Best & Worst Skincare Products: April 2015
Putty for your pores? A hyaluronic acid booster? A sleeping mask? April brought out some interesting skincare launches, some of which delightfully surprised us. Others, on the other hand, were less remarkable.
The Best Skincare Products Reviewed: Four-Star Faves
Gimmicky skincare products come and go, but this month we discovered a few new, unique products that rise above the hype. From a wrinkle-filler to a hyaluronic acid concentrate, we were impressed!
- Exuviance by NeoStrata Sheer Daily Protector Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 PA++++ ($42) – A fluid, mineral SPF with no white cast (the sheer tint formula works for all skin tones) + proven antioxidants. What’s not to love? And it wears beautifully under makeup so you can skip primer!
- Peter Thomas Roth Pore Putty ($38) – Blurred pores and wrinkles? Yes please! This skin-smoothing silicone-based formula not only gives instant gratification but also treats skin to some intriguing repairing and cell-communicating ingredients. #LovePTR.
- Paula’s Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster ($45) – Up your skincare game by mixing this moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid concentrate with any serum, moisturizer, toner or exfoliant. The blend also contains skin-reparative ceramides and cell-communicating adenosine to nourish damaged, dehydrated skin. Must-have!
- Laneige Time Freeze Wrinkle Filler ($40) – Between a noteworthy concentration of vitamin C and the subtle wrinkle-blurring effect of this wrinkle filler, this stands out as one of Laneige’s better products. Kudos!
The Worst Skincare Products Reviewed: Two Stars (or Lower)
There are few bad apples in every crop, and this harvest of new skincare products is no different. These picks failed to impress due to their lackluster performance or irritant-laden formulas.
- Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask ($58) – This mask has quite the story behind it, with tales of 9,000 year old mud hand-harvested from the moors of Ireland, but the claims and the research doesn’t match up. At best, it’s a decent oil-absorbing mask, but even then the jar packaging detracts from the formula.
- Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ($23) – This is one of Laneige's most buzzed about products, but our in-depth look at the highly-fragranced formula revealed it's disappointingly bland formula. Ironically, even some of the hero ingredients Laneige calls out don’t show up on the ingredient list. #EpicFail
- L’Oreal Revitalift Daily Re-Volumizing Moisturizer ($24.99) – This product claims to be all about plumping skin, and while it does contain sodium hyaluronate to give skin a boost of moisture, it contains even more alcohol, which literally breaks down the ingredients that keep skin soft and smooth. Hall of shame.
- Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion Nourishing Very Dry Skin ($7.99) – This body lotion is supposed to act as a hydrating conditioner on wet skin which you then rinse off in the shower. The issue? It simply doesn’t leave dry skin moisturized enough, meaning you’ll still have to follow up with your regular body cream, which begs the question, why bother?
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