As we age, the natural resources of our skin begin to decline, and as such, the signs of ageing become increasingly evident in our skin. For true and total age re-definition, we must address what the skin naturally requires, by turning to active ingredients with scientific backing, to regenerate what time has taken away. Enter – cosmeceutical skincare… skincare designed to achieve maximum results, with minimal irritation.
What is cosmeceutical skincare?
Cosmeceutical skincare, such as Aspect Skincare used by many Australian beauty clinics, bridge the gap between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are specifically formulated in a research-based medical context, for targeted results to specific concerns like ageing. As targeted as a Doctor’s prescription, combined with the luxurious feel-good factor and ease, that every daily skincare regime should have.
They deliver the highest possible concentration of active ingredients, to aesthetically correct concerns by restoring and replenishing what the skin naturally requires.
Pharmaceutical products typically isolate one or two key ingredients – for example, Retinoic Acid, which may lead to irritation, often as unappealing as the original concern. Cosmeceutical products are intentionally formulated with other active ingredients intended for complementary action, their ability to increase skin tolerability or enhance safe delivery of primary ingredients. Aspect Skincare is known for its ability to deliver high impact age-redefinition, with no irritation or downtime. They achieve this with high potency anti-ageing ingredients, delivered to the skin by trialled and tested delivery methods.
A prime example is Aspect™ Retinol Brulee. In this Vitamin A-based serum, key ingredient Retinol works together with botanical Lanablue, which is a plant-based Retinoid mimic, to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The inclusion of Canadian Willowherb™ Extract delivers potent antioxidant protection, and helps to soothe and calm potential irritation.
How is it different to ‘regular’ skincare?
Instead of cosmetically correcting skin concerns, ‘normal’ skincare products serve to coat and cover. Some may superficially improve the look and feel of problem areas, but actually aggravate the underlying issue, whilst others may neither improve nor worsen the condition.
Some brands may make mention of pharmaceutical-like ingredients, but their accessible method of sale means they must be suitable for a wider, and therefore less targeted, range of end-users. Consequently, their active ingredients can only be included at milder concentrations, rendering their presence far less useful. Conversely, cosmeceutical brands such as Aspect™ are available upon consultation only, enabling the inclusion of ingredients at superior concentrations.
Cosmeceutical formulations also tend to feature greater complexity. Key ingredients may be paired with synergistic peptides and/or botanicals, and their delivery to sites of action within the skin may be more effective and efficient. Together, these differences serve to make cosmeceuticals the higher-performing and more results-driven skincare option.