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Five Trending Skincare Ingredients for 2023

With the end of the year, comes the end to some skincare trends (see ya later, slugging!). Now is the time, in this ever-evolving beauty world, to expect some new skincare ingredients making their way to the forefront. Our predictions include more bioactives and treatments, which include both innovative and some revamped old favourites, with a strong focus on strengthening skin’s barrier. These skincare ingredients are for the savvy shoppers who are looking for the most active, natural ingredients that are healthier, safer and more performance-driven. Whether you are developing a new skincare routine or looking to add some new products to your current skincare repertoire, here are five plant-based, highly-effective ingredients that we predict will be trending in 2023.

Focus on Skin Barrier Health

Why is focusing on skin barrier health is so important? In a nutshell, inflammation can cause premature aging and dehydration. When the outermost layer of skin is dry and damaged, it is not able to properly defend itself from aggressors and irritants, like UV rays and pollutants. This coming year brings some ingredients that help protect and rebuild the skin barrier which helps skin stay healthy and functioning at its capacity.

While there are many top-notch ingredients that help repair and strengthen your skin barrier, we have hand-picked these five amazing ones that you’ll want to keep on your radar this year. As always, we recommend building skincare routines that are free from excessive cleansers, harsh exfoliations, chemicals and drying agents.

1. Kombucha

Five Trending Skincare Ingredients for 2023 includes Kombucha for skinNot just for health drinks anymore! Kombucha is a hot skincare ingredient for 2023 and for good reason! Kombucha helps support a healthy skin microbiome and balance skin’s natural pH levels by keeping a good ratio of good bacteria. When the skin microbiome is not balanced, the skin barrier can become compromised, presenting itself with dryness, acne and irritation. Kombucha, a fermented black tea, contains natural probiotics which support skin barrier function and skin radiance. In addition, it is rich in age-fighting amino acids, natural antioxidants and vitamins that boost radiance, hydration and firmness. This includes protecting skin against damaging environmental aggressors, supporting wound healing and increasing skin’s luminosity and improves skin elasticity.

Main Benefits:

  • Support healthy skin microbiome
  • Restore skin’s equilibrium
  • Improve skin barrier
  • Natural, light exfoliation
  • Acne control
  • Reduce hyperpigmentation with continued use
  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Antioxidants

Learn more on Kombucha, in GG Advance.

2. Green Tea

Here’s the tea: If you haven’t been using skincare products that contain green tea, you have been missing out! This mossy-green ingredient is known for its potent anti-aging, photo-protective and anti-inflammatory properties which can revive your complexion and protect skin barrier. It is jam-packed with flavonoids, polyphenols and vitamins that all offer major benefits to skin.

Plays well with others

Green tea is a very versatile ingredient and can be easily combined with other skincare ingredients, while it also preserves the potency of other antioxidants, like Vitamins C and E.  Many skin types and conditions can benefit from green tea, such as sensitive, acne-prone and mature skin.

Main Benefits:

  • DNA Repair
  • Protect skin from free radical damage
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Reduce under-eye circles and puffiness from caffeine content
  • Clears clogged pores
  • Treats oily skin, including acne and rough texture
  • Antiaging
  • Anti-inflammatory

A large variety of our skincare contains organic green tea. Here are just a few: Applelicious, Kelp My Skin, Canadian Maple, Sassy Banana and Pumpkin Puree.

3. Algae

Although not the most glamourous skincare ingredient on our list, Algae, a marine seaweed plant, provides superior collagen care and skin barrier function support for skin.  It can revitalize skin when used consistently, offering powerful antioxidant, soothing and inflammatory properties, while protecting against dehydration and cell damage. This natural ingredient is one of the best skincare ingredients when it comes to hydration, detoxification and healing skin.

Main Benefits:

  • Replenish natural collagen levels
  • Skin detoxification
  • Rich in nourishing vitamins, carotenoids, proteins and antioxidants
  • Hydration (strong humectant)
  • Skin softening
  • Helps treat skin conditions, such as eczema

A variety of our skincare contains algae, kelp and other seaweed. A few of these are: Cherry WiildPommeSeedSoothie and NuAge.

4. Reishi Mushrooms

Although it might feel like magic, we are not referring to those kind of mushrooms. Did you know that mushrooms are one of the newest and quickest rising beauty trends, from skincare to holistic wellness, even though they been part of Chinese traditions for centuries?

The Reishi mushroom is a powerhouse when it comes to fading discolouration and scarring, with its ability to inhibit melanin production, which usually occurs with excessive sun exposure. It also helps alleviate inflammation associated with skin conditions, including eczema and dermititis.

Main Benefits:

  • Highly moisturizing
  • Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduce dark spots and pigmentation
  • Reduce inflammation, irritation and redness
  • Protect skin from damage

5. Peptides

peptide-induced skincareIt’s hard to turn a beauty corner these days without seeing a peptide-induced skincare product, with good reason. There are like 100 of these multi-functional active superstars out there, which promise tremendous anti-aging benefits, from improving hyperpigmentation, stimulating collagen to reducing wrinkles and improving firmness.

Peptides are made up of amino chains that basically act like messengers between your skin cells. They are small molecules so they can penetrate skin more easily and signal your skin to produce collagen and elastin. There are different types of peptides with different properties, each with unique functions and some understood better than others.

Main Benefits:

  • Improve skin firmness
  • Refine texture of skin
  • Reduce skin inflammation
  • Smoother skin
  • Support collagen production
  • Lessen discolouration
  • Encourage skin cell renewal

The moral of the story: peptides = proteins like collagen = anti-aging defense. Without peptides, there’s no collagen, and without collagen, there’s no defense against aging. – Colorscience.

Many of our products, from masks, eye moisturizer contain many different peptides. Here are just a few:

BIO Illumina:

  • Includes Epidermal Growth Factors (human-like but produced by plant compounds)
  • Includes peptides that mimic youth hormone
  • Stimulate skin regeneration and growth of epidermal cells
  • Encourage collagen synthesis
  • Counteract sagging and signs of aging
  • Includes a peptide that increases collagen production

Kranberry Kiss:

  • Includes a highly bioactive peptide
  • Skin firmness
  • Improve skin texture
  • Deeply penetrate skin for superior changes

GG Advance:

  • Peptides that work well with sensitive skin
  • Skin firmness
  • Conditioning and calming peptides
  • Peptide that helps skin look young and healthy
  • Reduction of appearance of wrinkles


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