With 2021 coming to a close, it’s safe to say we are all looking forward to what 2022 has to offer. Whether it be a new job, an entry into the world as we know it, or a continuation of the same, we can always look to trends to set the tone for the upcoming year. We interviewed Terri Vinson, cosmetic chemist and founder of Synergie Skin, about the many new and exciting skincareingredients, as well as further interest in some tried and true favorites. According to Vinson, these are exciting times when it comes to new ingredient technology. Keep reading for Terri’s predictions for the hottest and most exciting ingredients to look for in 2022.
These Skincare Ingredients Are Going to be Super Popular in 2022
1) Hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HPR)
To use retinol or not to use retinol? That is the million-dollar question of even the most devout skincare junkie. Fortunately, there are many alternatives, including Hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HPR). “According to a 2018 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, HPR is seen as an effective alternative to prescription retinoic acid without the unpleasant side-effects of skin peeling or irritation,” says Vinson. She adds that for 2022 “HPR is the rising star in the vitamin A family for very good reasons; Clinical studies demonstrate that HPR visibly reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles in as little as 14 days, while also reducing uneven skin tone, firming the skin, reducing visible pores, and addressing excess oil production.” Additionally, HPR is more stable than other forms of vitamin A, and the small molecular size means it easily penetrates the skin.
Peptides represent a massive part of the cosmeceutical sector in skincare and is already a huge buzzword for 2022. But what exactly is a peptide? According to Terri, “Peptides are made up of small numbers of amino acids– the building blocks of larger protein molecules– that are small enough to penetrate the skin, unlike large complex proteins.” Peptides can perform many beneficial skin functions, including stimulating collagen, reducing uneven skin tone, redness, inflammation, and fine lines. Additionally, unlike naturally occurring ingredients, peptides can also be made in a laboratory to specifically target skin concerns.
3) Prickly pear seed oil
Prickly and skincare are not exactly two words you would normally pair together, however, 2022 will change that! Prickly Pear Seed Oil is considered an active cosmeceutical oil and is extracted from a species of cactus called the Prickly Pear. The oil contains a vital skin component, linoleic acid, which helps hydrate the skin, protect the delicate skin barrier, and prevent water loss according to Vinson. “It is also a potent antioxidant that protects from environmental and UV damage. Additionally, this multi-use all-rounder also reduces inflammation and redness, promotes healing, and helps to prevent acne breakouts.