What are the top skincare trends we will likely see in 2021?

January 27, 2021

What are the top skincare trends we will likely see in 2021?

What are the top skincare trends we will likely see in 2021?

While 2020 showed so many signs of distress, the skincare industry only accelerated, with online sales increasing by more than 42 percent. Many people report experimenting with new products and routines, expanding their somewhat “simplistic” routines to more involved and well-rounded.  

So what will we see in 2021? Let’s talk about the top trends! 

  1. Microbiome-directed Skincare: Probiotic skincare products contain the bacteria that support and maintain skin health. A healthy skin microbiome directly translates to healthy skin.  Probiotic ingredients can help treat and prevent conditions such as acne, eczema, and rosacea. Most of us are aware of the medication Accutane, or isotretinoin. This medication works superbly to treat and prevent acne in part by supporting and balancing the skin’s microbiome. In 2021, we will likely hear the terms “pre” and “post” biotics, prebiotics being the food for the microbiome and postbiotics being the products of the microorganisms (eg proteins). This pre-, pro-, post-biotic triad is seemingly ideal for the skin microbiome. 
  1. Blue Light Protection Creams: blue light is emitted from all types of technology screens, including computers and cell phones as well as from the sun. Blue light, also known as high energy visible (HEV) light, causes the formation of reactive oxygen species within the skin (as does ultraviolet light) which leads to DNA damage, sunspots and accelerated aging. Other ingredients that can fight blue light include Niacinamide, and iron oxide. Screen protectors that are tinted yellow may also prevent penetration of HEV light. While the data and research surrounding the severity of HEV light is ongoing, I predict more UVA/UVB/HEV- blocking SPF formulations popping up this year, especially considering our new “work from home” lifestyles. 
  1. Anti-inflammatory Skincare Products: The stress of 2020 likely reared its head on your skin. Stress can cause increased inflammation in the skin (and body) and can trigger flares of eczema, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, cold sores and more. Hence, the surge of “calming” products in 2020 and into 2021. Colloidal oatmeal is a very soothing ingredient with anti-inflammatory and moisturizing properties. “Inflammaging” is a new term popping up that describes how chronic, low-grade inflammation can lead to accelerated aging. This is a more gradual process that will break down your collagen and elastin slowly, leading to volume loss, darkness, shadows and a sense of “looking tired.”  Other contributing factors include pollution, sun exposure, stress, and anxiety.
  1. Re-Fillable Skincare Products: Re-fillable skincare products and eco-friendly packaging are quickly becoming the way to go! Many large brands are offering re-fillable products, which not only decrease the cost, but allow customers to preserve the environment. 
  1. Effective Hand Creams and “Hand Masks”: We are washing our hands more than ever, and our skin is definitely showing the dryness. Hand cream sales boomed in 2020 and formulations were geared towards providing hydration without greasy residues. Hand masks are increasingly popular, with oils and nourishing creams to lock in moisture. 
  1. Celebrity Skincare Brands: Celebrity figures are buying into the skincare hype as well! With Fenty Beauty and Jlo’s new line, I am sure many will be following suit. 
  1. Skin Barrier Renewal Creams: Restoring, strengthening and maintaining the skin’s barrier seem to be a focus in 2020 and into 2021. We are reeling that our baseline skin health is of utmost importance when protecting and warding off bacteria, fragrance, and other chemicals that will lead to drying, cracking, redness and irritation. Effective ingredients to look for in your creams are ceramides and hyaluronic acid.



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