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, Nobyembre 28, 2016

TOP 10 HOLIDAY GIFT LIST


How’s your holiday gift list? Feeling pressured on what to give to your loved ones, family, and friends? Relax and check out our top 10 holiday gift suggestions:

1. LIPPIES
DERMAX Professional and Blushing Beauty product lines offer several lippie products that are sure to make you and your loved ones kissable under the mistletoe! There’s the DERMAX Pink n’ Pout (P777) that creates smoother and fuller lips with lasting results. Another is Blushing Beauty Lick My Lips Color-Changing Lip Balm (P200) that starts off with a clear lip balm and magically turns into a shinning, shimmering pink upon application. Also a must-buy is Blushing Beauty Lip & Cheek Tint (P250) that makes cheeks and lips glow with a natural pinkish or rosy shade.

 
2. DIAMONDS
Diamonds are girl’s best friend. Since diamonds are really expensive, why not give your friends the more affordable Diamond Peel (P600). Diamond Peel actually uses REAL Diamonds for skin exfoliation. Its device contains dusts of diamond encrusted on the tip of a wand, and it is one of the major breakthroughs in keeping skin youthful.

3. PEELING GEL
Too much holiday shopping can make your heels rough and dry. For sure your friends and family are experiencing the same. Give them the new DERMAX Jeju Aloe Peeling Gel (P1,800) that smoothens your heels, elbows, and knees. It exfoliates with Papaya Enzyme and timereleased Retinol, whitens with Vitamin C, Schnewhite, Licorice Extract, and Alpha-Arbutin, and moisturizes with Organic Aloe Vera extract from Jeju Island in Korea.

4. SLIMMING & FIRMING PROGRAMS
Holidays feasts can mean excess holiday weight. Start giving slimming and firming gift packages to your friends so they can begin with their 4-month program to lose those holiday bulges. By summer, they’ll have bikini-ready body. 
Prices start at P1,000 per session.

5. PAMPERING FACIALS
Despite the fun and festive feel that the holiday brings, it can be equally stressful. Pamper yourself and your friends with SkinStation facial treatments. Prices start at P600 per session.

6. TRAVEL SKIN CARE MUST-HAVES
For your buddies who will be traveling during the holidays, pack these products in their travel beauty kits. Blushing Beauty Facial Mist (P450) where facial cleansing and moisturizing is just a spritz away, anytime, anywhere. Quick and hassle-free perfect for traveling. There’s also the DERMAX Bamboo Water Micellar Toner (P275) that moisturizes and rejuvenates the skin with micellar technology and is absolutely rinse-free. Plus, the most important travel skin care product for your daily dose of sun protection is the DERMAX UV Active Broad-SpectrumSunscreen (P720) that releases water droplets leaving the skin soft and no oily after-feel.

7. REUNION-READY SKIN TREATMENTS
During holidays, get-togethers happen almost every week.
Impress your friends with reunion-ready skin and share your
secrets as well. Give them skin treatments from SkinStation
like MedLight Laser (Package prices start at P5,000 per
session), Diode Laser (Package prices start at P625 per
session), and other skin treatment packages.

8. X-TERMINATE ACNE
Holiday stress can cause acne breakouts. DERMAX offers
an AcneX line specially formulated to prevent and target
acne. This is for people who have acne-prone and oily skin.
It consists of AcneX UV Gel Sunscreen (P720), AcneX
Exfoliant Soap (P295), AcneX Anti-Acne Capsules
(P2,000), AcneX Micellar Toner (P295), and AcneX Pore
Clearing Gel Cleanser (P580).

9. HOLIDAY GIFT PACKS AND PROMOS
What’s fun about the holiday season is the never-ending
SALE, promos, and gift packs conveniently bundled for you.
SkinStation offers exclusive holiday promos and product
bundles EVERY WEEK until Christmas so make sure to stay
tuned.

10. GIFT CERTIFICATES
The safest and most convenient gift since your friends and
loved ones can get to choose whatever they want and how
they want to spend your gift. Available GC denominations
are P500 and P1,000.

