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In Sight: Water from the Inside-out
By: Katie Schaefer, Cosmetics & Toiletries
Posted: April 2, 2007, from the April 2007 issue of Cosmetics & Toiletries.
The human body can survive for weeks on water alone. Without water, the body shuts down in eight to ten days since it needs the combination of hydrogen and oxygen for nearly every major organ function. So, why not take advantage of a fluid the body needs and put it to use in other capacities? This is the logic inventor Scott Vincent Borba used nearly six years ago when he conceived the idea for nutraceutical water.
In 2005, Borba’s idea became reality when his line of nutraceutical skin care water, called BORBA Skin Balance Water, debuted. The line was designed to offer six specific effects including: calming, antiaging, firming, replenishing, age-defying and clarifying. However, Borba did not develop the notion of skin care water because of market research. He had no idea nutraceuticals would be as popular as they are today—he was just looking to fill a need.
As a male, Borba struggled to maintain a steady skin care regimen. “Topical skin care was a challenge because I’m a guy, and I hate being in the bathroom for a long time,” said Borba. He therefore designed a product to systemically deliver the needed vitamins and minerals to the skin through something the body already needed—water.
According to Borba, nearly every skin issue originates from within the human body. “The appearance of skin is a combination of genetics, diet and stress. All of these (aspects) create challenges that exacerbate skin conditions,” said Borba. His solution to the challenges facing skin care was to work from the inside out.
According to Borba, it has been clinically proven that skin can be treated from the inside out. Borba conducted two clinical studies in which the efficacy of the nutraceutical water was tested by comparing a group treated with the water to a control group. The study was conducted during a period of 28 days, and visual assessments were made by technicians at the start and conclusion of the study. The first study was to examine improvement of skin with respect to dryness, roughness, fine lines, elasticity/firmness/resiliency, skin clarity and subject perception of skin condition. The second study was to evaluate the acnegenic/comedogenic potential of the product in quantifying the decrease or and increase in signs of acne.