The five skin and haircare ingredients you need to know about in 2017

The five skin and haircare ingredients
you need to know about in 2017

Sophie Haslett
Assistant Content Editor

Originally from London, Sophie re-located to Sydney in 2015 and hasn't looked back since. With a love of travel, fashion, food and fitness, she is constantly on the lookout for the next weekend adventure or the next cafe or bar to fall in love with. She shares her lifestyle, fitness and travel tips with The Guide.

"I round up the five things you need to know about"

Beauty buzzwords are two a penny and often as confusing as they are fascinating. What exactly is a souped-up serum and how can a gold carat face mask really benefit you? There are plenty of ingredients dominating the headlines already in 2017, but which ones do you need? Here, I round up the five things you really need to know about.


Retinol is one of the best things on the market right now for your skin. It can reduce fine lines, improve uneven skin tone, renew skin cells and target scarring. But, according to the experts, it’s how you apply it that counts. Try a product solely at night and very slowly at first. You may see a slight reaction or redness at the beginning so it’s vital to use in conjunction with a high SPF product.

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid is everywhere this year, but the good news is you’ve probably been using hyaluronic-filled products every day for the past decade without even realising it. As we get older, our skin loses its ability to retain moisture, but hyaluronic acid targets this head-on, hydrating our complexion and providing anti-ageing benefits in the process It is especially useful in the autumn and winter, when central heating and low-humidity heat plays havoc with our skin. You can find HA in moisturisers, serums and masks, but sometimes you may have to read the small print to find it.. Doing this is worth it, I promise.

Argan Oil

From the nut of the Argan tree and native to Morocco, Argan oil is the use-everywhere oil that just keeps giving. Rich in vitamins A and E, it also contains omega 6 and sterolins which help skin to retain its moisture. I adore Garnier’s Micellar Cleansing Water in Oil which removes stubborn make-up, cleanses and nourishes my skin. It helps that it also smells delicious.


We smear it on our sourdough bread, we eat it with our eggs and drink it in our smoothies. So it makes sense that avocado is the latest beauty hero on the block, too, right? Correct. Avocado is all the rage in hair products right now, thanks to its strengthening and hair nourishing properties. Look out for the moisturising green stuff in shampoos, conditioners and masques, and try Garnier’s Nutrisse Crème hair dye which comes enriched with avo.


While copper is by no means new, it’s only in recent times that it’s made its way into the skincare sphere. From copper-infused pillows to creams and products, the ancient metal is fantastic for anti-ageing and plumping out your wintery dry skin. It can also help with acne and mop up any free radical damage in the skin too. Try a serum, shampoo or even a copper-infused pillowcase to allow the coppery peptides to penetrate your skin while you sleep. Because who said having good skin has to be hard work?

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