5 Minutes with: 111SKIN’s Dr. Yannis Alexandrides
Renowned for its space-age technology, luxury skincare brand 111SKIN is the brainchild of revered Harley Street surgeon Dr. Yannis Alexandrides. We caught up with the man himself to learn more about his ground-breaking products, plus why diamonds are his ingredient of choice.
What was the inspiration behind the creation of 111SKIN?
It all started in my practice in Harley Street. As a surgeon I dealt with patients who wanted to heal quickly after an operation or treatment; I do a lot of facelifts so one of my main categories of patients have bruising and swelling to the face. I wanted to reduce post-operative time but also help the skin feel better.
How did your collaboration with space scientists come about?
I began using professional product from the US, but they were not custom made and were of average performance. Then, about seven years ago, I met with a group of scientists who used to work for the space programme. They were the ideal people to collaborate with, as they knew how the skin reacts when it’s exposed to intense radiation in space, and had access to ingredients that no one else had, such as NAC Y² which is our key ingredient.
What was the first product you created?
Originally we developed the healing serum, which I still use for my patients. It has transformed my practice; I used to give it in small bottles, and clients would come back and ask for one more. Eventually I had a lady from Paris who came for a face lift and after three or four months she said, “I have stopped using my usual products, I think this serum is better.” That’s when it came to me, this is working.
Tell us more about NAC Y²…
This ingredient exists in all our products. It’s been clinically proven to stimulate the production of Glutathione, the most potent antioxidant in the skin, and together with vitamin C in a new formation, it is soluble and penetrates the skin easier.
You’re famous for your Celestial Black Diamond Collection, why do you think it’s so popular?
Quite simply, the cream provides incredible results; many of my Harrods customers buy several at a time and we often sell out due to high demand. It has taken years to perfect, and my team of scientists have been refining the formula to ensure that the results are truly ground breaking. The cream utilises an innovative delivery system of rare diamond particles, so rare, in fact, that they can only be found in two places on earth – central Africa and Brazil.
How do you incorporate diamonds into skincare?
My team of scientists are constantly researching, and two years ago came across findings from top secret cancer research studies. They found that the black diamond particles are able to reach deeper into the cancer cells to insert the treatment medication to effectively target tumours. The scientist applied the findings to skincare and realised that the diamond particles could transport the ingredients to the deepest layers of the skin ensuring regeneration. And thus, the Celestial Black Diamond Collection was created.
What other products should we look out for?
Our Bio Cellulose Facial Treatment Mask, there is nothing else like this in the western world. We developed it in Japan, who are leaders in skincare right now internationally. The mask is thicker and made from organic materials that allow the ingredients to stay in higher quantities and penetrate the skin in higher quantities- it’s 30 times richer than the standard paper mask.
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