Ingredients That Work Together
A powerful exfoliant, the efficacy of glycolic acid is maximized only when it is formulated at a high concentration and a low pH. In addition to its anti-aging benefits, glycolic acid can reduce blemishes and irregular pigmentation.
Lactic acid is a naturally occurring skin moisturizer that is present in your skin. Lactic acid has been broadly used in skin care products and is familiar to physicians as an effective moisturizing therapeutic agent. Lactic acid has been shown to improve skin texture and smoothness and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Clinical studies have shown that lactic acid is equal to glycolic acid in its ability to penetrate the outer layer of the epidermis.
The pH level of a product measures its acidity or alkalinity. Substances with low pH levels are acidic while higher pH levels correspond to alkaline (or basic) products. The pH of the skin is normally around 5. For skin care products to adequately penetrate the skin and be effective, the pH level must be sufficiently below 4.5. The lower the pH, the more penetration, however, the more irritating a product can be. Due to the patented anti-irritant COSMEDERM-7, high concentrations of glycolic acid at very low pH levels can be delivered for maximum anti-aging results. pH also plays a role in the acid mantle of your skin which acts as a barrier to keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out, such as pollution and bacteria.
COSMEDERM-7 is a patented anti-irritant technology that contains the naturally occurring element strontium. Strontium has powerful anti-itch, anti-irritant, anti-inflammatory and skin protective capabilities. Similar to calcium and found in green, leafy vegetables, it is one of the most abundant elements in seawater. In Refinity products, COSMEDERM-7 acts to prevent the irritation and burning sensations due to the high strength of the alpha-hydroxy acids.
Glycolic Acid Concentration Level
The key ingredient that attributes to high potency glycolic acid peels is the concentration of glycolic acid. Glycolic acid delivers the maximum anti-aging results only when the concentration is sufficiently high. The Refinity peels use 50% and 70% glycolic acid formulations. 70% is the maximum concentration available.
Refinity Skin Health System
Daily Skin Care
The Refinity Skin Health System uses a glycolic peel to kick-start the skin care treatment and daily skin care products containing lactic acid for continuous improvement. Lactic acid is an exfoliant that works to improve the skin’s texture by moisturizing, removing dead surface cells, and stimulating collagen and elastin growth.
A mild, soap-free cleanser specially formulated by scientists to remove make-up, dirt, and excess oil gently yet thoroughly without drying skin. This unique formula exfoliates the skin with lactic acid, uses glycerin to draw and hold moisture, and COSMEDERM-7 to protect the skin from irritants. Safe for even the most sensitive skin, it leaves the skin feeling hydrated and smooth while preparing the skin for the Refinity Protective Toner and moisturizers.
This soothing toner balances, hydrates, and refreshes the skin. COSMEDERM-7 helps protect the skin from environmental irritants while minimizing redness and inflammation. The Protective Toner helps to clean pores and make the skin smooth. It also adjusts the skin’s pH balance to enhance the benefits of Refinity products. It is recommended that the Refinity Purifying Cleanser be used before the Protective Toner.
This lightweight cream is an intense skin moisturizer for dry skin and is recommended for daily use between peels. It is an anti-aging product formulated with 15% lactic acid and a pH of 3.2 to promote the exfoliation and regeneration of fresh, healthier-looking skin, in addition to increasing collagen and elastin. The lactic acid works with COSMEDERM-7 to prevent irritation and improve the skin’s texture by moisturizing, removing dead surface cells and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Refinity’s formula helps to trap natural moisture in the skin to provide a dewy, even complexion.
This lightweight lotion gently exfoliates and moisturizes normal skin. It is an anti-aging product formulated with 15% lactic acid and a pH of 3.2 to promote the exfoliation and regeneration of fresh, healthier-looking skin, in addition to increasing collagen and elastin. The lactic acid works with COSMEDERM-7 to prevent irritation and improve the skin’s texture by moisturizing, removing dead surface cells, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
This oil free hydrogel is ideal for oily, T-zone, and blemish-prone skin. The hydrogel is the lightest of the three moisturizers. It is an anti-aging product formulated with 15% lactic acid and a pH of 3.2 to promote the exfoliation and regeneration of fresh, healthier-looking skin, in addition to increasing collagen and elastin. The lactic acid works with COSMEDERM-7 to prevent irritation and improve the skin’s texture by moisturizing, removing dead surface cells, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What is the Refinity Skin Health System?
