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Skin barrier – how to care for it in wintertime

Considered by many to be the very cornerstone of healthy and beautiful skin, the skin barrier is becoming more and more relevant and talked about, especially in the wintertime, when variations in temperature and humidity, along with exposure to wind and rain, can place additional stress on your skin. 

What is the skin barrier?

Your skin has three main layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous fat that forms a barrier between skin and muscle. The skin barrier – sometimes referred to as the “moisture barrier” or “acid mantle” – is a term used to describe the outermost layer of your skin, also called the stratum corneum

This protective layer contains three types of cells:

  • Keratinocytes – they form what you think of as your “skin”, and are sometimes referred to as the “bricks”. They contain natural oils, ceramides, and cholesterols, providing the glue that bonds them together into a mostly impermeable wall. 
  • Melanocytes – they produce melanin that gives your skin its natural skin tone, but it also absorbs ultraviolet radiation and protects underlying structures from UV damage.
  • Langerhan cells – these cells help the skin create an immune response to bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

In other words, this thin “brick wall” is literally keeping you alive: without it, various harmful environmental elements could penetrate your skin and cause damage inside your body. Not only that: without your skin barrier, the water inside your body would escape and evaporate, leaving you completely dehydrated. Your skin barrier, therefore, is essential for your overall health and needs to be protected to help your body function properly.

Skin barrier under threat

When the skin barrier is exposed to stress, such as winter temperature variations and various environmental elements, your skin might get tight, irritated, itchy, dull and dehydrated. Other things that affect your skin barrier include smoking, lack of sleep, nutrient-light diet, pollution, wind, overuse of exfoliating acids and/or harsh physical exfoliants, as well as use of cleansers that strip the skin barrier of its natural oils. So what can you do to repair it? 

It’s always best to ask an expert for advice – such as an aesthetician or a certified dermatologist – but smart research and being open to new skincare ideas can do a lot as well. The key is to understand what your skincare goals are and what a specific product is doing for your specific skin needs before you start using it. Here are some simple ideas and tips.

Simplify your skincare routine

First of all, try to simplify your skincare routine. During the colder, winter months your skin is more sensitive, and it would be best to be cautious about using products or ingredients that may exacerbate irritation or inflammation – such as alcohol, various acids and retinoids, and other harsh exfoliants. In other words, bring the exfoliation down to once or twice a week, and – keep it gentle, gentle, gentle.

Use gentle skin cleansers

Environmental elements can damage your skin, and it’s important to remove all remnants of pollution from it, as well as your makeup and dirt, without stripping this skin. In order to protect those natural ceramides and oils that form the glue to your skin’s barrier, go for gentle facial cleansers and do a double cleanse if needed to remove all the unwanted pollutants.

Ceramides are your friend

Speaking of ceramides: these waxy lipids are found in especially high concentrations in the aforementioned stratum corneum. They are crucial for making sure your skin barrier functions properly. The products containing pseudo-ceramides may help fight the dryness, itchiness, and scaling caused by a poorly functioning barrier. 

Ceramide-rich moisturizers may also strengthen the structural integrity of your skin barrier and may be especially helpful if you have acne. In acne-prone skin, the barrier is often impaired, and acne treatments can leave skin dry and reddened. Products containing ceramides may also help protect darker skin, since they contain lower ceramide levels.

Don’t forget niacinamide: it helps with creating ceramides. Niacinamide or vitamin B3 is a water-soluble vitamin with antioxidant effects and helps repair damaged skin barriers and combat reactive oxygen species. So, instead of just applying more ceramides, you’re using a vitamin that teaches your skin how to make more of it.

And don’t forget: BOOST can help you do more, since it ensures better absorption and deeper penetration of active ingredients in all your skincare products, for way better results. Ceramides and niacinamide included! BOOST can increase the amount of hydrating agents that actually get into your skin by 5.6 times & total niacinamide delivered into skin by 2.0 times vs traditional finger application! Try The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% Serum; BOOST users approve!

Slugging when appropriate

While slugging is all the (TikTok) rage nowadays, Vaseline and Aquaphor will not add hydration to your skin, but will prevent moisture leakage by occluding the pores. Vaseline fills in the cracks in your skin’s “mortar” so that your barrier starts to act in a healthy way again. It won’t cause irritation, but it doesn’t contain any lipids of its own either – it cannot replenish your skin’s lipids. If you’re acne prone at all, slugging is probably not for you, and if you have normal skin, you simply don’t need it. But if you have dry, damaged skin, you’ll probably see the results you’re looking for: smoother, softer, more moist skin.

