The end of the COVID pandemic may be in sight, but it looks as though face coverings will be part of our daily lives for some time to come. At Austin Clinic, we know that “maskne,” the irritated skin and facial bumps that pop up under protective masks, will be with us, too. Fortunately, the beauty industry is evolving with the times, allowing us to offer our clients innovative new solutions to skin care problems.
What’s on the horizon for skin care in 2021? The focus is on helping consumers develop their own personal best do-it-yourself skincare routine.
Facial Hygiene without Harsh Ingredients
Facial cleansers are getting an upgrade in 2021. “After a year of using sanitisers and harsh hand soaps, manufacturers have become more attuned to the need for formulations that are less irritating on the microbiome,” says Dr Austin. Allmedic’s gentle non-soap face and body cleanser is made without fragrances, phthalates, parabens, artificial colorants and sodium lauryl sulphate.
Safe, Sustainable Products
In a quest to reduce the carbon footprint of the beauty industry, companies are focusing on sustainable formulations and packaging as well. Allmedic’s three-in-one exfoliating scrub gently removes old, flaky skin cells with castor oil-based beads that are biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
Blue Light is Stop Light for Acne & Ageing
LED skin treatments use red and blue lights to penetrate the skin and trigger natural defences against photo-ageing. “Blue light is especially useful for treating acne,” says Dr Austin. “It reduces the activity of the sebaceous glands and also kills acne-causing bacteria.”
Masks that Repair Maskne
Trapped under a cloth mask all day, facial skin becomes congested and filled with impurities. Aspect Exfoliating Clay mask is an excellent solution. Gentle, but effective, it is an ideal choice for people with problematic skin, as well as for adolescents with pre-pubescent problem skin.
Plant-Based Skin Beauty
Once considered a small niche, plant-based skincare will be more popular than ever in 2021 with natural ingredients such as bakuchiol, ginger, and witch hazel flowers. Aspect’s fruit enzyme gel mask is an excellent example “It can be used once or twice a week to remove dirt and keep skin soft and radiant,” says Dr Austin.
Nourishing Skin with Niacinamide
Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide, is a nutrient your skin can’t live without. It adds moisture, regulates oil production, and even boosts keratin synthesis. What’s new about niacinamide? Manufacturers are developing products that deliver it via misters, rather than supplements.
Mask or no mask, acne is a problem for millions of people worldwide. A frequent culprit in acne flare-ups is make-up that clogs pores. Synergie Minerals offers a full palette of pure mineral makeup products that are ideal for acne- and rosacea-prone skin. “Synergie products allow your skin to breathe by excreting toxins and absorbing moisture from the atmosphere,” explains Dr Austin.
Where to Get the Help & Products You Need
The doors of Austin Clinic are open again, and we invite you contact us for a consultation, treatment, and professional guidance from medical skin experts. We’ll answer your questions and do everything we can to give you the beautiful skin you deserve.