Can you tell us about yourself ?
My name is Abd Haq Bengeloune. I was born in Senegal to a Moroccan father and Senegalese mother. I studied engineering in France and am specialized in the biomedical field, particularly in skin biology.
After five years in research, you created IN'OYA Laboratoire: "IN" for Innovation and "OYA" in reference to the African goddess of fertility and femininity. Why did you decide to focus on dark and olive skin ?
Being African with dark skin myself, I saw firsthand my sister's and mother's despair caused by hyperpigmentation, or dark spots, that formed every time their skin was damaged (burns, acne, scarring, etc.). Every day, I watched my sister try loads of products that never worked. Today there are a lot of products on the market, but they don't really take into consideration the special needs of dark and olive skin.
What makes dark and olive skin different compared to other skin types ?
Scientifically speaking, there are few differences between Caucasian, Asian and Negroid skin types. In dermatology, we divide skin into six categories: from phototype I to VI. This classification is based essentially on the degree to which skin tans, from strongly to moderately to not at all. However, based on research in our laboratories, we've realized that there are several specific characteristics of dark skin, especially in how it reacts to damage and which is considerably different to how fair skin reacts. Inflammation from a spot will turn red on fair skin and take a few weeks to return to normal; on people with dark or olive skin, the spot becomes dark and can take two to three years to disappear.
What makes the IN'OYA solution innovative ?
Our R&D team at IN'OYA has teamed up with CNRS, INSERM and the Faculty of Pharmacy in Marseille to develop an active that specifically blocks the enzyme responsible for albinism in people of colour, TYRP1: the MEL'OYA® technology. MEL'OYA® is the first dark spot correcting innovation specifically created for dark and olive skin that has been patented (European EP2705830/A1, international WO2014/037111/A2).
And it's this MEL'OYA® technology that is found in the Dark Spot Correcting Serum and in your two unifying skincare products ?
Exactly. With this technological innovation, we've created a range of skin tone correcting products that are incredibly effective. In just 28 days, users with dark and olive skin can remove 91% of dark spots (less than three years old). We have achieved these results thanks to the specific MEL'OYA® technology that blocks the enzyme found in dark and olive skin, which treats dark spots at the source.
What is the best beauty tip you can share with your OYAs ?
For me, it is essential to choose the right products for your skin, whether it is dry, dehydrated, combination, oily, etc. And most of all, regardless of your skin type, it is key to wash your face properly morning and evening. This is the best way to get a luminous complexion, and is the first step in having beautiful skin.