If you’re one who is obsessed with skincare or are always searching for the best way to get healthy, youthful skin, navigating the drugstore or department store counters can be daunting.
And, if you really don’t know your skin type, or what it needs, chances are you’re probably buying the wrong formulations or getting ingredients in the mix your skin does not like.
If you’re exhausted like I am, there’s another option: create your own skincare cocktail.
I was recently introduced to a medical-grade, custom skincare line called Universkin through SpaMedica in Toronto. The idea behind this brand, created by a team of French plastic surgeons and dermatologists, is that a mix of ingredients, identified through in-depth consultation, are infused into the brand’s exclusive serum, Universkin P Serum (a base of Omega-3, Vitamin E, Biomimetic peptides and Hyalaronic acid), in order to create a day and night product according to your skincare needs and concerns.
“It is my belief that customized medical grade skincare is no longer a luxury but a necessity… Today’s skin care consumer is discerning, they want meaningful outcomes with their skincare products.” Dr. Mulholland
Whether it be fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots or redness, Universkin offers your skincare professional 19 possible active ingredients to formulate. And what’s even better, these ingredients are the purest you can get. This high quality of ingredients is what’s going to yield you quicker, more noticeable results than over-the-counter products ever could.
“From the medical point of view, skincare is changing dramatically. We’re taking ‘doctor strength’ active ingredients and creating formulations unique to the needs and pathological aging skin conditions of each patient,” says Toronto-based Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon Dr. Stephen Mulholland of SpaMedica. “Since no two patient’s skin conditions are the same, we shouldn’t expect the active ingredients to be the same. Customization of doctor strength skin care is the new state-of-the-art where skincare is concerned.
Universkin is currently the leader here. It can create close to 1,200 individualized formulations starting with 19 active ingredients. No other skincare program comes close, either in individualization or in potency and effectiveness.”
(See my Universkin custom skincare product getting mixed below)
For those who are into the science, these are the ingredients available for your practitioner to create:
Vitamin C / L-Ascorbic Acid 7%
Vitamin A / Retinol 0.2%
Novasoy Isoflavones 2%
Vit B3 / Vit PP / Niacinamide 4%
Azelaic Acid 5.4%
Vitamin B5 or D-Panthenol 5%
Aloe Vera 5.4%
Glycolic Acid 7%
Phytic Acid 2%
Salicylic Acid 2%
Ferulic Acid 1%
Kojic Acid 2%
Lactopeptides 500,000 IU
Zinc Sulphate 5%
Of course, creating your own custom skincare can be pricey, but it can also begin to replace other treatments many of us are heading to our medical spas to get, for ex. lasers, etc. But, according to Dr. Mulholland getting skincare that’s actually going to work for your own skin’s health and vitality is worth it.
“It is my belief that customized medical grade skincare is no longer a luxury but a necessity. A number of companies have created bespoke skincare lines but have been marginally successful because the formulations are not multi-layered or strong enough.
Today’s skin care consumer is discerning, they want meaningful outcomes with their skincare products. The luxury of Universkin is the unique and customized physician strength ingredients which produce outcomes often within 1-2 weeks that can rival some of the results we see with lasers, radio frequency and ultrasound energy-based devices without the expense of the treatment or multiple office visits. Rather than a luxury, Universkin represents the natural evolution of medical skin care and doing the best you possibly can for yourself.”
—by Toni-Marie Ippolito