All these products, programs, and packages are available in
all SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing
Beauty branches nationwide. So, go ahead, visit any of our
branches and finish your holiday gift list. Enjoy being a
Santa this holiday season!

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This article was published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section on November 25, 2016. 
The author is the CEO of SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty. He received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulations Commission for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry. He can be reached at fred.reyes@skinstation.ph

Huwebes, Oktubre 20, 2016

Caring For Your Elbows, Knees, and Heels

Caring For Your Elbows, Knees, and Heels

Dark elbows and knees, and rough heels can keep you from wearing your favorite tops, miniskirts, and flip flops. These are often the most neglected areas of the body yet they need the most TLC. Your elbows, knees, and heels appear darker, thicker, and rougher than the rest of your body. This skin concern is very common in people with darker skin tones, like us Asians, because we produce more melanin pigment.

The skin in our elbows and knees is thicker, rougher, and darker because of higher build-up of dead skin cells and constant friction against hard surfaces. The same can be said of our heels, due to friction and slow skin turnover. Genetics, hormonal imbalance, and obesity can also worsen the situation.

Consider also that these areas have no oil glands, making them feel so dry and rough. Plus, your elbows and knees are always being stretched and contracted making them more susceptible to wrinkling and sagging.

So, how do you care for your elbows, knees and heels?

Exfoliation is the first step to caring for these neglected areas. Exfoliation will speed up turnover of top skin layer to uncover clearer skin and get smoother feel. It is for this purpose that peeling gels are created, to provide solution for these specific body part concerns. Peeling gels dissolve dead surface skin cells, sloughing them off layer by layer.

DERMAX Professional launched the new DERMAX Jeju Aloe
Peeling Gel. You will be literally amazed as it smoothens your elbows, knees, and heels.

It has advanced and clinical grade formulation that provides three (3) key benefits:

1. Exfoliation - Gently exfoliates your elbows, knees, and heels with Papaya Enzyme and time-released Retinol.

2. Whitening - It lightens skin discolorations with potent blend of active ingredients such as Vitamin C, Schnewhite, Licorice Extract, and Alpha-Arbutin.

3. Moisturizing - Organic Aloe Vera extract from Jeju Island in Korea is added to make your skin softer and smoother.

DERMAX Jeju Aloe Peeling Gel is recommended to be used every night before bed time. You can use this product in your elbows, knees, and heels. It is exclusively available in all SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty branches nationwide. 

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This article will be published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section on October 25, 2016. The author is Fred C. Reyes, a Multi-Awarded Chemist, and the Founder of SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty, the fastest growing skin clinic chain in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Miyerkules, Setyembre 28, 2016

Cream vs. Serum? What to Use

Creams are the most popular form of skin care since they have been in the market for a long time. Cream is a mixture of oil and water and has moisturizing and hydrating properties. It restores sebum and locks in moisture. Generally, creams are more suited for dry skin types and those who live in cold or air-conditioned environments. 

Some heavy creams can clog pores because of their high oil content. This is not good for those with oily and acne-prone skin and those living in humid environments. 

Serum is newer but is getting more popular because it gives better efficacy than cream.  Here are the other reasons why serum is better for you:

1. Serum has high concentration of potent and active ingredients thus more effective.

2. Serum’s formula tends to be simple, without lubricators, thickeners, and oil-based ingredients that may cause skin sensitivity.

3. Serum is liquid-like and lightweight.

4. Most serum lines are packaged in medicine-dropper applicators to dispense just the right amount that your skin needs.

DERMAX Professional recently introduced its Serum Line where you get to bring home SkinStation’s best-seller treatments.

MaxiLight Serum has an intensive whitening formulation to lighten skin discolorations. Its key ingredients are among the world's most popular whitening actives, recognized as safe, clinically proven, and highly effective. You can use this as part of your daily skin care regimen or as post-care for SkinStation's MaxiLight Facial. 

CollaWhite Serum is for firmer, even-toned and smoother skin. It is a combination of anti-aging and whitening actives in one serum. You can use this as part of your daily skin care regimen or as post-care for CollaWhite Facial and Collagenesis.

