The Hottest 2019 Skincare Trends

We are well into 2019 and there are definitely new trends in beauty that are emerging to be on the lookout for.   Skincare is the biggest segment of the beauty industry and global sales are expected to hit $130 billion in 2019.  But what skincare trends are worth investing in?  Dr. Manish Shah, a Denver Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, shared his insight into the big skincare trends in 2019.

2019 Skincare Trends To Watch For

CBD In Skincare

cbd skincare beauty trend

CBD is continuing to pop up everywhere.  Literally! There are even pet food supplements with the stuff.  I get an email daily about some CBD based product.   This is probably the hottest skincare trend of all.  Several major skin care brands now include CBD products in their lineup,   Also, many indie companies are have released new CBD skincare products.

I’ve tried Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Oil Concentrate and Origins Hello Calm, Relaxing and Hydrating Face Mask.  As far as Cannabis Sativa being good for skin, it acts as both an anti-inflammatory and an oil reduction agent.  I used the Origins Mask when my skin was a tad angry after micro-needling and I believe it helped with the redness.  Although I need to experiment more with the product, initially I liked the mask.  I’ve been using the Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Oil nightly and I find it is very soothing on my skin.

Dr. Shah says,  “the addition of CBD to skin care products, especially those tasked to fight acne and other inflammatory skin conditions, is probably legitimate.  It is also a good antioxidant that can help protect against free radical damage to skin cells.  CBD can be made from hemp which helps skincare companies get around the federal ban on marijuana.  Side effects of unregulated use include: Nausea, fatigue and irritability.  CBD can increase the level in your blood of the blood thinner Coumadin, and it can raise levels of certain other medications in your blood by the exact same mechanism that grapefruit juice does.”

With any new addition to your skin care routine, you should always check with your doctor first.

Microneedle Patches

microneedle patches for skincare

Some beauty editors and bloggers swear by pimple patches.  According to experts, those patches are about to get even more advanced by way of a ton of tiny microneedles (or “microstructures”).  The logic is that you can output a smaller amount of acne-fighting ingredients into these tiny little cones and apply it to the skin.  This is believed to be a better, more effective delivery system.  I picked up some Peace Out Dark Spot Patches.  After trying them, I haven’t noticed much of a change but I don’t know I’ve been using them long enough to attest to the effectiveness of the product.

Dr. Shah’s thoughts:  “There is plenty of good medical literature on the validity of these small patches that are impregnated with various chemicals.  The patch gets worn and the needles (either metallic or made out of absorbable polymer) penetrate the skin delivering the chemical treatment. Their design takes advantage of the concept of transcutaneous delivery of drugs. Patches can be custom made to fit various areas of the face and deliver anti-aging or other chemicals while a patient sleeps. The efficiency of delivery is better through the tiny skin punctures than if you only put the chemical directly on the intact skin. In theory, aesthetic practitioners can make custom topical treatments and place them on the patches to deliver customized at home skin treatments for their patients.”

Cryotherapy Facials 

cryotherapy facials

Cryotherapy has gained popularity in recent years.  Now, this is one trend I can’t say I’ve tried yet and it’s not wildly popular in the metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona area (at least, I’m not hearing about it much).

This wellness treatment has recently undergone another adaptation with cryotherapy facial treatments. The “Cryo Facial” is a cryogenic treatment that is performed by what is considered a “cryoprobe,” which beams vaporized liquid nitrogen across the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.  Doesn’t this sound painful?  I suppose some numbing cream would preface this treatment!  Different from the cryotherapy chambers that can be used for pain relief, the facial targets helping the face look younger.  In my opinion, there seems to be a lot of opportunity for mistakes with this procedure and a mishap could cause real skin damage.  I’ll just pass on this one.

What does Dr. Shah’s think: “This may be more suspect. There isn’t a great deal of study-based evidence that cryotherapy facials actually do what they claim. Typically, cryotherapy uses extremely cold liquid nitrogen to freeze exposed skin cells to kill them, like a wart.  The facials use the same liquid nitrogen as a spray, but the aesthetician doesn’t stay in one area too long to avoid frostbite to the skin.  Some level of cold injury occurs, probably to a very superficial level of the skin, so there may be some exfoliation. But there are safer ways to get exfoliation without risking frostbite or hyperpigmentation.”

Anti-Pollution Skincare

Your skin is exposed to environmental aggressors on a regular basis.  While the air often looks beautiful and clear, there are pollutants that can wreak havoc on your skin.  Pollutants break down collagen and elastin.  To help reduce these unwanted side effects, anti-pollution skin care products are continuing to be released by many beauty brands and have become popular among consumers.  I have used products from Dermalogica, SkinMedica, and many others.  Just as SPF is now a must-have in your skincare routine, anti-pollution products are also a good idea.

Dr. Shah’s says: “I think that this is a new name for old tech.  In brief, our skin is exposed to environmental contaminants that create inflammatory conditions. These conditions lead to the build-up of free radicals in the skin. The ingredients in antipollution skin care are basically strong antioxidants that protect against the free radicals.  But the skin is assaulted by more than chemicals.  It experiences dehydration, UV exposure, temperature changes, etc. True antipollution skincare should guard against all this.  Typical protective and reparative ingredients include vitamin E, vitamin C, retinoids, hyaluronic acid, zinc oxide, vitamin B3, and bisabolol.”


Dr. Shah’s final verdict:  “Just as one can become a slave to fashion, the same can happen with skin care trends.  His best advice is to consult with your skincare physician.  Discuss what you are exposed to during the day.  Is it sun, pollution, humid air, wind, etc.?  Talk to your doctor about what type of skin you have.  Skin type changes as you age, and as hormonal factors come into play.  Someone who had oily skin in their 20’s and 30’s can have combination skin in their 40’s and 50’s.

Speak with your aesthetic provider about what your specific goals are for your skin. Is it reduced acne?  Fewer wrinkles? Reduced brown spots? Broken capillaries? Just because something is a trend, does not mean it’s right for your skin care type or your goals.  If you have a regimen that works for you, stick with it.  Don’t be tempted by designer brands if drugstore brands are effective for you. There is nothing wrong with giving your skin care routine a modern “kick,” but good skincare does not mean one must try everything available on the market or in a med/spa or doctor’s office.

Read more about Dr. Manish Shah here

What are your thoughts on the beauty and skincare trends?  I would love to hear about things trending where you are!  It would so exciting to hear about the skincare trends outside the United States!  Please share your comments below!

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