Dr. Olga Aguilera

Paul Wellman

Dr. Olga Aguilera

Under Your Skin

S.B.’s Dr. Olga Aguilera Creates a Line of Facial Serum

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
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Skin is the largest organ of the human body, yet most of us are unaware of the numerous harmful materials that collect upon it — or that we unknowingly slather on ourselves. Since 1995, when she first encountered patients ill from toxin exposures, Dr. Olga Aguilera has been fascinated with health care of the skin to the extent that she has created her own skin-care line.

A native of Mexico, Aguilera’s interest in epidemiology sparked when she joined the Agoura Hills–based NeuroMed and NeuroTox Associates Medical Group, which specializes in neuroimmunotoxicology, the study of how exposure to neurotoxins (natural or artificial toxic chemicals) alter activity and can cause lasting damage within the nervous system. As a result of her past experiences — and her fascination with anti-aging medicine — Aguilera began to study skin-rejuvenation therapies. So when her patients started asking for products that would cause a less-negative reaction with their skin, Aguilera learned more about the science involved in creating over-the-counter skin-care products. She deconstructed what goes into moisturizer, face creams, shampoos, and the like, and found that what worked best were the basic ingredients. However, the majority of commercial products offer “at most 10 percent of the working ingredients, filling [the rest of the jar] with excess preservatives, synthetic oils, and other needless — sometimes harmful — chemicals to prevent spoilage,” Aguilera asserted.

For the past decade, the Santa Barbara–based Aguilera has been creating skin-care products that her patients can use with no apparent side effects — even those with highly sensitive skin. Her goal is to create formulas that are “as pure as possible,” she said, adding that her method is to “take the base of the most important ingredients and work around that to create the best quality of that ingredient. I work to make products for local clients, give good quality, and [create] professionally strong products that can be effective and affordable,” she continued, “because with cosmetics — specifically, skin-care cosmetics — you really need to have a routine, and, in the long term, you can see the results.”

Her latest creation is the Argireline Facial Serum, which is an intensive smoothing serum whose results are consistently compared to those of Botox. Argireline is a synthetic amino peptide that relaxes facial muscle contractions and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. As such, the serum can reduce lines and wrinkles, deter the degeneration of collagen and elastin, and give the skin a more firm, youthful appearance.

Aguilera is proud that nearly all her products, with the exception of a couple of facial masks, are serums. “The reason I love serums is because our skin is an organ that absorbs all kinds of molecules,” she explained. “If you have a cream that is very thick and has a lot of fat, most of the time … it will penetrate one percent, 2 percent of the cream. The molecule is too large to penetrate the skin. So when you have serums, the absorption percentage is much higher, and the outcome of your results is also going to be much better.”

Aguilera has a clear goal for the next few years as her company rapidly progresses. “My vision is to really develop a company that can continue offering the best quality of products with affordable prices, and with less toxic chemicals.”


For more information or to purchase products, stop by the Hyperbaric Medical Center, 221 West Pueblo Street, Suite B; call (805) 563-0450; or visit or


Independent Discussion Guidelines

Two points:
First, I have never read so much word salad compressed into one article. I don't know if the problem is Aguilera or Arenas (the author) or both, but the Indy once again demonstrates that their editors sometimes fail us.

Second, "epidemiology" has absolutely nothing to do with the skin. Gawd, how embarrassing can that be?

SezMe (anonymous profile)
February 8, 2013 at 2 a.m. (Suggest removal)

According to the World Health Organization:

"Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states or events (including disease), and the application of this study to the control of diseases and other health problems. Various methods can be used to carry out epidemiological investigations: surveillance and descriptive studies can be used to study distribution; analytical studies are used to study determinants."

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 8, 2013 at 2:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You two are so silly, this esteemed Dr.(physician, PhD, certified finger nail paint applier?) plans to study the population based effects of her wonder creams and create algorithms to predict wellness for the body's largest organ. Naysayers like you two are getting in the way of solving the essential problems of the world. I am sure that she will soon learn what a serum is as well...

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
February 10, 2013 at 7:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Presumably, the author meant "dermatology?" Yeah, the Indy's editors need to be checking the interns' writing a bit more carefully. It's not like educational standards are getting any higher these days and the continuing conflation of blogging, writing and PR/promotion doesn't help the matter.

zappa (anonymous profile)
February 10, 2013 at 8:10 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Love the line "...whose results are consistently compared to those of Botox." And where might one find these comparisons? Certainly not on the Internet. Well, I couldn't anyway. However, I did find lots of links to this very writeup.

Moonrunner (anonymous profile)
February 13, 2013 at 6:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A lot of multilevel marketing schemes will flood the internet with links leading to mostly fabricated testimonials ect. they also can pay some search engines like Google to prioritize their links.
One "anti-aging cream" (which basically causes an allergic reaction and thus inflammation maybe they all work that way)* has developed an almost cultlike machine flooding the internet with photoshopped before and afters, having cohorts pose with the corporate magazine at newsstands as if it were available there etc.
the best anti-aging techniques remain:

1) Water. At least 8 glasses a day.
2) Minimizing direct sun exposure.
3) Adequate sleep.
4) Minimizing or eliminating tobacco and alcohol use.
5) Not worrying about it and thus reducing stress.

Not expensive or time consuming at all.

* Have you noticed overweight people tend to look young in the face? Same concept.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 13, 2013 at 7:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I love how the good doctor holds the vial like Ahmadinejad and his enriched uranium.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 13, 2013 at 7:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is basically a press release. Too bad it wasn't labeled as such.

Moonrunner (anonymous profile)
February 13, 2013 at 8:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Have you noticed overweight people tend to look young in the face? Same concept.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 13, 2013 at 7:35 p.m

Ernest Borgnine: Still going strong when he died at 95.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
February 13, 2013 at 8:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ernest Borgnine, survivor of an Oscar win, marriage to Ethel Merman and several Irwin Allen Productions.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
February 13, 2013 at 8:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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