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We’re already into the new year, but it’s not too late to make sure your skin care arsenal is packed with trendy products and ingredients for 2019. From cannabis to retinol, we’re sharing the skin care ingredients to keep on your radar this year.
Cannabis has been a hot topic for quite some time now, and more recently the discussion has entered the realm of dermatology thanks to reports that the controversial ingredient can benefit the skin. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), cannabis has anti-inflammatory properties. As such, there’s a possibility that topical formulations with CBD oil may help reduce inflammation associated with certain inflammatory skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema. However, further research is required to understand the topical benefits of CBD oil and it’s properties. Keep in mind that products formulated with CBD oil will not give you a ‘high’ because they do not contain THC, the chemical responsible for the psychoactive effects of marijuana. If you want to give products formulated with cannabis a try, the AAD recommends testing a small area of skin with the formula first. If no reaction occurs, apply the product as directed on the packaging.
When you think of chemical skin exfoliators, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) surely come to mind. But have you heard of polyhydroxy acids (PHAs)? They are a new group of hydroxy acids—referred to as a new generation of AHAs—that’s buzzing around social media and the skincare community. Similar to AHAs and BHAs, PHAs are chemical exfoliators which help slough away dead cells from the skin’s surface in an effort to promote an even tone and radiant appearance. So, what makes PHAs so special? According to a study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), PHAs offer similar benefits to AHAs but are less likely to irritate the skin. As such, PHAs can be suitable for use post-procedure and by sensitive skin types. What’s more, compared to their AHA cousins, PHAs are more moisturizing and can help strengthen skin barrier function. Some of the most popular PHAs are gluconolactone and lactobionic acid.
We know, we know: retinol has been around forever. But that doesn’t change the fact that people are swearing by its anti-aging benefits well into 2019. Its track record speaks for itself, so don’t be surprised to see some of your favorite skin care brands continue to launch new products driven by the powerful vitamin A derivative.
Editor’s note: Due to the powerful nature of retinol, it’s important to build up your skin’s tolerance to the ingredient. Start with a lower concentration of retinol and slowly work your way up over time. Stick to a schedule that works for your skin, starting with an application once per week until your skin can begin to handle daily applications. Since retinol can also cause sun sensitivity, only apply it at night and follow with broad-spectrum sunscreen during daytime hours along with additional sun protection measures.
Retinol is often thought to be a multi-tasking skin superhero, but there’s no denying that it’s a very strong, powerful ingredient. Some common side effects can include dryness and skin peeling, which can make it intolerable to some sensitive skin types. While there are ways to help sensitive skin types use retinol, a fairly-new ingredient called bakuchiol is being heralded as a gentler retinol alternative. The interesting part, however, is that bakuchiol—a compound found in the seeds and leaves of the psoralea corylifolia plant—shares no structural resemblance to retinoids. Even still, a clinical case study from the NCBI was performed that showed significant improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, elasticity, photodamage, and more after twice-a-day applications of skin care products formulated with bakuchiol over a 12-week period. The suggestion then is that bakuchiol has great potential to deliver anti-aging effects similar to retinol.
Hydrated skin never goes out of style, and few ingredients can help you achieve the intense levels of moisturization that hyaluronic acid can. For that reason, along with others, we don’t envision hyaluronic acid going anywhere anytime soon. The hydration powerhouse can hold up to 1000x its weight in water, plumping the skin with moisture so it looks soft, smooth, and more youthful. L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 1.5% Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum can deeply replenish moisture for immediate benefits such as smoother-looking skin and skin that feels suppler. In one week, this serum can visibly plump the skin so it appears more youthful, bouncy, and well-rested.
There are plenty of skin-benefitting antioxidants out there, but there’s a reason why experts continuously recommend vitamin C. When applied topically, vitamin C can help neutralize free radical damage to the skin’s surface. Free radicals are unstable molecules induced by the environment, which can bind to the skin and wreak havoc in the form of premature aging, including visible fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, and more. Moral of the story? Before leaving home each day, try applying a vitamin C serum along with broad-spectrum sunscreen for protection against harmful free radicals and help improve skin radiance. Try L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum; the highly potent vitamin C serum can restore skin’s radiance in one week, and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines in two.
Now that you know about the ingredients trending for 2019, it’s time to brush up on your knowledge of some of the staples. Here’s Your Complete Guide to Popular Skin Care Ingredients.