What are cosmeceuticals?

These days most of the premium skin care products on the market are known as cosmeceuticals. The term refers to beauty and skincare products that combine cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are applied topically in the form of creams, moisturizers and exfoliants and have become popular in the anti-aging, sunscreen and skincare industry. Research shows that some cosmeceuticals have ingredients that help improve the texture and appearance of the skin’s surface by providing it with necessary nutrients. These products care for and repair the skin with properties such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs), retinol/vitamin A and vitamin C.

A glance at cosmeceuticals ingredients

Skincare specialists recommend cosmeceuticals according to your skin’s individual needs and the ingredients that will tackle your issue, be it wrinkles, fine lines, cellulite or sun damage.

Retinol, for instance, is derived from Vitamin A and is one of the most common anti-aging cosmeceutical ingredients. Different forms of retinol battle the breakdown of collagen, which is important for keeping skin tight and smooth while fighting fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects and rejuvenates photoaged skin while fighting hyperpigmentation and skin inflammation. Vitamin C is excellent for the skin and works on all skin types.

AHAs are exfoliators of a sort that remove the top layer of dead cells from the skin. They’re not recommended for sensitive skin, though they’re widely used and go back as far as the days of Cleopatra’s milk baths and Polynesian fruit juice washes. They help get rid of acne, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles.

Choosing the right cosmeceuticals

Skincare products containing the above ingredients protect women in the Middle East against the effects of the sun. The hot weather in the Middle East leads to dead skin cells and clogged pores, which is where AHAs help. Antioxidants in Vitamin C  maintain a healthy glow. Retinol smooths out fine lines and wrinkles while lightening hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage.

If you look at your own home collection of skincare products you’ll probably notice some cosmeceuticals. Brands like Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Dermalogica and Wellbox have revolutionized this industry with clinical-strength skincare products that give you healthier, more radiant skin. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare is known for treatments that fight sun damage, while Dermalogica omits ingredients like artificial colors, fragrance, drying S.D. alcohol and formaldehyde. Wellbox helps firm up flabby skin and cellulite.

In short, cosmeceuticals offer plenty of beneficial ingredients without intensely medicated formulations or a doctor’s prescription. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Dermalogica and Wellbox have all developed mainstream skincare products that meet the needs of the average woman. Though choosing the right cosmeceutical skin care products requires research, time and often a little trial and error, it’s worth it when it comes to improving the appearance and health of your skin.


Penelope DoMundo

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