Written by Janu Yasotharan
Our skin is often referred to as a window to our overall health within the medical realm. As our largest detoxifying organ, our skin is always sending us signals and telling us what it needs, from macro-level signs like redness, fine lines, dark spots, and dehydration to the microscopic skin conditions that cause these reactions. Taking our philosophy of listening to your skin one step further, we've added our NEW Smart Response Serum to our already existing arsenal of skin care heavy hitters.
Smart Response Serum is formulated with a revolutionary combination of four active ingredients to target and recognize your skin's needs on a cellular level before they're visible to the naked eye. It effectively micromanages your skin's ever-changing needs anywhere between sensitivity, firming, brightening, and hydration. So, if you have two or more of these needs, this is the product for you.
Gallic Acid from Japanese Cornelia Cherries senses inflammatory responses from the skin. It works to soothe and reduce the appearance of redness, making it the perfect ingredient to deal with sensitivity in the skin. Professional Skin Therapist Nyssa Grays shares that inflammation almost always comes at the hand of our skin's sensitivity to something specific. Outside of removing the sensitizing factor, you can work to build your skin's immunity by choosing skin care with active ingredients like Gallic Acid to combat inflammation and redness, or if you want to focus on sensitivity alone, reaching for products from our UltraCalming line.
Grays shares that after the age of 25, the average person will lose about 1% of their skin's natural collagen reserve every year. Mannose-6-Phosphate, more commonly known as Juvidex, is a complex that works against skin oxidation and degradation, therefore, allowing the structure of your skin to improve. Infusing our Smart Response Serum with this ingredient has enabled the serum to detect collagen weakness and respond to this by targeting the first signs of visible skin aging like fine lines and wrinkles, leaving you with smoother, firmer skin. Grays recommends exploring our Age Smart range of products if you want your product to focus solely on anti-aging, specifically our Phyto Nature Firming Serum, a dual-phase lifting and firming serum. "Anything that's going to firm or protect your skin is also going to encourage collagen retention," shares Grays. She also stresses the use of sunscreen- "overexposure of UV can lead to faster deterioration of collagen and increase pigmentation."
An infusion of Hydrolyzed Wheat Flour, rich in Arabinoxylo-Oligosaccharides, works as a prebiotic-rich dark spot fading agent in Smart Response Serum. Only activating when it detects too much of a critical enzyme involved in the production of melanin, this ingredient responds to this overproduction by brightening the skin to help reduce the appearance of dark spots. It also works to keep the surface of your skin balanced, youthful, and strong and can ward off signs of aging skin. Grays recommends exploring Dermalogica's range of products incorporating Vitamin C if you were looking to target hyperpigmentation specifically, and recommends talking to your Professional Skin Therapist about our Biolumin-C Serum. Known for being a high-performance serum that enhances the skin's natural defence system to brighten, firm, and reduce signs of aging, it's a product that will actively work against dark spots.
Dehydration of the skin comes at the hand of external factors that deplete the skin's optimal water levels. Smart Response Serum combats this with ingredients like Oligosaccharides from Hydrolyzed Beta Glucan, which will leave your skin more supple and much happier. This powerhouse ingredient will reach even the most minor cracks in your skin's lipid barrier and only responds where it detects dehydration. It acts as a humectant and locks in moisture, prevents water loss, and boosts your skin's barrier, all leading to a more soft and supple face. However, "if you're looking to only target your skin's hydration levels, think about incorporating our Skin Hydrating Booster. You can use it as a spot treatment or mix it into your moisturizer for optimal hydration," shares Grays.
If you have specific one-off needs, Grays shares that it's always best to target them. BUT, if you have two or more of the above needs, you may benefit from meeting all of them with a product, such as Smart Response Serum, that only activates agents based on the signs your skin is sending. "The best thing you can do to make sure you're choosing the right products is to set up a free virtual consultation with one of our Professional Skin Therapists so we can cater your skin care regimen to your skin goals," Grays tells us.