What is cosmeceutical skincare?

So you’ve seen your favourite celebrity or blogger endorsing a new skincare brand – it’s in gorgeous bottles, not too expensive, nourishing and it smells amazing. What more could you want for your skin? Well, if you’re looking for actual improvement when it comes to optimum cellular skin function (translation: a hydrated glow, even skin tone, reduced congestion or acne and a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and sagging skin), the answer is – quite a lot more.

What does cosmeceutical mean?

The term “cosmeceutical” was originally introduced by a dermatologist in 1984, using a combination of the words “cosmetic” (i.e. all the skincare we see in department and beauty stores), and pharmaceutical (treatments developed in labs and used in the medical industry to cure or alleviate ailments). This is because cosmeceuticals have been developed with medical-grade actives that can dramatically improve and enhance our skin.

Ok, so how do they work differently?

While a common moisturiser or serum will nourish the outer layers of the skin, cosmeceuticals work on a deeper layer using potent vitamins, minerals and other beneficial active ingredients to tackle dryness and dehydration, dullness, sun damage, acne, scarring and signs of ageing. Beware of glamorous serums that “feel nice” instantly, this will likely be from silicones, and a luscious strong smell will often be from synthetic fragrances or perfumes.

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I found some cheap products that have some of those ingredients, will this work?

You may find an inexpensive serum that contains say, retinol, but you’re likely paying for the quality and the source, the potency and the bioavailability. Think of it as the difference between an acrylic knit jumper and a cashmere one. It may have the same purpose, but if it’s a low-grade ingredient, or if the potency is minuscule, it won’t be doing much for you in the long run.

Bioavailability is important when it comes to active skincare, meaning it should be in a biomimetic (literally meaning “mimicking life”) base, so that these powerful ingredients can actually be transported deep into your skin to take effect, rather than just sitting on top of your skin. Cosmeceutical brands such as O Cosmedics, G&M Neurocosmedics and DP Dermaceuticals are all well recognised for their biomimetic formulas.

So where do I find the best cosmeceutical skin care brands?

Real cosmeceuticals should be prescribed to you by a skin specialist, being that you should only be using a specific set of products that match your skin type and needs. Some cosmeceutical products have strong active ingredients, and it’s important to get guidance on which ones will benefit you, how often you should use them and the sequence in which to apply them.

Personalise your skincare

If you’re wanting to try Probeauty’s active skincare brands for the first time, we recommend you visit one of our fabulous stockists to get tailored advice on your skin concerns and the products that will benefit you the most. All of our stockists are highly trained on the products and ingredients and can help you create the perfect regime to achieve your ultimate skin goals.

Personalise your skincare

If you’re wanting to try Probeauty’s active skincare brands for the first time, we recommend you visit one of our fabulous stockists to get tailored advice on your skin concerns and the products that will benefit you the most. All of our stockists are highly trained on the products and ingredients and can help you create the perfect regime to achieve your ultimate skin goals.