Try a plant oil

Consider using a plant oil. Certain plant oils may help repair the skin barrier and also prevent your skin barrier from losing moisture. Many of these oils have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects as well. Some of the most effective plant oils to consider using on your skin include: jojoba oil, coconut oil, almond oil, argan oil, borage oil, rosehip oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, primrose oil, and black currant oil. Look for creams and lotions that contain one or more of these oils as an ingredient, or simply pour a small amount of one of these oils into the palm of your hand and then massage it gently into your skin until absorbed.

Your skin barrier is precious, and both strong and sensitive: it protects you from pollutants while also holding in the vital ingredient, water. However, the outside environment and skincare routines are taking a toll on our skin barrier. Fortunately, the new wave of skin-barrier-friendly skincare products is here and these products offer an opportunity for a skincare reset! Give your skin barrier the care it deserves, and will keep protecting you.

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Looking Back at 2022 – The Year of BOOST

2022 is almost over and what a year this has been for RÉDUIT! Years of research and development finally bore fruit, and BOOST took to the stage. A true skincare game changer, RÉDUIT BOOST appeared as a smart skincare device that amplifies the effects of any skincare product – serum, cream, or lotion. 

BOOST does not replace your skincare routine nor your favorite skincare product; it just makes them more effective and impactful by combining patented diamagnetic technology with the ultimate personalization. It’s all about making the active ingredients in them…well, actually active. And delivered right where they are needed the most.

Category of its own

As smart as it is, BOOST is a minimalistic, straightforward device, simple to use and rather easy to explain. And yet… It takes time for inventions this radical to stick, to be widely accepted and understood. People need a bit of time to get used to new ideas – but once they try BOOST, they immediately get what all the hype is about. 

One thing is important to note right away: BOOST created its own market niche, since there are no existing products that claim to be able to do something similar. Not only does BOOST amplify the effects of any skincare product you might be using, it is also the only device on the market to provide a completely personalized skincare treatment, taking into consideration all the relevant data: your skin type, specific skin conditions, climate, and the products you are using.

Kickstarter and launch campaigns

BOOST’s unique, proprietary technology is based on the company’s very own patent for electromagnetic transdermal drug delivery, dating from 2013. Making it work the way it does now, required time and ingenuity, and RÉDUIT’s R&D Team sure delivered. Once the device was ready, wheels were set in motion to make the beauty world pay attention and learn about BOOST.

A Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign was launched in April, resulting in overwhelming interest and enthusiastic support of numerous backers, both big and small. We would like to thank them all – thank YOU all – once more! The pledges kept coming in on a daily basis, and we knew we were onto something big and exciting. The buzz was there.

Once the Kickstarter campaign was completed, BOOST was surfing the success wave and was ready to be officially launched worldwide. The challenge was to explain how BOOST – paired with a smartphone app – actually “identifies” the skincare product you are using, along with its active ingredients, and how it then adjusts its waveform, making it tailored for you alone in order to push the actives into your skin at the right depth for your skin and your skincare profile. And how it all takes just 30 seconds to do. But the message got out, and beauty fans worldwide were ecstatic.

Media coverage and response

Soon after, BOOST was the talk of the beauty world. Beauty portals and magazines at first seemed curious and then outright delighted with the newest beauty gadget, in a category and league of its own. Harper’s Bazaar called BOOST “the dream cream machine”, inviting readers to “supercharge” their skincare regime with it. “Miracles do happen” ,they said.

Marie Claire pointed out that, thanks to BOOST, “a £20 face cream can actually be as effective as a £200 one”. Other media outlets chimed in and shared the excitement, from Sports Illustrated to the OK! and Sun magazines, helping BOOST reach new audiences and faces ready for a true skincare upgrade.

Influencers helped spread the word

Social media and its army of beauty influencers and trendsetters soon followed the lead. BOOST was thoroughly tested and studied, and the verdict was unanimous: this is the real deal – get one today! Chris Han, Sonya Elle Dee, Snega, Liv Bentley and Alyssa Lauren, with their millions of followers, are just some of the BOOST’s online allies and beauty advocates that helped spread the word. Sure, it helps when the product actually works and delivers on its promise, but still – their skills and experience, their online presence really helped BOOST reach new fans.

Awards we’ll never get tired of

How can a brand talk about the awards their product has won without sounding too braggy? Maybe that’s impossible. 2022 bestowed accolades on BOOST and awards followed soon after. It all started with the prestigious COSMOPROF Awards: BOOST was named the Winner of Skin & Personal Care Product category, featured in COSMO Trends as well. Pure Beauty Awards recognized BOOST as a revolutionary device as well, crowning it with a title of Best Special Innovation.

