Skin Care Trends: A Look Back at 2018's Biggest Hits

December 19, 2018
Claudia Dimuro
By: Claudia Dimuro | by L'Oréal
Skin Care Trends: A Look Back at 2018's Biggest Hits

The new year is about appreciating our blessings as much as it is about starting fresh. Along with making resolutions that vow to move on from poor habits, one should also take the time to marvel at how far we’ve come in just 12 months. Ahead, we discuss how some of the top skin care trends of 2018 (a few of which we predicted ourselves) bloomed over the course of one year.

Trend #1: Glowing Skin 

2018 saw the rise of glowing complexions. Aiming for healthy, radiant-looking skin that flawlessly achieves the “no makeup” makeup look took the beauty industry by storm. Ensuring that you were promoting your skin’s natural radiance as opposed to layering on more foundation is a trend that is not only easily relatable, but easily adaptable. To see how you can get glowing skin in a few simple steps, click here!           

Trend #2: Clean Beauty

According to board-certified plastic surgeon and consultant, Dr. John Burroughs, clean beauty can be defined as “a movement to have skin care products that are absent of toxic substances and more heavily based on natural products to help the skin.”

Trend #3: Multi-tasking Products


We’re big fans of double-duty (and sometimes even triple-duty) products. Over the past year, multitaskers in the skin care industry have been making waves not only for their versatility, but for how easy they are to incorporate into routines. Take, for example, the new Garnier SkinActive 3-in-1 Face Wash, Scrub and Mask with Charcoal. It boasts three uses—cleanser, face scrub, or mask—in one product. Read our full product review, here!

Trend #4: Microbiome Support

The skin’s microbiome refers to the many microscopic organisms that live on our skin’s surface helping to keep it functioning as it should. To help support a healthy microbiome barrier, skin care products formulated with prebiotics really gained traction in 2018. To learn more about how to support your skin’s microbiome, click here!

Trend #5: Customized Skin Care

la roche posay my skin track uv actual feature 

Not all skin is created equal. Everyone is built differently, and therefore no two skin care routines are the same. To address this, skin care companies have developed customized products dedicated to your skin’s individual needs. Take, for example, La Roche-Posay’s My Skin Track UV. Complete with its own app, this battery-free wearable device can track how much exposure your skin gets to aggressors and harmful UV rays. It then provides you with customized suggestions to establish the proper protective measures your routine should have, even recommending products to help along the way. Plus, it’s small enough and light enough that you won’t even feel it throughout your day.

Trend #6: Crystal-Infused Skin Care

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but crystals are the skin’s greatest ally. “Crystals are rich in minerals that may provide the skin with calming and brightening effects,” says board-certified dermatologist and consultant, Dr. Joshua Zeichner. This makes them both pretty to look at and valuable to your skin’s health, making them more than just pretty rocks. 

Trend #7: Rubber Face Masks

2018 was essentially the year of the face mask. Our initial predictions of the rise of rubber masks grew exponentially into the rise of all types of face masks, from sheet to clay. Face masks are great ways to treat yourself for some at-home relaxation while also targeting specific skin concerns in one fell swoop. Check out a few face masks you should check out before winter ends, here!

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