Dr. Christine Lafforgue, PhD
With a contagious intellectual curiosity and a creative energy, Christine tells us about transformative textures and the future trends in Skincare Formulation.
Behind The Business Woman
About your career and the people who inspired you
I am a Biologist and a Chemist by training. Early on, I got fascinated by the wonders of the human cell. I came to Skincare in a very unexpected way through meeting two fascinating Professors. Professor Cotte introduced me to the science of percutaneous penetration and its application in Dermatology. A field of research mixing Biology & Chemistry which later on, led me to join Professor Jean-Paul Marty at the University of Paris XI where I further advanced research in skincare formulation, concentrating on the skin penetration of skincare ingredients.
Your View on Skincare Innovations
Favoring Layering – The European version of K-Beauty
Mostly driven by the need for saving time, skincare products have become more “global” in terms of skincare benefits. They are less laser focused on wrinkle reduction for example but offer today more of a holistic ageless proposition (anti-brown spot + antiwrinkle + UV protection +plumping effect)
Over the past 2 years, the importance of having a good Skincare routine has been significantly embraced. Skincare products do work but only if you are doing the right gestures over and over, day after day. As such, formulation had to evolve to offer new transformative textures like serums, boosters… Some more realistic formulations in terms of efficacy expectations which are greatly amplified through a good routine.
The “Do it Yourself” trend is booming and will seriously challenge the standards of skincare efficacy in the near future, especially when consumers will start using At Home devices to be able to measure progress. Products will have more than ever to deliver on their promises as consumers will be empowered to measure their efficacy on their own.
It has also become all about “Plumping, Re-plumping, Glowing” and the product design approach has changed to become more about comfort & protection with some more sophistication in terms of formulation: simplistic formulas, with soft & light texture, without silicone: a new approach favoring layering. This is directly inspired from K-Beauty but it is the “European version of K-Beauty”.