After two years of doom and gloom, almost everyone is looking for a breath of fresh air in 2022. Most people are now shifting their focus from surviving the pandemic to living life to the fullest again and making up for a lost time.
2022 may be the year everyone gets to put on the best face after two years of having it covered under a face mask. While it may be impossible to predict with all accuracy the trends that will define the skincare industry in 2022, experts have their eyes set on several recent trends.
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Mild Chemical Peels
Power peels are a staple for beauty lovers. They are used in exfoliating treatments that involve the removal of the top skin layers to allow for new, smoother skin to grow. While chemicals used in the peeling procedures are relatively safe, many consumers get concerned about their safety and opt for milder options.
Milder versions of peel chemicals only target the inner layer of the skin (dermis), leaving the protective layer (epidermis) intact. “Consumers looking for chemical peel products should ensure they go for options with hydrating and nourishing ingredients to balance the exfoliating properties,” explains Dr. Lee B. Daniel.
Blue Light Protection Products
According to skincare experts, exposure to blue light induces oxidative stress in live skin, accelerating the skin aging process. According to Dr. Stephanie Williams, a dermatologist, blue light penetrates deeper into the skin than UVA and UVB rays and can penetrate all the way to the dermis.
For the most part, blue light exposure comes from the sun. However, the sun is not the only culprit. Computer, TV, and other digital device screens emit blue light and can be just as harmful.
As consumers become aware of the effects of blue light on the skin, the uptake of products, such as before and after using a plasma pen that offers protection from blue light, has been on the rise, with experts predicting that trend to continue into 2022.
Skin Barrier Repair Products
The skin barrier can sometimes get damaged by unsafe products or over-exfoliation. Either way, consumers with damaged skin need a remedy for their damaged skin barriers.
As a result, there has been an increased demand for barrier repair and hydration products in the past few years, a trend that may continue into 2022. These skin barrier repair products may be as simple as moisturizers with ingredients such as ceramides that support the skin barrier and products that provide a protective barrier, such as healing jelly ointments that maintain moisture and reduce irritation.
In recent years, the skincare industry has evolved into a multi-billion-dollar industry, and everyone wants a piece of the pie. Unfortunately, not everyone has the consumers’ health at heart, resulting in poor quality and counterfeit products that have caused serious harm to some consumers.
Whatever you do, always ensure that you buy your products from brands you know and outlets you can trust.