APR 2019

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April 2019 • 51 Superfoods: Yes, the same fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts and herbs you fi nd at health food stores are making their way into skin care, notes McLinden. "One of our favorite superfoods is the Aronia berry, a fruit with one of the highest antioxidant contents," she says. Plant oils: Olive, avocado, coconut and sunfl ower seed oils, among others, are rich in omegas and other fatty acids, making them superb emollients that moisturize dry skin, soothe irritation, and help heal eczema and acne. Butters: Butters can be derived from an array of natural sources. "We're seeing crushed blends made from seeds, hulls and nuts, all of which are rich in essential fatty acids that moisturize and calm the skin," says McLinden. Be on the lookout for hemp seed, almond, mango and kokum butters. Licorice root: A natural alternative to hydroquinone, licorice extract contains a fl avonoid that inhibits pigmentation and helps even out skin tone. Licorice's soothing properties can also diminish irritation and redness. Honey: This common sweetener has become a go-to for many natural skincare formulas, thanks to its moisturizing and antibacterial benefi ts. Probiotics: Live bacteria and yeasts have found their way into skin care thanks to their ability to harness good bacteria and help keep skin cells healthy. In fact, Koronczay reports that some clients see a difference almost immediately after applying topical probiotic products. On the Horizon Chamberlain predicts an increasing focus on more complex formulations using plant-based ingredients. "It's always exciting to see how combining different natural and organic ingredients can provide the next innovation when it comes to beautiful skin," she says. In addition, there's already a growing need for a holistic approach in which estheticians educate their clients about these formulations—and the many ways a healthy lifestyle can lead to glowing skin. "Spa-goers are increasingly focused on complete health, not just what they're putting on their skin," notes Sindlinger. "Holistic estheticians consider external and internal issues. We know that concerns like rosacea, acne and eczema can be triggered—and managed—by internal factors, so I think we'll see more of an emphasis on estheticians informing clients about a healthy lifestyle." Despite certain challenges that come with producing cleaner skincare options—such as shorter shelf life due to the lack of preservatives, and variation in color and scent because of seasonal differences when growing plants—most everyone agrees that the natural beauty movement will continue to gain momentum. "I hope we start seeing all beauty brands contribute in little ways to the 'big green pot,'" says McLinden. "Doing even one thing—like offering a refi ll program so customers can reuse containers—makes a big difference." u © GETTY IMAGES

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