1. Is Glissandra registered with the BBB?
Answer: No. We are not registered with the BBB, as registration is voluntary, but here is a link to our local BBB website: http://www.bbb.org/mbc/business-reviews/skin-care-and-treatment/glissandra-skincare-in-richmond-bc-1273652
You will see that we have never had a complaint at Glissandra.
2. Do you have US patents on your products?
Answer: Yes, we do. You can search the US Patent office for patents 7,276,257 at:
and Patent 7,396,544 at:
You will see that Prof. Kam Ming (Robert) Ko is the inventor and the our technology partner, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, holds the patent. This is where Prof. Ko has been conducting his research for the past 23 years.
3. Are the products safe? What do I do if I have a reaction?
Answer: The products have been tested and are proven to be hypoallergenic. They are safe for even the most sensitive skin types. When starting any new skincare regimen, including Glissandra™, it’s important to conduct a standard skin sensitivity test. Simply apply a small amount of the products on the upper arm. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.
4. Do your products contain parabens, and if so, why? I have been told to look for natural products that are paraben free.
Answer: Yes, we use parabens in our products.
The controversy surrounding parabens focuses on alleged estrogenic activity and potential carcinogenesis, and it's based on a single study published in 2004, which was inconclusive. The fear of parabens, none the less, propagated quickly leading consumers to ask for paraben-free products and manufacturers to embrace that demand. However, both scientists and regulatory agencies continue to agree that there is no clearly established epidemiological link between parabens and breast cancer. It is the replacement of parabens by other, less-known, preservative systems that could present a consumer risk. As for Glissandra, when we find a more suitable and safe alternative, we will phase out parabens. The following article summarizes our current stance on Parabens http://www.paulaschoice.com/expert-advice/myths/_/parabens-are-they-really-a-problem
5. What do international safety assessments say about parabens?
Answer: The American Cancer Society has concluded, based on its research findings, that the scientific and medical research does not support a claim that the use of parabens in cosmetics can increase an individual’s risk of developing breast cancer.
The FDA began studying the effects of parabens in response to the outcry of their potential estrogenic effect and link to breast cancer. The FDA found that parabens are safe for use in cosmetics, and it also says that, based on the weight of all the current scientific evidence, there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of products containing parabens.
The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety: Final Opinion on Parabens, which is the official statement by the European Union on the unequivocal safety of parabens in skin care, cosmetics and personal care products. This summary of decades of long-term and short-term safety data reinforced the EUs previous decision that parabens are safe in personal care products.
Health Canada, the Canadian FDA-equivalent, also finds that, "Currently, there is no evidence to suggest a causal link between parabens and breast cancer."
The Personal Care Products Council, a US organization that reviews and assesses the safety of ingredients used in cosmetics in an open, unbiased and expert manner, consolidated more than 265 studies in The Journal of Toxicology that noted a women’s daily cosmetic regimen using products that contain parabens caused no adverse reproductive effects and confirmed the safety of parabens.
Other research has even refuted the long-held belief that parabens are among the more sensitizing preservatives in cosmetics, stating that "...these ubiquitous compounds have withstood four decades of extensive skin testing conducted by a variety of organizations, both North American and European, and now, it seems parabens have shown to be one of the least sensitizing preservatives in commercial use."
Toxicology Letters reported in December 2013 that in references to parabens causing health issues "Overall, despite of 20 years of research a human health risk from exposure to low concentrations of exogenous chemical substances with weak hormone-like activities remains an unproven and unlikely hypothesis."
|6. Do you use synthetic or natural occurring parabens in your products? Answer: The parabens we use are naturally occurring chemicals. It's ironic because many natural skin-care brands claim ingredients like parabens are dangerous, when in fact parabens have exhaustive safety data AND are naturally produced by vegetables and fruits. Foods such as soy, beans, flax, cherries, blueberries, carrots, and cucumbers produce parabens and other chemicals that mimic estrogen—to a much greater degree than the miniscule amounts of parabens used in our products.
|7. Do you plan on discontinuing the use of parabens? Answer: If and when we find a natural product that is proven to be a safe alternative to parabens, we will phase out their use. We are constantly looking for the best ingredients to use in our products and we are not convinced that currently available natural occurring anti-bacterials and anti-fungals are safe.
8. Can I use Glissandra™ if I have acne-prone skin?
Answer: Yes, Glissandra™ has been clinically proven to be effective and gentle on even the most sensitive skin types, including acne-prone skin.
