Buzzy New Beauty Ingredients You Need To Learn About | Clozette

Every year, our favourite beauty and skincare formulations get an upgrade. While it’s exciting to see what it is they’ll come up with next, it can be pretty difficult to track which ones are worth the hype. With a bit of research, we’ve narrowed down the five beauty ingredients to look out for this year as well as some of our product recommendations so you can access them easily. Here are 2019’s top 5 skincare breakthroughs, in no particular order.


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Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum, SGD106/~USD78 (

Last year, retinol became a skincare favourite for its anti-ageing and skin-clearing properties. Unfortunately for some, it proved too harsh on more sensitive skin types. The good news is there’s a new, natural alternative: bakuchiol. Traditionally used in Chinese and Indian medicine, bakuchiol is extracted from the seeds and leaves of the babchi plant. Similar to retinol, it contains powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which encourage cellular turnover and help restore skin to its peak. It’s also gentler and more stable, meaning there’s less dryness, irritation, and photosensitivity — three things which often come when using retinol. Biossance’s Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum features bakuchiol as its main ingredient to address fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and loss of firmness and elasticity.

Blue Algae

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Sunday Riley A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum, SGD128/~USD94 (

Often found as a supplement to food and drinks, blue algae is gaining traction as the next skincare power ingredient next to bakuchiol. That’s because it prevents moisture loss with its potent blend of antioxidant vitamins, essential amino acids, and minerals. It’s also really effective in fighting free radical damage, which is the best thing when you’re dealing with pollutants and environmental stress in the city. Sunday Riley’s A+ High Dose Retinoid Serum contains 0.5 per cent blue algae for its natural, retinoid-like activity.


Gold facials and gold-infused skincare products gained a lot of buzz the previous year, but now a new metal is on the rise. Copper, as an ingredient, dates all the way back to ancient Egyptian cosmetics but is now finding ground in today’s formulations. Lauded for its ability to reduce wrinkles, combat hyperpigmentation, reverse sun damage, and increase firmness and elasticity, copper is becoming a new staple in night creams. Aesop’s Elemental Facial Barrier Cream uses Copper PCA to soothe and nourish skin while improving barrier protection.


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CosRx PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream, SGD34/~USD25 (

You’ve heard of AHAs and BHAs, now get ready for PHAs. The new figure in Korean skincare, PHAs offer mild exfoliation due to their large molecular structure, which limits their ability to penetrate deeply into the skin. That means they’re safer and gentler for those with more sensitive skin types who usually tend to experience the negative side effects of AHAs and BHAs, such as redness and irritation. PHAs also contain antioxidants and anti-inflammation agents, which help heal skin. CosRx's PHA Moisture Renewal Power Cream is the latest addition to its lineup of chemical exfoliators, with 3 per cent PHA to prevent moisture loss and 2 per cent niacinamide for a brightening effect.

Vitamin F

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Alpha-H Essential Hydration Cream, SGD59/~USD43 (

Everyone’s heard of vitamin C but few have really noticed vitamin F. Vitamin F, also known as linoleic acid, is an essential fatty acid-rich in omega-6. Essential fatty acids improve the skin barrier, which helps in combatting damage from environmental aggressors and prevent the loss of moisture. While eating foods rich in linoleic acid generally improves skin appearance, vitamin F can be applied topically for an added boost. Alpha-H’s Essential Hydration Cream has essential fatty acids which help repair damaged skin.



Everyone will agree that drugstores are a haven of product discoveries with the most affordable price points and Guardian Beauty has plenty to offer in that regard. Their latest offerings are competitively global and now you too can take a mini tour around the world with these products in your cart. Here are the brands featured in their launch as well as the countries they came from.


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If you’ve ever had problems with eczema (or are dealing with it currently), the Land Down Under’s derma365 range has finally landed in-store. Free from colourants, fragrance, parabens, and mineral oil, derma365’s products are suitable for sensitive skin types. Another gem from Australia is Swisse. Not to be confused by the French-speaking nation, Swisse’s superfood-laden multivitamins and supplements promote healthy, beautiful hair and skin from the inside out.


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Natural skincare enthusiasts will rejoice at UK brand, Barry M, finding its way to their local Guardian branch. With a 96% vegan range, it’s free from any animal-derived ingredients making your beauty choice an ethical one, too. Another natural newcomer is Botaneco Garden’s hair care range which contains 100% eco-certified oils and is free from parabens, silicon, soap, colorants, lanolin and DEA-related ingredients.

