No longer must you wait for the tabloids to get the hot scoop on the latest skin care ingredients used by various celebrities for their personal regimen. Just take a look around — on social platforms, drugstore shelves, online websites, and even on your own dressing table, and you will get a clear notion that skin care, in general, is having quite a moment. In contemporary times, consumers are becoming more interested in, and educated about, what they are putting on their skin, and the industry is acknowledging this as well. We have to realise that putting a little extra effort into the health of your skin will not only reap long-term benefits, but will also have a knock-on impact on your makeup routine. So, if you want smoother skin, fewer skin care concerns and less makeup time with better results, it is important to remember that #selfcare is crucial, and pampering your skin is an indulgence that should never be frowned upon. From ethical to the escapist, these skin care ingredients are about to get trendy.
1. CBD Oil (Cannabidiol): Cannabis has always been a hot topic of controversy, but recently, it has found its way into the realm of dermatology, thanks to the benefits this controversial ingredient provides to the skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), cannabis has some anti-inflammatory properties, and there is potential for the use of tropical formulations made with CBD oil, as they might assist in reducing inflammation associated with certain skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis. Even though further research is still awaited, one thing is certain; that the products formulated with CBD oil do not create any type of ‘high’, because they lack in THC, the chemical accountable for the psychoactive impacts of marijuana. However, before you give products formulated with cannabis a try, make sure to test a tiny area of skin with the formula first. If no reaction occurs, apply the product as directed.
2. Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs): When talking about chemical skin exfoliators, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and betahydroxy acids (BHAs) tops the chart. But have you heard of polyhydroxy acids? They are a new group of hydroxy acids, commonly referred to as a new generation of AHAs, which have been whirring around social-media and skin care communities recently. Similar to AHAs and BHAs, these are chemical exfoliators that can help in scraping away dead cells from the skin’s surface, but are less likely to irritate the skin, resulting in an even tone and radiant look. PHAs can be suitable for post-procedure use and also for sensitive skin types. They might also provide better moisturisation and can aid towards strengthening the skin barrier capacity. Some of the most recognised PHAs are gluconolactone and lactobionic.
3. Retinol: Yes, we know that retinol has been around forever. Though, that does not change the fact that people are still mesmerised by its anti ageing benefits. It is one of the most sought after ingredient for skin care, and its unbeatable track record speaks for itself. So, do not be surprised if you find some of your favourite brands still formulating new products inspired by this powerful vitamin A derivative. Although, due to the strong nature of retinol, it is crucial to gradually build up the skin’s tolerance towards the ingredient. Start with a lower concentration and let it buil up over time. Furthermore, retinol can amplify the skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so it is best to ask your dermatologist first before application.
4. Bakuchiol: There is no denying the fact that retinol is the multi-tasking superhero for skin, but it’s strong, concentrated and powerful nature is hard to miss. Though, there are steps that can curb the effects of retinol on sensitive skin types, a fairly new ingredient known as bakuchiol is being proclaimed as a more-refined alternative. Fun fact, bakuchiol shares no structural similarity to retinol. Some clinical case studies have shown a significant correction in the appearance, wrinkles, pigmentation, resiliency and photodamag of the skin after the usage of bakuchiol. The idea is that this alternative can hold a massive potential to deliver anti-ageing effects similar to that of retinol.
5. Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrated skin never goes out of style, and there are very few products that can assist you in achieving the intense level of moisturisation that hyaluronic acid can. So, for that reason, and more, we do not envision hyaluronic acid going anywhere anytime soon. This powerhouse of hydration can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water, hydrating the skin with moisture, and making it look softer, smoother and more youthful.
6. Petroleum Jelly: If there is one trending ingredient hidden in plain sight, it is petroleum jelly. This household item is one that you have been accustomed to since childhood, and fortunately it is packed with goodness. From moisturising dry skin to rehydrating nails and skin cracks, we believe it is a must ingredient to append in your everyday skin care regimen, if you haven’t already.