“Will it really make me look younger?”
Sherry Ahn Sztrimbely, Continental Cosmetics’ national training director, smiled. “At least five years younger, may be more. It really depends on various factors such as your age and the condition of your skin.”
Continental Cosmetics, Concord, Ont. is Thalgo’s master importer and master distributor for Canada.
We were talking about a new cosmeceutical brand from Thalgo that takes skin care to an entirely different level. She stops short from calling it a breakthrough and describes it as “a significant advance beyond traditional skin care – the first corrective solution that targets factors that cause blemishes and irregularities to restore smooth and radiant skin quality”.
Clients who have tried it are amazed at the results and the positive reaction of their friends, she adds.
Thalgo calls the new brand M-Ceutic. It took its research team three years to develop, including 18 months working with leading dermatologists and medical professionals to develop a concept and the formulas to verify M-Ceutic’s efficacy claims. It involved 28 clinical evaluations, using 320 volunteers selected according to the varying degrees of imperfection and irregularities of their skin.
M-Ceutic’s first range called Rénovation Radicale consists of a course of four treatments of alternating 55 and 30-minute sessions, about a week apart.
“Clients can expect immediate and progressive improvement in the quality of their skin. After clinical trials, all volunteers voiced 81%-100% satisfaction rates to clearer skin, even complexion, smooth texture, reduced micro relief, scaring, etc.” said Sherry.
The secret of its success is the Biospheres, a patented, unique “Mesotherapy-like” transport system – micro-spheres made of up to 1,000 layers that mimic an injection, enabling active ingredients to penetrate into the target cells and diffuse them continuously over 48 hours. Encapsulated inside the Biospheres is Pure Marine Mesolift, a Thalgo-patented complex of 34 poly-revitalizing nutrients that “boost cell metabolism and preserve skin youth”.
All skins can certainly benefit from the patented Mesolift but to treat severe blemishes and skin irregularities, Thalgo has created a second patent, Néo-Skin complex, which treats the cause of these problems.
It combines three powerful extracts that target sebocyte dysfunction – Buchu leaf extract and two algae extracts – that work in synergy to regulate excessive sebum production, remove excessive oiliness, and treat the causes of blemished skin lacking in vitality.
Buchu leaf extract prevents sebocyte dysfunction, which is responsible for skin irregularities and blemishes. Its flavonoids inhibit the ability of the sebocyte stem cells to mature and differentiate themselves – with the result the pores become less dilated and clogged, and the skin is restored “with an effective and balanced film”.
Pure Marine Mesolift Thalgo’s patented bio-regenerative infusion that stimulates cell vitality and promotes the skin’s youthful appearance. It contains 34 revitalizing nutrients, including two B group vitamins, 14 minerals, 18 amino acids, hyaluronic acid and one anti-ageing nucleotide.
The two algae extracts – 100% marine based – are highly concentrated in zinc and anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory trace elements. These work to reduce hyper seborrhoea (over-active sebaceous glands that cause oily skin) and blemish formation.
In addition, they all have a powerful anti-oxidant action.
Rénovation Radicale is a three-step protocol:
RENOVATING PEEL uses three products designed specifically for this phase – Pro-Regulator Makeup Remover, Pro-Renewal Cleaner, and the Peel-Box.
The Pro-Regulator Makeup Remover uses Thalgo’s exclusive lipophilic technology to trap oil and waste for effective makeup removal.
The Pro-Renewal Cleaner is an exfoliating gel cleanser, which gradually renovates the skin, using papain enzyme and salicylic acid. These ingredients unclog pores and refine skin texture.
The Peel-Box contains Salicylic acid, Malic acid and Ascorbic acid and comes in three grades to treat varying degrees of the skin conditions.
These three acids were specifically chosen over other acids to ensure the skin is well prepared before the active ingredients, which fight against severe blemishes and irregularities, are introduced in the second step. The percentage of the concentration of the acids is important, their sizes and pH are equally important.
BIO-REGENERATIVE INFUSION uses two professional products: Pro-Detox and Pure Marine Mesolift.
A unique formula with 5% Active Oxygen and Lumisource, the Pro-Detox is able to detoxify the skin surface and gorge cells with oxygen to boost cell energy.
Next, the Pure Marine Mesolift is applied to boost the skin’s metabolic processes at the cellular level, and to preserve the youth of the skin for “perfect quality skin”.
Thalgo’s IBeauty device, introduced earlier this year, can also be used effectively in this step, using one of the three technologies, the sequential ultrasound: In “draining mode”, to detoxify and oxygenate the skin, and in the “infusion mode”, to actively penetrate the ingredients.
If not, manual techniques (relaxation, draining and digito-pressure), which are taught in the M-Ceutic training, are employed for a complete, efficient and pleasurable experience.
Rénovation Radicale The name of the first range for Thalgo’s M-Ceutic cosmeceutical brand, which targets the causes of severe skin imperfections and irregularities that are resistant to traditional cosmetics to regain the perfect skin quality.
CORRECTIVE INTERVENTION: In the case of severe imperfections, an Extreme Normalizer Mask and a Normalizer Cream-Serum contain powerful anti-blemish active ingredients to treat even the most severe blemishes.
For severe irregularities, the Extreme Resurfacer Mask and Resurfacer Cream- Serum use the latest generation retinol-like active ingredient to “resurface away” skin irregularities.
How long do results last?
“That depends on you, your age, the condition of your skin and your life style, which includes your skin care regime at home but ideally the recommended course of four treatments followed by two follow-up treatments at one- month intervals will ensure long-term results.
“After a course of four treatments, clients will see a dramatic improvement in severe blemishes or severe irregularities. However, due to the age-prevention and cell-boosting actions of the Marine Mesolift, there is hardly anyone who cannot benefit from at least one Radical Renovation treatment, and clients comment on the difference it makes even after the very first treatment.”
One thing more – Thalgo’s anti-ageing treatments can continue to be used along with this new procedure and results are increased tenfold.
Rénovation Radicale, as the protocol is known, also comes with a caution:
“It’s important to remember to stay out of the sun as much as possible and to protect with a sunscreen with a high SPF,” says Sherry, “because your skin is renewed after deep exfoliation and it’s more vulnerable to sun damage.
“It’s important to protect your skin at all times. Even without these treatments, it’s very important to protect yourself because of the long-term and immediate damage the sun exposure causes, particularly after a few facial treatments.”
Sherry will be conducting training sessions that will include step-by-step illustrations focusing on each stage of the treatment. The training sessions will be reinforced with access to Thalgo’s training videos.