Fans of French drugstore beauty will be pleased to find that pharmacie favourites, La Roche-Posay and Vichy are now within reach. La Roche-Posay is a leading brand in dermatologically-tested skincare and its highly-effective but gentle formulation will be a hit among the skincare-savvy set. Vichy, on the other hand, features thermal spa water in its formulations from the its namesake town in Vichy, France, and is a trusted brand for anti-ageing skincare.


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Detox routines are essential to modern life and Kinohimitsu’s products offer a natural way to get those toxins out of your system. Kinohimitsu’s drinks are safely made with nature-based extracts to promote healthy bodily function. Japanese skincare favourite, Kose, also dropped three new face masks under Kose Cosmeport. The masks are infused with spring water and amino acids and are made according to the process of washi which is used to create traditional Japanese paper.

Another new Japanese brand is Saborino which is geared towards those looking for an efficient and effective skincare routine. Their multi-tasking morning mask cleanses, moisturises, and primes in as little as 60 seconds and is packed with botanical fruit blends. Trichoderm Black Series is the new answer to hair loss concerns with treatment shampoos that stimulate hair growth and regeneration.


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CandyLab offers a good entry point into the world of K-Beauty and makeup with its playful and versatile cosmetic products. Those concerned with sun protection will be glad to know that Cell Fusion C, combines mild medical skincare and sun protection factor to restore damaged skin and facilitate skin recovery post treatment. Dr. Groot’s hair products target problematic hair and scalps with their different treatment shampoos and conditioners.

I’m provides easy and highly-wearable makeup options for day-to-day wear while INGA (Inspired by Growing Artist) offers trendy, high-performing cosmetics for those wanting a flawless look. Papa Recipe believes in combining the best of what nature and dedicated research have to offer in its products and their “skin recipes” are formulated with only the best ingredients while Ryo is another go-to brand for haircare specialising in treating damaged roots and reviving the scalp.


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Taiwan Taiwan’s KinGirls Face Masks brings healthy nourishment to the skin with its non-toxic formulation. Made without preservatives, fragrance, colourants, mineral oil, steroids and fluorescent agents, you can relax knowing your skin will get all the good stuff and none of the bad ones.


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Drugstore makeup favourite, Maybelline added new colours to its line of lipsticks with 888 Thriller Nude in their Colour Sensational State Your Colour lineup and Noir Red in their Colour Sensational Powder Matte Lipstick range. They’ve also added their new Hypertight Eyeliner, the first of its kind with a liquid formulation and angled brush. Finally, TRESemme leads the pack in keratin-based haircare with its new Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner, and Detox and Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner pairs.

Check out Guardian here.



While it can be fun for the most part, travelling still undeniably comes with a few hassles. As you leave your home to go on your trip, you leave behind parts of your everyday routine to make time for all the activities you have to do in your destination. That’s why we’ve compiled the best tips from itinerant celebrities so you can make the most out of your next getaway.


Keep it clean

Even before becoming the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle had been travelling a lot around the globe. Luckily for us, she used to chronicle her daily life on her now archived blog, where she gave us some advice for the next time we board a plane. According to her, it’s a must to give everything a quick wipe down — from the tray, the TV, and all the buttons on your seat — to keep yourself protected from unwanted germs.

Don’t forget your skin

Soaring up in the sky can be so unbearably dry and it makes your skin dull when you finally land. To keep your skin fresh and nourished through it all, follow this quick in-flight beauty routine Karlie Kloss shared on her YouTube. Now, you can relax like you're in a spa up in the clouds.

Stay warm yet chic

Wherever you go, “the key is to always, always bring a scarf,” according to Molly Sims. This trusty accessory doubles as a blanket to keep you comfortable in chilly places, and also adds an interesting element to your outfits. Scarves will lighten your load too, as you wouldn’t need to bring extra cardigans along anymore if you're heading to just slightly cool destinations.

Work it out

It’s quite tempting to put off your fitness routine when you travel. After all, you’re on a vacation and that means your body is on one as well. But this is probably doing more bad than good. For some, once they stop, it gets kind of difficult to get back on track. In an interview with Travel + Leisure, Lily Aldridge revealed a simple way to stay fit on the go. You don't even need to head to the hotel's gym as you can just use the water bottles from the rooms as weights for your arms.

Battle jet-lag

Lastly, Wonder Woman Gal Gadot shared with Vogue a sure-fire way to beat the ever-so-familiar nemesis of all globetrotters: jet lag. Aside from drinking water and staying hydrated the whole flight, she swears by the power of a freshly squeezed orange juice. The trick is to drink it as soon as you can after getting off the plane as Vitamin C is great for preventing travelling fatigue from catching up to you.

(Cover photo from: @karliekloss)