Interview with Charmaine Cooper: Canadian Education Manager of Dermalogica & The International Dermal Institute

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us about yourself?
Charmaine Cooper: My name is Charmaine Cooper. As the Canadian Education Manager of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, I support a team of Instructors in order to give the best in education to Canadian Skin Therapists of all walks of life. I am a Skin Therapist of 17 years, who’s passion is training and supporting individuals in achieving their skin goals, professional goals and personal goals. I am an avid believer in giving your best to everything that you do! Putting your best face forward, in my opinion, not only includes skin care practices, but healthy lifestyle choices and a dedication to your craft! The best part of what I do is really the people I get to do it with. Working with a great team, meeting fascinating individuals who share similar passions and also building healthy skin awareness is truly a reward in itself!

Sarah Velasco: Can you tell us a little bit about Dermalogica? How is Dermalogica different from other brands on the market?
Charmaine Cooper: Dermalogica is all about skin health and achieving results! We are known as the #1 choice brand for professional skin therapists worldwide. From the inception of the brand, our product formulations have stemmed from rigorous research and development performed by The International Dermal Institute. We are passionate about education! As a result, one of our points of difference is our signature concepts. Dermalogica has pioneered unique educational concepts that help individuals understand more about the skin that they’re in. 

1. FaceMapping Skin Analysis – A complimentary, user friendly, professional skin analysis that bridges the gap between skin concerns and skin solutions. We divide the skin into 14 zones to address current concerns. It only takes 5-10 minutes for a full analysis or even 3-5 minutes for individuals in a rush, where only the main zones are addressed! We have a campaign going on right now, called Face Map Our Nation, where our goal is to facemap 15000 Canadians on their skin! It’s fun, educational and we have skin centres right across Canada where these free services are being offered. www.facemapnation.com
2. Skin Bar – A pressure free zone, where individuals can try the products and have a mini skin lesson on how to maximize their skin regimen. The experience is educational, engaging and entertaining.
3. Microzone targeted treatments – A Twenty minute, zone specific professional treatment that is customized for the time crunched client. No need to get in a bed or undressed. This treatment can be done in a salon chair or barber chair!

Sarah Velasco: What is your skin care routine like on a daily basis?

Charmaine Cooper: On a daily basis – I perform a morning regimen and evening regimen! 
1. I start off with Special Cleansing Gel to remove debris from my skin without making the skin feel tight!
2. I then follow up with Daily Microfoliant – to brighten and polish my skin. This helps with my pigmentation and dull looking complexion that can creep up at times. I truly could not live without this product!
3. My next step is to tone my skin with Antioxidant Hydramist. It delivers key antioxidants that help to combat my growing premature aging concerns. It is also fantastic in saving on my moisturizer that follows, as I subsequently don’t have to use as much.
4. I finish off with my Skin Smoothing Cream combined with Skin Defence Booster for protection from assaultive daily damage in the environment; such as, pollution, smog, free radicals.

I do the exact same as the morning regimen, only with two additional steps!

1. I add the essential use of AGEsmart MultiVitamin Power Recovery Masque! I call this my “911 in a tube”. It recovers and restores my skin from stress and dullness to radiance and a nourished texture.
2. After I tone my skin, I use a phenomenal brightening serum from the PowerBright TRx line. C-12 Pure Bright Serum.

Sarah Velasco: What are your top 3 Dermalogica product recommendations for people in their 20's?
Charmaine Cooper: In our twenties, the main concerns are usually focused around dehydration, and preventing premature aging. Over 90% of our aging is due to the environment, and over 80% of our photo damage takes place before the age of 18. So in our twenties, we start to see the early signs of damage. (Dehydration/ uneven skin tone)

And so, 3 top products in Dermalogica that would be supportive are:
1. PreCleanse (or ) PreCleanse Wipes.
a. This natural Oil based pre-cleansing treatment, gets the skin truly clean by removing oil based dirt (sunscreens and makeup) effectively. Removes makeup effortlessly – without feeling uncomfortable on the skin. Great for Eye makeup removal (without lash extensions, due to the oil).
2. Skin Hydrating Booster
a. This is an oil free and alcohol free concentrate that target dehydration remarkably! A few drops is all you need, underneath your moisturizer for adequate moisture retention, without the heaviness!.
3. Skin Perfect Primer SPF30
a. This is more than just a primer! It is a cosmeceutical primer that addresses skin tone, with Pearl Powder, Loss of tone with Peptides and prepares that flawless canvass for the perfect makeup application! A simple must have for every woman!

Sarah Velasco: Since our readers will be soon heading off to the beach, what sun protection products should everyone use?
Charmaine Cooper: Be beach ready and skin savvy with protected skin. Protection Sport is a face and Body moisturizer to shield the skin against hazardous effects of UV radiation, without feeling heavy or chalky on the skin! Perfect for all ages and of course, the avid athlete!
Its partner in Crime is After Sun Repair! This cooling and healing salve is a must have for the off chance of UV damage or peeling, while outdoors more. It contains Aloe vera and Japanese Alder to truly restore health to the skin cells.

Sarah Velasco: What are some common misconceptions about skincare you hear often? 

Charmaine Cooper: Common misconceptions are:
· When individuals mistake Dehydration for Dryness. A lack of oil is unique to a dry skin. But a lack of water can be experienced by a variety of skin types. Everyone needs water in their skin. The goal of skincare is to balance out the skin in its water and oil levels!
· Many individuals believe that their skin type changes! Where this may feel as if it is true; only the skin condition changes! But your skin type is DNA deep and genetically determined. It does not change, but is rather concealed by the various skin conditions that our lifestyle choices, diet, stress levels and environment contribute to the skin. The goal is to correct skin conditions and manage skin types!

Sarah Velasco: What Dermalogica product are you most exited about right now? 
Charmaine Cooper: There are so many products that excite me in Dermalogica. I am sure you are not surprised with that answer! But the most exciting that has just been released is NEW AGEsmart™ Overnight Retinol Repair. This is the first consumer customizable retinol treatment that reverses photo aging! Retinol is the strongest available form of Vitamin A in the market next to prescriptions from Drs. As great as it is, many individuals have not been able to use Vitamin A, due to the level of intolerance of their skin. Until now!

Overnight Retinol Repair contains advanced cosmeceutical ingredients that sooth the skin at the same time as delivering effective results!
· .5 % microencapsulated Retinol – for controlled and Stable delivery –without the irritation!
· Designer peptides – to stimulate collagen productions for firmer skin and minimized wrinkle depth.
· New Bio Energized Copper Amino Acid Complex to revitalize the skin!

This product is truly the most age defying product to date, within the State of the art
AGEsmart ™ system!