THEY SAY Q10 - I SAY IQ
How savvy have we all become with those sneaky ingredients that are hiding in some of the food products, well okay most products on supermarket shelves.
No different to those sneaky ingredients found in skincare particularly those from supermarkets and pharmacies. Thankfully due to the advancement in research, the skin industry now has access to the most potent products that nourish your skin and cells for good health. So why waste your money on what I call warm and fuzzy when you can have wow and youthful!
Forget all the marketing hype and those clever phrases they use to get you hooked into buying products that are filled with a lot of 'fillers' and fragrances, often the cause of skin problems in the first place.
Here's our guide to ingredients that are commonly found in those cosmetic products.
Not our guests of course, our cosmeceutical and cosmedical products have none of the nasties below, just good active ingredients feeding the skin and making a change...just for the health of it.
COSME - WHAT?
Here's an insight to understanding the different categories of skincare.
This is the category that most of us know and use when we don’t know any better. Cosmetics are normally luxe (price ranges from $5.00 - $500+ a product), they feel beautiful (because they are laden with silicone), smell great (because they have added fragrance and colour) and have a hint of active ingredients (so that they can make claims of being much more than they could ever truly honour). These products are packaged in gorgeous bottles and jars and are more often than not endorsed by a paid five star celebrity (that we know can’t be using the brand if he or she looks as amazing as they do). These products are sold over the counter because they are safe. They are safe because there isn’t much of anything in them and nothing can go wrong. Beautiful to use but no skin benefit here. Oh and beware of these brands many use high levels of silica, mineral oil, petroleum, parabens, SLS …just to name a few.
“Cosmeceuticals" refers to the combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. Cosmeceuticals are cosmetic products with biologically active ingredients purporting to have medical or drug-like benefits. Dermatological research suggests that the bioactive ingredients used in cosmeceuticals have benefits beyond the traditional moisturizer…” So what we are hearing here is that unlike cosmetics that have insignificant levels of actives cosmeceuticals are the first category of skincare that can make a skin difference. Whilst they may look and feel like a cosmetic they tend to have the nasties removed (some better than others) and they use the right amount of active ingredients that can make a visible skin difference. Cosmeceutical treatments are indulgent and relaxing without compromising on results.
Cosmedics / Cosmedicals
A Google search on the word Cosmedics is evidence enough that this movement is becoming the one to look out for and it is our goal to see Wikipedia recognize Cosmedics before too long. Cosmedics is the acknowledgement of medical science and its entry into skin treatment as recent as only the last couple of years. Through medical research scientists have discovered, developed and engineered active ingredients, peptides and antioxidants that have the ability to retain and regain normal skin function and cell optimization.
Furthermore the discovery of biomimetic bases and peptides as well as the encapsulation of active ingredients ensures optimum delivery of these ingredients at cellular level. Cosmedics isn’t skincare rather skin medicine. Unlike cosmetics, cosmedics requires a skin expert to tailor a personal skin health prescription for every skin, this will ensure the skin has a chance to acclimatize to the actives and avoid sensitization.
Cosmedics may cause visible responses in the skin all part and parcel of an “active” medical grade action. Cosmeceutical and Cosmedics have been developed to combat the five major causes of aging. Without an active approach these five causes and their domino effect would be left untreated and ultimately lead to deterioration of skin health, ultimately resulting in compromised skin function, cellular activity and visible aging.
INGREDIENT WATCHLIST - MORE TO COME
Parabens - Chemicals used as a preservative. If you are prone to allergies, sensitivity or irritation this can be a cause.
SLS - Chemical cleansing agent, emulsifier and foamer. Can cause sensitising reactions for many people. PABA - Found to increase sensitivity to allergic reactions, gained a reputation as being a skin sensitiser More concerning were studies that showed PABA may damage DNA.