#1: Anti-pollution skincare

There has been a significant rise in the number of skincare — and even makeup — products that focus on strengthening the skin’s barrier so that it can better defend itself from external aggressors. In May, Chanel launched a range of four different types of cleansers that are infused with natural anti-pollution power; holistic Japanese beauty brand Three also released an entire skincare line in March developed to boost and strengthen skin’s immunity against environment and lifestyle stressors; while By Terry revealed a Detoxilyn range in July, designed to counteract the effects of toxins on the skin and stimulate the epidermis’s natural defense mechanisms to ensure optimal functioning. The most recent brand to join the already robust lineup is Sabon, who is known for its natural and luxurious line of body scrubs and bath products.

With so many brands releasing such products, there has been an awareness to constantly protect our skin (not only from harmful UV rays) but from hidden airborne pollutants that can cause much damage to our skin like lost of radiance, elasticity, firmness, and congestion.

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#2: Bare-faced beauty

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On the Spring/Summer 2018 runways, the girls at Victoria Beckham, Michael Kors and even Off-White sported clear, hydrated skin that was luminous (no, not the kind where copious amounts of highlighter was piled on) with barely any makeup on. The idea is to achieve great skin so you don’t have to always apply tons of concealer and foundation (really, a thin, light layer is sufficient), allowing your skin to breathe and stay healthy. Even makeup mogul Kylie Jenner posted a few photos and Instagram stories spotting little to no makeup at all, and even showing off her freckles.

#3: A fight against blue light

By now, we would probably be familiar with the effects of the harmful rays emitted by the sun, but this year, blue light has become a common talking point. Studies have shown that blue light causes the breakdown of collagen (it leads to skin ageing), the formation of spots and an overall duller complexion. To protect our skin from it, brands started releasing a host of sunscreens that do just that — and more. Enter Fancl’s Sunguard 50+ Protect UV ($50) and Supergoop’s Unseen Sunscreen ($48), which contain mallow flower extract and red algae respectively. These two powerful ingredients suppress and protect skin against damaging blue rays (the latter reportedly offers protection from all visible light). Additionally, Three’s Balancing UV Protector ($66) acts as a physical barrier against all light and is even formulated with patchouli oil, which minimises skin’s production of melanin as a reaction from blue light. An added bonus is that it features anti-inflammatory and whitening properties. What makes these three power sunscreens similar are their lightweight textures and hydrating formulas that can even double up as a primer.

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#4: The bob

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If you read our March 2018 issue, then you would probably know that short hair was — and still is — huge. More specifically, the simple blunt (or not) bob. Celebs like Dua Lipa, Kylie Jenner and even Fiona Fussi have taken the plunge and took inches off their then long tresses. What makes us think that this trend will go on next year? On the Spring/Summer 2019 runways, models at Louis Vuitton, Giambattista Valli, Stella McCartney, Shiatzy Chen and more all had the simple bob haircut. So if you are thinking off getting your locks chopped, now’s the best time to do so.

#5: Keep your scalp clean

Another hair trend we loved was scalp care. Besides taking care of your hair, one area we should also focus on is our scalp. Although neglected, “there has been a 20 to 30 per cent increase in the number of women aged around 40 years old who have been going for scalp treatments in the last five years,” shares salon director and scalp specialist of Chez Vous Serene Tan. Just like cleansing our skin, our scalp, too, needs to be thoroughly washed and removed of oil and other impurities. “Many people are not aware of exfoliating their scalp,” shares founder of Mi the Salon Gary Chew. He adds that it is crucial to properly exfoliate our scalp regularly to remove the build-up of oils and fatty acids, which in turn leads to an unhealthy scalp (dandruff, itch, flaking — you name it).

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