Creating a streamlined skincare routine starts with the ingredients that you are using to deal with certain skin issues. As the industry grows, the focus needs to be put on innovation, and the benefits of all these new star ingredients need to be highlighted. Keep your eyes open and look out, I bet you’ll notice these ingredients being used in some of spring’s most hyped skincare launches. They are taking the stage for a reason!
Since lockdown began a million years ago (whoops, I meant just a year ago), the focus has been put on multi-beneficial products. Lines have been crossed where some beauty products even feature prominent skincare ingredients to help you change your skin over time without letting go of your current routine. These new skincare ingredients are game-changers and will be taking over your beauty arsenal before you even know it.
If you’re dealing with hyperpigmentation, dark spots, or an uneven complexion, then turn to your new best friend, lactic acid. It is much more milder compared to other acids that have similar effects, making it essential for sensitive skin types.
For those focusing on their pores, niacinamide helps with cleansing, degunking and balancing the natural oils on the skin. Also known as vitamin B3, it is a true powerhouse when it comes to hydrating and brightening the skin.
Mushrooms have always been used in traditional Chinese medicine, for various internal benefits and to ward off infections. They are also great for protecting skin against environmental stressors and are filled with antioxidants.
AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) and BHA (beta hydroxy acid) are often combined into a single powerful formula. These acids help smooth textured areas and hydrate, and can be combined with various other ingredients without irritating the skin.
The K-beauty ingredient has been a frontrunner for soothing skin and calming redness. Also known as tiger grass, this sensitive-friendly ingredient has been used in history to help heal wounds and regenerate skin.
This top, new skincare ingredient is even lining the aisles of our favorite drugstores. Yuzu is actually a citrus fruit from Korea, Japan and China, and holds a high concentration of vitamin C. Brighten skin while stimulating collagen with this multitasker.
I have to admit that I am biased—I use squalane-based products all winter long for my face, lips and hands. There’s a reason Biossance developed its brand to revolve around this sustainable skincare ingredient! Squalane is super hydrating, safe to use all over the body, and perfect for oily and acne-prone skin types.
Possibly the buzziest ingredient in this list, bakuchiol comes from the babchi plant, often used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It is a natural alternative to retinol by promoting cell turnover and collagen production.
Rice has been known as the ultimate J-beauty secret for years. Rice extract and oils boast a ton of nourishing benefits, but rice water has stolen the show as of late. The natural antioxidants and anti-aging benefits have not just taken over skincare products, but even hair and beauty.
Featured + main image via Evalyn’s skincare story