9. Can I use Glissandra™ if I have sensitive skin?
Answer: Absolutely! Glissandra™ skincare products are as gentle as they are effective. Our products are hypoallergenic and are safe for even the most sensitive skin types. In fact, the Glissandra™ 3-Step Skincare System is ideal for all skin types, including those prone to acne, rosacea and other skin conditions.
10. Can I use other products while using Glissandra™?
Answer: Yes, you can use other products while using Glissandra™, though we recommend that you view Glissandra™ as a comprehensive, 3-step anti-aging skincare solution. The products have been formulated for simultaneous use to achieve optimal results.
11. Can you truly achieve dramatic results and if so, how quickly?
Answer: We’re proud to report that in clinical tests, over 90% of our customers experienced dramatic improvements to their skin. Everyone’s skin is unique, so results may vary – yet you can achieve a remarkable transformation by simply following the directions for use as indicated. You may notice that your skin immediately appears and feels fresh and renewed. Many Glissandra™ customers have seen significant improvement in their individual problem areas – such as fine lines and dark circles under the eyes – in as little as one week.
12. Do I need to use all three Glissandra™ products in my regimen?
Answer: Our products have been formulated to work synergistically for best results. Though you will still experience improvements when adding any of them to your existing skincare regimen, our customers have achieved optimal results – drastic improvement at the fastest rate – when using all three products simultaneously.
13. How are Glissandra products unique?
Answer: Glissandra™ is the first bioceutical skincare regimen to effectively improve the visible signs of skin aging and promote the healthy appearance of skin. We’ve dedicated over 20 years of scientific research to the key ingredient, Glissandrin™, to create truly unique, patented formulas based on the anti-aging properties of the Schisandra berry. Clinical tests have proven the effectiveness of the Glissandra™ line, and we maintain rigorous quality control standards. Clinical studies have also shown that most of our users experienced better results than with other name brands.
|14. How are the products made? Answer: An expert team of scientists leads the development and manufacturing of Glissandra™. Through formal studies, our scientists have achieved the optimal level of concentrations for the natural compounds in Glissandrin™. Through a proprietary process developed specifically for its manufacturing, Glissandrin™ is assured of the desired level of biological activities, as well as chemical compositions, to ensure optimal effectiveness. Our biochemists focus on enhancing bioavailability and stability for each product offered. Every formulation is designed to be safe and deliver the remarkable results our customers have come to expect.
15. How do Glissandra products improve the skin?
Answer: As clinical tests have shown, Glissandra™ products do not merely improve the visible appearance of skin aging, they also support the natural ability of skin cells to counteract the aging process and help prevent the visible signs of aging from further deterioration.
Aging is a phenomenon that occurs in the body’s cells. Its effects are more apparent on the skin and especially noticeable on facial skin. There are two generally recognized causes of skin aging: intrinsic and extrinsic.
Intrinsic aging, inherent with your genetics, is inevitable and cannot be affected by changes in behavior and lifestyle. On the other hand, extrinsic aging is caused by external factors such as smoking, excessive alcohol, poor nutrition, chronic exposure to sunlight, etc., and may be alleviated by lessening your exposure.
Both intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging bring about the depletion of cellular elements (such as collagen, hyaluronic acid, elastin, etc.), oxidative damage and inflammation – causing a loss of elasticity, pigmentation, radiance and other visible signs of aging.
16. There are so many anti-aging skincare products on the market - how do I know which is right for me?
Answer: The market is flooded with anti-aging skincare products making all sorts of promises, but can they deliver? The right product for you will be effective for your particular skin issues. Glissandra™ addresses all fundamental causes of skin aging, including mitochondrial decay, and is clinically proven to effectively improve the visible signs of aging – even for the most sensitive skin.
|17. Where are glissandra skincare products made? Answer: Glissandra Skincare products are made in Canada.
18. Why Schisandra? What are its skincare benefits?
Answer: Glissandrin™, a proprietary suite of natural compounds extracted from the Schisandra berry, one of nature’s most elite and precious herbs. Combined with leading-edge science, Glissandrin™ effectively supports the natural ability of skin cells to counteract the major underlying cause of skin aging – mitochondrial decay. Glissandrin™ promotes the healthy appearance of skin, and by focusing on skin health and restoration, many of the common visible signs of skin aging can be improved.