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Specific Beauty Consumer Study

Between January and March of 2013, a consumer study was conducted to gage the results of the Specific Beauty Skincare line. The study was conducted by a colleague at the University of Miami, board certified dermatologist, Dr. Delilah Alonso.

In this study, 20 participants were asked to use the following Specific Beauty products:

  • Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths
  • Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30
  • Professional Moisture Complex
  • Night Treatment Complex

After using each product, the participant was asked to respond to a few statements meant to summarize their experience with the product. The participants were able to respond; Strongly Agree, Agree, Neutral, Disagree, or Strongly Disagree.

Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths

First the 20 participants were asked to use Specific Beauty’s Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths. Then they were asked to what degree they agreed with the following statements:

  • After using the Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths my skin felt clean, refreshed, and toned.
  • The Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths provided gentle and effective exfoliation.
  • The Exfoliating Cleansing Cloths effectively removed makeup.

The results from the questionnaire were that over 98% of participants agreed or strongly agreed with the above statements. For more details on the responses to individual questions, take a look at the graphic below.

Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30

The same 20 participants were next asked to use Specific Beauty’s Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30. They were once again asked to what degree (strongly agree, agree, neutral, disagree, or strongly disagree) they felt the following statements were true:

  • The Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30 spreads easily and dries with a clear finish.
  • The Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30 did not leave a white residue.
  • The Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF 30 worked well with makeup.
  • After using the Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30, my skin had a glow.
  • The Daily Hydrating Lotion SPF30 is lightweight and non-greasy.

This series of statements resulted in 84% of the participants answering agreed or strongly agreed. Take a look at the graphic below for more details on the questionnaire.

Professional Moisture Complex

The next product to be put to the test was Specific Beauty’s Professional Moisture Complex. Participants were then asked for their responses to the following statements:

  • The Professional Moisture Complex absorbs easily.
  • The Professional Moisture Complex is soothing.
  • After using the Professional Moisture Complex, my skin is hydrated.

In this part of the study, 100% of the participants either agreed or strongly agreed to the statements above. Check out the graphic below for a more in depth look at each statement.

Night Treatment Complex

Specific Beauty’s Night Treatment Complex was the final product tested in this consumer study. The participants were asked how they felt about the following statements:

  • After using the Night Treatment Complex, my skin texture improved.
  • After using the Night Treatment Complex, my skin is brighter.
  • After using the Night treatment Complex, my skin clarity is improved.
  • After using the Night Treatment Complex, my skin hydration is improved.

In this study, 77.5% of the participants either agreed or strongly agreed to the statements above. Take a look at the graphic below to see the results from each statement.

Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd Talks Specific Beauty on HSN

In case you missed it, Specific Beauty was featured on HSN during the Beauty Hour from 8pm until 9pm on June 13, 2013. Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd explained the simplicity and effectiveness of her skincare line, Specific Beauty. Check out the entire Skin Brightening 4-piece Beauty Regimen, a Customer Pick on HSN!

Check out Heather getting ready for her segment on HSN!
Dr. Heather Woolery-Lloyd backstage at HSN

Dry Winter Skin: Care, Tone and Tips

Useful tips on caring for your dry winter skin

As the weather gets colder, there is less humidity, the skin becomes drier, and the skin’s natural barrier can become compromised. Your winter skin care regimen should be more focused on restoring moisture than during any other time of the year. Below are some winter skin tips to keep your skin soft and supple in the cold weather.

1) Wear lip balm

Lips can dry out in windy weather making lip protection a must. Choose a lip balm with sunscreen for extra protection from the sun.

2) Avoid long hot showers

Although long showers are tempting in the winter, they should be avoided. This is because long hot showers can strip the skin of its natural moisture. It is best to take short warm showers.  After the shower, pat dry (avoid aggressive rubbing or scrubbing) and then immediately apply a moisturizer to lock in the moisture. For dry winter skin, occlusive moisturizers that contain ingredients like petrolatum are very effective for the body. Petrolatum is typically too heavy for the face.  Instead, look for ceramides in your facial moisturizer. They are not as heavy as petrolatum based products and are excellent at restoring the skins’ natural barrier.

