These New Products Prove Skincare Is Getting Smarter

SPRING 2018
By Wendy Rose Gould for Modern Muse

Just as tech products are continually evolving, many of the other products we use in our daily lives are becoming more scientifically advanced. Case in point: Our skincare products are getting smarter. Labs and brands are concocting products that are motion-triggered, creating formulas that harness the power of light, and figuring out ways to develop ingredients that our bodies naturally make but run out of as we get older. Below, we've rounded up some of the best.

Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon

If you've ever struggled to fall asleep, or if your quality of sleep is subpar, Dermalogica's latest skincare invention, Sound Sleep Cocoon, may be exactly what the sheep ordered. This night cream combines Persian silk tree extract to revitalize the skin, wu zhu yu extract to brighten, and tamarind seed to nourish, soften, and hydrate.

Here's where things get particularly interesting, though. Sound Sleep Cocoon, available at Ulta, contains motion-activated French lavender, sandalwood, and patchouli essential oils. So as you move in your sleep — even if it's just a deeper nuzzle into the pillow — the soothing scents are released to help you fall into a deeper slumber.

BioEffect EGF Serum

One of 2018's trendiest ingredients is perhaps one you haven't even heard of yet. EGF stands for epidermal growth factor, and it's about to hit the U.S. skincare market in a serious way. It's a naturally occurring substance in our bodies that depletes dramatically as we age.

In recent years, pharmaceutical labs have been able to recreate EGF, and the ingredient is now being included in a handful of skincare products — much to the delight of consumers. Consider it a gentler, but more potent, version of retinol. BioEffect's EGF Serum is one of the first brands to make it available in the states. The serum comes in a very small vial, but its effects are potent.

La Prairie White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire

At almost $700 for two ounces, La Prairie's new White Caviar Crème Extraordinaire, available at Neiman Marcus, may seem like liquid gold. But it's actually better than gold. This clever cream contains a patented ingredient called Lumidose, referred to by La Prairie as "the extraordinary molecule of light." It was identified by the brand's in-house scientists and is exclusive to this product.

Lumidose is considered one of the most effective ingredients for blocking melanin production, and noticeably corrects sun spots, hyper pigmentation, and uneven texture. It also smooths wrinkles, and tones and firms via golden caviar extract.

Laniege Eye Sleeping Mask

Laneige is a South Korean brand that focuses specifically on water technology. And while water may not sound like the most high-tech ingredient, what this brand has managed to do with it is certainly impressive.

Its latest launch is the Eye Sleeping Mask, available at Sephora, which has earned the title of the industry's very first "leave-on eye mask." It comes with a ceramic applicator that distributes the caffeine, vitamin P, and enzymes around your eyes and features "Eye Moisture Wrap Technology" that allows your skin to breathe through a moisturizing layer of beta-glucan.

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare's Alpha Beta Exfoliating Moisturizer — which launched this year and is available at Sephora — definitely ranks high on the scientific scale. It combines a whopping seven alpha and beta hydroxy acids that go into overtime to bolster the skin's barrier function, increase cell turnover, reduce fine lines and uneven texture, and clarify the skin.

While the acids gently exfoliate and purify, saccharine isomerate and hyaluronic acid deliver a mega dose of skin-plumping moisture that lasts for three entire days.

Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen

Given the name, it makes perfect sense that we're including Algenist's Genius Liquid Collagen, one of the brand's top sellers and most intelligently formulated products. Like EGF, collagen is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies. It's responsible for making skin appear toned, firm, and radiant, but once we hit age 30, production dramatically drops off.

Algenist has formulated a vegan version of collagen that replenishes that loss to make skin firmer and improve elasticity. In addition to vegan collagen, each bottle also contains 13,000 microalgae oil beads to hydrate and restore radiance, patented alguronic acid to reduce fine lines, and collagen amino acids to bolster the skin's matrix. You can find it at Sephora.