Skin Trends 2013

It’s a new year and after giving 2012 the proper send off it deserved, it’s time to get serious about our skin. Whether you are looking for a complete revamp of your beauty regime or  just want a little inspiration, here is our guide to 2013’s skin care newcomers you just need to know about:

CC Cream
CC cream stands for colour correcting cream and is a fresh new concept trending in Asia, the inevitability of it arriving on UK shelves was reinforced in October when Olay launched it on to the US market. So what can we expect from this new ‘wonder product’? CC creams have more coverage than BB creams, good for any breakouts that may occur. CC creams are easy to apply and blend with a soft mousse like texture. Most importantly, many of the emerging CC creams include anti-oxidants such as white and green tea. It seems the giants of the beauty industry are listening to consumers who want their skin care to nourish and heal rather than conceal and clog.

Tea-infused skincare
We are all aware of the benefits of herbal teas on our everyday health, so it was only a matter of time before we started taking advantage of these natural, anti-oxidant ingredients on our face and body to brighten, refine, and protect. Skin care companies are creating entire ranges of skin care lines with tea as their main ingredient, and for good reason. White, green and red tea contain the biggest class of antioxidants known as flavonoids. These flavonoids provide protection from UV light. Therefore, any skin care products containing these teas fight against skin damage and prevent fine lines and wrinkles. Head to Origins for a their fantastic range containing white tea extract, to see the results for yourself.

Native American skin care remedies
In the light of new skin care bursting on to the beauty scene, it’s important to remember the effectiveness of ancient natural skin care remedies. 2012 was the year of Ayuverdic skin care, this year the native American skin philosophy will take centre stage in the natural beauty arena. Native American’s focused on blending plants together with optimum hydrating benefits, needed to remedy dry, cracked skin from the heat of the arid desert. Take advantage of these indigenous ingredients to rescue your dry winter skin and get well on your way to a glowing hydrated complexion, just in time for the summer. Look out for products containing aloe vera, jojoba oil, rosehip oil and mint.

words by Lily Gregory