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Best & Worst Skincare Products: August 2015

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Save yourself from an impulse buy gone wrong—and find out which products really work—by checking our list Best and Worst Skincare for the month. Your skin (and bank account) may thank you!

New Skincare Standouts, Reviewed

Finding a reliable skincare product that lives up to its claims is no easy feat, but this line up does just that—and a few rocked our world in the process.

  • First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel ($30) – Moisturizers well suited for oily to combination skin are few and far between, but this fragrance-free, gel-based formula nails it. It’s a standout option due to its blend of redness-reducing, skin-improving and anti-aging ingredients!
  • Paula's Choice Resist 1% Retinol Booster ($50) – With just a couple drops, this fluid formula gives you the ability to transform any serum or moisturizer into a retinol treatment and overturn signs of aging including wrinkles, discolorations, and more! (Don’t let its size fool you, as it contains 150+ applications!) It’s customization, innovation, and anti-aging at its finest.
  • St. Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion ($25) – We were amazed by how well this in-shower self-tanner built gradual, smooth tan color after just a few uses. It’s not the most economical option (you’ll go through the bottle pretty quickly), but it’s impressive nonetheless.
  • Acure Organics Facial Marula Oil ($15.99) – Marula oil earns top honors for its antioxidant/anti-inflammatory properties, as well as for its potential to help with hyperpigmentation and improve elasticity. While other pure marula oils on the market retail for more than $50, this is a surprisingly affordable option!

The Naughty List of New Skincare

Put your credit card away. These are the skincare launches NOT worth your hard-earned dough.

  • GlamGlow Flashmud Brightening Treatment ($69) – If we could sum this mask up in a few words it would be: irritating formula, waste of money, and potentially pro-aging. Ouch!
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Dark Spot Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($42) – Dr. Dennis Gross has some good products—this just isn’t one of them thanks to the inclusion of several fragrant irritants, some of which have phototoxic potential for skin!
  • Neutrogena Triple Age Repair Night Moisturizer ($20.49) – This unfortunate addition to the Neutrogena line has more promises than beneficial ingredients, and what few are present won’t do well with this product’s jar packaging. There are better options, even within Neutrogena’s own line. *sad horn*
  • Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Lotion for Dry, Ashy Skin ($6.95) – Though there are some definite good qualities to like about this lotion, unfortunately the high amount of fragrance poses a considerable risk of irritation for skin, especially given this product’s low pH. So close, yet so far Palmers!

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