Readers Ask ... is a column featuring the responses of industry experts to questions posed by the Skin Inc. audience regarding all aspects of the skin care industry, from business and ingredients to treatment protocol and legislation. Each month, a different question will be highlighted.
My clients want results-oriented treatments. What should I be looking for?
Peptides make sense because they are already recognized by the body as something natural, and that is why they are effective and nonirritating. Peptides essentially trick the skin into believing that too much collagen has been broken down, curbing the production of collagenase, and significantly improving the appearance of sagging and aging skin. They also reduce hyperpigmentation, improve acne and support hair growth.
—Christi Roberts Education Program Administrator GlyMed Plus Institute of Skin Science
Look for targeted care treatments with ingredients that have proven clinical results, and are safe, natural and effective. Seaweeds contain a wealth of vitamins, minerals and amino acids that easily absorb into the skin. Various sea plants have wonderful results from firming and smoothing to reducing oily shine. It is the ideal main ingredient.
—Lydia Sarfati CEO/Founder Repêchage
Always start by looking for key ingredients with science supporting their benefits, such as lactic and salicylic acids, trichloroacetic acid (TCA), retinoids and fruit enzymes, as opposed to jumping on the latest trend. The next step is to ensure that you are properly trained on the safest and most beneficial way to conduct the protocol. The more you seek out training and push yourself to improve the protocols you provide, the more deliberate and effective your treatment plans will be.
—Danae Markland Career Development Manager PCA Skin
Essential skin care requires a cleanser for washing the face, a reparative cream or lotion to reverse the damage caused by the sun and aging, and a protective moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30. Key ingredients include glycolic acid, alpha lipoic acid, retinol, L-ascorbic acid, salicylic acid, peptides and others that will be listed on the label. The concentration of the active ingredient and the pH of the product determine the its benefits.
—Lawrence Samuels, MD Founder Rx Systems PF
Editor’s note: The opinions and viewpoints offered in this column are those of the individuals, and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions or viewpoints of Skin Inc. magazine.