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.

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).

Martes, Pebrero 9, 2016

Top 8 Causes of Thinning Hair

Statistics show that 85% of men will experience thinning hair and hair loss by the time they are 50.  For women, most will experience it in their 40s. Know the causes of thinning hair and learn how to deal with it.

Top Causes of Thinning Hair

1. Genetics
Genetic predisposition is the most common cause of hair loss. Medically termed as Male Pattern Baldness (MPB), this accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men. A hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT) causes hair follicles to shrink, which prevents hair from growing. As its counterpart, Female Pattern Baldness (FPB) is the general thinning over the entire scalp, predominantly at the crown.

2. Aging
As you age, so does your hair growth cycle. It’s inevitable that the hair follicles deteriorate and cause thinning hair.

3. Severe stress
Stress produces increased levels of testosterone, which converts to DHT and interrupts the hair growth cycle.

4. Poor nutrition
This includes Vitamin D, iron, and protein deficiency, and too much Vitamin A.

5. Illnesses
This includes anemia, thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, infection, inflammatory skin conditions, and other skin disorders.

6. Medications
Some types of drugs especially with high dosage can interfere with the normal cycle of hair growth.

7. Hormonal imbalance
This includes extreme hormonal changes caused by pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum depression, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and menopause.

8. Self-Inflicted
This includes excessive styling, applying too much chemicals in your hair, using hot combs, and getting overly tight hairstyles.

Dealing with Thinning Hair

DERMAX Professional recently launched DERMAX PHYTE Thinning Hair Therapy, a new and advanced plant-based serum formula specially developed to target and prevent thinning hair.

It is formulated with encapsulated procyanidin oligomers from apples that have been clinically shown to target thinning hair. Clinical study shows that hair thickness increased by 80%. And because procyanidin oligomers are natural and plant-based, it didn't have any side effects.

DERMAX PHYTE Thinning Hair Therapy is enhanced with Shikakai water, Jeju aloe, and Acacia extract to help rejuvenate scalp.

Shikakai is known as "hair fruit" that strengthens hair roots by enhancing hair's binding properties. Shikakai water and Acacia extracts are high in vitamins A, C, K, and D, along with other micronutrients and antioxidants. Jeju Aloe has been specially imported from Jeju island. Aloe extract contains enzymes that eradicate dead skin cells on the scalp that could be clogging the hair follicles. It reduces redness and inflammation and it retains water and moisture in the scalp.

DERMAX PHYTE can be most effective in cases caused by hormonal imbalance, aging, or temporary causes. For genetic predispositions, it can only lessen or delay thinning hair. Generally, improvement can be seen after the new hair growth cycle (3 to 6 weeks). Results may vary, however, depending on your hair and scalp condition so it is best to consult with a doctor for personal assessment. 


*NEW* DERMAX PHYTE Thinning Hair Therapy is
exclusively available in all SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center,
and Blushing Beauty branches nationwide. P999 only.

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This article was published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section, page C-3 on February 9, 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).

Lunes, Enero 18, 2016

PEPTIDES: NEW ANTI-AGING BREAKTHROUGH

WebMD cited peptides as the “Top 4 Anti-Aging Breakthrough”. Peptides are also claimed as one of the most promising discoveries over the last few years.

Defining Peptides
Let's start with amino acids. Amino acids are the skin’s building blocks and they form into long and short chains. Generally, long chains are those with more than 50 amino acids. The long chains become proteins. The structural protein that makes up 75% of the skin is collagen, which is responsible for the skin's thickness and elasticity. More collagen means more youthful glow. Less collagen means sagging skin and wrinkles.


The shorter chains are called peptides. Since peptides are smaller and shorter, they can be applied topically and penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. Peptides help with skin regeneration and rejuvenation by acting as collagen booster. They have Botox-like benefit without the undesirable side effects. Moreover, they also reduce skin pigmentation.

Types of Peptides and Their Benefits

Signal Peptides
These collagen-stimulating peptides are the most popular type. They stimulate skin fibroblasts to produce more collagen, elastin, and other dermal proteins. The more these structural proteins are boosted, the more supple the skin become.

Neuropeptides
These are the most innovative type of peptides that work similar to Botox minus the injection. They reduce wrinkles by approximately 30% by blocking transmission of signal from nerves to facial muscles. Then, they relax the facial muscles and keep it from forming wrinkles.

