The 5 Biggest Skincare Ingredients In 2022 That We Think Will Be Huge

trending skincare ingredients 2022

The passion for all things skincare picked up further momentum this year, with particular enthusiasm for specific trending skincare ingredients such as Vitamin C, Squalene and Ceramides. But what are the ingredients to look out for in 2022?

Research shows that over 50% of people feel that skincare products have evolved, and nearly a third think that they are now more innovative.  Add to this the rise of the social media 'skinfluencer', the rise of self-care and increased interest in environmental issues - it’s easy to see why we care so much about what we put onto our skin.

With health and beauty now the retail industry’s fastest-growing sector, skincare products have the largest market share of all the beauty industry segments and the UK skincare market is forecast to grow to £18.42 billion by 2024!  It’s an exciting time for skincare devotees, with a plethora of new products set to burst onto the scene and new trending skincare ingredients to watch out for.  But, how do you know which ones are really worth paying attention to? Fortunately, we have done the hard work for you. Keep scrolling to read the top trending ingredients in skincare for 2022 so that you can enter the New Year with brighter, glowing skin... 

Trending skincare ingredients 2022


As trending skincare ingredients in 2022 go, Bakuchiol is a real hero. Derived from Bakuchi Seed Oil, it has been hailed as a 100% natural alternative to retinol; bringing all of the same benefits without the risk of irritation. Research has shown that Bakuchiol is just as effective as retinol at improving signs of skin ageing and hyperpigmentation, but that it is much better tolerated. Also, unlike retinol Bakuchiol doesn’t make skin photosensitive so it can be used in the mornings and it’s fine to use alongside vitamin C.  With antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, Bakuchiol improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plumps the skin, restores firmness, evens out skin tone, smooths skin texture and minimises enlarged pores. 


An abundant source of antioxidants, amino acids, essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins, algae is one of the most powerful trending ingredients in skincare. Astaxanthin, which naturally occurs in algae was found in a clinical study to be 8000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CoQ10, and 550 times stronger than green tea catechins. An all-around exceptional skin hydrator, each different type of algae offers additional individual properties that include anti-ageing benefits, reduction in hyperpigmentation, clearing clogged pores, protection against sun damage, soothing irritation and easing inflammation.

Lespedeza Capitata Extract

Disruption to our circadian rhythm can play havoc with skin, but help is at hand in the form of one of 2022’s trending skincare ingredients; Lespedeza Capitata Extract. It has been discovered that circadian rhythm plays a huge part in restoring the skin cell’s DNA, so when it is disrupted by the stressors of daily life the skin shows signs of fatigue and is prone to a host of negative effects.  Lespedeza Capitata Extract emulates the skin cells’ ability to re-synchronise and regulate the circadian cycle. Benefits include improvements to the complexion, dark circles, puffiness, skin tone and research has shown that it can promote tissue regeneration and prevent skin ageing. 

White Mulberry Extract

Also known as Morus Alba, white mulberry extract is a fantastic natural source of Arbutin, which helps treat hyperpigmentation. Shown to improve Melasma, White Mulberry has effective lightening and brightening properties and helps to even out skin tone and restore radiance to the complexion. It is a powerful antioxidant containing anthrocyanins and flavonoids, that helps to protect the skin from environmental factors, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, calm irritation and hydrate the skin.  

Botanical Alfalfa Extract

One of the most nutrient-dense trending skincare ingredients 2022, Alfalfa Extract is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including Amino Acids, Biotin, Polyphenols, Folic Acid, Calcium, Potassium, Niacin, Magnesium, Chlorophyll, Iron, and Vitamins A, B, D, E, and K (wow). With clinically proven anti-ageing benefits, research has also shown that Alfalfa Extract protects the skin from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Suitable for use on all skin types, it also moisturises the skin, improves texture and tone, reduces redness and calms irritation. 

5 Products Formulated With Trending Skincare Ingredients 

Medik8 Bakuchiol Peptides

Awarded best new skin product in the Marie Claire Skin Awards, Medik8 Bakuchiol Peptides is also recommended by Harper’s Bazaar, Sheerluxe and Daily Mail. Harnessing the power of 1.25% Bakuchiol, the lightweight, oil-based serum targets signs of ageing, soothes the skin and improves overall tone and texture. 

Avant Skincare Profusion Algae Revitalising & Firming Anti-Pollution Day Cream

Formulated with euglena gracilis algae, one of the trending skincare ingredients in 2022, Avant Skincare Profusion Algae Revitalising & Firming Anti-Pollution Day Cream protects the skin from pollution, free radicals and UV rays by innovatively adapting to the level of exposure. The daily defence cream, which also includes Ceramides and Cupuacu, also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improve texture and tone and increase skin firmness.

Medik8 Sleep Glycolic

Recommended by Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Get the Gloss and Daily Mail, the ingredients of Medik8 Sleep Glycolic include Lespedeza Capitata Extract, one of the trending ingredients in skincare. The time-releasing AHA overnight peel works while you sleep to visibly transform the skin. When used twice a week, as part of your nighttime regime, Medik8 Sleep Glycolic smooths, brightens and decongests the skin.   

Rejuvenated Re-Set

Containing White Mulberry Extract, Rejuvenated Re-Set is recommended by Top Sante and has a revolutionary formula that also includes Copper, Chromium, Zinc, and Green Coffee. The 100% natural vegan-friendly daily supplement helps to stabilise blood sugar levels, promote healthy weight gain and boost energy levels.   

The Organic Pharmacy Resculpting Body Serum

Winner of a 2021 Top Sante Bodycare award and recommended by Get the Gloss and Daily Mail, The Organic Pharmacy Resculpting Body Serum contains a host of exceptional bio-firming ingredients including Kigelene, Garcinia, Coffee, Chilli and Alfalfa Extract. Clinically proven to make the skin smoother, The Organic Pharmacy Resculpting Body Serum firms and hydrates the skin, reduces the appearance of cellulite and increases elasticity. 

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Written by Sarah Blake