SkinCeuticals, one of the most widely known and well respected brands in the industry, is like nothing I’ve ever come across before. SkinCeuticals is advanced skincare backed by science.
Born from decades of skin cancer research that led to pivotal breakthroughs in antioxidants, their high potency formulas are concentrated in pure actives and proven to penetrate optimally into skin.
Made in the USA, their clinical skincare is used by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and medi-spas for daily homecare and to complement aesthetic procedures. We formulate to correct signs of aging, protect healthy skin, and prevent future damage.
Today, I’m talking with Kathryn Fazzari, Senior Account Executive with SkinCeuticals. Kathryn is a beauty addict and product hound with superior standards, and it isn’t any wonder that she would make her career with this incredible brand!
“Skin is naturally built for repair. When bombarded by environmental assaults, skin must focus on neutralizing oxidative damage, limiting its capacity for reparative functions. Daily use of pure vitamin C antioxidants, when properly formulated to penetrate skin, protect against damage, enhancing self-repair to reduce signs of aging.”- Sheldon Pinnell M.D., Founder of SkinCeuticals
The Skincare Belle: “Kathryn! I am so happy to be chatting with you today!!! First of all, I want to hear what your favorite product is from the line.”
Kathryn Fazzari: “Thank you Ashli, I am thrilled to be talking to you! I have to say I love Retexturing Activator, It’s my favorite product and it completely changed my skin. It’s the best of both worlds, it exfoliates and it hydrates. It’s a hyaluronic acid based serum that was clinically proven head-to-head against a 20% glycolic acid for exfoliation and brightening but without the irritation. Anyone who doesn’t like it, I tell them they are probably just using too much! As soon as you start using it people will comment about your skin-, ‘Wow, your skin looks amazing!’ and who doesn’t want that, right?”
SKB: “Also I love how it’s safe for pregnancy, for people who can’t use or tolerate retinols!”
KF: ““If you are pregnant always a good idea to check with your products with your physician. But you are right it’s a great alternative to retinols or it can be used in conjunction with retinols on alternating nights. You can’t over-use Retexturing Activator or do damage which is great! It gives your skin a beautiful radiance thanks to the kombucha in it. Triple Lipid Restore is probably pulling in at a second close for me…Triple Lipid is amazing! I think that it is really great for everybody not just dry mature skin. For example, I have this Aesthetician whom I work with whose skin is oily. So of course she swears by Blemish & Age, but also her skin is dehydrated. So I said, you need to try the Triple Lipid and she said, ‘No way! My skin is oily, you’ve got to be kidding!’, but then she texted me a couple of weeks later and she was obsessed! All skin types can benefit from it!”
SKB: “Yes! So, tell me more about this new H.A. Intensifier Serum.. I know that it’s been a huge launch and it is part of the Corrective line.”
KF: “Yes! As you know a lot of our serums have Hyaluronic Acid in them for its hydrating properties. HAI also contains Hyaluronic Acid which is amazing, but Hyaluronic Acid chemically is very transient. It degrades in your system by 30-50% over 24 hours when applied topically, and we also lose Hyaluronic Acid faster as we age. This product contains 1.3 % Hyaluronic Acid in three different forms so that it functions almost like a time release. It provides immediate hydration as a full molecule weight chain, it’s encapsulated and then it is also fragmented. To me the more interesting ingredients are the others: 10% Proxylane, a proprietary ingredient which helps to maintain skin’s hyaluronic acid levels as well as helps maintain the integrity of the skin’s matrix for improved skin firmness and blend of the 2% Dipotassium Glyccrrhizate and .2% Purple Rice Extract together, these two ingredients help to preserve Hyaluronic Acid content in the skin by preventing the breaking down of H.A. In a 4 week study, there was a 30% increase in Hyaluronic Acid present in the skin!
When it comes to products with SkinCeuticals, it’s always clinical studies. Let’s talk science. The biggest point of difference with SkinCeuticals, and this is a big point, is that we always do a clinical study on the final formula.”
SKB: “Ahhh… so it’s not just the standardized research and development on the ingredients or the safety of the ingredients as the product is being made, but you are actually testing it after it is packaged and ready to go.”
KF: “100% and that’s a very important difference. You know, I always go back to Vitamin C. You can put Vitamin C in so many things. But the way that you mix it up will really change the outcome. The formulation is major. So, we do clinical studies in-vitro (on live skin) and often with punch biopsies to truly test what is going on in the skin with the results of the products. Some really great science, as usual with SkinCeuticals! We send the products out to our physician partners and they run double-blind studies and hold them to the highest clinical standard.”
SKB: “What do you think is essential for any woman if she wants to start a SkinCeuticals skincare regimen? What should she have on her shelf?”
KF: “An antioxidant and a sunscreen. There’s no question! Start with those two every morning. Start with an antioxidant, that is really going to help improve your skin. CE Ferulic and Phloretin CF are the two best options for antioxidants from the line, with CE Ferulic being suited for Normal to Dry skin and Phloretin for Normal to Oily. And of COURSE, a sunscreen every day! No the SPF in your makeup is not enough! Our Antioxidant Formulations have been proven again and again to protect the skin against environmental damage from UVA, UVB and pollution. CE Ferulic also increases firmness and replenishes lipids to visibly reduce wrinkles as well as giving environmental protection so that you are getting that protection from the antioxidant as well as the sunscreen you put on top! Vitamin C has been proven time and time again to help with Collagen. It also will help to even out your complexion. Phloretin CF, which I use and I love SKB: “Me too!”, Phloretin gives your skin that radiance. The ingredient itself, Phloretin diminishes the appearance of hyperpigmentation and helps accelerates cellular turnover to retexture skin and not only is it an antioxidant on its own, but it is supporting the C and the Ferulic acid as well as the same benefits of the CE Ferulic formulation. So even a patient with a more dry skin type but has concerns about
pigmentation can use it- because you can always make up the hydration somewhere else, or you can consider changing from CE Ferulic in the Fall and Winter to the Phloretin in the Spring and Summer.”
SKB: “Can you tell me more about the origins of SkinCeuticals?”
KF: ““Yes! I am going to send you a video which is a tribute to Dr. Pinnell from Duke University that explains the origins of SkinCeuticals. I never had the opportunity to meet him before he passed away, but everyone I’ve ever spoken with said he truly was amazing. He studied topical Vitamin C’s for its anti-cancer properties at Duke University and this is how CE Ferulic was evolved.”