We’ve come a long way since skin care simply meant “cleanse, tone, moisturize”. We bet not many of us were using retinol on the reg a few years ago, and vitamin C was just something you got from your orange juice for breakfast.
These days, however, no doubt in large part thanks to the beauty boom on social media sites like TikTok, we’re constantly bombarded with the latest tips, tricks, or trends promising happier, healthier skin.
And while some of this “advice” might be best left on the internet (tantouring, we’re watching you), we’ve spoken to the experts to reveal what smart new science and innovative ingredients you REALLY need to add to your routine for your benefit. beautiful skin…
Care trend: Magic mushrooms
Taken as a supplement, mushrooms are believed to boost the immune system, but now skin care products harness the power of shiitake, reishi, and white mushrooms.
“The chemicals in our white mushroom extract act as pain and inflammation relief when applied to the skin,” David Delport, Global Ambassador at REN Clean Skincare.
Try it: REN Evercalm anti-redness serum, £ 45 here, is proven to reduce redness and sensitivity after just 30 minutes.
Skincare trend: green chemistry
Green chemistry recreates endangered or overconsumed natural ingredients in a Petri dish. Biossance is a pioneer of this sustainable trend, having created a 100% plant-based ‘squalane’ instead of sourcing the skin-hydrating ingredient from shark liver. “It’s a molecular match for your body’s natural moisture and it’s more sustainable for the planet,” says Biossance President Catherine Gore.
Try it: Tonic minimizing pores with squalane + BHA from Biossance, £ 24 here.
Skincare trend: Biohacking
“Biohacking is about applying science to get the most out of our body,” says aesthetic expert Dr Sophie Shotter. “We can do this with biomimetic ingredients, which mimic those found in our skin. These include peptides, lipids, and hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body, but like all good things, its reserves decrease with age.
Try it: Face mist with hyaluronic acid Q + A, £ 6.50 here.
Skincare Trend: Stresscare
Adaptogenic herbal remedies have long claimed to rebalance the body, and now skin care containing adaptogenic herbs such as centella asiatica and Indian gooseberry promise to be the antidote to our stressed complexions.
“Cortisol, a stress hormone, can cause inflammation and rashes,” says Sarah Strang, founder of Tea & Tonic. “Adaptogens actively balance cortisol and build our resilience so there are fewer disruptive peaks.”
Try it: The radiance of Tea & Tonic boosting The Meadow’s Secret Cleansing Balm, £ 28 here.
Skincare Trend: Collagen Bank
From the age of 25, our body stops producing as much collagen as before. “We lose about one percent of collagen a year thereafter,” says Dr. Shotter. “It’s easier to keep our collagen at a younger level if we supplement it at an early stage.” The idea is to build up a collagen “bank” while our bodies are still efficient at doing so through high-tech skin care – much like an insurance policy to cushion the blow later.
Try it: L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Filler SPF50, £ 19.99 here, contains adenosine to stimulate fresh collagen production and high SPF to protect what you already have.
Care trend: Green tea
Known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory polyphenols, green tea is increasingly emerging in skin care in recent times. But it’s matcha, the most potent form, that is really causing a stir right now. “Matcha contains methylxanthines, which are known to increase skin microcirculation,” says Dr. Shotter – useful for toning crow’s feet and puffiness.
Try it: Dew for the eyes Matcha Superfood Elemis, £ 30 here.
Care trend: Carbon
Mention charcoal and you immediately think of cleansers, masks and paste pore tapes that are click-bait on TikTok. But you can also find it in a sophisticated inked face oil to clarify pores and eliminate toxins, all without drying out the skin.
Try it: Pai carbon star, £ 39 here, harnesses the antibacterial power of black cumin seed oil and peat-derived charcoal to prevent rashes.