As skincare product manufacturers and marketers rally to win new markets in a global beauty and skincare industry that is pegged to grow into one trillion dollars in 10 years, the race is on for the ultimate anti-aging product. While some companies are merely picking up on trends and throwing in sugar, spice and everything nice into product advertising, there are product developers who are investing time, money and effort to find the next best ingredient in anti-aging skincare.
From promise to delivery, common and bizaare, like snake venom in Hydrolux, below are some of the products to keep on the look out for this year and the next:
- Stem cell technology. Stem cells are unassigned cells in the body. From this pool, skin cells, brain cells and other specialized cells in the body develop. Stem cells infused in anti-aging products are inspired by the surgical grafting and implantation of stem cells. Inside your beauty jar, however, these products promise to deliver the same anti-aging benefit as its surgical counterpart by introducing stem cells topically. Most products carry plant-derived stem cells but more products are beginning to carry cultured human stem cells!
- Snail mucus. This odd ingredient has been found to improve skin elasticity, moisture and even relieve skin of inflammation. Research has it, snail mucus also gives the skin gentle exfoliation that allows its other beneficial ingredients to break through the tough top layer of the skin more easily and more efficiently. In addition, it helps restructure and repair damages in the skin matrix, thereby making it more resilient to damage caused by various environmental stressors which age skin.
- Bird’s nest. Traditionally lauded by the Chinese for its multifarious health benefits, including improving asthmatic conditions and immune response, what traditionally has been prepared as soups are now being packed in beauty bottles.
More specifically, it is the bird’s nest of a Swift family that is being infused in skin creams. What is claimed to be beneficial for your skin are its high protein content and the high level of Epidermal Growth Factors which support skin cell regeneration and repairs. In addition, some manufacturers also throw in anti-inflammatory functions of these skin creams.
- Bee venom. You’ve heard how honey is probably the best natural humectant. Bet you haven’t heard the potential benefits your aging skin can derive from bee venom!
Manufacturers claim that bee venom causes blood to rush to the surface of the skin, causing the skin cells to become alarmed at the potential damage and therefore producing collagen at much higher levels. The process ends up resurfacing new skin and improving blood circulation where the product is applied. In some ways, the bee venom also causes facial muscles to relax temporarily, in turn, causing wrinkles to stretch and become less prominent.
- Snake venom peptide creams. So you thought that the first four ingredients in this list can’t get any worse? How about a snake venom in your cream? In fact, marketers are only playing up the bizaare idea behind snake venom peptide creams. Truth is, what’s really inside these creams, like Hydrolux, are synthetics that mimic the effect of Waglerin-1, the peptide found in Malaysian Temple Viper that has been observed to paralyze the muscles underneath the skin, kind of like how a Botox injection can be expected to work.
What other skincare innovations can you expect to see more of this year and the next few years to come? Market analysts are saying there will be more skincare creams that double as cosmetics and vice-versa. Highly concentrated essences and skin boosters are also products you should watch out for as these become regular day and night skin regimen regulars. There will be a growing demand on probiotics which are being marketed as improving the skin’s natural balance of flora and fauna, which can in fact be beneficial for acne-prone skin types. Other than Vitamin A, C and E, Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) will also grow its mass following as its natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are embraced by manufacturers and consumers alike.