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, Hunyo 21, 2013

THE FUTURE OF SKIN CARE: NANO-ENCAPSULATION TECHNOLOGY



When we talk of nano, we talk about size. Nano is a billionth of a meter; a thousand times smaller than micro. Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on atomic and molecular scale. The concept and the potential applications can be very exciting.
Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent on its research by the governments in Europe, USA and Japan.  Applications have been found in the field of electronics, energy production, biomaterials and medicine.
With the development of nano sized active ingredients, skin care formulations have leaped to new levels of advancement.  Many major skin care companies launched new nano skin care products with enhanced effectiveness.  Skin absorption has vastly improved with the smaller particle size of nano active ingredients.
Ordinarily, skin care actives would only lay on the surface of the skin accomplishing nothing beyond improving feel. For anti-aging and lightening products, the active ingredients must work inside the skin to have any effect at all. Nanotechnology has made it possible for actives to go beyond the barriers much more easily.  
Then there was the report alleging the potential of nano sized physical sunscreens getting into the body’s bloodstream. Although the clinical basis for such a claim is largely insufficient, the alarm created such a bad press, and stunted the popularity of nanotechnology in skin care. Suddenly, the major brands deleted all reference to nano in their marketing. However, they continue to use nanotechnology in their formulations, as they hide behind terminology like “micro” to avoid any controversy.
Behind the headlines in mainstream media, the research and development in nanotechnology continues. Encapsulating nano particles is one recent major advance.
Why not encapsulate nano actives which are highly reactive and unstable? Encapsulation will protect the degradation of ingredients, keeping them as fresh as when they were first added in the blend.
Why not use encapsulation technology that will slowly release nano ingredients to impart time-release benefit?
And why not use encapsulation technology that will bring the actives to specific epidermal or dermal layer where they will be needed most?
Such incredible nano-encapsulation concepts are real and are available now at SkinStation. We have embraced nanoencapsulation technology in our DERMAX Professional skin care line. We know it is safe. We are convinced that this is the future of skin care. We not only openly declare this. We proudly incorporated “NANO” in our brand name.


(In July 2012, the author spoke before the members of Philippine Society for Cosmetic Science (PSCS) on the same topic, with the title, "Nano+Encapsulation Technology in Personal Care Products". The updated and modified version of that presentation before the PSCS can be accessed here:  https://app.box.com/s/7igjxmfyh5olyz6ktlv7.)
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Skin Smart seeks to clarify facts and myths on skin care. It will also share innovative developments in skin care industry. This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on June 25, 2013.  The author  received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry.  He is the CEO of SkinStation and can be reached at fred.reyes@skinstation.ph. 



Biyernes, Hunyo 7, 2013

HOW GLUTATHIONE A.I.D.S. YOUR BODY



HOW GLUTATHIONE A.I.D.S. YOUR BODY



Glutathione is found in every human cell, and produced abundantly by the liver. Glutathione also exists naturally in fruits, vegetables and meats. The majority of its benefits can be summarized in the acronym “A.I.D.S.”



A – Antioxidant
Glutathione is often referred to as the master antioxidant. It is. Glutathione recycles and recharges all the antioxidants in our cells. None of the antioxidants could function at their optimum level without the presence of glutathione. The process of recharging antioxidants is enhanced by the addition of vitamin C to glutathione.

I – Immune System Booster
By keeping our intracellular glutathione level up, we also keep our immune system fully armed. Glutathione supports the ability of the body’s immune system to fight pathogens and antigens - agents of cellular damage, toxicity and disease.

According to webmd.com, people take glutathione supplements to prevent aging, hepatitis, liver disease, heart disease, high cholesterol, diseases that weaken the body’s defense system, memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoarthritis, and Parkinson’s disease. Healthcare providers also give glutathione intravenously for preventing anemia, patients undergoing hemodialysis treatment, treating Parkinson’s disease, improving blood flow and decreasing clotting in individuals with hardening of the arteries, treating diabetes, and preventing toxic side effects of chemotherapy.

D – Detoxification
Glutathione levels are highest in the liver, the body’s major detoxifying organ. Experimental studies have shown that low glutathione levels lead to poor liver and kidney function, and result in unnecessarily large quantities of toxins. Chronic liver diseases, whether alcohol or non-alcohol related, have been successfully treated with high dose of IV-glutathione treatment, resulting in improved liver function.

S – Skin Lightening
Aside from its many biologic functions, glutathione has become popular in the Philippines and other Asian countries for its purported skin lightening effect. There are clinical research data to support the beneficial effect of glutathione in pigmentary disorders. Various concepts have been proposed to explain the lightening activity. One of these is the same mechanism attributed to most antioxidants: Glutathione neutralizes free radicals that contribute to activation of melanin formation.

It is important to understand that glutathione, or any whitening active for that matter, cannot make you any whiter than what you really are. It may only bring back your original skin color that may have been made several tones darker by accumulated sun exposure. Your lifestyle will determine how far you will maintain the effect. One day of unprotected and prolonged sun exposure will negate all the gains you have made in making your skin tone lighter. 

Glutathione cannot give the same absolute results for everyone. What’s effective to others may not be effective to you. Always seek medical advice.


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Skin Smart seeks to clarify facts and myths on skin care. This column was published in the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Section on June 11, 2013.  The author  received the 2011 Outstanding Chemist Award from Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) for his achievements in the field of cosmetic chemistry.  He is the CEO of SkinStation and can be reached at fred.reyes@skinstation.ph.