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Candid Conversations with Charlene Hogan

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Exploring Skincare, Experience, and optiphi®

Meet South African-born, Charlene Hogan, an experienced Somatologist with a passion for the industry, now the owner of Skin Solutions, Ireland. With over 32 years of experience, Charlene has dedicated herself to providing exceptional skincare results.

After relocating to Ireland in 2020, Charlene spent two years working at one of the country's leading skin clinics. Now embarking on a new venture, she made the deliberate decision to partner with optiphi® for their innovation in skincare technologies and their results-driven professional treatments and homecare solutions. Charlene is dedicated to improving skin and educating the public about the importance of skincare for all ages.

Charlene shares some of her insights into her world of skincare and how optiphi® is changing European skins:

How did you discover optiphi and what made you decide to partner with them?
‘I was introduced to optiphi by my friend about 8 years ago. She put me in contact with an optiphi business consultant who invited me to an optiphi launch. I was very excited to learn about a new and innovative South African product available to qualified professionals. When I decided to open my own practice in Ireland, having done a huge amount of research and training in many other brands in my time here, optiphi was the immediate choice.

In your opinion, how do European skin concerns differ from the rest of the world and why would you say that optiphi® is the ideal brand to meet these needs?

Celtic skin is very prone to Rosacea, Psoriasis, Eczema, and other skin conditions. I deal with very troubled skin every day. The UV rating in Rosslare Harbour is the highest in Europe and Melanoma is one of the highest forms of Cancer here in Ireland. Professional skincare is a non-negotiable for me when treating the skin. The science that backs optiphi makes it the only choice for me.’


Which of the optiphi professional and retail solutions have become most popular with your clients and why?
‘The clients love the combination of indulgence combined with indisputable results which can clearly be seen after every single treatment. The ease with which I can perform advanced treatments with no fear of unwanted side effects means I can combine medical grade equipment like Kernel LED Phototherapy into any optiphi treatment and offer the client the very best for their skin each and every time.’

‘Calm Balm has been an extremely popular product with my clients, as the relief it offers is almost immediate. Every single product sold has had positive feedback and brought about incredible changes within a short time. That is exactly what the customer wants.

My personal favourite optiphi product is the Eye Signs, it has improved the quality of my skin as if by magic’.

In your opinion, how important it is to combine your at-home skincare products with results-driven professional in-clinic treatments?
‘There is no compromise for me. As much as I love performing skin treatments, it's the results that drive me. If a client is not using the correct homecare, they simply cannot expect the best results. I am strict with my clients and will only perform the advanced treatments if they commit to using active skincare at home and especially an SPF product’.  
“You can have excuses, or you can have results – you can’t have both.”

You recently presented on teen skin and acne at a local high school. How do you feel about educating not only your clients but also the wider public on how their skin functions and how best to care for their skin?
I feel it is my RESPONSIBILITY to educate people about their skin. The lack of skincare knowledge is unbelievable, and platforms like social media market the gimmicks of skincare instead of teaching the public about what their skin needs, and where it needs it. I am committed to speaking the truth about skincare products, devices and trends and to teaching the public of all ages about how to obtain their best skin. I regularly speak at events and schools to help the public, especially teenagers, learn about how to best look after their skins and where to go for help.


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Retinol Peel delivers remarkable results

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The recently launched optiphi Retinol Peel has delivered phenomenal results when treating hyperpigmentation, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles; and acne-prone problematic skins.

The Retinol Peel is an advanced-strength peel with a double action retinol (Vitamin A) focus. This peeling treatment includes 2% medical grade pure retinol in an advanced delivery system for enhanced skin absorption, a bio-retinoid (retinoid-like active ingredient) to greatly increase the physiological effects of retinol on cellular systems, offering a deeper result. Additionally, the formulation contains powerful soothing actives and anti-oxidants to deliver a multi-dimensional skin treatment.

 What makes this peel most unique is how the technology involved in the innovative formulation allows the retinol to reach the deeper layers of the skin, and then supported by the bio-retinoid to further enhance the effects of retinol delivering superior results. In addition to these actions the formulation includes supportive active ingredients, to soothe, hydrate and protect the skin from free radical damage and increase the longevity of the skin results.

Why peel with Retinol?

It is a very safe yet effective peel with little to no downtime to:

  • Effectively and gently exfoliate the skin
  • Improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Tighten and firm skin and improve skin laxity
  • Promote a bright, rejuvenated, clear and even complexion

This intensive monthly peel delivers pure retinol to exfoliate and encourage your skin’s natural ability to produce younger cells. The optiphi® Retinol Peel is a proven multi-functional peel for all skin concerns.


It is ideal for clients with:

  • Mild to severe photo-aging
  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Hyperpigmentation and age spots,
  • And/or anyone wishing to improve their overall

What can you expect after a Retinol peel?

Depending on the length of time the peel remained on the skin, the skin may feel tight from day 2-3 post procedure. A slight sensitivity may be experienced from day 2 post treatment. The skin may physically peel from day 3 for 3-6 days post treatment, depending on the skin type and depth of peel. During this time, it is important to avoid any sun exposure without sun protection.


This Retinol Peel is an in-salon treatment, performed exclusively by optiphi® qualified skin professionals.

