Five minutes with: Aubrey Parsons

Professor Aubrey Parsons has two Doctorates in Chemistry and has researched Aromatic Botanics, Fragrances and Skin Care Cosmetics for the past 45 years. He is currently an Honorary Senior Researcher in the Department of Botanic Biology at the University of South Africa. He also serves on the Board of the International Society of Cosmetic Dermatology, as well as being a Researcher and Developer for Nimue Skin Technology.

What are your top skincare tips?

1 Avoid the sun and harsh wind.

2 Cleanse and moisturise daily and definitely before going to bed.

3 Eat intelligently and in moderation.

4 Do not smoke.

5 Limit your alcohol intake very carefully.

6 Avoid all forms of stress (where possible).

7 Your lifestyle must be contented and happy.

8 Sleep regularly and at least 6+ hours per day.

9 Enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables.

10 Apply SPF-20 daily.

11 Use a reputable, reliable and responsible range of skin care products.

What is worse for your skin, the sun or smoking?

The sun is more devastating than smoking; that does not mean that smoking is cool, though.

How big a role do genetics play in the ageing process? Can you look at your mother to tell how you are going to age?

Genetics are critical, but remember that genes jump a generation, so you need to look at your grandparents for a closer fingerprint of your future appearance. Your mum’s contribution is rather small in comparison to your gran’s. However, the final decision of quality, will almost solely depend on how you care for yourself from a very early age; it is never too early to start.

How important is nutrition when it comes to maintaining healthy, youthful skin? 

Your diet is critical and I can’t over emphasise enough the importance of fruit and vegetables. I also recommend poultry and fish with a limitation on red meat. Allow me to also add that a “small” amount of mild physical exercise should be undertaken.

What is your opinion on all-natural skincare products (ones without synthetic ingredients)?

I am only luke-warm on 100 per cent natural products. There are many synthetic materials that cant be replaced with naturals and they are all extremely safe and beneficial.

What are phytochemicals and how may they benefit humans?

Phytochemicals are botanical extracts. Some will benefit the skin due to rapid absorption.

What do you know about nutraceuticals?

Nutraceuticals are also labeled functional foods. They have arrived and are here to stay. When you care for yourself internally and externally correctly, you will greatly benefit metabolically.

In all your years of practice, what has been the most exciting discovery in the world of beauty and skincare?

In my humble opinion, it refers to the materials that have been produced via biotechnology, genetic engineering, GMO’s and a deeper understanding of microrganisms.

What do you think the future holds for skincare development?

The future is exceptionally bright. As new active ingredients are discovered, we are able to turn the clock backwards and produce facial conditions that we are proud of.

Five minutes with: Richard Wolstenholme

You must know a lot about cosmetics and skincare for women. Is it hard to understand from a male point of view?

Good question. I believe that to really understand cosmetics and skincare you need to first understand women’s beauty needs and desires. That’s easier said than done. But having worked in Britain, France and Australia there seems to be a universal willingness of women to share these needs, desires and feedback – even with a guy. And what’s great about Nutrimetics is that we have a network of over 50,000 consultants across Australia and New Zealand who are always willing to share new ideas and give feedback which really helps myself and my team to understand their needs.

What is the philosophy behind the Nutrimetics brand?

To draw upon 40 years of home grown dermatological expertise through the Nutrimetics Beauty Lab to develop the highest quality naturally enriched products to meet the beauty and lifestyle needs of New Zealand and Australian women.

Nutrimetics products are developed to meet strict quality and safety guidelines, are not tested on animals and are free from animal derived ingredients.

What does “naturally-enriched” mean?

When we develop a product we look to nature for inspiration, such as botanical extracts or minerals. For example in the Brighten range, the inspiration of the Lotus flower led us to search for ingredients based on this concept. Once we select an ingredient, we will carry out an efficacy study and from there we work towards incorporating the benefits with other necessary ingredients to obtain optimal efficacy.

What natural skincare ingredients can be found in the Nutrimetics line?

Each product range typically has a primary natural ingredient selected for a specific benefit:

• Apricot Kernel Oil in the Nutri Rich range

• Hibiscus seed extract in the Restore range

• Alpine Glacial Water in the Hydrafinity range

Examples of individual products with specific ingredients:

• Soy bean oil in Skin Clean

• Avocado Oil in Nutri Eye Eye Crème

• Cranberry extract in Hydrafinity Serum

How do the Nutrimetics products address the beauty needs of New Zealand and Australian women?

Our network of over 50,000 Consultants across New Zealand and Australia (combined) gives us a unique firsthand perspective into women’s beauty needs. From this information we derive consumer insights which are the basis for a product concept. For example, capillary damage is common in New Zealand and Australia due to the UVA/UVB issue.

As a result a high incidence of women, particularly in their later years experience red spider veins on the face. Consequently, Nutrimetics recently launched “nc Colour Corrector Mint” as a quick and convenient way to neutralise and mask redness on the face.

Are our needs different to our Northern Hemisphere counterparts?

There are many similarities – for example concern over the signs of skin ageing, whether that be for prevention or correction. I believe the differentiators are in New Zealanders’ and Australians’ attitudes to beauty. In this part of the world women are equally serious about their beauty regime to their northern counterparts but are more relaxed in the way they wear their beauty.

The overall look is more of a relaxed, accessible, wearable beauty that I believe fits with the active/outdoor lifestyle versus an arguably more complex approach to beauty.

What is the Nutrimetics Spa Experience?

It’s an at home party, that groups women in the comfort of the home of a “hostess” and gives them the chance to experience the relaxation benefits of a day spa amongst friends. It’s simple, fun and gives women the opportunity to get together, enjoy some social time and discover the Nutrimetics product range (through an inter-active demonstration that allows guests to try before they buy) as well as the earning opportunity of becoming a Nutrimetics Consultant.

The Nutrimetics Spa Experience includes a 15 minute guided relaxation (by the Nutrimetics Consultant) that responds to the insight that women today are time-poor, stressed and need some time out.

This experience leaves them feeling relaxed and renewed and they get to enjoy the personalised one-on-one service from the Nutrimetics Consultants in choosing the best-fit skincare regime of cosmetics for themselves.

What are the current trends for skincare and cosmetics?

Right now, we’re seeing the ripple effect of the recession on the cosmetic market. Consumers are still spending, however they are increasingly looking for the best value and turning to the brands they trust and are most familiar with. They are less willing to take risks on higher ticket items, which is consistent with the lipstick effect that we are currently experiencing at Nutrimetics with colour makeup being our highest growth category year to date.

For skincare, the growth area continues to be anti-ageing. Specifically what we are seeing is that, as treatments such as Botox become more affordable, the role of skincare in treating the signs of ageing is evolving. There’s a shift towards correcting unwanted pigmentation as well as the more established anti-wrinkle skincare treatments. This trend has evolved out of the ancient oriental tradition of skin whitening into a broader, western “skin brightening” approach.

What do you think the future holds for both skincare and cosmetics?

I believe the future is bright. Women have been concerned with beauty for millennia and that isn’t going to change. In the short term we’ll see the return to thrift affecting the number of new launches, which will significantly benefit the brands that choose to innovate and launch products with affordable price points.

In the medium to longer term as the economy recovers I believe we’ll see environmental agenda re-emerge even more aggressively that will shape the formulations and packaging of across cosmetics and skincare.