With every new year comes a batch of new skincare crazes. To find out what’s in store for 2016, I decided to kick off the year by reaching out to some of the most respected and well-known experts in the industry to pick their brains about what ingredients they believe will become vital to our daily beauty routines in the upcoming year. Their answers ran the gamut from cholesterol (yep!) to turmeric powder and everything in between. While some of their predictions might surprise you, one thing’s for sure, if you want to have the best skin of your life in 2016 you’ll definitely want to incorporate a few of these expertly forecasted ingredients into your regimen ASAP.

1. Niacinamide

Top Skincare Ingredients of 2016

Expert: Dr. Dennis Gross is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. You probably recognize his name from his highly popular skincare line sold in stores like Sephora and Nordstrom. Here’s what the renowned doctor has to say about the biggest upcoming trends in skincare.

Prediction:Niacinamide will be one of the hot ingredients for 2016. This powerful vitamin (B3) facilitates the skin’s own repair of its moisture barrier, and is perfect for overnight use which was the inspiration behind its use in my new Ferulic + Retinol Overnight Serum. This skin perfecting ingredient retextures skin for a flawless complexion – a must for any anti-aging routine this year.”

How to get it: Dr.Dennis Gross’ Ferulic + Retinol Overnight Serum ($88) is available at Sephora.

2. Turmeric Root

Top Skincare Ingredients of 2016

Expert: Dr. Howard Sobel is one of  New York’s premier cosmetic dermatologic surgeons. His skincare line, DDF, uses advanced technology and cutting edge ingredients.

Prediction: “Turmeric Root will be big in 2016. This cancer-fighting antioxidant that has been proven time and time again as a SUPER antioxidant when ingested is no less extraordinary in its free radical fighting performance on the skin! This superhero anti-aging avenger is found in the Advanced skincare line by DDF and decreases the presence of free radicals on the surface of the skin by 82% when applied, staving off wrinkles and providing a platform for healthier skin!”

How to get it: Various products in DDF’s Advanced skincare line can be found here. All of the products in this line contain turmeric root.

3. Matcha

Top Skincare Ingredients of 2016

Expert: Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas has been catering to the skincare needs of some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Julianne Moore and Jenna Dewan-Tatum, just to name a few. Her predictions for 2016 are simple and to the point.

Prediction: “I predict matcha will be huge this year as an ingredient. As far as treatments go, radio frequency is blowing up.”

How to get it: If you want to incorporate antioxidant-rich matcha into your skincare routine to give your skin a healthy boost, try 100% Pure’s Matcha Green Tea Cleansing Foam ($35) or Erborian’s Perfect Morning BB Mask ($32). If you’re interested in trying Joanna’s popular new radio frequency treatment, the Forever Facial at her New York City spa visit here for more details.

4. Retinoids

Top Skincare Ingredients of 2016

Expert: Peter Thomas Roth is the creator of his namesake spa-themed line that currently boast over 100 products containing state of the art formulas. Here’s what he thinks you should look out for.

Prediction: “Retinoids! With breakthroughs in technology, retinoid has become one of the most cutting-edge ingredients available, they are effective and stable forms of retinol. These molecules increase the rate of cellular turnover to address all signs of aging, quickly and without some of the side effects often associated with retinols.”

How to get it: Peter Thomas Roth’s Professional Strength 3% Retinoid Plus ($82) is available at Sephora. The high-performance nighttime treatment works fast to dramatically help even skin tone, smooth rough skin, and reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

5. Yogurt, Curry, Quinoa, and More

Top Skincare Ingredients of 2016

Expert: Celeste Hilling is the founder and CEO of the state-of-the-art skincare line, Skin Authority. She is always ahead of the curve when it comes to the hottest upcoming trends in the skincare world and she’s always looking for high-tech ways to bring them to her dedicated customers. Here are her predictions about what ingredients we’ll be seeing a lot of this year. Warning: reading this might make you hungry.

