After carefully analyzing the latest skincare trends, we’ve chosen six of the most popular (and more importantly, most effective) ingredients to highlight. Here are our picks for the best trending anti-aging skincare ingredients.
Snail Mucin Extract
You read that right – one of the top trends in skincare is using products made with snail mucin. While it might seem strange at first, we promise it’s worth it.
Snail mucin is a multi-tasking ingredient that supports skin regeneration and promotes collagen production. By doing this, it enhances elasticity and softens the look of fine lines and wrinkles while at the same time reducing the appearance of blemishes and repairing damaged skin. Clinical studies have even shown that snail mucin can improve elasticity by 39% and roughness by 53%.
Beyond its anti-aging properties and its ability to repair the skin, snail mucin is also known to help moisturize the complexion and improve barrier health. It’s also loaded with vitamins and minerals that nourish and strengthen the skin.
Bakuchiol may be one of the buzziest ingredients in the skincare world. This natural ingredient is derived from the seeds of the babchi plant, which has roots in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda. Since its introduction to the mainstream skincare world, it has been dubbed the natural and gentle alternative to retinol.
Much like retinol, bakuchiol is first and foremost known for its anti-aging abilities. It has been shown to stimulate collagen production and support skin cell turnover, working to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration while boosting elasticity and firmness. Bakuchiol also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which means it can help calm and heal the skin.
What makes bakuchiol especially impressive is that it is far less likely to aggravate the skin when compared to retinol. As effective as retinol may be, it also often comes with negative side effects, including dryness and irritation. This makes bakuchiol an excellent option for anyone looking for a gentle (yet still highly effective) alternative to retinol. It’s also why it has been deemed one of the most effective anti-aging ingredients for sensitive skin.
Skincare industry professionals looked to the ocean for inspiration, and discovered the power of seaweed. Seaweed extracts are incredibly nourishing, as they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. When used in skincare, these extracts not only strengthen the skin, but also provide protection against harmful free radicals from environmental aggressors, which can damage the skin and cause visible signs of aging.
Thanks to the rich source of vitamins, seaweed extracts can help brighten the complexion and smooth the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The extracts also have anti-inflammatory properties, and may help promote a calmer and more comfortable complexion.
Additionally, seaweed extracts can support skin moisture levels. They create a protective barrier on the skin, working to seal in moisture and reduce the risk of moisture loss.
Lactic acid is a super effective yet gentle chemical exfoliant that dramatically transforms texture and tone. Compared to glycolic acid – which is another alpha hydroxy acid that is often used in skincare formulas – lactic acid has a slightly larger molecular size. This means that it’s gentler on the skin and more suitable for all skin types.
This chemical exfoliant works to clear away dead skin cells and other debris that contributes to roughness and dullness. By doing this, it not only softens the skin, but also helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.
Over time, lactic acid improves discoloration and uneven skin tone for a radiant and even complexion. It also works to unclog pores to ensure the skin stays clear and blemish-free.
Aloe vera shouldn’t just be limited to treating sunburns. When used regularly, this trending skincare ingredient can help you achieve and maintain a healthy, calm, and youthful complexion.
As you probably already know, aloe vera is an anti-inflammatory ingredient known for its ability to soothe and calm the skin. It helps minimize inflammation and irritation to promote skin that both looks and feels more comfortable. The natural ingredient also hydrates and prevents transepidermal water loss – which can become more common as we age.
What you might not know is that aloe vera is also a rich source of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. The highly effective yet gentle ingredient helps nourish and strengthen the skin as it protects it against free radicals, which can contribute to signs of aging.
Hyaluronic acid is by no means a new ingredient. It’s long been used as a key ingredient in moisturizers, serums, and more. However, it’s been receiving some extra attention as of late – and for a good reason.
Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means it draws water to the skin and locks it in. In fact, it’s able to hold nearly 1000 times its weight in water. By attracting water to the skin, hyaluronic acid softens the complexion and boosts suppleness, while at the same time smoothing the look of lines.
This ingredient is useful at any age, but is especially beneficial for anyone looking to create an anti-aging skincare routine. Our skin is naturally more susceptible to dehydration as we get older. When our skin is dehydrated, it not only feels rougher and more parched, but fine lines and wrinkles can look more prominent. By adding water back to the skin, hyaluronic acid works to counteract the effects of dehydration for more comfortable skin and a younger-looking complexion. This makes hyaluronic acid one of the best ingredients for aging skin.
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