What Are Cosmeceuticals and How Are They Revolutionary? 

What Are Cosmeceuticals?

Cosmeceuticals combine cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The term cosmeceutical literally combines the words cosmetic and pharmaceutical.

So what’s the difference between cosmetics and cosmeceuticals? Cosmeceuticals contain high levels of scientifically proven and pharmaceutical grade ingredients. These treat and improve skin conditions. On the other hand, cosmetic products only provide temporary aesthetic benefits.

These products use the latest technologies and medical research to provide the most effective and non-invasive skin care.

Cosmeceutical products can offer a wide range of skin care benefits, including:

  • anti-aging
  • reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • anti-inflammatory properties
  • skin brightening
  • skin firming
  • correction of uneven skin tone
  • reduction of enlarged pores

These are all in addition to the cosmetic functions they offer.

Traditional cosmetics serve the purpose of “beautifying” the appearance of the skin. Modern skincare, on the other hand, goes beyond this. Modern skincare supports skin health and heals skin conditions at a cellular level. These products are cosmeceuticals.

Cosmetics Vs Pharmaceuticals

Cosmeceuticals aren’t regulated in the same way as pharmaceutical products. They don’t require rigorous testing before being approved for use. This is unlike with food and drug administration. In addition, they also don’t need approval from the health authorities.

But don’t worry, any claims made by cosmeceuticals require strong clinical and/or scientific evidence.

Dermoi’s scientific team rigorously analyse the latest cosmeceutical products to ensure that they’re delivering the results that they say they are.

Therefore, we only stock products that use quality active ingredients and ground-breaking dermal delivery systems. This ensures the products you’re buying achieve strong and long-lasting results.

The Best Cosmeceutical Ingredients to Look Out For

These are the best ingredients to look out for when selecting a cosmeceutical product. All of these ingredients have been rigorously studied and are backed by science:

  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)

    This group of acids includes glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, mandelic acid, and benzilic acid. They’re all well-researched and leave skin feeling softer, smoother and brighter. This is due to their exfoliation properties. We recommend the Bioglycolic Face Cream from Jan Marini Skin Research. It contains glycolic acid 14% to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. Therefore, it also has exceptional anti-aging properties.

  • Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)

    ALA is vital for cellular functioning and helps with energy production. It’s also a potent antioxidant and protects against damage to the body's cells. Dermoi recommend the Altrient R-ALA . This cosmeceutical provides outstanding support to the cellular mitochondria. It also helps maintain energy in the body. Its potent antioxidant properties also provide regenerating effects on the skin.

  • Ceramides

    Ceramides prevent water loss and help keep moisture in your skin. They’re great for smoothing fine lines due to their skin plumping properties. The SkinGlo Collagen Drink contains ceramides. It has been proven to decrease water loss by 22%. It also improves skin elasticity by 67% and boosts collagen production by 30%.

  • Hyaluronic Acid

    Hyaluronic acid retains the skin’s moisture levels. It keeps skin firm, hydrated and plump. Clinical studies have linked hyaluronic acid to the reduction of wrinkles, as well as redness and dermatitis. We recommend the PCA Skin Hyaluronic Acid Boosting Serum as it immediately plumps and firms the skin. It’s one of PCA’s most advance formulas and delivers deep, and long-lasting hydration. 

  • Peptides

    Peptides are short chain amino acids. They are naturally found in the skin and are vital for stimulating collagen production. Stimulating collagen production is the best thing you can do to reverse the visible signs of aging. Increased collagen levels lead to tighter and firmer skin. We recommend ZENii Skin Fusion as it is the master of anti aging daily supplements. It delivers the highest levels of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. This includes collagen which helps press pause on the aging process.

  • Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

    This is another great example of an effective antioxidant. It also increases hydration, reduces redness, blotchiness, and hyperpigmentation.  The Altrient B is made with a full spectrum of B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, folate and biotin). This award-winning supplement supports the maintenance of bone health, skin, the immune system, the nervous system, cellular division, and metabolism. 

  • Retinol and Retinaldehyde

    These are used for treating hyperpigmentation and have anti-aging properties. Retinol protects against collagen loss, reduces facial wrinkles and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. The skincare product we recommend is the Renew - Advanced Retinol Serum by "http://shop.dermoi.com/brand/osmosis-skincare/">Osmosis. It is formulated with the highest concentration of Retinaldehyde 0.15%.

  • Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is a proven antioxidant and is often added to lotions and serums to protect the skin from free radicals. The Vitamin C Brightening Drops from Indeed Labs provide an antioxidant boost that is able to deeply penetrate the skin. It uses the active ingredient to revive dull skin and soften hyperpigmentation. This gives the skin a radiant and healthy glow.

  • Vitamin D

    Vitamin D plays a vital role in protecting skin health. In its active form, vitamin D is calcitriol which aids skin cell growth and repair, as well as helping the metabolism. It's also a great anti aging remedy and has been found to help improve skin problems including acne and psoriasis. We recommend the Liposomal Vitamin D Zooki. It uses a revolutionary liposomal delivery system. This increases bioavailability to ensure that you are getting the optimum amount of vitamin D.

  • Vitamin E

    Vitamin E supports the immune system, cell functioning and skin health. It's an antioxidant which makes it great for protecting against damaging free radicals. This also protects against the visible signs of aging. Vitamin E is also hugely beneficial in reducing UV damage and sun damage. The C&E Advanced from PCA Skin is a powerful treatment that provides a 15% stable form of vitamin C and 5% pure vitamin E. It offers ultimate antioxidant protection. It also significantly boosts collagen production and brightens uneven skin tone.

Green Tea Extract, Oat Extract, Peptides, Selenium, Squalane, Soy, Zinc are also all great ingredients to look out for.

Author: Sam Pennington


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