I’ve been in the skin care business for over 15 years, and worked for the largest cosmetic company in the world, l’Oreal.
L’Oreal owns many companies, and people are rarely aware that skin care brands like Vichy, LaRoche Posay, Biotherm, Lancome, Garnier, Kiehl’s, Decleor and SkinCeuticals (amongst others) fall under the great l’Oreal umbrella. You’d think they are in competition with each other, but in reality they are not. L’Oreal is smart with its marketing, so each brand has its own story, its own positioning, its own feel to reach out to as many consumer styles as possible.
But one thing that those brands have in common is access to the latest technologies stemming from l’Oreal’s research labs: l’Oreal Recherche.
L’Oreal Recherche invests millions of dollars each year in R&D, to come up with novel molecules that are active on the skin and will give them an advantage over their competitors. They patent thousands of molecules yearly. And then they spread it across the board (read: brands) in different products, different textures, different formulations, and at different concentrations.
In other words, these brands share a lot of the same active ingredients.
One of those molecules, Pro-Xylane™, was launched while I was working for l’Oreal. Vichy Laboratoires was the first one to launch a product with Pro-Xylane™, followed by Lancome the next year, then l’Oreal Paris, and so on and so forth.
In case you’re wondering, Pro-Xylane™ is a derivative of xylose, a monosaccharide (sugar) derived from plants. It is believed to work directly on the ECM (extra-cellular matrix), more specifically on the glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) within the matrix. It also helps the DEJ (dermo-epidermal junction) regain its shape to better anchor the epidermis and dermis together. It’s a great anti-aging molecule that has solid science behind it and it gives visible results.
Here is an example of how l’Oreal uses Pro-Xylane™ in different skin care lines:
A lot of clients have the misconception that medical-grade products are more expensive. While it is more of an investment on the initial purchase, the truth is that they are also more concentrated, which leads to better, faster results.
Based on the example above, here’s the actual quantity of Pro-Xylane™ per jar:
> L’Oreal Revitalift: 3% X 50g = 1.5g of Pro-Xylane™ per jar
> Vichy Neovadiol: 3% X 50g = 1.5g of Pro-Xylane™ per jar
> SkinCeuticals AGE Interrupter: 30% X 48g = 14.4g of Pro-Xylane™ per jar
In order to have the same dosage/quantity of Pro-Xylane™ delivered to the skin, you would need to purchase 10 jars of Revitalift for a total cost of $380 (10 jars X $38).
In order to have the same dosage/quantity of Pro-Xylane™ delivered to your skin, you would need to purchase 10 jars of Neovadiol for a total cost of $520 (10 jars X $52).
In other words, you would need to buy 10 jars of l’Oreal Revitalift or Vichy Neovadiol to get the same results as 1 jar of SkinCeuticals AGE Interrupter! Puts your $165 investment in perspective now, doesn’t it?
SkinScience Clinic has been carrying the SkinCeuticals brand for over 7 years, and SkinCeuticals AGE Interrupter is an excellent multi-tasking anti-aging product (that can be used on the face, neck, decollete and around the eyes). While it has a higher price point per jar, it is significantly more concentrated than it’s drugstore counterparts.
Here is a before and after comparison of a female patient using AGE Interrupter (30% Pro-Xylane™) daily for 12 weeks. The difference is quite spectacular!
Once again proving that in skin care, you get what you pay for.
In healthy skin always,