Remember when the words "hyaluronic acid" still sounded otherworldly? How about when Foreo's Luna was the buzziest new skincare device on the market? A lot can change in a couple of years, and when it comes to the skincare industry, things tend to double-time. What this means, on the other hand, is that getting the luminous complexion of our dreams has never been easier (or less expensive, for that matter).
This year, expect to see the innovations reach a breakneck pace, as dermatologist-grade skincare treatments come home with us via smart, handheld devices, and the industry's buzziest ingredients become the drugstore norm. But don't just take our word for it: We asked some of the leading dermatologists in the business to give us their predictions for the New Year—and let's just say that they might be even more excited than we are.
Keep scrolling for the top skincare trends to look out for in 2017!
1. Great skin starts in the gut.
"In 2017, probiotics will continue to be at the forefront of the beauty industry," says NYC-based dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD. "I'm a huge advocate of probiotics and have conducted my own research in this area over the last few years, which has given me the opportunity to see their remarkable results firsthand. I even have a book coming out that will be highlighting the benefits of probiotics (both topical and ingestible) when it comes to skin.
"Research has shown that the bacteria in your gut interacts with your immune system, which leads to changes in your skin. Harmful bacteria in your gut can lead to inflammation—like redness, acne, and rosacea. I always tell my patients to incorporate foods and drinks that are rich in probiotics, like yogurt, miso soup, sauerkraut, and kombucha. I also recommend taking a supplement. Using a topical probiotic is beneficial, as it offers a protective shield and triggers the production of natural moisturizers in the skin."
2. Hyaluronic acid sweeps drugstore shelves.
Expect to see this highly buzzy ingredient go even more mainstream in the New Year. "Last year we saw renewed emphasis on hyaluronic acid, and it will continue to be popular in 2017," says Rita Linkner, MD.
3. Our cleansing habits get a much-needed overhaul.
"I also think the way we clean our skin will change a lot this next year," notes Rachel Nazarian, MD, an NYC-based dermatologist. "New research has shown that the pH of our skin is incredibly delicate, and harsh cleansers strip natural hydrators and barriers of the skin, flaring inflammatory conditions like acne, eczema, and rosacea. The trend seems to be to clean smarter, not clean harsher. Products like Dove, and Cetaphil, and Aveeno, will take center stage again. Harsh scrubs and beaded cleansers are going to take a backseat. Facial cleansing tools like Foreo are going to be softer and more gentle, and aggressive makeup-removing techniques are going to decline. All those crazy find-it-in-your-kitchen cleaning techniques on Pinterest? They'll be replaced by more intelligent cleaning options that are pH balanced and less likely to disrupt the natural normal healthy flora we need on our skin."
4. At-home skincare devices start to rival in-office treatments.
As technology and the beauty industry continue to intersect, expect to see increasingly effective skincare devices hit the market. "I've seen a huge surge in new tools and devices for at-home use in skincare," says Nazarian. "Companies are finding ways to put the power in the hands of the patient, allowing them to access laser and light technology at home with handheld devices. There are acne-treating lights from companies like Tria, ultrasound technology, and of course, we've seen a major increase in hair removal lasers that can be used for at-home use in recent years. I think the trend will certainly continue in 2017 but start expanding for the treatment of many other conditions."
5. Ingestible beauty goes mainstream.
According to Debra Jaliman, MD, the ingestible beauty trend—as well as the realization that proper diet and great skin are directly related—is just getting started. "2017 will be the year of beauty from the inside out," she says. "Consumers are starting to recognize the effects that their food and beverage choices have on their skin, and to have your skin looking its best, it's not only about what you put on the surface but what you ingest as well. One way to improve the clarity and health of your complexion is to ensure that you are getting the proper amount of antioxidants, as well as hydrating your skin. My secret is incorporating antioxidant-rich beverages like Core Organic into my daily routine. Processed sugar also glycates collagen, which stiffens and ages the skin. It's best to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables with a high concentration of antioxidants instead."
6. Retinoids are the new hyaluronic acid.
As hyaluronic acid becomes mainstream knowledge, Linkner predicts that retinoids and retinols are set to take its place as ingredients on the rise. "I recommend starting a topical retinol to all my mid-twenty-something patients," she says. "Personally, that was when I started to notice fine lines around my eyes, which motivated me to start a topical regimen with a vitamin A cream as the focal point. Simply, it exfoliates the skin. This micro-peeling effect helps skin cells turn over faster and is the easiest way to treat fine wrinkles, acne, acne scars, and sun damage.
"Differin 1% gel is a great topical retinoid that was previously prescription-only but has just been FDA-approved to be sold over-the-counter in the U.S. The reason I recommend Differin is because it walks that fine line of gently exfoliating without causing too much skin irritation. Most importantly, it's very effective and has a strong following in terms of being a product favorite for my millennial patient base for both acne and anti-aging.
"If you are looking for a retinol product combined with more antioxidants, then SkinMedica's branded retinols are my go-to. Coming in three strengths ranging from 0.25 to 1.0, SkinMedica's retinols also have vitamins B and E to provide an antioxidant boost to your skincare regimen. Another strong drawing point for this product is all the hydrating, soothing ingredients like ceramides, triglycerides, and chamomile extracts, which help to prevent any peeling, redness, or irritation that can commonly come when starting any vitamin A product."