Our Skin Care Brands
If you’re interested in the appearance of your skin, then you may know something about cosmeceutical skin care and some of the skin care brands making this claim. But, as it’s a made-up word it may be new to you.
Unfortunately, the word cosmeceutical has been used and abused by marketing departments the world over, so much so, it’s hard to sort fact from fiction.
The term “Cosmeceutical” is a lovely hybrid of the words ‘cosmetic’ and ‘pharmaceutical’, which hints to its scientific and medical origin.
Skin Care Brands
A question I often get asked, and a very reasonable question it is too, is why do you have several ranges of skin care to choose from? Doesn’t that make it confusing for the purchaser? Surely, if it’s a good quality professional range of skin care, the products must all be the same aren’t they? Why do you carry seven (7) different moisturisers? Is one cleanser really better than another?
And the very simple answer is, NO, they aren’t all the same. Whilst they are all likely good formulas, the ingredient content and concentrations can and does vary. As an example with Cleansers;-
- Gels or Foaming Cleansers are often better for problematic acneic type skins (they might even contain gentle acids to more deeply cleanse the oils from your skin), – cleansers don’t have to foam to clean skin, but lots of people prefer the feeling of lather.
- Water Based Cleansers or Lotions might be better suited to those with normal to senstive type skins, and those prefering a cleanser that provides a silky texture that feels protective as you wash and that cleanses while leaving a weightless veil of hydration after rinsing.
- Oil Based Cleansers usually also contain a surfectant that helps bind to dirt on the skin and remove it without disrupting the skin barrier, perfect for aging skins as well as senstive and dry type skins. Generally packed with vitamins and minerals to aid hydration and skin moisture content.
This same answer applies for moisturisers, masks, balms, toners and serums. Again, ingredients and concentrations will vary, some are best suited to damaged skins whilst others are more beneficial to aging skins.
Your skin doesn’t know and doesn’t care which brand you use, it just wants products that work! What really counts are the formulas, and whether or not those suit your skin type and your skin concerns. Our Skin Care expert might start your skin care regimen with a lower percentage retinol serum to gauge your skin reaction and prepare your skin barrier for treatment (perhaps CosMedix Refine or Serum 16), but as your skin adjusts and begins to improve they may recommend a skin care brand with a retinol of higher percentage (perhaps Aspect Dr Exfol A or CosMedix Elite Serum 24) to step up your skin repair and health.
While it may seem tempting to simply start at the top and use the strongest formulas and concentrations, it is important to remember that applying high concentration skin care products to unprepared skin can result in damaging the skin as opposed to repairing it. You will find some skin care products on this site, and indeed on other skin care supplier sites, that cannot be purchased online. The products in these ranges, (Aspect Dr, Cosmedix Elite and DermaQuest) contain concentrations that can only be sold to you after a skin analysis and consultation. These products are close to being prescription grade in their content.
Your skin will benefit from a regular workout
As long as you are consistently using products that are well-formulated and suitable for your skin type and concern, you should see positive results. However, keep your expectations realistic: No product will work like going under the knife of an experienced cosmetic surgeon, and no spot treatment will completely erase a stubborn pimple overnight. But, if your goal is clear, radiant, healthy-looking skin, which is what most of us want, then you can absolutely achieve that with “consistent” use of well formulated products containing stellar ingredients and concentrations, no matter what line or brand. The key word there is “consistent”. If you’re not consistent with your routine, you cannot realistically expect stellar results.
Remember: To build an effective skin care routine, you must focus on formulas that are right for your skin type and concerns, and not worry about much else.
If your products are going to perform, they need to
- correct the errors of the past
- bring your skin back to a state of normality and then, when you’re ready
- get your skin working as nature intended, efficiently and effortlessly
But, of course, as time goes by the normal activities of the skin begin to slow down, which is why you’ll need the powerhouse active ingredients of cosmeceutical skin care products in your daily skin care routine to give your skin a great workout.
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