Q&A WITH APRIL ZANGL, CEO AND CO-FORMULATOR OF HYDROPEPTIDE
What makes berries a good skincare ingredient? A good spa treatment ingredient? Berries are included in many skin care products and spa treatments because in addition to being very gentle, botanically-based ingredients, they contribute high levels of antioxidants. Skin care products are incomplete without antioxidants as they help maintain a young and radiant complexion by fighting cell-damaging free radicals that damage and age the skin.
What unique qualities do the different kinds of berries offer? Blueberry extracts enhance skin’s elasticity and smooth texture by helping to prevent the formation of Advanced Glycation End products that contribute to collagen breakdown. For that reason, blueberry extracts are included in HydroPeptide Soothing Serum: Redness Repair & Relief, Blueberry Peel: Gentle Rejuvenating Peel and Blueberry Mask: Nourishing Recovery Blueberry Mask. We formulated our facial sunscreen, Solar Defense: Broad Spectrum SPF 30 with a built-in antioxidant treatment that includes acai berry. We chose acai because it has a higher antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry and strawberry. Many people don’t wear sunscreen as often as they should for fear that their skin will break out. Acai has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful in helping to prevent blemishes and has also been shown to help lighten hyperpigmentation that can result from sun overexposure.
What products most commonly have berries? I’ve noticed that masks tend to have berries in them. Our Anti-stress Mask: Cranberry Pomegranate Anti-Stress Mask contains cranberry extract for its antioxidant properties and is a favorite in holiday treatments. The HydroPeptide Blueberry Mask: Nourishing Recovery Blueberry Mask contains blueberry extracts to help protect collagen. Last but not least, our Purifying Mask: Lift, Glow, Firm contains Bearberry, a fruit that is in fact a favorite of bears. Bearberry is not often used by humans as food, however we include it in Purifying Mask because of its effectiveness in lightening hyperpigmentation.
What clients can most benefit from products containing berries? I think clients who are concerned with age spots, melasma, acne scars and other forms of discoloration stand to benefit the most from products containing berries. I say that because we thoroughly researched pigment correcting ingredients that were found to be both safe and effective when formulating our Even Out: Skin Brightening Pigment Corrector. We chose to combine Bearberry with five other skin brightening mechanisms. Even on its own, Bearberry is a very potent skin lightening ingredient that works by slowing melanin production – a process by which skin darkens from sun and free radical damage.
Has the Hydropeptide line always included berries? Our facial sunscreen, Solar Defense: Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a re-formulation of one of our original products, SPF 30: Anti-wrinkle Skin Enhancing UV Protection. We decided to keep acai berry in the formula because it has a higher antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry and strawberry. Many people don’t wear sunscreen as often as they should for fear that their skin will break out. Acai has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful in helping to prevent blemishes and has also been shown to help lighten hyperpigmentation that can result from sun overexposure.
How do berries complement the well-known peptides in the line? Peptides are the building blocks for collagen repair, resulting in skin that looks better and acts younger. HydroPeptide formulations are unique in that powerful peptides are combined with carefully selected botanicals that include berries. Take HydroPeptide’s Soothing Serum for example. While the peptides in the formula optimally nourish collagen, we include blueberry extracts as they protect from collagen degradation. In order to keep skin looking youthful, collagen not only needs to be repaired but it also needs to be protected as it is the skin’s most relevant structural protein.
Personally, do you like berries or have a favorite? I LOVE berries: strawberries, blackberries and blueberries are my favorite for a great antioxidant-rich snack.