A new year means new (and improved) skincare. One of the most exciting things about beauty is that it's ever-evolving, therefore we're constantly on the look-out for fresh, innovative ingredients appearing in the skincare world. So what are the ingredients that will be filling our beauty cabinets in 2017? We pored over the studies and trends to get to the bottom of the five skincare stars you need to have on your radar for the this year. We've also curated a nifty shop the look. Here's what we found.
Garnering a reputation as somewhat of a miracle ingredient, pearl is used for its antioxidant, rebuilding, and firming properties - targeting dryness, brown spots and sun damage. In Asia, pearl is an ancient skincare secret, passed from generation to generation. Historically, Chinese empresses even ingested the stuff - mixing fine pearl powder with tea. But if that isn't quite up your alley, there are plenty of other options on the market today. Our pick is the Chanel Le Blanc Intensive Brightening Spot Treatment - the first chrono spot-treatment that acts according to skin's biological mechanisms, during the day versus the night. Say hello to luminous skin as bright as a diamond, and adiós to dark spots.
Copper is by no means new - in fact, for thousands of years (we're talking all the way back to the Ancient Egyptians), the element was regarded as the fountain of youth. Now with science to prove it, copper has more recently made its way into the modern skincare sphere - and we can't get enough of the wonder ingredient. For instantly gratifying results, we're lusting after Aesop's Elemental Facial Barrier Cream. The ultra-thick moisturiser uses copper PCA to banish redness - and to top it off, it smells delicious (think earthy, ginger vibes - yummy). Lather this baby on day and night, and you'll notice a difference in your complexion in a matter of days. 10/10 from us.
If you suffer from dry, dehydrated skin and have been searching for the perfect antidote, squalane is the solution. The stuff is packed with all sorts of hydrating goodies. It also has an extremely low rate of toxicity and is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction - the perfect match for sensitive skin dolls. It's already in quite a few of the best moisturisers out there, but we can't go past Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser. It absorbs beautifully, and part of what you're experiencing is the efficacy of squalane. #winning.
Random we know, but surprisingly useful according to Dr. Timm Golueke, one of the most renowned dermatologists in Germany and an internationally sought-after anti-aging expert. Golueke noticed that fern and menthol extracts were credited as antioxidant, anticancer, and antibacterial agents. It was also found to be safe for sensitive skin and resistant to UV rays. So what followed was the development of Royal Fern - all natural products, which promise the phytoactive elements of the fern along with hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and Acerola cherry for hydrating products with a firming, lifting boost. And the icing on the cake? The company delivers internationally. We're truly intrigued to see what this unassuming ingredient has to offer - we'll keep you posted with the results.
Hyaluronic acid has surfaced everywhere and is skincare's latest buzz ingredient. Chances are you've been using products containing HA for years without even knowing it. Hyaluronic acid is incredibly powerful, and has the ability to retain moisture out of pretty much anything: and luckily for us, our skin. As your complexion ages, it loses its capacity to retain moisture. But don't freak out just yet - this miracle worker makes it easy to tackle this problem head on. We recommended Paula's Choice Resist Hyaluronic Acid Booster. It's not only a serum, but also a gel, hydrator, and an anti-aging product. Pretty impressive, huh? For an extra boost, mix this little gem in with your moisturiser. Then sit back, and watch your skin reap the benefits.
Story by Stephanie Russo