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5 Skincare Trends That Will Define 2021

Peering into the future for skincare trends? We’re seeing simplicity, ingredients from mother nature, and more! Discover the 5 skincare trends that will define 2021.

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If you’re one of those people who like to stick with your tried-and-true skincare products, we’re not here to throw shade. However, with more research, we’re better able to understand how certain ingredients influence skin health. So, while your go-to beauty products might have served you well in the past, there might be something truly spectacular just around the corner!

Read on and discover the 5 skincare trends that will define 2021!

Clean, Natural Ingredients

With health and wellness being front and center this year, we’ve all been paying more attention to what we put IN and ON our bodies. That means a spotlight has been placed on ingredients, and this heightened awareness is leading the charge when it comes to 2021 skincare trends. 

The more we learn about our bodies, the more we understand that health and beauty are the natural state. The best way to bring your natural beauty back into balance is with clean, natural ingredients. No more harsh, synthetic compounds. And no more sulfates, parabens, phthalates, or any other questionable ingredients that might cause more harm than good.

This means you can expect to see more products with natural botanicals. More terpenes instead of synthetic fragrances. More soulful products that are designed to truly heal instead of mask issues. That’s been the goal of Fifth & Root since our birth, but it’s a trend we’re happy to see catching on in the rest of the beauty industry.

Multifunctional Skincare products save you time, money, and stress - Fifth & Root

Multifunctional Skincare Products

If that twelve-step K-beauty skincare routine has been stressing you out, 2021 is going to bring a big sigh of relief. Products with two-in-one benefits, or even three-in-one, aren’t necessarily a new concept. However, the simplicity they offer is going to be front and center. Picture your bathroom cabinet bursting at the seams with various moisturizers, exfoliants, treatments, masks, etc. How does it make you feel? Overwhelmed? Wasteful? Maybe it even stresses you out trying to figure out which product to use and when.

Now picture a pristine bathroom cabinet with just three or four products. You know precisely how to use them and you understand how your skin will react to them. With this fantasy, we’re feeling confident, efficient, and zen. The key to making this fantasy a reality is investing in high-quality, multifunctional skincare products that use powerful, natural ingredients.

While following those trendy, exhaustive skincare routines is tempting, few of us actually need that many products. Plus, pairing down your products will reduce waste, save you money, and help your skin remember how to take care of itself. That might look like a nourishing skin oil that moisturizes while also reduces fine lines and wrinkles. However, our favorite multifunctional product is our Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser. 

This powder-to-foam cleanser draws out impurities while ground hemp and crushed jade gently exfoliate. It’s our favorite way to get clean, vibrant looking skin while still having enough time in the day to crush all our goals. 

“Other” Cannabinoids Like CBG

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve probably noticed that CBD (cannabidiol) has taken the beauty world by storm. It helps quench cortisol, boost Vitamin C and E, is a powerful antioxidant, and is one of our favorite ways to promote balance. However, other cannabinoids, like CBG, are quickly gaining popularity.

Other cannabinoids like CBG offer phenomenal skin benefits - Fifth & Root


CBG (cannabigerol) is actually the “parent” compound from which all other cannabinoids are made. It offers both antibacterial and antifungal properties. On top of that, it may also boost the way sebaceous glands synthesize lipids. For those of you that don’t have a dermatology degree, it means the oil your skin naturally produces will more easily moisturize instead of accumulating and causing acne. 

Like CBD, it’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. So, expect to see more skincare products with CBD’s bestie, CBG. 

Protect Yourself From Environmental Stressors With Flavonoids 

While you might initially think these compounds are for flavor, they’re actually responsible for the rainbow of colors found in fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Due to their powerful antioxidant properties, they protect plants from environmental stressors. As we move further into 2021, you’ll be able to benefit from flavonoids too!

Skincare products that harness the power of flavonoids can offer protection from UV radiation. Plus, certain flavonoids are also anti-allergic, anti-fungal, and have anti-inflammatory properties as well. Seriously, with natural ingredients like flavonoids, 2021 is going to be the year of natural, plant-powered ingredients.

Speaking of plants...

Whole Plant Medicine For Whole Body Wellness

With all the popularity surrounding cannabinoids and what they can do for your body, being educated about the plants they come from is essential. Yes, these compounds are amazing on their own, but we’re just taking mother nature’s phenomenal work and stripping it down. If we go back to the original source, there’s something genuinely magical waiting for us.

Industrial hemp has a vast array of cannabinoids (CBD, CBG, THC, etc.) along with flavonoids, terpenes, and more. On their own, these compounds are powerful. When you allow these compounds to work together though, their effects end up being greater than the sum of their parts.

This phenomenon is known as the Entourage Effect. The theory is that these compounds have a synergistic relationship with each other that provides enhanced benefits. So, while a product that uses CBD is effective, a product that combines CBD with terpenes, flavonoids, and other various compounds will be even more effective. 

Whole plant medicine boosts your overall health and skin wellness - Fifth & Root


What’s even more amazing, is that brands can harness this phenomenon for skincare products and supplements alike. That’s why we made sure our Revitalizing Wellness Tincture included the Full-Spectrum of compounds from the industrial hemp plant. 

We wanted a product that supported our skin from the inside-out. That meant using natural botanical ingredients, terpenes, several different cannabinoids, and Adaptogens to create a powerful stress-fighting tincture. Whole plant medicine means relying on Mother Nature’s powerful creations. And let us tell you--she does good work. 

Head Into 2021 With Confidence and Clean Skin

Next year is going to be about harnessing your natural power. That means taking risks so you can take charge of your life. Keeping your head held high, so people know you deserve respect. And it definitely means giving your skin and body the worship it deserves by treating it right. 

So, get ready to let your dreams grow and your skin GLOW! Be sure to follow us on Instagram for all the latest updates, and don’t forget to stock up on all your skincare favorites at Ulta.

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