By Justine Taylor
Customized products are now the rave and are great for your skin.
Today’s best skincare has advanced well beyond deciding whether you have dry, oily or normal skin and treating it accordingly. A new, research-based movement is afoot that takes a more tailored or personalized approach to your skincare needs. It’s known as bespoke skincare, and refers to customized products designed specifically for your skin.
Bespoke skincare products are made for you, with your skin condition, type and needs in mind—good news for those of us who have a vanity littered with half-used jars and vials of creams and lotions that never quite did the job.
Two customizable products available in Canada take it a step further by offering personalized skincare that comes with physician analysis and high-potency dermatological-grade active ingredients. Dozens of active ingredients can be added to various base creams, resulting in thousands of personalized combinations.
A great alternative to generic, off-the-shelf creams, these customized products take the guesswork out of your daily routine
Blend and Boost
Developed by a pharmaceutical company, Blend and Boost is one custom-blended product with formulas mixed by participating pharmacists across the country. The process starts with a personalized assessment of your skin and a questionnaire answered in conjunction with your physician. Based on your skin concerns, lifestyle and even the season, the perfect combination of cream formulas and advanced boosters are selected, and a formula is sent to your pharmacist for mixing. Within two days, your personalized product is delivered. Blend and Boost provides multi-functional skincare solutions treating multiple concerns by infusing advanced cosmetic boosters. With this scientific approach, you can have multiple concerns treated with a single, customized solution.
“Bespoke skincare with Blend and Boost specifically targets areas of concern for each patient and addresses their particular needs,” says Dr. Julia Carroll of Toronto’s Compass Dermatology. “As the dermatologist, I make the ultimate decision on which base and boosters are blended together, creating each unique formula. Results have been fantastic and patients are ecstatic with their customized solution.”
Dr. Martin Braun of Vancouver Laser & Skin Centre Inc., agrees: “Blend and Boost is a revolutionary concept, focused on skincare customization, targeting patient-specific concerns. Each tailored solution is comprised of cosmetic active boosters and one specialized cream whereby I, as the physician, choose the combinations and concentrations. We have seen the most efficacious results in just one month, and this is definitely the number one reason why my patients return for their refills. I trust the product and my patients trust me.”
Ten years of rigorous research and clinical studies led to a breakthrough product by Universkin of France, brought to Canada exclusively by Croma Aesthetic Canada. Developed by a specialized board of scientists, including world-leading plastic surgeons, dermatologists, biologists and pharmacists, Universkin combines pure, pharmaceutical-grade active ingredients at the right concentrations, for a personally precise and multi-functional solution.
To design your Universkin formula, an extensive skin analysis is conducted by your physician using a comprehensive questionnaire and personal consultation. Pharmaceutical-grade active ingredients are added to the base serum, selected to best address your skin’s issues. In less than one minute, your skincare formula is prepared for you in your physician’s office. Your formula can be fine-tuned over time to adapt to your lifestyle, age, skin condition, and any seasonal and environmental effects and changes.
Dr. Sheetal Sapra of ICLS Dermatology in Oakville says Universkin is an excellent choice for any skin condition. “Universkin allows me to diagnose and prepare a customized formula using pharmaceutical – grade actives that are appropriate for my patient’s skin type and for pre-existing conditions such as pigmentation, acne, oily skin, and rosacea or other aesthetic concerns. Tailor-made skin care by Universkin is unique and highly effective.”
“Tailor-made, topical skin care by Universkin makes the difference,” says Manny Kapur, Managing Director, CROMA Canada “Today’s consumers are very sophisticated, and the media keeps them well informed of new and exciting developments in our industry, so it’s important that we offer something really unique, effective, and not available in retail stores.”