10 Skin Care Trends That Will Be HUGE in 2016

BY Dermstore Editors · December 31, 2015

Great skin will never go out of style—and 2016 promises to bring us bigger and better beauty breakthroughs that will make your skin care routine 10 times more efficient. To give us a glimpse of what’s in store for 2016, we sat down with Desiree Stordahl, beauty expert, best-selling co-author alongside Paula Begoun and a leading force on the Paula’s Choice Research Team. Here she shares 10 skin care trends to look forward to, as well as three not-so-great ones you’re probably better off without.

1. Boosters

“Essentially, they are ultra-concentrated, fluid formulas whose benefits vary dependent on their superstar ingredients. What they have in common is that they’re formulated to be mixed in with your current moisturizer, treatment product or serum to give it an even greater anti-aging or, depending on the formula, anti-acne edge. For instance, some increase hydration, others help with evening out skin tone, and the superstars of the bunch are concentrated with potent anti-aging antioxidants or cell-communicating ingredients to help reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging.

“What really makes them innovative is that boosters allow you to tailor your skin care routine—they aren’t a one-skin-type-fits-all cream—instead they mix into and supercharge the products that already work for your skin type, so really anyone can use them. You can find them now from brands like Dr. Dennis Gross, Paula’s Choice and StriVectin, but I expect more to debut next year.”

Desiree Recommends:
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Hydrating Clinical Concentrate Booster
Paula’s Choice RESIST C15 Super Booster
StriVectin High Performance Booster Oil

2. Makeup With (Better) Skin Care Benefits
“This trend has been around for a while, but whereas it once used to disappoint due to negligible amounts of the called-out ingredients, we’re now seeing more and more makeup that make good on their skin care claims. It still takes some sorting to find the truly good ones, but foundations, tinted moisturizers, BB/CC creams and concealers formulated with anti-aging actives like antioxidants, dark spot faders and skin-repairing ingredients are stepping up the skin care/makeup hybrid category.”

DermStore Recommends:
Eminence Antioxidant Mineral Foundation
DHC Q10 Base Makeup Moisture Care Liquid Foundation
Exuviance CoverBlend Concealing Treatment Makeup SPF 30

3. SPF on Everything
“The fact that we’re seeing SPF branching out into unique aspects of makeup like eyeshadow and lip gloss is another welcome trend—the eyelid area and lips are often neglected when it comes to sun protection, so having that in a makeup product that you apply every day is huge skin saver!”

DermStore Recommends:
Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder Eyescreen SPF 30
bareMinerals Well-Rested® Eye Brightener Broad Spectrum SPF 20
Paula’s Choice LipScreen SPF 50

4. Niacinamide
“I think we’re going to see the buzz build around niacinamide, which is exciting because there is growing research showing it benefits skin in a number of ways, including improving elasticity, regulating pore size, evening out skin tone and enhancing skin’s barrier function. We’re also starting to see its potential for helping with acne, which makes it a particularly great ingredient for those struggling with breakouts and wrinkles (or, as I like to call this unwelcome duo, ‘brinkles’).”

DermStore Recommends:
Nia 24 Intensive Recovery Complex
SkinCeuticals Metacell Renewal B3
PCA Skin Clear Skin

5. Essences and Other Water-Like Products
“I also expect there to be quite a bit of focus on weightless textures and layering products. The explosion of ‘light-as-water’ consistencies in cosmetics is opening new doors for people with oily and/or breakout-prone skin—they have more options than ever when it comes to getting a great anti-aging formula packed into weightless, nongreasy texture. We’re starting to see skin care routines become more and more complex with more and more steps (you can thank the Korean beauty craze for that), so lightweight consistencies are going to play a big role in that because they blend cohesively with other products. In that vein, the category of skin care ‘essences’ is going to be particularly big in 2016.”

DermStore Recommends:
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
Sjal Mineral Kalla Energy Tonic
Eminence Refresh Tonique

6. Fatty Acids
“Keep an eye out for omega fatty acids to become more popular in skin care. There’s a trend of ‘what’s good to eat is good for skin,’ and in the case of fatty acids, it’s not just marketing fluff. They’re brilliant for helping supplement the skin’s intercellular matrix and protecting the body against oxidative damage. Translation: better-looking skin.”

DermStore Recommends:
Sanitas Skincare EFA Complete
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cream
REN Omega 3 Optimum Skin Oil

7. Masks

“Expect facial masks to be big in 2016. We’ve already seen the tip of the iceberg with sheet masks, and powerhouse companies like L’Oréal and Estée Lauder have invested in brands that specialize in masks, so you can expect that to trickle down to the multiple cosmetics lines they own. The theme of doing ‘a little something extra’ to pamper and improve what you don’t like about your skin is going to hit big!”

DermStore Recommends:
Erno Laszlo Hydra Therapy Skin Vitality Mask
Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Masque
Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud

8. High-Tech Beauty Gadgets and Apps

“Not surprisingly, we’re also going to start seeing more technology-based skin care tools and apps. For instance, in-store smartphone interactive displays and online skin analyzers. It’s bigger in Europe than in the States right now, but there is a good chance we’ll see them here more regularly in 2016.”

DermStore Recommends:
NuFACE mini
FOREO LUNA™ Mini – Magenta
SkinCeuticals Age-Defying Laser + Antioxidant System

9. Kybella for Double Chin 

“Procedure-wise, we’re intrigued by the recently FDA-approved treatment Kybella to remedy the dreaded double chin we tend to get as we age. It’s a potentially exciting nonsurgical way to safely remove unwanted fat from this hard-to-treat area—and it’s less costly (and certainly less invasive) than a lower face-lift. “

10. Microwave Technology for Hair Removal
“I haven’t seen much in regards to microwave technology for skin care, but for hair removal it’s an interesting topic. The jury is still out on that: There’s not enough established research, but if it works like they say it can, it’s going to be huge due to its ability to work on all skin tones and hair colors. (Current laser hair removal devices are limited to lighter skin tones with darker, non-blonde hair.)”

3 Trends to Leave Behind

1. In-Shower Body Lotions
“They’re intended to make your life easier as a timesaving ‘skin conditioner’ applied to wet skin in the shower. The problem? They simply can’t leave skin as hydrated as a regular body moisturizer, and despite their ‘nonsticky’ claims, they often end up leaving an initially tacky feel on skin. Moreover, if your body lotion contains truly beneficial ingredients, you want those to stay on skin for as long as possible—not be rinsed away.”

2. DIY Skin Care Recipes
“Going by Pinterest, you’d think avocado, honey, yogurt and other food-based ingredients are wonder-working cure-alls for everything from acne to wrinkles. The truth is they simply don’t hold a candle to what a well-formulated product can do with a robust blend of beneficial ingredients. More to the point, some of those natural ingredients can actually cause irritation and damage skin beyond the surface layer, so you don’t even know it’s happening. (I’m looking at you, lemon!) And there’s also the issue of stabilization, since those food ingredients don’t last for long.

“That’s not to say that there aren’t any good food-based ingredients that help skin—there are. For instance, avocado has potential to help dry skin, but it’s messy and it’s going to have a tougher time staying put on skin than a mask that was created for that sole purpose. Save the avocado for your guacamole and instead purchase a moisturizing mask that contains avocado oil combined with other nonfragrant plant oils.”

3. Breast Milk Facials
“It’s hard to find a skin care trend that really shocks me, but breast milk facials? I can’t even go there! Just don’t do it.”


Dermstore Editors

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