What is a Cosmeceutical?
The term Cosmeceutical is a beautiful combination of the words ‘cosmetic’ and ‘pharmaceutical’, with the effectiveness of a pharmaceutical and the safety and pleasantness of a cosmetic. Cosmeceuticals contain higher percentage of active ingredients that can influence the biological functions of the skin, basically by contributing nutrients that also have an anti-ageing effect.
These products are the result of years of scientific research, testing and development, culminating in something with proven effectiveness that visibly improve and enhance our skin.
What do cosmeceuticals contain?
Alpha-hydroxy acidsLactic acid, Glycolic acid
They soften fine wrinkles, lighten pigmentation spots, generally tighten and improve skin texture.
Beta-hydroxy acids – Salicylic acid
It opens pores, clears up pimples and eliminates scaling and roughness on skin.
retinyl esters, retinol, retinaldehyde, oxoretinoids (Vitamin A): It treats fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmented spots, photo-damage, and helps make your skin thicker.
It promotes collagen production, improves fine lines, and reduces pigmentation and inflammation.
Alpha-tocopherol (Vitamin E)
It inhibits the acute UV damage of redness, sunburn, and tanning, as well as chronic UV photoaging and skin cancer, and improves skin hydration.
It has anti-inflammatory properties, and acts as an exfoliant. Reduces skin roughness and fine wrinkles.
Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)
It reduces fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmented spots, red blotchiness and skin sallowness, improves skin elasticity.
It prevents photo-damage, reduces pigmentation.
Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone)
It reduces UVA-induced collagen breakdown hence improves fine wrinkles, skin roughness.
Green tea extract (Polyphenols)
It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and sunscreen properties, reduces UV induced DNA damage. It protects against UV induced redness and swelling.
Grapeseed extract (Polyphenols)
It prevents photo-damage.
It has synergistic effect with Vitamins C and E in preventing photo-aging, increased firmness of skin.
It lightens age spots, freckles, chloasma, melasma.
It primarily lightens of dark spots, and also has anti-wrinkle properties.
Licorice extract Glabridin)
It soothes and hydrates skin, reduces hyperpigmentation.
Now that we know how they work, it’s time to include these amazing topical anti-ageing products into our skin care regimen.
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