The world awaits – new points of sale

The family of BOOST users and fans keeps growing daily, and it feels great to ship a carefully packaged device to a new user in some new destination, knowing she will be thrilled with the results. Online stores have been the main gateway to get BOOST out to meet new faces, both on reduit.com and other retail sites, but we are now proud of a growing list of “real” stores as well, physical points of sale where users can see the device in person, hold it and try it out. WOW Concept store in Madrid, with its inaugural WOW Concept Event that launched BOOST is surely one of our early favorites, but with big names such as Harrods and Sephora (Brazil) being added every month, it will soon be difficult to choose.

All in all, the future is looking great and we are excited! 2022 was a true BOOST year, but we are already looking forward to 2023, hoping it will surpass our expectations as well! So stay tuned, stay beautiful and – enjoy BOOST!

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Turn up the skincare volume

Great music feels good. So does great skincare. But is there a real connection between the two? Sure, you’ll feel that bass in a club with your entire body or you’ll get goosebumps from your favorite tune, even chills running up your spine. The experience of these waves of pleasure running all over your skin, is called frisson, by the way, a French term for “aesthetic chills”.

In order to put this physical connection to practical use, some experiments have been done in the past, trying to amplify skincare treatments with sound. Most recently, Shiseido has developed a music software called Omotenashi Sound: the combination of gentle melody and sound of water droplets, for example, was meant to be combined with skin hydration routine, enhancing its effectiveness.
On the other hand, so many new celebrity beauty brands have been created by famous musicians and music stars, from Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty and Jennifer Lopez’s JLo Beauty, to Madonna’s MDNA Skin and Victoria Beckham Beauty. The connection between skincare and music is clearly there, regardless of whether it’s driven by frisson, profit, creative itch, or something else entirely.

BOOST, your skincare amplifier

If great skincare is indeed “music to your skin”, think of BOOST as – your universal amplifier. Your subwoofer. Your finest set of speakers. If you want to turn up the skincare volume, there’s no better way to do it. BOOST is a smart skincare device that amplifies the effects of any skincare product you might be using – your serum, cream, or lotion. BOOST does not replace your skincare routine nor your favorite skincare product; it just makes them LOUDER, more effective and impactful by combining patented diamagnetic technology with the ultimate personalization.

Since we are comparing skincare to music, why not suggest a skincare playlist, i.e. point out 4 “skincare-music genres” that will rock your beauty world. If you let BOOST do its thing.

Rocking the skincare world

Once it appeared, rock’n’roll transformed and energized the world. Rock music was revolutionary, innovative, and bold. Not for the faint of heart. BOOST can relate. Unlike any beauty device before it, BOOST, paired with a smartphone app, “identifies” the skincare product you are using, along with its active ingredients. Its waveform is then adjusted, and tailored for you alone in order to push those very actives into your skin, at the right depth for you and your skincare profile. As a result, 81%** of users felt improved penetration of their favorite cream. 92%** of women said BOOST leaves their skin more moisturized and more radiant, while 83%* of women said they noticed better overall results for the creams they usually use. How’s that for a revolution? How’s that for mass appeal?

The 30-second pop tune you cannot get out of your head

Pop music is known for its memorable tunes and its catchy choruses. Whistle any hit for a few seconds and everyone in the room will know what it is. Similarly, BOOST needs just 30 seconds to make your cream scream. 30 seconds is all it takes for your skin to recognize its familiar “skincare tune”, be it hydration, anti-aging, or brightening. But you need to turn up the volume, to let your skin “hear” better. BOOST does exactly that. Since only a small amount of active ingredients in your favorite cream and serum is actually absorbed into the skin when applied by fingertips alone, what you need is an amplifier. BOOST will maximize the effectiveness of your favorite skincare product by improving the absorption and penetration of active ingredients in it. All you have to do is apply your cream or serum the way you usually do, and then let BOOST do its thing.

Hydration trend, the hip-hop of skincare

Hip-hop sound is everywhere. The hugely popular music genre took the world by storm, not unlike what hydration did with the skincare world. Especially its chart-topping hyaluronic acid, or HA for short. Not surprisingly, really – HA is one of the top three building ingredients in your dermis, along with collagen and elastin, and your skin simply depends on it. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate – that’s all you hear nowadays. So how can you make hydration even more effective? With BOOST. Thanks to its Enhanced Delivery technology, BOOST improves absorption and penetration of actives in all skincare products, ensuring far better results. Furthermore, BOOST can enhance the delivery of hydrating agents by 5.6 times*! The result: your skin will be nourished and moisturized like never before, looking healthier and more radiant than ever! (Our recent BLOG POST will tell you more about HA and hydration.)

