From color to skinare
The day Hylton Lea left ReVive, Le Métier de Beauté came calling. Alas, lured away from the beauty world to the realm of technology and multimedia, it would take another three years for Lea to consider returning to the cosmetics biz. A sampling of Le Métier's new skincare line convinced him they had come up with something exceptional.
Lea made a return trip to Neiman Marcus in June for staff training and to host a master class June 13 to introduce Le Métier de Beauté's CHEM60 Pro-Peel and GLOW10ai Mask Set, Rejuvenating Anti-Aging Night Creme, Neck and Decollete Firming Creme and Peau Vierge Dark Spot Corrector.
Initially a color brand, Le Métier's entry into skincare came with the introduction of a skin-friendly SPF 15 tinted moisturizer containing such beneficial ingredients as hyaluronic acid; Vitamins A, C, E; and its Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complex.
The popularity of the moisturizer led Neiman Marcus officials to suggest the company develop a full skincare line.
Now here's the million-dollar question: Why delve into skincare unless you can improve on what everyone else is doing?
Every skincare line faces the same problem of how to get their products to penetrate the skin for maximum efficacy, so Le Métier turned to Phosphagenics, a company that developed the delivery technology TPM® (Targeted Penetration Matrix). The abbreviation TPM also stands for "tocopheryl phosphate mixture," a naturally occurring form of Vitamin E, present in animal and plant tissues. Vitamin E is an oil with poor solubility in water, but the addition of a phosphate makes the TPM® molecules amphiphilic, soluble in both water and oil, which is important for penetrating the skin's oil and water layers.
TPM® is used in the medical industry to deliver insulin in gel form, as well as other medications in transdermal patches. Le Métier holds 28 patents for delivery technology into the skin.
Because TPM® is created from Vitamin E, it is able to soothe the skin and reduce irritation that may be caused by the active ingredients that it delivers. To prove it, I was asked to be a guinea pig in the demonstration of the CHEM60 Pro-Peel, comprising exfoliating salicylic and glycolic acids. Such powerful ingredients can irritate the skin, but I felt none of the tingling usually associated with glycolic acid. That said, these products are strong and my skin is relatively impervious to most chemical treatments, so anyone else should do a patch test first.
Lea was living proof that the products work. A sun worshipper, doctors discovered a cancerous patch on his face that was surgically removed about a month before his Hawaii trip. He said it left an inch-long hole in his face. But using Le Métier creams day and night, any sign of trauma had disappeared by the time he arrived here, and his skin looks just as good as the last time I saw him, which was about seven years ago.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage is in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.