2020 Skincare Trends
Looking to improve your skin this year? There are several ingredients and practices that can help you do that. Here are 12 skincare innovations that will be popular this year – and a few insights into what to expect in the near future.
Top 12 Skincare Trends of 2020
1. Hyaluronic Acid
Expect to hear more about this mega-moisturizer, as more products are offering topical applications, says Michelle Green, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City. Though there are plenty of other buzz-worthy ingredients to note, skincare pros tend to agree that this one will gain even more traction in 2020 – and beyond.
Recently, a slew of over-the-counter products are putting this into the hands — and on faces — of the masses. It’s no longer just for people who visit a professional for skincare. Retinol can help with fine lines, acne, moisturizer and just about every other thing your skin needs to look its best.
3. Snail Mucin
If you happen to hear about using snail mucin — yep, slime from garden snails — on your skin, don’t pass it off but do pay attention to the source. Snail slime includes glycoproteins, glycolic acid and our buddy hyaluronic acid. We already know these are proven winners when it comes to improving skin, so the idea that snail slime could help your skin isn’t unheard of.
Cryotherapy is quite popular, and it could be just what your face needs. Also known as FroTox, this facial involves a class of liquid nitrogen, which is said to exfoliate and firm skin as well as lower inflammation and tighten pores among other perks. Mansell says she expects this to be big in 2020.
5. Biological Ferments
Bacillus Subtilis fermentation — yep, fermented mushrooms — are awesome exfoliators that can correct hyper pigmentation and keratosis pillars. Other bioferments will also be popular and can come from yeast, seaweed and sugars. “Look for them to emerge in plenty of cosmetics this year,” says Soraya Ali Hope, a pharmaceuticals and cosmetics chemist who used to work for Revlon.
Sonya Johnson, a dermatologist from Indiana, said this ingredient will become mainstream in 2020. People love ceramics-containing products because these lipids are light and don’t clog pores. “Ceramides replace the lost lipids in the skin, thus providing hydration and suppleness,” she says.
Nope… you won’t be drinking more Gatorade in 2020 to get a great glow (though you can try). Skincare products with electrolytes — namely, magnesium — are having a moment. Products with magnesium, calcium and potassium are said to be wonderful hydrators and are gaining traction as a must-try moisturizer.
This is a form of Vitamin B3 — That isn’t anything new — but its application in skincare is. It’s got antioxidant properties that have made it more popular, so expect to hear about it when people rave about a skincare product they like.
This comes from and herb, and some hail it as amazing as retinol for its success on fine lines and wrinkles — all while being vegan. It may be the star ingredient in a growing line of vegan or “clean” products.
Cannabidiol is nothing new, but now it’s entering into cosmetics industry, according to Gabriella Baki, Ph.D., who heads up a cosmetic science program at The University of Toledo College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Look for moisturizers, cleaners, masks and “CBD facials” to dominate headlines. Some research says the anti-inflammatory properties could be just what skin needs, but many experts are careful to point out that there’s little research on optimal dosages and proven effects.
“ CBD is a trendy ingredient, but there is still a lot of haze around this ingredient. More studies are needed to understand how CBD affects the skin, what kind of short-term and long-term effects it may have,” Baki warns.
“the jury is still out if it’ll work for skin conditions like acne, eczema and acne, noted Dr.Boris Zaks, a dermatologist from California.
11. Skincare Technology
Expect non-invasive procedures already available to continue and dominate the market in 2020, Green says. These include Botox, Kybella, HydraFacial and other injectable fillers. While over-the-counter products can work great, many people head to their doctors for these because they are quick and involve little downtime. Plus, the results are almost immediate.
12. Skincare gets physical
Procedures such as facial acupuncture, facial cupping, lymphatic drainage massage and Gua sha (facial scraping) are also on the up-and-up when it comes to what will be popular this year and in the near future.