Top 5 Skincare Trends for 2023

There’s one thing we know for sure coming in 2023: a hodgepodge of skincare trends. And just like in years past, they’ll range from based on actual science to whatever might go viral

So which skincare predictions are worth paying attention to, and which ones should get shoved to the back of the proverbial medicine cabinet? We’ve got the answer, courtesy of our founder (and champion of evidence-based dermatology!) Sandra Lee, MD, aka Dr. Pimple Popper. Here are her picks for the top 5 skincare trends for 2023.

Models with glowing, youthful skin from SLMD representing top skincare trends 2023

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Multitasking products

As we ramp up a return to our on-the-go lifestyles, time is once more of the essence. Many of us no longer have the luxury of layering on a multitude of products. So this year, expect to see skincare that can multitask: think cleansers with exfoliating ingredients, and serums that address both dark spots and fine lines, for example.

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Targeted bodycare

With so much focus on the face in recent years — we don’t miss you, maskne — look for body care to have its shining moment in 2023. We’re not talking about run-of-the-mill moisturizers here: we’re talking about targeted skincare solutions with stronger formulas for tougher body skin.

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Prevention over intervention

2023 will reflect a continued trend toward less and less invasive tweakments — both in-office and at home. This points to evolving attitudes toward aging, with more people opting for products and treatments geared toward prevention, rather than dramatic, surgical intervention. 

In the skincare world, this translates to targeted use of proven age-fighters like exfoliants, antioxidants and retinoids, as well as that unsung well-aging hero, sunscreen

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Skin cycling

This skincare routine — essentially a tried-and-true technique with a trendy new name — gained ground in 2022, thanks to social media. Expect to see it a lot in 2023, as people realize that piling on every product in your medicine cabinet, every night, mayyyyyy not be the best idea.

Cycling your skincare — using a retinoid one night, and an exfoliant the next, for example — can help avoid irritation and skin barrier damage, especially if you have sensitive or dry skin. Dr. Lee is a big fan of finding what works by listening to your skin: paying attention to how your unique skin reacts to the products you’re applying, and adjusting accordingly. 

Resurgence of “skinimalism”

In recent years, many of us have had a lot of time to devote to multi-step skincare routines. But now that life seems once again to be moving at warp speed, it’s time to pare down — without sacrificing the essentials. 

If you use potent ingredients in high-quality formulas, you don’t need a lot of steps, even if you’re treating a specific skin concern like acne. Dr. Lee’s philosophy of cleanse, treat, moisturize is just what the doctor ordered: everything your skin needs with just a handful of products. 

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Dr Sandra Lee

Dr. Lee's Last Word

One of the things I love about dermatology is that it’s constantly evolving to find better solutions for our patients — and the same thing is happening in dermatological skincare. My SLMD skincare line is rooted in clinical research, which means that the ingredients and formulations I use are geared toward real results for people. I certainly pay attention to what’s trending, but I always recommend sticking with what’s proven.


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