If you’re like most people who have used Dermalogica, you trust their products to always do exactly what they say they’re going to do, thanks to the inordinate amount of research, product testing, and study that goes into them. In fact, before Dermalogica was launched by Jane Wurwand, she founded The International Dermal Institute which trains thousands of men and women every year. We were recently invited to their New York City training center to meet Dermalogica’s director of global education, Annet King.
Before her presentation, King confided that she shares Starbucks barristas with David Beckham – the L.A. Galaxy team trains next to Dermalogica’s 150,000 square foot L.A. headquarters – and so she’s keenly aware of his drink of choice, a single shot vanilla latte, for those who care to know what goes into Beckham’s sculpted physique. After the mini gossip session, King shared some interesting skin care facts:
- 99% of the visible signs of skin aging are environmental (as opposed to genetic), meaning they're preventable. They include stress, alcohol, cigarettes, sun exposure, pollution, and diet. Of all of those factors, 80% of the visible signs of aging are caused by UV rays.
- Day-to-day you can fight pollutants with an anti-oxidant spray.
- Most of skin damage occurs before the age of 18 because that’s the time period where skin is still forming and growing.
- Antioxidant vitamins are as important as sunscreens when defending skin against UVA and UVB rays, which is why Dermalogica developed their sunscreen products with what they call UV Smart Booster Technology, which contains Vitamin C and E in its formulation.
- Exfoliation helps remove possible pre-cancerous cells before they become dangerous. However exfoliated skin is more vulnerable to sun damage making SPF protection all the more important.
- Oil dissolves oil, so if you’re congested, opt for oil-based cleansers.
- If you’re acne prone, make sure to always opt for products formulated without parabens, Vaseline, and mineral oil.
- For every five sunburns, your risk for melanoma is doubled.
- Water, sand, concrete, and snow are highly reflective surfaces, bouncing back as much as 90% of the sun’s rays.
- Heat breaks down sunscreen, so make sure to not store your SPF bottle in your car or in direct sunlight.
- Perfumes are photosensitizers, making them one of the causes of hyperpigmentation.
For more information on how to keep your skin protected or to sign up for a skin or body therapy class, click here.