Skincare is all about finding and using a bunch of products formulated with ingredients that work for your skin type and concern. Yet, every year we see a few ingredients gaining more popularity than the others. Ones that find their way into several skincare formulas and that skincare experts can’t stop raving about.
We may have spent 2020, ensuring our hand sanitisers have enough alcohol to kill bacteria, but there were also a few ingredients that helped combat new skin concerns like ‘maskne’. Here’s a list of five skincare ingredients that impressed us the most this year.
Squalene is not a new ingredient, but it gained a lot of popularity over the past year. It is a fatty molecule naturally found in the skin, but when used topically, it helps keep the skin moisturised and soft. Squalene is also an antioxidant, which protects the skin from environmental aggressors and free radical damage.
Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, is a multi-tasking ingredient that addresses more than one skin concern. This is why it is added to several skincare products like night creams and serums. This ingredient can treat blemishes, reduce redness, minimise the appearance of pores, and accelerate acne’s healing process.
Retinol has been around for as long as anti-ageing products were introduced in the market. It is one of the most effective ingredients when it comes to fighting the signs of ageing. It became one of the most searched skincare ingredients on Google in 2020. Apart from addressing fine lines and wrinkles, retinol corrects pigmented skin and stimulates skin cell turnover, thereby improving collagen production.
Natural skincare is on the rise, and Bakuchiol has garnered a lot of attention as the plant-based alternative to retinol. It has far less irritating effects on the skin, which means it can also be used by those with sensitive skin. However, more research is needed to support the claim that it is as effective as retinoids in correcting skin concerns.
Ceramide is another ingredient naturally found in your skin that helps keep it plump and healthy. However, with age, the level of ceramides deplete. This makes the skin susceptible to external damage and leads to fine lines, uneven skin texture and irritation. Using products infused with ceramides can help strengthen the protective barrier and keep these problems at bay.