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.

Biyernes, Hulyo 18, 2014

NEW FACIAL CLEANSERS FOR SENSITIVE SKIN


New Facial Cleansers for Sensitive Skin

What's the big deal about washing your face? You wash with soap and water, pat dry, and you're on your way. 

For people with sensitive skin, however, routine washing of face involves a little more extra care.

Most brands of face soap have a very alkaline pH, which can be irritating and drying on skin. Gel cleansers have a more skin friendly pH, which makes them the preferred product for sensitive skin care.
DERMAX gel cleansers are
sulfate-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free. 

When choosing a facial cleanser, always check the ingredients. 
  • Choose nonabrasive (no scrubs), fragrance-free, and alcohol-free cleanser.  
  • Avoid sulfates that can irritate skin. Instead, look for natural cleansing agents like betaines, which are derived from coconut oil and soap berry extract.
  • Choose cleansers that are free from paraben preservatives.
  • To keep your skin hydrated, look for emollients (olive oil), skin soothers (aloe vera), and humectants (glycerin) which hold moisture in your skin. 

DERMAX SoGentle gel cleanser is sulfate-free, fragrance-free, and paraben-free. It contains all natural cleansing agents from soap berry extract and cocobetaines.

If you have acne prone sensitive skin, you need more than a gentle cleanser. You need one that will help clear up clogged pores that cause breakouts. Salicylic acid clears blocked pores, exfoliates skin, and reduces swelling and redness. Exfoliation helps remove dead surface skin cells, which makes it easier for acne medication to be absorbed. 

What’s New? A recently patented technology is a time-release, encapsulated salicylic acid. This more skin friendly and more effective form of salicylic acid is in the new DERMAX AcneX Pore Clearing gel cleanser.  

Try these new facial cleansers at any SkinStation branch near you.

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This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on July 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. 

Huwebes, Hulyo 3, 2014

UNDERSTANDING PIH


Understanding PIH

You have this patch of dark mark that occurred after a botched IPL clinic procedure. So you go to your dermatologist and she tells you it’s some kind of PIH. You ask her, “What’s a PIH?” The doctor’s reply makes you even more worried. "Oh, it’s short for post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.” What you thought to be a minor burn mark sounds like a very serious concern.

So what really is PIH? When skin is injured, or inflamed, the healing process can turbo boost the production of more pigmentation. The injured spots become darker. Now, you see the connection. PIH refers to darkening of affected skin after the inflammation has gone away.

Common examples are dark marks from improper acne pricking, and astringent burns made worse by sun exposure. Aside from the face, what other body parts are prone to PIH? Underarms! Many have dark underarms due to antiperspirant use. Also, elbows and knees. They become dark with constant skin trauma from friction.

Anyone can get PIH. However, if you have darker skin, you will have higher tendency to suffer from PIH than those with light skin. Those dark spots will eventually fade by themselves. This may take up to two years, though.

Your dermatologist can explain to you various treatment options to hasten the departure of dark marks. Topical treatment with skin lightening creams can be the most cost-effective option.  Exfoliants like DERMAX Retinol C serum help produce faster lightening. 
DERMAX UV SUNSCREEN SERIES

Topical cortisone cream should be applied only with medical supervision. Prolonged use can worsen PIH.

Diamond peel and chemical peels containing either glycolic acid or TCA are clinic procedures that will strip away the topmost skin layer to reveal fresher, lighter skin.

Old discolorations and scars can be successfully treated with more radical procedures like collagenesis (dermaroller) and fractional laser therapy.

With time and the proper treatment, those dark spots will eventually fade away. One thing is a must, though. You have to avoid unnecessary sun exposure. Be sure to have daily sun protection that fits your skin condition, from the DERMAX UV line of sunscreens.
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This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on July 8, 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. 

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.