New year, new technology to try in the quest of #skingoals. Consider snail facials and 100-layer sheet mask challenges a little too extreme for real life? Us too. The top skin-care trends for 2018 are, thankfully, way more down-to-earth—but the glowing results promise to be out of this world.
1. Dermatological skin care 2.0.
Thanks to YouTube and beauty blogs, more and more women are familiar with the power of hyaluronic acid to plump, acids to re-surface texture and tone, and retinol to help rewind signs of aging. As a result, we’re now seeing even higher dosages of active ingredients across many mass and prestige skin care brands.
2. Cool textures.
The K-beauty revolution continues, with fun-to-touch textures now seeping into mainstream skin care. Get ready for more whipped moisturizers, jelly cleansers, melting formulas and products that transform from one texture to another as they’re applied (say cream to oil, or gel to liquid). Remember, millennials love ‘experiences,’ and skin care is no exception.
3. Tools that rule.
Ever since sonic cleansing brushes claimed a permanent spot on our vanities, tools that help skin care products penetrate further and enhance their effect have been on our radar. Jade facial rollers—used to massage the face post-moisturizer—are touted as the Next Big Thing in this department. Resolving to be more eco-friendly this year? Pick up a pack of water-activated, reusable makeup-removal towels, which promise to effectively un-do your face for up to 1,000 washes.
4. Feel-good bacteria.
The probiotic skin care trend (think yogurt-infused cleansers, masks, serums and balms) has been on the rise for a few years already and shows no signs of slowdown. Its popularity is largely thanks to studies that suggest lactobacillus can help treat dermatitis, and that topical probiotics can help reduce inflammation and fight the bad bacteria that leads to acne.
5. Light therapy.
Like the tools trend, at-home methods for achieving in-spa or in-office results continue to climb. Among the next wave to reach Canada? Look out for more targeted light therapy spot treatment devices that seek out and kill acne-causing bacteria.