Skincare Ingredient Research

I switched up my normal morning routine to attend a special presentation by Diana Howard, Ph.D., International Dermal Institute and Dermalogica vice president of research and development, who set the record straight about some of the latest skincare ingredient trends. Here are a few of her favorites to keep in mind when stocking the shelves of your spa:

  • Peptides. Though creams containing peptides can’t produce Botox-level results, the many lab varieties stimulate collagen synthesis, act as sugar traps, decrease melanin, and de-sensitize skin.
  • Vitamin A. Independent research revealed Retinol reduced wrinkles, roughness, and overall aging in skin, as well as visible improvements in photoaging and collagen formation. Hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HPR) is similar to Retin-A for reversing signs of aging but with less irritation than tretinoin. Topical antioxidants as a whole provide much-needed nutrients directly to the skin when oral supplements reach the skin last, according to Howard.
  • Chia seeds and oil. These little seeds have extremely high levels of Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Topical use of the oil has been shown in clinical trials to improve skin hydration, alleviate itchy skin, and increase skin’s barrier function.

I left with a wealth of information (more to come on debunking crazy claims) and a Chia Pet to liven-up my desk. What do you think of her picks for effective ingredients?