Instagram's Barefaced Beauties: Why A Fresh Complexion Is This Season’s Hottest Skin Trend

31 January 2014 by

When queen of chic Beyoncé unveiled a photo on her Instagram account earlier this week of a stellar complexion sans make-up, even us beauty ladies were impressed. After all, it would take a lot of guts for us to bare all on social media. However, over the past few weeks, we hate to say we’ve noticed a certain trend popping up on Instagram as a whole host of stars have been going bare-faced. Our beady eyes have spotted the likes of Cameron Diaz, Heidi Klum and even Miley Cyrus all going without make-up, with a totally glowing and gorgeous result.

What’s more, according to the SS14 shows, one of the biggest skincare trends taking this season by storm is natural, glowing skin. At shows like Philip Lim and Balmain, the fresh complexions and simple hairstyles gave us a proper wave of 90s nostalgia- there’s no denying the bare-faced babe is back. However, not feeling ready to take it all off? Well, thanks to NASA-rivalling cosmetics research, the gap between everyday skincare and prescription-only solutions continues- meaning a dream complexion, the end of adult acne and deleting your dermatologist’s phone number are fast becoming a reality. Cue your best skin ever? We think so…



Calvin Klein SS14 (Jason Lloyd Evans)



In fact, as A-list dermatologist Dr Sam Bunting explains, “Powerful actives in everyday skincare are the key to getting your canvas gleaming,” referring to the rise of ingredient packed skincare. If you suffer from a dull complexion then it’s time to get to grips with glycolic acid, science’s answer to a bright complexion. “Using ingredients such as glycolic acid (which dissolves bonds holding older layers of skin in place) to eliminate skin-dulling cells and encourage renewal will lead to bright, clear skin,” explains aesthetic doctor Dr Jules Nabet. Try Aromatherapy Associates’ Essential Enzyme Peel, £39 or Nip+Fab’s Glycolic Fix Facial Cleanser, £7.99.


However, if it’s fine lines, pigmentation and adult acne that are your biggest skin woes then it’s time to get on the retinol bandwagon. A wonder product previously only available at low doses from skin clinics or via a flight to the US, retinol is the hottest ingredient right now and it works by gently exfoliating the skin. Recently, the legal percentage of retinol in cosmetic skincare has been increased to 1% in the UK. If you have dry skin, try NeoStem Serum for Dry Skin, £59 which was actually created by scientists looking for a cure for progeria- a disease causing children to age prematurely. Meanwhile, Vichy’s Dermablend Ultra-Corrective Foundation, £19.50 is great for acne scars and is so effective that it’s even prescribed on the NHS.


In his new skincare book, plastic surgeon Dr Des Fernandes reveals that the key component all skin needs is vitamin A. “Without large quantities of vitamin A, your skin will age and become unhealthy,” he says. “It’s super-simple yet so effective that I have seen scars heal and skin dramatically tighten with increased dosages.” And the powers don’t stop there; vitamins C, B and E are all skincare essentials, ideal if you feel your complexion lacks a healthy glow.” Want in? Try Murad’s Intensive C Radiance Peel, £49.50 or The Sanctuary’s Secret Therapist Facial Oil, £17.35.


There's nothing more satisfying than smoothing on a clay mask and waiting 15 minutes, before washing it away in the hope of smooth, oil-free skin. But masks have moved on from sleepover territory and that inherent grease slick that often followed. With sophisticated formulas catering for more varied skin-types, masks are having a bit of a moment- especially as the go-to way of delivering moisture and active ingredients to sensitive skin. The best budget mask we've come across is Bioderma's Masque Hydrant, £14.50. For a real treat, try Fresh's gorgeous Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask, £97.

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