The History of Innovation

Nu Skin’s Tradition of Innovation


"Nu Skin is revolutionizing the health and beauty industries with products that offer comprehensive anti-aging solutions."

Joe Chang

Chief Scientific Officer

1984 – Use of natural humectants (hyaluronic acid and Sodium PCA) rather than Mineral Oil


Nu Skin® was one of the first to introduce a line of products featuring natural humectants (hyaluronic acid and Sodium PCA) to keep your skin hydrated and plump, instead of using inferior and harmful ingredients, such as mineral oil, that can clog your pores.


1996 – Pharmanex® Science & 6S Quality Process


With over 100 dedicated scientists on staff, and affiliations with 32 scientific institutions around the world, the Pharmanex® R&D engine produces products that enable us to set new industry standards. Pharmanex® created the 6S Quality Process to ensure that each product is manufactured according to the highest quality standards through all stages of product development. These six processes include selection, sourcing, structure, standardisation, safety and substantiation.


1998 – Nu Skin® acquires Pharmanex®


Recognising a huge opportunity to create a comprehensive approach to anti-ageing, Nu Skin® acquired Pharmanex®, and in the process, added many innovative nutritional supplements to its product portfolio.



1999 – AHA’s


The Nu Skin 180°® Anti-Ageing System was the first of its kind when it was introduced in 1999. By accelerating the natural exfoliation process using alpha hydroxyacids, this system reverses the full range of ageing effects on your skin in as little as 7 days.



1999 – Pharmanex® launches three innovative new products


Using a unique pharmaceutical approach to natural health care, Pharmanex® launched three innovative products in 1999.


  • Tegreen 97®: Contains tea catechins, which contribute to the protection of the skin from UV and pollution induced free radicals and helps to maintain intact cell DNA.
  • CordyMax Cs-4®: Proven to be effective to support stamina and vitality, CordyMax Cs-4® provides the body with active Cordyceps sinensis mushroom constituents.
  • BioGinkgo 27/7: Contains an exclusive preparation of Ginkgo biloba leaf extract, designed to support the maintenance of healthy cognitive performance and circulation associated with brain performance and reactivity.

2001 – Peptides


Although peptides were a relatively unknown at this time, Nu Skin® was one of the first to bring peptide technology to market with Tru Face® Line Corrector, which features pro-collagen peptides. Distributors were among the first to start educating consumers about peptides and the effects they can have on important action sites in the skin. Specifically, pro-collagen peptides are designed to send age-reversing signals to collagen-producing cells, promoting younger looking skin.



2001 – Colourless Carotenoids


Nu Skin® was one of the first to introduce a topical application of the powerful group of antioxidants, carotenoids, in a colourless form with the introduction of the Moisture Restore Day Protective Lotion. Until now, topical applications were bright orange in colour and were difficult for the consumer to use.



2003 – The Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner and LifePak®


The combination of these products has proven to be truly revolutionary technology. Nu Skin® was the first and only company to offer consumers an exclusive way to measure how well their supplements are working. This changed the way consumers look at their health and quality of life.




2004 – Ethocyn®


A featured ingredient in Tru Face® Essence and later in Tru Face® Essence Ultra, Ethocyn® is clinically proven to actually increase the level of elastin fibres in your skin to that which is typically found in most 18-25 year-olds. This product delivers significant firming benefits to the appearance of the skin.



2005 – At-Home Galvanic Spa


Originally launched in 2001, the patented Nu Skin Galvanic Spa System™ was the first to give you spa results in the comfort of your home. In 2005, the Nu Skin Galvanic Spa System™ became a truly revolutionary technology when our Distributors started introducing it to consumers and letting them use it on half of their face. The result? A remarkable demonstration of how to look younger after only one 5-minute treatment.