“We wholeheartedly believe in the time-proven superpowers of adaptogenic mushrooms, herbs, and plants to work their magic inwards and outwards,” says co-founder Catarina Oliveira. “We believe that one has to go through their own journey of experimentation to find out what actually works for them – in health and beauty. More often than not, what works is what was there all along: the foundational healing strategies that have been used for centuries.”

Another fan of mushrooms is Susanne Kaufmann. “They work incredibly well to help balance formulas with potent ingredients that deliver strong and instant results for the skin, but can sometimes be too irritating for sensitive, stressed skin types,” she explains. “Look to our new Vitamin C Complex, formulated with an innovative trio of mushroom extracts with anti-aging, moisturizing, and anti-irritating properties.”

Adaptogens also pop up in Youth To The People’s Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream and Ranavat’s Imperial Glow Facial Polish, while Herbar will add more products to its line-up in the coming months.


There was a moment, around the 2019 mark, when it seemed as though all anybody wanted in beauty was “clean” or “natural” products. A “back-to-basics” mood pervaded, in which some consumers shunned sciencey-sounding product names and long ingredient lists in favor of more pared-down formulations. That evolved into “clean clinical”, in which skincare combined the very best ingredients nature has to offer with lab-made synthetic ingredients that are just as safe and effective as their natural counterparts.

The latest iteration of this trend has been termed “tech-ceptance”, by trend forecasting agency WGSN. With consumers increasingly understanding the ways in which technological advances can enhance their skincare routines, they’re looking to clever new application methods, lab-made ingredients (many of which are believed to be more sustainable than naturally derived ingredients), and innovative formulations with renewed interest.

Take Face Gym’s Hydrating Active Roller Skincare Microneedling Tool, which features crystallized hyaluronic acid, peptides, and cica formed into microneedles that dissolve rapidly into the skin for targeted treatment and instant results.

“Beauty consumers’ newfound tech-ceptance will create ‘beauty moonshots’ in product design,” confirms a WGSN report on upcoming beauty trends. “Advances will focus on new bio-engineered ingredients and enhanced potency and delivery methods.”

Build up your barrier

The all-important skin barrier has become one of beauty’s biggest talking points during 2022, and that conversation is only going to ramp up further come autumn. For anyone who has used a few too many exfoliating acids, or overdone it with the retinol treatments, the wealth of new barrier-focused skincare products will help to restore, rebalance and reinforce compromised skin.

“Stripping cleansing regimens will be replaced with a gentler micellar water cleanse followed by cream- or gel-based cleansers that are free from foaming sulfates and barrier-aggravating exfoliating beads and grains,” predicts Dr. Anita Sturnham. “Ceramides, fatty acids, cholesterol, and squalane are barrier-boosting heroes to look for in your serum and moisturizer steps, alongside firming peptides that provide the building blocks for healthy skin structure.”

And, though we hate to say it, there could be another reason to make barrier-building skincare a priority this autumn.

“With Covid levels appearing seasonal and already higher than last summer, we may be back to masks this autumn,” warns Dr. Justine Hextall. “The combination of drier skin and masks, which leave the skin damp, can disrupt the skin barrier, causing all manner of skin issues. I feel we are now more aware of the skin barrier and also the microbiome, and as such will be seeking barrier creams to pre-empt this potential issue. I would recommend the new La Roche Posay Cicaplast B5+, which has tried and tested soothing ingredients including madecassoside, panthenol, shea butter, and glycerin, alongside anti-bacterial copper and zinc manganese.”