The electronic future

BOOST turns up your skincare volume by making it hyper-personalized, like no beauty device before it. This is the future, just like electronic music has been, and still is, with its unlimited number of sound combinations, samples and beats. Similarly, BOOST creates a one-in-a-billion waveform for you and your skin alone, so the active ingredients your skin needs can be delivered at the right depth for you and your skincare profile. How exactly? By taking 9 personalization factors into account; not only the type of product you are using – meaning your favorite cream or serum – but also your location, age, sex, skin type, skin tone, ethnicity. Skincare doesn’t get more personal and more tailored than this. (Read more on the waveform topic in the BLOG POST.)

So there you have it. Depending on the waveform and the active ingredients in your skincare product, BOOST treatments will help you target dull skin, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin, and acne. All you have to do is get your BOOST ready and – turn up your skincare volume!

*Source: In-vivo results, BOOST vs finger application

**Consumer Perceived Performance of REDUIT PEMF Powered Skincare Applicator Device, 45-50 Females, age 40-65 years

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Skincare goes intense with BOOST – 4 features that make a difference

How intense is your skincare? Would you say your favorite cream or serum is doing exactly what it needs to, what the brand promised it would, what you expected it to, or do you think there’s, well, some room for…improvement? Fortunately, we live in the 2020s, and now there’s a new way to make sure ANY skincare product you are using will perform better. Way better, actually. How? Well, that’s where BOOST comes in. 

BOOST is a smart skincare device that amplifies the effects of any skincare product you might be using – your serum, cream, or lotion. BOOST does not replace your skincare routine nor your favorite skincare product; it just makes them more effective and impactful by combining patented diamagnetic technology with the ultimate personalization. 

30 seconds is all it takes

Since only a small amount of active ingredients in your favorite cream and serum is actually absorbed into the skin when applied by fingertips alone, you need to do something about it. In just 30 seconds, BOOST will maximize the effectiveness of your favorite skincare product by improving the absorption and penetration of active ingredients in it. All you have to do is apply your cream or serum the way you usually do, and then let BOOST do its magic. 

5.6x* times better hydration for great results

As we said already, BOOST works with virtually every skincare product out there. Its diamagnetic technology provides something called Enhanced Delivery: a better absorption and deeper penetration of actives in skincare products, ensuring far better results. BOOST can enhance the delivery of hydrating agents by 5.6 times*! Not only that: it will make the UV-protection agents up to 1.5 times more effective, brightening agents up to 2 times better, anti-aging agents 2.2 times more effective, and antioxidants 2.4 times more impactful. The result: your skin will look healthier and more radiant than ever!

9-factor routine personalization for your skin

BOOST makes skincare more effective, because it makes the routine hyper-personalized, like no beauty device before it. Its 9 personalization factors take into account not only the type of product you are using  – meaning your favorite cream or serum – but also your location, age, sex, skin type, skin tone, ethnicity, in order to create a one-in-a-billion waveform for you and your skin alone, so the active ingredients your skin needs can be delivered at the right depth for you and your skincare profile. You can read more on the waveform topic in our recent BLOG POST. Beauty does not get more personalized than this!

81%** of users felt improved cream penetration

Paired with a smartphone app, BOOST “identifies” the skincare product you are using, along with its active ingredients. Its waveform is then adjusted, and tailored for you alone in order to push the actives into your skin at the right depth for your skin and your skincare profile. As a result, 81%** of users felt improved penetration of their favourite cream. 92%** of women said BOOST leaves their skin more moisturised and more radiant, while 83%* of women said they noticed better overall results for the creams they usually use. The verdict is clear to see.  

Depending on the waveform and the active ingredients in your skincare product, BOOST treatments will target everything from dull skin, fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin, and acne. BOOST comes in 4 attractive colors and fits the palm of your hand perfectly; it is ergonomic, lightweight – an ideal travel companion. Easy to hold and move around over the targeted skin areas, BOOST will make your daily skincare routine fun and the alternating vibrations will provide an extremely enjoyable and relaxing face massage. Once you feel the difference, you will never look back. The 5-star reviews we keep getting – and are thankful for – can vouch for that.

*Source: In-vivo results, BOOST vs finger application

**Consumer Perceived Performance of REDUIT PEMF Powered Skincare Applicator Device, 45-50 Females, age 40-65 years

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The skin cycling trend – what is it and should you try it?

Everyone seems to be obsessed with skin cycling, the latest skincare trend – dermatologists included! Which makes sense, really, since Dr. Whitney Bowe, a certified dermatologist from New York City, is the one credited for introducing the concept to TikTok and, subsequently, the world. 

