We’re halfway through the year, summer is in full swing, and our social lives are about to get back to normal! It’s the perfect time of year to review some of the best trending skincare ingredients so that you know how to get that perfect glow this summer.
This year we’ve seen numerous ingredients burst onto the scene. Some are brand new, ‘fresh from the lab’ while others you will have already heard of but not necessarily considered them for your skin. Whether you’ve got a nagging skin issue that you want to resolve or you’re just looking to improve your overall complexion, our trending skincare ingredients list will help you find what you need.
First up, we’re getting fruity with watermelon extract. It turns out that there’s more to this tasty fruit than a delicious breakfast. Watermelon extract is being used in a variety of products. Face serums, moisturisers, sleep masks – you name it and there will be a skincare company that’s experimented with watermelon extract in one of their products this year. But why the hype? Well, watermelon extract is high in vitamin c, amino acids, and lycopene which is an antioxidant that’s been proven to protect against sun-damage. If that’s not enough it also promotes cell regeneration, locks in moisture, and works well as a cleanser. We love it so much, we put it in our cleansing oil!
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Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that our bodies naturally produce. It helps to tighten pores, reduce fine lines & wrinkles, and improve dull skin tones. However, niacinamide’s superpower is its ability to strengthen the skin’s surface. When applied topically, Niacinamide increases naturally occurring lipids on the skin’s surface and reduces water loss. This has the effect of improving skin texture and strengthening the skin barrier which protects against environmental damage that makes the skin appear older and less radiant.
AHAs, BHAs & PHAs
AHAs and BHAs are non-toxic chemical skin exfoliators that have been used in skincare products for some time. They’re part of the hydroxy-acid group of compounds that are fantastic exfoliators capable of revitalising your skin. In 2021, there’s a new kid on the block. PHAs (or polyhydroxy acids if you’re looking for the science-y definition) is on the rise. It can be used in combination with AHAs and BHAs for a complete chemical skin exfoliator package. However, PHAs’ job is to gently remove dead skin cells and other impurities to leave your skin looking brighter, more even, and healthier.
CBD (cannabidiol) has been viewed as a wonder ingredient for some time, touted for its ability to relieve pain and reduce anxiety. It was about time we found out what CBD could do for your skin, and luckily it didn’t disappoint. CBD’s main benefit is that it has anti-inflammatory properties. Reducing inflammation can help to treat inflammatory skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. While research on how CBD affects our skin is in its infancy, some positive results have been published. They cite CBD as ‘a safe and effective non-invasive alternative [for] some skin disorders’.
Inspiration from the natural world continues with our next trending skincare ingredient – mushrooms. Yes, that’s right, fungi have made the leap from the forest to your face. It’s become a popular skincare ingredient thanks to its anti-ageing, moisturizing and antioxidant properties. Mushrooms like shiitake, reishi, and portobello are being included in serums, lotions, ointments, and topical creams.
Another ingredient that we’ve been used to eating is now being included in skincare products. Probiotic skincare is a hot trend that’s been shown to have anti-ageing properties, reduce acne break out, manage dry, flaky skin and prevent UV damage. As we age the PH of our skin increases which helps bad bacteria to flourish, resulting in ageing, tired and unhealthy skin. So, probiotic skincare works by restoring the balance of good-to-bad bacteria, resulting in healthy skin.
This next ingredient is something that some of you will have been waiting for, an alternative to retinol. There’s no doubt that for some, retinol can work wonders, but for others, it causes negative side effects like dryness, itching and peeling skin. Bakuchiol is a relatively new ingredient found in the seeds and leaves of the Psoralea corylifolia plant. It’s beginning to get recognized as a gentler alternative to retinol. It’s a completely different compound but according to some research, it has the same effects with fewer downsides. According to a study on the effectiveness of Bakuchiol as an alternative to Retinol, participants after 12 weeks who used a Bakuchiol infused skincare product twice daily saw significant improvements in lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, elasticity, skin firmness, and a reduction in photodamage.
This juicy little fruit is good for more than just wine. Grapeseed oil has been used in skincare for some time but seems to be having a resurgence this year. The list of benefits includes treating break-out prone skin, reducing redness, lightening scars, hydrating & firming skin, boosting collagen production, lessening hyperpigmentation, combating free radical damage, and it’s even anti-microbial (which means it kills or stops the spread of microorganisms on your skin). Think of grapeseed oil as the jack of all trades of the skincare world, it really does everything!