The Top Trending Skin-Care Questions of 2021

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With 2021 almost in the rearview, it’s good to reflect on what we’re leaving behind as we flip our calendars to a new year. Google’s Year in Search data provides insight into what trillions of people had on their minds over the past 365 days, including the top trending skin-care questions.

Some of the top trending searches included sports leagues, court cases, lotteries, stocks and the most talked about Netflix shows. However, as everyone began to leave their homes and remove their masks a bit more, skin-care questions became a hot topic for searches as well.

While Google can pull up thousands of sites with answers to your beauty queries, not all of those sources will be backed by experts. The top trending beauty question: “What skin care products do not mix?” Luckily, we’ve talked to dermatologists about which products don’t mix well and which actually work better together.

People were also eager to learn more about specific ingredients. Some of the top trending ingredients include niacinamide, vitamin C and beta hydroxy acids (BHA). Generally, consumers also wanted to become more educated on how to format their skin-care routine. “What order to put on skin care?” and “When to use oil in skin-care routine?” were commonly searched. (Find those answers here.)

Retinol has always been a hot topic in skin care, but it saw a rise in popularity this year. One of the most trending skin-care questions was, “How to add retinol to skincare routine?” We have all the answers you need on retinol, including a beginner’s guide, techniques to make your retinol work better, what to avoid when using retinol and even which retinol Jennifer Garner swears by.

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