In the wild world of skincare, there are always exciting new ingredients to look out for, each one touted as the next big miracle. With so many new discoveries every day, it can be hard to keep track of them. It’s even harder to distinguish fads from ingredients that will actually work well and stand the test of time. We are always on the lookout for the best new products and ingredients, so we thought we’d compile a list of our favorite new ingredients. While some of these aren’t necessarily “new” discoveries, they are all sure to make your skin glow.
Snail Mucin – Snail mucin is an ingredient that is popping up all over the place, and with good reason. Snail mucin is what snails produce to heal their bodies or shells when they are damaged. This mucin’s regenerative properties, along with its ability to replenish moisture and soften the skin, makes it a valuable product for healing acne scars or even wrinkles.
Try: Dr. Organic Snail Gel. This soothing, anti-aging gel will repair skin, fade acne marks and sun spots, and leave you with soft, smooth, wrinkle-free skin.
Probiotics – Probiotics are famed for aiding a well-balanced digestive system, but they can also help your skin. When applied topically, probiotics can have anti-inflammatory effects, soothing the skin and helping to treat conditions such as acne and rosacea.
Try: Lierac Demaquillant Purete, a foaming cleansing gel that removes makeup, detoxifies, and balances oily, acne-prone skin.
Algae – Algae, simple water-dwelling organisms, are packed with skin-nourishing amino acids, and fatty acids, chlorophyll, and enzymes. When applied to the skin, algae can help fight aging, increase collagen production, soothe inflammation, and renew tissues.
Try: Jack Black Double-Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20. Designed to treat men’s thicker skin, this non-greasy moisturizer contains blue algae and sea parsley to moisturize, protect, and keep your skin looking great.
Manuka Honey – Honey is another ingredient that is usually taken in food (or tea), but it is also beneficial when used as a skincare ingredient. All honey is soothing and has enzymes that benefit the skin, but Manuka honey is special because it contains high amounts of hydrogen peroxide and has strong antifungal and antibacterial properties. This makes it a great treatment for skin prone to acne.
Try: The Organic Pharmacy Manuka Face Cream. This lightweight moisturizer will treat oily, acne-prone skin and calm down breakouts, while balancing oil production.
Copper – Copper hasn’t only been popping up in home accessories, it has also been popping up in skincare products. Copper has been used to heal wounds since the ‘60s, and today it is being used to treat scars and wrinkles. It’s regenerative and collagen-boosting properties make it a valuable anti-aging ingredient. It also increases the production of skin-plumping hyaluronic acid, and is full of protective antioxidants.
Try: StriVectin Advanced Retinol Intensive Night Moisturizer. This potent anti-aging night treatment combines retinol with the powers of copper to firm the skin, boost elasticity, reduce wrinkles, and enhance radiance.
Rice – Rice is a staple in most of our diets, but it has also been used as a skin brightener in many parts of Asia for centuries. Rice is ground into a fine powder and used to gently exfoliate the skin, revealing softer, smoother, brighter skin with a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.
Try: Dermalogica Daily Resurfacer. This daily skin resurfacing treatment reduces the signs of premature aging with a combination of alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, and brightening rice extract.