Every now and then, a beauty discovery is shared in a low voice among friends, launching the product in need-now status. A few weeks ago, at the Brentwood studio of famous esthetician Vanessa Hernandez, I received some samples of her brand new version of the lightening discs and said they would give an unprecedented morning glow almost after immediate use. As a beauty writer (and someone who also battles melasma), my curiosity about pre-soaked tampons was piqued. I needed to know more about these exfoliating pads, so I chatted with Hernandez about how his first product launch can help you achieve your skin care goals.
Why were lightening tampons your first launch?
“The past two years have been spent in K-beauty’s twelve-step process, but being a less-is-more type of person, I wanted to create the ultimate multi-use product. These pre-soaked wipes are just amazing because they gently exfoliate, create luminosity, stimulate collagen production and help firm skin. Plus, they can be applied to the face and body. ”
How are they different from other tampons on the market?
“There are other amazing tampons out there, but many are just too harsh. Their acid content (a combination of salicylic, lactic, and glycolic) is not tempered by enough soothing ingredients to cause irritation around the nose and from the mouth. I believe in harnessing the incredible power these acids provide and wanted to include the same percentage of these ingredients in my pads, so I dabbed them with hydrating and calming agents like niacinamide, chamomile and hyaluronic acid.”
What makes them unique?
“I really believe in my special combination of ingredients as they tone and brighten, but also nourish and rejuvenate. Not only are the tampons filled with green tea to calm the inflammation, but they’re also infused with vitamin K to help strengthen the skin barrier and zinc which is known to have healing properties.
“I also included essential oils in the formula. I know some people don’t like it, but as the daughter of an aromatherapist and someone who’s been treated with lavender for a sore throat, I love them. My star ingredient, however, is my stem cell complex SWT -7. This is a unique complex of plant origin from the Himalayas; although more research is needed,
it was shown to soften the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. I wanted to inject the maximum of this ingredient into these tampons, and I was told I was crazy because of it, but I did! It is the anti-aging component of the formula because it stimulates collagen and cell renewal. It will strengthen your skin’s barrier, rather than stripping it away, which other tampons on the market are known to do. No one has wipes containing stem cells, they are truly the first of their kind. ”
Can these tampons really be more effective than a laser?
“If we’re talking about melasma, one hundred percent yes
. With melasma, if you do laser treatment with heat, it might actually make it worse. Pads are a great way to solve the problem as they can be used all year round and there is no heating element to worry about. If you use these electrodes every other day, you might get a result similar to an efficient laser. I’ll just add that I always recommend them with a stable form of vitamin C and mild retinol outside of the summer months. This combination will give you a laser-like result. ”
What results will you see over time and how long should you use them for?
“If you start by using them three times a week, you’ll see results pretty quickly. Using the wipes has a cumulative effect on your skin – we know that from one of the stem cell studies. who already has a fairly youthful appearance will notice a more even tone in about thirty days; those with acne or pigmentation will see improvement after sixty days. ”
Who should use these tampons?
“The amazing thing is that these tampons work for all skin tones and skin types. Honestly, if you have a skin problem or just want to improve your overall skin health, with a regular use, these little tampons are the ticket to glowing skin. ”