These Are the Freshest Beauty Products of 2018
These Are the Freshest Beauty Products of 2018
Fresh Beauty for Au Natural Lovers
Like the food industry, the beauty industry moves at the speed of light—and sometimes you just need a little guidance to cut through all the clutter and new products. We can help! Our team of editors have tested all of the items on this list, from refreshing skin masks and lip stains, to dry shampoo and body butter. We've got the Korean beauty craze covered, too, with items from Too Cool for School and Glow Recipe that'll do wonders for your skin. Whether your shopping for yourself or a loved one, we have you covered this holiday season.
Too Cool for School's Egg Collection Kit
Too Cool for School's egg-based formulas have caused a frenzy in the beauty world. Their single-use sheet masks incorporate the rejuvenating powers of egg yolks and egg white extracts to revitalize oily skin in just 20 minutes.
One editor uses the Egg Mellow Cream frequently before bedtime to help skin feel tighter. It helps firm up the delicate under-eye area, and the product's coconut extract helps naturally brighten skin in just one wash. For those who have yet to sample Too Cool for School's signature product, this complete set is a great way to introduce the benefits of egg protein.
Klorane's Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk
Another favorite for Cooking Light editors, Klorane's line of aerosol dry shampoos works for most hair types and colors. Klorane's oat milk-based formula does a fantastic job of combating an oily scalp and erasing any lankness in style (read: it's a godsend for when you sleep through your morning alarm and need to leave the house in a hurry.) It's great for dark-haired users, too, as it doesn't leave any powdery white residue.
Saturday Skin Refining Peel Gel
Looking to unclog your pores without using harsh chemicals? Saturday Skin's formula relies on papaya extract and an enzyme known as bromelain—naturally found in pineapple—to gently exfoliate skin to get that lit-from-within glow.
Glow Recipe Watermelon Sleeping Mask Set
This product is so hot that it often flies off the shelf at Sephora. Ann Pittman, Cooking Light's executive food editor, uses this nighttime staple to rehydrate and cleanse her skin before bed. If a dull complexion and uneven skin tone are issues for you, this could be the cleansing agent you're looking for. Plus, it smells delicious (like a watermelon Jolly Rancher!)
First Aid Beauty's Ginger and Turmeric Vitamin C Face Jelly Mask
Caudalie Beauty Elixir Set
Cooking Light's social media editor, Kaylee Hammonds, swears by the skin-tightening agents in this elixir that she uses after washing her face every night. The product is designed to seal your pores to further prevent dirt from accumulating within the skin.
Ellovi Body Butter
Ellovi's super luxe lotion formula has just six ingredients: macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, hemp oil, shea butter, marula oil, and non-GMO corn starch. Plus, you'll want to eat it: the body butter smells just like a Girl Scout cookie.
Oribe Dry Styling Collection
This 3-piece collection comes with a full-sized texturizing spray, plus a travel-sized dry shampoo and texturizing spray (perfect for tossing into your suitcase or stashing in your desk drawer.) These sprays help build volume and texture of hair, without any unwanted crunch or stiffness. Bonus: They smell amazing.
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Detox Kit
If you've been fighting the effects of harsh weather or pollution, Peter Thomas Roth's cucumber gel mask—which is packed with star ingredients such as papaya, chamomile, pineapple, sugarcane, and orange extract—can help sooth angry, red, raw, and cracked skin. Alongside a foaming cleanser and a tightening hydrating gel, this set is an impressive solution to living in a harsh climate. More than 375 beauty aficionados agree, giving it a 4-star rating on Sephora.com as a solution to dry and sensitive skin types.
OUAI Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets
Zee Krstic, Cooking Light's assistant digital editor, is a born-and-bred New Englander who often carries a small box of Bounce dryer sheets in his day bag in the dead of winter. Why? "I used to run into bathrooms and pat my hair down with dryer sheets to try and get rid of all the static-y frizz," he says. Ouai's Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets also help fight frizzy hair, but without the added detergent scent.
A pack of 15 travel-sized pouches is just $18, and you won't need to lather oil-based sprays onto your mane to beat frizz in cold weather.
LANCÔME Le Petit Macaron Rosy Glow Blush & Blender Duo
A beauty gift for a true foodie, Lancome's adorable blush and blender set can help you achieve a perfectly flushed look. You can apply the blush directly with your fingers, or use the included blender to achieve a faded effect in seconds.
Malie Organics Illuminating Serum
Jaime Ritter, Cooking Light's associate editor, tried this line of Hawiian-based beauty products and fell in love. They're made with Hawaiian Hydrosols and natural plant essences, which hydrate and nourish your skin (and also make it smell amazing!)
Jaime's favorite product was the illuminating serum. She says, "If you're looking for a just-got-back-from-the-spa glow, you need to ask Santa to put this serum in your stocking."
Glossier Cloud Paint Duo
Glossier is every millenial's favorite beauty brand at the moment, and they've just released a new blush product that uses the power of absorbent collagen to create a custom gel blush for many skin tones. You get to mix and match your shades of "cloud" paint at checkout, and at home, simply rub into your cheeks for an enhanced complexion.
Bioderma Micellar Water
Forget makeup wipes—this micellar water manages to remove even stubborn smudges and colors. It's paraben free, hypoallergenic, and made with a mild formula to keep irritated skin clean without completely drying it out. An added bonus: a dash of micellar water is also known to remove stubborn kitchen stains, to boot.
Clarins Water Lip Stain
When they say "water," they really mean it—Clarins' new formula is actually more than 70 percent H2O, according to its product page. This lip stain is particularly durable, with many reviewers saying it lasts through drinks, dinner, and dessert unaffected. It comes in four different shades and retails for just $28.
Vapour Aer Next-Level Deodorant
A little of this au natural deodorant goes a long way—you'll notice that many harsh chemicals and additives used in drugstore deodorants are not used here, including talc and synthetic ingredients. Simply roll on in the morning and go.
FRESH Black Tea Perfecting Mask
The ingredient list on this must-have cleansing mask may actually sound similar to what you have in your pantry right now: fermented black tea kombucha, lychee seed extract, jicama roots, and sake. It visibly brightens and softens any complexion, thanks to an airy whipped solution that promises immediate cooling upon first touch.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Water Resistant Sunscreen
Jennifer Garner told Southern Living that the secret to her radiant complexion is actually sunscreen—and this Neutrogena product is her all-time favorite. "You don't have intentions to brush your teeth, then not brush them," Garner said. "We all brush our teeth, every single day. [Sunscreen] has to be as non-negotiable as brushing your teeth."