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Even though 2020 initially seemed like the year of new possibilities and opportunities, it turned out to be anything but. We were hit with a global pandemic, forced to spend all our time at home, and adjust to this unfamiliar situation. And even though the effects of the pandemic have caused certain issues of their own, many have found peace and solace in maintaining routines, which might explain while the skincare industry continued to grow and evolve throughout the year.
To that end, here are some of the biggest skincare trends we can expect in 2021, impacted by last year’s new changes:
1. Efficient “Maskne” Solutions
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Acne and breakouts caused by prolonged mask-wearing have been some of the biggest skincare issues many have faced since the beginning of the pandemic. And considering the fact that most of us will be forced to wear face coverings for the foreseeable future, it seems like the problem of inflammation isn’t going anywhere soon. For that reason, efficient solutions for fighting “maskne” are rising in popularity.
While ingredients such as salicylic acid and retinoids are becoming more prevalent, the most notable maskne-fighting option in 2021 will undoubtedly be skincare products packed with probiotics. These products are formulated with good bacteria that help balance the skin’s microbiome, leading to a healthy, balanced complexion, as well as reduced acne and inflammation.
2. More Chemical Peels At Home
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From wondering when businesses will fully open up to living in cities constantly going in and out of lockdown, last year has been quite an unsteady and unpredictable period. For this reason, many skincare enthusiasts were forced to forgo some of their favorite salon treatments, and instead attempt to perform them safely at home.
Among the most popular at-home treatments currently are chemical peels, great for fighting hyperpigmentation, uneven textures, and even wrinkles. While some DIYers decided on gentler options like daily exfoliating toners and pads, others have opted for a more professional solution with specific kits made for at-home peel treatments. No matter what you choose, a fresher, more even, and more glowing complexion thanks to chemical peels is a trend you must try out this year.
3. Great Upper Face Procedures
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While face masks have certainly shifted the focus to our eyes, a new phenomenon called the “Zoom Effect” has also encouraged people to look for new beauty solutions. Apparently, seeing their reflection on video calls more often than ever before led people to seek new ways in which they could address any imperfections in their skin, particularly the eye area.
This is exactly why upper face treatments such as an efficient non surgical eyelid lift have increased in popularity, and are set out to be some of the biggest beauty trends in 2021. As non-invasive procedures that offer natural results, these eye lifts are ideal for getting rid of wrinkles, sagging, and a loss of volume in the skin, helping to achieve a more polished and youthful complexion.
4. Blue Light Protection Options
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Another consequence of working from home is the increased exposure to blue light that’s emitted from our screens, whether it’s computers and phones, or even TVs. Although blue light is known for being particularly harmful to the eyes, many argue that it could affect your skin’s health as well, leading to hyperpigmentation and other signs of photo-aging, similar to the sun’s dangerous effects.
For this reason, a new trend that has emerged this year is also focusing on products that contain blue light fighting ingredients, such as zinc oxide, iron oxide, niacinamide, and some other vitamin and antioxidant formulations. However, other professional treatments aimed at combating the consequences of blue lights, like lasers and microneedling, might also be popular in 2021.
5. A Rise In Injectable Treatments
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Even though we might have lived through a number of unprecedented situations, the recent years have brought some positive aspects as well, including the fact that the stigma around cosmetic procedures is slowly fading. The amount of information and knowledge we now have available at our fingertips, combined with constant face examinations on video calls, led to a higher demand for injectables than ever before.
From wrinkle-refining Botox to volume-balancing fillers, cosmetic injection therapy will undoubtedly be one of the biggest beauty trends this year. However, instead of over-exaggerated features that were popular before, “less is more” seems to be the main motto of 2021, focusing mostly on a subtle, naturally beautiful appearance.
Evidently, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all aspects of our lives, including our skincare regimens, leading us to seek simpler, more efficient, and more beneficial solutions in 2021.