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, Abril 13, 2015

DO YOU REALLY NEED FOAM IN CLEANSERS?

DO YOU REALLY NEED FOAM IN CLEANSERS?

“Cleansers that do not foam are not good. They cannot clean just as well as a bubbly skin cleanser or soap.”

If you believe this, you cannot be blamed. Through the years, print ads and TV commercials have been miseducating the public. Products are being sold on the basis of having the most foam. “More foam means more cleaning power,” the ads would claim. Perhaps, but does your skin really need to be squeaky clean? 

Let’s take a look at the science behind skin cleansers. The purpose of a skin cleanser is to clean off the oil, debris, and makeup that accrue during a normal day. To do that, all soaps or cleansers work by a process called “micellation.” Through “micellation,” big substances such as oil or dirt are broken into smaller ones so they can rinse off the skin easily.

Two ingredients make this possible. A fat derived ingredient (fatty acid) attaches to the oils on the skin and dissolves them, while an alkaline substance makes it possible to rinse the tiny particles off the skin. Today, most cleansers use synthetic surfactants which are cheaper and easier to manufacture. The most commonly used surfactants are sulfates, such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).

Sulfates efficiently remove oils, dirt, and makeup. However, they cannot distinguish between the good and the bad oils on the skin, resulting in over cleansing. They leave your skin feeling dry. Once the skin senses dryness, the oil glands are activated to produce more oil. This disturbs the natural moisture balance of skin. Oily skin becomes even more oily. Dry skin becomes more sensitive.

The better alternative is to use a mild cleanser. DERMAX gel cleansers use natural soap berry extract and coconut derived coco betaine as cleansing agents. They contain no harsh sulfates, no toxic parabens, and no fragrances that can irritate skin.

Another option is to use an oil-based cleanser such as Pure Bliss Squalane Oil. It dissolves the sebaceous oils without harming the skin’s moisture barrier. You can use cotton pad soaked with squalane oil to remove makeup. There is no need to rinse. This leaves the skin moisturized. The skin is not left dry so the sebaceous glands do not have to go into overdrive to produce more sebum.

How can you tell if your cleanser has harsh surfactants? It foams a lot. The sulfates create the foams in cleansers. You don’t need foam from sulfates. You don’t need anything that’s too powerful yet harsh on your skin.

DERMAX Gel Cleansers are guaranteed sulfate-free and gentle on your skin.
Pure Bliss Organic Squalane Oil moisturizes and enhances suppleness. ECOCERT

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This article appeared in The Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on April 14, 2015. The author is Fred Reyes, a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of DERMAX and SkinStation, two leading skin clinic chains in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). He can be reached at fred.reyes@skinstation.ph.

Biyernes, Marso 27, 2015

TOP 5 SUMMER MUST-HAVES


TOP 5 SUMMER MUST-HAVES


Summer is just around the corner. Before you flaunt that yellow polka dot bikini in your dream beach destination, are you sure you’re summer-ready? Know the must-haves to summer-glowing skin and bikini-ready body:

1. SUN PROTECTION 
You might be enjoying the sun too much but remember to apply sunscreen regularly. In fact, using sunscreen is not just for summer but all-year round. Harmful UV rays account for 90% of all skin damages, which is why sun protection is an absolute must.

DERMAX offers a sunscreen line formulated for all skin types. 

UV Milk Anti-Aging Sunscreen SPF 50+ PA+++ has a milky touch formula and provides maximum UVA/UVB daily sun protection. 

UV Gel Water-Based Sunscreen SPF 30+ PA+++ provides sun protection for oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin. 

Rated “must try” are the innovative DERMAX sunscreens with “water-burst” technology that leaves a cooling burst of moisture on your skin. These are: UV Baby Sunscreen SPF 30+ PA+++ that is safe for kids and babies 6+ months, and 
UV Active Sunscreen SPF 45+ PA+++ which is a water-resistant sunscreen for those with active lifestyles.

2. HAIR-FREE SKIN 
Dare to bare this summer season. But what’s more unsightly than a bare skin full of unwanted hair? SkinStation’s highly popular painless Diode Laser, the gold standard in laser hair removal, lets you achieve hair-free skin with a pain-free experience. After completing a multiple-session Diode Laser program, your skin is guaranteed with permanent hair reduction.

3. BIKINI-READY BODY 
Achieve beach body with MesoLipo and LipoLight combo treatments for spot fat reduction. They will also help minimize the appearance of cellulite on any part of the body. Add ThermaShape program to firm and tighten loose skin after the fats are gone. 

