With so much change as we re-emerge into our social circles and workplaces, it has us wondering: what’s new in beauty? It’s been quite some time since we’ve shown our faces (literally) and the shift to minimalistic routines, more relaxed wardrobes, and a health-forward, holistic approach appears to be here to stay.
Let’s take a look at the four top beauty trends in 2021 and how you can incorporate them into your everyday routine.
Trend #1: Skinimalism
2020 changed us in a lot of ways. Some good, some bad, some undecided. But the one thing that seems universally acknowledged about the last year: we wore a lot less makeup. Embracing this vibe post-lockdown seems to be appealing on many levels. Whether you’ve decided that the slimmed back routine saves you time, or the reduction in product helps your overall skin tone, there’s a lot to admire about the skinimalism revolution. The focus now is on creating the healthiest skin you can and highlighting your natural glow.
Do it:How do you create the perfect dewy look? The experts point to hydration and rest as the biggest factors. Incorporating an ultra-hydrating tea with hibiscus is a great way to boost and plump those skin cells while a valerian root blend and effective bedtime routine can help you catch up on those zzz's.
Trend #2: Microbiome-Friendly Skincare
What exactly is a microbiome? To sum it up: it’s the community of micro-organisms living on your skin. This environment is super sensitive to harsh drying cleansers, the environment you’re in, and many other factors. One important thing you can do to support a healthy skin microbiome? Go with your gut. Your gut health impacts just about every part of your body, including your skin. Short-chain fatty acids (SCFAS) resulting from fiber fermentation in the gut can promote the growth of certain skin microbes, which influence immune defense and regulate skin inflammation.
Do it:Encourage microbial diversity by promoting gut bacteria through healthy foods. Focus on foods that contain prebiotics (like oats, onions, leeks, garlic, soy milk, and legumes) as well as foods with probiotics (like yogurt or kefir). Add in a daily tea with dandelion root which contains inulin, a fiber that promotes healthy gut bacteria.
Trend #3: Consumable Beauty & Supplements
While we know that a healthy diet is the best way to incorporate the vitamins and nutrients we need to feel our best, consuming a perfectly balanced diet in today’s modern world can be difficult. In fact, 92% of the population is suffering from at least one mineral or vitamin deficiency based on the dietary reference intakes. For our skin, this is particularly worrisome, especially as we age. That’s why more and more brands are recommending supplements and other forms of consumable beauty (that’s right – skincare you can eat or drink) as an important part of your daily beauty routine. After all, the perfect glow starts from the inside, out!
Do it:What vitamins are specifically beneficial to supplement for a glowing complexion? Vitamins C, D, E, A, and importantly, Collagen Peptides. Collagen is the protein that makes our skin plump, smooth, and supple. We begin to lose about 1% of our collagen per year in our mid-20s and lose as much as 30% during the first 5 years of menopause. Yikes. Collagen supplements can help to combat aging while keeping hair, skin, and nails strong and healthy. Other collagen-promoting plants, like butterfly pea, can be made into a tea for an extra boost.
Trend # 4: Personalization
Custom skincare; what’s not to love?! Not only are our skincare needs unique, but our schedules are too. Whether you have 2 minutes or 2 hours, there’s a routine out there just for you. The trend towards bespoke products isn’t just a coincidence, it’s a sign of changing times. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, we’re seeing more companies cater to the specific needs of women.
Do it: Whether it’s a lift in energy after a long day of multi-tasking or a way to de-bloat during that time of the month, identifying the issues you face is the first task at hand. Many companies with women’s issues in mind will make it easy to link you with the exact products you need based on a questionnaire or quiz. Take advantage of these tools to find the best solutions for you.