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Katie Wright runs down the year’s big­gest in­gre­di­ent trends and looks at how they can help to boost tired skin

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WITH thou­sands of in­no­va­tions hap­pen­ing in beauty labs each year, it can be hard to know which prod­ucts are wor­thy of your time and money.

But you’ve got to give new launches a go to find out whether they truly live up to their claims — so which de­serve a try?

To help sort the duds from the good, we’ve rounded up the in­gre­di­ents gen­er­at­ing the most buzz in the beauty world and where you can find them.

From nat­u­ral to hi-tech and lux­ury to bar­gain, th­ese are the hard­work­ing prod­ucts that de­serve a place in your skin­care routine...

1. Black pearl What does it do?

Black pearls, which can only be found in the la­goons of French Poly­ne­sia, are known for their skin-bright­en­ing and firm­ing prop­er­ties, mak­ing them an ex­cel­lent ad­di­tion to your an­ti­age­ing arse­nal.

Where can you find it?

Dr Or­ganic’s new­est day cream com­bines black pearl with hyaluronic acid and bi­otin for a com­plex­ion-boost­ing triple whammy.

Dr Or­ganic Pro Col­la­gen Plus Black ■ Pearl, €10.99 (was €21.99), Hol­land and Bar­rett

2. Moringa What does it do?

Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, a prod­uct of the moringa tree, is an in­cred­i­bly nour­ish­ing oil that’s packed with an­tiox­i­dants, help­ing to pro­mote ra­di­ant, hy­drated skin. Where can

you find it?

Leave Emma Hardie’s moringa-filled mask on overnight to re­ally reap the ben­e­fits of the oil. Nivea’s new shower mousse brings ma­jor mois­ture all over your body too.

Emma Hardie ■ Moringa Re­newal Treat­ment Mask, €67, Marks & Spencer

Nivea Shower ■ Mousse Le­mon Meringue, €3.49, Tesco

3. Kom­bucha What does it do?

Not just a trendy drink, fer­mented sweet black tea can work won­ders when ap­plied top­i­cally. It has been proven to im­prove skin tone and elas­tic­ity.

Where can you find it?

Add a daily shot of kom­bucha to your skin­care routine by ap­ply­ing Fresh’s liq­uid essence af­ter cleans­ing. Use your fin­ger­tips to tap it on rather than cot­ton wool, to en­sure none of the prod­uct is wasted.

Fresh Black Tea Kom­bucha Fa­cial ■ Treat­ment Essence, €77.50,

4. Drone pep­tides What does it do?

Ev­ery beauty buff knows pep­tides are es­sen­tial for stim­u­lat­ing col­la­gen pro­duc­tion, but new drone pep­tide tech­nol­ogy helps tar­get ar­eas of the face where signs of stress are most vis­i­ble.

Where can you find it?

This clever pep­tide de­liv­ery sys­tem can only be found in El­emis’ new night cream. Im­pres­sive user tri­als showed the ap­pear­ance of wrin­kles dra­mat­i­cally im­proved and skin looked more youth­ful.

El­emis Pro-Col­la­gen Overnight ■ Ma­trix, €133, Deben­hams

5. Tau­rine What does it do?

You’ll prob­a­bly recog­nise tau­rine as the ac­tive in­gre­di­ent of en­ergy drinks (its name comes from the Latin word for ‘bull’) but did you know this amino acid can also give your skin ‘wings’ by stim­u­lat­ing the syn­the­sis of ATP, the en­ergy stor­age mol­e­cule of cells?

Where can you find it?

Us­ing tau­rine de­rived from sea­weed, the new Phy­toEn­er­gise range from Op­ti­mum has been proven to im­prove skin tone and lu­mi­nos­ity. Try the Gly­colic Cleans­ing pads to si­mul­ta­ne­ously ex­fo­li­ate and en­er­gise your skin.

Op­ti­mum Phy­toEn­er­gise Gly­colic ■ Cleans­ing Pads, €5.75, Su­per­drug

6. Orchid What does it do?

Not just a pretty flower, or­chids have high lev­els of flavonoids, which help pro­tect them from en­vi­ron­men­tal ag­gres­sors, and they can do the same for your skin.

Where can you find it?

Botan­ics’s night cream har­nesses the pro­tec­tive prop­er­ties of pur­ple orchid ex­tract, to slow the signs of age­ing.

Botan­ics Triple Age Re­newal Night ■ Cream, €13.99, Boots

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