4. AFTER-SUN NOURISHMENT 
Staying too long under the sun can make your skin dry and damaged. Pure Bliss 100% Pure Argan Oil from Morocco moisturizes, nourishes, and protects from head to toe. 

5. INSECT REPELLENT 
Going to the beach? Be sure that you are protected against itchy-crazy sand flea bites. If you are going trekking, insect repellant is likewise a must. SkinStation offers Naturepel Insect Repellent Spray that is safe and child-friendly. It contains Leleshwa oil, a safer and better insect repellent alternative to DEET. 

BOTTOM LINE: While you enjoy the sun this summer season, never ever neglect your skin. Protect, repair, and achieve that perfect summer glow with DERMAX Professional skin care products and SkinStation’s innovative treatments.



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This article appeared in The Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on March 24, 2015. The author is Fred Reyes, a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of DERMAX and SkinStation, two leading skin clinic chains in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC). He can be reached at fred.reyes@skinstation.ph.

Martes, Marso 17, 2015

NONSURGICAL BEAUTY ADVANCES FROM KOREA (Part 1)

Nonsurgical Beauty Advances from Korea (Part 1) 

If you want to have radiant, young-looking skin like your favorite Korean movie stars, look no further. Dr. Kwon Han Jin, a famous aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon in Korea, and CEO of Dermaster Clinic Networks, revealed that advanced aesthetic technologies he has developed, such as Ultra V-Lift, Aqua Shine, and Canula RF, are the favored procedures of celebrities.


Let’s focus on Ultra V-Lift for now. Dr. Kwon visited SkinStation on February 28, 2015 to train our aesthetic doctors on recent advances in Ultra V-Lift, a nonsurgical facelift procedure that is taking the world by storm. Below is how Dr. Kwon explains the procedure. 


What exactly is Ultra V-Lift? 

Ultra V-Lift makes use of fine threads called polydioxanone (PDO) that are commonly used in surgery. The threads are inserted into targeted areas under the skin to stimulate skin tissue. As a result, the skin tissues create new fibroblasts and collagen. This produces a tightening effect from inside out. When sagging skin is tightened, it creates a more sculpted ‘V-shaped’ face, hence the name.

How is the procedure done? 

The entire procedure takes about 1 hour. An anesthetic cream is first applied on the area to be treated. The doctor then deftly inserts the threads under the skin. In the hands of an expert doctor, there will hardly be any pain, bleeding or swelling. The threads will eventually dissolve, and will be slowly absorbed into the body. Ultra V-Lift for sagging skin


Ultra V-Lift for sagging skin
Who would be suitable candidates? 
Most patients are between the ages of 30 and 50, when the effects of aging become apparent. Aging causes the skin tissue to thin because the collagen and elastin fibers break down, which results in sagging skin, deep creases, folds, and wrinkles. Ultra V-Lift will help reverse the signs of aging.

How is Ultra V-Lift different from the traditional facelift? 

Traditional facelift treatments are invasive. The surgeon makes incisions, inserts thread in a certain direction, and then pulls the sagging skin. The area of application is limited and there is downtime. In Ultra V-Lift, the application area is anywhere on the body, including the eye corners, cheeks, neck, nose, forehead, laugh lines, forearm and abdomen, with hardly any downtime.

How long do the effects last? 

While the effects are visible shortly after treatment, the best results can be seen after 2 months, and these will last for 8 months to 1 year. Annual touch-up session is recommended to maintain the improvements.


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This article appeared in The Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on March 10, 2015. The author is Fred Reyes, a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of DERMAX and SkinStation, two leading skin clinic chains in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Martes, Pebrero 24, 2015

IS FRAGRANCE BAD FOR YOUR SKIN


Is Fragrance Bad For Your Skin?

There are many documented cases of allergic reaction to fragrances. Statistics show that fragrances account for 35% – 40% of contact dermatitis in cosmetics.  

If fragrance is bad for the skin, why is it that the first thing almost everyone does when testing any skin care product is smell it? A product with a wonderful aroma will almost always have the edge. The big majority certainly believes that fragrances can be a positive enhancement in their skin care routine.

The simple truth is that only 1% – 4% of the general population is at risk, and the allergic reactions are generally described as mild.

Statistically though, the numbers are considered significant. The fragrance-sensitive population is also steadily growing, from 1% in 1997 to 4% in 2003.  It’s 2015 now. How high has this number increased?

If you are one of those prone to allergic reactions, it is best to look for truly fragrance-free products. This can be very tricky and challenging.

