1). How did you get started in this industry?
I began as a dermatologist and formulating a line of skincare products came later. Naturally, I was fascinated with the ability to improve the overall health of skin, but the beauty aspect appealed to me as well. Helping people feel better about the way they look is very rewarding. So it’s really the synergy between health and beauty.
2). What is your star product or biggest breakthrough?
The Alpha Beta Peel. During my years in private practice, I noticed that no matter what my patients tried and tested, they seemed to be extremely dissatisfied with their products and the lack of results. At the same time, the harsh glycolic peels of the 90’s were becoming more and more popular. I was against the philosophy that these irritating peels were good for the skin. That motivated me to think outside of the box and develop the Alpha Beta Peel, formulated to yield immediate results yet also gentle enough for everyday use. Instead of using glycolic acid at a high concentration, I combined a proprietary blend of multiple acids at lower concentrations, which scored lowest on irritation tests and highest in results. In this case, thinking outside box proved to be right.
3). Who/What inspires you?
I recently saw a patient who came in for cosmetic procedures and I was able to detect melanoma on her, which saved her life. I knew she was a sun worshipper so we did a full body check, in which, we found something potentially life threatening. This is just an example of how gratifying it is to me to be able to practice both health and beauty procedures.
4). Be honest, what beauty products do you use regularly other than your own?
Honestly, I only use my own products. This is my regime.
In the morning I use the Botanical Cleasing Bar with Tea Tree Oil, then the Extra Strength Alpha Beta Peel followed by the Hydra Pure Oil Free Moisturizer.
At night I use the All in One Cleanser with Toner and the Hydra Pure Vitamin C Brightening Serum & Antioxidant Serum. The Hydra Pure Smart Spray Mist is also great on the road including when I’m traveling on the weekend or if I’m in places where the water is hard.
5). Imagine the future of the beauty industry and give us your prediction of what’s to come.
I tend to focus more on proven results and efficacy rather than trends. I am excited about the results that can be obtained by combining multiple ingredients into one product- it is all about the right mixture. Ounce for ounce, Vitamin C is the most potent antioxidant in terms of collagen building for anti-aging purposes. The key with Vitamin C is to combine all 3 forms into one product. Additionally, Retinoids, derivatives of Vitamin A, are an important part of the anti-aging arsenal. Peptides and Coenzyme Q10 (aka Ubiquinone) are also effective ingredients to help ease lines and wrinkles.
6). Give our customers a beauty insider tip:
Many people don’t know that impurities and heavy metals found in tap water may cause irritation, breakouts and aging. Protect against them with our patented Chelating Complex only found in Hydra Pure products. This unique complex prevents the absorption of these irritants into the skin.
6.5). In 140 characters or less, give us a beauty tip to Tweet and tell us where to follow you.
@dgskincare It’s never too late to get started too on preventing and slowing down the aging process, although you should begin sooner rather than later. Do not give up hope if you did not take care of your skin when you were younger. There are ingredients and products that can literally help reverse the aging process. Like taking care of a new car, regular maintenance is the key to keep it in good condition.