Research and innovation are at the core of the SkinCeuticals mission. Our dedication to science has established the brand as a leader in the advanced skincare arena. The company’s founding was the direct result of a revolutionary discovery that set the standard for antioxidant formulation. SkinCeuticals continues to pioneer next-generation products that will optimize the health and beauty of the skin—and change the face of skincare for years to come.
At SkinCeuticals, founding scientist and chief medical advisor, Dr. Sheldon Pinnell established SkinCeuticals as the skincare industry’s antioxidant authority. Dr. Pinnell’s groundbreaking, peer-reviewed research and comprehensive dermatologic knowledge resulted in the Duke University Antioxidant patent. This is now the gold standard for topical antioxidant formulations and licensed exclusively to SkinCeuticals.
With nearly 40 years of experience researching and developing technologies that help to prevent accelerated skin aging and skin cancer, Dr. Pinnell’s work established SkinCeuticals as a leader in scientifically validated skincare. SkinCeuticals is committed to cutting-edge skin science. This is reinforced by strategic relationships within the scientific community.
We have established a network of leading scientists from the fields of cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, and biophysics to further understand and research skin aging, skin types, and skin conditions. With this comprehensive knowledge of the skin and skin health, SkinCeuticals continues to raise the skincare bar and maintain its leadership position in the skincare industry.
SkinCeuticals Clinical Studies
At SkinCeuticals, we discover, develop, and deliver innovative skincare products that improve the overall health and appearance of the skin. We subject our active ingredients and final formulations to rigorous clinical studies in order to obtain scientifically validated proof that they deliver on their claims-reinforcing our commitment to provide advanced skincare backed by science.
All clinical studies are not created equal. Some studies only look at one or two ingredients in a formulation. Others test these ingredients at concentrations much higher than the levels found in the final product. Even more, some studies are performed in-vitro, or in a petri dish as opposed to real, live skin.
Skin Protection from the Inside + Outside Correction
Properly formulated topical antioxidants have been shown to provide protection from skin-damaging free radicals. Additionally some have a corrective action to help improve fine lines and wrinkles and reduce discoloration resulting in a comprehensive anti-aging effect. But what are antioxidants, how do they work, and what other benefits do these active molecules have for the skin?
What is an antioxidant?
An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a type of damage that occurs when molecules lose electrons. Five types of antioxidants found naturally in the body that protect against damage are: glutathione, ubiquinone, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), alpha tocopherol (vitamin E), and alpha lipoic acid. Antioxidants work by different mechanisms to stop or neutralize damage. Out of the five antioxidants found in the body only vitamins C and E are proven to get into skin. Additionally, there are a few plant antioxidants that work in skin.
What is a free radical?
Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons, causing them to be unstable and highly chemically reactive. These unstable molecules are generated by UV rays, infrared radiation, pollution, and lifestyle factors like alcohol and cigarette smoke. Over time, free radical damage leads to visible signs of accelerated skin aging, including fine lines, wrinkles, laxity, discoloration, and even skin cancer.
Sunscreen is the first line of defense and essential for protecting skin’s surface from the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays. Unfortunately, sunscreen filters only protect skin from up to 55% of damaging free radicals*. Topical antioxidants neutralize free radicals and protect against UV damage. Incorporating a topical antioxidant and sunscreen into a daily skincare regimen provides complete protection from environmental damage.
*Haywood, R., et al, J Invest Dermatol 2006;121:862-868
SkinCeuticals: The Antioxidant Authority
In 1997, SkinCeuticals changed the face of skincare with the introduction of Serum 10 and Serum 15, the company’s first stabilized, pure L-ascorbic acid topical antioxidants. Representing four generations of antioxidant technology that have been proven to increase environmental protection protection with each advance SkinCeuticals offers nine formulations for the face and eye area.
The SkinCeuticals Difference
A topical vitamin C antioxidant must be properly formulated to be effective. This is dependent on three factors: The form of vitamin C used, the concentration, and the pH of the solution.
SkinCeuticals founding scientist Dr. Sheldon Pinnell conducted research about antioxidant formulation and discovered these factors, now known as the Duke Antioxidant patent. SkinCeuticals is the only brand to formulate antioxidants according to these standards.
In the years since the patent, each subsequent antioxidant generation has been subjected to rigorous clinical studies—and the results are clear: SkinCeuticals topical antioxidants neutralize free radicals caused by solar radiation and other environmental factors for inside protection and outside correction.