With a new year comes new trends that take the internet by storm. Often, these trends come in the form of updating product formulas with newly discovered or previously overlooked ingredients. Keep reading to find out 5 skincare ingredients that will have an impact on skincare in 2021!
CBD oil, often referred to as cannabidiol, is a chemical compound that is extracted from cannabis plants. Though controversial, it has many perceived benefits for your skin, such as reducing the production of sebum (which cause acne) and treating skin inflammation. This is due to the plant's anti-inflammatory properties. Some people raise concerns, as CBD oil comes from the same plant that is in marijuana. Cannabidiol, however, does not have any THC in it. THC is the chemical that causes the hallucinations and “high” associated with smoking marijuana. So, contrary to popular belief, you cannot get high from using a face cream infused with CBD. The use of CBD has increased in popularity in recent years and can be found in everything from skincare to color cosmetics to clothing.
Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 that is an antioxidant. The main use of niacinamide is to help with signs of aging, like wrinkles. In addition to reducing the look of wrinkles, niacinamide can help with hyperpigmentation and redness. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) found that niacinamide increases the production of ceramides, which are lipids that help protect your moisture barrier. This keeps the skin looking smooth and feeling hydrated. For more information on your moisture barrier, check out our article “How to Protect Your Moisture Barrier in the Wintertime.”
Petroleum jelly is another ingredient that helps with hydration. It forms a protective layer around your skin, effectively keeping any moisture locked in. It is important to note that petroleum jelly does not hydrate the skin, so if you use it, make sure it is after using your usual moisturizer. Skincare products with petroleum jelly have also been known to treat eczema. Petroleum jelly has become increasingly popular due to its healing properties, but also due to a Korean beuty trend called slugging. You can learn more about slugging and petroleum jelly in skincare in our article “Slugging Explained.”
On the topic of K-beauty, another trending ingredient that has been introduced due to this market segment is cica. Cica has come into a new light due to Dior releasing a cica recovery balm. It is derived from a plant that can be found in Asia and is actually used by tigers to treat their wounds. This particular ingredient also has a wide array of amino and fatty acids, as well as Vitamins A, B1, B2, and C. The ingredient has many benefits, including repairing skin, boosting the production of collagen, and protecting against pollution--which can be especially helpful if you live in large cities. The list of benefits seems never ending, as dermatologists also say it boosts blood flow and aids in cell repair.
Succinic acid is an ingredient naturally found in sugar cane. Like CBD oil, it reduces the production of sebum and treats acne. Unlike most skincare products, succinic acid works to restore your skin’s pH balance. This leads to less redness and skin cracking. The antioxidants found in succinic acid actually resemble your skin’s natural lipids. This is really great, because it means that it can protect you from harmful outside factors such as UV rays and air pollution. In addition to treating and preventing acne, it also reverses signs of aging.
If you are going into 2021 with the “New Year, New Me” mindset, consider revamping your skincare routine with these trending ingredients.