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Skincare news for women of color

RENEE MINUS WHITE Fashion & Beauty Editor | 7/13/2011, 6:02 p.m.

Last week, several skin care and makeup firms introduced new products: Obagi Medical Products presented the results from a recent study on skin care and Clarins offered a beauty pouch, the sale of which will feed underprivileged children.

On Thursday evening, Obagi Medical Products Inc. (OMPI) addressed issues regarding sunscreen usage, awareness of hydroquinone and other skin care concerns for women of color.

OMPI is a global specialty pharmaceutical company that develops, markets and sells proprietary skin care systems in the physician-dispensed skin care market. Their products are only available at dermatologist's offices.

Using their Therapeutics technologies, OMPI products are designed to improve the penetration of agents across the skin barrier for common and visual conditions of adult skin, including premature aging, photo damage and hyper-pigmentation, the irregular or patchy discoloration of the skin. They also have treatments for acne, sun damage, rosacea and soft tissue defects such as fine lines and wrinkles.

The company currently has 25 patents pending and 4 patents issued. OMPI's Nu-Derm SPF 50 sunscreen line offers anti-aging sunscreen protection.

According to the survey, issues related to pigmentation are of prominent concern to women of color. Survey results indicated that whether women were of African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Middle Eastern descent, one thing held true: she most likely had unresolved skin challenges.

Although 47 percent of the women polled reported having seen a dermatologist, only 11 percent expressed a strong familiarity with an ingredient key to treating pigmentation disorders-hydroquinone.

Fifty-eight percent of the women surveyed say they struggle to find skin care products that meet their needs and that even when they have found products they are willing to purchase, these products don't meet their expectations. Most of the women (52 percent) spent more than $100 on skincare products last year.

"Obagi Medical commissioned the poll to help us better understand the needs and concerns of our consumers," said Jim Hartman, vice president of global marketing and business development for OMPI. Regardless of ethnicity, this poll suggests that partnering with a knowledgeable professional partner can be beneficial for women with skin of color when managing their skin care challenges.

In collaboration with Lauren Bush, the co-founder of FEED Projects, Claris has joined the fight against worldwide hunger with the goal of feeding a million underprivileged children in two years.

The Clarins FEED 15 offering is a must-have summer beauty pouch that will include three iconic Clarins products: Hand and Nail Treatment Cream for soft, youthful-looking hands and stronger nails, made with extracts of sesame, japanese mulberry and myrrh; Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, a rich, quickly absorbed lotion that intensively moisturizes and instantly soothes, restoring soft, firm skin, leaving it visible smoother and satin-soft to the touch; and Instant Light Natural Lip Protector, which contains 3D pigments to enhance your lip's natural color and fullness.

The package will retail for $30 and will be available at Nordstrom stores starting in July. Each purchase, valued at $48, will provide 15 nutritious meals to schoolchildren around the world through the United Nations World Food Program.