While I don’t believe in resolutions, I do believe in making changes this time of year – but in the name of beauty. Why? Well, now that the dust of the manic holiday season has finally settled, it’s easier to prioritize yourself. And since I’ve always equated skincare to self-care – and never vanity, ever – below are five truly innovative, newly-launched products that will elevate your daily routine to great new heights.
There’s little this multi-tasking, day-to-night moisturizer can’t do, and no skin type that can’t benefit from its potent properties. Liza Wong, aesthetician and founder of 8CELLENT – she poured 25 years of experience into developing the brand – explains, “It simultaneously tackles all major complexion concerns: including fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, sagging, discoloration, congestion, stress, and dullness.” The cream is silky yet concentrated, and the benefits are even more deeply penetrated into skin than its counterparts – thanks to a cutting-edge delivery system called X50.
Vitamin C is a powerhouse of a skincare ingredient. It brightens skin, stimulates collagen production, and fights free radicals, but there’s a downside – it’s extremely finicky. (Exposure to light, air, and heat causes oxidation, and reduces potency almost immediately.) To that end, the luxe Hungarian skincare line Omorovicza launched Daily Vitamin C today. “I’m thrilled we’re now able to deliver Vitamin C in its most stable form for unparalleled results,” says founder Stephen de Heinrich. Just a few drops of this silky potion under your moisturizer will help restore a healthy glow to the dullest complexions.
When Kendra Butler, a former New Yorker and beauty exec decamped to Wyoming a few years ago, it was her pristine natural surroundings – in particular, the pretty yet hardy wildflowers and botanicals – that inspired her to bottle up their goodness. The result of her work is the proprietary PlantGenius Complex, which is packed into every Alpyn Beauty item. But the Eye Balm is a real knockout with its buttery, fluffy texture, which delivers soothing relief for even the most sensitive blinkers. Butler adds, “It also contains the hottest new ingredient of 2019, Bakuchiol: a bio-available retinol substitute that fights aging, but isn’t as irritating or harsh.”
Because ingredients commonly featured in haircare for their moisturizing properties (think petroleum, silicone, and various types of oils) can clog pores and trigger acne, dermatologist Dr. Iris Rubin took matters into her own hands and created SEEN. The innovative, three-piece collection of shampoo, conditioner, and blow out styling creme was developed to be non-irritating and non-comedogenic for your skin, yet hydrating and luxurious on your locks. Ultimately, Rubin believes you should have it all: “Why choose between beautiful hair and beautiful skin when you can have both?”
Even though Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon Dr. Garth Fisher is renown for tending to some of the most famous faces in the world, he believes in sunscreen first: “It is the most important and effective anti-aging product one can use for the skin, and should be a part of everyone’s daily beauty regimen.” His Doc Block not only provides a high level of broad spectrum sun protection, it absorbs in a snap with no tacky residue – making it easy for even the most sunscreen-averse to use every day. Fisher says, “Think of it as a daily luxury moisturizer with anti-aging qualities that helps fight free radicals, too!”