Move over, retinol and vitamin C and glycolic acid. There are some powerful new skin care ingredients about to hit the beauty scene in a big way. Here’s what you need to know about five of the buzziest, plus where you can find them. You heard it here first.
Antioxidants aren’t going anywhere, and this tropical treat is the latest one on that list, mostly because it’s packed with so many of them. Rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, and carotene, it helps to safeguard your skin from damaging free radicals (caused by exposure to things such as sun and pollution) and also delivers anti-inflammatory and brightening benefits.
Meet your new go-to moisturizing ingredient. A type of lipid that your body naturally produces, it’s tops for using topically since it is so similar to your skin’s natural oil. (FYI, you may also see it listed as squalene, which is essentially the same thing, just a little heavier.) Originally derived from shark liver, it now largely comes from plant-based sources, such as olives and wheat germ. Not only will it lock in hydration, but it’s also been used in wound-healing, so it has some reparative properties, too.
AKA epidermal growth factors, these garnered big buzz last year when everyone was talking about the penis facial that celebs like Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock were getting. It was called as such because it used EGFs…sourced from foreskin. Essentially, these EGFs work like little messengers in your skin, telling it to basically ‘act’ younger and stimulating the activity of skin cells to up collagen and elastin production. But don’t worry, they don’t only come from foreskin; there are plenty of botanically-derived versions.
Find them in:Bioeffect EGF Serum ($160; sephora.com)
There are a handful of retinol alternatives out there, but this one has really got the beauty industry excited. The plant-based ingredient was studied head-to-head against retinol with legit results. Both decreased wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, but bakuchiol did so without any irritation or dryness. All of the benefits of retinol, without any of the potential side effects? Sign us up. (Oh, and also unlike retinoids, it can be used during pregnancy.)
5 Witch Hazel
Okay, so you’ve probably heard of -- and used -- this one before, but the star ingredient in that toner you used in middle school is making a comeback. (Fun fact: It’s forecasted as one of the top 2019 beauty trends, according to Pinterest.) Why the resurgence? It’s an excellent astringent, helping to remove excess oil and tighten pores, making it a top pick for oily and acne-prone skin. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory benefits and is actually soothing to skin. Who knew?