So what is skin cycling? It is a four-part nightly skincare routine that alternates between using active ingredients and letting the skin rest. Dr. Bowe explains: “It’s a four-night cycling schedule: exfoliation night, retinoid night, recovery night, recovery night, repeat. You will get the most out of the active ingredients in your skin-care products while minimizing irritation by building in those needed recovery nights.”

Night 1 – Exfoliation

Night one is all about exfoliation. Apply a chemical exfoliant – like glycolic, lactic, or salicylic acid – to the skin. One such product is The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, but you could try something else as well. Dr. Bowe is recommending an at-home, leave-on peel – gentle on the skin, it provides an even degree of exfoliation, making it the most effective solution. Exfoliation will not only rid the skin of dead cells, but it can improve its texture and help skincare ingredients get absorbed into the skin.

The exfoliation is to be followed by your trusted moisturizer. You should try products that contain hyaluronic acid, one of the top three building ingredients in your dermis and one of the most talked about active ingredients today. Beyond comparison when it comes to hydration, HA will make your skin look radiant and prevent the development of wrinkles, plus it has healing properties as well. One of our users’ favorite hydrating products*, for example, is Tatcha the Dewy Skin Cream, whose hydration effect is up to 50% better** when used with BOOST, compared with finger application alone – 81%*** of BOOST users felt the improved penetration of skincare products. If you hydrate, hydrate well. 

Night 2 – Retinoid

Night two begins with cleansing, followed by a tiny amount of retinol, be it in the form of a serum, moisturizer, or oil. Retinol is a type of retinoid, made from vitamin A. It does not remove dead skin cells; instead, its small molecules go deep beneath the epidermis (outer layer of skin), to your dermis. Once there, retinol will help neutralize free radicals and boost the production of elastin and collagen. The result will be a “plumping” effect and a reduced appearance of fine lines, dark spots, dark circles, and acne. For example, you could use La Roche-Posay Retinol B3 Pure Retinol Serum or The Ordinary Retinol 1% in Squalane if you are on a budget.

A word of caution, though: retinol should be applied sparingly, since it requires tolerance on your skin’s part. Applying more than needed won’t give you faster results, but irritation. 

Night 3 & 4 – Recovery

Nights three and four are all about hydration and repair. You should start with a gentle cleansing, then pat your skin dry, and apply a similarly gentle moisturizer. Meaning, if your skin feels like it could use some extra hydration, go with the aforementioned hyaluronic acid serum. And that’s it. This part of the process gives your skin time to recover and ready itself for the next cycle. If you want to learn more about hydration and hyaluronic acid, check out our recent blog post, and see what products might work for you, when enhanced with BOOST device, of course. 

A word of caution, though: retinol should be applied sparingly, since it requires tolerance on your skin’s part. Applying more than needed won’t give you faster results, but irritation. 

So how does skin cycling really work?

People are usually skeptical of TikTok beauty trends, because they tend to be gimmicky, but skin cycling has amassed some 4 billion views already and was subsequently backed by dermatologists from all over, so we might be onto something real and useful here. The whole idea behind the concept is to balance out the two aforementioned effective but potentially aggressive ingredients. Many people tend to over-exfoliate or use harsh skincare products too often. To follow up the exfoliant and retinol with two nights of recovery seems like a no-brainer now, but it’s really quite an idea. Your skin is a sensitive – albeit beautiful – organ, and you should take good care of it. 

Should you try it?

The best way to make the decision is to consult your dermatologist, of course, because every person’s skin is different. For example, oily or combination skin is expected to benefit from retinol and exfoliants, but people with sensitive skin should be more cautious. Plus, diet, stress, sleep, menstrual cycle: all these factors are going to affect the way your skin feels and looks. They are also going to affect the decision making on what to use and when to make your skin better and healthier looking. Meanwhile, you should do the obvious: listen to your skin, protect it with SPF, and always – keep it well hydrated.

*Source: RÉDUIT database, 2022

**Source: In vivo skin hydration experiments, measured using a corneometer.

***Consumer Perceived Performance of RÉDUIT PEMF Powered Skincare Applicator Device, 45-50 Females, Age 40-65 years

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Why niacinamide is your best ally against hyperpigmentation

Have you ever wondered what might be the cause of those darker spots on your skin? If the answer is yes, and if you are trying to learn more about hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, read on. What’s hyperpigmentation, anyway? As the name itself suggests – “hyper” meaning more, and “pigment” meaning color – hyperpigmentation is a condition wherein your body produces too much melanin, i.e. too much brown pigment responsible for skin color. 
Usually manifested on skin as the appearance of brown, black, gray, red, or pink spots, hyperpigmentation is quite common for people over the age of 40, but it can occur earlier than that as well, and affect people of pretty much any race or ethnicity. Although the condition can sometimes be a sign of skin diseases such as melasma or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, it is usually a cosmetic concern rather than a medical one: these darkened areas and skin blotches make your skin look uneven. The blotches and marks, also known as age spots or sun spots, are more common on exposed body parts like the face, neck, décolletage, hands, and arms.

