About Skin Station

Our Chairman and CEO, FRED C. REYES has been doing research and developing new advanced skin care products for SkinStation, which are now available under the DERMAX Professional brand. He is a multi-awarded cosmetic Chemist. In 2008, he was the recipient of Achievement Award in Industry conferred by the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies, the umbrella group of Chemists associations in the country. The Outstanding Professional Award in Chemistry came next, in 2011, from the government's Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

DERMAX Professional is the exclusive skin care line of SkinStation. It has established a cult following among the urban sophisticates. “DERMAX uses only the best, the latest, and the safest ingredients at clinical strength, definitely at par with the world’s best. With DERMAX, we have no cost constraint. Our only aim is to delight our customers,” declares Fred Reyes.

We present to you articles written by Fred Reyes himself which appeared in the SKIN SMART column in Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section.

Lunes, Marso 10, 2014

HOW TO GET RID OF DARK ELBOWS AND KNEES


How to Get Rid of Dark Elbows and Knees


It’s summer! Yet you dread to be seen in t-shirt and shorts? Stop getting embarrassed by dark elbows and dark knees. The skin care solutions outlined below can help you get rid of this problem for good!

Your elbows and knees are darker because you constantly lay them against hard surfaces: the counter, the table, or the wooden kneelers. Sun exposure and a build-up of dead skin cells can also cause the skin on your elbows and knees to appear darker than the rest of your body.

Steps to Lighter Elbows and Knees

The first step is to exfoliate. Dead surface skin cells should be removed to make your skin fairer. Exfoliants like retinol, AHA, and salicylic acid are good choices. The elbows and knees can benefit also from physical exfoliants like salts and micro scrubs. An excellent exfoliant from SkinStation is DERMAX Retinol C serum, which should be applied once daily.

The next step is to lighten and moisturize skin by applying NANOWHITE lotion on evenings. It has nano-encapsulated blend of lightening actives to give you fast and gentle results.

Make sunscreen application your morning routine. NANOWHITE lotion with SPF 30 should be applied on mornings to protect against harmful UV rays that cause skin to darken.

More Tips

Use DERMAX AcneX exfoliant soap to wash your elbows and knees daily. It works wonders not only on acne prone skin, but also as an all around exfoliant, with time-release salicylic acid. Use a good sponge with the soap to get a good and gentle scrubbing.

You can never completely avoid friction on elbows and knees. A more intensive way to moisturize elbows and knees is needed to minimize effect of friction. After each shower and before you go to bed, apply a thick layer of natural oils like squalane oil, argan oil, or virgin coconut oil.
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This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on March 11, 2014 . The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. Skin Smart aims to clarify facts and myths on skin care. Send your questions and comments to info@skinstation.ph. 

Huwebes, Pebrero 6, 2014

IS YOUR DIET MAKING YOU LOOK OLD?


Is Your Diet Making You Look Old?

Have you noticed that diabetics tend to look much older than their age? They have chronic spikes in their blood sugar level, which dramatically accelerate aging in their body. The age-increasing effect of sugar is not just limited to diabetics. It affects everyone who eats the wrong kind of food. Eating too much sugar and processed carbohydrates can lead to damage in your skin's collagen.

Aging is basically a continuing state of inflammation and oxidation. The wrong kind of diet can produce high levels of oxidants called AGEs – Advanced Glycation End-products – that will speed up aging. This is not just about wrinkles. This also affects how well your heart, kidney and other organs will function.

Sugar is the obvious food to avoid. This means you should cut down on desserts, cereals, candy, soda, and other sweets that are contributing to aging you faster. Use coconut sugar or a natural sweetener like Stevia in your daily coffee, tea, in baking, or other sweetening needs. This will dramatically help control your blood sugar level and slow aging.

Cut down on desserts to control
blood sugar level and slow aging.
Keep in mind that some starchy foods like white rice, oatmeal, and white potatoes have significant impacts on the formation of AGEs in your body. These foods are best consumed in small portions, and balanced with healthy fats and proteins to slow the blood sugar response.

Tuna and salmon are loaded with omega-3, which fight inflammation. They are also good sources of protein, just like lentils and beans, and lean meat. Our skin is essentially made of protein, so we should get enough of it to keep our skin healthy.

It is important to eat more vegetables and fruits, and whole foods that are closest to their natural state. They are rich sources of antioxidants, and are loaded with nutrients and fibers. Lettuce, broccoli, spinach, watercress, asparagus, and tomato are just a few good examples. Guava, watermelon, grapefruit, pomelo, and guyabano (soursop), have high levels of vitamin C, a proven antioxidant and collagen builder to help reverse the signs of aging.
Go for moderation and keep a well-balanced diet to help you live longer and look younger.
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This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on February 11, 2014 . The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. Skin Smart aims to clarify facts and myths on skin care. Send your questions and comments to info@skinstation.ph. 

