Formulation and Manufacturing

Our Product Development Criteria
Sophisticated Procedures and Protocols
It is of utmost importance that SkinPhD products introduced to the public are groundbreaking in their formulation, effective, safe, and adhere to standards set by the cosmetic industry and other various governing bodies.  We have:

  • Agreements and membership with CTFA,  COSCHEM, SASOL CHEMCITY
  • High quality, GMP and quality systems
  • Attendance on a regular basis at International conferences and seminars on cosmetic science
  • Access to global researchers and developers of raw material

We only purchase raw materials from approved suppliers and only accept receipt of raw materials when they are accompanied by a Certificate of Analysis from the relevant manufacturer. Raw materials are thoroughly researched to ensure compliance with all the expectations of the specific product to be developed.
Formulation Testing
Stability testing is performed on all formulations to guarantee the products are of the highest quality. The products are placed in accelerated testing conditions which include temperatures of 4˚C and 40˚C respectively as well as room temperature for 3 months. The products are tested against a control for appearance, color, odor, pH and viscosity. All tests results are recorded and analyzed according to set specifications.
Specific test panels are performed to test the product performance and efficacy. Candidates are screened and then selected to take part in the test panels. Results are recorded whereafter a comprehensive report indicates whether the product is approved. After final approval, the product is subjected to product/packaging compatibility testing. This will ensure the product is compatible with the packaging material and closure type.
Other tests include SPF testing, sensitivity testing, irritancy testing, claim substantiation and efficacy testing. These tests are carried through by accredited testing facilities and certificates are issued for every test performed.

KAren Coomber Cosmetic Chemist

Karen Coomber

Cosmetic Chemist

Our Chief Cosmetic Scientist

Cosmetic Chemist, Karen Coomber, is a member of the COSCEM Society of South Africa as well as Technical Manager at CW Pharmaceuticals, who has responsibility for the Research & Development of SkinPhD products. During the development of Placécol products, she harnesses her knowledge of the latest scientific releases and information on anti-aging products and raw materials for the cosmetic industry, as gained through her regular attendance of international conferences and seminars on the subject. While formulating the SkinPhD product ranges she is also privileged to test the opinions and draw on the experience of leading European researchers that support and believe in SkinPhD as a leading cosmetics house.

Unique Formulation

Our products are formulated and manufactured in South Africa where rich African extracts and the latest innovations in cosmetic technology are combined to create a product range that balances, nourishes, and renews the skin. Our philosophy in caring for and correcting skin results in a product portfolio that has undergone rigorous testing, is suitable for sensitive skin, and is endorsed by dermatologists. Skin PhD products are intended to correct and balance the skin without aggression. Our formulators ensure that the ingredients used in our products will create positive changes in the skin through the use of materials that improve the skin’s barrier function, maintain healthy skin pH, reduce inflammatory conditions, and bring balance to the oil and water content of the skin.

As a cosmeceutical range, our products rely on bio-active ingredients to produce beneficial changes in the appearance of the skin. Bio-active ingredients work beyond the skin’s surface to create true change. Some benefits of bio-active ingredients include increased cellular renewal and regeneration, improved barrier function, and the stabilization of collagen and elastin. Skin

PhD features a host of bio-actives including vitamins, polysaccharides, botanicals, proteins, peptides, and enzymes.

Before and After

SkinPhD Flawless Day*

A light day cream with a unique formulation, including the semi-precious stone Zincite (Smithsonsite), Acmella Oleracea Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 and Hexapeptide-10. Regular use will improve the appearance of the skin’s elasticity and firmness leaving it looking noticeably younger with a more radiant glow.



Flawless Day Before

SkinPhD Eye Care Balm*

Formulated with phyto-proteins and a naturally derived galactomannan, specifically targeted at the problems of
puffiness and dark circles that frequently occur around eye area.

Reduces dark circles and eye puffiness

Strengthens the connective tissue and therefore improves skin firmness

Reduces inflammation


Eye Care Balm Before

After 4 Weeks

SkinPhD’s Peptide Complex Eye Cream*

A rich, fragrance-free treatment that includes Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 and Hexapeptide-10. This cream is specifically formulated for the delicate eye and mouth area to help minimize the appearance of wrinkles and aging. Regular use will give the appearance of firmer and smoother skin, leaving it looking visibly improved.

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