We bring you the lowdown on the stand-out skincare trends for 2022 we know you’ll love. Because, in a nutshell, 2022 is all about caring for, rather than hiding behind your skin, while being even more conscious about what goes into your skincare and how sustainable your products are.
Good news because we’ve got your back on these!
Read on to learn more about the five biggest skincare trends for the coming year ...
1. Anti-Inflammatory Skincare
While skin inflammation sometimes occurs from an injury, it’s more often than not a result of irritation thanks to stress, unbalanced hormones, sun damage, overly potent skincare or poor cleansing.
But whatever the reason, there’s no mistaking that inflammation can be a real blow to both your skin and your state of mind. And it can manifest itself in more ways than you may think.
Of course, redness is the obvious contender, but itching, swelling, dark spots and flakiness can all occur as a result of skin inflammation. And none of these are what the skin doctor ordered.
Let’s get one thing clear: last year was a stressful one. It was also a year which saw a rise in the introduction of powerful active ingredients and trying professional-style treatments at home such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion (yikes!).
This is why 2022 is all about taking a breather to help reduce stress on you and your skin. It’s also about eating a healthier, balanced diet and looking after your skin’s all-important barrier function.
To do this, first you need to pare back the number of products in your routine because no, you don’t need to apply five different serums and acids every morning. In fact, our Pre-Eminent Beauty Serum does the job of five and it’s much kinder to your skin!
Secondly, think about introducing anti-inflammatory ingredients into your daily regime. Antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and green tea are a great shout, as are calming, enriching ingredients like aloe vera, ceramides, chamomile, omega fatty acids and colloidal oatmeal.
2. Sustainable Products And Packaging
As you know, we’ve been advocates of reduced or sustainable packaging and formulations from the word go. With all our packaging being as recyclable or reusable as we can possibly get them, which is no mean feat!
Sustainable beauty has been a growing trend (although we hate to call it a ‘trend’ when it’s such a necessity) for many years. During the pandemic this movement became even bigger as all generations became more aware of the need for reducing their carbon footprint to create a better planet.
Ultimately, 2022 will see more eco-friendly products, ethically-sourced ingredients and recyclable or refillable packaging than ever before. Gold star to you for being ahead of the game by choosing HIGHBORN!
3. The Ultimate Skin Protection
The importance of sun protection is something every skin expert drums into you (us included!) but this year the topic is really ‘hotting up’ if you’ll pardon the pun. What does this mean? ...
Well, no longer is UV protection enough to ward off the signs of premature ageing: it’s time to start thinking about all the other environmental stressors that can have damaging effects on your skin. Think blue light from your smartphones and computers, pollution, smog, even cigarette smoke.
Awareness of these nasties grows by the day, so we predict this year will see a real shift towards specialised sun protection, including products that not only protect your skin from UVA and UVB radiation, but also help shield it from HEV (high energy visible, or blue) light.
In the same breath, antioxidants will gain more and more momentum due to their awesome ability to fend off free radical damage and help ward off the signs of environmental ageing such as dark spots, wrinkles and sagging skin.
Looking to up your antioxidant skincare game? Then may we suggest you apply Night Elixir every evening before bed? It contains antioxidant giants such as vitamin E and green tea, making it the ideal way to protect your skin, reduce environmental damage and rejuvenate your complexion while you catch your valuable zzzs.
4. Tried & Trusted Ingredients
Speaking of skincare ingredients, 2021 was a year of shunning faddy skincare ingredients while Googling clinically-proven powerhouses like retinol, aloe vera, vitamin C, salicylic acid and hyaluronic acid.
OK, so you might not have been able to go out with your friends as often as you’d have liked, but you sure did become more skin savvy than ever before. Bravo!
The good news is that, thanks to ‘skinfluencers’ on social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram, this trend continues to grow as more of you set out to learn about effective ingredients that are proven to work. In fact, the term ‘vitamin C skincare’ has already reached over 600 million views at last count. Take that snail mucous!
All of our HIGHBORNs are formulated with only the very best tried and tested ingredients that have been proven to offer skin-changing results. One of our favourites is Pre-Eminent Beauty Serum which contains aloe, hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, vitamin C and retinol. Pretty much all the greats, we think you’ll agree!
5. Skincare Gadgets
They’re not everyone’s cup of tea for good reason but beauty tools like ice globes, cleansing brushes, LED facial masks and gua sha will continue to be popular in 2022. Remember, always follow any instructions to the letter to avoid over-stimulating or damaging your skin and undoing all your progress from your HIGHBORNs.
Don’t think you can skip your daily skincare regime in favour of high-tech gadgets or tools. Nothing beats an awesome routine that includes gentle cleansing, toning, treating, moisturising and – the icing on the cake – year-long sun protection with our Organic Tinted Moisturiser with SPF 25.
A regular face mask is also a great way to reap all the benefits of a professional facial without investing in new tools and gadgets. Try our brand new Natural Element Clay Mask. We can’t get enough of it right now for detoxing, nourishing and brightening the skin.
There you have it, everything you need to know to be at the forefront of your skincare. So finally, here’s to a healthy, happy and brighter 2022!