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Best & Worst Skincare Products: November 2015
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Variety was the order of the month in November when it came to the skincare products reviewed by the Beautypedia Research Team! The offerings ran the gamut from a luxurious lip balm to a bargain acne moisturizer to a cutting-edge anti-aging product. While many of them impressed us, others simply didn’t live up to their promises. Here are this month’s Best and Worst Skincare Products.

The Best Newly Reviewed Skincare Products (Four to Five Stars)

Drunk Elephant Lippe ($22.00) – Drunk Elephant’s products have impressed us, and this lip balm is no exception! The fragrance-free formula loaded of rich emollients to moisturize lips and if that wasn’t enough, it’s also got an impressive blend of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients. Plus, its convenient twist-up packaging means it’s perfect for on-the-go application!

Paula’s Choice Resist Skin Firming Line Minimizer ($50.00) – A first for the brand, this super-light fluid contains a good mix of anti-aging ingredients in a formula that’s compatible with the rest of your skincare routine, along with an amino acid complex that emerging research shows could reignite skin’s cellular metabolism.

Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster ($65.00) – This serum-like product claims to help repair skin’s barrier, and it has the goods to do just that, with an assortment of ingredients proven to be barrier boosters. Though it does contain some fragrance, it’s in an amount that shouldn’t be a problem for most.

Estee Lauder NightWear Plus 3-Minute Detox Mask ($45.00) – This rinse-off mask is easy to apply and remove, and though it absorbs excess oil and refines the appearance of pores, leaves skin feeling soft and smooth instead of dry and tight.

Clinique Sculptwear Lift and Contour Serum for Face and Neck ($54.50) – Though this serum can’t lift sagging skin (that’s the work of cosmetic procedures), its fragrance-free formula does contain several anti-oxidants and peptides to help give skin an anti-aging boost.

The Worst Newly Reviewed Skincare Products (Two Stars or Lower)

Clinique Sculptwear Contouring Massage Cream Mask ($44.50) – Though there’s a lot to like about this mask (it’s fragrance-free and has a very good mix of moisturizing ingredients), its jar packaging means many of its best ingredients will start to lose their effectiveness as soon as it’s opened.

Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay ($25.00) – Origins’ mask delivers on its claims to absorb excess oil, but its highly-fragrance formula puts skin at risk for irritation, and it’s difficult to remove once it dries (which happens pretty quickly).

Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Daily Replenishing Oil ($49.00) – You’ll get glowing, smoother skin immediately after using this facial oil, but unfortunately it has enough fragrant plant oils and other fragrance ingredients that it poses a risk of irritation.

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Moisturizer Pink Grapefruit ($8.99) – Salicylic acid is touted as one of the standouts of this moisturizer, and while it’s present at an effective pH, there isn’t quite enough of it to be effective. Plus, the heavily fragranced formula poses a risk of irritation that could lead to more breakouts and oil production.

Sonia Kashuk Resurface Gentle Exfoliating Wash ($14.99) – This wash from makeup artist Sonia Kashuk’s first skincare line definitely leaves skin feeling smooth, but the gritty scrubbing particles could lead to micro-tears in skin, and it’s fragranced enough that it could potentially irritate sensitive skin.

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The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally continues the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn’t—and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!

The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula’s Choice or another brand.