More than Skin Deep

Singapore Tatler - - BEAUTY -

Meet the man who brings Nasa tech­nol­ogy to beauty. Elizabeth Lee chats with Yan­nis Alexan­drides of 111Skin

hen neil arm­strong ut­tered the words, “One small step for a man, one gi­ant leap for mankind”, he prob­a­bly didn’t have beauty on his mind. But for cos­metic sur­geon Yan­nis Alexan­drides, who wanted to help his pa­tients heal more quickly and ef­fec­tively af­ter surgery, it was all he could think about when he col­lab­o­rated with Nasa space sci­en­tists. Due to the ab­sence of grav­ity, skin ages faster in space, and as­tro­nauts are given the most ad­vanced sup­ple­ments and med­i­ca­tions to counter ac­cel­er­ated age­ing from cos­mic ra­di­a­tion. With the knowl­edge gained from his re­search, Alexan­drides for­mu­lated a serum with NAC Y2, an in­gre­di­ent that would later be used in most of the prod­ucts by skincare brand, 111Skin, where he is co-founder and CEO. Alexan­drides shares his beauty phi­los­o­phy and what is next for the brand.

Give us an el­e­va­tor pitch about 111Skin.

We’re a lux­u­ri­ous skincare brand, and my ex­ten­sive sur­gi­cal knowl­edge as well as a ded­i­cated team of pro­fes­sion­als form the core of 111Skin. As a cos­metic sur­geon for over 20 years, I found it dif­fi­cult to find repar­a­tive skincare that I could con­fi­dently rec­om­mend to my pa­tients post-surgery. I de­cided to seek my own for­mu­la­tions, which was why I de­vel­oped NAC Y² with space sci­en­tists. This break­through ini­ti­ated 111Skin and to­day, we are proud to pos­sess five col­lec­tions, mul­ti­ple cos­me­ceu­ti­cal in­no­va­tions, and over­whelm­ing global suc­cess.

What is your star prod­uct?

Our de­but cre­ation—the Y The­o­rem Re­pair Serum. It re­mains our core prod­uct. We have even cre­ated a light ver­sion suit­able for more hu­mid en­vi­ron­ments or younger skin.

Do you be­lieve that “more is more”?

No, not nec­es­sar­ily. A good skincare regime should con­tain the right com­bi­na­tion of prod­ucts that use in­gre­di­ents par­tic­u­larly suited to an in­di­vid­ual’s con­cerns. As a starter rou­tine, I would sug­gest cleanser, toner, serum, mois­turiser, eye serum and SPF.

What are some beauty prod­ucts you can’t live with­out?

I use the 111Skin Cryo Pre-ac­ti­vated Ton­ing Cleanser every day, fol­lowed by the Daily Or­bit En­er­gis­ing Essence NAC Y², Ce­les­tial Black Di­a­mond Retinol Oil at night, Ce­les­tial Black Di­a­mond Eye Con­tour Gel, and an SPF. I also love Ae­sop prod­ucts for my hair and body, and fi­nally Comme des Garçons af­ter­shave.

What is hot in beauty this year?

Firstly, prod­ucts that ri­val clin­i­cal pro­ce­dures and repli­cate clin­i­cal re­sults—one of my main mo­ti­va­tions at 111Skin. Se­condly, de­vel­op­ment in in­gestible prod­ucts that work from in­side out, es­pe­cially with the in­creased in­ter­est in health and nu­tri­tion. Also, skincare that tack­les mod­ern-day is­sues such as the overuse of mo­bile phones and other dig­i­tal pol­lu­tants.

What is next for 111Skin?

I be­lieve our new prod­uct launches rep­re­sent the future of skincare; from high-tech con­cepts to su­per­charged in­gre­di­ents, it’s go­ing to be very ex­cit­ing! We are just about to launch the Meso In­fu­sion Day De­fence Hy­dra­tion Mask and Meso In­fu­sion Overnight Clin­i­cal Mask that work in syn­ergy around the clock to pro­vide end­less 24-hour hy­dra­tion.

SCIENCE CEN­TRE The range of prod­ucts from cos­metic sur­geon Yan­nis Alexan­drides’ (far left) 111Skin is based on space tech­nol­ogy. Take the Ce­les­tial Black Di­a­mond Cream—it is made with black di­a­mond par­ti­cles, which ef­fi­ciently fa­cil­i­tate the ab­sorp­tion of the in­gre­di­ents into skin, de­liv­er­ing po­tent re­sults

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