The Best and Worst Skincare Trends of 2021

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

With COVID-19 came more time indoors, more time to get creative with our DIY skincare, and less access to our regular skincare professionals. In 2021, there continued to be a rise in consumers finding ways to simplify their skincare and achieve spa-fre4sh skin from home. Whether it was to save time, money, or simply to continue to social distance, DIY skincare was all the rage this year. But was every trend actually beneficial for your skin’s wellbeing?

Keep reading to see the best and worst skincare trends of 2021.

The Best Skincare Trends of 2021

1. Greater awareness of sun safety

Now more than ever, skincare is focused on preserving so much more than just glowing, youthful skin. It’s also focused on maintaining our skin’s health and protecting us from the sun’s harmful rays.

Daily moisturizers and skin tints with SPF built into it were all hot trends that kept us looking and feeling great, not just today, but in the future as well.

This is a trend that is here to stay and should be a priority for everyone!

2. Personalized skincare

Across a variety of industries, we’re starting to realize that one-size-fits-all isn’t always the best.

The same goes for your skincare. We all have unique skin types, needs, and conditions, therefore our skincare should reflect that. Skincare brands that provided personalized quizzes, one-on-one consultations, and step-by-step programs to build your perfect and personalized skincare routine came out on top this year and we can’t wait to watch this trend continue to grow.

3. Greater focus on natural and sustainable skincare

The movement to natural and sustainable products has been growing over the past few years, but there is something about 2021 that helped this trend grow faster.

Whether it was a greater focus on health and wellness as a result of COVID-19 or a greater emphasis on choosing products that are better for the environment, using skincare that is made with 100% organic ingredients is definitely on trend and we hope to continue to see this trend grow year after year.

The Worst Skincare Trends of 2021

1. Charcoal peel-off masks

While a charcoal peel-off mask can seem fun and makes for a satisfying TikTok or Instagram Reel, it’s definitely not the most effective skincare treatment. Often made with harsh chemicals and without any beneficial ingredients to your skin, most charcoal peel-off masks will provide little to no real benefits for your skin.

For those with sensitive skin, this product may actually lead to irritation due to the strong perfumes and colouring.

Overall, we recommend avoiding this trend and look forward to the day it fades away.

2. Derma-rollers

Derma-rollers are not always inherently bad, but it is a tool that likely should not be given to uneducated consumers to use.

Often used by skincare professionals during facials to help serums and other products enter the skin with ease, it can be incredibly irritating for skin and should only be used by an educated specialist. Overuse, or improper use, can actually damage skin, leading to scarring and discoloration.

Overall, we recommend leaving this tool to the professionals and sticking to 7your in-spa facials to experience this skincare tool.

3. Exfoliating and peeling solutions

Also a very harsh and abrasive form of skincare, this is another trend that can be incredibly harmful to your skin if used improperly. In fact, there are countless personal stories on the internet of people outlining how overuse and improper use has led to chemical burns that oftentimes, are not entirely reversible.

Again, while this can be a great skincare product, it should be used sparingly and we recommend just leaving it up to the professionals.


Overall, 2021 was a big year for new and exciting skincare, but not every new product was a winner.

If you are looking to mix up your skincare routine and focus on effective, simple, and sustainable products, we highly recommend looking into products that include shea butter to keep your skin healthy, soothed, and moisturized all year long.

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