NEW YORK — Clinique is building its immune system for a stronger business.
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At a Skin and Immune Protection symposium on Tuesday at the Soho House here, Richard Granstein, M.D., chairman and professor in the dermatology department at Weill Medical College, Cornell University, and Dr. Ken Marenus, vice president of biological research at Clinique, spoke to a room full of beauty editors about the future of immune protection science as it relates to skin.
The brand’s intention in hosting the event was to provide information about how the immune system can affect skin, as well as about how factors that affect immunity — such as the sun and stress — also have an impact on the skin. “It’s an area of great interest for us,” said Philip Shearer, group president of the Estée Lauder Cos. “It’s a direction that we’re working on and trying to understand.”
Since its beginnings in 1968, Clinique has held the belief that skin, wellness and beauty are inseparable and that great skin can be created. Marenus noted it was clear early in the brand’s history that in order to achieve this, the body’s systems were important, as was studying skin as its own system. To provide immune protection, he noted that the right materials need to be put into products to make sure they provide proper shielding. One challenge on this front will be the labeling of products and describing the benefits to consumers.
“Clinique is working very closely with leading doctors and universities specializing in skin immunology,” said Janet Pardo, senior vice president, product development, Clinique. “To further its leadership in skin care, Clinique is researching the effects of UV light and daily living on the skin’s immune system. This research will lead to the development of a product that will maintain skin health, which is to protect and keep it functioning at its optimal.”