- What is a cosmeceutical?
Cosmeceutical is the word to describe the amalgamation of cosmetic and pharmaceutical products, products that have active pharmaceutical grade ingredients to make visible differences to the skin, all backed by clinical evidence. The skin is the body’s largest organ and its primary function is to act as a barrier to the environment. Any product applied to the skin has to be able to penetrate into the dermis to where the active cellular regeneration is occurring.
- Cosmetics vs Cosmeceuticals
A cosmetic product might smell and feel nice on your skin but it’s only ever going to be a ‘coat and cover’ solution, meaning it blocks the skin’s ability to lose water making it feel more hydrated but it’s only a temporary result. Cosmeceuticals, however, have higher concentrations of active ingredients, often with a driver to penetrate into the skin and carry these active ingredients to where they are going to have an effect.
- What are the ingredients to look for?
Vitamin A – speeds up the skin’s cell renewal process – to reduce pigmentation, refine skin texture and reduce fine lines.
Vitamin C – a powerful antioxidant to stimulate collagen production, firming the skin.
AHAs and BHAs – the alpha and beta-hydroxy-acids are exfoliators and re-texturisers to refine and brighten the skin.
Antioxidants – strengthen the skin to slow the signs of aging.
Cosmeceuticals need to be prescribed by a dermal therapist or your cosmetic doctor after a full skin analysis. See Dr Brigid or Denise at the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic to be guided on the best products for you.