I raised my face to the beaming Tucson sun with confidence that my skin was protected from its energizing and warming rays. With daily outdoor activities, and gazing at the morning sky, it only made sense to pack one of my travel essentials, Alchimie Forever’s Daily Defense Cream, during my trip to Arizona last Fall. A botanical UV ray defense and moisturizer packed with Vitamins C and E, and Alchimie’s signature ingredient, the blueberry.
I first met Alchimie Forever’s CEO, Ada Polla, during a Washington Spa Alliance event in Washington, DC. Our paths have crossed several times since then, and her welcoming spirit and warm smile are just as inspiring as the poetic messages that grace the packaging of her skin care products.
With 2016 being the best year yet for Alchimie Forever, and after trying the products and learning more about the brand, I just had to get Ada’s “confessions” on business, skin care, lifestyle choices, beauty misconceptions, and more!
al·che·my (feminine noun):a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination
“Confessions from Ada Polla”
There are a lot of skincare companies out there, what is the most unique thing about Alchimie Forever that sets you apart from the crowd.
What sets Alchimie Forever apart from other brands is first and foremost my father, Dr. Luigi L. Polla, Switzerland’s top dermatologist. The products are based on his 30+ years of clinical experience treating skin, and his very anti-inflammatory approach to skin aging. Our formulations are results-oriented, but always anti-inflammatory (this is from our post-procedure origins). Inflammation accelerates aging, and aggressive skin care products lead to inflammation. Our products are effective and results-driven, but also feature calming ingredients. The second thing that sets our products apart is our commitment to clean formulations. Rather than being 100% natural (after all, poison ivy is natural, do you want that on your skin?!), we feature formulations that are free of the ingredients you don’t want to see on a label, and also gluten-free, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, and cruelty-free.
“Rather than being 100% natural (after all, poison ivy is natural, do you want that on your skin?!), we feature formulations that are free of the ingredients you don’t want to see on a label, and also gluten-free, vegan- and vegetarian-friendly, and cruelty-free.”
Some consumers want quick fixes, instant results, and perfect skin overnight. While ideal, this is not always practical. Yet, consumers may move on from product to product looking for that instant gratification. What length of time do you suggest individuals give a new skin care regimen time to work before anticipating visible results?
One of my favorite quotes is “Overnight success takes 20 years.” I feel the same about skin care. There is no such thing as perfect skin overnight. Perfect skin comes from daily skin care practices. I always recommend people to approach skin care the way they do oral care. You don’t wait to have cavities to brush your teeth twice daily; you don’t wait to have rotting teeth to go to the dentist at least annually. Skin care should be the same – don’t wait to have bad skin, old-looking skin, to take care of it. Don’t wait to have skin care issues to go see your dermatologist and aesthetician. Prevention is the name of the game.
Which Alchimie products would you say provide the most immediate results (that instant gratification) versus those that require more long-term use for lasting results?
“There is no such thing as perfect skin overnight. Perfect skin comes from daily skin care practices.”
I received several weird emoji’s and comments from friends/followers when I posted pics of the Alchimie Forever’s “Pigment Lightening Serum”. I think the product name raised a few eyebrows and led individuals to make misleading assumptions. With a disheartening and controversial trend of darker skinned individuals bleaching or using harmful chemicals on their skin in order to become “lighter” or fit into a false sense of what beauty is based on skin color, this raises concern on the intent behind certain products offered in the beauty industry. Could you speak on your thoughts regarding skin lightening/bleaching/whitening, and clear up any misconceptions about what the Pigment Lightening Serum is for versus what “it is not”?
Honestly, while I understand this question, it also makes me sad. Overall, we have always marketed our skin care line to all skin types, and all skin tones, and believe in being inclusive, not exclusive. Specifically, the Pigment lightening serum is meant to even out pigmentation and minimize brown spots – this regardless of skin tone. This is not a product to whiten the skin (it on purpose does not say whiten or bleach), but to deal with uneven pigmentation. All skin types and all skin tones suffer from uneven pigmentation. The non-hydroquinone ingredients that help with brown spots (including vitamin C, alpha-arbutin, and citrus extract) work specifically on areas with higher-than-normal melanin concentrations – so that you are minimizing dark spots exclusively. This is however a product to use on the entire face and neck, not “just” on brown spots, as we all have brown spots forming under our epidermis, there but not yet visible to the naked eye.
“We have always marketed our skin care line to all skin types, and all skin tones, and believe in being inclusive, not exclusive.”
If someone is new to Alchimie Forever and wants to find the best “starting line-up” for their skin, what would you recommend?
My favorite start is always: cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream. These three products are the foundation of any good skin care regimen. I would recommend the following, based on skin type:
Normal – dry skin: Gentle cream cleanser, Kantic calming cream, Rejuvenating eye balm
Normal – oily skin: Purifying facial cleanser, Daily defense SPF23, Tightening eye contour gel
And then you add the extra steps, including our Pigment lightening serum daily, and our Gentle refining scrub and Kantic brightening moisture mask once per week.
Alchimie (feminine noun):the art of purifying the impure by imitating and accelerating the operations of nature in order to perfect the matter
Skincare routines and products can be hindered, or even sabotaged by other lifestyle choices. What lifestyle choices or daily habits do you feel individuals should make (or not make) to better enhance/improve the effects of a skincare regimen?
I just wrote about my favorite 15 Beauty Rules here: www.adamantaboutbeauty.com/15-beauty-rules/ . This addresses many of the lifestyle questions people always ask about. The most two important ones really are no smoking and no sunning / tanning. But everything makes a difference. No matter your lifestyle, however, a great skin care routine will always help!
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*Definition sources from: Google and Dictionnaires de Francais Larousse