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If you’re interested in the appearance of your skin, then you may know something about cosmeceutical skin care and some of the skin care brands making this claim. But, as it’s a made-up word it may be new to you.
Unfortunately, the word cosmeceutical has been used and abused by marketing departments the world over, so much so, it’s hard to sort fact from fiction.
The term “Cosmeceutical” is a lovely hybrid of the words ‘cosmetic’ and ‘pharmaceutical’, which hints to its scientific and medical origin.
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A question I often get asked, and a very reasonable question it is too, is why do you have several ranges of skin care to choose from? Doesn’t that make it confusing for the purchaser? Surely, if it’s a good quality professional range of skin care, the products must all be the same aren’t they? Why do you carry seven (7) different moisturisers? Is one cleanser really better than another?
And the very simple answer is, NO, they aren’t all the same. Whilst they are all likely good formulas, the ingredient content and concentrations can and does vary. As an example with Cleansers;-
- Gels or Foaming Cleansers are often better for problematic acneic type skins (they might even contain gentle acids to more deeply cleanse the oils from your skin), – cleansers don’t have to foam to clean skin, but lots of people prefer the feeling of lather.
- Water Based Cleansers or Lotions might be better suited to those with normal to senstive type skins, and those prefering a cleanser that provides a silky texture that feels protective as you wash and that cleanses while leaving a weightless veil of hydration after rinsing.
- Oil Based Cleansers usually also contain a surfectant that helps bind to dirt on the skin and remove it without disrupting the skin barrier, perfect for aging skins as well as senstive and dry type skins. Generally packed with vitamins and minerals to aid hydration and skin moisture content.
This same answer applies for moisturisers, masks, balms, toners and serums. Again, ingredients and concentrations will vary, some are best suited to damaged skins whilst others are more beneficial to aging skins.
Your skin doesn’t know and doesn’t care which brand you use, it just wants products that work! What really counts are the formulas, and whether or not those suit your skin type and your skin concerns. Our Skin Care expert might start your skin care regimen with a lower percentage retinol serum to gauge your skin reaction and prepare your skin barrier for treatment (perhaps CosMedix Refine or Serum 16), but as your skin adjusts and begins to improve they may recommend a skin care brand with a retinol of higher percentage (perhaps Aspect Dr Exfol A or CosMedix Elite Serum 24) to step up your skin repair and health.
While it may seem tempting to simply start at the top and use the strongest formulas and concentrations, it is important to remember that applying high concentration skin care products to unprepared skin can result in damaging the skin as opposed to repairing it. You will find some skin care products on this site, and indeed on other skin care supplier sites, that cannot be purchased online. The products in these ranges, (Aspect Dr, Cosmedix Elite and DermaQuest) contain concentrations that can only be sold to you after a skin analysis and consultation. These products are close to being prescription grade in their content.
Cosmeceuticals are products that have both cosmetic and therapeutic (medical or drug-like) effects, and are intended to have a beneficial effect on skin health and beauty. Like cosmetics, they are applied topically as creams or lotions but contain active ingredients that have an effect on skin cell function. In some cases, their action is limited to the skin surface (such as exfoliants), while others can penetrate to deeper levels, either enhancing or limiting normal skin functions. Cosmeceuticals are available “over-the-counter” (without prescription) and are generally used as part of a regular skin care regime to help improve skin tone and texture, pigmentation and fine lines.
Most moisturisers restore barrier function and water content to the skin, improving the appearance of aged or dry skin. Cosmeceuticals should ideally deliver the active ingredient in a biologically effective form to the skin and reach the target site in sufficient quantity to have an effect.
Cosmeceutical skin care should contain active ingredients, at sufficient strength or % volume, that are clinically proven to work on correcting the skin. A skin care product containing Cosemeceutical ingredient/s (ingredients such as retinol, glycolic – hyaluronic – lactic – salicylic acids, vitamins, antioxidants, peptides or botanical extracts) has the active potential to bring about visible changes to the skin, and these changes will be backed by clinical evidence.
When applied topically, a Cosmeceutical has the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin. It is here that collagen, elastin and cellular activity takes place within the skin which is why we want Cosmeceuticals working hard at this level. If you’re buying a product supported with active ingredients at significant concentrations to make a difference, you reasonably expect to see results.
Ideally cosmeceuticals should be clinically tested to ensure they have a proven benefit and can substantiate their claims, however, the cosmeceutical industry is largely unregulated. Unlike medicines, cosmeceuticals are not subject to review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States or the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia. Although they are usually tested for safety, they do not have to undergo testing to ensure the claims they make regarding efficacy (effectiveness) are accurate. Unfortunately, many creams do not live up to their advertised hype.
Knowing a brand’s reputation is one thing, but liking and trusting is quite another. We’re all different, all unique and you and your skin have your own set of circumstances, problems, concerns and issues. You’ll have reasons why you gravitate to one product over another, sometimes it’s advice from a friend, or it’s the packaging that clinches the deal, other times it’s the scent of a product or (if you’re lucky) you’ll stumble upon something that seems to work.
No matter what idiosyncrasies, beliefs or celebrity endorsements bring you to your decision, what’s truly important is the workout your skin’s going to get with a cosmeceutical skin care brand…
Your skin will benefit from a regular workout
As long as you are consistently using products that are well-formulated and suitable for your skin type and concern, you should see positive results. However, keep your expectations realistic: No product will work like going under the knife of an experienced cosmetic surgeon, and no spot treatment will completely erase a stubborn pimple overnight. But, if your goal is clear, radiant, healthy-looking skin, which is what most of us want, then you can absolutely achieve that with “consistent” use of well formulated products containing stellar ingredients and concentrations, no matter what line or brand. The key word there is “consistent”. If you’re not consistent with your routine, you cannot realistically expect stellar results.
Remember: To build an effective skin care routine, you must focus on formulas that are right for your skin type and concerns, and not worry about much else.
If your products are going to perform, they need to
- correct the errors of the past
- bring your skin back to a state of normality and then, when you’re ready
- get your skin working as nature intended, efficiently and effortlessly
But, of course, as time goes by the normal activities of the skin begin to slow down, which is why you’ll need the powerhouse active ingredients of cosmeceutical skin care products in your daily skin care routine to give your skin a great workout.
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