Posts Tagged ‘Skincare’

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

Why You Need to Use Daily Sunscreen

Why it is so important to wear sunscreen daily

Breakthrough research: Why you need to start using sunscreen every day!

We always hear that we need to wear sunscreen every day, however, a new study from Australia proves that the benefits of daily sunscreen use are real and measurable. In this study, they followed 900 fair skinned volunteers who wore sunscreen at least some of the time. The participants were between the ages of 22 and 55 and two thirds of them also wore hats when in the sun. Half of the volunteers were instructed to continue their usual practices and the other half were told to apply sunscreen to their face, neck, arms, and hands every morning.

Skin aging was measured at the beginning of the study with a silicone mold that was applied to the top of the hands. Investigators measured aging by examining the lines in the silicone mold. A grade of zero represented no lines at all (like baby skin) and 6 represented deep grooves and wrinkles.

At baseline both groups had a score of 4. The two groups were re-examined four and a half years later. At the end of the study, the “daily” sunscreen group still had a median score of 4 but the “casual use” sunscreen group had worsened to a median score of 5. That means that in just four and a half short years there was a significant increase in skin aging with “casual sunscreen use”.

This study really emphasizes the importance of daily sunscreen use to all sun exposed areas (face/neck/chest/arms/hands). The results prove that you can actually prevent and delay aging if you use sunscreen every day. What makes this study particularly interesting is that the control group was actually relatively good with sunscreen. Most even wore hats when in the sun so they weren’t extreme sun-worshippers. This study really proves that incidental everyday sun exposure can significantly age your skin in less than five years. In addition, using sunscreen everyday on exposed areas will clearly stop or delay these signs of aging.

Read the tips below to get the most out of your sunscreen and remember to wear sunscreen every day.

1) Apply a penny-sized amount of sunscreen to cover the face.

Studies show that we don’t apply enough sunscreen. One study showed that we often achieve less than half the labeled SPF because we don’t use enough. In other words, an SPF of 30 becomes and SPF of 10 because we don’t apply enough so remember to apply sunscreen liberally to get the best results.

2) Apply sunscreen to your neck and hands.

This study looked specifically looked at aging on the hands. It proved that in less than five years, your hands could age by 20% if you are not applying sunscreen daily. Keep your hands looking young and apply sunscreen every day.

3) Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

This study focused on aging, which is primarily caused by UVA damage. Both UVA and UVB radiation causes skin cancer so make sure your sunscreen contains both UVA and UVB protection.

4) Choose a sunscreen that also contains antioxidants.

Antioxidants make sunscreens work better by preventing free radical damage in the skin. Antioxidants like Emblica and green tea are especially useful because they have also been proven to help with pigmentation. So make sure your sunscreen also contains antioxidants for best results.

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