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Best & Worst Skincare Products: September 2015
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September saw the addition of Beautypedia reviews for fan-favorite Drunk Elephant, which continued to impress with its great formulations. Not all the products that came across our desks performed as well, though, with fragrance being a major factor behind their lower ratings.

Here are this month’s Best and Worst Skincare products!

The Best Newly Reviewed Skincare Products

Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-Aging Eye Cream ($32.00) – The first eye cream from the brand, this rich moisturizing formula treats the eye area to an impressive array of beneficial ingredients in packaging that will keep them stable, and of course it’s fragrance-free!

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum ($90.00) – While certainly not an inexpensive option, this lightweight exfoliant contains both AHA and BHA at effective levels and pH ranges to treat a range of skin concerns, from signs of aging to enlarged pores.

Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30 ($38.00) – A great sun protection product for those with sensitive skin, this SPF features a fragrance-free formula with mineral actives, antioxidants, soothing agents, and a minimal white cast.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wash ($25.00) – This body wash is gentle enough to not cause irritation (even on sensitive skin!), but does the job when it comes to cleansing, and rinses cleanly without any residue.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($38.00) – While this won’t make dark circles disappear, it can certainly help improve their appearance with a mix of brightening pigments, vitamin C, and broad-spectrum SPF (since dark circles can appear darker with sun damage).

The Not-So-Great Newly Reviewed Skincare Products: Two Stars (or Lower)

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Nourishing Facial Water ($13.00) – While this does contain a couple of hydrating ingredients, it lacks the array of beneficial ingredients found in in today’s best toners, and features a potentially-irritating amount of fragrance.

Estee Lauder Clear Difference Oil Control/Mattifying Hydrating Gel ($50.00) – While this contains an impressive mix of antioxidants and barrier repairing ingredients, its jar packaging means those light- and air-sensitive ingredients won’t remain stable after it’s opened, and it lacks today’s best oil-controlling ingredients.

L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Day Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($24.99) – Here’s another product where jar packaging prevents the effectiveness of its best ingredients, and it contains an amount of alcohol that could potentially cause irritation.

Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Feather Weight Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 ($19.99) – Despite containing some restorative anti-aging ingredients, SPF 15 is on the low side for adequate sun protection, and the fragrance could irritate skin.

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil ($44.00) – This lightweight oil does remove dirt and makeup as claimed, without leaving skin feeling dry, but it includes lavender, which in addition to potentially irritating skin can also cause cell damage!

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Welcome to Beautypedia: Exclusives, where we share our take on current beauty trends, reveal the current Best & Worst new products, beauty dupes and more!

Check back each week for new content, and let us know what topics you would like to see us cover. Just send our team an email: BeautypediaTeam@Beautypedia.com.

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.