* These 10 trending beauty ingredients deserve a spot in your routine
* From argan oil to apple cider vinegar, these products are great for your hair and skin
* Some beauty trends aren’t based on science, but these trends certainly are
Some (dare we say most) beauty trends have no science behind them, and over the years, the beauty industry has fallen for some real hilarious attempts. Scrubs made with coffee grounds, olive oil hair treatments and facial cleansers with pure dirt are just a few failed attempts.
On the other hand, 2018 has been a great year for innovation in the beauty industry, and there are quite a few trending beauty ingredients that live up to the hype. From Manuka honey to pink Himalayan salt, here are the nine products you should be investing in this year.
1. Argan Oil
With a nickname like ‘liquid gold,’ you know argan oil’s gotta be good for you. It moisturizes quickly, leaving you with super soft and healthy skin. These properties come from its constitution of Vitamin E and fatty acids. To reap the benefits of argan oil, get the c.Booth Egyptian Body Butter and use it regularly.
2. Coconut Oil
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, you’ve likely heard the benefits of coconut oil. Great for digestion, the natural product can also be used in skin and hair care. In terms of hair, coconut oil can be used as a deep conditioner, a frizz reducer and a shine provider. On your face, it works as a makeup remover, a cleanser, a lip balm and even a highlighter for your cheeks. Get all these benefits with the Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
3. Manuka Honey
Manuka honey, native to New Zealand, is famous for its antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant properties. In addition, the antimicrobial activity of this particular honey is excellent at fighting acne by keeping skin bacteria-free and decreasing inflammation. Use this shea moisture body wash to smooth and replenish skin with vital oils.
4. Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in your skin. It’s also the key molecule involved in skin moisture, because it can absorb up to 1000x its weight in water. The purpose of using extra hyaluronic acid in your skin care routine is to encourage the retention of moisture and in turn, give you dewy, plump-looking skin. If you’re ready to hop on board with this beauty trend, try the Cosmedica Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which is non-greasy and paraben-free.
5. Sea Kelp
Sea kelp is loaded with amino acids, vitamins and minerals that are great for your skin. Inside the thick walls of this seaweed, you’ll find soothing, moisturizing and anti-aging properties. Get the most out of your kelp application by using it in sheet mask form with the Starskin Sea Kelp Leaf Face Mask. This skin care treatment is super moisturizing and contains an anti-aging serum.
6. Pink Himalayan Salt
Pink Himalayan salt is easily identified by its pink color and comes with a range of uses and health benefits not offered by your average sodium chloride. The mined salt doesn’t suffer from environmental toxins you might find in sea salt, so it has a range of uses from consumables to beauty products. For example, the Hempz Pink Pomelo and Sea Salt Scrub is stuffed full of healthy vitamins, including A, C and E, to leave your skin feeling healthy. In addition, the included red algae, shea butter and sea water work to cleanse and exfoliate your skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth after every use.
7. Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids
Acids work as exfoliants, and they can help improve a slew of skin care concerns including acne, dark spots and wrinkles. Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs for short) represent a branch of acids that effectively exfoliate the skin without excessive irritation and redness. Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHAs) work in a similar way as AHAs, removing dead skin cells to exfoliate. Ready to put some acid on your face? Try the Ordinary Peeling Solution (AHA 30% and BHA 2%). This acid is ideal for those with oily and acne-prone skin types.
Long considered an indulgent delicacy for the rich and famous, caviar is the next example in a line of foods turned beauty products. The expensive stuff is full of vitamins and amino acids that have been shown to slow the skin’s aging process. Try it out for yourself and give your face the luxury of caviar with this Mario Badescu Caviar Night Cream. With both caviar extract and cocoa butter, this cream creates a smoother and younger-looking appearance.
Charcoal has finally made its way into mainstream beauty. Its toxin-absorbing properties have long been recognized in the medical field, but charcoal can bring huge benefits to cosmetics as well, absorbing all the gunk off your face or, in this case, off your teeth. Unlike most whitening products, which contain peroxide and can be harsh on teeth and gums, Active Wow purifies and detoxifies your mouth, gums and teeth using natural ingredients. You’ll be left with a brighter, whiter smile after just a few weeks of use.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar offers a multitude of hair care benefits, including balancing your hair’s natural pH, cleansing and clarifying your scalp, detangling and adding a whole new shine to your strands. This handy hair rinse is a scalp cleaner and conditioner built into one. The included apple cider vinegar gently removes dirt and product build-ups from your hair, while the aloe vera and argan oil deliver a soothing and moisturizing experience.