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6 Essential Skin Care Products You Need in 2021

6 Essential Skin Care Products You Need in 2021

Between Facebook and Instagram, we’re exposed to an endless stream of skincare ads on a daily basis. With so many promising possibilities, it’s difficult to know which ones to resist. To help you prioritize your beauty buys, we’re going to separate the trendy fads from the tried-and-true treatments that never go out of style (because they actually work). Based on the latest research in the field of cosmetics and recommendations from leading dermatologists, here are the top 6 products you need for skin care in 2021.

Guard Sunscreen

1. Sun Protection Factor (SPF) lotion

When it comes to delaying signs of aging, prevention is easier than reversal. That’s why Sun Protection Factor (SPF) should be part of every essential skincare routine.


The FDA reports that UV light is responsible for 80% of skin aging (reports the FDA).  It produces free radicals, which are unstable oxygen molecules that steal energy from our healthy cells. Over time, this process causes “oxidative stress” (cellular damage) and destroys collagen, leading to premature aging. It’s the same process that happens when you leave an apple out on the counter, and it goes brown — that’s an example of oxidation or decay.


Think of SPF as “beauty theft protection”.  As Celebrity Dermatologist Dr. Lancer explains, “I tell each and every one of my patients to ensure that their skin is protected with a minimum of SPF 30 every day, regardless of weather.” This way, in rain or shine, you’re preventing UV rays from getting absorbed into your skin, which protects against sun spots, wrinkles and skin laxity.

Optima Face Cream

2. Daily moisturizer

Every day, our skin is exposed to a warzone of airborne toxins, including factory emissions, landfill fumes, dust and mold. Moisturizer creates a barrier between these outside invaders and your pores, while also injecting your skin with water and vitamins.


When your skin absorbs pollution and germs from the atmosphere, it faces oxidative stress, explains Dr. Sejal Shah of New York City's SmarterSkin Dermatology. Oxidative stress weakens and ages living cells and tissues. Moisturizer helps prevent this damage to your skin.


Look for moisturizers made with glycerin and silicone. Yup, that’s right -- they’re not natural ingredients.


Why moisturizer needs synthetic ingredients


Although natural ingredients are important too, a good moisturizer also needs synthetic emollients and surfactants to seal in the active ingredients.


Glycerin acts as an emollient to increase skin hydration, relieve dryness and protect your pores for up to 24 hours, according to a study published in the Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology Journal. Moreover, silicones (often used in the form of dimethicone) are clinically proven to help heal wounds and scarring. “The clinical trials, which have been used to evaluate silicone gel...demonstrate that there are improvements in scar thickness and scar color,” reports Dr. Ben Bleasdale from The Academy of Medical Sciences.


You’ve probably heard that synthetic ingredients like silicone can worsen acne or “suffocate”the skin. However, these claims are not proven in any published research. he According to the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology, “ Dimethicone reduces TEWL without a greasy feel and contains both occlusive and emollient properties. It is suitable for acne and sensitive patients as it is noncomedogenic and hypoallergenic.”

Bloom Toner

3. Facial toner

Facial toner is often ignored as the quiet “middle child” of skin care — it doesn’t get enough attention. In a randomized control trial published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science, the researchers found that facial toner improved skin hydration when used with a moisturizer.


Needless to say, facial toner deserves way more credit than it gets. It works as an astringent, helping to pull the skin cells closer together, creating the illusion of smaller pores. What’s more, it will balance the pH of your skin to ward off acne-causing bacteria. Over time, you’ll notice that your complexion will seem smoother and more even.


Some facial toners also have gentle exfoliating properties. Look for formulas with glycolic acid to buff away dead skin without causing dryness. Panax Ginseng Root is a bonus to energize and boost circulation for a perky glow. Finally, Agave Placenta is another high-quality ingredient you should add to your essential skincare routine. It helps send nutrients to the deepest layers of your dermis, helping to produce stronger, healthier and brighter skin cells.

Rescue Serum

4. Skin serum

Skin serum is like a shuttle bus for nutrients. It contains a concentrated dose of vitamins and active ingredients, and is designed to deliver these goodies directly to your deepest skin layer.


When properly formulated, serums can boost circulation, fade dark spots and improve hydration. However, not all serums are made equally. The best ones combine active ingredients in a special way that supercharges their strength. This technology is called synergy. It refers to how ingredients can perform better when mixed together, becoming more powerful than their individual effects alone.


To achieve these synergistic powers, scientists must achieve a breakthrough formula.This mission takes decades of lab research, studies and testing. Unfortunately, it’s rare for  cosmetic companies to actually invest this much time, money and effort to create the perfect serum. That’s why EMK technologies is known for successfully developing a synergistic formula — the Rescue Serum made with plant placenta.


Extracted from the Agave cactus, plant placenta (AKA bioplacenta) is identical to the human placenta protein and offers the same rejuvenating and healing benefits. It’s clinically proven to improve oxidation levels by 70%, helping your dermal cells behave younger than their years. According to Life & Style magazine, "Victoria Beckham keeps her face baby-smooth with EMK's plant-based placental extract which hydrates and protects skin while diminishing visible lines."


While Victoria is pretty secretive about her skincare routine, we’re sure everyone can agree she’s doing something right.

Beam Eye Gel

5. Eye gel or cream

The skin around our eyes is one of the most high maintenance areas of the face. According to the UW Health Organization, this area is “ more fragile, prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes also hasten the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles.”


We want our under eyes to look plump — not puffy. To keep this area smooth and hydrated, avoid thick creams that may cause congestion. Celebrity esthetician and skincare expert, Renee Rouleau explains that when a cream is too greasy, it can migrate into the eyes and cause under-eye puffiness. Instead, look for eye gel or cream that contains lightweight botanicals like Aloe Vera, Grape Seed Extract and Green Apple extract.


Retinol is also a must-have ingredient when considering what skincare products do you actually need. This vitamin A derivative is an effective anti-aging treatment that’s clinically proven to speed up cellular turnover, resulting in brighter, tighter skin and fewer fine lines.




6. Acne spot treatment

Pimple picking should not be part of your essential skincare routine. If you’re an impatient person with acne, always treat the blemish with a spot treatment.


Otherwise, if you try popping the spot, you could push impurities (dead skin cells, oil and bacteria) further into your pore, which worsens the infection. To dry out a pimple safely, Acne Expert Dr. Christie Kidd recommends products with Salicylic Acid and Sulfur. Both ingredients work to heal the pimple in different ways. Salicylic Acid helps dissolve the dead skin particles to purify the pore, while Sulfur dries out the surface of your skin to absorb excess oil (sebum).


Not all products are necessary for skin care. Create a collection based on essentials that are clinically proven to work. By knowing what products you actually need in your skincare routine, you’ll never feel duped by gimmicks.

About The Author: Rachel Esco is an educator and consultant in advanced cosmetics who empowers consumers to make informed choices about skin care. With a profound interest in beauty and biochemistry, her articles explore the latest breakthroughs in epigenetics and anti-aging technologies. Rachel is also a passionate advocate for the Beauty Conscious Movement, promoting the use of environmentally safe materials to create a zero waste culture.

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