What¡¯s new and exciting in the world of skincare? Innovation is happening all the time, whether in terms of new ingredients to watch out for, or tools that bring clinic-quality treatment straight to your home. But where to start? Below, Vogue speaks to the experts to break down this summer¡¯s biggest skincare trends.
While historically, summer has been the time when we finally get around to thinking about the skin on our arms and legs, this year has seen a shift towards making it a priority all year round. ¡°It¡¯s great to see more active ingredients making their way into body care products,¡± says consultant dermatologist, Dr Anjali Mahto. ¡°For example, body creams that are formulated with retinoids will help address some of the signs of ageing, and I expect we¡¯ll see more using active ingredients, like AHAs, as time goes on.¡± Whether blemish-busting or brightening, there is a formula for every body concern.
N¨¦cessaire The Body Serum
¡ê45 at Space NK
QMS Medicosmetics Active Exfoliant 5% Body Foam
¡ê45 at Liberty
Ameliorate Clarifying Clay Body Wash
¡ê12 at LookFantastic
Kopari Beauty Lychee Clean Vitamin C Foaming Body Wash
¡ê18 at Cult Beauty
Kate Somerville Exfolikate Resurfacing Body Scrub
¡ê48 at LookFantastic
ZitSticka Fizz Fountain Multi-exfoliant Body Scrub
¡ê23 at Cult Beauty
How many of us have suffered a skincare spillage whilst travelling? Luckily, powder formulas (which are designed to be mixed with water) are having a moment, and they¡¯re infinitely easier to transport than their liquid counterparts. ¡°I think we¡¯re going to see many more powder-to-foam and capsule skincare products coming to market,¡± says facialist Michaella Bolder. ¡°Not only do they offer intelligent skincare ingredients, but many of them are more environmentally friendly too ¨C which is something we should all be more aware of.¡±?
Haeckels has long been at the forefront of the movement, thanks to its Bio Restore Membrane Prebiotic Under Eye Masks, which activate when mixed with cold water, while Chanel¡¯s No1 De Chanel Powder-To-Foam Cleanser and Tatcha¡¯s Rice Polish are also great choices for a gentle exfoliation and cleanse.
Haeckels Bio Restore Membrane Prebiotic Under Eye Masks
¡ê32 at Liberty
Chanel No1 De Chanel Powder-To-Foam Cleanser
¡ê42 Shop Now
Tatcha The Rice Polish Classic
¡ê60 at Space NK
Menopause-proof your skin
During the perimenopause, skin becomes much drier and collagen begins to deplete, so finding the right skincare that works to hydrate and soothe is key. ¡°When you get into perimenopause, oestrogen ¨C which helps to regulate the sebum levels in your skin ¨C decreases, which is why skin starts to severely dry out,¡± explains biochemist and cosmetic scientist, Nausheen Qureshi. ¡°A lot of women experience sensitivity because their skin is so dry, or they get red and spotty.¡±?
One trend set to be huge in the skincare world is products geared specifically towards skin conditions at this pivotal life stage ¨C namely, those that employ humectants, emollients and occlusives, like glycerin, hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Brands like Vichy and Pause Well are already doing it well.
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What Qureshi and Dr Mahto both point out is that customers reaching this life stage don¡¯t actually need to use formulas marked in the ¡°menopause¡± category. ¡°It does make it easier for the consumer to understand what to buy, but I need to stress that there are hundreds ¨C if not thousands ¨C of existing products that cater well to those experience menopausal skin symptoms,¡± says Dr Mahto.
Vichy Neovadiol Meno 5 Serum for Menopausal Skin
¡ê38 at LookFantastic
Pause Well-Aging Collagen Boosting Moisturiser
¡ê63 at Cult Beauty
Souped-up home devices
By now, you¡¯re probably more than acquainted with a gua sha and ice globes, so you¡¯ll be pleased to hear that there are some exciting new home devices en route that promise to up the ante on your skincare routine even further. First, the TheraFace Pro, which employs the percussive therapy that made the Theragun a go-to amongst gym-goers, alongside light therapy, microcurrent and cryotherapy technology, to boost your overall skin health.?
Meanwhile, the nifty SolaWave also offers microcurrent, light therapy and facial massage to make skin glow ¨C plus, it slots easily into your make-up bag. ¡°I advocate using LED light at home ¨C it helps with skin healing and support, especially if you have a damaged skin barrier,¡± says skincare expert Dija Ayodele. ¡°You have to use them consistently ¨C do it every day and you will see results.¡±
¡ê375 at Therabody
¡ê123 at SolaWave
For some time now, the word on everyone¡¯s lips has been tretinoin. A prescription-strength retinoid, it is more concentrated than other forms of vitamin A, such as retinol, and boosts cellular turnover, treats acne and smooths the skin. It¡¯s brilliant if your skin needs it, but Ayodele warns that she has noticed an uptick in visits from patients with compromised skin, after being prescribed it in error online. ¡°Everyone wants to use it! And it¡¯s now easier to obtain online,¡± she says. ¡°The thing with tretinoin is if you don¡¯t need to be on it, you shouldn¡¯t be on it. I would say it is for people who have pustular, painful acne ¨C and this should be overseen by a dermatologist. Instead, I recommend 90 per cent of my clients use retinaldehyde.¡±
Look after your lips
Lip balms have had a revamp and now offer so much more than just hydration. Take Ultra Violette¡¯s Sheen Screen Hydrating Lip Balm, which has an SPF of 50 to protect against UVA and UVB, while lanolin, shea and cacao seed butter deeply hydrate. Or, there¡¯s Bareminerals¡¯s Phyto Retinol Lip Treatment, which employs a plant-based retinol to smooth fine lines and plump. Not to mention, U Beauty¡¯s The Plasma Lip Compound, a volumising formula that reshapes and contours in only four weeks. Impressive stuff.
BareMinerals Ageless Phyto-Retinol Lip Treatment
¡ê23 at LookFantastic
Ultra Violette Sheen Screen Hydrating Lip Balm SPF50
¡ê16 at Cult Beauty
La Mer Lip Polish
¡ê55 at LookFantastic
U Beauty The Plasma Lip Compound
¡ê52 at LookFantastic
Get your minerals
You might ingest a cocktail of vitamins every day, but do you apply them topically? Post-pandemic, Qureshi predicts we¡¯ll be paying more attention to how we can supplement our skin from the outside, which is why minerals ¨C including zinc, magnesium, copper and iron ¨C will be big in skincare. ¡°These are ingredients that help skin cells to communicate, which renders the product more effective,¡± she says. ¡°You¡¯ll find a lot of these minerals in products that contain ingredients from the sea, such as seaweed, because plants like this contain every mineral.¡±
5 new products to try for summer
As for some brilliant new products to get your hands on now? Find a selection of Vogue¡¯s favourites below.
Ir?ye The Cream With Lymphactive
¡ê105 at Ir?ye Skincare
Elemis Pro-Collagen Morning Matrix
¡ê125 at LookFantastic
Beauty Pie Youthbomb 360 Radiance Concentrate
¡ê44 at Beauty Pie
Sunday Riley C.E.O. Afterglow Brightening Vitamin C Cream
¡ê60 at Space NK
This Works Perfect Legs Body Butter
¡ê25 at This Works