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10 Skincare Ingredient Trends for 2023

10 Skincare Ingredient Trends for 2023 - Skintique

Skincare enthusiasts are always on the lookout for the latest and greatest ingredients in their quest for perfect skin. 

As we enter the year 2023, the demand for effective and science-backed skincare products continues to soar. Here at Skintique Retail, we understand that our customers want to stay on top of the latest skincare ingredient trends. In this article, we’ll discuss the most popular skincare ingredient trends of 2023 and highlight some of our products that feature these ingredients.

Trend 1: The Skin Barrier

Protecting the skin barrier is a trend that has been around for years, and it’s not going anywhere. A healthy skin barrier is essential for maintaining healthy skin, which can withstand seasonal changes and look smooth, even, and bright. A strong skin barrier also helps the skin respond better to in-clinic treatments. Skintique Retail has a range of products that are perfect for protecting the skin barrier, including our Barrier Restore Cream and Skin Perfecting Tonic.

Trend 2: Copper Peptides

Copper peptides are antioxidants that have been researched for decades for their skin benefits. These peptides are having a moment, with searches for copper peptide products up by 81%. Copper peptides can protect the skin from damage and help to reduce the appearance of aging by making the skin look plumper and younger. If you’re looking for a post-treatment product that contains copper peptides, try our Recovery Balm.

Trend 3: Fungi – Kojic Acid

Mushrooms are having a moment in the skincare industry, and for a good reason. Scientists have discovered that fungi have amazing powers, and we’ve been incorporating them into our formulas for years. Kojic acid is a skin-brightening ingredient that comes directly from fungi. This ingredient helps to even out the skin tone by regulating the production of tyrosinase, the enzyme responsible for pigment production. Our Intellibright Complex is an intensive brightening serum that contains kojic acid, as well as antioxidant punica granatum and arbutin.

Trend 4: Tripeptides – Matrixyl Synthe 6

Matrixyl Synthe 6 is a tripeptide that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This ingredient can also boost the hyaluronic acid in the skin, leading to increased hydration. Dr. Karl Linter, the director of our scientific committee, is the founder of cosmetic peptides and Matrixyl Synthe 6. Our Ultimate Boost Serum is a multi-award-winning serum that contains Matrixyl Synthe 6 and is our top-selling product for six years running.

Trend 5: Polyglutamic Acid

Polyglutamic acid, also known as PGA, is a humectant ingredient that draws water into the skin. This peptide is produced by bacterial fermentation and is found in a Japanese fermented soybean called Natto. PGA can hydrate dry and dehydrated skin, boost skin firmness, and retain moisture for longer. If you’re looking for a product that contains PGA, try our HydraRich moisturiser.

Trend 6: Plant-Based Ingredients

Plant-based ingredients have been a trend in the skincare industry for some time now, and this trend is set to continue in 2023. Consumers are increasingly conscious of what they’re putting on their skin and want products that contain natural and organic ingredients. At Skintique Retail, we have a range of plant-based products, including our Radiance Boosting Serum and Brightening Exfoliating Scrub, which contain natural ingredients like papaya extract and avocado oil.

Trend 7: CBD

CBD is an ingredient that has been gaining popularity in recent years, and its use in skincare products is set to increase in the coming years. CBD, short for cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating compound found in the cannabis plant. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which make it a potential ingredient for skincare products.

CBD is said to have a calming effect on the skin and may help reduce inflammation and redness. It is also believed to help regulate the skin's oil production, making it a potential ingredient for people with acne-prone skin. In addition, CBD is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect the skin from free radical damage.

As more research is conducted on the benefits of CBD in skincare, it is likely that more brands will start incorporating it into their products. However, it is important to note that the regulatory landscape surrounding CBD is still evolving, and there is a need for more standardisation and quality control in the industry. Consumers should always be cautious when purchasing CBD skincare products and look for reputable brands that provide third-party lab testing and clear labeling.

Trend 8 – Calming with Centella Asiatica

Centella Asiatica, also known as “tiger grass” or “cica”, has been used for centuries in traditional medicine. In recent years, it has become a popular skincare ingredient thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. It can help to calm irritated skin, reduce redness, and promote wound healing. It is also a great ingredient to use after in-clinic treatments to help soothe the skin. Where to find it? Calm-R Our Calm-R serum is a great option for those with sensitive or reactive skin. It contains 0.5% centella asiatica, along with other calming ingredients such as aloe vera, chamomile, and Canadian willow herb extract. This serum can help to reduce inflammation and redness, and improve the overall health of the skin barrier.

Trend 9 – Antioxidant Power with Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that can help to protect the skin from environmental stressors such as pollution and UV rays. It can also help to improve the texture of the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin E is a great ingredient to use in combination with other antioxidants for even more protection against free radicals. Where to find it? VitaCalm Our VitaCalm serum contains 15% vitamin E, along with other calming and soothing ingredients such as niacinamide, bisabolol, and Canadian willow herb extract. This serum can help to protect the skin from environmental stressors, reduce inflammation, and improve the overall health of the skin barrier.

Trend 10 – Exfoliating with Polyhydroxy Acids (PHA)

Polyhydroxy acids (PHA) are a gentler alternative to alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) for exfoliating the skin. They can help to improve the texture of the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and brighten the complexion. PHAs are also great for those with sensitive skin or who are new to chemical exfoliation. Where to find it? Renewal Lite Facial Lotion Our Renewal Lite Facial Lotion contains 10% gluconolactone, a PHA that can help to exfoliate the skin gently. This lightweight lotion also contains niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E to hydrate and nourish the skin.

Trend 11 – Skin Brightening with Vitamin C

Derivatives Vitamin C is a well-known ingredient for brightening the skin and reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation. However, traditional forms of vitamin C such as L-ascorbic acid can be unstable and irritating for some skin types. Vitamin C derivatives such as tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate are more stable and less irritating, making them great alternatives for those with sensitive skin. Where to find it? C&E Advanced Our C&E Advanced serum contains both tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, along with vitamin E and ferulic acid for even more antioxidant protection. This serum can help to brighten the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and protect the skin from environmental stressors.

Trend 10 – Skin Plumping with Sodium Hyaluronate

Sodium hyaluronate is a salt form of hyaluronic acid that can penetrate the skin more easily. It can help to hydrate and plump the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve the overall texture and tone of the skin. This ingredient is already popular in skincare products, but it's expected to continue to gain momentum in the coming years as more consumers seek out effective anti-aging solutions. Look for sodium hyaluronate in moisturisers, serums, and other skincare products that promise to boost hydration and plump up the skin.