A: The Refinity Skin Health System consists of glycolic acid peel treatments and daily skin care products formulated with lactic acid and the patented anti-irritant technology COSMEDERM-7. The Refinity Skin Health System uses a chemical peel to kick-start the treatment and daily skin care products for continuous improvement and optimal results. The daily skin care products include Refinity Purifying Cleanser, Refinity Protective Toner, Refinity Rejuvenating Cream, Refinity Rejuvenating Lotion and Refinity Rejuvenating Hydrogel.
Q: What is the Refinity peel?
A: The Refinity peel is a glycolic acid peel to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, uneven skin tone and texture, and hyperpigmentation. The Refinity peel is offered as a 70% glycolic acid peel with a pH of 0.6 for physicians and as a 50% glycolic acid peel with a pH of 1.2 for estheticians. Both peels contain the patented anti-irritant technology, COSMEDERM-7, for no step up procedure, no downtime, protection against environmental irritants and unprecedented comfort and safety.
Q: What distinguishes the Refinity peel from other peels?
A: The Refinity peel is the only glycolic acid peel formulated with COSMEDERM-7, a clinically proven anti-irritant technology that minimizes discomfort while delivering medical strength results. With the Refinity Skin Health System, consumers can achieve the skin-enhancing benefits of a high-performance peel with their first treatment and continue to see the benefits of the peel with the daily skin care regimen products.
This provides many advantages over peels that require a lengthy step up process. Other peels often begin with a mild solution, such as a 20% glycolic acid peel, and progress to higher concentrations with each subsequent peel. The problem is that it can take weeks to work up to the highest strength peel. With the Refinity peel, you can go to the highest strength peel immediately without “stepping up.” This saves both time and money.
Q: What is COSMEDERM-7?
A: COSMEDERM-7 is a patented technology that prevents the itching and irritation associated with higher concentration peels.
Q: How does COSMEDERM-7 improve the efficacy of products?
A: COSMEDERM-7 allows products to be formulated with the highest concentrations of active ingredients that would otherwise be too irritating for the skin. For example, glycolic acids produce the most substantial anti-aging effects when they have both a high concentration and low pH (high acidity) — a combination that can be highly irritating. COSMEDERM-7 allows the products to have the optimal levels of high glycolic acidity without causing itch and irritation. This produces the highest level of efficacy and extraordinary comfort.
Q: How quickly does COSMEDERM-7 work?
A: The irritation prevention COSMEDERM-7 provides begins immediately upon application.
Q: Is COSMEDERM-7 safe?
A: Yes. COSMEDERM-7 is a natural element that you eat every day. It is specially concentrated in green leafy vegetables and is remarkably safe. Since its commercial introduction in 1999, there have been more than 20 million multiethnic human exposures, indicating that the compound has no known side effects.
Q: How does COSMEDERM-7 help my skin?
A: COSMEDERM-7 works to help the skin in two ways. First, it prevents irritation for the most effective use of glycolic and lactic acid. Second, when used regularly, the anti-inflammatory properties of COSMEDERM-7 can help inhibit chronic inflammation that can occur in the skin due to chemical irritants, stress, environmental pollutants, and other potentially irritating skin care products. Recent scientific research suggests that chronic, even low-level inflammation in the skin can cause signs of premature aging.
Q: How much time is required for a Refinity peel treatment?
A: The Refinity peel procedure consists of four simple steps and generally takes no more than 30 minutes. Following a Refinity skin care treatment, most patients immediately resume their normal activities.
Q: What can patients expect following a Refinity peel treatment?
A: Patients usually report that their skin feels softer and smoother. Post-peel redness tends to be slight and can be covered with makeup. As with all maximum strength peels, some patients may experience slight skin flaking in the few days following the peel treatment, but it is not necessary to see flaking skin for the peel to be effective.
Q: Who should have a Refinity peel?
