If you’re the kind of person who practises self-care through skincare, there are plenty of buzzy ingredients to get excited about.

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Whether you’re looking for products to boost your glow, minimise the look of fine lines or fight acne, there are a whole host of ingredients set to make a splash.

“Moving forward, focus will be on skin integrity and the resurgence of the importance of skin health,” predicts facialist Fiona Brackenbury. “The skin is vulnerable to many factors: this could be emotional stress, environmental trauma like central heating, extreme temperature changes or overuse of skincare actives that will all leave their mark on the skin.”

Skin care ingredients to look out for

These beauty-boosting ingredients will help address these issues…

1. Mushrooms

Mushrooms aren’t just for risottos, so don’t rule out this secret skincare powerhouse. According to Brandy Hoffman, co-founder of beauty brand Volition (available on Cult Beauty), mushrooms are an “undiscovered hero for skin hydration”. She says: “The snow mushroom (tremella fuciformis) is nature’s moisture magnet and can hold 500 times its weight in water.

“Some consumers have already begun to hear about mushrooms like reishi and lion’s mane in beauty formulas, but soon more skincare enthusiasts in will appreciate why the snow mushroom is the new star in the skincare ingredient firmament.”

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Volition Snow Mushroom Water Serum

VOLITION BEAUTY Snow Mushroom Water Serum
  • A hydration-boosting, pore-minimizing serum, powered by snow mushroom, which leaves skin simply healthier-looking.
  • Solutions for: - Pores - Fine lines and wrinkles - Dryness

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Origins, Dr Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Fortifying Emulsion

Origins Dr Weil Mega Mushroom Relief & Resilience Treatment Lotion, 3.4 Fl Oz
  • Dr Weil Mega Mushroom Relief & Resilience Treatment Lotion 100ml

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2. Olive oil

After a series of teasers, in early 2021 Jennifer Lopez finally blessed the world with a skincare collection. After all, who wouldn’t want to get that JLo glow?

Her secret ingredient is an old school one: olive oil. She told Vogue: “My mum used to say that olive oil was the cure-all for everything”, and made it the central ingredient of her JLo Beauty Olive Complex product. 

Where Lopez goes, everyone else will follow – so expect to see products laden with olive oil on the shelves. It’s packed with antioxidants and is an all-natural way to moisturise your skin; what’s not to love?

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DHC Olive Concentrated Cleansing Oil Buy online

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BeautyPro Nourishing Collagen Sheet Mask with Olive Extract Buy online

3. Tranexamic acid

If you’ve mastered everything from niacinamide to hyaluronic acid, it’s time to look to the next science-y skincare ingredient set to take over: tranexamic acid.

This was “originally a medication used to treat blood loss in patients, but due to the fantastic impact it can have on the skin, it can also be used topically”, explains Dr Preema Vig, medical director of the Dr Preema London Clinic.

“Tranexamic acid reduces skin discolouration and evens pigmentation, it also targets photo damage, brightens the skin and improves fine lines and wrinkles. This ingredient is fantastic for people who suffer with hyperpigmentation.”

While it can be used on its own, you’ll likely see products incorporating it alongside other ingredients like vitamin C, which Vig says helps “give your skin a brightening boost”. She recommends using it “once a day at first, and then increase to twice a day”.

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Algenist Blue Algae Vitamin C Dark Spot Correcting Peel Buy online

 

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Scientia Peach & Glow Hydra Skin Tonic, Buy online

 

4. Wheatgrass

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Wheatgrass is a skin rescuer and an anti-inflammatory(iStock/PA)

“Night-time will always be the easiest way to press pause and reset the skin,” says Brackenbury. “Inflammation builds up in the day, the skin becomes dehydrated, the skin becomes stressed.” We’re always looking for new ways to soothe the skin and boost moisture, and this year, Brackenbury thinks the hero ingredient will be wheatgrass.

“Wheatgrass is a skin rescuer – its antibacterial properties make it perfect for breakouts,” she explains. “It’s also an anti-inflammatory champion, so perfect for even the most sensitive skins.”

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Elemis Superfood Vital Veggie Mask, Buy online

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Lush Skin’s Shangri La, Buy online

5. Immortelle

Brackenbury loves immortelle extract for its “powerful” anti-ageing benefits: “Thanks to the collagen and elastin-boosting properties, immortelle delivers visible results on slackness, lines, and wrinkles.”

The pandemic has caused many of us to shift our beauty routines away from make-up and more into skincare, so anything that can give us a natural, healthy glow is welcome.

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L’Occitane Overnight Reset Eye Serum Buy online

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Typology Firming Night Serum Botanical Blend With Nopal, Buy online

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