An Interview With Peak 10 Skin

Hello to my favorite faces! I've got some exciting content for you today! There's a new product line at i {heart} skin that I've been wanting to share with you. As you may know, I'm a firm believer that living in Colorado poses some unique challenges for the skin. And while I always take those challenges into account when choosing products and designing treatments, I still felt like there was something missing - a skin care line that understands those challenges completely.

Enter Peak 10 Skin! Born in Breckenridge, CO, Peak 10 is a line that knows what's up when it comes to Colorado skin care. In the treatment room, I've been getting great results with their hydrating serums and clients are particularly loving their sunscreen options for home care.

In order to introduce you to Peak 10, I recently interviewed the line's creator - Connie Elder. Connie is an accomplished skin care executive who brought her expertise and passion into creating this product line. I asked her all about her favorite advice and products and learned a lot just from her answers! Here is what she had to say:

(My questions are in bold. Connie's answers in italics.)

You live and run your company in the mountains of Colorado. What if any impact has the Colorado mountain climate had on the way you think about and design your products?

Living in the high country of Colorado has certainly impacted our product development. The dry, cold climate, plus the wind-- can be brutal on trying to keep one's skin hydrated. We often look to those who live and work in this environment to provide feedback when we have products in development. This was definitely true with our SOOTHE hand cream and our HYDRO D3 body lotion. It is not just the skin on one’s face that is affected by the dry climate, it’s all skin.

Mature skin in all climates resemble skin in the mountains, especially women’s skin after menopause. If you are mature and live in the dry climate, it is imperative to take extra care to keep your skin healthy and hydrated.

What are your favorite ingredients for hydrating the skin?

Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane are two of my favorites. Most everyone’s skin responses well to these ingredients since they are both found in the body naturally, making them a perfect choice for product ingredients.

The beauty of HA is its simplicity and versatility. It is naturally occurring in the soft tissue of the human body, filling in spaces between the cells providing plump, lubricated tissue. It works as a humectant, pulling moisture from the environment and can hold up to 1000x its own weight in water.

Squalane is also naturally produced in the body. Besides its benefits against aging, it helps to maintain healthy skin. Squalane is rapidly absorbed and spreads easily over the skin surface without leaving an oily or greasy feeling. It plays an important role in repairing damaged skin and is believed to have anti-bacterial properties.

The quote below provides a good explanation as to why PEAK 10 SKIN® uses Squalane in many or our formulas. “Squalane is a natural lubricant and skin barrier that helps protect the skin and prevent moisture loss. It also has a high penetration efficacy that makes it an excellent transport system that helps the skin absorb other ingredients.” ~ March-April 2009, Dermatoendocrinology

What are your top 3 favorite Peak 10 product must-haves for dry skin and why?

My personal recipe to treat dry skin is to mix HYDRO 1000+ age defense (hyaluronic H/L molecules) with LIPID DEFENSE serum. I apply this mixture to clean skin and layer BLACK DIAMOND moisture repair on top. The BLACK DIAMOND moisture repair cream contains Squalane as the third ingredient.

Mixing the 2 serums together provides both hydration and soothing for dry skin, while the BLACK DIAMOND moisture repair cream provides protection and repair for dry dehydrated skin.

Why do you think hydration is so important when it comes to the skin?

I believe hydration is vital to the skin. Here are two ways I like to explain the importance of hydration which provides a visual.

First, when it comes to aging and wrinkles, think about the difference between a grape and a raisin. Visually they appear very different. The grape is plump and smooth, the raisin is wrinkled and dehydrated. The basic difference between the two is water --- HYDRATION!

Second and maybe most important is --- hydrated skin is stronger skin. If you think about a dry piece of leather it can be torn or can break vs a well-cared for piece of leather that has been treated properly with oils and leather treatment is strong and can’t be pulled apart.

As we age, it is very important to keep our skin healthy and hydrated. Otherwise it can become fragile, tear easily and is harder to repair. When thinking about hydration, it is important to consider it for all skin, not just on your face.

What do you think is the biggest skin care challenge at high altitudes?

I believe the biggest challenge is to understand that it is important to take extra steps to combat the excessive dryness and lower oxygen, associated with high altitudes. A simple moisturizer will not do the trick. Layering serums and moisturizers is necessary in high altitudes to achieve positive results. Using an OXYGEN Mask weekly can help to revitalize dull, oxygen deprived skin, as well.

My observation in the high country is there are two types of people; those who give up and those who do what it takes to combat the environmental effects on their skin. Depending on the choice, the results are visually obvious.

What is your favorite skin care tip?

Keep in mind, taking care of your skin is a minimal commitment of time. Less than 5 minutes, twice a day will make a huge difference in your skin. Read labels and ask your esthetician for guidance for what products to use at home.

Anything else you want to share:

Taking care of all of your skin is important, not just your face. Don’t neglect your neck, hands, feet and body! It is your largest organ and is important to keep healthy, by simply keeping it nourished and hydrated. Use good products! High quality product don’t have to break the bank. Learn about ingredients and choose quality products for your skin. Usually, a shorter ingredients list is best! DRINK MORE WATER!


I couldn't agree more! Big thanks to Connie Elder of Peak 10 Skin. You can learn more about Peak 10 at their website: or ask to try these amazing products at your next visit to i {heart} skin. And happy hydrating!

<3 Jenny

About the blog:

This is a blog about everyday skin health. As an esthetician I strive to provide comprehensive skin care advice and knowledge to anyone who wants to know more.

Read on and please don't hesitate to reach out! I love educating people about their skin and am always happy to respond to questions.

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