When it comes to futuristic ingredients, these are the areas we should have our eyes fixed on according to leading skincare experts.
A great deal of innovation will occur with ingredients weâre already using in our beauty regimens according to leading Australian dermatologist and director of Brisbane Skin, Dr Shobhan Manoharan. âWeâll see refinements of previous products. Retinols, vitamin a, are already a cornerstone of dermatology and skin health â Â they’re proven to remodel, tighten and reduce sun spots. The problem is that theyâve often been irritating, particularly those with sensitised skin,â Manoharan explains. âBut weâre going to see more retinols coming through that are nano-encapsulated; theyâll be much better tolerated and longer lasting. They penetrate really well, and the results are better.â
Superfood enthusiasts might be able to predict the future of beauty by peering inside their pantries says Roberta Weiss, Senior Vice President of Kiehlâs Innovation and Product Development, who admits sheâs personally trying to create a pantry of perfect ingredients. âI have a lot of ingredients that Iâm interested in but Iâm trying to find them before we need them,â Weiss says. âMany beauty breakthroughs will be coming from the wellness world â teas, oils, superfoods like fruits, berries and quinoa.â Turmeric, avocado and manuka honey are already popping up in our beauty cabinets.
In Your Genes
One of the fastest growing skincare categories will revolve around ingredients that provide genetic protection factor says Elizabeth Arden PROâs Director of Education, Tracy May-Harriott. âWeâre learning more about DNA repair, how growth factors and peptides assist the genetics of skin. Weâve spoken about SPF for years, weâve talked about EPF (environmental protection factor) but what weâre talking about now is GPF â genetic protection factor,â Harriott explains Â âThatâs the future: really understanding what the adverse effect of living in our environment is. If I can stay out longer in the sun, Iâm germinating another lot of problems. We might not be burning anymore but weâre doing something to our genetic pathways. Itâs where a bulk of our research is being done.â
Fermented ingredients that have been trending in the food world for the last few years could become a prominent force in skincare if expert predictions are correct. âItâs a huge trend in food, and itâs more and more obvious that fermented foods and probiotics are good for the skin when applied topically. We just need more research done into that,â says Weiss. Geoff Genesky, head of the Kiehlâs laboratory agrees that fermented foods that bolster the microbiome hold potential. âThe microbiome is interesting for skin. Our skin has its own bacteria, so a healthy balance of those little critters in our skin is an interesting area to explore. Itâs definitely an area of interest for the medical and dermatological community,â he says.
Active ingredients are best when theyâre fresh, and according to skincare scientists it wonât be long until we see better, faster results, thanks to fresher ingredients. âYouâre going to see more along the lines of instant-acting, DIY-ish, fresh products,â says Cliniqueâs Dr. Tom Mammone. Watch this space as next month Clinique will launch a game-changing industry first: a range of of skincare products that harness the power of highly concentrated, fresh vitamin C. âFresh means power, fresh means power. People want to know things are fresh, therefore better, and weâre constantly evolving that proposition,â says Janet Pardo, senior vice president of product development at Clinique.