2014 skincare predictions

It’s the time of year, when I reflect on some of the latest breakthroughs in natural anti-aging products and anticipate how they will work our way into beauty routines. Here are seven predictions natural anti-aging product trends I see coming for 2014.

1. Mitochondria is the Key to Anti-Aging

Scientists made the news at the end of 2013 with a discovery that they could turn the clock back for mice. They did this by getting cellular DNA and mitochondria to communicate properly. Mitochondria are responsible for providing the necessary energy for cell activity. Without mitochondria, most cells couldn’t function; and if cells couldn’t function, we wouldn’t exist. The scientists got the mice in their experiment to reverse the aging process by using a protein called NAD.

I have yet to come across NAD in any anti-aging serum. But I do predict that in 2014, potion makers will tout ingredients that help mitochondria. In the meantime, look for the most powerful antioxidants that you can get your hands on. Free radicals form in the mitochondria (which are sometimes described as “cellular power plants”) where they wreak havoc on lipids, proteins and mitochondrial DNA, contributing to the aging process.

Antioxidant Powerhouses

Your Best Face Private Reserve Antioxidant Oil ($75 in the shop). In this less-is-more formula, the two antioxidant ingredients come in potent concentrations. 

Chella Master Protocol 7 Cellular Defense Serum ($135). Ergothioneine is the antioxidant to watch in this anti-ager.

2. Actives Everywhere

The beauty industry is responding to consumers wanting all their beauty products to make a difference. We are not content with a mere mascara, it has to have something in it to keep our lashes healthy. What if my lipstick could rid me of lip lines… My prediction for 2014 is that we’ll see a lot more products that were once merely decorative or utilitarian containing one or more active ingredients.

Active-Rich Products I Love

For real deal beauty,  look to W3LL PeopleBeware of fairy dusting – some natural anti-aging beauty products out there will offer little more than a token smattering of active ingredient. W3LL People, by contrast, infuses its entire line of cool cosmetics with antioxidants such as green tea. When I wear makeup, I always use W3LL People Altruist Satin Mineral Foundation ($30 in the shop).

Hair Vitality Conditioner ($44 in the shop) Truth In Aging’s own hair conditioner is filled with actives that reduce shedding

BRAD Biophotonic Sea Minerals Purify Healing Detoxifying Gel Cleanser ($45 in the shop). I particularly like that the humble cleanser has been elevated to so much more here. This BRAD cleanser, recommended by Allure and Vogue magazines, is packed with detoxifying ingredients meant to combat redness, breakouts and irritation.

3. Pre-Saturated Pads and Sprays are the New Creams

Just don’t go calling them toners! I am very interested by the new crop of spray-on serums and skin soothers. Not to mention liquids that are dabbed on the skin with a saturated cotton pad. Or better yet, a pre-saturated pad (intelligent and time-saving).  And my prediction for 2014 is that we’ll be seeing more of them and giving them the appreciation they deserve. As our beauty routines become more complex, we just don’t want to keep on layering cream upon gel upon cream.

Best Bet Pre-Saturated Pads and Sprays

Arcona The Solution Pads ($45 in the shop) are pre-saturated with glycolic and antioxidant spin trap and they are a marvelous alternative to yet another cream.

I am never without Sevani Advanced Complexion Corrector ($39 in the shop), a light spray formulated to calm redness, rosacea and other skin irritations or Stemulation AHA Herbal Balancing Toner ($38 in the shop) The only bad thing about this natural anti-aging product powerhouse that is is that they called it a toner. It is so much more. Though it's in a pump bottle for now, Stemulation says they plan to change it to spray bottle following customer requests for them to do so.

4. Oh Those Facial Oils

Facial oils are finally hot after a luke warm reception in 2013. My prediction for 2014 is that we will come to embrace facial oils. With good reason too. As there is no water, there’s no need for nasty preservatives or things that hold creams together and stop them becoming like separated salad dressing. The result is concentrated actives. For more on reasons to love them, read my myth-busting facial oil post.

Favorite Facial Oils

Mukti Antioxidant Facial Oil ($40 in the shop) uses a base of macadamia, joboba and apricot. Macadamia is a great choice as the dominant ingredient as this oil is over 70% fatty acids.

Red Flower Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil ($48 in the shop) is an exotic and tropical orchard of flower and fruit oils. It is so versatile, you’ll take it on every trip.

5. Astaxanthin and Copper Peptides - 2014 Hero Actives

Actually they always were, at least in my case. But the problem was that the powerful anti-agers, astaxanthin and copper peptides, were rarely found in skincare, at least in products that you’d actually want to use. Why should you seek them out? Well, astaxanthin can eliminate free radicals 6,000 times more effectively than vitamin C, 800 times more than CoQ10, 550 times more than vitamin E and green tea, 75 times more than alpha lipoic acid, and 20 times more than beta-carotene. Meanwhile copper peptides are wound healers, wrinkle repairers and encourages of hair growth.

Natural Anti Aging Products Featuring Astaxathin and Copper Peptides

I’ve been testing a great serum by Dr Kenneth Mark that features astaxathin (look out for my review coming up soon).

In the meantime, you can find astaxathin in Mirai 3-in-1 Multi-Tasking Face Serum ($35) and Osmosis Replenish Antioxidant Repair Serum ($52).

Copper peptides are in Michael Todd’s Knu Anti-Aging Face Lift Cream ($69 in the shop), Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Age Repair Body Lift ($95 in the shop) and our product of the year for 2013, Medik8 Firewall ($145 in the shop). I am predicting that we’ll see more of copper peptides in the year to come – and to prove the point we’ll be adding it to new formulations of our Hair Vitality Shampoo and Conditioner due to be launched in the spring to bring them in line with our copper peptide-based Hair Vitality Complex ($49 in the shop) and Brow Vitality Complex ($36 in the shop).

6. Microcurrent Makes it Home

Microcurrent is one of my favorite firming treatments (along with ultrasound), but has long been limited to my monthly visits to my esthetician. I wasn’t impressed by home use microcurrent devices – that is, until tried out Myotone Facial Toning System ($279 in the shop). Myotone is not only easy to use, but it can be effectively be positioned and small, precise intervals. Over the holidays, I’ve been trying out some new devices, including Serious Skincare’s microcurrent device. My prediction for 2014 is that we’ll see more at home microcurrent devices and will count the better ones as serious allies in the battle against sagging skin and jowls.

7. Behold, the Ultimate Neck Cream (Please, Pretty Please)

I don’t know why there aren’t many really good neck creams around. In their absence, I tend to improvise with heavy duty moisturizers and night creams. But what I really want is a really good neck cream that lifts and smooths. Ok, so I admit that this is wishful thinking rather than a prediction, but a girl can dream. Perhaps 2014 will be the year of the terrifically good neck cream.