Now you can get the same skincare treatment as received in expensive spas and clinics in the privacy of your own home!
If you want to go beyond pampering and really see a difference in the appearance of your skin then cosmeceuticals are the way forward. Cosmeticeuticals are skin treatments that give visible results and provide added benefits that go far beyond other types of skincare products. The word "cosmeceutical" entered the general vocabulary in the 1990s. Derived from a combination of the words "cosmetics" and "pharmaceuticals",the word describes a non –prescription product for cosmetic use containing high grade ingredients into your skin offering dramatic results. These professional grade products have been scientifically researched and tested to ensure they actually have an effect on the skin. A far step from the cleanse, tone and moisturise regimes of the past, they are about addressing skin concerns at a deeper level and protecting your skin from external forces, such as the sun and pollution, which cause premature ageing. High street cosmetics selling anti-aging products containing antioxidants, peptides and retinols don’t contain high enough percentages of these active ingredients to make any real difference to the skin. Also they are often full of chemicals, which irritate the skin.
Some of the Cosmeceutical active ingredients :
AHA’S - Exfoliate
Products which contain AHA’S (alpha hydroxyl acids), such as glycolic acid and BHA’s (beta hydroxyl acid) such as salicylic acid, increase skin exfoliation by shedding the top layer’s dull, dead cells, helping the skin to appear smoother and feel softer. Research also shows that it can improve collagen production by stimulating cell turnover and improve hydration by enhanced moisture intake. Must be used with an antioxidant and a sunscreen to protect the skin.
Great for : Acne, pigmentation, sun-damage, fine lines and wrinkles
Why not try Jan Marini - Biogylcolic facial cleanser or Priori AHA Gentle facial cleanser to resurface and hydrate your skin, leaving it soft, smooth and radiant.
Look at other products in the Jan Marini Bioglycolic range and Priori advanced AHA Range
Vitamins C and E - Antioxidants
Superior Antioxidants that protects your skin against UV damage and other environmental factors that cause aging.
Also stimulates collagen production, brightens skin and it is anti-inflammatory.
Great for : All skin types
For ultimate prevention why not try Skinceuticals Phloretin CF or Skinceuticals - C E Ferulic
Jan Marini has the c-esta range containing superior Vitamin C formula for anti-ageing benefits.
Neostrata and Mene and Moy products combine Glycolic acid and antioxidant ingredients in their products.
Idebenone – Antioxidant
Like other antioxidants, Idebenone stops harmful free radicals in the environment from damaging our skin. Protecting our skin from sun damage, lines and wrinkles caused by free radicals. Idebenone is the latest and greatest antioxidant. In fact, out of 100, Idebenone scored a 95 Environmental Protection Factor(EPF) – special rating system that measures an antioxidant’s protection against UV rays and free radicals.
Great for : sun damaged and lines and wrinkles
Caution – Start out slowly by using a product with a low idebenone concentration. This can minimize your risk of skin irritation.
Look at other products in the Priori Idebenone range
Peptides are one of the hottest advances in skincare today — and with good reason. Composed of long-chain amino acids, peptides are the building blocks of proteins. When applied to the skin, they’re believed to support collagen production. Other benefits include reducing inflammation and speeding up the healing of tissue. Some trade names include: Matrixyl or Argireline.
Great for: All skin types
Why not try : HydroPeptide , or Jan Marini - Age Intervention Peptide Extreme
Look at other peptide products
You may know Hyaluronic as an injectable filler. Hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance already present in your body. Once in the skin, it works by creating volume. It gives natural volume in your skin to lift and produce new firmness, resulting in a healthy, youthful appearance. This skincare product is an effective moisturizing agent, helping the skin retain moisture.
Great for : fine lines and wrinkles
Why not try : Skinceuticals - Hydrating B5 Gel
Potent and effective tool for clearing and maintaining problem skin.
Pure vitamin A works continually increasing new cell regrowth and rapid exfoliation of the skin. It diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and the treatment of age related skin changes. Sunscreen must be used every day.
Caution – Can cause skin irritation and not recommended for use if pregnant.
Great for : Acne , blemished and sun damaged skin
Why not try : Jan Marini Age Intervention Retinol Plus or Medik8 - Retinol 3 TR
Taking your complexion beyond AHAs, Retinols and Topical Vitamin C to improve the health and appearance of your sun damaged and aging skin without burning, peeling or irritation. Scientists are developing ways to hinder the ageing process by growing new skin more rapidly. They are using growth factors as a way to maintain skin's youth. Growth Factors or Proteins promote the organization and maintenance of cells and tissues within our bodies.
When applied topically to ageing skin, growth factors can speed cell turnover, increase skin thickness, and restore luminosity. Natural growth factors like TGF can stimulate stem cells to damaged areas to reproduce and provide the necessary boost to repair the damaged cells, which results in new tissue and a decrease in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Great for: All skin types
Why not try :AQ Skin Solutions GF Active Serum
Remember low concentrations in typical high street cosmetics may not be strong enough to make the dramatic improvement you are looking for.