The Beauty Trend You're Going To See Everywhere In 2019

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Welcome to mbg's 2018 Beauty Awards! For more of our favorite products of the year, check out the rest of the awards here.

"Healthy hybrids" is a term mbg coined earlier this year to describe a new wave of beauty products. Instead of focusing on 100 percent natural ingredients, healthy hybrids (dubbed "clean clinical" and "safe synthetics" in other contexts) marry naturals with high-quality synthetics for a shelf-stable, nontoxic product. Lots of innovation in the clean beauty category is happening here—performance is prioritized, and ingredients are sourced and harvested more sustainably, both per consumer demand. 

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

It's won beauty awards many times over, and today is no exception. Together with the Drunk Elephant Glycolic Acid, these acid-based products changed the texture of our beauty editor's skin. Founder Tiffany Masterson's vision of making products without the 'suspicious six'—essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrances/dyes, and SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate—is meant to remove sensitizing products from skin care so anyone can use it. The Babyfacial is a 25 percent acid blend of beta-hydroxy and alpha-hydroxy acids that exfoliate the skin to reveal a new glow. Pro tip, do this at night, apply your favorite treatment serums, and wake up glowing. Don't forget your sunscreen.

T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial, Drunk Elephant, $80

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum

Hyaluronic acid is a one-size-fits-all type of ingredient that works on every skin type. It's been shown to help hydrate, plump, smooth, and calm the skin, which makes sense because our bodies make it on their own. This one is particularly absorbent, good to use night and day, and great on its own or for layering if that's your thing. And yes, it's pricey, but it's good.

Hyaluronic Serum, Dr. Barbara Sturm, $300

Dr. Barbara Sturm Hyaluronic Serum

Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel

An eye cream that really works is hard to come by, but this one by Biossance does not disappoint. It works on an energetic level immediately, bringing a cooling sensation to tired eyes. Wait a few minutes and notice that the skin around them is a bit more hydrated and resilient.

Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel, Biossance, $54

Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel

Biologique Recherche P50 (phenol-free)

They don't market themselves as a "clean" product, but Biologique Recherche is made in France and therefore up to E.U. standards, where more than 1,300 potentially harmful ingredients in cosmetics are banned. Since its inception there have been many versions, but the P50 is closest to the original without phenol, an active and questionable ingredient. P50 is also an instrumental part of the beauty industry's current favorite facial with Danuta at Rescue Spa.

P50 (phenol-free), Biologique Recherche, $45 (approximately, price changes depending on the product and size you choose)

Biologique Recherche P50 (phenol-free)

Susanne Kaufmann Cleansing Milk

A favorite of people with sensitive skin, Susanne Kaufmann is a natural-ish answer to dryness and irritation. Made with emulsifiers from sugar and biodegradable cleansing agents, the cleansing milk is excellent for removing makeup and is gentle enough to use twice a day.

Cleansing Milk, Suzanne Kaufmann, $45

Susanne Kaufmann Cleansing Milk

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