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The Skin Consult Pushes Beauty Tech To New Levels

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Dr. Sajani Barot knows firsthand the pain of time and money wasted on beauty products that don’t live up to advertising hype. After spending decades suffering from skin trouble, and hundreds of dollars on testing various products — only to find that nothing worked for her particular issues — Dr. Barot felt compelled to act. 

Carrying a Doctorate of Pharmacy degree, Dr. Barot had more experience and know-how than the average beauty product entrepreneur. This particular education and skill set combination sets her company, The Skin Consult, apart from the competition within the crowded skincare market. Dr. Barot has also introduced a healthy dose of cutting-edge technology into her business, making The Skin Consult exceedingly unique.

A Move and an Idea

Dr. Barot’s personal skin issues began in 2012 when she moved from Chicago to Jackson, Mississippi. The change in climate did a number on her skin, so she searched high and low for a skincare regime that would address her acne and hyperpigmentation. 

“There was no methodological way of building an evidence-based skincare routine,” says Dr. Barot. “Despite visiting local dermatologists and a couple of med spas, I did not get the help I needed or the personalized concierge skincare education and consultations that I was seeking.”

Dr. Barot also observed that social media often served as a roadblock to finding the best skin care products. “So many influencers have become skincare experts without proper training or knowledge of how ingredients work, pharmaceutics, product formulation, skin science,” she notes.

The trial-and-error approach wasn’t working for Dr. Barot, and she knew she wasn’t alone in her struggles. Spending hours researching ingredients, methods, and professional opinions, Dr. Barot eventually landed on the idea for The Skin Consult, a concierge skincare service that offers professional advice and proven results. 

Bringing Tech and Beauty Together 

Right before the pandemic prompted nationwide shutdowns, Dr. Barot decided to combine her research and interest in making professional skincare more accessible and tailored to the individual into a one-stop-shop for skincare needs. The Skin Consult brings knowledgeable skincare professionals together into one site, creating a single resource to access tried and true experts no matter where the consumer may be located. “There are many knowledgeable skincare professionals out there,” says Dr. Barot, “but the challenge is we don’t know how to find them and how to know who is good. This was one problem I wanted to solve.”

Dr. Barot created software that would allow approved skincare experts to list their profiles, availability, and specialties in one easily-searchable system. Once a customer finds an expert they are interested in working with, that professional can be easily booked for a video-based virtual consultation. 

This merger of beauty and technology speaks to the new post-pandemic approach to meeting consumers where they are. People have become accustomed to online shopping, online health and wellness care, and having services tailored to their individual needs via sophisticated algorithms. The Skin Consult brings this novel mix of technology together in one cohesive site. 

To Dr. Barot, the medical community has always been data-driven, and she believed her skincare site needed to be data-driven as well. With The Skin Consult, every product is vetted. Clinical trials, ingredient panels, and marketing claims are reviewed before products hit the site’s virtual shelves. The Skin Consult again turns to the data to match users with the correct consultants and the best possible products. The site’s algorithm is based on peer-reviewed published literature and 50-plus data points collected from users during the consultation booking process. This AI-enabled algorithm allows tailored recommendations to be created for each individual site user in real time, during their consultation with their chosen professional.

A New Frontier for Skin Care 

The Skin Consult represents a new frontier for skincare, not only with its use of advanced technology but in its holistic approach. “We aim to tackle skincare as it relates to the entire mind and body,” remarks Dr. Barot. 

The platform has already onboarded 35 professionals that include doctors, PAs, pharmacists, and estheticians. Since its inception, over a thousand patient surveys have been compiled, and data has been extracted to direct site users to the best care team and products for their skincare needs. 

Dr. Barot sees The Skin Consult platform changing the way people approach skincare, but also how skincare and beauty brands find their market. 

“Every day, there are new brands launching in a very crowded space. A trusted platform can help the best of these brands stand out and continue to be available to the public. Our marketplace offers a place for consumers to find the lesser-known brands that are vetted by experts in the field.”

On The Skin Consult site is the promise that the concierge service “meets your skin where it is and walks with you every step of the way”. This highly-personal and intuitive service is at the forefront of the new consumer market, bringing users precisely what they’ve been looking for in an accessible way.

Michelle has been a part of the journey ever since Bigtime Daily started. As a strong learner and passionate writer, she contributes her editing skills for the news agency. She also jots down intellectual pieces from categories such as science and health.

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What are #SecretVeneers by Sonrisa Italiana’s Dr. Daniel Zabaleta? Your Key to a Naturally Perfect Smile!

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Veneers can be a great way to treat various cosmetic concerns including discolored, chipped, broken, or misaligned teeth. They’re often the best fix to achieve your “dream smile” since they practically guarantee perfect pearly whites. But you may have some concerns about the installation of veneers and their results, so we’re here to introduce you to a world-renowned dentist’s secret to achieving the best natural-looking smile on the market.

“Secret Veneers” are a newly-designed version of the traditional veneers as introduced by leading and award-winning Colombian dentist, Dr. Daniel Zabaleta. A veneer consists of a thin shell that is placed in front of a natural tooth to alter its appearance. Secret Veneers differ slightly from traditional ones in application technique as Dr. Zabaleta’s are meticulously customized layer-by-layer, and they are made out of 100% dental porcelain. Each veneer is carefully made to fit the patient’s tooth and colored to match the rest of the patient’s smile (unless they request the pieces to be whiter in color). They can be made to alter a tooth’s size, shape, and color. In several cases, veneers can also correct gaps, chips, and minor alignment issues.

Dr. Zabaleta’s holistic approach aims to seek the best results for the patient in terms of a natural-looking smile. His dental office in Barranquilla, “Sonrisa Italiana”, prides itself on making sure the result is always your ideal smile, and not thick, bulky, or “fake” looking teeth. Dr. Daniel Zabaleta holds a DDS from the Fundación Universitaria San Martin and has over 17 years of experience in dentistry. He has obtained over sixty internationally-recognized post-graduate degrees and certificates and has won over four top-merited international awards. His newly designed version of the veneer has been performed over 50,000 times and has a 99% patient satisfaction rate.

Many potential candidates for the procedure share concerns that the veneers may damage their natural teeth or are fearful that the procedure requires their teeth to be shaved down, but Dr. Zabaleta tells us that neither is true, and the procedure is, in fact, nearly painless.

Assuming a patient’s teeth are properly cared for, the veneers can usually last a minimum of 25-30 years. In most cases, however, the installation can last up to a lifetime. Proper maintenance for veneers is just like proper maintenance for natural teeth, which includes routine visits to the dentist’s office every 4-6 months, bi-annual cleanings, and of course, daily dental care such as toothbrushing and flossing.

Costs for the cosmetic procedure tend to cost an average of $40,000 in the United States with a leading dentist, but in Dr. Zabaleta’s home office in Colombia, it’ll cost you nearly a quarter of that. Their Secret Veneers start anywhere from $6,500 and can vary depending on each patient’s case.

For more information on Dr. Daniel Zabaleta’s work, testimonies on his Secret Veneers, and answers to more frequently asked questions, visit www.sonrisaitaliana.com or follow him on Instagram at @sonrisaitaliana.

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