Editor's note: This article originally appeared in the July/August 2011 issue of GCI magazine and is being reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.
Ingredients are much more than the various components of the recipes that comprise skin care formulations—they,re the reason the product delivers its promised results; they,re a reflection of the brand,s mission; and they,re an integral part of a successful marketing campaign. Drawing inspiration both from consumers, desires and unique sources, ingredients are forging connections with today,s educated consumer in unprecedented ways.
According to the experts, looking into the latest developments in the world of scientific research is often the first step to finding the most innovative ingredients. “We are predominantly focused on being the next generation of skin care, not a ‘me-too’ manufacturer,” explains Rebecca James Gadberry, CEO of YG Labōratories, a private label manufacturer based in Huntington Beach, California. “We take a look at what’s going on in the world of research—not only with skin but also with genetics. Then we work with vendors to make sure they are developing along the lines of our interests.”