What are the Common Cosmeceutical Active Ingredients?
It’s easy to tell if a product could be classified as a cosmeceutical skincare product by reading what it contains.
Glycolic Acid: This chemical exfoliant gently removes the dead layers of skin. It can be used on most skin types and is especially good for blackhead and acne-prone skin.
Hyaluronic Acid: This wonder ingredient binds to water molecules, helping to maintain moisture and hydrate the skin.
Retinol: Perhaps the most-hyped cosmeceutical ingredient, retinol has been clinically proven to improve skin cell turnover and minimise the breakdown of collagen (and therefore prevent wrinkles). Fun fact: Retinol is a super-concentrated version of Vitamin A.
Vitamins: A virtual alphabet of vitamins can be found in cosmeceutical skincare including Vitamin C (which increases brightness) and Vitamin B (improves skin tone).
Niacinamide: Also known as B3, niacinamide has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can help to reduce redness and moisture loss.
Antioxidants: This is a catch-all term for vitamins and minerals that protect your skin from free radicals. You know, things like air pollutants, chemicals and haze that damage your skin by weakening the collagen. Antioxidants are like little warriors going into battle for your complexion.
Idebenone: This super-charged antioxidant is found in premium skincare products and helps to prevent skin damage.
Salicylic Acid: Salicylic acid is an acne-fighting ingredient used to cleanse pore-clogging oil and debris and clear up breakouts faster.
Lactic Acid: This is a sensitive-skin friendly ingredient that gives gentle exfoliation and hydration.
Peptides: Think of these like tiny building blocks for the skin, helping to repair and enhance the skin’s appearance and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Who Should Use Cosmeceuticals?
If you still remember the opening theme song to Friends then you should be using cosmeceuticals. But then again, it’s never too early to start looking after your skin better, so once you’ve hit your twenties, it’s worth considering. As we age, our skin begins to show signs of damage caused by lifestyle factors, hormonal changes, and sun exposure. Cosmeceutical skincare can help prevent further damage and even repair and enhance the skin’s appearance.
If you’re younger, you can also benefit from cosmeceutical skincare. Particularly those designed to combat free radicals or prevent the signs of aging.
It’s important to research which ingredients are right for your skin, and avoid layering up your cosmeceutical skincare until you know how your skin reacts to each ingredient. Remember, these products are more potent than regular skincare products and not using them correctly could actually damage your skin.
Best Cosmeceutical Brands
There are a lot of great cosmeceutical skincare brands out there so it really comes down to personal preference and your particular skincare needs.
Discover which cosmeceutical skincare brands and products are right for you by having a read through some our of guides:
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