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Early Predictions For This Year In Beauty

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After predicting 2008′s gold trend, a luxury lash revolution that saw thickeners and vibrating wands wow consumers worldwide, and a collective embrace of all things Amazonian, we’ve come to respect and actually look forward to Spa Finder magazine’s annual beauty trend report. While the economic downturn looks like it will put the focus in 2009 on multitasking (and money-saving) at-home treatments and what we put in our bodies rather than what we slather on, products and services for pampering still abound. Below, we’ve provided their top ten list (and one for good luck) so you can be somewhat cognizant of your beauty regimen’s annual transition when it happens.

 

 

 

1. Multitasking, Money-Saving Products

The explosion of targeted skincare products in recent years will give way to products that have two, three, or four beautifying uses, such as Joey New York’s Quick CTSM2, an all-in-one cleanser, toner, scrub, and mask. Another result of the downturn: more do-it-yourself and at-home spa-treatment-inspired products such as facial kits.


2. Brand-Name Facialists

Dermatologist lines like Murad, Perricone, and Wexler are being joined by a new generation of facialist-branded skincare treatments and products. Fifth Avenue’s Tracie Martyn and Los Angeles’ Kate Somerville are becoming franchise facialists with treatments at spas besides their own, and the skincare lines of facialists Eve Lom and Tammy Fender will reach the retail big-time.


3. Gem Stoned

Spas worldwide, such as New York’s Cornelia Day Resort and the Park Hyatt Dubai, are moving on from last year’s gold, silver, and platinum trend and are now touting the benefits of beauty products infused with precious and semiprecious gems. Whether gem extracts are dermatologically effective has yet to be scientifically determined, but more spas will swear by the subtle healing energies they impart.


4. The Skincare Diet

Reflecting a return to the inner-beauty mantra that a good diet begets good skin, food is the new skincare. Organic-derived ingredients, topical probiotics (the beneficial bacteria) in brands such as Bioelements and Nude, and a growing number of beauty supplement-like beverages are on the rise.


5. Antioxidant Free-for-All

All manner of teas, hearty alpine herbs like edelweiss, and rare fruit extracts will be joined by more—and possibly increasingly obscure—sources of skin-benefiting antioxidants.


6. Sunscreen Controversy

Are mineral sunscreen particles too small to be safe? Are chemical sunscreens bad for you? Do some antioxidants boost protection from UV rays? More questions are simmering about beauty’s most serious and important skincare product than the industry can answer, at least in 2009. Expect a summer of mixed messages and hot debate.


7. Suds-Free Shampoos

By popular demand, shampoos without the controversial ingredient sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) or traditional foaming agents are hitting the shelves. Brands from California’s Sumbody to Paris’ Leonor Greyl produce a soft lather or emulsification, making suds-free washing a far more sophisticated experience than it has been in the past.


8. Organic Panic

While some beauty brands scramble for a USDA Organic logo, strip parabens from their formulations, or swap their packaging for something more earth-friendly to meet consumer demand, others will use 2009 to better define exactly what shade of green they subscribe to, while boasting transparency as their angle.


9. Hammams Are Hot

This year’s hottest beautifying bathing ritual is the hammam, a traditional Moorish-Mediterranean steam room, now found in brand-new spas from the Montage Beverly Hills to the InterContinental Montelucia in Arizona. Moroccan-sourced product ingredients such as argan oil, myrrh, and black soap are also building steam.


10. Hard Science Sells

There’s nothing like proof that a product works to justify a cosmetic purchase or a higher price point. That’s why science-backed products will be flourishing even in tough economic times. Look for the drug company debuts of Botox competitor Reloxin in 2009, an injectable; and the much anticipated eyelash-lengthener Latisse, by Allergan—along with more growth hormones, skin-penetrating peptides, and nanotechnology in over-the-counter beauty products.


BONUS TREND: Niche Nail Polish

Essie, OPI, and CND aren’t the only games in town. With Deborah Lippmann’s eponymous collection garnering a growing fan base and makeup artist Michael Marcus partnering with the Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo for a nail line, there will likely be new offerings in this fun, affordable (read: recession-proof) beauty category.

Photo: Bethune Carmichael/Getty Images

 

Turmeric, To Spice Up Dull Skin

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TURMERIC/(tur-mer-ik)/n./ 1. The root of the Curcuma longa plant native to Indonesia and southern India, possessing a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh; /n./ 2. Traditionally called Indian saffron, this peppery spice has served as a condiment, textile dye, and revered member of the ayurvedic pharmacopeia for 5,000 years, prized for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers that have been known to help neutralize environmental toxins, fight free radicals, and generally revitalize the skin, e.g., “A key ingredient for successful curry dishes, turmeric has also garnered praise for its ability to make skin stronger, brighter, and healthier.”

Try it: Juara Turmeric Antioxidant Facial Mask, $39, www.juaraskincare.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Juara Skincare

Ookisa Strikes All The Right Chords

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In the increasingly oversaturated hair care category, a truly innovative product line rarely emerges. But the Ookisa Hair Thickening Systéme caught our attention for its trifecta of buzz-worthy attributes. Specifically formulated to address the hot topic of aging, the line focuses on the issue of weak, thinning hair and hair loss. That’s selling point number one (aside from Rogaine and a few other systems, there aren’t many options available to women experiencing these problems). Taking its name from the Japanese word for volume and dimension and successfully fusing Eastern rituals (so hot right now) with Western technology is number two. Each of its products boasts a mega-dose of antioxidants, bioflavonoids, amino acids, and vitamins, enriched by botanical extracts like white peony tea, Japanese citrus, camellia oil, rooibos red tea, and water lily that promote lush, beautiful hair. For its third trick, the entire line is paraben-free, colorant-free, hormone-free, sulfate-free, and cruelty-free—a reflection of the greening of the beauty industry and an integral branding move for any company that wants to stay current. Ookisa also provides not one but two different nutritional supplements to support its external results from within, which makes it that much easier to issue kudos on a consumer research job well done.

Photo: Courtesy of Ookisa Hair Thickening Systéme

Sowing The Seeds Of Skin Radiance

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APPLESEED EXTRACT/ (a-pel-seed ek-strakt)/n./ 1. A substance derived from the fertilized, ripened ovules of a flowering, edible pomme fruit, typically found on a cultivated tree of the rose family; /n./ 2. Possessing powerful antioxidants and rich in polyphenols, essential fatty acids, and AHAs, the seeds from one of fall’s favorite fruits have become popular among beauty enthusiasts for their antiaging and brightening capabilities, e.g., “With its natural, complexion- enhancing, skin-resurfacing power, an apple a day keeps more than just the doctor away.”

Try it: Fresh Appleseed Brightening Essence, $95, www.fresh.com.

Photo: Getty Images

The Superfruit That Everyone’s Sweet On

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ACEROLA/(as-uh-roh-luh)/ n./ 1. The cherrylike fruit of the small tree Malpighia glabra, common to the West Indies and adjacent areas; / n./ 2. Also known as the Barbados cherry, this emerging superfruit is said to be 20 to 30 times richer in vitamin C than the orange and is becoming prevalent in the beauty industry for its ability to even skin tone, boost collagen and elastin levels, and defend against the damaging effects of free radicals, which can age skin prematurely, e.g., “Acai is so three years ago. To maintain a youthful appearance and your trendsetting status, get your antioxidant rush from acerola.”

Try it: Nude Skincare’s Advanced Smoothing Complex, $90, www.sephora.com.

Photo: Bernd Euler