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NASCENT Skin & Beauty is your destination clinic and online skincare shop when it comes to professional skin treatments and cosmeceutical skincare products. NASCENT proudly stock Cosmeceutical Skincare ranges including the Australian Ranges of Aspect, Aspect Dr, Aspect Minerals and Aspect Sun, as well as Ancient Minerals Magnesium, Cosmedix, Cosmedix Elite, DermaQuest, PCA skin and Societe.

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What is a Cosmeceutical?

The term “Cosmeceutical” is a lovely hybrid of the words ‘cosmetic’ and ‘pharmaceutical’, which hints at its scientific and medical origin. A skincare product containing cosmeceutical ingredient/s (ingredients such as retinol, glycolic – hyaluronic – lactic – salicylic acids, vitamins, antioxidants, peptides or botanical extracts) has the active potential to bring about visible changes to the skin, and these changes will be backed by clinical evidence.

When applied topically, a cosmeceutical has the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin. It is here that collagen, elastin and cellular activity takes place within the skin which is why we want cosmeceuticals working hard at this level.

A complete range of quality cosmeceutical skincare is available in our online skincare shop.

"Cosmetic" versus "Cosmeceutical"

Put simply, a cosmetic product can maintain your skin by providing somewhat temporary results. A cosmetic may contain active ingredients, however, these actives will be at a low concentration. Cosmetic products are widely accessible, available from supermarkets, department stores and salons.

A cosmeceutical product differs by stepping up with higher concentrations of active ingredients and often a variety of these active ingredients combined. This stronger formulation has the ability to bring about visible changes to the skin making it a results-focused product. Cosmeceutical products can be more expensive than over the counter cosmetics owing to the research, formulation, clinical testing and inclusion of active ingredients, but then they do provide results. Cosmeceuticals are restricted to professional skincare stockists where a consultation can be provided to ensure you are buying products that are appropriate for your skin type, skin condition, lifestyle and take into account any medications you might be taking or allergies you may suffer to ensure you have no adverse reactions.

Do I Need Really Cosmeceutical Skincare?

If you aren’t concerned with aging now, chances are you will be soon. The effective nature of cosmeceutical products can help to reduce the appearance of sun damage & pigmentation, soften fine lines & reduce wrinkle depth. Certain cosmeceuticals can also help to diminish scarring whilst reducing acne severity, rosacea and its associated redness and sensitivity. If you want a healthy, youthful and radiant complexion be sure to reach for a cosmeceutical as these can offer deep hydration, re-texturise the skin and stimulate collagen and elastin.

It’s important to only use the products as per the instructions – this includes dosage and frequency. Avoid applying cosmeceuticals if you’ve just undergone a treatment like microdermabrasion, laser or a peel or have any recent burns or wounds. Your skin will be very sensitive and should be treated with care for at least 48 hours after these procedures. If you are uncertain, ask our skincare aesthetician.

A complete range of quality cosmeceutical skincare is available in our online skincare shop.

Cosmeceutical Ingredients Explained

The must have ACTIVES!

Anti-Aging – Reduction in Age Spots and Pigmentation

Also known as retinoid, retinyl palmitate, retinol, retinaldehyde or Lanablue. All are various forms of retinoids, which in turn are various forms of Vitamin A. If an ingredient contains the word retinyl then it is a version of vitamin A. In research work these ingredients have been found to be the most effective agents in treating all the signs of photo-aging and delaying the progression of aging skin.

When it comes to reversing the signs of skin aging, Retinol is hands down the industry’s gold standard ingredient. It has the power to help accelerate skin renewal and reduce the appearance of wrinkles & fine lines as well as to diminish pigmentation & sun-damage, refine skin texture plus reduce scarring & lines.

Make sure you introduce vitamin A gradually and go up to the highest levels allowed in a cosmetic. Vitamin A is sometimes considered as an antioxidant or as a peeling agent, but it is, in reality, the most important controller of skin growth, skin differentiation and maturation.

NOTE: Lanablue – to further enhance the superior effectiveness of Tocoretinate, the scientific team at Aspect™ have now literally turbocharged Retinol Brulee™ with the addition of Lanablue™, a remarkable Blue algae extract that clinically mimics the topical cosmetic effects of pure retinol without any of the side effects.

What side effects you ask? The fact is, whilst topical retinol is amongst the most active cosmeceutical ingredient ever discovered; in very high concentrations, it certainly is not without some potential side effects such as dryness, flaking and mild irritation. At Aspect™, they want you to experience the fastest possible results but naturally, don’t want you to suffer too much of the dryness or irritation associated with overdosing the skin with Vitamin A,. Thanks to the inclusion of Lanablue™ in their Retinol Bruleee product, we can now offer you much faster visible smoothing results without the disadvantages associated with increasing the retinol content.