AxiLight Serum is a concentrated formula to lighten dark underarms, which you can use as part of your daily skin care regimen or as post-care for AxiLight Underarm Whitening Laser and Intensive Underarm Whitening treatments.

For best results, combine multiple sessions of SkinStation treatments and daily use of the DERMAX Serum Line. DERMAX Serum Line is exclusively available in all SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty branches nationwide.

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This article was published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section on September 23, 2016. The author is Fred C. Reyes, a Multi-Awarded Chemist, and the Founder of SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty, the fastest growing skin clinic chain in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Huwebes, Hunyo 30, 2016

WHY SHIFT TO DERMAX MICELLAR TONER?

Soaps and cleansers are alkaline. They disturb the pH balance of our naturally acidic skin. Using a toner helps restore this balance. Toners also provide the extra cleansing needed to remove heavy makeup.

If you have sensitive skin, you should avoid toners containing alcohol. They can make your skin dry and prone to irritation. Refrain also from using overly fragrant toners. Fragrances are the top cause of allergic reactions.

So, what toner should you choose? How about experiencing “micellar” technology in the new line of DERMAX Professional Toners? The recently launched AcneX Micellar Toner and the Bamboo Water Moisturizing Toner from DERMAX obviously stand out in a market filled with me-too products.

WHAT IS MICELLAR TECHNOLOGY?
Research on Micellar Technology can be traced as far back as 1913 at the University of Bristol in England. Micellar Water was then created to help the French deal with their infamously harsh water supply. Micellar technology has since undergone refinements and advances until it became mainstream in high-end brands.

Micellar water is made up of “micelles,” which are invisible oil molecules suspended in water. When surfactants are dispersed in water, they form micelles. In water, micelles give surfactants their cleansing properties. The micelles then cling on to the dirt, residue, oils, and all unwanted particles on your skin and dissolve them while leaving behind a dewy, hydrated finish.

TOP 5 BENEFITS OF DERMAX MICELLAR TONER

Rinse-Free
Absolutely no rinsing needed. All you need are cotton pads for wiping. It's also free of harmful fragrance and chemicals that can damage your skin.

Travel Companion
Convenient to use especially when you're traveling and don't have the time to go through your entire cleansing routine.

Makeup Remover
Makeup artists will be happy with the convenience offered by micellar toner's ability to get rid of makeup without leaving any oily residue. It is a quick and easy way to cleanse their models in between fashion shows or during photo shoots.

Time-Saver
Micellar toner is perfect for the multi-tasker and always on-the-go. It drastically saves you time and cuts your skin care routine. It is also known as the "lazy-girl's solution" for the all-in-one cleansing, nourishing, and toning.

Face Wipes Alternative
While face wipes can give you the same convenience, micellar water is more economical as a bottle is good for 100 uses. Also, micellar toner attracts and absorbs dirt and oil as compared to just regular face wipes that merely smears dirt around your face.

The Two DERMAX Micellar Toners

AcneX Micellar Toner
Designed for oily and acne-prone skin, this alcohol-free toner contains micelles, which are nano-sized oil molecules suspended in water. Once applied, the micelles cling on to to makeup residue, dirt, and dead skin cells like a magnet. It contains  encapsulated salicylic acid with time-release technology. It is a more skin friendly form of the exfoliant to keeps pores unclogged and acne marks less visible. Other anti-acne, anti-inflammatory, and whitening actives round up the rest of the functional ingredients.

Bamboo Water Micellar Toner
This advanced micellar moisturizing toner is suited for all skin types, especially dry and sensitive skin. It  contains Bamboo Water to help hydrate and leave you feeling moisturized and rejuvenated. Soothing organic Jeju aloe vera extract is added to enhance after-feel and prevent dryness. Natural anti-inflammatory and whitening extracts enhance the total experience.


Both variants are rinse-free and fragrance-free. Exclusively available in all SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty branches nationwide.

