Spring is a great time for a fresh start (à la spring cleaning-everything). It's a lot like January's New Year, but with warm, non-dreary weather. One way to prep for the upcoming season? Start incorporating spring 2021 skin care trends into your beauty routine.
Top dermatologists and facialists spoke with Bustle about the beauty trends they expect to see everywhere next season, and one thing's for sure: Get ready to level up your skin care game. Think everything from minimalism to cold therapy and nurturing — rather than stripping — ingredients to flood the shelves and your social media feeds.
The overall theme is what Dr. Stacy Chimento, M.D., board-certified dermatologist of Riverchase Dermatology in Miami, calls "skin-sustainable" beauty. "2021 will continue the path of beauty routines as a means for self-care, which means striving for a beautiful look and feel without overwhelming the skin," she tells Bustle. Instead of bombarding your complexion with layers upon layers of strong products, she sees a focus on less irritation — and an emphasis on more gentle ingredients and streamlined routines.
Here, experts share the top eight spring 2021 skin care trends to watch as the season turns.
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