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2016 Skincare Trends Predictions


“I believe a number of trends in skincare will emerge in 2016″

Dr Alek Nikolic’s Skincare Trends 2016:

  • These are the following factors that I have noticed and have emerged in the last few years:
  • Consumers are more in tune and have easy access to accurate information (like Paula’s Choice and our very own SkinMiles Skin Chat Blog compiled by Dr Alek Nikolic
  • People are becoming busier with their lifestyles so need quick easy but effective skin solutions like our Face2Face Skin Assessment: this takes the necessity of having a skin consultation in an office or salon environment.
    Face2Face Assessment

    Face2Face Assessment

  • Skin care consumers want more bang for their buck: so great skin ingredients that are active and provide visible results but at the best price possible
  • Technological improvements and advancements in ingredients and how they affect the skin
  • I also believe that consumers want easier or fewer steps to follow in their skin care regime: this allows less products required for an effective skin care regime but still allowing for effective and visible skin care results

The above opens the market to a number of new players and new innovations.

Trend 1:

Consumers will learn very quickly that active ingredients need to be in the right concentration to have an effect on the skin. Just because a product contains ‘vitamin A’ or vitamin C does not mean it has any effect on one’s skin. Vitamin C must have a 10% concentration or greater in a product to provide an effect and similarly vitamin A needs to be in a specific form and in high enough concentration to be easily converted to its active form (such as Retinol). Currently we have skin care brands that contain 10% hyaluronic acid and for similar prices we have other brands that contain 40% hyaluronic acid. The savvy consumer will find quickly find out and favour the higher concentration product.

Trend 2:

Busy lifestyles whether it is work or needing more time for fun means that convenient at home medical treatments will play a significant role. If we love having chemical peels but can’t manage the hour away then true at home peels will become extremely popular. These can be completed within minutes so glowing healthy rejuvenated skin can be achieved from the comfort of one’s home and at the fraction of the cost. See our Dermaquest Dermaclear Pads: Saturated with salicylic acid to break up oil deposits and shed the dead skin cells that lead to blemishes while Glycolic acid encourages new cell growth as aloe vera soothes and comforts.

Trend 3:

As more brands introduce skin care products the prices for active ingredients and hence the product prices themselves will decrease. Following this by combining skin care steps into one product will further reduce the hassle or confusion of a multi-step process.

Trend 4:

Some ingredients such as Vitamin A (especially in high concentrations such as 0.5% and 1%) can irritate the skin causing dryness, redness, and even flakiness. Recently companies have found a way of Nano-encapsulating retinol such as the SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.3 which allows a slower absorption making the ingredient more effective and less irritating for the skin. Future advances may allow us to have a single application that may last days or even weeks. This would be a great breakthrough for sun screens.


I hope you have enjoyed my views into the future and who knows as only time will tell if I am correct or completely off the mark. Looking at the products and ingredients emerging specific for skins of all ages I firmly believe that some of the above trends will materialise sooner rather than later.

Kind regards
Dr Alek Nikolic

About Dr Alek Nikolic

Dr Alek Nikolic was born in South Africa and received his MBBCh (Wits) in 1992 and in 2000 he received his MBA (UCT). He has been in private practice for 24 years and is the owner of Aesthetic Facial Enhancement, which has offices in Cape Town. Dr Nikolic specialises in aesthetic medicine and is at the forefront of the latest developments in his field. He is very driven and has lectured extensively and has performed live demonstrations throughout South Africa and Internationally including Bangkok, Rome, Paris, Monte Carlo, Prague, and Warsaw. Dr Nikolic’s focus is on skin care, skin ingredients and cosmetic dermatology treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, Botox, and Dermal Fillers. He has performed over 20 000 procedures to date and as such is responsible for training numerous medical practitioners both in South Africa and internationally. Dr Nikolic is one of the founding members of the South African Allergan Medical Aesthetic Academy and chaired its inaugural launch in 2012. The Allergan Academy provides essential training to keep up with the latest technology in aesthetics. Dr Nikolic holds the advisory position of Allergan Local Country Mentor in Facial Aesthetics and is the Allergan Advanced Botox and Dermal Filler Trainer. He is Vice President of the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine Society of South Africa (AAMSSA) and is an Associate Member of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

2 thoughts on “2016 Skincare Trends Predictions

  1. Anne says:

    DR Alek i think you are correct as everything is online these days, from buying fruit and veg to ordering car parts so why not skin care consultations and ordering products that a specialist like yourself has recommended. We all want more time with our families.

    1. Dr Alek Nikolic says:

      Hi Anne thank you for the comments and feedback it is appreciated. There are still some circumstances that require a real live skin consultation but in the majority of cases the Face2Face Assessment is all that is needed to guide someone on the correct skin regime protocol for their skins. Kind regards Dr Alek Nikolic

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