September means falling leaves, pulling out your sweaters, and slathering on a ton of new skin-care products that can help your skin get fortified for fall after a summer of wear and tear.
And we’re not just talking about trying a new lip gloss (though we did that—and found one that’s packed with antioxidants).
Whether it’s a blemish-busting herbal detox that works from the inside, a firming serum that reprograms your skin to fight degeneration on its own, or a healthy dry shampoo that works miracles (swear!)—this is the season for trying new things.
Read on for our favorite beauty launches this month. Missed August’s natural beauty round-up? You can find it here. —Larkin Clark
Most clay masks crack when they dry, a hint that they could be over-drying your breakout-prone skin. But this New Zealand-based brand’s mask—which contains evening primrose and organic rosehip oil for extra hydration—goes on smooth, dries intact, and leaves your skin looking brighter, and not a bit tight and dry. The deep, gentle cleanse comes from pohutukawa (an antioxidant-packed leaf extract from a tree that’s native to New Zealand that’s also antiseptic), added to the kaolin clay.
One whiff of Arya’s luxe Ayurvedic oil, and you’ll be transported to another place—say, meditating at sunset along the Amalfi coast. The balancing blend of essential oils—sesame and coconut for deep moisturizing, and cell-regenerating rosehip seed, brahmi, and neroli—is the TLC your skin needs after a post-workout shower. It hydrates deeply for being so light (because being doused in thick oil is the last thing you want after a sweat session).
If there’s one product to layer under all your other skin-care products this season, it’s this one. For its newly launched LIFT collection, Caudalie tapped Harvard Medical School to help formulate a patented blend of micro-hyaluronic acid (that’s the stuff that keeps your skin plump and smooth) and Caudalie’s stabilized grapevine resveratrol. The results are pretty brilliant. LIFT products, including this serum, actually teach your skin to increase the natural production of hyaluronic acid by a whopping 226 percent. It also amps up collagen and elastin production and slows down degeneration, giving your skin that “I just had the best nap ever” glow.
Showers are luxuries for people who don’t have to get to their desks by 9:00 a.m., after an early-morning gym session. Which is one huge reason why dry shampoo has become a post-workout beauty staple—and this new one from eco-luxe hair-care brand Rahua is a standout. Instead of blasting your head with a toxic cloud of aerosol spray, you squeeze the bottle to dispense a perfectly sized poof of the product, which is a super-smart mix of natural oil-absorbing clay and cassava (tapioca starch) with hints of star anise and vanilla. It has fab volumizing effects on clean hair, too. Buh-bye end-of-day limp locks. —Melisse Gelula
Exfoliating and soothing your skin at the same time sounds like a contradiction, but this easy-to-apply solution does just that. Lactic and mandelic acids gently reveal fresh skin without stripping it down, while calendula gets to work nixing redness, and arnica flower quells inflammation. To strengthen your skin cells against free radicals, there are grapeseed and white genepi, both rich in antioxidants. Sensitive-skinned faces, rejoice.
Fighting acne without flooding your face (or body) with chemicals can be done—but often it starts from within—like with what you’re eating—and not from what you’re putting on your skin. That’s where this new ingestible-beauty duo comes in. You take two (non-GMO, gluten-free) supplements with algae, detoxing herbs, and skin-balancing minerals to help clear skin, and two omega-3 fatty acids to help calm redness, and add the right kind of skin nourishment, right where it all starts. —Melisse Gelula
Colder weather inevitably brings chapped lips—unless you have this emollient treatment stashed in your bag. It blends cocoa and shea butters, castor and rosehip oils, and vitamin E to protect and condition your pout. Plus, it’s almost entirely organic (The Organic Pharmacy adheres to a strict 95–99.9 percent organic policy for all its products) and doesn’t contain any artificial fragrances, colorants, or preservatives. So even if you lick your lips a lot, it’s no biggie.
True Nature Botanicals Hair Care Duet ($62)
This shampoo and conditioner work together like a meditation guru for your locks. Both contain aloe leaf powder and green tea oil to tame and smooth your strands. The fresh, luxe scent comes sans artificial fragrances, and you won’t find any harsh SLS, SLES, and ALS surfactants—which strip your hair of its protective oils and moisture—either (though the shampoo does contain a mild coconut-based surfactant to create a lather).