Five Major Skin Care Trends of 2017 + Products to Look For

Working in the beauty industry has opened up my eyes to how much of a stir that trends create. People are constantly on the lookout for all of the popular products, and want to know how to achieve the most buzzworthy looks every year. ✨

This post is dedicated to the top five skin care trends that have dominated the beauty industry (and everyone’s wallets) this year. I’ll also give you some product recommendations so that you can give your skin the care it deserves. 💕

Lil disclaimer: This post is not sponsored or affiliated with any brands or products shown. Either way, my opinions will always remain 100% my own. 😉

  • 1. Peel Off Masks

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of peel-off masks, and I don’t personally recommend using them. Here’s an article that explains more.

Instead of a peel-off, I would recommend trying some one of these more traditional face masks to reap similar benefits.


Ahava Purifying Mud Mask – $35         Pacifica Pore Refine Deep Detox Mask – $18



  • 2. K-Beauty / Korean Skin Care

Why is Korean beauty so popular? Glad you asked!

Korean beauty products are superior to the U.S. because Korean laboratories are constantly producing highly effective formulas to meet the ever-growing demands of Korean women. They have a strong passion for skincare, and have some of the highest standards for “perfect skin”.

People in Korea also learn to begin a preventative skincare regimen when they are around the age of 18, instead of waiting for problems to appear. They use more products at once and products with more natural ingredients that aren’t usually used in U.S. skincare. Most products are milder and can be used by people of any skin type.

It was very hard for me to track down vegan skincare that is Korea based, but I finally found a website called Glow Recipe that fits the bill! You can read more about their standards here.

There’s a lot of awesome products on their website, so go and check them out! As always, I would recommend reading the ingredients before you make a purchase, just to be safe.

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  • 3. Clay

There has definitely been a rise in clay masks, and the purchase of just pure clay powder for the face. I’ve never tried a clay mask, and wanted to know more about the benefits, so I read this answer by a dermatologist.

“Clay masks don’t actually absorb or “soak up” oil, and they can’t really “purify” and “detoxify” your pores either. A mask with kaolin, sea mud, or even charcoal does provide a gentle way of exfoliating by coating the skin like an adhesive. When it dries and is rinsed off, the mask theoretically pulls off some dead cells, debris, and oil with it. It’s the same concept as rolling a lint brush over the surface of a sweater. Pore strips work the same way, and they’re terrific. Sometimes a clay mask contains active ingredients like sulfur, which is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, or tea tree oil, a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. A clay mask can reduce the oil you have right now, but it’s just going to build up again in no time.”  Dr Ellen Marmur, MD

Regardless of how effective they may be or not, I think you should still give clay a chance!

Here are some great pure clay options to purchase and try.


Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay – $9.83   NOW European Clay Powder – $12.99



  • 4. Epsom Salt Baths

As if baths couldn’t get more relaxing, in comes epsom salt!

Some of the many health benefits of epsom salt include: curing skin issues, soothing back pain and aching limbs, relaxing the nervous system, easing muscle strain, healing cuts, treating colds and congestion, and drawing toxins out of the body.

Here’s some pure epsom salt brands to check out.


Dr. Teals Epsom Salt – $5.99                                 SaltWorks Ultra Epsom – $6.50



  • 5. Vegan Skin Care


According to Google, searches for vegan skin care products have gone up a dazzling 83 percent within this past year in the U.S. That’s a BIG DEAL.

People are starting to care about their products, and they are beginning to understand the importance of ingredients and quality. I couldn’t be happier about it. 😀

There’s so many great vegan skin care options out there, and I could list dozens upon dozens of sources, but here’s a few to check out.



Thanks so much for reading!

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