A: The Refinity peel can be applied to the face, neck, hands, and chest as a skin treatment for people who:
- Are of any age
- Are seeking age-reversing skin treatments
- Are interested in minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and lines without the use of more invasive and expensive interventions (such as Botox or Laser procedures)
- Are struggling with facial blemishes
- Are looking for smoother and clearer skin
- Have uneven skin tone
- Are unhappy with the texture of their skin
- Would like to increase the strength of their glycolic acid skin care treatment from lower-strength products
- Are anxious or hesitant of a skin care treatment that might be uncomfortable or painful and want a more comfortable peel
- Seek the benefits of higher-strength products
- Seek skin care treatment that causes little or no irritation
- Have normal skin
- Have oily skin
- Have sensitive skin
As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important to consult your physician on the risks and benefits of the procedure prior to receiving treatment.
Q: How do patients maintain optimal results following the Refinity peel?
A: The Refinity peel is part of the clinically proven Refinity Skin Health System, which contains both glycolic peels and the lactic acid daily skin care regimen. Clinical studies have shown skin improvements when measuring patients who have completed a series of peels while using the daily skin care regimen. It is advised that patients get at least 6 peels over a course of 6-12 weeks, (once a week or every 2 weeks) while utilizing the daily skin care regimen products in order to achieve similar results.
Q: What can the Refinity Skin Health System do to change your skin’s appearance?
A: The Refinity peel exfoliates the skin and taps into its natural regeneration process to benefit the skin in multiple ways:
Anti-Aging Skin Changes
- Reduction of the appearance of fine lines
- Rapid turnover and production of new keratinocytes
Keratinocytes make keratin, a strong, protective protein that makes up the outermost layer of the epidermis (the outermost part of your skin that protects your body from the environment). Keratinocyte cells wear down and age, so your body replaces them routinely with new layers. A complete cell turnover happens every 28 to 30 days for young adults. However, this same process of cell renewal takes 45 to 50 days in elderly adults. The goal is to keep your keratinocyte production moving so that you are getting fresh, strong skin on a more regular basis.
- Increased synthesis of collagen and elastin, your structural skin proteins
Collagen is a protein that holds the skin together. Skin cells called fibroblasts make collagen. Fibroblasts give skin its strength and resilience. Collagen is responsible for the durability of your skin. Elastin is a similar protein that allows skin to bounce back into place after being stretched and also maintains skin flexibility. When you get older, you begin to produce less collagen and elastin, which causes the skin to start to sag and develop lines and wrinkles
Collagen and elastin keep your skin strong, bright and firm. Collagen keeps your skin from sagging and wrinkling.
- Increased Synthesis of Water-Holding
The Refinity Skin Health System can be used to reduce the appearance of blemishes on the face, chest, and back. It can also be used to diminish acne lesions and make superficial scars less apparent.
Treatment of Irregular Pigmentation
- Normal pigment variation
- Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH), which is a localized hyperpigmentation
- Sun-induced freckles
Q: What is the advantage of using lactic acid in the daily skin care regimen products?
A: Lactic acid is an exfoliant. Lactic acid works to improve the skin’s texture by moisturizing, removing dead surface cells, and helping collagen, elastin, and GAG growth. This is why it is helpful in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evening skin tone, and improving skin irregularities.
Q: What pH levels are found in the Refinity Skin Health System?
|Daily Skin Care
|pH of 3.2
||70% glycolic acid
||pH of 0.6
||50% glycolic acid
||pH of 1.2
COSMEDERM-7 enables the Refinity Skin Health System to offer a stronger free acid level than most other glycolic and lactic acid skin care treatments.
Q: Why does pH play a roll in chemical peels?
A: The level of acidity or alkalinity of any solution is measured by pH. Acidity is what produces the properties of stinging. The neutral point, where a solution would be neither acidic nor alkaline is a pH of 7. Maximum acidity is a pH of 0 and maximum alkalinity is a pH of 14. Products at both ends of the spectrum can be irritating to the skin. The pH of the skin’s surface is normally around 5, which is slightly on the acidic side. The lower the pH, the greater penetration of the peel and greater efficacy.
To place an order, please call or email UBS Aesthetics, National Distributor of Refinity Skin Science.