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This article was published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section on June 30, 2016. The author is Fred C. Reyes, a multi-awarded chemist, and the CEO of SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty, the fastest growing skin clinic chain in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Martes, Mayo 10, 2016

TOP 5 BENEFITS OF FACIAL MISTS


Traditional facial mists contain only mineral water coming from exotic sites. The water simply cools the skin but when it evaporates, the skin is drier than ever. The market wanted better products. New types of mists came out, with improved moisturizing property from natural extracts and oils, as well as advanced functional anti-aging, antioxidant, and whitening ingredients. These facial mists can provide more benefits, and here are the top five:


1. INSTANT COOLNESS 
Your skin also gets thirsty and dehydrated especially during summer when it's scorching hot. Facial mist can cool, refresh, and hydrate your skin. It should be your number two must-have skin care product for summer. Number one is of course a broad spectrum sun protection, like DERMAX UV Milk or UV Active Sunscreen.

2. SKIN CARE ON THE GO
Anytime, anywhere, you get to cleanse your face and moisturize it simultaneously in just a spritz. Quick and hassle-free. 

3. LOCKS IN MOISTURE
Always mist with every layer of product you put on your skin (moisturizer - mist - primer - mist - makeup - mist, and so on). This way, it preps your skin by locking in moisture to absorb all the serums and moisturizers that you will apply.

4. PARTNER FOR YOUR MAKEUP
Aside from using facial mist before and after applying your make-up, regular spritzing is recommended especially when you need to have make-up all day.  Instead of continuous retouching and adding more layers of makeup on your face, misting before touch up softens your look. This prevents you from having a heavy look and a cake face.

5. DE-STRESSES YOU AT WORK
Facial mists can take you from looking stressed to rejuvenated in seconds. It's a spray of instant beauty. Facial mists with added aromatherapy helps with calming, soothing, revitalizing, and uplifting.

BLUSHING BEAUTY FACIAL MISTS
Launched just in time for summer is the Blushing Beauty Facial Mists! What’s unique about these next generation facial mists is that they are engineered with advanced ingredients to give you  International formulations. Blushing Beauty Facial Mists not only cool and moisturize, but they also brighten and even out your skin. As an added bonus, they are infused with your favorite scents for aromatherapy.

Blushing Beauty Facial Mists’ three key benefits:
1. COOLING - Instantly cools, refreshes, and gives you a dewy glow.
2. MOISTURIZING - Moisturizes, hydrates, and firms skin through low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid and revitalizing Bamboo Water.
3. BRIGHTENING - Brightens and evens out skin tone through Schnewhite extract from mushroom.

It comes in four variants that vary depending on your preferred scent:
1. Warm and fresh aroma of Chamomile for a soothing after-feel.
2. Sweet and floral aroma of Lavender for a calming after-feel.
3. Refreshing aroma of Green Clover that revives and revitalizes you.
4. Immensely rich Rose aroma that boosts your mood and uplifts your senses.


Blushing Beauty Facial Mists are exclusively available in all Blushing Beauty and SkinStation branches nationwide. So go ahead, spritz anytime, anywhere for an instant dewy, moisturized, and glowing skin! 

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This article was published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section on May 10, 2016. The author is Fred C. Reyes, a multi-awarded chemist, and the CEO of SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty, the fastest growing skin clinic chain in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Lunes, Abril 11, 2016

BB Cream: Its Origin, Metamorphosis, and Latest Innovation

Most people see BB cream as an original Korean skin care innovation. The fact is, BB cream was first developed by a German dermatologist. Dr. Christine Schrammek came out with BB cream as a post treatment care for her patients. She formulated this product to provide coverage and protect her patients' skin after facial peels, surgery, and laser treatments.

From its medical grade origin, the BB cream concept was repositioned by South Korean cosmetic companies as an all-in-one daily facial beauty product. It became a sensation and captured up to 13% of the cosmetics market in South Korea. It then spread throughout Asia, and became a hit in the Western market in 2011.

BB cream stands for Blemish Balm. It is marketed as a multi-tasker, time-saver facial product. On average, Korean women go through seven or more different skin care steps. Products used are: cleanser, toner, skin treatment, moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, concealer, and foundation.

