The skincare industry is driven by two things: consumer demand and improvements in science and technology.
Together, these two factors have led us to develop skincare treatments that in many cases sound like science fiction; for example: laser skin resurfacing, diamond microdermabrasion, and LED acne therapy.
In this article, we discuss skincare industry trends for 2017 – including some of today’s most popular products and technologies (with examples).
We also provide general tips about skincare and an outline of what you should consider before making an appointment for a serious skincare treatment or cosmetic procedure. Keep reading to learn more!
The latest in skincare technology: products and technologies to watch for
Research continually shows that the bacteria in your gut have a significant impact on your immune system – which can cause changes in your skin. Toxic bacteria in the gut is believed to contribute to skin conditions like acne, redness, and rosacea.
For this reason, researchers predict probiotics will be at the forefront of the skincare industry.
Probiotics can be topical or oral. One example is Moon Juice Probiotics (powder form), pictured above. You can get one jar for $35 on MoonJuice.com.
Click here to read more about how gut bacteria affects your weight and mood (source: Forbes).
2. Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid (HA) grew in popularity in 2016, and we don’t expect that to change.
Like collagen and elastin, HA is a common beauty ingredient that is naturally produced by your skin. HA is primarily used for hydration.
You can think of HA as a sort of sponge for dry skin cells. Some claim HA has the power to moisturize with up to 1,000x its weight in water.
The result? Smoother skin for a younger, refreshed complexion.
A great example of hyaluronic acid in action is Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Water gel (1.7 oz.), which utilizes purified hyaluronic acid and olive extract to lock in hydration. The unique formula feels like a gel but has the long-lasting hydrating power of a cream.
Neutrogena’s formula is oil-free and non-comedogenic and has been shown to help relieve itching and redness caused by rashes and eczema. Use it just after washing your face in the morning, evening, or both. You can buy it on Amazon for just $15.36.
3. Retinoids (vitamin A)
The term “retinoid” describes a variety of vitamin A derivatives which can boost collagen in order to reduce signs of aging, banish clogged pores, and increase cell turnover rate to improve hyperpigmentation and skin tone.
Many people avoid using products with names they don’t recognize. Experts predict that as consumers start to become more comfortable with hyaluronic acid, they will also start to check out retinoid creams.
Dermatologists and beauty experts recommend individuals in their late 20’s start using a retinoid cream to stave off the effects of aging.
Retinoid creams can also help reduce acne, sun damage, and scars.
The future of skincare
When predicting future trends, it can be helpful to look abroad.
Skincare trends have a history of spreading across markets. For instance, masks were popular in Japan before they picked up in the US, and bath bombs were popular in the US before they were on shelves in France.
One trend I’ve noticed is that the way we clean our faces is changing. Gone are the harsh chemical scrubs and makeup removal products. Gone are the Pinterest recipes for find-it-in-your-kitchen cleansing techniques.
These will be replaced by smarter solutions that take pH into account.
Research shows that our skin is delicate and that pH balance makes a huge difference. The harsh cleansers marketed 15 years ago actually strip the skin of its natural barriers and hydrators. This can make common conditions like acne even worse!
With trends changing, experts predict gentle brands like Aveeno, Dove, and Cetaphil will take center stage (pretty sure I have something by at least two of those brands in my bathroom right now).
Affordable Beauty Treatments
Of course the most popular and hi-tech treatments tend to be the most expensive, but that isn’t always the case. Another noticeable trend right now is the switch from in-office treatments to DIY beauty tools like the Tria hair removal laser (for hair removal), the PMD Personal Microderm (for intense exfoliation), and the JeNu Ultrasonic Infuser (to increase product absorption).
High-quality at-home beauty tools are becoming more popular day by day. Here are some of the advantages of home tools VS in-office treatment:
- You save loads of money
- You can do treatments on your own schedule
- You can do treatments in the privacy of your own home
- Products are durable and generally come with a warranty
What to consider before getting a beauty treatment
In-office (or in-spa) beauty treatments range from surgeries like laser skin resurfacing to facials and massages. Here are a few things to consider before you decide to get any sort of beauty treatment:
- Cost: can you really afford it?
- Alternatives: are there cheaper alternatives that will accomplish the same thing?
- Goals: what are your exact goals? Is this the best treatment for those goals?
- Recovery time
- Pain tolerance
- Should you speak with your dermatologist before you start? (The answer is almost always yes!)
Many cosmetic surgeries require patients to adhere to a strict pre-treatment plan that could last for weeks or months. Consider your willingness to stick to pre-treatment and post-treatment plans that could include any of the following:
- Not smoking cigarettes
- Staying out of the sun
- Not shaving for awhile
- Having bandages on the affected area
- Temporary swelling/redness
- Not wearing makeup
Click here to learn more about laser skin resurfacing (source: WebMD).
Skin care tips
When it comes to your complexion and the overall appearance of your skin, you can accomplish a LOT with diet, exercise, good hygiene habits, and a few inexpensive products. Here are some basic tips to follow for better skin:
- Wash your face twice per day with a gentle cleanser designed for your skin type
- Follow cleansing with a toner and moisturizer
- Always use sunscreen
- Visit a dermatologist if you notice any skin irregularities anywhere on your body
- Take a multivitamin
- Avoid excess alcohol and caffeine
- Don’t smoke cigarettes
- Avoid tanning beds
- Get adequate sleep and exercise regularly
- Have sex regularly
- Drink lots of water
- Drink tea or coffee instead of soda
- Don’t wear too much makeup
- Have a glass of red wine
Click here to read my ultimate guide on facials.