Prediction: “Yogurt for your face? Yes. Probiotics are venturing into skin. Yogurt is one of the best-known probiotics, which are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health. When used in skin care, probiotics are anti-inflammatory and help calm breakouts, rosacea, and eczema. Turmeric and curry are for far more than curry! Start looking for both spices on skin care labels. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, so expect to see it in brightening products and those used to even out skin tone. Cumin contains vitamins A, C and E, which are known to trigger anti-aging activity. Like turmeric, it’s used for brightening, as well as keeping skin smooth and supple from within. Two of the world’s healthiest foods are going to make a splash in skin care: quinoa and kale. Quinoa helps ward off the signs of aging by boosting collagen production and sealing in moisture. Kale is rich in vitamins A, C and K. A and C help prevent premature aging of the skin, while vitamin K is great for clearing up dark circles under eyes.”

How to get it: Topical vitamins are essential for healthy glowing skin. Skin Authority’s Super C Serum ($99) is formulated with 20% vitamin C to protect skin from free radicals, fade discoloration, and firm skin’s texture. To get your probiotics off the breakfast table and onto your face, try Tula, an entire skincare line is infused with probiotics. I’m a huge fan of their Hydrating Day & Night Cream ($52).

6. OmniSome Delivery and Snow Algae

Top Skincare Ingredients of 2016

Expert: Danae Markland is a Licensed Esthetician and PCA Skin’s  Education Director. A self-proclaimed skincare nerd with over ten years of experience at the brand, Markland knows what’s up. Her predictions definitely got me looking forward to the future of skincare science and I will definitely keep my eye on PCA Skin throughout the coming year.

Prediction: “The latest technology in skincare is not an ingredient itself, but how we deliver ingredients into the skin. Finding new ways to get things like retinol, salicylic acid and vitamin C into the skin where they will do the most good is truly the next big thing in skin care. Look for OmniSome Delivery technology—it allows for timed release of active ingredients for deeper penetration and less irritation. Snow Algae is another up-and-comer. This ingredient is relatively new to topical use but what we have seen so far of its anti-aging benefits are really exciting.”

How to get it: PCA’s high-tech OmniSome Delivery technology can be found in their Intensive Brightening Treatment: 0.5% Pure Retinol Night ($106).

7. High-Tech Hyaluronic Acid

Top Skincare Ingredients of 2016

Expert: Dr. Jaliman is one of the top dermatologists in the nation. She’s an expert in the field of cosmetic dermatology as well as medical dermatology. Her book, “Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist” is one of my favorite go-to’s when I need skincare tips on the fly.

Prediction: “While hyaluronic has been around for years, a new trend for 2016 is smaller molecule size. These small particles can penetrate the skin better. Hyaluronic Acid binds 1,000 times its weight in water, making it an excellent moisturizer.”

How to get it: Dr.Jaliman MD’s Hydrating Serum ($85) contains hyaluronic acid as well as an array of antioxidants.

8. Cholesterol

Top Skincare Ingredients of 2016

Expert: Dr. Sherry N. Ingraham is a board certified dermatologist. She has made great contributions to her field through presentations, research, and publications. She is frequently featured in the media speaking as an expert on skin care conditions and treatments. Here’s what she sees on the horizon for 2016.

Prediction:Cholesterol is such a critical ingredient to look for. It is in every cell of our bodies and helps our skin to be supple and flexible. Research has taught us that just as aging skin is characterized by a particular deficiency of cholesterol, using a cholesterol dominant treatment can accelerate barrier recovery. For our skin to appear healthy, smooth and radiant the barrier function must be maintained. We see this dramatic decrease in cholesterol production begin after age 40. As our skin ages cell division occurs more slowly, and normal cell turnover declines and we see an overall decrease in all lipid levels which manifests as a dull, uneven texture. When we replace these lipids and cholesterol we can optimize the skin’s ability to heal itself and maintain a healthy barrier which will allow the skin to maintain a more youthful glow and appearance. Using lipid-rich and cholesterol-infused skin care products can help improve the texture and appearance of skin.”

How to get it: Check out a detailed list of products containing cholesterol here including one of my favorites, Paula’s Choice Clinical Ultra-Rich Moisturizer ($30).

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