The beauty industry has undoubtedly undergone a skinification of sorts: we became — and remain — obsessed with all things skincare. Having great skin was the trump card of 2020 and 2021, as the focus shifted from the makeup-heavy, Instagram-ready faces of years prior to glowing guises that showcased real, healthy skin. Skinimalism was a huge trend in 2021, and 2022 sees this stripped-back approach to skincare carry forth with gusto. As the world grows increasingly weary with yet another year of you-know-who, the less-is-more approach is set to solidify in 2022 as we seek to simplify our lives — and our skincare routines — even more so.
Skin health, including long-term skincare programs with quality formulations instead of overhyped ingredients, will also be at the forefront this year, along with new innovations in skin tech, which, much like 2021, becomes even more accessible at home, with a surplus of new clinical-grade at-home treatments like LED, micro-needling and micro-current tools.
On the ingredient front, it’s all about next-gen derivatives that outperform their preceding, and clearly passé counterparts. Retinoids, of course, have been all the rage, but 2022 delivers something new for the Retinol lovers, Retinaldehyde: a more potent, less irritating, anti-bacterial form of Vitamin A set to stir the skincare pot.
And, of course, SPF and skin protection continue their crusade as the no.1 skincare products to own, as the narrative of UV damage, blue light, pollution, germs and bacteria is bolstered in 2022. We no longer just want results, we want protection, too.