Unless you’re among the special few who have been blessed with smooth, line-free and eternally youthful skin, at some point you’ll be looking to up your skincare ante and find something that will deliver long, lasting results.
You may have come across the term ‘cosmeceutical’ when browsing through the shopping aisle looking for beauty products.
But despite its closeness to “cosmetics,” there is a world of difference between these two categories.
What are cosmeceuticals?
The term cosmeceutical bridges the gap between “cosmetics” and “pharmaceuticals.”
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), cosmeceuticals refer to cosmetics that have medicinal-like properties, such as moisturisers infused with salicylic acid to target acne-like skin, or retinol-based anti-ageing formulas.
Cosmeceutical products in general, have a higher concentration of active ingredients, this means more effective, targeted results and a more direct approach.
The difference between cosmetics, drugs, and cosmeceuticals
The term Cosmeceutical is a hybrid of both the words ‘cosmetic’ and ‘pharmaceutical’, which indicates that it is both the medical and scientific origin.
I liken cosmeceuticals as a step up above your average cosmetics but without the full curative effects of a drug.
Cosmetics work to beautify imperfections the way concealer covers up blemishes and dullness. Drugs work by treating diseases or health conditions.
Cosmeceuticals contain biologically active ingredients that physically change the skin to bring about skin health. However, unlike drugs, cosmeceutical products are not meant to cure skin diseases.
Ingredients in cosmeceutical have the active potential to bring about significant skin changes, such changes are usually backed by clinical evidence. Some cosmeceuticals can penetrate into the dermis which houses collagen, and elastin, which is ideally where we want the ingredients to penetrate.
The effective nature of these ingredients means they can help to reduce the appearance of sun-damage, soften fine lines, and in some cases reduce wrinkle depth.
Retinol: This is a derivative of Vitamin A, it is commonly used in anti-ageing formulas, helping to treat fine lines and wrinkles.
Tretinoin is another potent vitamin A derivative but is available only by prescription.
Coenzyme Q10: This is a very potent antioxidant found in Glo antioxidant complex. Research has found that that Coenzyme Q10 can help to prevent many of the detrimental effects of photo ageing, due to UV exposure.
Glycosaminoglycans (Gags): These are found naturally in our skin. Hyaluronic acid is a great example of a type of GaG, which is associated with collagen repair and hydration.
Vitamin B: Referred to as niacinamide, has many wonderful benefits on the skin, helping to improves the skin’s barrier function, promoting healing, and helping to reduce epidermal moisture loss.
Vitamin C: This is a powerful antioxidant, that is able to stimulate collagen and elastin production, resulting in firm, youthful skin.
The naked truth
Cosmeceuticals are the power tools of the beauty industry.
There is no need to be afraid of these actives, but it’s a good idea to be educated on them so that you don’t overuse or misuse ingredients such as exfoliating acids, which can do more harm than good if utilised incorrectly. This is of course where we come in, educating you, so that you can make the best choice about the ingredients you use on your skin, for skin health.
Our brand is built on the belief that people can achieve real skin health, beyond just temporary aesthetics.
When people are using the correct cosmeceutical ingredients for their skin concern, they usually see a dramatic change in their skin after the 4 to 6-week mark, as 28 days is the average skin cycle.
Cosmeceutical skincare works to rejuvenate, repair, and correct at a deeper level. That is not to say that a cosmetic ingredient won’t contribute to skin health, it absolutely can, but for the most part, cosmeceutical skincare has more of an effect and can usually get to that effect faster – It’s about the efficacy of the final formulation.
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