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There are hundreds of reasons to love the beauty industry, but if we had to pick just one, it would be that it's constantly evolving. From Korean laboratories to biodynamic farms, beauty brands are innovating on the reg, searching for the Next Big Thing to revolutionise our world.
Breakthroughs in technology see powerful new ingredients formulated into products specifically designed to tackle any beauty woe thrown our way. Fine lines? Easy.
A rogue pimple or two? Gone. Dehydration or uneven skin tone? Piece of cake! Thanks to science, we can now access whatever we need to make us feel more confident. Read on to discover five next-gen ingredients the industry can't stop buzzing about.
If you find vitamin C irritating, matcha is a great alternative for creating lit-from-within skin — it's a potent yet gentle antioxidant that calms redness as it wards off free radicals. Think of it like green tea on steroids: the finest Japanese tea leaves are ground whole to produce a chlorophyll- and catechin-filled superfood that fights bacteria and detoxifies. While it's currently a little hard to find in topical skincare, we expect to see a shift as it hits the mainstream.
Try: Simple as That Matcha Mask ($29.95)
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Bacteria on your face? Most definitely! When ingested,
probiotics help balance your intestinal ecosystem and regulate digestion by combatting the bad bacteria created by stress, antibiotics or the Pill. While we could wax lyrical about the benefits of consuming kefir and kombucha all day, the beauty industry is currently obsessing over probiotics in skincare, for good reason. Just like eating good bacteria will promote a clear complexion from within, applying directly to your face can eliminate acne, dryness, sensitivity and redness.
Try: Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser ($88)
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Vitamin B3 helps the skin repair its own moisture barrier, making it especially good for dry or sensitive skin. A star ingredient for treating both acne-prone and ageing complexions, it boosts fatty acids and ceramides, stimulates collagen production and minimises pore size — all while healing pimples and post-inflammatory pigmentation (acne scars). It basically does everything, which is why you'll find it on the ingredient list of many active serums, mixed into a potent blend of skin-saving goodness.
Try: Alpha-H Clear Skin Daily Facewash ($62)
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Ginkgo Nut Extract
It's no secret K-beauty is leading the charge on innovation (hello cushion compacts and sheet masks), so we're not surprised this Next Big Thing hails from Korea. While you'll find many products containing ginkgo biloba
leaf extract, ginkgo biloba nut is a little harder to come by. This is because the technology required to access it is patented by one Korean beauty brand — and it takes four months to extract! The resulting compound is full of concentrated active ingredients — in addition to potent antioxidants, it contains vitamins C and E, making it anti-inflammatory and collagen-boosting. We hope this ingredient filters to Australia soon!
Try: Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream ($107)
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AKA, the properties of turmeric root! It's well-known that the Indian spice is good for us internally — you're probably already lapping up its anti-inflammatory benefits as you sprinkle it on everything from smoothies to avocado toast — but 2016 is the year we'll start using it on our skin. When applied topically, these cancer-fighting ninjas decrease the presence of free radicals and suppress excess melanin production. Expect to see turmeric root pop up in products designed to brighten or even out skin tone, or you could
create your own using household ingredients.
Try: RMS Beauty Oil ($112)
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