Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture EX
Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture EX is the fifth generation of the brand’s all-in-one skincare product, Aqua-Collagen-Gel series. This is the ultimate cream-like-gel that delivers rich moisturizing effects and powerful skin-beautifying effects to the skin while enhancing the skin’s natural healing ability by adopting Dr.Ci:Labo’s unique technology.
From toner to emulsion to beauty essence, when it comes to skincare there are numerous products with various uses. Today, the revolutionary, all-in-one skincare products that play all these roles are getting more and more popular. Dr.Ci:Labo’s Aqua-Collagen-Gel series is a pioneer in the all-in-one product market, which overturned traditional skincare at the time of its release 15 years ago. The most advanced version among the series is Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture EX, which was launched in the U.S. this summer.
Back in the mid 90s, the original Aqua-Collagen-Gel was developed by Dr.Ci:Labo’s Chairman, Dr. Yoshinori Shirono, and two other staff members who continue to see patients at Shirono’s dermatological clinic. The majority of the patients who visit the clinic have seen improvement in their skin, but some of them see the same problems return. The development team wanted to do something to remedy this, and reached the conclusion that the ideal skincare products wouldn’t burden the skin nor provide it with anything it didn’t need. From here, Dr.Ci:Labo’s philosophy of “no fragrance, no artificial coloring, no mineral oils” was born.
They analyzed that water loss was the main cause of skin trouble, and determined that gel was the ingredient that would most retain moisture. Most cream type skincare products contain components like activators and emulsifiers, which aren’t necessarily good for the skin. For this reason, gel is optimal as it does not use these kinds of components. Moreover, they wanted to attempt to be able to do everything all at once without going through multiple steps of toner, cream and beauty essence. Being able to complete everything in one step not only saves effort and time, but also has the additional bonus of reducing skin chafing.
The development team went through continuous trials and errors for almost a year before the 1998 release of the 1st generation of Aqua-Collagen-Gel. The prototypes were good for the skin, but they had a brownish color, a smell like pickled eggplant and a gooey and sticky texture. Those who tried the product responded by saying, “I would never put something like this on my face.” In order to make adjustments to the color, odor and texture, they looked for materials that had the same effect but with no unwanted elements. By using those materials, they modified the formula one after another.
Aqua-Collagen-Gel Super Moisture EX is the fifth generation, and it not only imparts its moisture retention strength to the skin but it excels in ability to penetrate into the skin. It is characterized by the use of an original capsule called Collagen HC Nano Capsule, which has 10 layers in only 200 nanometers, penetrating each layer of the skin effectively. It also contains 120 kinds of beauty support ingredients (skin conditioning ingredients), which enhance your skin’s natural beauty.
Even today, Chairman Shirono continues to examine patients at his clinic so that his products can reflect the most recent information regarding women’s skin problems caused by their lifestyle and environmental changes. In addition, with Dr.Ci:Labo’s corporate mission of “Helping All People Troubled by Skin Problems,” the company proactively carries out social contribution activities.
The previous gel was translucent, but EX is milky white with a cream-like appearance. When applied, the gel’s penetration is like the sensation of butter melting in your hands.
Dr.Ci:Labo developed the Collagen HC Nano Capsule which captures 120 kinds of moisturizing and skin-beautifying components, enabling the product to effectively permeate into the skin.
Dr.Ci:Labo USA sells not only Aqua-Collagen-Gel, but face wash, moisturizers and special skin care products as well, mainly on its website. If you become an online member, you can receive membership privileges.