What Is A Cosmeceutical ?
A cosmeceutical is a combination of the words “cosmetic” and “pharmaceutical”. Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products with biologically active ingredients, and often have a variety of these active ingredients combined. They are results-focused products, with the stronger formulations having the ability to bring about visible changes to the skin. Cosmeceutical products are usually restricted to professional skin care stockists where a consultation can be provided.
Regular cosmetic products on the other hand are widely accessible – available from department stores, supermarkets and chemists. Some of them may contain active ingredients, however these actives will be at a low concentration.
What’s the benefit of Cosmeceuticals?
If the ageing process doesn’t worry you yet, the chances are it will soon! The highly effective nature of Cosmeceutical products can help to soften fine lines, reduce wrinkle depth, reduce pigmentation, and reduce the appearance of sun-damage. Some Cosmeceuticals help to reduce acne severity and diminish scarring. Most will help stimulate collagen and offer deep hydration, leaving your skin looking healthy and radiant.
What are some common ingredients?
Some ingredients commonly found in Cosmeceuticals are:
Hyaluronic Acid – effectively hydrates the skin, holding moisture in. Can also be taken in supplements where it plays a critical role in the production of collagen.
Alpha-lipoic Acid – (ALA) Alpha-lipoic acid has anti-inflammatory properties and acts as an exfoliant.
Antioxidants – (Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Green Tea, CoQ10) – strengthens the skin, fights off free-radical damage and slows the signs of ageing.
Peptides – Peptides are chains of amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins in the skin. When peptides form a long chain of amino acids, they become proteins. When they are in a short chain of amino acids, they are able to penetrate the top layer of our skin and increase cellular communication within the skin.
Glycolic, Lactic, & Salicylic Acids – Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) & Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA’s) – AHA’s improve skin texture and reduce the signs of ageing by promoting cell shedding in the outer layers of the epidermis and by restoring hydration.
Salicylic acid (BHA) removes dead skin and can improve the texture and color of sun-damaged skin. It penetrates oil-laden hair follicle openings and, as a result, also helps with acne.
Vitamin A (Retinol) – speeds up your skin’s cell renewal processes to diminish pigmentation & sun-damage, refine skin texture plus reduces scarring & lines.
Vitamin B (Niacinamide, Panthenol) – improves the skin’s barrier function promoting healing and helps to reduce epidermal moisture loss.
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate) – a powerful antioxidant able to stimulate collagen production in the dermis resulting in firm and plumped skin.
Body Cafe has an extensive range and knowledge of cosmeceutical products. If you have any skin concerns you would like to discuss, please come in for a consultation with any of our expert therapists. =)