Niacinamide and its benefits

So how can you fight this problem? What skin products for uneven skin tone should you consider using? Your best bet might be niacinamide – one of the main weapons against skin hyperpigmentation. Niacinamide, or nicotinamide, is a form of vitamin B3, an essential nutrient really, whose deficiency can lead to skin, kidney, and brain problems (niacinamide is not to be confused with niacin, another form of vitamin B3). How does niacinamide work? Being a strong antioxidant, niacinamide helps reduce inflammation without any radical damage, preventing pigmentary changes. It essentially evens out any color variations you might have while also enhancing the hydration of your skin. According to studies, niacinamide minimizes pore size and enhances the skin’s texture, fostering skin elasticity and reducing skin’s redness and blotchiness. Niacinamide also helps build keratin, a protein that keeps your skin firm and healthy, and this, in turn, improves your immunity. It is also great for sun protection, shielding your skin cells from damage caused by ultraviolet rays.

How to use niacinamide products

Here are different ways you can include niacinamide in your skincare routine:

  1. For one, you could use a pure niacinamide serum such as Glossier Super Pure
  2. Two, there are also niacinamide moisturizers, such as Paula’s Choice DEFENSE Essential Glow Moisturizer – they are a great alternative if you don’t want to use a niacinamide product on its own
  3. Or three, you may even get it in your sunscreen such as La Roche-Posay Toleriane Double Repair UV SPF Moisturizer

And when should you apply products for hyperpigmentation? Ideally, right after cleansing your face and before applying your protection, or simultaneously with your moisturizer.

2x better absorption – with BOOST 

But now comes the best part. One way to make niacinamide work much better is to use your product with BOOST. Thanks to this smart skincare device, niacinamide can now be absorbed by skin 2x times better than before. That means better and faster results, with less product wasted and more niacinamide actually deployed to fight skin hyperpigmentation. By harnessing Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Technology (PEMFT) and the power of diamagnetics, BOOST ensures better absorption and deeper penetration of active ingredients, including niacinamide.

And rest assured: BOOST will not replace your usual skincare routine, it will just enhance it – making your usual skin creams, serums and lotions way more effective. On top of it all, BOOST provides personalized treatment for you and your skin, based on your skin type, specific skin conditions, the type of product you are using, and the climate you live in. 

According to BOOST users and fans worldwide*, here are some of the most popular skincare products fighting hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone issues (both with and without niacinamide): 

The Ordinary Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) 10% + Zinc 1% serum, Paula’s Choice BOOST 10% Niacinamide Booster, Glossier Super Pure, Kiehl’s Super Multi-Corrective Anti-Aging Eye Cream, Clinique Even Better Clinical™ Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter, The Inkey List 15% Vitamin C + EGF Serum

So take your pick, let BOOST enhance the product and its active ingredients, and let us know how it went!

*source: RÉDUIT database, 2022.

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Our favorite skin glow tips and tricks

Here’s a question that has crossed every woman’s mind: what is the key to skin’s glow? And what does it even mean to have a “glowing skin”? Simply put, it means that your skin is not only clear and smooth, but that your complexion is so beautifully healthy, it emits a certain…radiance. A face glow. How to get closer to this beauty ideal, is the key question. Fortunately, there is a whole category of skin glow creams and serums out there that can help, making your skin look plump and fresh, even when you might not be.

The selection goes from the popular vitamin C based products, to those containing niacinamide or even the anti-aging retinol. 1 in 4 RÉDUIT users relies on some kind of brightening or skin glow product on a regular basis*.

But it’s not only the products that can make your skin glow. You can also do so much on your own to enhance – and maintain – it. Here’s a quick skin glow cheat sheet that might come in handy.

1. EXFOLIATE REGULARLY

Exfoliation is a process of removing the top layer of dead skin cells. With age, our cell regeneration slows down and, as a result, the body produces less new skin cells and sheds the old ones more slowly as well. And the old skin cells can make your skin appear dry, rough, and lifeless. Simply put, exfoliation, when done correctly and regularly, exposes the fresh new skin cells underneath.

