Cosmeceuticals are professional skincare products, which bridge the gap between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Although many products claim to be cosmeceuticals, the measure of a good skincare range is whether it has scientific evidence to back up its claims and whether or not it is used by skincare professionals, such as dermatologists, cosmetic doctors and nurses and aestheticians, in their practices.
You may expect cosmeceuticals to be a lot more expensive than over the counter beauty creams, but while some carry a more expensive price tag, others are as affordable as high street products. It is better to invest in a good skincare regime than to spend hundreds on lotions and potions that do not work. If you really want to invest in the health and appearance of your skin, visit a skincare specialist for a consultation so they can advise you on the best products for you.
Should I be using Skincare? A good skincare regime should be matched to your age, skin type and the problem areas you would like to treat. For younger people, a preventative skincare routine is good to prevent premature ageing and sun damage. If your skin has already started to age, there are a variety of products that can help slow down the ageing process, minimise lines and wrinkles and even out skin tone. If you suffer from a specific skin condition, such as acne or rosacea, a variety of specialist skincare solutions are available.
What are Cosmeceuticals? The word ‘cosmeceutical’ is a hybrid of the terms ‘cosmetic’ and ‘pharmaceutical’. Cosmeceuticals are non-prescription creams, serums and gels that take you a step beyond the beauty counter, offering dramatic results with scientifically proven ingredients. While many brands claim to be cosmeceuticals, in reality most high street brands do not contain high enough doses of active ingredients to make any real noticeable difference to your skin. A cosmeceutical is a professional grade product that has been rigorously researched and tested to ensure it actually has an effect on the skin.
Risks and Complications - There are virtually no risks associated with using a cosmeceutical product providing you follow the guidelines given to you by your skincare specialist. Some products may irritate your skin or cause a reaction, in which case you should stop using them immediately.
Cost - You can expect to pay anywhere between £15 and £100 for a cosmeceutical product.
Choosing a Specialist - If you want to invest in a good skincare range that will really help improve and protect your skin then going to see a skin specialist or dermatologist at your local aesthetic clinic is the best solution. Many clinics also have skin analysis machines, which enable you to see under the surface of the skin to address any potential problem areas.