The year is 1974, Watergate comes to a halt after the resignation of President Nixon, Stephen King introduces the world to Carrietta White in his cult classic best-selling novel Carrie, and a breakthrough discovery by the founders of Neostrata forever changes the way we resurface our skin with the introduction of Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
Since then, most every brand in the skincare industry has touted the benefits of AHA’s with various products containing the water soluble acids. Neostrata led the way.
These collagen boosting, firming acids stave off signs of aging by exfoliating to reveal new, smooth layers of skin, promoting a more youthful appearance. The most common and researched AHA’s are Lactic, Glycolic, Mandelic, and Citric acids.
Cleopatra is said to have bathed in lactic acid-rich sour milk among other things (see: powdered crocodile excrement) to keep her complexion flawless. Lactic acid is a gentle AHA used to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is ideal for exfoliation on darker complexions as the larger molecules sit on top of the skin without causing inflammation.
Glycolic Acid derives from sugar cane and exfoliates the deepest layers of the epidermis, stimulating collagen production and preventing transepidermal water loss.
This fast-acting acid is commonly applied to skin by estheticians and in day spas offering chemical peels. It can be found in over-the-counter cleansers, toners, masques and serums.
Neostrata’s Refine Gel Plus boasts 15% Glycolic Acid and is wonderful for those who prefer a cool quick absorbing gel over creams and lotions. It is suitable for oily, acne prone skin and ideal for people in warm climates.
This cool gel deeply exfoliates the skin to reveal smoother, more even toned skin. It’s recommended to use Refine Plus following the use of a lower strength AHA.
NeoStrata Clarify Oily Skin Solution was formulated for oily skin and contains 8% glycolic acid to tone and minimize the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles for balanced healthy looking skin.
Anti Microbial Mandelic Acid is derived from wild cherries and bitter almonds. It gently firms skin, while keeping breakouts at bay. This acid is great for sensitive and acne prone skin.
NeoStrata Refine Oil Control Gel contains an 8% Mandelic/Polyhydroxy acid exfoliating blend to increase collagen production while providing a matte finish. This gel can be worn as a makeup primer or over makeup for a fresh, shine free face.
Citric Acid is used to adjust the acidity in skincare products and assist other ingredients to function better. This acid is derived from citrus fruits like limes, grapefruit, and oranges and is known to gently slough off dead skin cells revealing a more even, brighter complexion.
Neostrata Skin Active Antioxidant Defense Serum contains a powerful combination of Citric Acid Lilac, Green Tea, and Chardonnay Grape Seed Extracts to neutralize five different types free radicals and treat aging sun damaged skin.
In addition to discovering the amazing benefits of Alpha Hydroxy Acids Neostrata continued to innovate new technology in skincare with more recent developments.
In 2007, the Neostrata patented; non-acid amino sugar, Neoglucosamine stepped onto the scene. This powerful technology builds the skin's collagen support matrix targeting fines lines and wrinkles while gently exfoliating to reveal new layers of the skin.
Neostrata Skin Active Firming Collagen Booster is a lightweight serum formulated with a potent combination of Neoglucosamine; Gardenia Cell Culture to preserve existing collagen, and Matrixyl 3000 peptides to help skin regain its elasticity and become stronger. It also includes a nice blend of lavender and clary sage oils to help soothe dry skin.
In 2013, Neostrata introduced yet another skincare innovation, Aminofil. This highly effective amino acid helps reinforce the skin’s structure to plump and firm skin for a more lifted appearance.
NeoStrata Skin Active Tri-Therapy Lifting Serum is a 3D volumizer that features a low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid to penetrate the skin’s surface, attracting moisture; and breakthrough Aminofil for evenly toned, hydrated skin.
Neostrata’s innovative, lightweight gels and serums are a perfect addition to your existing spring/summer regimen. Use as directed for radiant, supple skin sure to go down in history.
About the Author
Robin N.W. is a licensed facialist and skincare entrepreneur in Dallas, Texas.