2022 Skincare Trend Forecast

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As 2021 is wrapping up, Dr. Azi has gathered the top trends she predicts will kick off the skincare world in 2022. Here’s a sneak peak of what we expect to see:

Skinification of Hair

The sophistication in formulas that we have been seeing in skincare, is easing its way into haircare- like hyaluronic acid and squalene. Traditionally a popular skincare ingredient, squalene is now in many hair formulations as it mimics our skin’s own natural oils. It’s being used in hair care products to reduce frizz, add shine, and protect the hair as is hyaluronic acid. A great hyaluronic serum to try is our very own, Hydrate RX

Less is More.

The learning of our skin’s microbiome and its importance for skin health is becoming quite the topic. Dr. Shirazi believes Dermatologists are getting the message across that over-exfoliation, harsh products, and overindulgence in too many products can wreak havoc on our skin. This ideology goes hand-in-hand with the focus on sustainability and the beauty industry’s impact on the environment.

The Spa-like Home Experience.

More people are introducing the spa experience into their homes with professional level devices. I find LED light based masks for skin rejuvenation to be the safest, such as the Qure LED therapy.  At home peels will also help with skin resurfacing and maskne for example,  Dr. Dennis Gross or the Ordinary's Peeling Solution to use once weekly or nightly as tolerated. 

Microneedling; Bigger & Better.

In recent years, we’ve seen microneedling used to smooth skin texture, improve acne scars, and stimulate collagen to tighten the face. In the new year, we’re going to see micro-needling applied to not just the face, but also to the scalp to stimulate hair growth, enhance the penetration of skincare and haircare ingredients, improve stretch marks and more. Microneedling of the scalp with the addition of PRP or hair stimulation solutions will take off to grow our hair longer and stronger.

The Non-Surgical Face Lift.

New and exciting non-surgical treatments will continue to dominate. The FDA recently just approved a technology by Cytrellis, called Micro-coring that removes micro sized areas of excess skin without surgery, lasers, or scarring to lift and tighten the skin. Radiofrequency and energy based devices such as the SkinLIFT Laser, to tighten the skin and smooth skin texture, are also growing in popularity.

Educators over Influencers.

We will continue to see a strong interest in skincare, in self-care and improvement. Skin experts are gradually becoming the biggest resource for those investing in their health and seeking educational skincare content. The demand for learning more about the science of ingredients will continue to surge and consumers will continue to get smarter.

Science Based At-Home Skincare.

Now more than ever, there are more science based skincare products available to the consumers. We used to have to go to the Dermatologist to purchase products that treat various skin conditions such as acne, Keratosis Pilaris, melasma, etc.  Today, more of these formulations and skincare programs are available online through physician offices, such as SkinBRIGHT for the treatment of Melasma and hyperpigmentation, and the KP Bundle for Keratosis Pilaris.

What to leave in 2021?

At home devices that do more harm than good such as pore-vacuums and DIY skincare masks using aspirin, lemon, baking soda, or glue. As well as any and all types of DIY fillers, like the Hyaluron pen to inject the lips with fillers that are not FDA approved or regulated. These are dangerous and definitely not worth the risk!

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Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist.

Specializing in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Shirazi received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University Of Kentucky College of Medicine. After doing a Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine, she completed her residency training in Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in addition to completing her training in dermatology and cosmetic surgery at the University of California San Diego.

She has received multiple research scholarships from iconic institutions including Harvard University and the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and has several peer-reviewed publications to her name.