The long awaited time has come: it’s 2021! Perhaps no year has been as highly anticipated as 2021. And although all of the world’s problems have not been miraculously resolved, the new year has filled many of us with hope for the future.
As we continue to adapt to this new way of life, our daily routines continue to adapt, too. Our skin care routines are no different. 2021 brings all sorts of new and exciting things for your skin to enjoy. Read on for our favorite skin care trends for 2021!
Blue-Light Care for Skin
By now, we’re all familiar with some of the damaging effects of blue light. These light waves emitted by fluorescent lights and screens can strain our eyes and mess with our sleep by disrupting our circadian rhythm. In our present world where most of us spend more time in front of screens than ever before, the effects of blue light are at the forefront of many of our minds. 2020 brought us blue light glasses, but 2021 brings us something new: blue light skin care.
It turns out that a single hour in front of a blue light emitting screen has the same effect on your skin as just 15 unprotected minutes in the sun. Now, calculate that by the amount of time you spend in front of screens every day. That number’s starting to look pretty scary, isn’t it?
Fortunately, blue light skin care is here to help. These formulas contain proteins and amino-acids that create a protective barrier on your skin to help shield it from damage from blue light, keeping you safe no matter what the screen.
Sunscreen is designed to protect us from external damage due to the sun’s harmful rays. Unfortunately, it turns out that, in some cases, the very thing we’re using to protect ourselves may be toxic, too. Many commercial sunscreens are what’s known as chemical sunscreen, meaning they use chemicals that absorb the sun’s UV rays, transform them into heat, and then release that heat from your skin, rather than allowing the rays to burn you.
The sad irony is that most chemical sunscreen contain chemicals that do damage themselves. Things such as parabens, oxybenzone, PABA, and more can cause allergic reactions, bleaching, and can even themselves contribute to skin cancer.
2021 brings a significant push towards non toxic sunscreens, known as physical sunscreen. These types of sunscreens use non-toxic ingredients like minerals to create a barrier between your skin and the sun’s harmful rays. Rather than using chemicals to transform the sun, they use natural ingredients to simply reflect the sun’s rays away.
2020 was the year of being at home, and along with the new year comes new ways to get your favorite spa treatments without leaving the comfort of your home. In 2021, we can expect an influx of spa-quality light treatments, peels, facials, and more available directly to consumers.
Experts suspect that, along with these new at-home offerings, consumers will gain a new level of understanding of exactly what goes into their skin treatments, including the various compounds, vitamins, and more. We’ll come out of this year as more knowledgeable consumers. What’s not to like about that?
Along with the reduction of face-to-face interactions has come a reduced need for complex skin care routines in 2021. There won’t be a need to lose our minds over a new zit or imperfection. It can now be given time to heal itself right at home, rather than be hidden beneath a stifling layer of concealer.
We also expect to see the trend toward more natural makeup continue in 2021. We’re all becoming a lot more comfortabl with our natural faces and less accustomed to seeing them dressed up in a full face of makeup. Skin care that highlights our natural beauty, without the need for blending, blushing, brushing, and more, will reign as king this year.