Spring brings buds on trees, daffodils in the parks, and skin-care launches on the shelves of beauty stores.
We perused the natural newcomers, and found four especially fresh-faced options that make us feel renewed and luminous just looking at the labels. (And, during a test-run, they also proved their mettle.)
Here are the spring debuts we’ll be cleansing with, dabbing on, and beautifying with for clear, bright, and healthy-looking skin all season long. And beyond…. —Melisse Gelula
JOANNA VARGAS SKINCARE
Contributing to the pristine visages of Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, and Naomi Watts put this New York natural facialist on the map. Now, with the launch of her results-oriented line, you can have access to Vargas’s skin-care intelligence in your bathroom. And, if your skin is not adjusting well to the new season, you’d be smart to.
The Exfoliating Mask with fruit enzymes and lactic acid is must-have for most skin-types (especially the type that doesn’t get regular facials). And the Daily Serum, with vitamins A, C, and hyaluronic acid, provides serious hydration that also feels super light and balancing. The line works like green juice on the skin, and, Vargas, who’s known for giving her clients juice recipes, would say that’s the perfect inside-outside prescription for clear, luminous skin.
This is the first brand co-created by a beauty blogger and beauty brand. Minneapolis-based Dehn of Beauty Bets formed “a true collaboration—not that celebrity-fragrance, name-only thing” with One Love. “I was really picky and really involved,” says Dehn, who dreamed of an uber-moisture-based line. And Suzanne LeRoux, One Love’s president and chemist, enjoyed “geeking out” on finding ways to make plant oils and vitamins take on seriously nourishing shape.
The result? A sumptuous Active Moisture Vitamin E shea-butter Eye Balm ($48; it’s the texture of whipped cream cheese) that de-puffs with fennel. And a gentle-yet-effective Active Moisture Vitamin C Serum ($68), with green tea oil, that nourishes, brightens, and hydrates like you’ve been to see your facialist. Somehow your skin still looks dewy an hour later after using these. We’re expecting big things—and more products—from this brilliant beauty alliance.
When you have a science background and love beauty products, but go into banking, sometimes your heart calls you back. That was the case with Shahnaz Hussain, the founder of Tres Pure. The pretty (and still ambitious) New Yorker supports cooperatives in Uganda to farms in Tunisia, when sourcing the ethical, clean, and often super-expensive ingredients (we’re not going to lie) that make up her luxe line. (The popular product trio above is $145.) And while Tres Pure is made in New York, it has fans from London to the UAE, and has just started to catch on at home.
The natural products are simple—rice and adzuki bean is used in the scrub, carrot seed in the toner, and a blend of marula, chamomile, and other plant oils hydrate and brighten skin in the face oil (a best-seller). As Hussain says, “The simplicity of quality ingredients is the secret behind beautiful skin. And I think that’s what people really want.”
The performance-based “hippie tested, diva-approved” makeup brand just got a white-hot makeover—both the packaging and what’s inside it.
Now the entire handcrafted, natural line contains skin-calming organic aloe, which “adds amazing luminosity, and a creamier, more blendable texture,” explains color director, Shirley Pinkson. You can really see the aloe’s magic in the foundations that absorb excess shine without disappearing your glow. (No mannequin skin!)
Spring brings three new multitasking Universalist Colorsticks ($33) for cheeks and lips (we heart the blood-orange No. 6). And we’re not the only one loving the brand reboot: W3LL PEOPLE will have pride of place in H&M’s new luxe retail stores, called & Other Stories, in London, Paris, Milan, and beyond, reaching scores of healthy beauties across the pond.