Skincare Lines You Need to Know

Beauty Director Jane Larkworthy shares six skincare lines you might never have heard of but should.


“I’ve never been a huge fan of Kimora Lee Simmons’s world, but her demanding, give-me-results-or-else attitude has paid off with her new skincare line, Shinto Clinical. Developed with a dermatologist, Shinto features problem solvers like the skin-smoothing Wrinkle Shrink and, my favorite, Pore It Out, which uses silk extract, tea tree, and mushroom silica to virtually wipe away large pores.”


“Overlooking the quirky name (luxury meets nature) is worth it, as this three-product line is all about smoothing skin with peptides and rose hip oil, as well as the star ingredient, pure Pacific Ocean rainwater. Its Sophisticated Veil Anti-Aging Deep Moisturizing Serum gives skin an automatic supple, silky smoothness.”


“Getting its name from dermatologist Craig Austin’s use of sugarcane-derived glycolic acid, Cane + Austin does skin smoothing well. Its newest product: Retexturizing Body Pads, with 10 percent glycolic acid, so knees and elbows can be as soft as cheeks.”


“Elayda users receive formulations of the line’s star moisturizer, Transforming Complex, with increasingly higher concentrations of retinol, every two months. Antioxidants, peptides, and amino acids work with the retinol so even the most sensitive skin can acclimate and tolerate the effective ingredient.”


“Based on a high-quality, stable form of vitamin C from Japan, this gentle line is great for sensitive skin with issues like acne, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea. The skin-calming Bio Cell+ Mask uses freeze-dried marine collagen, along with vitamin C, to help bring a subtle glow to a complexion.”


“A group of biotech scientists discovered a compound in microalgae that possessed protective and regenerative properties. And Algenist was born, centered around this compound, alguronic acid. Its Concentrated Reconstructing Serum helps firm skin and diminish wrinkles.”