With every season brings a whole host of new innovative ingredients that are making noise in the beauty industry and trending across social media, targeting different skincare concerns and highlighting the products we never knew we needed – until now.

Here, with the help of beauty insiders, we’ve rounded up the top key ingredients that are worth the buzz. You heard it here first!

Winter Cherry

The antioxidant-rich leaves of this fruity plant have been used in medicine for over 4,000 years. Popular for its anti-aging properties, fighting blue light exposure and reducing fine lines, uneven skin tones and hyperpigmentation. Plus, the antioxidants work by boosting the circulation in the skin, giving dull complexions a radiant glow, every time. A great all-rounder.

Try:

Paula’s Choice Defense Nightly Reconditioning Moisturiser, £28,

Kora Organics Noni Bright Vitamin C Serum, £63

Snail Mucin

It sounds beyond revolting but this thick fluid with a slimy texture is released from a snail when it becomes agitated and somehow this has now become a popular skincare ingredient. Snail mucin is going viral on TikTok thanks to its moisturising, collagen-boosting properties and how it helps to heal the skin without clogging pores. This rather shocking ingredient is the perfect addition to any acne skincare routine. Just don’t overthink it!

Try:

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence Gel, £24,

Missha Super Aqua Cell Renew Snail Cream, £21

Rosemary

Rosemary essential oil is derived from the aromatic herb Rosmarinus Officinalis, known for its fragrance and energising properties. It’s become a popular ingredient particularly in haircare and wellness as it’s said to increase hair growth and reduce inflammation of the skin. Plus, the smell reminds us of Sunday roasts, in a non-greasy kinda way!

Try:

Pacifica Rosemary Purify Invigorating Shampoo, £13,

Decleor Rosemary Active Essence, £27

Pro-Retinol

Not to be confused with retinol. This is a fat-soluble compound derived from retinol; but much much milder and more stable than retinol itself. Pro-Retinol naturally exists in nature in the form of Vitamin A. It has all the strong anti-aging and skin regenerative properties as retinol, but minus the irritation that we often see from regular retinol. It’s a gamechanger for sensitive skins and for those who often react to harsher skincare ingredients.

Try:

Kiehl’s Super Multi Corrective Cream, £59,

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Pro Retinol Day Cream, £8.66

Tremella Mushrooms

It’s not the first-time mushrooms have been a hot new skincare ingredient. Known to you and me as snow fungus or aptly named beauty mushrooms, tremella mushrooms have been used for centuries for their skin benefits. These unique, edible mushrooms look more like underwater coral or sea anemones than actual mushrooms. High in Vitamin D, they boost the immune system, increase mental agility while also holding back the years. But the real power is in their ability to hold a whopping 5 times the amount of moisture as hyaluronic acid. Winter skin will benefit loads with a heavy dose of this fungi.

Try:

Youth To The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream, from £15,

Herbivore Pink Cloud Creamy Jelly Cleanser, £22

Copper Peptides

We do love a new peptide discovery. This copper peptide is renowned for its skin-restoring properties that work as an antioxidant, improving firmness, smoothness and reducing fine lines by promoting collagen and elastin. It’s worth noting that some dermatologists typically recommend not to use copper peptides with Vitamin C as they counteract each other. If you suffer from pigmentation copper peptides is a great addition to your skincare routine, however sensitive skins should steer clear as they can cause irritation.

Try:

The Ordinary “Buffet” + Copper Peptides, £28.90,

Medik8 Copper PCA, £59

Kojic Acid

If you suffer from dark spots, scars, and dull damaged skin, kojic acid is a skincare essential. This chemical produced from different types of fungi, heals, and brightens acne prone or ageing skin as it contains helpful antimicrobial properties. Kojic acid works by blocking tyrosine from forming, stopping melanin production which in turn has a lightening effect on skin. It won’t remove scarring, but it will definitely help diminish its appearance.

Try:

111Skin 3 Phase Anti Blemish Booster, £90,   

Versed Out of Sight Dark Spot Gel, £13.99

Ceramides

Although not a new ingredient per se, ceramides are increasingly popular in skincare and becoming a favourite amongst consumers and brands alike. Ceramides are fats that are found in skin cells. They retain moisture in the skin and stop germs and external aggressors from entering the skin. They give skin an incredible bounce, while firming and creating a healthy appearance overall.

Try:

Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream Moisturizer, from £16,

Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Recovery Serum, £38

Microalgae

These microorganisms live in salt or freshwater environments and give a powerful dose of hydration, while revitalising and toning the skin. Touted as a superfood ingredient by many beauty brands, microalgae is packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals like astaxanthin to protect the skin against environmental damage, which is why microalgae is often found in anti-ageing products and sunscreen.

Try:

REN Atlantic Kelp and Microalgae Anti-Fatigue Toning Body Oil, £38

ESPA Detoxifying Seaweed Bath Oil, £36

Niacinamide

We’ve already shouted about this hot ingredient that is getting even hotter. It’s fast becoming an indispensable part of the beauty trends for 2023. Niacinamide is a vitamin B3 derivative with antioxidant properties that protects the skin from free radicals and prevents premature ageing while stimulating the body’s own collagen production. But the best bit is it can be used by all skin types and for almost every skin problem. Whether it’s dark circles or pigmentation, niacinamide will quickly become your reliable and loyal best friend.

Try:

Selfless By Hyram Niacinamide and Maracuja Daily Support Moisturiser, £24

Farmacy 10% Niacinamide Night Mask, £40

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