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If you have a darker skin tone, you'll know that it has specific needs that can't always be met by the products you'll find highlighted in major cosmetic shops. But, unlike the make-up world, which has seen an overdue influx of formulations designed to cater to the needs of the complexions of Black, Asian and mixed race people in the past few years, there's been something of dearth of skincare which has been researched and designed to meet the wants of your complexion. Enter: 4.5.6: a revolutionary – and I don't use that word lightly – skincare range catering to the characteristics of skin phototypes IV, V and VI, otherwise known as skin of colours, or melanin-rich skin.

BY Women's Health


Brilliant Marriage of Melanin

forward skin research and AI technology

How is Skin Phototype IV, V, VI range different?

Skin in this Phototype range, which we call 4.5.6 Skin, a shortened version of our brand name — is truly unique. Our research shows darker skin is denser, affecting hydration, and sheds dead skin faster, causing dullness. It produces more oil and sebum, which makes it prone to acne. Its PH is more acidic so skin is more imbalanced.

It has larger and hyperactive cells calles melanocytes that produce more melanin, increasing skin’s vulnerability to hyperpigmentation and dark spots, even hyperkeratosis (skin toughening), keloid scars and dyschromia (abnormal pigmentation).

Colder climates have an especially drying effect on darker skin, while insufficient sunlight is detrimental to its metabolic wellbeing.

The differences even extend to hair: Rough hair follicles, a common feature of dark skin, can stimulate inflammation and scarring.

These differences should be factored into skincare products used by people in the phototype IV, V, VI range.

How our scientific process meets your skin differences?

To create products that address the special needs of 4.5.6 Skin, we combine our team’s 20+ years of practical experience treating this skin range with our understanding of the physiological and biochemical pathways of darker skin phototypes.

We then select the best innovative, cleaan biodynamic ingredients, at the right dosage, test them on individuals with darker skin phototypes, and design high performance formulas with a high tolerance.

These dermatologically approved formulas are then customized into freshly mixed products for maximum efficacy.

Putting the person in personalisation — how our customisation process works?

With a simple quiz, we learn about your Skin Phototype, your unique skin characteristics, skin concerns, lifestyle and fragrance preferences.

Based on your responses, and your selfie, our A.I. technology will first determine which of our Core Blends are best to help with your current concerns.

Then it determines which customisation active ingredients are to be added to create a personalised product for you.

Once the order is placed, our lab technicians will mix in only the freshest actives just for you. Yes, your skincare has never been so personal.

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