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By definition, a customised skin care product is a product that has been formulated to address the needs of your skin and will contain actives selected especially for you. This sounds really exciting and appealing, but is it truly achievable, and at what cost?
Before going into this, one must grasp the complexity of skin care formulation to fully understand the advantages and limitations of bespoke skin care products:
Despites what has been promulgated by a large number of online DYI tutorials and videos as well as increasing numbers of self-made skincare brands, formulating a SAFE, EFFECTIVE and PLEASING skin care product is generally a long and complicated process requiring a good scientific understanding of chemistry and skin biology.
The reason is this:
Clearly, it seems magical to imagine that one can just fill in an online questionnaire with their skin specific needs, press the “order now” button and receive a one-of-a-kind formula in their mailbox 2 weeks later for $40.
So, is it possible, and if yes, what are the different types of personalised skin care?
A pharmacist then compounds the formula which is send to the recipient who can use the product for the treatment duration recommended by the brand.
This approach is generally well suited to address skin care problems such as acne or pigmentation and typical brands doing this are "The secret" or 9r8- Medi skin.Clearly, given the time and effort going into the process, the cost of these products may be high but these brands try and offer a formula which is the closest you can come to a bespoke product.
Obviously such a proposition does not offer the luxury of 12mths of stability testing to prepare your special jar of moisturiser. So, it is very likely that the base formulation will have been pre-developed to ensure its stability and microbial safety, and the actives as well as preservatives must be robust and compatible and pretested to ensure no negative interaction can happen.
This means that the bank of ingredients and formulations are limited (and rightly so), which will give you little say in the fragrance, category of ingredients (for instance natural or not natural), etc..
So, the takeout of this is that whilst “bespoke” skin care may allow some kind of flexibility and choice and provide a product slightly more suitable to your skin, the current solutions have significant drawbacks:
In Conclusion, what is the best customised skin care system?
Imagine you could change your skin care product as often as your skin’s needs change, sometimes as often as daily, or even twice daily (knowing your skin could be dryer at night after a day out than it was coming out of the warm of
your bed). Imagine you could choose the base of your moisturiser to be exactly what you like, and why not exactly the same as this beautifully fragrant cream you love so much but is not anti-age enough anymore, or the same as your safe for your sensitive skin lotion that you have been using since you turn 15 because everything else turns it bright red and itchy.
The best customised skin care is:
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