Products labeled as fragrance-free may still contain scent-masking ingredients with potential for irritation. These are usually essential oils that can contain the very same allergens found in fragrances.

The more commonly used essential oils with offending allergens are lavender oil (linalool), rose oil (geraniol), cinnamon and vanilla (eugenol), chamomile (cinnamal), citronella (citronellol), and citrus (limonene).

DERMAX fragrance-free products
are guaranteed free of fragrance.
These are among the 26 fragrance ingredients in the EU Cosmetic Directive (March 2005) requiring that these be included in ingredients list at concentrations >10 ppm for leave-on products, and >100 ppm in rinse-off products.

The bottom line: For the majority, and that means over 90% of the general population, fragrances in cosmetics need not spell trouble. If you belong to this group, and a refreshing lavender-scented moisturizer will relieve you of your stress, then you should go for it. If you are the sensitive skin type, you should be careful in choosing the right skin care products that are really fragrance-free. ____________________________________________________
This article appeared in the main section of The Manila Bulletin, page 3, on February 24, 2015. Fred Reyes is a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of DERMAX and SkinStation, two leading skin clinic chains in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).



Huwebes, Disyembre 18, 2014

IS YOUR ARGAN OIL REALLY PURE?


IS YOUR ARGAN OIL REALLY PURE?

Argan Oil is one of the most expensive natural beauty oils, produced exclusively in Morocco. It has been in the spotlight as one of today’s MUST HAVE hair and skin treatments in Hollywood.

Riding the wave of Argan Oil popularity are many products claiming to be pure. Unfortunately, many of these are either fake or adulterated.

How can you tell the pure from the fake? You should check the following:

The Ingredients List. There should be only one ingredient: 100% Argan Oil. No fragrance. No preservative. No parafinum (mineral oil) or any other kind of cheap oil.

The Packaging. Definitely not plastic. Look for glass packaging. Better if clear glass, not amber. This means there’s nothing being hidden.

The Scent. Argan Oil has a mild characteristic nutty scent. The scent will disappear in a few minutes after application, as Argan Oil is absorbed rapidly. Be suspicious of odorless or scented Argan Oil.

The Color. Argan Oil has light golden yellow color. If it is too light, it is most likely adulterated with other oils. If it is too dark, it’s not cold pressed. The Argan nuts may have been roasted for faster processing. This will result in loss of vitamins, essential fatty acids and other nutrients.

The Price. Argan Oil is not cheap. It requires 100 kilograms of raw nuts to produce a liter, and this is done the traditional way by Berber women. Don’t be fooled by low priced offers. Be wary also of pricey brands in fancy packaging.

To ensure that we are giving only the best to our customers, we imported our PURE BLISS Argan Oil direct from Morocco, complete with ECOCERT certification. The PURE BLISS brand is your guarantee that you are getting genuine, 100% pure organic Argan Oil. PURE BLISS is available exclusively in all SkinStation and DERMAX branches.

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This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on December 22, 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.   

Miyerkules, Disyembre 10, 2014

MEDLIGHT LASER FOR BIRTHMARKS


MedLight Laser for Birthmarks

According to folklore, a mother’s unsatisfied craving for strawberry during pregnancy can be the cause of a baby’s strawberry birthmark. Interesting trivia, but the simple truth is that nobody really knows what causes birthmarks.

A birthmark can have a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Some birthmarks are small and inconspicuous. Others are large and unsightly. Some birthmarks fade or completely disappear over time.  Others do not fade and even darken or become larger with age.

MedLight Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser therapy is a safe and effective treatment option for birthmarks. It is used to lighten the appearance and reduce the bumpiness of port-wine stains and other types of birthmarks that are close to the surface of the skin.
Port wine stains can be successfully
treated with MedLight Laser.
 

Port-wine stains are red or purple marks that commonly affect the face and neck. They are caused by abnormal bleeding of blood vessels in the affected area. If left untreated they may eventually get darker. Laser therapy for port-wine stains can have better results when it is done at a young age.

After laser therapy, the treated skin may have slight temporary bruising or crusting for about 7 to 10 days. This is to be expected as it indicates that the laser treatment is working. After that time, the skin will have some noticeable fading.

Several sessions of MedLight laser treatment maybe required depending on the size of the birthmark.

It is important to understand that not all types of birthmarks can be treated with laser. In some cases, surgery maybe required. Visit one of our doctors for your free consultation if you would like to learn more about MedLight Q-switched laser treatments.
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This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on December 9, 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.