It is very important that people think about what they put on their skin.
An interview with Gaëlle Six, exclusive distributor of the skin care brand Zeitschild. Gaëlle represents the brand in the medical world, health and beauty sector in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Hi Gaelle! Can you introduce yourself and tell us a bit more about your background and education?
I am Gaëlle Six, 32 years old and born and raised in Knokke-Heist, Belgium. After graduating from high school at the St-Bavo Humaniora in Ghent, I studied Communication Sciences at Ghent University. Then I followed an additional master's degree in General Management at the Vlerick Business School.
My previous job brought me into skin care quite by accident. I quickly mastered it and it piqued my interest. Just like with food, I think it is very important that people are aware of what they are putting on their skin. Not only is it our largest organ, it's also one of the first things we notice about each other. There are so many options on the market and there is a lot of publicity about skin care, but what interests me is the composition of products and how they can help certain skin types.
You are responsible for the distribution of Zeitschild in Belgium and the Netherlands. What specifically attracted you to this German skincare brand?
I chose Zeitschild because it is the only brand that takes a holistic approach and relies exclusively on ingredients that belong to the skin. The developer, Martin Albrecht, has an enormous amount of knowledge about the skin and its problems and has already made a big impact in the cosmetic world.
We want people to think not only about marketing and branding, but also about the ingredients of the products they use.
Zeitschild Skincare, the newest generation of skin care
Zeitschild skincare offers revolutionary and genderless skincare for radiant and healthy skin. Literally translated, Zeitschild means “Your shield against time”, which is not surprising when you know that the brand specializes in the field of barrier technologies. Based on the Ortholamellar technology, they eliminate all ingredients that the skin does not need, such as emulsifiers, silicones, fragrances and preservatives.
Zeitschild developed the first emulsifier-free creams, setting new standards in dermatological cosmetics.
An emulsifier, what exactly is it?
Gaëlle: An emulsifier is a type of binding agent that is used in cosmetics (but also food) to mix water and oil into a stable emulsion. I always compare it to making mayonnaise. For this you need an egg yolk as an emulsifier, which ensures that the matter forms a beautiful whole.
Unfortunately, an emulsifier is a chemical component in cosmetics. It is known for breaking open the skin barrier, which also allows harmful substances to penetrate your skin. Moreover, such an emulsifier does not lose its 'binding function' once it is in the skin. Because of this, he is still looking for water and oil to mix. This has a bad influence on our own skin moisture and the skin lipids (skin fats), causing the skin to dry out in the long term and further disrupt the skin barrier.
Are emulsifiers naturally found in your skin?
No, emulsifiers are substances that are foreign to the skin that can only penetrate your skin by lubricating cosmetic products.
An emulsifier (usually several are used in products) attacks the skin barrier by breaking open the skin lipids. Once they are in the skin, they take in your own skin lipids and the skin moisture after which they emigrate this emulsion back out. This results in moisture deficiency and dry skin.
How can you replace emulsifiers?
Emulsifiers are difficult to replace, but at Zeitschild we have developed a new production process in which we work with high-pressure homogenizers. This makes it possible to eliminate the emulsifiers and to develop a stable and even emulsion without their use.
Plant-based emulsifiers exist but they cannot be used because it is crucial that an ingredient/emulsifier does not disrupt the protective shield of the stratum corneum (lipid barrier). Vegetable emulsifiers also do this and trigger allergic reactions. In addition, it is important that the material/ingredient used is recognized by one's own body.
At Zeitschild we therefore use membrane lipids because our entire body is made up of these and they can be absorbed into our own metabolism.
How do you recognize emulsifiers on the packaging?
Emulsifiers are difficult to identify on the packaging. Only people with deep chemical knowledge can do this. I can say that Zeitschild is the only brand that completely bans emulsifiers.
How do you see the future of Zeitschild in Belgium and the Netherlands?
I hope that we will become a loyal partner of many doctors and specialists in both markets. That they call the brand as reliable, very qualitative and especially effective for people who suffer from skin conditions.
Women entrepreneurs are still in the minority today. What advice would you give to women who want to start a business?
Don't give up and just keep going. But the most important thing is that you have to believe 100% in yourself and stand behind the product or service you are selling. You cannot expect to convince a crowd if you are not convinced yourself. Make sure you're surrounded by people you can trust and who have just as much passion as you. Don't expect to get there alone.
Some days the situation seems hopeless and I find myself questioning my decision to embark on this journey, but then something unexpected happens that lifts my mood and gives me the energy I need to move mountains. It's not obvious, but sometimes the satisfaction is unspeakable.
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