Ever wonder what a cosmeceutical is?
If you’re interested in the appearance of your skin, then you may know something about cosmeceutical skincare and some of the brands making this claim. But, as it’s a made-up word, it may be new to you.
Unfortunately, the word cosmeceutical has been overused by marketing departments the world over, so much so, it’s hard to sort fact from fiction.
So, to clear things up for you, and in my opinion, a ‘true’ cosmeceutical should contain active ingredients that are clinically proven to work on correcting the skin. Sometimes referred to as medical-grade skincare, usually indicating an endorsement by cosmetic physicians.
You’re buying a product supported with active ingredients at significant concentrations to make a difference.
Does all this matter?
Maybe not, but what does matter is whether the product does what it says it’s going to do. Is it going to deliver? If you’ve ever aimlessly wandered around a department store hoping and praying for a bit of honest advice, then you know what I mean.
What’s right for you may not be so good for me.
Knowing of a brand’s reputation is one thing, but liking and trusting is quite another. We’re all different, all unique and you and your skin have your own set of circumstances, problems, concerns and issues.
You’ll have reasons why you gravitate to one product over another, sometimes it’s advice from a friend, or it’s the packaging that clinches the deal, other times it’s the scent of a product or (if you’re lucky) you’ll stumble upon something that seems to work.
For me, after so many years of experience, it’s often intuitive, but of course, an understanding of the science and sophistication behind the brand helps.
No matter what idiosyncracies, beliefs or celebrity endorsements bring you to your decision, what’s truly important is the workout your skin’s going to get with a cosmeceutical skincare brand.
Your skin, like your body, will benefit from a regular workout.
If your products are going to perform, they need to 1), correct the errors of the past 2), bring your skin back to a state of normality and then when you’re ready 3), get your skin working as nature intended. Efficiently and effortlessly.
But, of course, as time goes by the everyday activities of the skin begin to slow down, which is why you’ll need the powerhouse active ingredients of cosmeceutical regimen to give your skin a great workout.
Like all good workouts, it’s going to hurt, well, no not really, it’s more like a gentle tingle and occasionally (especially in the beginning), you may experience some redness, but this shouldn’t last for long. If you’re concerned, you must ask for a review of your routine by your skincare professional.
It’s normal and part of the restorative powers of products that contain highly active ingredients. Just take it easy, follow the advice of your skincare professional and start your cosmeceutical skincare regimen slowly.
5 Cosmeceutical skincare brands keeping their promise.
So today I’d like to present you with five cosmeceutical skincare brands that do indeed live up to their reputations in delivering results.
Of course, as good as these five stars are, they’re only as good as your commitment to them. I’ve said it before, and it’s worth repeating. Stick with it!
For a brand to deliver results, you’ll need to commit and follow the advice given to you by your skincare professional. If not, then what’s the point? Why spend your hard-earned money?
But, if you are ready to commit, then these five cosmeceutical brands are worth a closer look. No need to mix and match; each of these brands will have a unique system intended to deliver what they promise.
Environ, founded by plastic surgeon Dr Des Fernandes over 25 years ago, a pioneer in the industry of cosmeceutical skincare.
Although, Dr Des would never call it a cosmeceutical, but, for the sake of differentiating this brand from other cosmetic brands, we’ll stick with the commonly used term.
The cornerstone of this brand is Vitamin A.
Dr Fernandes came to understand exposure to the sun led to a skin deficient in vitamin A.
If left untreated, leads to skin conditions such as premature ageing, hyperpigmentation, sensitivity, dehydration and acne.
Environ’s unique step-up system allows your skin to build a natural tolerance to vitamin A and minimise the usual reactions associated with too much vitamin A too soon.
Your skin will slowly normalise and perform as it should.
Environ is an excellent range of skincare products.
I worked for Rationale a couple of years ago, and I can honestly say this is a beautiful product. A skincare brand created and formulated by cosmetic chemist extraordinaire Mr Richard Parker.
Rationale’s Isotropic skincare formulations are skin-identical and preservative-free.
Rationale skincare formulations offer improved delivery of active ingredients to target cells, enhancing cellular communication and strengthening the all-important protective barrier function.
For Rationale, skin integrity equates to a luminous, healthy skin at any age.
This product was my first real foray into the world of cosmeceutical skincare brands. I worked with Ultraceuticals for five years and during that time trained many beauty therapists in this fantastic product.
So I feel I know it well. Developed by cosmetic physician Dr Geoffrey Heber, this brand born in Australia has a keen understanding of protecting and rejuvenating the skin in a harsh climate.
I’ve always been impressed with Dr Heber’s insistence on clinical and scientific research to back up the brand.
Collaborating with renowned universities and leading researchers, Ultraceuticals remains at the forefront of innovation with sophisticated, patented delivery systems.
Potent anti-ageing ingredients form a simple regimen that delivers impressive results. I particularly love their exceptional range of Vitamin C products. Worth a look.
This Australian brand founded in 2005 is, relatively speaking the new kid on the block, but by no means a novice.
Terri Vinson is the founder and creator of this brand and puts all her knowledge into protecting, creating change and nurturing the skin. I’ve tried the basic daily regimen in this range, and I liked it.
If you want a brand that prides itself on great skincare with high-quality ingredients and with a particular interest in what Terri likes to call, Clean Science, then you’ll love this brand.
You’ll find a great library of educational video’s over at the Synergie Skin website which will help you get a better feel for the brand. An impressive range and if you decide to try it, you’ll be happy with the results.
Another great Australian success story. Alpha-H takes the skin out of its comfort zone to make a difference that is evident and genuine.
Founded on the promise of replenishing and rejuvenating the skin, Michelle Doherty founded this Australian brand.
It’s a cosmeceutical skincare brand that delivers fast & meaningful results. Predictable, scientifically proven active ingredients giving you the best outcome possible for your skin.
Where to next?
If you are wondering about the fundamentals of a good skin care regimen, you may like to read an article I wrote: The six daily essentials for great skin.
Contacting the brand is another way to get the advice you need. Most good cosmeceutical skin care brands will have advice or customer service contact page on their website where you can contact them with your questions.
I’ve included links to all the brand’s websites or affiliated sites.
And now you.
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See you next time,