In 2015, skin brightening and serious hydration (from sources outside of traditional heavy night creams) took center stage. Also in the spotlight? Fermented ingredients and sheet masks—both trends that come to us from Korea. In 2016, the experts are predicting somewhat similar trends. At least in that K-beauty isn’t going anywhere (which we are more than fine with). We talked to board-certified dermatologist and president of Amarte Dr. Craig Kraffert, and he clued us in on what we’re going to see in 2016.
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“Originally prescribed in the Dongui Bogam (a 17th-century text of eastern medicine) for treatment of respiratory ailments, ginkgo nut is a small piece inside the ginkgo fruit that possesses concentrated antioxidant activity, rich in vitamins C and E,” Dr. Kraffert says. “Ginkgo also exhibits anti-inflammatory and calming properties and aids in the production of collagen and elastin.” Nowhere in that ancient text does it mention the ginkgo biloba leaves, but that’s the extract you’ll find in most skincare products that list ginkgo extract in their ingredients. The reason is it’s much easier to make ginkgo biloba leaf extract than it is to create ginkgo biloba nut extract. But there is a way, and companies (especially K-beauty brands) are making use of the new technology. “Creating the extract is a painstaking process that takes four months at minimum, but the payoff is palpable.” As such, Dr. Kraffert predicts we’ll be seeing much more of highly concentrated super-antioxidant in 2016.
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Retinol is nothing new. And science still hasn’t come up with a better do-it-all skin-saving solution. However, the issue of irritation still remains a big deterrent for many sensitive-skinned women. But a recent breakthrough in retinol technology is changing all that. Skincare companies have figured out how to nano-encapsulate it. “The result is a retinol that’s more stable and more slowly absorbed into the skin, making products more efficacious while diminishing irritancy,” Dr. Kraffert says. Essentially, nano-encapsulated retinol is time-release retinol. So, rather than the active ingredient penetrating your skin all at once, causing irritation, nano-encapsulated delivers the same potent anti-aging powers just over an extended period of time. The nanotechnology has been out there for a little while, but in 2016, Dr. Kraffert says we’ll be able to find replacing traditional forms of retinol in our favorite products.
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On the formula front, Korean skincare is really stepping up their game water droplets. “As seen all over the Makeup in New York trade show, Korea’s latest skincare advancement is ‘magic water drops,’ a visible veil of micro water droplets, which appear when product comes in contact with skin,” Dr. Kraffert says. When you try it, you’ll be hooked. Not only because these products provide coolness and softness while feeling weightless, but also because you can literally see tiny beads of water form (like magic) as you apply. Dr. Kraffert says they deliver that instant moisture surge we could all use right about now. “Perfect as part of a multi-step skincare regimen, these light and fresh water–based serums absorb cleanly and optimize skin’s ability to absorb and retain moisture without any added oil.”
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