SkinCeuticals is the name of a skin care line founded in 1994 by co-founders Alden Pinnell and Russell Moon. The products were based on a combination of antioxidant ingredients developed and patented by Sheldon R. Pinnell, M.D., the J. Lamar Callaway Professor Emeritus of Dermatology at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Pinnellís research demonstrated that certain combinations of antioxidants in specific concentrations could protect human skin from damage caused by sunlight and pollution resulting in oxidative stress. Specifically, the antioxidants had an anti-inflammatory effect on skin. The basic science was developed into cosmetic formulae that could be applied topically to protect skin.