Ceramides, niacinamides, bakuchiol, oh my! Expert predicts skincare trends set to explode in 2023

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Some skincare trends will dominate 2023.
Some skincare trends will dominate 2023.
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  • From the rise in bakuchiol and ceramides to sustainable skincare, Dr Alek Nikolic shares his skincare predictions for 2023.
  • Nikolic is a renowned aesthetic medical practitioner and owner of SkinMiles.
  • As for skincare trends to stay clear of going into the new year, he advises staying away from popular skincare trends such as skin icing and slugging.

The quest for flawless skin shows no signs of slowing down as we head into the new year. This is backed by a growing trend of people wanting to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the constantly evolving skincare industry in the hopes of perfecting their routine, but not all trends are what they are made out to be.

Dr Alek Nikolic, renowned specialist in aesthetic medicine and owner of SkinMiles, shares some of his biggest skincare predictions for 2023 and which trends you should stay clear of. 

Bakuchiol may gain popularity

Many people proceed with caution when it comes to incorporating retinol into their skincare routine, as it may lead to irritation. This is where bakuchiol enters the chat. Bakuchiol can be seen as the natural alternative to retinol which took the spotlight this year.

"Bakuchiol is a powerful plant-based ingredient that is suitable for those who have sensitive skin. It also has anti-ageing properties," explains Nikolic.

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When incorporating bakuchiol into your routine, Nikolic suggests that you don't use it with products that include Glycolic Acid, as it might have an impact on the potency of the product.

Ceramides and niacinamides will be the hero ingredients 

You will be hearing a lot more about the skincare ingredients ceramides and niacinamides in 2023. These two ingredients have been in the spotlight, with TikTok 'skinfluencers' raving about how these ingredients have transformed their complexion.

Both ceramide and niacinamide help the skin create a barrier that will prevent moisture from being lost, keeping the skin hydrated. These are multi-tasking ingredients.

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Sustainable skincare

Sustainability is a trend that will be gaining popularity and will stay top of mind throughout the years as consumers are more aware of the environment and what effect their choices have on the planet around them. Says Nikolic:

The demand for sustainable products is growing. We are speaking to an audience that is more switched on when it comes to sustainability.

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When shopping for sustainable skincare, haircare and makeup, the key things to consider are checking if the ingredients are sustainably sourced and safe for your skin and if the packaging is also plastic free or recycled.

'Skinimalism' will become the norm 

As we move away from the pandemic and our lives become increasingly busier, many are looking for simple skincare routines. Explains Nikolic:

With the rise of TikTok over the past two years, there has been an overwhelming amount of skincare tips and trends making the rounds. Often people can't keep up with the latest products claiming to work miracles. I sense that more people will gravitate towards a minimalist skincare routine opting for products that are multitaskers.

By using key products to tackle your skin concerns, you will be taking a tailored approach and saving money. 

"As for skincare trends to stay clear of going into the new year, I would advise staying away from popular skincare trends such as skin icing, slugging, at home needling your serums into the skin, toothpaste on breakouts and spots, and DIY face masks," concludes Nikolic.

Visit www.skinmiles.com and sign up for a free Face2Face Assessment. You will receive personal recommendations from Dr Nikolic for your skin type or skin concern.

Dr Alek Nikolic is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. With a focus on skincare, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers, he has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and is responsible for training many medical practitioners both locally and internationally. With over 24 years in private practice, he has lectured and performed live demonstrations across the globe, including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw. 


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