Some of you know so much about medical-grade skincare, you could put most of us here at HintMD to shame (yeah, whatevs).
But we know there are plenty of beauty-savvy, skin-conscious folks out there who really don’t know a huge amount about this somewhat niche industry.
You can blame Allure, Elle and Cosmo for blinding you with luxury, department store brands all your life, but honestly, what’s the point in that? It’s not going to change those years of innocently wasting money on miracle-creams that, frankly, do diddly-squat. Instead, make it your business to learn about these clinically-proven skincare brands that come packed with solid scientific research and powerful, effective ingredients designed to achieve real change within the skin.
This month, we bring you three such brands that have really hit a note with us, here at HintMD…
1. Alastin Skincare
Dedicated to the development of innovative, scientifically-tested products, Alastin Skincare entered the medical-grade skincare world just three years ago and has already made a big impact with derms, doctors and plastic surgeons nationwide. The brand’s main modus operandi is to optimize your skin’s levels of collagen and elastin that have invariably upped and left over time.
Collagen and elastin are vital proteins within the skin and help maintain its structure, strength and elasticity. However, after age 20, the skin produces one percent less every year and existing fibers become thicker and looser, eventually resulting in wrinkles and saggy skin.
But all is not lost, because promoting the natural synthesis of collagen and elastin is what Alastin lives for.
Now for the techy bit: namely TriHex Technology, a proprietary blend of peptides and other key ingredients. Alastin scientists developed this patent-pending technology to support collagen and elastin production, while soothing inflammation, aiding recovery and maintaining the effects of rejuvenating procedures such as chemical peels and microdermabrasion. TriHex Technology is incorporated into every product in the Alastin line and formulated to penetrate the skin at a cellular level.
What else do you need to know? The products are split into two lines: Procedure Enhancement Systems, primarily formulated to support the skin before and after rejuvenating aesthetic procedures; and Restore and Renew, a range of seven daily-use products to improve skin health.
2. DefenAge Cosmeceuticals
Coined as ‘the next biggest game-changer in topical products for anti-aging,’ by Dr. Angela Bowers, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Southlake Dermatology in Southlake, TX, DefenAge is a small but perfectly formed range of medical-grade skincare. Just three individual products complete the range, each focusing on hard-hitting results from synthetically-produced messenger peptides called Age-Repair Defensins.
But let’s rewind a little. You’ve heard about stem cells, yes? Found in many parts of the body including the brain, fat, skin, teeth and hair follicles, adult stem cells have the ability to regenerate by regularly dividing, repairing and replacing worn out or damaged tissue. This reparative process is triggered naturally in the body by messenger peptides called defensins.
Latching onto the idea that defensins are the key to youthful skin, DefenAge developed its own synthetic version, the aforementioned Age-Repair Defensins. These were consequently combined them with specially selected skincare ingredients to produce three key products: 24/7 Barrier Balance Cream, 8-in-1 BioSerum and 2-Minute Reveal Masque.
Based on results from a six-week clinical study, together these products offer up to 18 years visible reduction in skin aging after six weeks of regular use.
18 whole, actual years? Count us in.
Neocutis was founded in 2003 as a spin-off from the Medical School of the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland. The story began when pre-natal surgeons observed how amazingly well fetal skin could heal itself. These physicians and biologists then started extensive research into this unrivalled wound-healing ability and decided to use their findings to try to cure different types of skin disorders through skincare.
The brand prides itself on its exclusive Swiss technology, which includes all manner of patented ingredients, including MPC, a Micro Protein Complex that nourishes and promotes the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid within the skin. Are you sensing the theme, yet? Other key technologies are Melaplex, a hydroquinone-free, skin brightening complex and PSP (Processed Skin Cell Proteins), a nourishing blend of proteins and polypeptides, again discovered through wound-healing research and formulated to deliver topical skin rejuvenation.
The range includes all manner of cleansing, daytime and nighttime essentials for the face, as well as a restorative body treatment and a particular favorite of ours, Micro Firm Neck & Décolleté Rejuvenation. Because we all know that anti-aging treatments should never begin and end with the face.