Jan 13, 2022

5 Sizzling Hot Skin Care Ingredients Trending in 2022

The skin care industry is continually evolving. New trends emerge every season, from must-have products to innovative new ingredients making a name for themselves on social media. While every beauty regimen has its daily basics—the essential formulas we simply can’t live without—it’s always fun to think outside the box and see what’s new. 

And for beauty entrepreneurs especially, staying on top of the latest trends is a great way to connect with your clients and keep tabs on the products they’re loving in the moment. Below are five ingredients you can expect to hear more about in 2022. 

Chlorophyll 

Yep, you heard right. The substance found in green plants that we all learned about in fifth grade Biology class? Turns out it’s not just great for photosynthesis. Chlorophyll boasts some pretty impressive antioxidant properties that protect healthy skin cells and may help prevent blemishes and breakouts—a battle we’ve all fought at one stage or another. A recent TikTok star, it’s also chock full of vitamins A, C, E, and K, which studies show contribute to healthy, youthful-looking skin. Chlorophyll-infused beauty products may also support skin elasticity and help reduce the appearance of fine lines, age spots, and wrinkles. 

Literally all the biotics.

It started with probiotics. Then prebiotics. And now… postbiotics? Yes—and they all benefit healthy skin. First, some quick definitions: Probiotics (meaning “for life”) refer to the beneficial bacteria that help make up your unique microbiome, the vast collection of microorganisms (we’re talking about 40 trillion bacterial cells) living in and on your body. Prebiotics are natural plant fibers that are a favorite food source for probiotics. And postbiotics are the end result of probiotics and prebiotics working together: beneficial enzymes, short-chain fatty acids, amino acids, and important vitamins. On their own or combined, these three biotics promote healthy, balanced skin from the inside out. 

Pro tip: Keep an eye out for more skin care products with fermented ingredients in 2022. Fermented fruit and herbs boast powerful antioxidant properties that also support a healthy microbiome and may help reduce visible signs of aging.

Prickly pear seed oil

The prickly pear cactus may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of beautiful skin, but hear us out. Inside the fruit of the prickly pear—which, by the way, is hailed as a superfood—are tiny seeds that contain nutrient-rich oil shown to support healthy skin cells and protect against signs of premature aging. As plant extracts go, it has one of the highest concentrations of vitamin E, along with beneficial fatty acids, nourishing vitamins and minerals, powerful antioxidants, and amino acids. All of that adds up to a multitasking ingredient that helps to keep skin looking young, hydrated, and supple while providing protection against acne and inflammation. 

Ceramides 

Though not exactly a new ingredient, look for ceramides to recapture the spotlight in 2022. Ceramides are lipid (fat) molecules found naturally in skin that help provide a protective barrier that holds in moisture and protects against damage from outside elements. As such, you will often find them in anti-aging formulas designed to help keep skin smooth and supple. The downside? As we age, our ceramide stores can start to decrease, which may leave skin vulnerable to sun damage and other factors. Adding extra ceramides to your daily skin care routine can go a long way toward maintaining the appearance of nourished, youthful skin. 

Pro tip: Plant-based skin care will reign supreme in 2022. Expect to see more products made with phytoceramides (ceramides derived from plants) vs. animal-derived or synthetic ceramides to support youthful-looking skin. 

Retinol: the next generation

Retinol is another skin care ingredient that has been around the block a time or two. Derived from vitamin A, it is known to promote collagen production, which in turn helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. The age-old problem, however, is that for all its benefits, retinol has a tendency to dry out the skin and cause redness, itching, and irritation. In 2022, look for a new generation of retinol products that solve this problem with innovative formulations that nourish and support healthy skin with no irritating side effects. Two prime examples are bakuchiol (from the babchi plant), which has been called the natural retinol alternative, and hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HPR), an ester of retinoic acid said to significantly decrease “retinol burn”. 

Pro Tip: Because we love all things plant-based in 2022, keep an eye on sea fennel. This unassuming marine plant has been shown to deliver the anti-aging benefits of retinol without the unwanted side effects.

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