In this blog, we’ll cover:

  • Skinimalism
  • Skin cycling
  • Barrier repair
  • Skin tone skincare

While no magic crystal ball can show us the trends of tomorrow, experts in the industry have become skilled at predicting the next up-and-coming sensation. So what skincare movements can consumers expect to gain momentum in 2023? We ask an expert to find out.

On The Skin Report podcast, Dr. Simran Sethi, an Internal Medicine doctor and Founder of RenewMD medical spas and Skin by Dr. Sethi, discusses skincare trends and movements in the beauty industry. To kick off the podcast’s second season, Dr. Sethi shared her professional expertise on what skincare products and methods we could experience in 2023. Read on to get an insider opinion of the beauty world, so you can stay ahead of the trends!

Skincare Sensations to Embrace in 2023

Dr. Sethi was recently interviewed for W Magazine, where she shared her trend predictions of 2023. She expands on these topics on her podcast and advises listeners to keep an eye out. So what are we waiting for? Let’s start from the top:


What is skinimalism? Aside from being a fun word, skinimalism is exactly what it sounds like: skincare with a minimalistic twist.

As the COVID-19 pandemic’s lockdown days led consumers further away from full-face makeup looks, products focused on caring for the skin gained popularity. In 2023, most excessive skincare routines with many steps are no longer feasible for the modern person.

Instead, skinimalism is a low-intensity skin care method that is more accessible and sustainable for the average user. And according to Dr. Sethi, our skin could benefit from a more simplistic skin care approach.

“From a scientific perspective, your skin will like it too … Using 3-4 high potency products for day and night is not only more affordable but gives the skin an opportunity to fully absorb and escalate skin renewal.”

If you’re interested in jumping on the Skinimalism trend, you can begin by incorporating basic, high-quality skincare staples into your routine. Some of Dr. Sethi’s recommendations include:

  • A cleanser or gentle exfoliator that cleans and clears the skin’s surface and pores
  • A multi-beneficial and restorative serum
  • An adaptable everyday moisturizer

Skin Cycling

We’ve all heard of skin cycling by now since the trend gained popularity in 2022. However, Dr. Sethi says that this skincare sensation is likely to last.

The skin cycling method involves applying high-potency skincare products following a routine that prevents the over-processing of the skin. This routine provides the skin ample opportunity to absorb, process, and activate these products deep within the skin and can benefit all skin types.

The process’s usefulness for sensitive skin to normal skin is thanks to several key factors:

  • Skin cycling involves high potency, often medical-grade products that promote collagen regeneration
  • It essentially trains the skin to optimize its natural skin cell renewal process
  • The routine helps to protect and maintain the skin barrier

If you’re curious to hear more about skin cycling, season 1, episode 25 of The Skin Report podcast breaks down the process into a step-by-step routine that listeners can follow at home!

Barrier Repair

So what’s next on the 2023 trend roster? Skin barrier care and repair!

The skin barrier is essential to our skin’s health, safety, and functionality. In 2023, Dr. Sethi expects more products, ingredients, and techniques to rejuvenate and renew the skin barrier.

Skincare that targets and strengthens the skin barrier can enable it to better prevent external or environmental damage to the skin. This means that more barrier-reinforcing products and practices can lead to fewer skin insults caused by weather, over-exfoliation, improper skin treatments, hot water, hormones, and stress.

But to treat the skin barrier, Dr. Sethi advises listeners to steer clear of methods like “slugging.” Instead, she suggests focusing on quality products to strengthen your skin. .

“Building a strong skin barrier boils down to utilizing high potency, medical-grade skincare that can penetrate the skin and encourage constant skin renewal.”

Medical-grade products are your best bet for achieving a potent and results-focused routine that will rejuvenate your skin barrier. These products are clinically studied and shown to stimulate stronger collagen building and support barrier function — resulting in healthy, beautiful skin.

Skin Tone-Centric Skincare

The Skin Report podcast makes it a point to provide skincare knowledge and support to listeners of all skin types and tones. And while the beauty industry hasn’t always been forthright in providing products formulated for all skin tones, Dr. Sethi believes that could change in 2023.

The lack of products formulated for skin of color has made it difficult for people with melanated skin tones to address their needs. Darker skin tones require products with ingredients that nourish and protect the skin from scarring and discoloration. Instead, the beauty industry has offered harsh “lightening” products for melanated skin that work against the skin’s natural melanin production, resulting in skin dullness and sensitivities.

However, the onset of a skin tone-centric skincare trend could transform the industry’s approach toward melanated skin, prompting the development of products formatted with skin tone in mind. Products that pair strong components to address skin concerns with calming ingredients can support the skin’s renewal cycle and a clear, even tone.

So will the skincare and beauty industry include more medical-grade options for specific skin tones in 2023? We’ll have to wait to find out. But one thing is certain – Dr. Sethi is already one step ahead.

“I founded my skincare line because I searched above and beyond for any company that offered medical grade, high potency, and built-in knowledge about skincare formulations for darker skin tones and skin types.”

To learn more about these trends and what else to expect in the future of skincare, tune in to Season 2, Episode 1 of The Skin Report podcast.