You've no doubt heard the expression "out with the old, in with the new." With a new season starting, we thought we'd offer you our very own September issue of the Scoop and talk about what's trending in skincare so you can rev up your regimen and make like a beauty editor with this well-edited list of trends to watch.
All about the microbiome
Everyone's microbiome needs good balance to maintain a healthy skin barrier – skin's first line of defense. Consider your microbiome to be like your fingerprint because it’s unique to you. An unbalanced microbiome can cause the skin to perform less effectively, resulting in signs of aging like wrinkles, dryness, and redness. When the microbiome is balanced, it promotes optimum skin barrier health. To empower your skin with prebiotics, try our NEW Super-B Barrier Strengthening Oil's mightiest ingredient is a first-of-its-kind, oil-soluble Prebiotic Blend that delivers the skin-balancing benefits of prebiotics with a nourishing boost. It also targets visible signs of aging while improving overall skin health in a super-luxe formula.
Blue light blues
Though there are many factors affecting skin function and aging, the science of epigenetics (how lifestyle and environment impact how we age) is crucial for understanding skin health at every age. Blue light is one of the newest known to affect skin health and cause skin damage. Your smartphone, flat-screen TV, laptops, tablets, and LED and fluorescent lights emit blue light, high energy concentration, and short wavelengths. Blue light is essential to regulate our Circadian rhythms; it helps us stay alert and supports cognitive function. However, too much blue light can strain eyes, disrupt sleeping patterns, and cause premature skin aging. Studies show we clock more than 10 hours of screen time per day, so the latest SPFs on the market neutralizes the effect of blue light as well as UVA and UVB rays. We predict putting on sunscreen when you're indoors will become as pervasive as applying it to go outside. Our Full Screen™ Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Clear Finish is super comfortable to wear, protects your skin, and nourishes with skin-loving skin ingredients like Vitamins A, B, C, & Pro-Vitamin D.
Skin barrier boosters
As we continue to take a more positive approach to aging, the skin barrier will continue to be a hot topic. That's because whether you're thinking about skincare in a preventative way or looking to target specific concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, healthy skin is all about a healthy skin barrier. This outermost layer of skin, or stratum corneum, is the most vital line of defense against damaging stressors and dehydration. It's made up of cells and lipids (aka bricks and mortar of your skin) that work like armor to protect you from battle (aka biological aging and environmental aggressors). We love our Wrinkle Recode™ Moisture Rich Barrier Cream, an indulgently rich, luxe, and comforting cream powered by two unique barrier-boosting technologies. Our clinically proven, patented form of Niacin, NIA-114™, combines with a carefully calibrated 1:1:1 Biomimetic Lipid Ratio of Ceramides, plant-derived Cholesterol, and Free Fatty Acids to restore skin's lipid content, deeply replenishing and strengthening the skin barrier.
Eyes in focus
When wearing masks became our new normal, we couldn't help but take a closer look at the eyes. It’s a fact that the skin around your eyes is often the first to show signs of aging. That's because the skin around the area is delicate and a lot thinner than the skin on the rest of your face, so it’s more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, with many of us are wearing makeup again, you'll see this delicate benefit from some extra hydration help to keep your makeup intact, look better, and wear longer. So before you put on that concealer, foundation, or powder, make like the pros and consider moisturizing the area. We love our Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles PLUS. The cult-favorite, #1 wrinkle-smoothing specialist, is now upgraded and clinically proven to reduce the look of all types of lines around the eyes, starting in just five days*.
As we focus less on terms like anti-aging and more on healthy skin, look for texture to continue to trend for all ages and stages. And with so many of us still working from home, those in the know are looking to amp up their at-home routines with pro ingredients and results usually reserved for your facialist or dermatologist. So, if you're looking to target dull, dry skin quickly, lactic acid is a great choice. Lactic gets lots of love for its exfoliating superpowers, and unlike other Alpha-hydroxy acids, Lactic exfoliates and moisturizes (while gently resurfacing dull dry skin.) Skin tone will appear more even, and fine lines and the look of pores will be visibly reduced. And the best time to target texture? At night. While we sleep, skin is in recovery mode, resting and recouping from daytime aggressors like stress, sun, and pollution. Our Lactic Acid Nightly Retexturizing Serum is dry skin-soothing and smoothing and clinically proven to be gentle, helping skin achieve a rested glow by morning.
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