Suzanne Saffie-Siebert, Ph.D. is a recognized world authority in drug delivery and a pioneer of silicon-based bio-courier technologies. Throughout her career, she has always believed that good skin is a vital component of overall beauty and good health and makes a significant impact on emotional well-being.
She understands from personal experience how frustrating it can be to spend time and money on skincare with sometimes disappointing results. To Suzanne, science is the answer. Her research team spent almost ten years developing Good Silicon+®, a unique patented technology specifically designed to make skincare ingredients more effective, while also delivering Ortho-Silicic Acid (OSA), the bioavailable form of silicon, an essential micro mineral for skin health. She developed the Good Science Beauty® brand to make her advanced technology available to everyone.
BITB spoke with Suzanne to get her insights on how we should choose our skincare and the G2 on Good Silicon+.
What mistakes do women make when choosing and using skincare?
Most women think that if a skincare product contains ingredients that have been proven to be effective, the product must be great. However, to be effective ingredients must not only be absorbed into the skin but must also be present in the skin in their active form. They also need to be available for a sufficient time to perform their intended function. Take hyaluronic acid for example, which is a natural sugar that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water. So, in theory, it’s an amazing skin hydrator. But hyaluronic acid molecules are so large that they cannot be absorbed by the skin which means that in most skincare products, the hydrating effects of hyaluronic acid are quite limited.
When you look at a skincare product, don’t just read the list of ingredients. Make sure the product is formulated in a way that makes the key ingredients bioavailable to the skin. We designed Good Silicon+ technology to protect ingredients from degradation, take them across the outer skin barrier, and release them over time to make ingredients as effective as possible. Therefore, all of our skincare products are formulated with Good Silicon+.
How have you applied the concepts you learned in your laboratory to the Good Science Beauty brand?
Scientific developments in skin care are not different to those in healthcare, except that we do not test on animals. It took almost a decade to perfect our Good Silicon+TM technology to protect and time release ingredients deep in the skin. It dissolves into Ortho-Silicic Acid (OSA), the bioavailable form of silicon, an essential micro mineral for collagen production. Another unique feature of Good Silicon+ is that it can time deliver multiple ingredients in unison, so our R&D team identified synergistic ingredient combinations that can provide a greater effect than the sum of its parts. That’s the beauty of good science! Each of our products combines two key ingredients that boost each other’s performance. Good Silicon+ technology carries them to where they need to be and releases them over time into the skin to work their magic. We use only the ingredients needed and nothing more to keep the products simple and pure.
Which products are you most proud of in the GSB range and why?
Top of the list for me has to be our Hydrate 003-Hy formulation. We combined Hyaluronic Acid HA, nature’s hydrator and a massive molecule that cannot penetrate the skin barrier, with marine omega 3, which is fantastic for your skin but can have a fishy smell that is not pleasing to use. By encapsulating these ingredients in Good Silicon+ we have been able to get rid of the smell while allowing the HA to penetrate the skin. This has never been done before. Marine Omega 3 is rich in Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (
DHA). It improves skin barrier function but it also reduces the skin’s natural production of Hyaluronidase, the enzyme that breaks down HA. This unique combination of HA with Omega 3 increases the life span of the hyaluronic acid. Initial clinical data indicates a dramatic reduction in wrinkle scores as the HA plumps the skin from within.
Another hero product in the range is our Skin Brightening Solution 004-Br which pairs Glutathione with Melatonin. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant, but antioxidants are vulnerable to oxidation when they are exposed to the air, rendering them useless. This has made antioxidants difficult to deliver in skincare products and Glutathione has previously had to be injected to be effective. Melatonin has been demonstrated to improve skin hydration and reduce the signs of aging. As well as being effective on its own, clinical studies have shown that Melatonin can increase the level and effectiveness of Glutathione. Therefore, combining these two agents has the potential to maximize their antioxidant properties and effectiveness at reducing pigment production.
Finally, I’m really proud of 001-Pu, the Purifying Skin Cream which was the first product of the Good Science Beauty brand. It combines willow bark, a natural anti-inflammatory, with an antimicrobial peptide derived from plant amino acids. Together they address inflammation and bacteria to rapidly control blemishes. The amino acids also help repair skin, so it doesn’t dry out, which is a common complaint of blemish control products.