It’s not hard to understand why nutrient-dense algae is being touted as a skincare superhero. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, essential amino acids and vitamins A, B, C and E, this deepsea-derived organism could play an important role in keeping skin well-hydrated, evenly toned and youthful. While there are tens of thousands of species of algae, red and brown algae are skincare favourites.
Try: Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist (from Mecca Cosmetica); Estée Lauder Nutritious Micro-Algae Pore Purifying Cleansing Jelly ($56); Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Silky Cream ($90).
2. Inside Out
With the worlds of wellness and beauty overlapping in the past few years, supplements that promise plump and luminous skin from the inside have quickly becoming a staple in our beauty regimens. Imedeen’s marine complex was put to the test by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition and the six-month study found that post-menopausal women taking Prime Renewal noticed a significant improvement in skin firmness, pigmentation and under eye circles.
Try: Imedeen Prime Renewal
Squeaky clean is the last thing you want your skin to feel like, and that’s nots just because over-cleansing can sap moisture from your complexion. Beauty experts believe we’re also washing away good bacteria that’s essential for well-balanced, healthy skin. While bad bacteria can cause acne, anti-inflammatory properties of good bacteria are thought to have the opposite effect. A 2012 study published in The Journal of Cosmetic Science found that containing 5% lactobacillus (a bacteria commonly found in yogurt) was effective at treating acne.
Try: The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner ($80); Tailor Renew Probiotic Serum ($69)
4. Marula Oil
Natural beauty converts have long been singing the praises of argan oil but this relative newcomer to the skincare world could be the next big thing in beauty. Derived from the kernels of the fruit of the African Marula tree, marula oil is packed with essential fatty acids that work hard to keep skin well hydrated. The lightweight, quickly absorbed oil reduces transepidermal water loss and calms irritated skin.
Try: African Botanics Intense Skin Repair Balm ($255); Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil ($115)
Miracle mineral magnesium plays a crucial role in a number of biochemical reactions in the body – aiding digestion, improving sleep and regulating blood pressure are just a few. It comes as no surprise that magnesium is also vital for healthy skin; according to dermatologists ensuring you’re getting the recommended daily intake of magnesium will help improve your skin’s appearance and could even fight acne by stabilising hormonal imbalances and reducing cortisol levels.
Try: Estée Lauder Floralixir Dew Regenerating Water ($185); REN Kelp + Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Cream (from Mecca Cosmetica).