Sephora's 2023 Skin Care Selection May Be the Best It's Ever Been
Self-care, for us, means paying attention to our individual skin type and giving it the care it deserves with the best skin-care products. After all, you've only got one face and you want it to look (and feel) as healthy as possible. If you're a beauty-lover and can relate, you probably know that the Sephora skin-care selection is the perfect place to look for new favorites, especially when it comes to the rotating "What's New" section.
Whether it's browsing the best product launches of the year or finding undiscovered beauty brands we hadn't heard of before, Sephora is a treasure trove for skin care. Start by stocking up on formulas that do it all (think: hydrating face masks, targeted serums, and rich moisturizers) or try something targeted for your specific needs this season. Rack up those beauty insider points with the skin-care launches we'll be talking about all year long. Plus, the products ahead happen to make great gifts, and we guarantee you have at least one birthday on the horizon). (Don't worry, shopping for yourself counts too.)
Keep reading to shop the best skin-care products at Sephora, hand picked by editors who've seen (and tried) it all. We can confirm: these 16 products belong on your vanity ASAP.
Best Brightening Eye Cream: Farmacy Wake Up Honey Eye Cream with Brightening Vitamin C
Give tired undereyes a quick pick-me-up with the Farmacy Wake Up Honey Eye Cream with Brightening Vitamin C ($45). It has a thick and creamy texture that feels supremely hydrating thanks to the honey, so if you experience dry flakes around the eyes, this is a great option. It also has caffeine formulated into the product, so it can temporarily plump the area.
Best Gentle Cleanser: Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Moisture Barrier Cleanser
Everybody's favorite brand on Instagram just launched the Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Moisture Barrier Cleanser ($28), which is a gentle cream face wash that's formulated for all skin types. Use it on its own in the morning, or as the second step in your nighttime double cleanse routine. Trust us, your sensitive, dry, or irritated skin will thank you.
Best Lightweight Moisturizer: Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Brightening Moisturizer
For anyone who wants a face cream that packs all the hydration but isn't too heavy, we recommend the Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Brightening Moisturizer ($56). The cream is moisturizing but surprisingly lightweight, so you can use it under makeup in the morning or, if you have oilier or combination skin, as the last step in your nighttime routine.
Best Retinol Serum: Summer Fridays Midnight Ritual Retinol Renewal Serum
Everybody swears by the power of retinol, but if your skin is too sensitive for the potent ingredient (or you don't want to deal with the potential drying effects), try the brand-new Summer Fridays Midnight Ritual Retinol Renewal Serum ($69) instead. It's formulated with a retinol alternative called vegan retinyl linoleate, as well as soothing oatmeal and tiger grass extract to calm the skin.
Best Sheet Mask: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Vitamin C Lactic Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask
If your self-care Sunday ritual always involves a sheet mask, this Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Vitamin C Lactic Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask ($12) is just what you're looking for. It's formulated with brightening vitamin c and the gently exfoliant lactic acid, so you can wake up on Monday not only feeling but looking refreshed, too.
Best Cleansing Oil: Mara Chia + Moringa Algae Enzyme Cleansing Oil
The Mara Chia + Moringa Algae Enzyme Cleansing Oil ($58) is the ideal first step in a double cleanse routine. The oil formula not only helps remove makeup and debris wonderfully, but it's also gentle enough for all skin types. Plus, we love the elegant packaging.
Best Rich Moisturizer: Fresh Black Tea Anti-Aging Ceramide Moisturizer
When you need a thick, rich moisturizer, this Fresh Black Tea Anti-Aging Ceramide Moisturizer ($95) does the job. It's formulated with heavy hitting hydrators like squalane and ceramides, which makes it perfect for dry skin.
Best Brightening Face Mask: Drunk Elephant Bouncy Brightfacial Brightening Mask
Winter is traditionally dull and cold, so now's the time to work on brightening up your complexion. This Drunk Elephant Bouncy Brightfacial Brightening Mask with 10% Azelaic Acid + 1% Salicylic Acid ($68) is a winner. Our editors had the chance to try this out, and you can read our review of the Drunk Elephant Bouncy Brightfacial Brightening Mask.
Best Face Oil: The Outset Ultralight Moisture-Boosting Botanical Oil
The latest launch in Scarlett Johansson's skin-care line, The Outset Ultralight Moisture-Boosting Botanical Oil ($44) is a multipurpose oil that can do everything and anything. Use it as a face oil as the last step in your skin-care routine, add a drop to your foundation to give your skin an extra grow, or run it through your hair to give it a little extra shine.
Best Barrier Cream: Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Advanced Repair Barrier Cream
If you're looking to restore or repair the skin barrier, pick up this Kiehl's Since 1851 Ultra Facial Advanced Repair Barrier Cream ($48). It's a thicker version of the brand's beloved Ultra Facial Cream, and is ideal for people with dryer skin, particularly in the winter months.
Best Pimple Patches: Peace Out Salicylic Acid Acne Day Dots
Love pimple patches enough to wear them during the day, on errands, or during work calls? You need these new Peace Out Salicylic Acid Acne Day Dots ($19), which are thinner than the brand's traditional pimple patches, and they're also sheer, so no one will be able to tell you're wearing one. Don't let that fool you, though, they're still formulated with salicylic acid and retinol to diminish breakouts just as well as the originals.
Best Niacinamide Serum: Sunday Riley B3 Nice 10% Niacinamide Serum
Niacinamide is a powerhouse skin-care ingredient that helps to even skin tone and target dark spots. If that sounds like your ideal treatment, this Sunday Riley B3 Nice 10% Niacinamide Serum ($65) would be a great addition to your everyday routine. It promises to treat post-acne scarring, enlarged pores, and redness.
Best Retinol Cream: Josie Maran Pro-Retinol Megamoisture Face Cream
If you're looking to get the benefits of retinol without the irritation that can come with the ingredient, try this Josie Maran Pro-Retinol Megamoisture Face Cream ($54). It's supremely moisturizing, which helps to combat the drying properties of the retinol, and is a great option if you're new to retinol or have more sensitive skin.
Best Exfoliating Cleanser: Tata Harper Superkind Refining Cleanser
This Tata Harper Superkind Refining Cleanser ($88) is an exfoliating cleanser, but as part of the brand's Superkind line, it's formulated for sensitive skin. The grainy rice powder helps to gently cleanse and exfoliate, and it's also formulated to be hypoallergenic, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Best Plumping Serum: Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid + Collagen + Niacinamide Activating Serum
The Skinfix Barrier+ Triple Lipid + Collagen + Niacinamide Activating Serum ($69) is loaded with active ingredients, including niacinamide and peptides, to support a plump, hydrated complexion. It's a skin-care powerhouse, and is a serum people of all skin types can use.
Best Luxury Moisturizer: Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Night Cream
Feeling like splurging? This Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Night Cream ($395) is the ultimate in luxury. It's supremely hydrating but doesn't feel too heavy on the skin, and is meant to promote microcirculation, which is the ultimate in skin repair.