Ever considered all the factors that affect our skin as we age?

It’s enough to give anyone premature ageing,

But what is really brow furrowing, excuse the pun, is having to wade through the mountains of hyperbole, about supposed miracle ingredients.

Whilst also trying to decipher trademark names, that manufacturers give to everyday ingredients.

When it comes to our skin and ageing, we put a lot of trust in skin care companies and their bold beauty claims.

Yet in reality, when you look at the long list of conditions associated with ageing skin;

  • Dry skin
  • Wrinkles
  • Furrows
  • Crow’s feet
  • Loose jowls
  • Sagging jawline,
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Thin and transparent skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Loss of fat beneath the skin
  • Decrease in cellular turnover
  • Decrease in elastin and collagen in the skin

It should come as no surprise then, that there isn’t just one miracle cure in the jar, that can target all of these skin conditions at any one time.

So what’s a girl to do?

Fortunately this is where cosmeceuticals step in, active ingredients that have a great deal of scientific research behind them, which can make a visible difference to the skin.

KING OF COSMECEUTICALS

ALBERT KLIGMAN

The term cosmeceutical was coined by a leading dermatologist Albert Kligman.

He discovered that by topically applying retinoic to the skin, it could be used to treat wrinkles.

His many years of research completely changed the way we view anti ageing skin products.

Today, the term cosmeceuticals is widely used, by both physicians and manufacturers alike.

SERIOUS SKINCARE

So what does the term cosmeceutical really mean?

It refers to a personal care product, that has both a cosmetic and a pharmaceutical effect on the skin.

Whilst still classed as a beauty product, they contain a blend of powerful active ingredients, including retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidants and peptides.

When applied to the skin, it is claimed these ingredients go beyond the role of traditional moisturisers, visibly helping to reverse the signs of ageing.

In many countries, the law still has to catch up with the science, because although there is no medication in cosmeceuticals, they do still span the drug, cosmetic divide and require FDA approval.

  • Currently, there are anti ageing creams that are formulated to improve the appearance of skin
  • There are drugs that treat the skin, by altering the structure and function

Some skin care products, fall under the umbrella of being both a cosmetic and a drug.

This occurs, when a product has two intended uses, which includes ingredients such as Retin A, retinova and higher strength minoxidil.

Whilst all of these ingredients contain moisturising properties, they are also used to specifically target skin conditions such as acne.

Such products must comply with the requirements for both cosmetics and drugs, and are available on prescription only.

What also has an effect on whether or not a product is considered a drug, comes down to its intended use and exactly how it is marketed.

If a skincare product claims to treat or prevent a disease, or if the product is said to effect the structure or function of the human body in some way, like reducing cellulite, then the product is deemed a drug.

THE NAKED TRUTH

In answer to the question are cosmeceuticals a miracle cure in a jar?

Well, yes and no!

No in the sense, that you’re not going to get every result from just one product, but yes in respect to the fact, that there are some really exciting ingredients coming to the forefront, in the skin care industry,

Ingredients that have really visible results on our skin, especially when it comes to targeting skin conditions related to ageing.

It is also important to note, that some ingredients work in synergy with each other,

For instance both Vitamin E and Vitamin C when combined can really help to target fine lines and wrinkles.

 

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