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  • Writer's pictureAnjana Rajbhandary

Skincare trends of 2021

10 skincare trends for 2021

2020 was a year of change. We changed the way we work, the way we shop, the way we socialize (if at all) and the way we approach skincare. For the most part, we spent more time on Zoom calls than at happy hours, and we spent more time wearing masks than doing our makeup.

The global pandemic created some major changes in the skincare industry. People started shifting their focus from makeup to skincare, and they experimented with many at-home treatments and plant-based ingredients. Here are 10 skincare trends that will be huge in 2021.

1. Skinimalism

According to Pinterest Predicts, one of the biggest skincare trends this year will be skinimalism. Embracing this minimalist approach to skincare and makeup is all about reducing the number of products you use so that your skin's natural texture shines through. Being a skinimalist means using multitasking products such as It Cosmetics CC+ Cream, which works as a tinted moisturizer and sunscreen. This approach is both economical and eco-friendly.

2. Sustainable beauty

Many brands are packaging their products in eco-friendly recyclable materials instead of plastic packaging that's harmful to the environment. Sustainable packaging helps reduce our carbon footprint on a larger scale and reminds everyone of their sense of responsibility. Codex Beauty uses recyclable polyethylene bottles made of sugarcane waste.

3. Clean beauty

Brands are becoming more transparent about the ingredients in their products and how they're sourced. The clean beauty trend is in response to customers demanding to know what they're putting on their faces. Drunk Elephant's Protini Polypeptide Cream is free of alcohols, silicones, fragrances and dyes, and all their ingredients are chosen based on biocompatibility.

4. Personalized skincare

With thousands of products on the market, who doesn't want a routine made specifically for them? Personalized skincare can help people focus on their skin concerns. Curology is just one brand that's focused on customizing a skincare plan for each customer's unique needs. While not exactly personalized, many makeup brands have released new makeup shades to be more inclusive of all skin tones.

5. Maskne treatments

With the regular use of masks, mask-related breakouts (referred to as "maskne," or mask acne) are on the rise. "How to treat maskne" was one of the most popular internet searches of 2020, and to fight this irritation, we can expect to see an increase in products that are gentle and supportive of your skin barrier. Products like Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser can calm the skin and prevent future breakouts.

6. At-home skin care devices

As people continue to stay at home, it's predicted that more people will invest in at-home devices to use with their favorite products to treat their skin themselves instead of going to a spa. NuFACE Trinity Facial Toning Device can help rejuvenate and improve your skin as it uses microcurrents to gently massage the face. It can sculpt and tone your face to prevent sagging skin and wrinkles.

7. Destressing skincare

2020 was a stressful year, and for many, skincare was a form of self-care. In 2021, we'll see a rise in products that have ingredients such as lavender to help de-stress and relax the skin. The Body Shop's Spa of The World French Lavender Massage Oil can calm your senses and relax your body and mind.

8. Next-gen supplements

We predict there will be a rise in oral skincare supplements in 2021, as brands focus on overall wellness and skincare by making dietary supplements with antioxidant formulas to protect your skin from aging. Hum Nutrition uses natural, absorbable nutrients in all its products. One of their best-selling products is Skin Squad Pre+Probiotic, which helps with acne-prone skin and balances the gut microbiome.

9. Blue light protection skincare

The blue light from our laptops, smartphones and tablets can increase skin damage and cause premature aging, creating an uptick in blue light protecting skincare. Supergoop Daily Dose Vitamin C + SPF 40 Serum is a multitasking serum that can protect your skin from the sun and blue light while brightening your skin with vitamin C.

10. CBD skincare

CBD skincare may be relatively new, but it's only going to grow in popularity, due in part to its properties as an anti-inflammatory. Topical CBD can be used to reduce redness and puffiness. Herbivore Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil is formulated to reduce redness, dryness and the appearance of stress. CBD skincare has also been shown to help those suffering from atopic dermatitis and eczema.

Skincare trends FAQ

Q. What products can stop the skin from aging?

A. Products can't stop aging, but they can help reduce the appearance of aspects of aging such as wrinkles and lack of firmness. It's also important to have a healthy lifestyle consisting of a balanced diet and consistent exercise to slow the aging process.

Q. How do I determine my skin type?

A. Wash and dry your face, then wait 15 to 30 minutes. If your skin feels fine, you have normal skin. If your skin feels itchy or tight, you have dry skin. If your skin is shiny, you have oily skin. If you have a mix of shiny and itchy skin, you may have combination skin.

Q. How can I combat acne?

A. Washing your face with a salicylic acid cleanser can help with acne and future breakouts.

Q. At what age can I begin using retinol?

A. You can start using retinol in your mid-20s.

Q. Can I mix skincare products of different brands?

A. Yes, you can. However, you should not mix active ingredients together, as they can cause irritation.


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