2. A HEALTHY AND BALANCED DIET

Healthy and glowing skin comes from within. While skincare products can address skin issues superficially, having a balanced and nutritious diet will not only improve your overall health but the health of your skin as well. Make sure to include foods high in vitamin E (almonds, avocados), vitamin C (oranges, lemon), selenium (broccoli, tomatoes, eggs), and essential fatty acids and Omega-3’s (berries, spinach, wild salmon) for guaranteed complexion perfection.

3. DAILY FACE MASSAGES

Facial massage stimulates blood circulation, tightens skin, minimizes the appearance of dull skin, wrinkles and fine lines, and leaves your face with a healthy shine. You can do it yourself, using warm hands and gentle pressure. Simply apply some oil or serum on the palms and tips of your fingers and gently massage your face, forehead and neck in one smooth, continuous motion. 

4. BEAUTY SLEEP IS A MUST

While you sleep, your body increases blood flow to the skin, resulting in a healthy face glow when you wake up. If you don’t get enough sleep, your skin may appear dull and lifeless. This is why it is very important to sleep for at least 7-9 hours, to allow your body to regenerate and, of course, to make your skin even more beautiful.

5. LET BOOST HELP

Various skincare products will promise that beauty glow effect, but it’s often uncertain just how successful they really are. This depends on how good the product is, of course, but also how well their actives can get absorbed into your skin, i.e. how well they are delivered where they need to be.

And that’s exactly what BOOST does. Taking your personal data into account, its Enhanced Delivery technology will increase the absorption of skin glow inducing agents – such as niacinamide, Vitamin C or hyaluronic acid – significantly, by 2 times or more*! BOOST will personalize your routine and make sure those precious molecules find their way exactly where they are needed the most, so your skin can look healthier and more radiant than ever!

Many of BOOST users are already experts when it comes to skin glow products, successfully dealing with concerns such as dark spots, dull skin and pigmentation. Here are some of their glowing skin favorites**: The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%, Supergoop Daily Dose Vitamin C + SPF 40 Serum, Dr. Barbara Sturm The Better B Niacinamide Serum, The Inkey List Niacinamide, and Garnier Skin Naturals Glow and Anti-dark spots Brightening Serum.

Whether you use one of these skin glow products or have a favorite of your own, you can always rely on BOOST to do its magnetic magic and help you achieve better results, faster.

Ready? Apply. BOOST. Glow!

*Source: In-vivo results, BOOST vs finger application

**Source: RÉDUIT database, 2022

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5 Amazing Facts About Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is one of the most talked about ingredients in cosmetics today, whether we are discussing some best face moisturizer or the newest skin hydration solutions. This naturally occurring substance can be found in creams, serums, and injectables, all of which contribute to a more hydrated and youthful look. But what makes it so popular? 

First of all, hyaluronic acid, along with collagen and elastin, is one of the top three building ingredients in your dermis. However, sun exposure, smoking, and various other external factors, can cause it to deplete over time, resulting in wrinkles, fine lines, and drier looking skin overall. This is why supplementing the skin’s natural supply of hyaluronic acid is necessary, resulting in rejuvenation and increased moisture, i.e. hydration. But that’s not all – here are the 5 amazing facts about hyaluronic acid:

1. HYALURONIC ACID IS A NATURAL SUBSTANCE IN OUR BODY 

Commonly known as hyaluronan, hyaluronic acid is a transparent, gel-like material – a type of large sugar molecule, really – naturally produced by your body. Its highest concentrations can be found in your skin, connective tissue, and eyes. Its primary purpose is to hold water in, in order to keep your tissue lubricated and moist. Indeed, hyaluronic acid holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water to keep our skin hydrated and plump.  This is exactly why it has found its way into cosmetic products.

 

2. IT ACTS AS AN ANTI-INFECTION BARRIER

Hyaluronic acid works as an anti-infection barrier. Dry skin can cause infection and damage – hyaluronic acid improves your skin’s protective barrier by providing more moisture. Also, it firms and tones the skin, smoothing the fine lines and wrinkles.

 

3. IT MAKES YOUR SKIN FLEXIBLE

Hyaluronic acid, or HA for short, makes your skin flexible, decreasing its wrinkles and assisting it in stretching more easily. But, similar to collagen and elastin, the amount of naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid in our bodies decreases as we get older. Replenishing it can make your skin appear more rejuvenated and hydrated.

 

4. HYALURONIC ACID HELPS REGENERATE SKIN

HA encourages new skin cell growth. Because of this, it can help remove the older, unhealthy skin cells that have been harmed by the sun and replace them with younger, healthier ones. Not only that: HA helps regulate oil production and maintain the right balance of skin moisture. As a result, breakouts may be less frequent, keeping your skin clear.  When applied to wounds, HA has been shown to reduce the size of skin wounds, decrease scarring and even act as a pain relief.

