking and glowy; a scrub that smells like candy and leaves your skin feeling incredibly smooth, and an encapsulated retinol eye product that hydrates while also helping to smooth away the look of fine lines.
Let’s dive in!
My 3 Favorite Skincare Launches of 2021 (So far!)
I hadn’t found a Vitamin C serum that I truly loved until I tried this. I’ve talked about this several times now on the blog and instagram but this serum is the real deal. It contains 10% of Biossance’s proprietary (water-soluble) Vitamin C to brighten and even the appearance of skin tone as well as White Shitake Mushroom to fade the look of dark spots while targeting the formation of new ones! It also (as with all Biossance products) contains Biossance’s proprietary squalane (derived from sugar cane) to hydrate and soften the skin. I love that Biossance puts squalane in all of their really active products like this serum to help hydrate and avoid irritation.
This serum is great for ALL skin types and goes on after cleansing, before moisturizing!
You know I love a good clinical study. Biossance conducted a study of 34 women between ages 25-29 and the results are pretty amazing. After 28 days of twice daily use:
- 100% agree this product helps improve the look of dark spots
- 100% agree this product improves the look of sun damage
- 100% agree this product helps make skin appear more even
As for me and my personal experience, this is now a necessary step in my morning skincare. I’ve been using it since early December and my skin is noticeably brighter and my skin tone is more even looking.
This scrub smells EXACTLY like a lemon drop candy. But I promise you that’s not the only reason I love it! It targets fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and uneven texture. It visibly re-texturizes and polishes the skin with both physical (sugar!) and chemical (acids!) exfoliants. Hot tip: Gently massage this into your skin for a full two minutes for your smoothest skin ever. Once a week I make sure to set a timer for two minutes and do this. The results will blow your mind.
It’s great for all skin types and is packed with AHAs, ultra fine sugar, lemon peel extract, and chamomile (to soothe and calm). It’s hands down, my favorite face scrub right now.
In a clinical study on 37 women conducted by OLEHENRIKSEN, after just one use 100% of users agreed that a) it polishes and re-texturizes the skin, b) it removes impurities from pores, and c) it deeply purifies.
This is how I wind down my bedtime skincare routine! It’s a concentrated serum balm packed with encapsulated retinol (encapsulated retinol is a version of retinol that envelops the ingredient in a protective barrier, making it more stable and allowing it to penetrate more deeply into the skin) to help smooth the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and texture around that delicate eye area. It glides on easily and provides lasting hydration while you sleep around the full eye area – both under and over the eye.
I love how hydrating it is. Besides giving you those retinol benefits, it’s rich with emollients. So you won’t wake up with dry under eyes!