The quest for so-called perfect skin is one that typically requires a veritable arsenal of products. We stock our cabinets full of items in an attempt to defend our complexions against acne, sun damage, pollution, wrinkles and dark spots, but in order to make the most of all of those products, it's crucial to be informed about the proper application methods and ingredient combinations. That's, of course, where dermatologists come in.
At this year's American Academy of Dermatology conference in San Diego, Calif., we teamed up with skin-care brand SkinCeuticals to connect five influencers with some of the company's own experts. They took the opportunity to discuss the brand's newest launches and how new technological advances can effect the skin. Below, we rounded up the top five tips they learned.
"One of the most interesting things I learned is that our skin starts to lack all of these [naturally occurring] acids, like hyaluronic acid, and a product like H. A. Intensifier can help to [increase] production of it. So it can actually help with the plumpness in your face and you don't lose firmness. I've also heard people say that if you pat a product into your skin it's better, but Dr. Jerome Potozkin, SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Spa partner, says that's just a myth; what matters is just putting the product on."
"The number one topic my followers wanted me to get more information about was hyperpigmentation and dark spots. It seems to be the biggest issue across the board that [my followers] were talking about. SkinCeuticals has a new product, Discoloration Defense, to help, featuring a new ingredient, tranexamic acid. Also, everyone's into anti-pollution right now, because pollution is just as damaging as the sun — as UV rays — for the skin. I don't think people really realize that. It's pretty major. We talked a lot about Atmospheric Skin Aging and how antioxidants and sunscreens can help the skin against signs of aging. Atmospheric Skin Aging is just a collective term for the effects of UVA/UVB rays, ground-level ozone pollution and IR-A on the skin. C E Ferulic is what you want to help combat this – the highly potent antioxidant helps to deliver (and allow it to be absorbed) accurately by the skin."
"I'm an esthetician, so I'm used to all of the products that dermatologists prescribe, like Retin-A, that often have side effects like irritation and peeling. But SkinCeuticals — which can be such a science-y brand — has a product to help with acne scarring on my olive skin, called Discoloration Defense. This one doesn't have the harsher side effects because of the combo of ingredients; plus, there's no hydroquinone in it, since it's such a concern for people now. I also spoke with Tina Fair, the General Manager of SkinCeuticals, about C E Ferulic and the role that antioxidants play with the brand. Tina explained that SkinCeuticals is the Antioxidant Authority – the brand's founding scientist, Dr. Sheldon Pinnell, established SkinCeuticals as the skincare industry's antioxidant authority through his research and knowledge. She explained that through testing, they found that UV rays could be blocked by the antioxidants, and that they could also block pollution and other environmental factors. Essentially, his research resulted in the Duke University Antioxidant patent which is now the gold standard for topical antioxidant formulations (and licensed exclusively to SkinCeuticals). It also created C E Ferulic, which is the industry gold standard for vitamin C serums. Tina also told me that you just have to know that our 'products smell like science.' And it's true; it does smell like science!"
Stephanie Liu Hjelmeseth
"The thing that most interested me was the conversation I had with Dr. William Kwan, SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Spa partner. He's an expert in multi-ethnic skin care, and because I have a higher portion of followers with mutli-ethnic skin, it was something I wanted to talk about. He told me that dark spots and hyperpigmentation are the top concerns across ethnicities and gave me a rundown of his recommended treatment: Incorporate sunscreen daily and also the new Discoloration Defense product, which is pretty much perfect for this [concern] because it has natural botanic lighteners. I also spoke with him about the SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Spas program. His practice, Kwan Dermatology, will become the 50th SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Spa destination in the U.S., where patients can expect an integrated SkinCeuticals skincare program combined with state-of-the-art in-office procedures to achieve the best possible results and to maximize long-term skin health."
"I was able to learn a lot about Discoloration Defense. Dark spots and hyperpigmentation can be very hard to deal with. I have discoloration around my mouth that I want to get rid of, and Dr. Sarah Sawyer, SkinCeuticals Advanced Clinical Spa Partner, told me that with the combination of ingredients [in the product], I can apply it twice a day and should see my spots fade as time goes on. Plus, it doesn't have a fragrance."