5. IT ACTS AS A HUMECTANT 

Acting like sponges, humectants retain the moisture after it has been gathered, in addition to attracting water. In that way, HA offers more hydration to the skin, thus protecting the skin barrier.


Getting hyaluronic acid to where it’s needed the most

So there you have it: HA hydrates your skin, keeping it moisturized and radiant, and healthy-looking. Along with its healing properties, it prevents the development of wrinkles, and is, therefore, something of a miracle ingredient, really. But how can you get more HA into your skin and your body? 

You can take HA orally, topically (on your skin), in eye drops, by injection, and under your skin. Hyaluronic acid can be found in some types of food, but it is also available both as a pill and nutritional supplement – there is even a liquid form, which you can mix with water. Plus, many skin creams and serums today contain this amazing ingredient. And that’s where BOOST comes in, making their results even more amazing. 

Thanks to RÉDUIT’s very own Enhanced Delivery technology, BOOST ensures better absorption and deeper penetration of active ingredients in all your skincare products, for way better results. Hyaluronic acid included. Simply put, BOOST can increase the amount of hydrating agents – such as hyaluronic acid – that actually get into your skin by 5.6 times! It will make sure most of those precious HA molecules find their way exactly where they are needed, so your skin can look healthier and more radiant than ever!

Our users worldwide can confirm this. Some of the most popular skincare products BOOST has been supercharging lately have been in the skin moisturizer category, often enriched with hyaluronic acid, of course. Here are some of our users’ favorites*: La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum, The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA, The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum, Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Concentrated Hydrating Essence, and Tatcha the Dewy Skin Cream, to name but a few. Whatever your preference, whatever your skin type or skin concern, BOOST will help you make your product perform better and last longer, ensuring great results. Your skin needs all the care – and all the active ingredients – you can give it!

*source: REDUIT BOOST app database, 2022

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BOOST WAVEFORMS – THE FUTURE OF HYPER-PERSONALIZED SKINCARE

We all have our trusted skin creams, serums and lotions. Each of these best skincare products is enriched with active ingredients – one or two or three of them – that make all the difference. Or should make all the difference. Because they often don’t, do they, falling short of the results they promise. Why is that?

First of all, when applied by fingertips alone, only a tiny amount of active ingredients in your cream or serum will actually get absorbed into the skin. The rest will simply stay on the surface and not do much.

Second, not all the active ingredients belong to the same layer of skin, even if they do get in. Antioxidants, for example, need to get to the deepest layers of the epidermis to function, while brightening and hydrating agents belong in the middle layers, and UV protection agents should remain on the surface.

And third, it’s even more complex than that. In the end, the exact “delivery address” for active ingredients – i.e. your actives’ skin delivery destination – will depend on your own skin and its needs, on everything from your skin type (for example, whether you have dry, normal or oily skin), to the climate you live in, and so on. 

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And that’s how RÉDUIT BOOST came about. As you know, BOOST is the world’s first personalized skincare applicator. What does that mean? Aided by a smart App, BOOST identifies the active ingredients in your favorite skincare products and automatically adjusts its Enhanced Delivery waveform to push the right ingredients into your skin at the right depth for you, for the very best results.

Wait a minute… A waveform

Yes, a waveform. Simply put, this is a hyper-personalized set of numeric instructions that is based on the aforementioned user’s data. YOUR DATA. This one-in-a-billion set of instructions then enables BOOST to configure and adjust its low-energy and time-varying Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF) so that the actives in your skincare products can get delivered right where they are needed.


Once you download the BOOST App and have it identify your skincare product, you will be able to enter all the factors that impact your skin, including your age, skin type, location/climate you live in, and so on. Based on this, BOOST will adjust its waveform and create the skincare ritual made just for you!

BOOST works with the molecules’ diamagnetic nature, utilizing an inductive iontophoretic component to create temporarily increased permeability in your skin. Simply put, that translates to better absorption and deeper penetration of active ingredients, with the results that – speak for themselves.

Using the power of diamagnetics, BOOST will improve both absorption and penetration of active ingredients* in your skincare products as follows:

 

  • UV protecting agents: 1.5 x
  • Brightening agents: 2.0 x
  • Anti-aging agents: 2.2 x
  • Antioxidants: 2.4 x
  • Hydrating agents: 5.6 x

So there you have it. Now you know the waveform secret behind the world’s first personalized skincare applicator! All you have to do now is get BOOST and – supercharge your skincare!

*Source: In-vivo results, BOOST vs finger application