By Khanak Mehta
Get ready for a pretty *major* shift in your skincare routine in 2023. While last year was all about actives that targeted and corrected specific skin concerns – like retinol, vitamin C, and niacinamide – this year is going to be focussed on being kinder to your skin.
The same way you support your physical health by feeding your body the right food, 2023 is all about powerful ‘skin foods’ that go the extra mile to help keep it healthy and build your skin barrier.
Here are the top three trends to get on board with ASAP.
Want an active that smoothens, plumps, and helps make your skin firmer without any irritation? Peptides are exactly what you’re looking for. Made of amino acid chains which are essentially the building blocks of protein in our skin, peptides help your skin go into repair mode and signal for more collagen and elastin production. The result is younger-looking skin. Pair it with retinol to double up on the benefits. Bonus: Peptides also help battle irritation, making them ideal for sensitive skin.
You’ve heard of probiotic foods – now, get ready for probiotic skincare, too. This is the ultimate skin food, so much like your jar of probiotic yoghurt, these formulas contain live microorganisms that encourage good bacteria and help decrease bad bacteria in your skin’s microbiome to make it healthier. This translates to less breakouts, inflammation, and sensitivity. We suggest picking up a leave-in topical formula like a serum or moisturiser instead of a wash-off one so that it can sink into your skin and work its magic.
We bet you’ve heard the term ‘skin barrier’ at least once in the last few months. This is essentially the outermost layer of your skin that protects it like a ‘shield’ – and if it’s damaged because of you overusing that new chemical exfoliant you’re totally obsessed with, your skin will feel itchy and look irritated. If you’re like us and don’t love that look, barrier-building skincare is exactly what you need. Ingredients like ceramides and hyaluronic acid and slugging your skin will help repair your barrier and give it lots of love – and hydration.