Whether you’re looking to upgrade your skincare routine or just doing your research, there’s a great range of innovative ingredients worth trying out – and we’ve rounded up our top choices.
With plenty of new trends popping up in the beauty industry every year, it takes us beauty-lovers more time and effort than ever before to understand what actually works and what is a potential waste of time and money in getting that silky and smooth skin.
#1 – Pearl Powder
Usually reserved for when you’re shopping for gifts for grandma, pearls can now be top of mind when you’re shopping for beauty products too.
Used in Chinese medicine as an oral supplement with anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, pearls are a mineral that provide a subtle glow to the skin if used in finishing powders and other cosmetic products.
High in calcium and magnesium, pearl powder has proven benefits for the skin. Besides making the skin more radiant, pearl powder also activates collagen regeneration, which helps to diminish the appearance of wrinkles.
This innovative ingredient reduces the activation of tyrosinase, the enzyme that causes the production of melanin, which leads to a reduced appearance of the skin’s pigmentation. Pearl powder is used in the production of face masks, finishing powders, body lotions and even toothpaste.
#2 – Silk Protein
Silk proteins such as sericin and fibroin are a fibrous protein formed by converting silk from the cocoon of the silkworm. With a molecular structure similar to that of the collagen fibers that make up our skin, silk contains two specific proteins which have skincare benefits: sericin and fibroin.
This innovative skincare ingredient helps maintain the skin’s hydration levels preventing dryness, while promoting cell regeneration.
Silk protein is a gentle skin exfoliator with the power to protect against sun damage and boost collagen levels, creating anti-aging benefits. It’s most commonly used in cosmetic products like shampoos and conditioners, body lotions, face cleansers, toners and make-up.
#3 – CBD Oil
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural component found in the cannabis plant marijuana or hemp plant. Because of its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is a highly effective skincare ingredient with a growing popularity.
Besides being a great anti-aging agent that helps hydrate the skin and maintain its youthful appearance, CBD may help reduce the severity of skin conditions like psoriasis.
#4 – Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Extracted from the beautiful prickly pear plant, a member of the cactus family, prickly pear seed oil is rich in vital skin components like linoleic acid, vitamin E, omega-6, omega-9 and vitamin K.
A very powerful and luxurious skin care ingredient, prickly pear seed oil is a perfect skin moisturiser, which helps maintain the skin’s hydration levels while preventing dryness.
Used in the production of facial serums and eye creams, but also in other cosmetics, this ingredient promotes cell repair and regeneration, reduces skin inflammation, helps to prevent acne breakouts and protects against sun damage.
#5 – Bakuchiol
Called the natural alternative to retinol, Bakuchiol is a plant-based ingredient, suitable for sensitive skin, found in the leaves and seeds of the Psoralea Corylifolia plant.
The plant, commonly used in Indian and Chinese medicines to help heal and soothe the skin, contains this innovative skincare ingredient used in face creams, serums, cleansers or body lotions.
Besides being known for reducing the appearance of skin’s pigmentation, inflammation and redness, Bakuchiol also helps boost collagen production in the skin, leading to a reduced appearance of wrinkles.