Because of BB cream's versatility, it is meant to shorten this tedious regimen. Ideally, BB cream is the only facial product that you'll ever need after cleansing.

Studies show that four out of five people who have tried BB cream were satisfied and that they will buy the product again. In the Asian market, skin whitening is an essential element in any BB cream formula.

AQUAWHITE BB CREAM

With the numerous BB creams you see in stores offering practically the same benefits, what else is new in this category?

Recently launched in SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty branches is the AquaWhite BB Cream. It is the FIRST BB cream with the innovative hydrating water-burst formula. Water-burst or water-bomb, this concept has been used by DERMAX in its line of UV sunscreen products. For the first time, this novel technology is successfully applied in a BB cream formulation. It gives you the feeling of coolness and freshness as it hydrates the skin.

AquaWhite BB Cream has three key benefits: whitening, moisturizing, and coverage. It comes in natural beige color that blends well with any skin tone. It is ideal for all skin types, especially for sensitive skin. It is best for those who want a natural "no makeup" look, but want protection and cover up for some imperfections.


For best results, always avoid unnecessary sun exposure. It is important to use as a base either DERMAX UV Milk or UV Active, both high performance broad spectrum sunscreens, prior to application of AquaWhite BB cream.

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This article will be published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section on April 12, 2016. The author is Fred C. Reyes, a multi-awarded chemist, and the CEO of SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty, the fastest growing skin clinic chain in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).

Huwebes, Marso 10, 2016

NEW Powder-to-Serum VITAMIN C

The challenge with vitamin C is that it is unstable for topical application. When exposed to heat, air, or light, it breaks down quickly and it becomes ineffective. DERMAX Professional recently developed a unique and innovative product, a powder-to-serum vitamin C to overcome this concern.The new concept DERMAX VITAMIN C POWDER SERUM works like magic as the powder transforms into concentrated serum upon application.
The powder-changing serum formula has highly potent Ethyl ascorbic acid encapsulated in a hydrogenated lecithin powder base. This gives the novel vitamin C product concept optimal stability and long-term effectiveness. Hydrogenated lecithin also acts as a skin conditioning agent.
DERMAX Vitamin C Powder Serum provides 6 key benefits to your skin:
ANTI-AGING
A research study shows that those who used topical vitamin C experienced significant reduction in fine lines and wrinkles after 12 weeks. Another study confirms the beneficial effects of vitamin C in 60% of patients treated.Topical vitamin C application can stimulate the production of collagen, a protein that is responsible for the skin’s plumpness and elasticity.
WHITENING
Topical vitamin C acts as a natural bleaching agent and lightens the skin. It improves skin texture and tone, reduces brown spots, and corrects pigmentation problems.
ANTIOXIDANT
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects skin against toxic chemicals, pollutants, and free radicals, which are harmful molecules that damage collagen and cause premature skin aging.
ANTI-ACNE
Topical vitamin C has anti-inflammatory benefits that helps in skin conditions like acne vulgaris and rosacea. Vitamin C also promotes wound healing and prevents post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
SUN PROTECTION
Research suggests that vitamin C can reduce sunburned skin cells caused by UVA and UVB rays and minimize the consequences of long-term sun exposure. While vitamin C can protect and repair sun damage, it is still recommended to use daily a broad spectrum sunscreen like DERMAX UV Milk Anti-Aging Sunscreen or UV Active Hydrating Water-Burst Sunscreen.Vitamin C powder serum photo
SENSITIVE SKIN PROTECTION
Recent studies show that vitamin C can increase the thickness of the skin, thus increasing skin barrier function, making skin less sensitive.

Experience the innovative magical transformation of DERMAX Vitamin C Powder Serum. For best results, apply with DERMAX Hyal-C Serum. DERMAX Professional products are exclusively available in all SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty branches nationwide.
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This article will be published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section on March 29, 2016. The author is Fred Reyes, a cosmetic chemist and scientist, and the CEO of SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty, the fastest growing skin clinic chain in the Philippines. He was awarded the Outstanding Professional in Chemistry in 2011 by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC).