The skincare ingredients to know in 2020
It’s a fresh new year, and there’s no better time than the present to make sure your skincare arsenal is packed with the latest and greatest in new, buzz-worthy ingredients. Put your best face – and body! – forward by embracing some of the newbies for skin that we expect to make a bang this year…
Naturally present in skin tissue, this well-known mineral (in peptide form) helps to keep collagen and elastin linked up, and you get to reap the benefits. In short, copper is responsible for younger, plumper skin, as well as delivering antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and healing benefits that you can’t help but love. According to recent studies, copper peptides are also proving to be brilliant at warding off the effects of pollution and stress in skin, as well as DNA damage. So what are you waiting for?
If you've previously never heard of moringa oil, that’s all about to change. The ingredient, derived from a tree indigenous to India, is popping up in every corner of the beauty world with good reason. The oil from the seeds is 40 per cent monounsaturated fatty acids, with 70 per cent of that being oleic acid, which has proven invaluable when it comes to improving barrier function. Moringa oil is also ideal because it's similar to the oil your skin produces naturally, helping to balance and nourish all skin types. It also absorbs deep into the skin, leaving no greasy after feel.
bh loves: Odacité Mo + P Facial Serum Concentrate $80; Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme+ Global Anti-Aging Cell Power Crème $168; Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm $97; Pure Fiji Nourishing Exotic Oil Moringa Infusion $46
Quite the marvel, squalane is a multitasking moisturiser that leaves skin hydrated and visibly plumped, while minimising the signs of redness and irritation. More hydrating than many other oils, squalane mimics your skin’s own moisture, making it a brilliant hydrator for most types, but in particular sensitive. Oh and yes, squalene is found in high amounts in shark liver, but thankfully most major companies have shifted away from using shark-derived squalane and it’s unlikely you’ll find it on the market in New Zealand.
We’ve seen a huge rise in the popularity of supplements and adaptogens in the last year, and love the boost they give our mood and skin. It has been said that ‘minerals are the new vitamins’, and they are also part of a new wave in skincare that we can’t help but get excited about. One of the most buzzed about minerals in skincare is magnesium, which helps manage stress in the body and to calm and rebalance skin. Magnesium can be a huge help when it comes to breakouts and hormonal imbalance, as it helps reduce inflammation caused by any type of injury, including those created by acne-causing bacteria invading the skin. It is also proven to aid with sensitive skin and rosacea due to its ability to soothe redness and inflammation, which gets a big tick from us.
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What ingredient are you most excited to try in 2020?