Never heard of Lanablue™ before? That’s because we were the first to offer and utilise this exciting new “retinol mimicking” breakthrough Down Under, but make no mistake about it, others will follow!

Enhanced Skin Rejuvenation – Anti-Aging – Dehydration

Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide, panthenol or nicotinamide, Vitamin B3 is a water-soluble vitamin that works with the natural substances in your skin to help visibly improve the appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, and a weakened surface.

Improves the skin’s barrier function promoting healing and helps to reduce epidermal moisture loss.

Collagen Production – Anti-Aging – Hydration

Also known as L-ascorbic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate.

A powerful antioxidant able to stimulate collagen production in the dermis resulting in firm and plumped skin.

When added to your daily routine, vitamin C provides a range of benefits, from evening out your skin tone, shielding skin from the visible impacts of pollution, significantly improving hydration, and keeping your skin looking younger, longer!

Fighting Free Radicals – Anti-Aging – Moisturise

Commonly also listed as Resveratrol, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Grape Extract, Green Tea or Co Enzyme Q10 – strengthens the skin, fights off free-radical damage and slows the signs of aging.

Whether you eat antioxidants or put them on your skin, research is clear (and growing by the day) that they’re vital to your health. Antioxidants in skin care products help thwart environmental damage that slowly changes skin, causing it to look and feel older, something pretty much everyone wants to avoid.

There isn’t one single miracle antioxidant to hunt down. This is true whether the antioxidants are from a natural source or made synthetically, in a lab. You’ll come across lots of great stories about antioxidants extracted from melons harvested in the south of France or some rare, self-sustaining flower from the far reaches of the Amazon, but they’re not the answer.

Instead, there are dozens and dozens of effective antioxidants for skin, ranging from familiar ones like green tea, grape extract, or vitamin C, to names you may not be familiar with such as glutathione, resveratrol, or CoQ10. Research shows it’s better to use a diverse range of effective antioxidants for your skin, so the products you use should contain a variety of these—the more the better!

Anti Aging – Hydration

Commonly listed as Sodium Hyaluronate – a gel-like water-holding molecule that helps keep skin plump and hydrated. Helps retain over 1,000 times its weight in water within the cells of skin, making it an excellent moisturiser. Whilst the body naturally produces its own Hyaluronic Acid, production dimishes as we age.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin to keep it refreshed, stable and encourages skin cell renewal. However, it’s most loved for its incredible water retention properties.

As skin ages, it becomes drier as its ability to retain water lessens, which results in loss of firmness and fine lines. Collagen is mainly made of water and this is exactly what keeps skin looking youthful. When applied, hyaluronic acid will rehydrate skin for a plumper appearance and will minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Hydration isn’t the only benefit of hyaluronic acid, it also has antioxidant properties to protect your skin from the environment, sun exposure and harsh chemicals.

Exfoliation – Skin Texture – Acne – Pigmentation

Our skin naturally exfoliates dead cells every day, but over time—primarily as a result of age and unprotected sun exposure—this shedding process slows and may stop altogether. This results in dull, dry, or flaky skin; clogged, enlarged pores; bumps, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and uneven skin tone.

AHA’s and BHA’s (beta hydroxy/salicylic acid) both act to “unglue” the bonds holding dull, dead skin on the surface. Once those bonds are broken—gently and evenly—skin naturally sheds its spent cells. So, although you won’t actually see your skin exfoliating, you’ll soon see (and feel) the smoother, younger-looking skin.

In high concentrations, both AHA’s and BHA’s can help fade brown spots and fine wrinkles, but they also make skin extra sun sensitive, so wearing a broad spectrum SPF sunscreen is essential when you’re these active ingredients.

Skin Elasticity – Collagen Production – Healing – Anti-Aging

Peptides are short chains of amino acids, and are the building blocks of proteins. The most commonly known proteins in the skin are collagen, elastin and keratin, which are responsible for its texture and tone. There are hundreds of different peptides, all of which are made from different combinations of amino acids. Without these proteins, we will see wrinkles, brittle nails and dry hair that’s prone to breakage.

When collagen is depleted by age and environmental factors, including sunlight, it is not fully replaced. As a result, smooth, young skin slowly becomes thinner and wrinkled over time. As collagen deteriorates, it produces certain peptides. Research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows that these peptides send a “message” to your skin that it has lost collagen and needs to generate more. When skin care peptides are applied topically, your skin “thinks” that it’s a collagen break down product and that your body needs to manufacture new collagen. So you can successfully minimise wrinkles and give your skin a more youthful appearance with the application of skin care peptides that trigger the production of collagen. It is therefore important to use a good peptide wrinkle cream.

On skin care product labels look for words that end in “peptide” – many also begin with “palmitoyl”.

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