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If you care about your skin, you'll be interested to learn what industry insiders are predicting will be the top 5 skin care trends for 2011. Here they are:

Trend 1: Science Impacts Beauty . Lots of companies invest in research and product development. Look for products containing the following ingredients:

*Stem cells. Keep in mind that stem cells in topical formulations can't penetrate skin so are limited in their ability to rejuvenate. Enzymes and peptides extracted from stem cells may deliver some protection for your own skin cells.

*Peptides. More novel ones are expected to arrive. [Link Removed] are ideal for individuals who may not be able to tolerate topical retinoids.

*Antioxidants. You can't dispute the benefits that come from ingredients including [Link Removed] and green tea. Continue to see the addition of these skin beneficial compounds

*Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs). Exfoliation is necessary for smooth glowing skin and [Link Removed] will continue to be added to skin care formulations.

Trend 2: Effective Organic Products . The organic trend won't go away but look for savvy manufacturers paying more attention to efficacy in addition to [Link Removed] 

Trend 3: Being Healthy . In addition to seeking out products that will help skin look and feel better, consumers are expected to embrace a holistic approach. The role of nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management in great skin is expected to take a firmer hold.

Trend 4: Relying on Skin Care Professionals . Although the excesses of high cost plastic surgery and procedures are on the decline, individuals still want to look good. Expect to see an increase in less invasive procedures including Botox injections, fillers and cosmetic peels.

Trend 5: Beyond Sunscreen . If you're serious about skin care, you understand the importance of protecting against UVA and UVB rays. And while [Link Removed] should be a priority in any skin care regimen, other ingredients including antioxidants, moisturizers and topical exfoliants deliver benefits too.

These latest trends shouldn't necessarily impact your skin care routine, but they may give you some ideas of how to shake things up, while still taking the best care you possibly can.

*Sharmani Pillay* is a Registered Pharmacist who specializes in anti aging skin care and women's wellness.

She owns and operates an online skin care store at [Link Removed] 

*For a limited time, Fabulously 40 members save 5% off all purchases. Code fab40  at checkout.*

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