Skincare 101: the power of cosmeceuticals
Do you ever stop to look at the ingredients in your skincare?

May 27th, 2021

As consumers, we’re all drawn in by the look and feel of a product’s packaging and branding, as well as a reasonable price point or special offer. Maybe we’re also taken in by the keywords on the packaging – “anti-ageing” “hydrating” “regenerative”. But do we ever stop to consider the ingredients and the science behind the products?

The truth is, it doesn’t matter how expensive your moisturiser is, if it doesn’t have any powerful active ingredients, then it’s unlikely to make much difference. In fact, it could make your skin worse.

Enter, the cosmeceutical!

You may have heard the term ‘cosmeceutical’ , which refers to a product that gives both cosmetic and pharmaceutical benefits. This includes medical-grade ingredients that have been proven to provide results for certain skin problems. These products can’t be picked up over-the-counter, they can only be obtained from a trained professional, ideally in a clinic setting.

Cosmeceutical or medical-grade products can usually penetrate deeper into the skin and contain high strength key active ingredients. In fact, you may even experience a skin reaction initially when you start using them, but this will be expected and will have been explained by the prescriber. However, this is nothing to worry about and is simply the active ingredients getting to work.

What’s wrong with over-the counter skincare?

High street or over-the-counter products can be purchased by anyone and from anywhere. Therefore, they are limited to the ingredients they can have, and generally only contain less effective active ingredients, if any. If you read the list of ingredients on one of these products, you will find that water is usually the first one, meaning it’s the main ingredient. They are also likely to contain more bulking agents, which are non-nutritive additives used to increase the bulk (volume or weight) of a product.

Some common and sometimes harmful bulking agents include:

  1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – These are used as foaming agents which can aggravate the skin and have been associated with eczema and dry skin issues.
  2. Mineral oil and petrolatum – a by-product of crude oil, these bulking agents help products spread onto the skin. They are the base of many cleansers, lip balms and moisturisers. These ingredients are cheap to make, which makes them appealing to manufacturers.
  3. Parabens – this is a preservative for all kinds of skincare, which stop nasty microbes growing in products, however they can disrupt the endocrine system as they contain oestrogen.

Although not all over-the-counter products are harmful, and in fact some may help in certain areas, they are no-where near as effective as medical grade skincare and carry more risks.

If you felt sick, you would want to take proven and effective medicines; so when your skin shows signs of illness through skin conditions, why would you not do the same?

The Anti Wrinkle Clinic only works with reputable skincare manufactures whose products are proven to be safe and effective. Some of the brands we work with includes: iS Clinical, Neostrata, Meseostetic, Obagi Medical and ZO Skin Health. If you want to find skincare that works specifically for your skin concerns, then book a consultation today.

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