Rationale Skin care
Are you on the lookout for the Rationale skin care brand? We’ve been testing cosmeceuticals for decades and are in a unique position to assess products based on their scientific merit. We first started taking an interest in the Rationale skincare range in 2006, when founder Richard Parker and his team approached us with a pitch for their products – back when “Cosmeceuticals” was the new and emerging craze. The Rationale skin care philosophy was based on its “home grown” skincare appeal catering to clinics on the look for a professional range that works. I think we all knew deep down that the popular luxury skincare brands like Lancome, Estee Lauder, La Mer, Guerlain (the list goes on) were very limiting in their ability to produce real clinical outcomes; but it wasn’t until about this time that the results from professional ranges started to really impress us. And along with that was a flood of scientific evidence to prove we were right. At the time, other brands like Rationale, Skinceuticals, Environ, Ultraceuticals, Advanced Dermatology and IS Clinical had emerged to fill the market void – produce real results and clinical improvements in the skin on measures that had not been seen before. The term “cosmeceutical-based skincare” was coming into the limelight to describe the new class of powerful science based skincare to fulfill this need.
Today Rationale makes a range that is broken down into: Hydrators, Hydravitale, Enzyme Activators, masks, and body creams. The Rationale essential six skin care line consists of PROCERAMIDE EMULSION PREPARATORY CLEANSER, CATALYST SKIN REFINING SERUM, IMMUNOLOGIST NIACINAMIDE SERUM, SUPER ANTIOXIDANT ACE REJUVENATING SERUM, PHOTODYNAMIC LIGHT ACTIVATED DAY CREAM SPF15 and DNA REACTIVATING NIGHT CREAM.
Our first assessments of the products, almost ten years ago now, were positive. Dr’s Freilich and Leung from Advanced Dermatology conducted extensive testing for our clinical reviews. We were particularly interested in their Niacinamide and Retinaldehyde products – whilst the chemistry and compositions were not perfect they were ground-breaking ingredients that came with some very reasonable clinical research. Now we jump to 2014 and the Rationale skincare range now consists of more than 15 products that are distributed in Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and the USA. These products started by being sold exclusively in medical salons but we’re now seeing them being sold online. A doctors code is required to purchase from their website, but it seems you can obtain the doctors code from other websites without even seeing a doctor.
On the plus side it’s been tremendously fast growth for a company with some very humble beginnings. Founded by Richard Parker, a non-medical professional who claims to have begun his work by teaching himself about cosmetic science at the library, we are impressed.
When looking for a skincare brands it’s essential that you do your research in order to align the brand’s claims and promises with your own needs. We’ve made a lot of progress in the field of Dermatological science over the last ten years and Advanced Dermatology is in a unique position to asses brands like Rationale skin care for their merits and not just marketing hype.
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