Sisley's Scientific Director reveals the secrets to anti-ageing

Seventeen years ago, 2,000 women signed up to the wait-list of Sisley's iconic Sisleÿa Global Anti-Age cream, which claimed to revolutionise the ‘anti-ageing’ skincare market. This month, with over ten years of research behind them, Sisley are relaunching the original, bigger and better than before with an impressive fifty active ingredients.

We spoke with Sisley’s Scientific Director, José Ginestar, to get the low-down on the new and improved formula, his must-try products from the collection and how Sisley stay ahead of the skincare game...

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Tell us about the new Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge launch

We have spent over a decade researching and understanding what we call the ‘3rd dimension’ of ageing: epigenetic ageing. The latest in scientific research, this study of ageing argues that behavioural factors such as sun overexposure, pollution, smoking, lifestyle stresses and an unhealthy diet have a direct impact on our skin.

The new Sisleÿa L’Intégral formula not only takes genetic and environmental influencers into account, but also these epigenetic factors that have scientifically proven to have as much, if not more, impact to the skin.

How much does lifestyle and what you eat affect the quality of your skin?

Your lifestyle plays a huge factor in the appearance and general health of your skin. These epigenetic factors have been proven to directly attack the lifecycle of your skin cells and their ability to regenerate. When this cycle is attacked, it becomes less effective – cells become tired and lose their ability to produce collagen and elastin resulting in lack of firmness and a dull appearance.

How is the revised Sisleÿa L’Integral Global Anti-Âge different to the original?

Like in the original Sisleÿa Global Anti-Âge, we’re still using over fifty active ingredients designed to regenerate and reduce the effects of hormonal deficiencies in the skin, but thanks to the recent discoveries in epigenetic research, our new and improved formula also protects the cell lifecycle (linked to behavioural ageing) so we’re now able to treat the visible signs of ageing as a whole. 

The three major new ingredients – Lindera extract, Persian Acacia extract and a Yeast and Protein complex – all target the three parts of the cell’s life cycle: the rhythm, energy and longevity of the cells. Skin is left feeling nourished and plump with a more radiant, even skin tone. 

Share the three Sisley products everyone should have in their arsenal...

  • Sisleÿa Essential Skin Care Lotion 
  • Sisleÿa l’Intégral Anti-Age
  • So Intense Mascara

How does Sisley stay ahead when it comes to product development?

At Sisley, we take research and product development very seriously. We never launch trend-based products, but instead are inspired by the latest discoveries in our laboratories.

We invest in our ingredients and spend plenty of time tinkering with formulas – we spent over 15 years developing Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge - so we are totally confident with the efficacy and safety of each product that goes to market. Our philosophy is to launch products that stand the test of time for decades to come.

What three quick wins can someone do to improve the quality of their skin?

Firstly, start looking after your skin early on. It’s always better to prevent the signs of ageing rather than be in a position where you need to be curing it. Secondly, exfoliate once a week. Finally, detox your skin - the Sisley Botanical D-Tox can be used as a night treatment, every night for one month and should be used two to four times a year.

Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge, £285; available at Fenwick Bond Street, Colchester, Kingston, Leicester, Newcastle and Windsor

By Grace Gargini