The glossy shelves of your favorite department store or beauty retailer isn’t the only place to look if you’re looking to seriously better your skin. Sometimes, the brands you haven’t heard of yet are the ones delivering the most impressive results behind the scenes. Here, 14 under-the-radar picks that don’t dissapoint.
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LOLI Beauty ($8–$78)
This minimalistic brand makes personalized skin care easy and finally lets you “take beauty into your own hands” with an assortment of organic blend-it-yourself ingredients. First, choose a base formula to either hydrate, cleanse or treat your skin, hair or body—Date Nut Brûlée, Matcha Coconut Paste and Purple Corn Grains are the best-sellers—then customize it with mix-in formulas like rosehip oil, grapeseed, sweet orange water or royal Manuka honey for boosted results.
This mild, alcohol-free serum is as lightweight as they come—it goes on like water and sinks in just the same—and is created with hyaluronic acid and three Australian berries to replenish depleted moisture levels in all skin types, even the most sensitive (eczema-prone included).
Turmeric isn’t just a buzzy ingredient in the kitchen. When used on the skin, it’s shown to calm irritation, reduce redness and lessen fine lines. This Australian-based line combines the ingredient with kaolin clay, macadamia oil, orange peel extract and green tea extract to help hit the reset button on an aged, ruddy complexion.
Purvari Rose Petal Mist ($40)
Just about the closest thing to applying rose petals to your skin, the process of steam distillation allows all of the nutrients, polyphenols and antioxidants from the petals to be carefully bottled into one luxe, 100-percent organic mist. The result: hydrated skin, controlled oil production, reduced redness and brightened tone.
This facialist’s waitlist is three years long, but you can buy her products instantly. My favorite: this lightweight botanical serum that calms your senses while hydrating skin (try applying it on damp skin) and leaves behind a gorgeous, barely there shimmer that’s not the least bit cheesy.
This wellness-centric brand rolls out much more than diffusers and oil blends (though you should definitely check those out too). This plant-based serum-moisturizer utilizes wholly natural ingredients instead of ones that may irritate the skin—myrtle, tea tree and evening primrose oils are bottled here—to balance out oily and combination skin while dousing it with moisture.
Created in France and tested by pilots and jet-setters, this cabin-friendly offering (it’s totally airless, meaning it packs in the most product possible) is one part primer, another part cream-meets-energizing mask. It goes on smooth with a sweet scent and instantly blurs pores and wrinkles for a fresh-faced look even at 40,000 feet.
Skinfix Soothing Wash ($20)
If you have ecsema or easily irritated skin, this comforting wash is a must. Free of fragrance, nut ingredients, soy, parabens, sulfates and phthalates (and pretty much everything that would exacerbate your sensitive skin), this coconut-based cleanser gently washes away the day while colloidal oatmeal and natural oils calm screaming skin.
You’ve heard of Dr. Pimple Popper, but have you heard of her skin care line? Three percent sulfur takes the place of benzoyl peroxide in this blemish cream that proves it’s so much more than just a spot treatment. Whether you use it all over your face or only where you need it, the nonirritating formula works to treat current breakouts and prevent future ones from forming without drying the skin or adding more irritation.
This luxe body oil is brimming with organic natural oils—castor, grapeseed, rosehip, emu, patchouli, neroli, helichrysum and fractionated coconut oils made the cut—along with vitamin E to make preventing and fading stretch marks simple. But the spray-on formula makes it a must for mark-free skin, too, as the natural hydration is delivers—and its ease of application—is hard to replicate.
ISDIN K-Ox Eyes ($85)
Hailing from Spain, vitamin K oxide—the most active (read: faster-acting) form of the vitamin—is the star ingredient in this potent yet lightweight eye treatment that quickly banishes puffiness and dark circles and replaces them with brightness and more even tone.
The retailer recently launched an skin care collection that’s geared toward active lifestyles (or those of us who always need more time). First up: this multitasking shower oil that’s perfect for super dry skin. The decadent oil develops into a milky foam that perfectly hydrates and softens skin while prepping it for a smooth shave with help from aloe, cucumber and vitamin E.
Created by a rosacea patient, this gentle offering promises to be effective but never irritating. Case in point: this cleansing mousse, rich in citric acid, peppermint oil (a natural antimacrobial) and aloe vera leaf, that removes every speck of makeup and exfoliates but without any harsh granules or stripping the skin of its essential moisture levels.
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