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Best & Worst Skincare Products: May 2015

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Plenty of new skincare products came across the Beautypedia Research Team’s desk in May, and there were some true winners, including a drugstore product with truly innovative packaging and powerhouse addition to Clarisonic’s brush lineup. But of course, not everything was a four-star favorite.

Here are this month’s Best and Worst skincare products!

The Best Skincare Products Reviewed: Four-Star Faves

A gentle mask for oily skin, a drugstore AHA peel that really works (without fragrance!), and Clarisonic’s new all-in-one cleansing brush are among this month’s bests.

  • Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask ($25) – If you’re looking for a gentle mask for oily skin, this definitely fits the bill! Clinique hits the mark with a clay-based, fragrance-free formula that works to reduce excess oiliness and rinses easily from skin.
  • Clarisonic Smart Profile Sonic Brush ($265) – While this isn’t the least expensive cleansing option out there, it certainly isn’t money wasted. This sonic device includes a dizziness array of extras and enhancements, and is essentially three brushes in one: a face brush, body brush, and pedi brush. If you’re looking for a luxe beauty experience from head to toe, this is Clarisonic’s best tool yet.
  • Olay ProX Anti-Aging Nightly Purifying Micro-Peel ($39.99) – This drugstore AHA peel is a great option, because not only does it includes a good amount of glycolic acid at a pH that ensures it will work, but it comes in a container that makes application extremely easy and convenient, and is fragrance-free.
  • M.A.C. Mineralize Timecheck Lotion ($44) – This lightweight, hydrating lotion from M.A.C. temporarily blurs pores and fine lines, while treating skin to repairing antioxidants and emollients. It also works beautifully as a foundation primer!
  • Clinique for Men UV Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($29.50) – This super-fluid, fragrance-free sunscreen has a lightweight feel that men and women alike can appreciate, and its broad-spectrum mineral formula works on even sensitive and rosacea-prone skin.

The Worst Skincare Products Reviewed: Two Stars (or Lower)

This month’s worsts included some products that were promising initially, but wound up not making the grade thanks to either the inclusion of irritating ingredients or packaging that doesn’t let their great ingredients shine.

  • Skinceuticals Metacell Renewal B3 ($110) – There are some things this anti-aging moisturizer gets right, like including a high amount of niacinamide, but unfortunately it also includes potentially-irritating fragrance, and orange peel oil—which can be phototoxic!
  • Algenist Sublime Defense Anti-Aging Blurring Moisturizer SPF 30 ($75) – True to its name, this moisturizer does have a blurring effect on pores and wrinkles, and provides reliable broad spectrum sun protection. The problem? It’s packaged in a jar, meaning its good ingredients aren’t protected from light and air, so you aren’t getting your money’s worth (and that’s saying something considering how much this costs).
  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar K Daily Oil-Free Clarifying Moisturizer ($30.99) – While this has a great, lightweight texture, its star ingredient, salicylic acid, isn’t at a pH where it can exfoliate skin, and formula is highlight fragrant; so much so that it lingers a while after you apply it!
  • Clinique Repairwear Anti-Gravity Eye Cream ($40) – Here’s another product with problem packaging; the fact that it’s in a jar means even though this has an impressive mix of antioxidants and repairing ingredients, they’re just not going to stay stable for long after you open it up!

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