8 New Skincare Ingredients to Try This Year

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With a new year comes a new start, including our skincare routine. Retinol and vitamin C have been all the rage when it comes to skincare ingredients in past years, but what’s trending in 2022? We all want our skin to look its most glowing best self—especially on our wedding day. So, it helps to know what we can look forward to with the latest beauty products so our skin is ready to shine as much as we do this year. Here are eight new skincare ingredients to try this year.

1. Green Tea

You love your cup of green tea on a rainy day; now get ready to see more green tea in your skincare! Known for its anti-oxidant properties, green tea in skincare is said to help in reducing pigmentation, protect against UV radiation, reduce inflammation, and even reduce sebum protection, which makes it a fab choice for those who are looking for both anti-aging and acne-prone products.

2. Sunflower Oil

Oils continue to trend and thanks to their moisturizing benefits, they probably won’t ever go out of style. Now sunflower is joining the ranks of rose hip and jojoba and will be popping up in your skincare due to it being non-comedogenic (it doesn’t clog pores), absorbing easily, soothing, and bringing an instant glow.

3. Peptides

Peptides are the new retinoids. They’re made up of small numbers of amino acids—the building blocks of larger protein molecules—and are helpful when it comes to stimulating collagen and elastin production to smooth out those fine lines. Peptides also help with reducing uneven skin tone, redness, and inflammation. As a result, your skin will have more elasticity, clarity, and suppleness.

4. Fermented Ingredients

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You know fermented ingredients like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha are good for your gut—but what does that look like for your skincare? Similarly, fermented ingredients in your skincare provide benefits to your skin by balancing the skin’s microbiome. Now, plant-based ingredients like rose, millet, fig, barley, and soy are being fermented to help with everything from inflammation to wound healing to strengthening your moisture barrier, similarly to how the probiotics work in the food in your fridge.

5. Niacinamide

Niacinamide had a moment in 2021 and will continue to dominate skincare ingredients in 2022—and for good reason. The water-soluble form of vitamin B3 with antioxidant effects can do everything from improving wrinkles and texture to aiding in skin elasticity, reducing hyper-pigmentation, treating acne, and brightening skin tone. And if that weren’t enough, it also helps with reducing pores and oil production.

6. Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Another oil is creating waves in skincare ingredients this year from the prickly pear plant, which is a species of cactus. The oil contains linoleic acid, which helps hydrate the skin, protect the skin barrier, and prevent water loss so your skin remains glowing and hydrated. Its antioxidant properties also protect against UV rays and other environmental toxins. Prickly pear seed oil is also known to reduce redness and inflammation, and helps to treat acne.

7. Japanese Indigo

Also known as Dyer’s knotweed, this plant is popping up in skincare products thanks to its healing and anti-inflammatory properties, and is especially healing for skin conditions such as eczema and rosacea.

8. Sunscreen

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Sunscreen will continue to find its way in all sorts of beauty products from serum to moisturizers as skincare experts and dermatologists continue to recognize it as a skincare requirement. Wear sunscreen daily to not only protect your skin from the sun, but help reduce the risk of skin cancer, reduce the signs of aging, and avoid redness.

There is a ton of new skincare ingredients to look forward to trying this year as you can see from the list above. If you have any questions whether they are right for you, it’s always a good idea to consult with a dermatologist, or skincare expert.

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