Of all the futuristic trends making headlines in 2018, facial recognition was tops. Airports that read your face instead of your passport, and payment systems that scan your face instead of credit cards. The future is in your visage. So, is it any wonder that skin care is getting just as savvy, with results that are as tech-smart as they are glow-inducing? Here, a sneak peek at the skin care innovations set to shake the beauty world in the months to come.
The Tinker Tailor.
Think of Clinique iD’s custom-blend system as your fave daily moisturizer (but multiply that by a hundred!). Choose from three beloved hydrators as your base: Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly; Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+; or Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. Next, pick one of five Active Cartridge Concentrates to target a skin concern. Fatigue? A taurine-packed orange cartridge that wakes up skin cells. Fine lines? A purple cartridge packed with whey and other proteins that bring the plump. For uneven texture and pores, an AHA-loaded blue cartridge that smooths, while a white cartridge of Japanese angelica root extract and vitamin C evenly tones. Finally, a green add-on taps lactobacillus, a probiotic ferment, to comfort irritation. Simply insert the cartridge at home and shake, for your personalized fix.
The Detox Coach.
Taking a cue from the popularity of 28-day juice cleanses, StriVectin Skin Reset 4-Week Intensive Rejuvenation System is out to reverse any facial signs that you’ve been jet-setting, cupcake-binging or stress-picking. Featuring four synergistic formulas (each including the brand’s patented NIA 114 strengthening peptides), week one rebuilds your protective layer to keep in essential hydration. Week two relaxes surface wrinkles with elasticity-boosting ceramides. Week three evens out tone and heightens illumination with phyto-plant extracts. And week four tightens sagging areas and smooths deep-set lines with oligopeptide and blackjack extract. After the sequence, you can go back to your regularly programed skin care routine—with radiance like you’ve just returned from a wellness retreat.
The Fresh Maker.
Like miniature brooms, AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) contained in at-home peels, sweep away dead skin cells to encourage new, undamaged cell growth. However, they’re also notorious for causing flaking and redness in sensitive skin. Elizabeth Arden Prevage Progressive Renewal Treatment progressively resurfaces over four weeks, using a new hydroxy acid known as PHA. Polyhydroxy acids have a larger molecule size that’s less harsh and more moisturizing on reactive skin. Meanwhile, Idebenone—an antioxidant that protects new cells from environmental damage—is released into weekly ampoules by pressing a release button in the cap, ensuring potency at every stage, with the promise of younger looking skin after one month.
The Super Hydrator.
Naturally occurring in our bodies, hyaluronic acid is to thank for baby-face roundness. Its incredible ability to attract and hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water is why synthetically produced hyaluronic acid has long been popular in skin care to bring back what’s lost with age. But how effectively does HA travel below the skin’s surface when applied topically? Vichy LiftActiv Hyalu Mask boasts a record 1% concentration of hyaluronic acid (most products have about 0.2%) in its weekly treatment. Each mask utilizes a blend of low and high weight hyaluronic acid, said to be the winning combo to push past the outer layer. Instant rehydration can be seen after five minutes, and a 16% improvement in wrinkles after three months.
The Texture Magician.
Ever since Korean skin care became trendy, product developers all over the world have become laser focused on novel textures to create the ultimate pampering experience at home. We’ve witnessed transformational formulas like melting water gels and cleansing balls that morph into liquids, and now Lancôme is getting in on the fun with Absolue Soft Cream. Described as a “polymorphous texture,” this calming, rose essence-packed cream starts out thick and luscious when scooped from the jar. In the second phase, the formula liquifies when you massage, leaving a thin and fresh-feeling veil as the nourishing and illuminating active ingredients sink into the skin. In the third phase, the formula thickens again, leaving skin feeling supple, velvety and blissfully cocooned.