Carrier/ Penetrating/ Copper Peptides
Copper is an effective agent in skin's natural healing. It has been used for many years to treat chronic wounds. By delivering trace elements like magnesium and copper to the skin, Carrier Peptides help in skin regeneration by reducing inflammation and skin damage.

Enzyme Inhibitor Peptides
Due to aging, free radicals, and harmful UV ray exposure from the sun, collagen breaks down in the skin, which consequently leads to wrinkles. Enzyme Inhibitor Peptides reduce the breakdown of collagen by inhibiting the activity of protein-degrading enzymes. They also reduce skin pigmentation.

DERMAX Professional now offers a proprietary blend of advanced peptide serum in two variants: anti-wrinkle and whitening. Both variants come in novel airless injection design packaging, providing instant porcelain skin finish with long-term benefits. It is ideal to use for those picture-taking opportunities.

DERMAX Advanced Peptide Whitening Serum gives intensive lightening performance with a proprietary blend of advanced peptide complex, plus whitening and antioxidant ingredients to help even out skin tone and enhance skin protection.

DERMAX Advanced Peptide Anti-Wrinkle Serum contains advanced peptide complex and protective ingredients to help regain skin elasticity and boost collagen production.

For best results, always avoid unnecessary sun exposure. It is important to use DERMAX UV Milk or UV Active, both high performance broad spectrum sunscreens, once the peptide serums have been absorbed by your skin.
*NEW* DERMAX Advanced Peptide Whitening Serum and Anti-Wrinkle Serum are exclusively available in SkinStation and DERMAX Laser Center branches nationwide.
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This article was published in The Manila Bulletin, Lifestyle Section, page C-3 on January 19, 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).

Lunes, Setyembre 14, 2015

HOW DOES RETINOL WORK?

Retinol stands out as one the best ingredients for skin care, providing multiple benefits. Initial research shows it helps reduce acne breakouts by unclogging pores. Succeeding studies establish the role of retinol in boosting collagen production, reducing wrinkles, lightening skin discolorations, and more. Sounds like a miracle ingredient? Let’s find out how retinol actually works on skin.

Retinol comes from the vitamin A family. It is the nonprescription type of retinoic acid, which is sometimes called tretinoin. Once retinol penetrates the skin, it is slowly converted to retinoic acid. The slow conversion to retinoic acid makes incidence of skin irritation much less. Retinoic acid is known to exfoliate the dead top skin layer thus quickening skin renewal. It helps prevents collagen from breaking down and thickens the deeper layer of the skin making the skin firmer. It also improves skin tone by optimizing cell turnover and slowing down the production of the dark melanin pigment.

Prescription grade retinoic acid creams are very potent, showing results in merely 6 to 8 weeks. However, they also pose higher risk for irritation and other side effects. On the other hand, nonprescription retinol is far less aggressive but so much gentler on the skin so side effects are minimal to none at all. While it may take longer to achieve results, it is less irritating than the prescription formula. Generally, it takes about 3 to 6 months of daily use to get the best results.

Start adding retinol to your night care routine in your 30s. By 40s and 50s, retinol is a definite must in your skin care regimen. But regardless of age, retinol is still useful for various skin problems, including acne.

Apply DERMAX Retinol-C every night
and DERMAX UV Milk on mornings.
DERMAX Retinol-C Instant Effect
is ideal for photo opportunities.
Retinol works better when paired with vitamin C. It defends skin against free radicals and increases its anti-aging benefits. DERMAX Retinol-C Deep Wrinkle Moisturizing Therapy combines the power of Retinol and vitamin C to significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Having reunions and get-together parties? Grab the instant effect version of this product for “look, no wrinkle” picture-perfect results.

It is important to note that retinol is highly reactive and can lose its potency if not formulated properly. DERMAX Retinol-C uses time-released encapsulation technology to ensure long-term stability and efficacy. Retinol is released only upon application, triggered by the skin’s acidic pH.


Retinol is an exfoliant, so it is important to avoid unnecessary sun exposure. Always apply broad-spectrum sunscreen on mornings, such as DERMAX UV Milk Sunscreen Anti-Aging Sunscreen with SPF50+ PA+++

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This article will be published in The Manila Bulletin, Main Section on August 25, 2015. 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).