Linggo, Enero 26, 2014

DO YOU HAVE SENSITIVE SKIN?


Do You Have Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive skin is not really a medical term and can mean many things depending on whom you ask. To most laypersons, people who easily break out in rashes in reaction to commonly used products have sensitive skin.  Doctors will say you are likely to have sensitive skin if you have acne, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, rosacea, or eczema. These medical conditions can run in the family. Allergic reaction to a cosmetic or household product is usually not hereditary.

What are some tips in choosing products for sensitive skin?
  • Choose soap-free cleansers and cleansing bars with no fragrance. Avoid antibacterial and highly scented soaps.
  • Avoid alcohol-based toners.
  • Use silicone-based foundation for minimal skin irritation.
  • Avoid waterproof cosmetics. Removing them require a special cleanser that may irritate skin.
  • Use black eyeliner and mascara because they are the least allergenic. Pencil eyeliner is usually less irritating than liquid eyeliners. Earth-toned eye shadows are safer to use than darker colors.
  • Throw out old cosmetics. They can spoil or become contaminated even before their expiry date.
  • Products with exfoliants like hydroxy acids, tretinoin, and scrubs should be used with caution.
  • Products with fewer ingredients are generally safer for sensitive skin.

Are skin care products labeled “hypoallergenic” or “sensitive skin formula” safer for sensitive skin?
  • There are no government standards on the use of the term “hypoallergenic” and “sensitive skin” so they can mean whatever a particular manufacturer wants them to mean.   
  • Your best bet is to test your own skin reaction before using a new product.

How do I test a new skin care product?
  • Every night before bedtime, apply a small amount behind an ear and leave it on overnight. Do this for 5 days.
  • If there is no skin irritation, follow the same procedure, this time applying the product on an area alongside an eye.
  • If you still don't see irritation, the product should be safe for your face and other sensitive body parts.
Whether your skin sensitivity is the result of a skin disorder, a reaction to a product, or to sudden change in weather, it requires extra care. Making these small changes in your daily skin care regimen can help improve your skin condition.
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This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on January 28, 2014 . The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. Skin Smart aims to clarify facts and myths on skin care. Send your questions and comments to info@skinstation.ph. 

Sabado, Enero 11, 2014

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ON FACIALS


COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ON FACIALS

THE PURPOSE OF STEAMING IS TO OPEN YOUR PORES.

You must have encountered estheticians explain to you during a facial that steaming is used to open up the pores. The simple truth is that pores don't open and close like doors. The real reason for steaming is to soften the hardened oil in the pore for easier extraction and deeper pore cleansing. The soothing cold towel after a facial doesn't close your pores either.

IT IS NORMAL TO BREAKOUT AFTER A FACIAL.

There is no reason you should break out after a facial. If you do, it’s because the esthetician used the wrong products, or did not do the extraction properly. The esthetician should examine each pore and assess whether the blackhead can be safely extracted. If she thinks that the debris is ready to come out, then it is gently pushed out. If it does not budge, the esthetician should not force it out. You can end up with a scar, or cause the bacteria to spread out.

EXTRACTIONS SHOULD HURT.


Extraction is usually the most dreaded part of any facial procedure. You may have at one time experienced excruciating pain during extraction by a poorly trained esthetician. Contrary to what the esthetician may tell you, extraction should not cause a great deal of pain. You have all the right to complain if she is using too much pressure. Tell her to go easy on your skin. If, after applying gentle pressure, the comedones are not budging, then she should leave them alone. 

CLAY MASKS CAN DRAW IMPURITIES OUT OF THE SKIN.

Clay masks can absorb oil and can dry up infected breakouts, but they cannot draw blackheads and impurities out of the skin. The only way blackheads can be removed is by manual extraction. Masks are actually designed to improve the delivery of active ingredients into the skin.  Vitamin C is one of the most widely used active. Serums with collagen builders or lightening agents are also quite popular.


FACIALS ARE FOR PAMPERING.

You get more than pampering with facials. For many minor and common skin concerns, having a regular facial can help immensely. If you have dry, or oily, acne-prone skin, facials can help keep your skin balanced. Estheticians are trained to perform regular skin care procedures, and make you feel pampered at the same time.

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This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on January 14, 2014 . The author is the CEO of SkinStation. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. Skin Smart aims to clarify facts and myths on skin care. Send your questions and comments to info@skinstation.ph.