powerful and potent cells to their skin,
according to Mr. Geria.
“Stem cell research is in its infancy,”
he noted. “Applying these stem cell
based products daily on the skin and
expecting them to generate instant
skin benefits would be a lot to ask.”
Osmotics offers a range of products
that contain the anti-aging benefits of
Blue Copper. The newest is Osmotics
Blue Copper 5 Lip & Tuck. This 3-in-1
lipgloss pen has moisturizing, anti-aging and plumping benefits. It contains homogenized hyaluronic acid to
penetrate into the lip skin. It soothes
with menthol and contains a unique
tri-peptide that prevents the loss of
collagen elasticity, keeping the lips
and mouth area firm, tight and line
free. The pen retails for $35 and is
available at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor
“Peptides are so big right now.
They’re one of the great new classes of
cosmeceutical ingredients,” insisted
Francine Porter, founder and president of Osmotics.
Besides building collagen, Ms. Porter
said peptides can quench free radicals,
making Lip & Tuck an excellent product for cigarette smokers who often
develop lines around their lips.
Treating acne and reducing the
appearance of wrinkles may take up
much of a dermatologist’s day, but
there is a growing demand for products
that treat hyperpigmentation, especially among African-Americans. Mr. Geria
noted that soy and kinetin have shown
effectiveness in reducing hyper-pig-mentary effects.
Dr. Alexis reports that dischromia is
among the top three reasons why
African-Americans seek a dermatologist. His preferred method of treatment
is 4% hydroquinone.“It is the most
effective treatment available—it’s the
gold standard,” he said.
At the time, however, he noted that
new skin-lightening ingredients,
including licorice and mulberry
extracts, and arbutin, show promise.
Although StriVectin has had success
with its oligo-peptide formulas, Dr.
Chevreau cautioned that skin is a very
complex organ, one where collagen is
just one part of the equation. For example the epidermal-dermal junction
(EDJ) plays a critical role in maintaining skin. To restimulate this site in
older skin requires targeting it with
marine-based extracts. Although she
would not confirm that StriVectin is
targeting the EDJ in its research, she
did agree that it is an excellent opportunity for skin care advances.
Mr. Borba expects his current
research will pull the cosmetic industry
into an entirely new arena—one that
puts an emphasis on texture.
“This industry needs stimulation,” he
explained. “We’re working on a whole
new process that calls for new binders