7 Skincare Ingredients That Will Be Trending in 2021

With the new year comes a fresh perspective, whether you’re trying out Veganuary, vowing to do more exercise, or looking to overhaul your beauty routine. Each year, there’s a few ingredients that burst onto the skincare scene, promising to bring us a whole host of skin-loving benefits – 2021 is no exception. To make sure that you’re at the forefront when it comes to the best in skincare, we’ve got together all of the trending ingredients for 2021 so that you can make sure that your routine is the best that it can be.


PHAs (or polyhydroxy acids if we’re getting science-y) is the newbie on the skincare acids block and trust us, you don’t want to be without it. Similar to AHAs and BHAs, PHAs are acid exfoliators that can give your skin a new lease of life. Suitable for all skin types (but particularly beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin), PHAs work to gently slough away dead skin cells and impurities, resulting in brighter, healthier-looking skin. You’ll find it inside our Skincare By BEAUTY BAY Acid Trip Toner – when combined with AHAs, this resurfacing toner helps to break down dead skin cells, whilst still attracting moisture into the skin.


If you’re not already on board with supplements, then let us tell you how they’re going to transform your overall sense of health and wellbeing. With a tablet for pretty much every concern, supplements help to boost our bodies from within, which can have dramatic effects on the outside – and by this, we mean our skin. If you’re a bit overwhelmed and are unsure of where to start, why not make it simple and invest in the Solgar Skin, Nails & Hair Supplement. Formulated with zinc, copper, amino acids, and vitamin C, you’ll be left with healthier-looking skin, hair, and nails – who doesn’t want that!?


Throughout 2020, we heard whisperings that mushroom was set to be the latest and greatest in skincare, and we predict that 2021 is going to be its year. Used for centuries in Chinese medicine, mushrooms are packed full of active compounds that have brightening, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and hydrating effects on the skin. Although they may be commonly found in your fridge, expect to see them a lot more in your skincare this year. Try it out for yourself with the Revolution Skincare Snow Mushroom Serum.


Although cica has been trending for a while, you won’t see it going anywhere, any time soon. Also known as centella asiatica or tiger grass, cica is the go-to for calming any irritation or stressed-out complexions. So whether your skin is breaking out, is super sensitive, or just needs some TLC, you need to reach for this trending ingredient. We’re obsessed with the whole Cicapair range from iconic K-beauty brand, Dr. Jart+ and their Cicapair Serum is like a comfort blanket for your skin.


Just as probiotics hold a whole host of benefits for your gut, they’re also a skincare saviour. Pro and prebiotics work by balancing the skin’s microbiome, meaning that your complexion will be left looking and feeling its best. Probiotics help to calm, strengthen, and restore your skin, meaning that you’re less likely to suffer from breakouts, irritation, and tightness. Sold? Why not invest in Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s Glowing Skin Duo – a serum and oil combo that helps to brighten, rebalance, and even skin tone.


Whether your skin is dry, dehydrated, oily, or combo, you’re going to want to make sure that your favourite moisturiser has glycerin inside. Glycerin is naturally found in our skin and is a humectant, which means that it attracts moisture into the skin, preventing any dryness or tightness. It’s super effective and ultra-moisturising, as well as ensuring that the skin’s protective barrier is reinforced. As ever, Elemis have got it covered when it comes to adding glycerin into your skincare regime. The Superfood Day Cream helps to replenish the skin by using prebiotics, glycerin, ginger, matcha tea, and goji berry, and it’s completely vegan and cruelty-free too. P.S. – glycerin isn’t always shouted about on a product’s packaging, so always make sure to check out the ingredients list to find out whether it’s in the formula.


Just like cica, squalane has been around for a while and is here to stay. Not to be confused with squalene (which is often derived from shark liver oil), squalane is a plant-derived ingredient that helps to keep your hydration levels topped up. Whereas hyaluronic acid attracts moisture into the skin, squalane does its part by stopping that hydration from escaping.  Our skin naturally produces squalane, but not as much as we need, so it’s always best to stock up. If optimum hydration, a strong skin barrier, and anti-bacterial properties are your thing, then so it squalane. You’ll find it inside our Day One Moisturiser – a no-fuss, simple yet effective moisturiser that keeps your skin hydrated, without feeling overloaded or greasy.