We’re all for sticking to what works when it comes to your beauty routine. The moisturizer you adopted in high school may be just what your skin needs, and the cleanser you’ve been buying in bulk for years may be the only thing that keeps everything balanced. But no matter how much you love your current skin care regimen when you’re going about your routine at home or packing your favorite beauty products for a flight away from home, it never hurts to see what other options are out there.
Ahead, check out a few of our favorite new skin care brands, and you just might find a new product or two to love. Sure, you can stick to your Clinique moisturizer, your Estée Lauder serum, your L’Oreal lotions, and your Lancôme makeup remover. But there are some exciting new names that are worth checking out if you want to add a dose of something new to your routine.
1. Cane + Austin
Cane + Austin is a skin care line from dermatologist Craig Austin, who champions glycolic acid derived from sugar cane as an essential part of at-home skin care. The idea is that Cane + Austin products use glycolic acid to “exfoliate, hydrate and reduce signs of aging for healthy, younger-looking skin.” Many of the line’s products get rave reviews, but a widely-cited favorite is the Cane + Austin Miracle Pads, which aim to deliver results comparable to those of a 30% glycolic acid peel.
2. Drunk Elephant
Drunk Elephant is a skin care brand founded by Tiffany Masterson, who wants products that are safe, effective, unscented, and non-irritating. Virgin marula oil is a key ingredient in Drunk Elephant’s products, and also gives the brand its memorable name, thanks to a myth that elephants like to eat the fruit that falls from Marula trees. Once they eat the fruit, fermentation occurs inside their stomachs and the elephants become drunk, supposedly. Drunk Elephant’s products won’t actually get you tipsy, but they use the best of natural and synthetic materials and efficacious percentages of active ingredients. Crowd favorites like the T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum and the C-Firma Day Serum will address your skin care concerns much more effectively and with a lot less irritation than many other brands.
Farmacy is a skin care brand founded by plantsman Mark Veeder, who patented a type of flower variety, and farming expert Robert Beyfuss, who cultivates the plant in upstate New York. Farmacy’s products all contain farm-grown botanicals and naturally derived ingredients, and they’re irritant-free (unlike skin care from many other “natural” brands). There are plenty of Farmacy products to love, but a great place to start is the brand’s collection of “perennial picks,” which includes an assortment of products powered by the patented Echinacea GreenEnvy, including the Invincible Root Cell Anti-Aging Serum, the Sleep Tight Renewing Night Treatment, the Rise ‘N Shine Daily Moisture Lock, and the New Day Gentle Cleansing Grains.
Glossier is a cult-favorite skin care and makeup brand founded by Emily Weiss of Into The Gloss fame. The idea of the brand is that beauty “should be fun, easy, imperfect, and personal,” and Glossier’s Phase 1 skin care products are all designed to work together to give you “glowy, dewy skin.” Each of Glossier’s skincare products — including the Milky Jelly Cleanser, the Priming Moisturizer, and the Balm Dotcom — has its devotees. If you can’t decide, you can always try out the Glossier Phase 1 Set to see what all the hype is about.
5. Herbivore Botanicals
Herbivore Botanicals was founded by husband-and-wife team Julia Wills and Alexander Kummerow. Their goal is to create skin care products that are “safe, non-toxic, and highly effective.” Each product is formulated so every ingredient is included for a reason, meaning there are no fillers. The brand also offers “intoxicating scents and luxurious textures” so you enjoy your skin care routine. A few favorites from Herbivore Botanicals include the Blue Tansy resurfacing mask, the Coco Rose body polish, and the Phoenix facial oil.
6. Tata Harper
Tata Harper is the so-called queen of the green skin care movement’s eponymous skin care line. The brand uses 100% natural and non-toxic ingredients, and its products are manufactured in small batches at the line’s Vermont laboratory. Each product is formulated by Harper and a team of industry experts comprising chemists, biologists, botanists, and integrated medicine practitioners. Some Tata Harper products that consistently get rave reviews are the Illuminating Moisturizer, the Purifying Mask, and the Replenishing Nutrient Complex.
7. Verso Skincare
Verso Skincare, a line that’s formulated to make your skin look younger and healthier, is a name to know. The brand uses a formula called Retinol 8, which is reportedly eight times more effective than typical Retinol in the same dosage, and helps the skin to mimic how young skin cells behave. The brand’s skin care products stimulate production of collagen and hyaluronic acid to reduce the signs of aging. Each of Verso’s products has its devotees, but ones you’ll hear about particularly often are the Verso Day Cream and Verso Night Cream.