One can’t escape the inevitable ‘lists’ that accompany the start of a new year and the 2018 skin care trends list is one I can’t help but check out. There isn’t just one of course, as every blogger, magazine and article has their own take on which trends will become popular this year. Here are 5 that stand out for me.

  1. Bespoke Skin Care. At Apothekari, we’re already doing it! We launched our Bespoke Vitamin C Serums (aka made-to-order/customized)  a few years ago because we understand that some products need to be made to order. Formulated with high concentrations of L-ascorbic acid (aka Vitamin C), our serum also contains green tea extract (potent antioxidant), ferulic acid, Vitamin E and a range of other moisturizing and free radical fighting ingredients. Our made-to-order process ensures that each bottle of Vitamin C serum contains potent, active and unoxidized Vitamin C to ensure that it’s the freshest product available anywhere. Out of all the 2018 skin care trends, we heart this one.
  2. Body Care Takes Off. It’s not surprising that most of us pay attention to our faces, but ignore our bodies when it comes to skin care. While you may have already noticed décolleté creams and body oils on shelves, this year, watch out for higher tech serums and creams containing ingredients normally reserved for the face. Even masks, normally reserved for facial care, are making a foray into body care with products specific to the chest, arms and breasts.
  3. Free From. While plenty of “all-natural”, “green”, “clean” and “eco” lines are on the market these days, consumer demand is fueling a rise in offerings including “gluten free”, “cruelty free” and “vegan” options as well. It’s easy to get caught up in a claim and assume a product is superior because it is natural, gluten free, cruelty free and/or vegan and companies may be taking advantage of this demand by offering products that may not be what they seem. Unfortunately because many of these term are not regulated, you may not be getting what you paid for. We encourage you to read the ingredient deck and not be afraid to call or write and ask if you need clarification. A good company will stand by its products and not be afraid to give you the information you need to make an informed purchase.
  4. Gem Infused Skin Care. Also big in 2017, this 2018 skin care trend may seem a bit woo woo, if New Age isn’t your thing. Fueled by celebrities, gems, including amethyst (claimed to be good for inflammation), malachite and tourmaline (detoxification and energizing) are a few to look out for. All things lunar and solar powered are also having a moment. Keep in mind that there is little, if any, scientific evidence to substantiate crystals’ efficacy when it comes to skin care. But it is kind of fun, isn’t it?!
  5. Brands Supporting Causes. A wonderful trend as more people are expected to support brands that “do good”. Brands are recognizing that consumers want to make charitable purchases and are donating a portion of sales to charitable organizations.

Do any of the 2018 skin care trends stand out for you?

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THIS WORKS! No odour for 24+ hours including a yoga session!

I'm blown away by how effective this is, and by how clean and well thought out the formula is. I'm not used to roll-on so that took a couple days to adjust to, but its so much more effective than the solids/creams i was using that it is totally worth it. I'm converted - and i think i have probably tried 90% of the natural deodorants out there over the last 10 years LOL. thank you for creating this.

I love this body oil!

This is so luxurious and moisturizing (i have dry, sensitive skin and most oils don't do the trick) and also miraculously absorbs very quickly. And the lemon rose scent is just transporting - i look forward to using this after my shower.

Bespoke Vitamin C Serum

I love it! Been using it for years. It’s so perfect to put on right after I wash in the morning. I’ve never been the greatest at sticking to a skin care routine but using the Vitamin C in the morning and A is for Anti-aging at night consistently over the years has kept my skin young and firm.
Would not want to imagine life (or my skin) without these two essentials. Thank you Sharmani!

*Received as press sample*

Pricing per bottle is definitely up there, but I think much like skincare, if you have struggled to find a deodorant that works for you, the price won't be as much of an issue because something like this can have a huge impact on your life. One bottle should last about 3-4 months with daily use which I think is fairly close to most deodorants. While I know there are baking soda-free options (baking soda can cause skin irritations due to pH disruptions) and options that use Deoplex, I have yet to find a combination of Deoplex and lactic acid which may be what's working for me. Honestly, the only thing I didn't enjoy was that "wet" feeling when I would first apply it, but after 15 seconds it dries down AND it doesn't stain clothing so that's a huge plus. Even though I received this as a press sample, I would buy this deodorant on my own as I didn't just smell good at the end of a long day, but I smelled like absolutely NOTHING which is WAY better to me than smelling like "I'm covering something up" or like body odour. I also trust and appreciate the research I know Apothekari has invested into making sure the formulation is scientifically sound so I know that's also partly where my dollars are going. I only need to apply once a day and I'm good to go so one bottle might even last more more than 4 months at the rate I'm going! HIGHLY recommend and even though all three scents had the same results, my preferred scent was the Lavender as it just one of my favourite scents overall!

Your deodorant is actually miraculous! I’ve tried every kind of deodorant before with varying degrees of mediocre success. Yours manages to actually work through Barre fitness classes and in my office otherwise called the boiler room!! I will definitely be buying more.

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