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People may not ask you about your favorites the way they might ask you about your newfound commitment to red eyeshadow, but you will enjoy the satisfaction of being ahead of the curve when everyone starts talking about how amazing ceramides are six months from now. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Trend: Growth Factors Augustinus Bader The Body Cream In February 2018, one of the world's leading stem cell and biomedical scientists launched two facial creams inspired by his decades of research into how the body's own stem cells can be triggered to repair trauma. Less than two years later, the brand is beloved by celebrities (including Victoria Beckham, Diane Kruger, and Margot Robbie) and beauty editors (us) alike, and has earned its reputation as "the cream that works." Professor Augustinus Bader's latest addition to the line, a luxe, indulgent body butter, brings the same proprietary skin-renewing technology below the neck. Using amino acids, vitamins, and molecules found naturally in the human body, The Body Cream activates the skin's biological growth factors to produce collagen and elastin and signal cells to repair damage — whether that's the disfiguring burns Bader specializes in or sun damage and stretch marks (a clinical study found a 31% reduction of the latter after eight weeks). Augustinus Bader The Body Cream, $, available at Violet Grey Perricone MD Growth Factor Firming & Lifting Serum Perhaps one day we will be able to obtain the gravity-defying effects of a facelift straight from a bottle. Until then, this potent serum replicates the polyamine growth factor that occurs naturally in living organisms — and declines with age — to encourage cell growth and proliferation, resulting in visibly firmer, younger-looking skin. Paired with eggshell membrane (yes, the stuff that protects the egg white and yolk from the horrors of the outside world also nourishes and increases elasticity in the skin over time) and encapsulated time-released retinol to stimulate collagen and hasten the natural cell-renewal process, $129 for the promise of liquid youth seems a relatively small price to pay. Perricone MD Growth Factor Firming & Lifting Serum, $, available at Perricone MD Trend: Sustainable Everything Bloomeffects Royal Tulip Nectar The beauty industry is notoriously wasteful, and taking care of your skin without sticking it to the environment used to mean mixing up your own clay masks in the kitchen or limiting yourself to only a handful of earth-friendly brands. But increasing consumer awareness means products are safer and, yes, more sustainable than ever. Like the terms "clean" or "green," the beauty industry's definition of sustainability is admittedly murky — but opting for products in recycled and recyclable packaging, with responsibly-sourced ingredients that aren't an affront to the planet's waterways, seems like a safe bet. From Holland's vast tulip fields comes Bloomeffects, a skin-care brand that utilizes the parts of the flower that typically get chopped off and composted (as in, everything but the brightly-colored bulb). The glass jars are recyclable and reusable; the tubes are made of wood from 95% renewable resources; and the proprietary tulip extract is rich in antioxidants, amino acids, and natural moisturizing factors to nourish the skin in preparations like this repairing balm. Bloomeffects Royal Tulip Nectar, $, available at Bloomeffects UpCircle Fennel + Cardamom Chai Soap Bar Bar soap, a cleanser category once relegated to the sliver of Irish Spring on your great-aunt's sink, is cool again, and its return has undoubtedly been motivated by the same environmental consciousness that sees plastic pumps moving out of favor. To that end, switching to bar soap no longer means exchanging your go-to cleanser for Dove and only Dove, as more and more brands churn out options for every skin type and preference. With a base of shea butter and green clay, this chai spice-infused formula is gentle enough for both face and body and leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated, not squeaky clean — and, as with all of the brand's products, it's sustainably made with ingredients and packaging that have been reused and repurposed. 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