Have you ever wondered what the keys to success are when it comes to skincare? We’ve partnered with Curology for the August Box and spoke with the brand about their Moisturizer and why Dr. David Lortscher, their founder, believes in the importance of including Hyaluronic acid in their products. Read all about what Hyaluronic acid is, anti-aging, and why Curology is for you whether you struggle with acne or not.
When did the brand get its start?
When Founder and Dermatologist, David Lortscher, was practicing in New Mexico, he realized that a lot of his patients were driving several hours to see him. There were times when patients called his office saying their prescription was going to cost more than $200 and they were leaving the pharmacy without it. He thought, quality acne care shouldn’t be so inaccessible and unaffordable and knew there had to be a better way. That’s when Curology was born.
What inspired your customized skincare system?
Skincare isn’t one-size-fits-all. We recognize that everyone's skin is different. With customized skincare, we can account for different skin types and target each individual's specific skin concerns. You wouldn't treat oily skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, or acne-prone skin with exactly the same formula! What really differentiates us is both our ability to offer customized formulas and our incorporation of prescription ingredients that aren't found off-the-shelf.
What are the key ingredients in your moisturizer?
The main ingredients in our moisturizer are water and hyaluronic acid.
What are the benefits of these key ingredients?
Water and emollients work together to lock moisture into the skin without causing acne. So, your skin will feel soft and hydrated right after you apply the moisturizer, but there are long-term benefits too! Another one of its key ingredients is hyaluronic acid, which helps skin retain moisture and improve skin elasticity over time. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the skin and the environment to increase the skin’s ability to hold water. Hyaluronic acid is especially good at delivering water into the skin and keeping it there!
Is this moisturizer for all skin types?
Yes, it is! Designed by our in-house dermatologists to be non-clogging and safe for sensitive skin, the Curology moisturizer is non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, dye-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic. It’s also vegan AND cruelty free! We were recently awarded Leaping Bunny certification.
Does this moisturizer help with anti-aging?
Using hyaluronic acid has shown a positive effect h6 the appearance of wrinkles and skin elasticity due to its moisture-binding properties, which help keep your skin plump and dewy. Our dermatologists designed our moisturizer to be versatile enough for everyone to use, no matter what your skin’s individual quirks may be!
At what age should we address anti-aging?
The most important factor for keeping your skin healthy and looking young is being proactive with sun protection – and this should start from childhood! It is estimated that damage caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun is responsible for up to 80% of skin aging. Because there’s a delay in terms of when sun exposure occurred and when its effects manifest, you won’t see the effects of sun exposure immediately. Typically, your 30s and 40s are when signs of aging begin to become increasingly noticeable. The natural life cycle of skin begins to slow down, meaning the appearance of discoloration, wrinkles, sagging and reduction of collagen production takes place. Estrogen levels also decrease, and androgens then become more dominant, which can cause a resurgence of adult acne.
Talk to us about your customized skincare system and what makes you different.
Curology provides access to high-quality dermatology care and custom prescription skincare in the easiest, most affordable way possible. Our unique platform gets you access to a dermatology provider in minutes—all it takes is a few selfies and a skin quiz to get a prescription formula customized to your individual skincare needs and delivered to your door. Every bottle is tailor-made by us, enabling our prescription formulas to be way more effective than one-size-fits-all over the counter products and are less expensive than traditional prescription medication. No need to get a referral from your primary care physician, wait weeks for an appointment, or pay a huge copay to be seen by a dermatologist. Each patient is paired with one of our healthcare providers who is licensed in that patient’s state; our Curology providers may be board-certified dermatologists, nurse practitioners or physician assistants. Our medical providers are available to help whenever a patient reaches out with questions or concerns. That's part of the beauty of what we do - convenient access to our dermatology providers who are there to support patients every step of the way - whenever and wherever they need it. Your very own formula comes packed with active ingredients, which may include azelaic acid, clindamycin, niacinamide, tretinoin, tranexamic acid, and zinc pyrithione. What’s more, your provider will tweak your formula for you over time ensuring you will always have the best formula for your skin. To try Curology’s sign up for their Limited Free 14 Day Trial and tell us how much you love the brand.
What other products can you suggest to use before using your moisturizer?
Day or night, 3 steps is all the routine you need. In the AM, cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunscreen to protect from harmful UV rays. In the PM, perfect your skin trifecta with a custom formula prescribed by one of our dermatology providers for your individual skin concerns. With Curology, a dermatology provider works with you to prescribe the best ingredients for treating acne, signs of aging, and other skin woes.
What are the top 3 skin care concerns that you hear the most?
Curology is most known for helping those who struggle with acne. However, our ingredients are used to combat a variety of skin issues, including acne, dark spots, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and more.
How can your skincare address these concerns?
It’s hard to know with the overwhelming amount of skin care regimens, which is the best for you. With Curology, we can cut your skincare routine in half making it easier for you to achieve healthy skin without the guesswork.
How soon can users see results after using your skincare system?
It really depends on the individual and the skin concerns they have. Results vary, but patients have seen results as quickly as a few weeks for acne concerns or as long as six or more months for anti-aging concerns.
Each of our monthly subscribers will receive a full-size moisturizer in their August Box. What is the one thing that you’d like to leave them with?
When you wear our fragrance-free moisturizer, it feels like you’re wearing nothing at all — just your own unique skin. Together with your customized cream, Curology’s moisturizer keeps your face hydrated and glowy with safe and simple ingredients — and nothing more. To keep up with Curology, you can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, and Pinterest.