Autumn is a time for renewal, not least when it comes to our beauty regime. This season sees a host of impressive new skincare launches to help us repair and reboot post-summer skin. From OTO’s 7-day glow CBD ampoules and La Prairie’s innovative twist on a serum to a high-performance night cream from Dr. Barbara Sturm and Augustinus Bader’s solution for fuller brows and longer lashes, The Glossary’s Beauty Director Alex Steinherr picks the stand-out new skincare products to have on your radar this autumn.
THE SEVEN-DAY SUPERCHARGER
7 Day Glow Ampoules
This new skincare treatment is a seven-day skin bootcamp for dull, lacklustre complexions from the luxury CBD brand. Each ampoule contains 25mg of pure CBD, which really works to soothe and repair stressed skin, as well as moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid, squalane and calming frankincense oil – it’s a really beautiful formulation and a saviour for tired skin. Apply post-cleanse before your moisturiser (you probably won’t need a serum) morning and night for a radiant glow after just one week.
THE COMPLEXION EVENER
Even Tone Serum
This daily lightweight serum targets uneven skin tone, such as hyperpigmentation, age spots and sun damage. The hero ingredient is amber microalgae, which works on specific areas of excessive melanin, while mandelic and glycolic acids smooth the skin and niacinamide reduces pore size and redness. Although designed for all skin types, the gentle, soothing formula is particularly good if you’ve a sensitive complexion.
THE SUPER BRIGHTENER
The Exceptional Vitamin C Booster
What is particularly interesting about this four-week intensive treatment is its long-term micro-dosed delivery system – while it contains 20% pure L-ascorbic acid, which is very potent, alongside eight additional sources of antioxidant Vitamin C, it is released throughout the day rather than in one go. Mix with your serum and apply to cleansed skin – my tip is to leave it for a minute before your moisturiser – for visibly brighter skin.
THE NECK FIRMER
Fermitif Neck Renewal Serum
The neck and décolletage don’t have as many oil glands as the face so tend to be drier and can look crepey. This beautifully light, rose-scented serum contains skin-tightening ingredients including bio-firming and bio-renewal peptides to instantly lift the skin, as well as the repairing and revitalising antioxidant CoQ10, collagen-boosting Vitamin C and allantoin and green tea to soothe and hydrate. Apply morning and night with the dual-ended applicator tool for best results.
THE GENTLE SMOOTHER
Superkind Refining Cleanser
If you have a sensitised or reactive complexion, this is a really gentle cleanser that nourishes at the same time as it exfoliates. The cleansing agent is lipid-based so it won’t disturb the skin barrier, while the rice powder buffs away dead flaky skin without irritation, the lactic acid delivers hydration and cranberry enzymes boost cell renewal and dissolve dry skin to reveal a much healthier skin surface.
THE LASH AND BROW ENHANCER
The Eyebrow and Lash Enhancing Serum
This brand new serum is a two-in-one solution for lashes and brows. A unique dual-sided wand ensures precise application of the irritant-free formulation, which contains clean ingredients including red winter algae to improve hair density, biotin and plant-based extracts to stimulate hair follicles, as well as the brand’s proprietary TFC8®-powered technology, for fuller, stronger, thicker brows and lashes.
THE SKIN PLUMPER
Cell Renewing Essence
I really like this brand and I have loved using this multi-functional essence – it’s like a wellness elixir. Texture-wise, it sits between a toner and a serum and is packed with bio-fermented ingredients and hyaluronic acid to soften, plumpen and enhance radiance. The base is aloe juice, which is super hydrating and soothing. I put it on after cleansing, before my serum, to bring my skin back to life.
THE OVERNIGHT FIXER
Dr. Barbara Sturm
Super Anti-Ageing Night Cream
When we age, the skin’s nighttime repair and regeneration process slows down. This high-performance moisturiser optimises the skin’s renewal process – it contains a peptide derived from avocado to repair damaged cells and another which strengthens the skin’s micro-circulation. Its silky, not-too-heavy-duty consistency is perfect for this time of year.
THE INTENSIVE REGENERATOR
Prestige La Creme Texture Riche
An upgrade on the original, this rich, velvety moisturiser is ideal for dry to very dry skin. Based around the Rose de Granville and contains 94% natural origin ingredients including a new extract called Rosapeptide. Known for its regenerative and intensive repair properties, it acts on the skin’s lipids, ceramides and collagen to reverse the signs of ageing, leaving skin feeling hydrated and much smoother.
THE INNOVATIVE ELIXIR
Skin Caviar Harmony L‘Extrait
This elixir, La Prairie’s version of a serum, approaches ageing in a new way by targeting the skin’s ligaments – its vertical scaffolding – to address loss of volume and sagging. Formulated with a blend of proprietary caviar ingredients and glycerin, you only need to massage a few drops into skin after cleansing and toning for an immediate tightness, while over time skin is firmer and smoother, with fine lines and wrinkles reduced.