3) Use a hydrating mask weekly to restore moisture

In the winter, gentle exfoliation is okay but you may consider switching to a hydrating mask (instead of an exfoliating mask) to combat dry skin and flaking which is very common in the winter months.

5) Use hand cream several times a day

Daily use of a hand cream is essential to prevent dry cracked skin in the winter. Keep it in your purse and reapply after hand washing and before putting on gloves in cold weather. Heavy moisturizers with petrolatum are often required for severe dry skin on the hands. Glycerin has a smooth silky feel and is also one of my favorite ingredients in hand creams.

6) Wear sunscreen with an antioxidant daily

The skin on the face is more vulnerable to environmental damage in the winter due to the damaging combination of wind and sun. Also you may not realize that, even if it is not sunny, sunscreen is just as important because the sun’s harmful rays can penetrate the clouds. Choose a sunscreen with an antioxidant to provide the best defense against the elements. Using a daily hydrating lotion with SPF can be a simple way to work sunscreen into your daily routine. These simple tricks will keep your winter skin tone even and radiant.


Dandruff and Scaly Scalps

A common problem I see all of the time is dandruff.  The medical term for dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis, and it is caused by a variety of factors.  Many researchers believe that dandruff is caused by a reaction to fungus that is normally on our skin.  I know it sounds crazy…but everyone has fungus on their skin.  The fungus is a part of the normal population of microorganisms that live on our skin.  The problem with people with dandruff is that they may have a hypersensitivity (allergic reaction) to this fungus.  Thus, the skin gets inflamed and scaly, resulting in flakes all over your favorite black shirt!

The treatment of dandruff is simple.  You can either use anti-fungals to decrease the amount of fungus on the skin or you can use anti-inflammatories to reduce the reaction that the skin is having to the fungus.  Many times, dermatologists recommend a combination of both to achieve the best results.  The most common antifungal is Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo.  This can be found over the counter and is also available by prescription.  Topical steroids are used to manage the inflammation and are available as foams, liquids, ointments and shampoos. Other treatments for dandruff include tar shampoos (which work great but smell awful!), salicylic acid shampoos (they break up the scales), and selenium sulfide shampoo (another antifungal).

One other thing that I wanted to mention is that very severe dandruff can actually be psoriasis.  The treatment is similar but just requires stronger steroids to achieve improvement.  Dandruff is a very treatable condition so there is no need to suffer with a scaly scalp.  If you have dandruff, try some of the over the counter remedies mentioned or see a dermatologist for more aggressive therapy.

Combating Dry Skin

For those of you with very dry skin, I know finding the right moisturizer is a challenge. I have some helpful tips that can help combat this common problem. First and foremost, stop taking long hot showers. This strips the skin of its natural moisture. Instead switch to short warm showers. Once out of the shower pat dry with the towel and then lock in the moisture with an occlusive moisturizer like petrolatum or mineral oil. Aquaphor is a good choice for the body. Humectants (like glycerin) attract water so for very dry skin, so humectants can be very helpful. One effective approach is to apply a moisturizers with a humectants first and then to layer an occlusive moisturizer on top. Glycerin is one of my favorite ingredients for dry skin because it can give skin a very smooth silky feel. Eucerin Hand Cream is one of my personal favorites for dry skin on the hands. Another great item that simplifies the regimen is Olay’s In Shower Body Lotion. You apply it and rinse off and it leaves skin hydrated and smooth. This product is great for mild dry skin, however, for more severe dry skin, a separate moisturizer after showering is necessary. Look for natural oils like olive oil and cocoa butter to achieve hydrated, smooth, and radiant skin.

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