Launch List: The Best Skin Care Launching in May

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Hundreds of products come across our desks every month, but not all of them deliver on their claims or live up to the hype. (Not everything that goes viral on TikTok is a miracle worker.) This is our exclusive curation of the best-in-class skin-care products receiving rave reviews from our team and hitting shelves right now. 

1 / 5

Nécessaire The Neck Serum ($60)

Guilty of staring down at screen after screen all day long and have the neck lines to prove it? Me too. This anti-aging formula doubles as a serum and moisturizer and has the dreamiest texture—it feels like a water cream and melts into skin in seconds with absolutely zero residue (ie, your hair will not stick to your neck after you apply it). It contains five collagen-boosting peptides and a trio of nourishing and hydrating vitamins and botanicals: niacinamide, squalane and rosewater. Plus, in true Necessaire fashion, it’s dermatologist-tested and its glass bottle is 100-percent recyclable.

2 / 5

HIDE Power Nap Eye Roller ($28)

From new moms running on zero sleep to college students pulling all-nighters, and every other sleep-deprived person in between, this cooling gel-cream acts like a power nap for tired eyes, hence its name. Massage the stainless steel ball into dry, puffy spots and let the collagen-infused, oil-based formula work its magic so you look well-rested. 

3 / 5

La Prairie Pure Gold Nocturnal Balm ($975)

Ultra-luxe and indulgent, this rich balm utilizes La Prairie’s 90 years of Swiss cellular science to reenergize skin overnight—when skin is in repair mode—so it can look and act more youthful. The brand’s proprietary Pure Gold Diffusion System delivers releases gold and a blend of nutrients into the skin in a three-step process to increase radiance and firmness.

The cap of the gold metal jar houses a cooling Nocturnal Massage Stone made of sculpted marble, which can be used after applying the balm as a relaxing bedtime ritual to soothe tired facial muscles and increase lymphatic drainage. The jar is also refillable, which aligns with the brand’s commitment to sustainability.

4 / 5

Exuviance Clarifying & Renewing Serum ($49)

Sure to become a staple for oily and acne-prone skin types this summer, this lightweight serum contains multitasking niacinamide to help fade post-acne marks and even skin tone, exfoliating neoglucosamine to clarify skin and unclog large, stretched-out pores, and brightening licorice root extract.

In the brand’s clinical study, after four weeks of twice-daily use, 91 percent of users reported brighter skin with a smoother texture and more even tone; 89 percent said their skin was firmer, renewed, rejuvenated and looked healthier; and 86 percent reported that their post-acne marks appeared faded.

5 / 5

Milk Makeup Hydro Ungrip Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm ($36)

From the brand known for its makeup-gripping primers comes a new cleansing balm that easily takes them all off— it’s already getting rave reviews from Sephora customers. Blue agave extract (also a key ingredient in the cult-classic Hydro Grip Primer) is combined with soybean and sunflower oils, hemp seed extract, hyaluronic acid and aloe to effectively remove a full face of makeup and grime while leaving skin soft and nourished. Massage it into dry skin, add water for a milky lather, and then watch everything come off onto your wash cloth with one swipe.

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