We are seeing a shift in the world of skin care.

One that is dramatically changing how we view our skin.

In the form of new technologically and advanced skin care, referred to as cosmeceuticals that contain specific ingredients, that demonstrate a remarkable reversal of a number of skin conditions.

So if your concerned about sun damaged, dull, sallow or pigmented skin, or noticed the first signs of premature ageing, then this article is for you.

What is a Cosmeceutical?

The term Cosmeceutical is a hybrid of the words ‘cosmetic’ and ‘pharmaceutical’, which hints towards both it’s medical and  scientific origin.

Cosmeceutical ingredients have the active potential to bring about significant changes to the skin, such changes are usually backed by clinical evidence.

Some cosmeceutical can penetrate deep into the skin where collagen, elastin and cellular activity takes place, which is ideally where we want ingredients to penetrate.

Cosmeceutical Ingredients

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. This is the ingredient we use in A+ retinol sleep complex.

Tretinoin is another potent vitamin A derivative, but is available only by prescription.

Coenzyme Q10: This is a very potent antioxidant.

A study carried out by Harvard University, has found 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 a GaG, which is associated with collagen repair and hydration.

Vitamin B referred to as panthenol, 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 is a powerful antioxidant, that is able to stimulate collagen and elastin production, resulting in firm, youthful skin.

When it comes to cosmeceuticals the list is endless, with more being discovered every day.

If you have sensitive skin ideally you want to start on very low amounts, you can build up over time, as your skin becomes more tolerant to the active ingredients.

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