Is there ever a better time than the start of a new year to look after your skin?
Here are the top 5 skincare trends to watch out for this year.
When I think of cryotherapy I think of whipping off my clothes and jumping in a cold ice tank for an unbearable few minutes, of course I have never ever done this but that’s what comes to mind. Lucky for us, now you can comfortably treat your skin at home with the help of a new tool from 001 skincare, the ice therapy CRYOpress beauty roller is designed to encourage more oxygen to the epidermis to eliminate toxins, brighten the complexion and tighten skin to add definition to the jaw line and brow area as well as reduce sagging. You just keep it in the freezer and then roll it over your face for about 15 minutes. I was pleasantly surprised by this gadget, my face instantly feels refreshed which is great when I’m feeling tired and my skin feels tighter.
The popularity for more organic, natural and vegan products will continue into this year. However the clean beauty mindset I think will be what leads the way. It’s hard to determine if a product fits into ‘clean beauty’, as you just never quite know what is in some products. Clean beauty is products that have no toxic chemicals, so for example parabens, sulfates and even a fragrance. One brand I’ve enjoyed using recently on the more natural end is Evolve Beauty, the Gentle Cleansing Melt is great for taking off make-up and you will love the Radiant Glow Mask, which I call the chocolate mask as it smells just like chocolate, it’s hard not to eat it! I also like the Miracle Mask which has glycolic acid from sugar cane and leaves my skin super soft and smooth.
One other thing to notice is brands becoming more aware and using less plastic, such as Simple who have already started to switch-up their packaging with squeeze pouches and biodegradable wipes.
Prebiotic skincare isn’t new, but this year I think there will be a big surge in brands bringing out products with the added benefit of prebiotics or labelled as such. Murad have just launched in the States their new line of prebiotic skincare which includes a multi-mist and multi-cleanser. So what benefit do prebiotics have? In short terms, they help feed your skin good bacteria, so for instance the cleanser will clean the skin, but not strip it of the good bacteria. Which when double-cleansing many of us can be guilty of stripping it away. I can’t wait for these products to hit the UK.
I love my beauty tools, one of my favourite massage rollers is from Nurse Jamie and I am keen to try out the latest technologies when it comes to beauty gadgets. I have always been an advocate of LED light ever since I first tried it when having an in-salon facial and it helped clear up the eczema on my face. This year I see it becoming more available for home use.
Dr Dennis Gross have the DRx SpectraLite EyeCare Pro which uses LED light to help reduce lines and wrinkles around the eye area, but also at the back-end of last year they launched the DRx SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro, a full mask you can pop on at home and enjoy the benefits of both red and blue light, which is great for collagen renewal and blue for acne sufferers. I am yet to try either and they are pretty pricey, but I think the long-term effects could be worth the investment.
CANNABIS OIL (CBD)
Last year I dabbled in CBD oil skincare and tried out the MGC Derma CBD Hyaluronic and Stem Cells Facial Serum, I haven’t used it quite enough yet to form an opinion but ever since I’ve seen more and more products pop-up. Most recently a product just launched in America, the Peter Thomas Roth Green Releaf Calming Face Oil with Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil to help reduce redness and flaky skin. It is currently exclusive to Sephora.com, unfortunately in the UK we still can’t access the USA site due to GDPR, so we may have to wait and see if it launches over here. However I am sure we will see more products like this emerge soon.