Firm Unveils Products for Hair, Eyebrows, Eyelashes – and Beards
Skin Actives Scientific, a Chandler Innovations client that has brought scientifically proven active ingredients to skin care products for more than a dozen years, is now expanding into hair growth enhancement.
It recently released a suite of ingredients and products that encourage safe and sustainable growth and reduces loss of hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, and beards. The new “hair anti-aging” substances contain Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF), which binds with receptors to promote hair growth.
The company has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Lincoln Fine Ingredients, an established chemical distribution company based in Rhode Island to make the ingredient available to larger manufacturers.
Chandler Innovations helped Skin Actives as it was recovering from a bubble in the skin care market in 2016 and deciding whether to expand its expertise into hair products.
“For years we manufactured a lot of white label products that were sold on Amazon and other sites,” said Funtowicz. “We realized that we were making products that were not in line with our mission. Chandler Innovations helped us to modernize our internal structure, improving our sales methodology and refocusing on what we wanted to do.”
That included the expertise to expand the company, which currently has more than $2 million in annual sales, into a new, potentially lucrative field of anti-aging hair care.
The bedrock of the company – founded in 2005 by Funtowicz and his mother, Hannah Sivak – has always been rigorous scientific research.
Born in Argentina, Sivak is a former biochemistry professor who has written more than 60 papers on biology, biochemistry and biotechnology. In addition to her years of scientific research, she also served as a consultant to several skin care companies. After retiring from academia, she paired her scientific know-how with her son’s expertise in logistics and formed Skin Actives Scientific. Their products are based on Sivak’s own research on natural ingredients that promote skin health and new research being done.
“When we see a paper that looks interesting on an ingredient, we’ll investigate it and, if it makes sense, we’ll turn it into a product,” said Funtowicz. “We are looking for efficacy.”
That means a lot of Skin Actives products do not look like what you would see in the beauty aisle of your store. The packaging is no frills, he says, because the money goes to what’s in the bottle, not what’s on it.
“We are prioritizing how the product works instead of creating a buzz about something that doesn’t do anything,” he said.
Although the products are produced in Arizona by the companies 19-member team, Skin Actives also employs scientific consultants in the United States and overseas to run extensive product tests and trials to make sure Skin Actives roster of serums, creams and additives meet Sivak’s demanding standards for effectiveness.
That same scientific approach has been brought to the new hair care products. Studies show that 78 percent of participants who tested Skin Actives hair product had positive changes in the thickness or quality of their hair after using the product. Almost 80 percent showed improvement to their eyebrows and 93 percent saw improvement in the thickness or length of their eyelashes.
Another trial saw an improvement in the weight, texture and thickness of beards. Because it does not have an extensive history of marketing men’s products, Skin Actives is in discussion to license the beard product to another company to manage.
To learn more about Skin Actives Scientific, go to skinactives.com.