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Rehabilitating your skin with Classic Barrier Repair

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When suffering from an over-production of oil, it can seem counterintuitive to reach for a moisturizer, but, in fact, your oily skin could be a cry for hydration.  There are many causes of oily, problematic skin, ranging from genetic factors, hormonal fluctuations or even incorrect skincare.

 Re-establishing a protective skin barrier is key to encourage skin vitality, while boosting hydration and balancing oil levels for a clear complexion. The revolutionary colour correcting capsules included in the formulation cleverly camouflages any areas of redness associated with breakouts, for an even skin tone and complexion.


  • Targets the restoration of the protective barrier of the skin
  • Regulates oil production encouraging a blemish-free complexion
  • Boosts skin vitality by increasing the water content of the skin and which in turn enhances the water retaining ability for long-term hydration
  • Vitamin B5 (D-Panthenol) calms and soothes while encouraging skin reparation,
  • Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac Extract) aims to reduce oil production and stimulates an additional calming and anti-microbial effect, preventing breakouts and a build-up of dead cells on the surface of the skin that might contribute to congestion.
  • The Colour Correcting pods improve the appearance of breakouts and redness for an even skin tone and colour.


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The story behind optiphi®'s New Environmentally Friendlier Packaging

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optiphi® has always considered mother-earth when selecting our active ingredients and creating product formulations. Even though we will never compromise on product quality and efficacy, we have always selected the most sustainably sourced active ingredients to help cut down on our carbon footprint.

Over the last 3 years, we have embarked on a long-term project to help even further reduce our ecological footprint by converting to more environmentally friendlier packaging.

This has been a challenging endeavor as our many of our products require airless and lightless packaging, to protect the highly active formulation from degrading or becoming unstable, and we wanted to keep our premium aesthetic.

After many packaging attempts and testing behind the scenes we are excited to start incorporating the following environmentally friendlier and more sustainable packaging changes.

  1. Bio-Copolymer for our Airless & Lightless packaging
  2. Bioplastics - sugarcane derived plastic for the product tubes
  3. Post-Consumer Resin for the opaque and darker product bottles


Bio-Copolymer is a plastic derived from bio-mass (plant material) with the Cradle to Cradle initiative. This is a concept where the design and production of the product and packaging is created in such a way that at the end of the life cycle it can be fully recycled (upcycled) giving it new life, rather than throwing it away and creating a further negative environmental impact (Cradle to Grave).

Why choose Bio-Copolymer packaging?



Bioplastic packaging:

Bioplastic is made from sugarcane by-products from the sugarcane industry. This source is renewable compared to oil, reducing our CO2 footprint and the packaging is fully and readily recyclable.


Why choose Bioplastic packaging?


Post-Consumer Resin:

PCR packaging is made from plastic that was previously used by a consumer and then recycled. This is the ideal use of the cradle to cradle concept, giving new life to previously recycled plastic. The PCR plastic is fully and readily recyclable so it can go back into the renewing process.

The PCR plastic is not suited for clear and transparent packaging as it has a mixture of previously used plastics and will be used for the more opaque and darker coloured optiphi® product packaging.

Why choose PCR packaging?


 Look out for these symbols, indicating that the optiphi® product is packaged in the fully recyclable eco-friendlier packaging.

 Speak to your nearest optiphi® stockist about our recycle incentive, where you return your empty packaging for a complimentary cleanser.

Thank you for helping us improve our eco-friendliness.


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Skincare as unique as your genetics

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Skincare as unique as your genetics

At optiphi® we not only care about your skin’s external vitality, but also the genetic aspects involved in determining your genetic predisposition to skin aging and other skin characteristics. By using our unique patented MSC skin code, our skin care professionals are able to recommend products based on your very own genetics!

What we see on our skin is a reflection of both extrinsic and intrinsic factors which together determines your skins status quo (i.e. the current status of your skin). Extrinsic factors are all the factors affecting your skin externally such as the environment, UV rays and stress. Intrinsic factors are internal factors such as your genetics which predetermines the condition of your skin.

The optiphi® Helix Skin Test is a great way to understand your genes and which areas of your genetic make-up might be contributing to accelerated aging of your skin. Every person’s genes are unique; thus, it makes sense to include a personalized skin test to consider several aspects that may attribute to the condition of your skin. The optiphi® Helix Skin Test scores your skin according to the following essential skin categories:

  • Wrinkles, volume loss and sagging
  • Sensitivity and redness
  • Pigmentation
  • Dryness and dehydration

An intrinsic WSPD skin score is generated based on the impact that each detected genetic variation has on the four skin categories. The higher the score, the higher your genetic predisposition for a certain skin category contributing to your skin’s aging. A status quo WSPD score can be determined by your skin care professional to evaluate the current status of your skin. The combination of the intrinsic and status quo score allows your skin care professional to accurately determine which combination of skin products are most suited to improve the condition of your skin. 

What makes our unique WSPD scoring system so great is that it is perfectly matched to optiphi® products. Each product has its own WSPD code to match the area it targets most. Skin care professionals can then combine your unique intrinsic and status quo WSPD score with the WSPD score shown on the optiphi® skincare range to recommend products uniquely suited to your skin.

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