A Secret Beauty Ingredient

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When I was developing the Rodial line, I searched high and low for an signature active ingredient that could deliver real results, and I found the pomegranate to be an invaluable source that could help protect and perfect the skin.

The ellagic tannins derived from the pomegranate fruit provide a powerful antioxidant effect on the skin that is two to three times higher than grape seed and green tea (the latest antioxidants to enter the skincare market). It also helps boost collagen production and helps condense the cells, thereby having a firming and toning effect. Essentially, ellagic tannins provide a dual effect: antioxidant and firming action.

Maria Hatzistefanis knows just what women want from a beauty range. As a beauty editor at the equivalent of Greek Vogue, she listened to her readers. And soon realized there was a gap in the beauty market – a skin care range that would tackle real beauty challenges – from wrinkles, fine lines and age spots, to cellulite, stretch marks and extreme dryness – using natural ingredients with an edge.

Maria came to New York to complete an MBA at Columbia Business School and, after a stint in Corporate Finance for Salomon Brothers, moved to London to develop her own niche skin care range that would fill the skin care gap: natural ingredients with measurable results backed up by clinical research. And Rodial was born in 1999.

Maria worked closely with a top cosmetologist for two years with an emphasis not just on effectiveness, but on creating naturally active formulations that are truly a pleasure to use. Infact, many of the Rodial products and ingredients are clinically tested to prove their efficacy. With many recommendations from prominent UK plastic surgeons, the products speak for themselves.

Rodial helped pioneer the use of Pomegranate Ellagic Tannin – which is now increasingly used by the wider beauty world for its firming, collagen, and cell-renewing properties. “Quite simply, I wanted to create a skin care range that would deliver instant dermatological results using all natural ingredients” says 34-year-old Maria. She now lives in London with her husband and two sons, but still spends time each year on the beaches of Mykonos.

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